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Speaking Out

Speaking Out

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.” Thomas Jefferson – Notes on Virginia I did not March yesterday.  Every woman I know, who could get out of bed, marched in solidarity and protest against the impending train wreck of the Donald Trump presidency. From all reports it seems every city and small town in America, and many across the globe staged marches.  Even in tiny Sonoma, my wife Mary ... Read More »

Disturbance at The Sea Ranch

Disturbance at The Sea Ranch

The Sea Ranch is legendary in the annals of California Coastal development.  In the early 1960’s, ten miles of the Sonoma Coast was designated for development, in an era before there was any regulatory agency overseeing coastal development. Now, and as a result of such development, the California Coastal Commission has clamped down on every permit. Yet, despite the hundreds of homes built and thousands of lots,... Read More »

PhotoBotanic.com – Self-Publishing Experiment

PhotoBotanic.com – Self-Publishing Experiment

At launch of my new e-pub site, PhotoBotanic.com, one book is ready, 3 more scheduled. I have spent 30+ years in garden publishing, and am still standing.  I sold my first photograph 42 years ago.  Along the way I have received some nice awards and have been the sole photographer for so many books I have lost count; 21, I think? I now safely qualify as a veteran in this publishing biz and am delighted to see all the ... Read More »

Lawn Reform

Lawn Reform

I am a member of the Lawn Reform Coalition, a group of garden designers and environmental advovates who are promoting new ways to think about the American fetish for lawns.  Since my own particular advocacy is for sustainability, and most recently, meadow gardening specifically, I thus welcome the opportunity to be a part of this group. I hope you will allow me a bit of personal pontificating about the idea of lawn r... Read More »

My Father Died Today

My Father Died Today

Aug. 15, 1914 – Jan. 12, 2011     My father died today. Micajah Quincy Holt (1914-2011). And that is the end. I guess. ::: (am i sad ?) ::: I walk into the garden, Where my father taught me. The sky is too huge Everywhere He is smiling broadly That sly warm wink “Sax, I’m here. It’s wonderful. I slipped in.” ::: We all re-assure by phone Mom is strong, knowing The unexpected ashes And science’ loss An... Read More »