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October 1, 2009  
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  • Book Report
  • Lifescapes
  • Out and About
  • All About Thyme
  • Herb Snips

  • Book Report

    Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place
    In Susan's new memoir, she tells the story of her marriage to Bill, the life they have built together on their Texas homestead, and her efforts to strike a balance between the intimacy of marriage and the serenity of solitude. You can read the prologue and the first chapter, watch a trailer, check out the book reviews, click through photo albums, and listen to some lovely music on the book's website. (Your purchase of Susan's books, as always, supports the work of the Story Circle Network.)

    The Tale of Applebeck Orchard
    The Tale of Applebeck Orchard (the sixth of eight Cottage Tales) is garnering some fine reviews! You can read them here, along with the Prologue, and download a color edition of the book's map.

    Want to become a cameo character in one of Susan's mysteries?
    Now's your chance to be featured in fiction! We're raffling off three chances for appearances in Susan's mysteries, as a benefit for the Story Circle Network. Details and order form here.

    The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree
    Have you heard about Susan's new mystery series? It's coming in July, 2010! Watch here for details on our website launch and more information about the series.


    There's a new baby in Susan's family! You'll find an announcement and (of course!) a baby photo on Susan's blog, Lifescapes, where you can also read about the garden, writing, and life in the Texas Hill Country.

    Out and About

    Susan will be traveling through Texas this fall. Check here to see if she'll be in your area.

    All About Thyme

    If you haven't subscribed to Susan's free herbal eletter, All About Thyme, you're missing something totally unique and very special. You can read the latest edition and subscribe here.

    Herb Snips: Spinning and Weaving Week

    During the first week of October, we celebrate the ancient crafts of spinning, weaving, dyeing, and basketweaving that are the heritage of every culture. Here are some herbs and plants that have played a vital role in human life:
    • Spinners' Herbs
      • Flax
      • Cotton
      • Nettle
      • Hemp

    • Dyers' Herbs
      • Blue: indigo, woad
      • Pink/red: madder, St. John's wort, alkanet, bloodroot
      • Yellow: agrimony, yarrow, goldenrod, Scotch broom
      • Purple/lavender: blueberry, elderberry, grape, pokeweed
      • Tan/brown: sumac, tea, onion skins, walnut

    • Weavers' Herbs
      • Teasel (dried flower used to raise nap on woolen cloth)
      • Pyrethrum, lavender, wormwood, feverfew (insect repellents)
      • Soapwort, a.k.a. fuller's herb, latherwort (soap for delicate fabrics)

    Check craft magazines and local newspapers for announcements of Spinning and Weaving Week activities in your area, or visit this page.


    • Spinning: Spin-Off Magazine, Hands-on Spinning, by Lee Raven
    • Dyeing: Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes, by Jenny Dean
    • Weaving: A Weaver's Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fiber, by Rita Buchanan

    Read more herb snips.

    Together, Alone

    Click to read more about Susan's memoir, Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place.

    Watch the trailer

    The Tale of
    Applebeck Orchard

    The Tale of Applebeck Orchard

    Join Beatrix Potter, the residents of Near Sawrey, and the animals of the Land Between the Lakes, as they band together to solve the mystery of Applebeck Orchard.

    Click to read more or to order the book.

    Stories From the Heart V

    February 5-7, 2010
    Austin, Texas

    Join Susan and her Story Circle friends at SCN's fifth Stories From the Heart National Memoir Conference.


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