in the news

Since the government shutdown, I’ve been checking in with The New York Times at an increasingly feverish pace, several times a day, (and doing little else, it seems), so it was in real time that the story on James Golden of the blog View From Federal Twist scrolled across my screen last night. What a welcome frisson of surprise and affection it provided, immediately displacing all that news-glut irritability. Anything Michael Tortorello writes is worth dropping what you’re doing to read, but here he was focusing on our beloved blogger from Federal Twist. Read the sumptuous article here. The article coincides with the inclusion of Federal Twist in the Garden Conservancy Open Days this weekend, October 19, in Stockton, New Jersey. If only…

One of MB Maher’s autumnal photos of New York’s Battery Park from 2010 helps me remember what the East Coast looks like in fall.


New York’s Battery Park in fall

But wait, there’s more. Also hot off the blogroll (non-secateur) and into the presses comes a piece on blogger and garden designer Dustin Gimbel in the Orange County Register. Journalist/blogger/impresario and constant gardener herself, Cindy McNatt, penned a warm tribute to Dustin entitled “The constant gardener.”

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From Dustin Gimbel’s home garden, Long Beach, California

There you have it. Two nice reads on the profound effects of gardens and plants and the places they take us, proving that it’s not all been entirely wretched news lately.

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8 Responses to in the news

  1. Kris P says:

    Both pieces were wonderful – thanks for pointing them out. It looks as though checking the NY Times for updates is a much more productive exercise than checking CNN (which generally left me spitting mad – and I mean mad, not just angry).

  2. Hoov says:

    Hmm. So I was not the only one stuck in the NYT the past 16 days, wondering if it was time to stock up on canned goods and bottled water. It sure got ugly, didn’t it? Now back to dear, sensible, beautiful plants…

  3. Hoov says:

    Comments no work?

  4. Denise says:

    Kris & Hoov, the comments function has been a bit funky lately. Glad to hear I’m not the only news junkie, but print only, no tv!

  5. James Golden says:

    I’m glad to read you appreciate Michael Tortorello’s writing. He’s a master. He’s also a master at interviewing. I think we spent over 12 hours together and never once was I bored or less than intensely engaged.

  6. kathy says:

    The NY Times and Washington Post are daily fodder here, and I confess I never venture too far beyond the political craploa-which I find very entertaining indeed. While you were tirelessly monitoring the NYT I was (like you multiple times per day) reading the W Post.Thanks for reminding me to venture off the opinion page and the fact checker once in a while. I could have sworn I had Federal Twist on my blogroll, but it’s not there now.Time to remedy that..

  7. Denise says:

    Wow, James, 12 hours! I do like his work and this piece especially.
    Kathy, I check WashPost too, but I just prefer the NYT website, I guess. Oh, yeah, get Federal Twist on the blogroll!

  8. Pam/Digging says:

    I try to avoid the depressing new cycles (ignorance is bliss!). Hence, I’m here. I always enjoy your posts, Denise.

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