Autumn 2022

At The Gate

Wooden Fence Gate Drawing
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Contributors

Typing on a laptop in a garden
Dave Bachmann: “I’m a retired special-ed teacher who taught for 39 years in AZ. I now live and write in CA with my wife Jay and lab Scout.” His work appeared in Issue 129. Ed Witman: From Toms River, NJ: “I am a retired professor of philosophy and a nongardening husband.” His work appeared in…  READ MORE

Stories

Old men Raking leaves

The Chinaberry Tree

I am 68 years old. You could say that I’ve been around. Yet not too long ago, I did something I’ve never done before. I raked the street.  READ MORE
Boy looking at pumpkins

My First Pumpkin

This is a story about a young boy, his mom, and a cool crisp October afternoon in the early 1950s.   READ MORE
Girl looking out the window

The Smell of Flowers

I was 10 years old when my father died. I was 12 when my mother died. That’s why I learned to hate the smell of flowers. There were so many flowers at both of my parents’ funerals that the smell of them almost gagged me. I would get a whiff here and there of the sweet Spring scent of a flower bouquet and my breath would catch in my throat.  READ MORE

For Love and Money

Years ago my mother was in the hospital, and my sister and I gathered beech leaves to soak in glycerin, so they would keep through Winter. As long as either of us could remember she had done this every Autumn, sometimes mixing them with honesty, or money plant. Both she and my sister have died, but I still have the blue vase she used for these dried bouquets.  READ MORE
Spitting Turnips

Pee in Your Garden!

Back when I had a real job, my coworkers loved it when I brought veggies from my garden to share. At least they said they loved it. Unless you think they were just being polite in thanking me for all that free zucchini?  READ MORE
Woman listening to bird singing

My Little Chickadee

Birds have always fascinated me. I keep a bird feeder or two (or three) and enjoy seeing who shows up for a meal. The showy cardinals, goldfinches, and blue jays are always a treat, and I listen for mockingbirds, rare in this area but not unknown.  READ MORE
Serious conversation

Life Savers

served as a British soldier for more than two decades. When I was discharged, I was physically fine but—as I realized later—mentally broken. Things I’d blocked out at the time now gave me nightmares, recurring nightmares. But I refused to accept help for another two decades.   READ MORE
farmer in the field

An Autumn Gardener’s Motto

Goodness, the vegetable garden is finally—well almost, if truth be told—put to bed for another year. It is the exact same thing I’ve been doing for years: piling on top of the raised beds scads of mulched leaves, turning that over and leaving it rough, and then piling more leaves on top.  READ MORE
Sunflower ang flag

Following the Sun

What do you believe? Individually, most of us know pretty much where we stand on life’s bigger issues—and similarly on life’s smaller, though even on these we may not agree, which is what leads to family ructions over things like toothpaste squeezing and cats on the bed.  READ MORE
Slug drinking soda

Slug Chug

Mom, someone littered in your garden!” roared Lindsay after noticing a beer can near the raspberries she was sampling in my garden. “How rude!”  READ MORE
kids looking at strange man over the fencs

Pioneers

Elementary school is supposed to be a special time in our lives. However, as far as I can remember, my most fond memories of elementary school were recess and fire drills. Other than that, I absolutely hated school.  READ MORE
old man and turtle tending the garden

The Last Tomato Story

It was many years ago (Several? Decades? Where are my car keys?! Have Evil, Key-Stealing Squirrels become tired of planting black walnuts in every one of my garden beds and achieved forced entry into the house?) that a much younger me had had good success with many plants—and rationalized that the others were their own fault.  READ MORE
Cat and Farmer

Cats in the Garden

What makes a true garden cat? I would say one who accompanies the gardener on his or her rounds, helpfully dispatches grasshoppers (but not birds or butterflies), stays within boundaries—and always stops to smell the flowers. In art, cats are often pictured in a garden setting, sitting under a rosebush or posed theatrically lifting a paw to a butterfly just out of reach. That the cat probably ate the butterfly immediately after is not referred to.  READ MORE

Buds

Autumn is a Season

Poems

Your Flowers Are Pretty

Cuttings

Blackberries with Grandpa

Reading to a Willow

Broken Trowel

My Own Mowing Mishap

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