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“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”
~ William Blake

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright!

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Hello and Hello!

My November officially qualified as "super busy". My new book, A Year In The Secret Garden officially launched, Thanksgiving was delicious, we got a new kitten named Toby Stormageddon and my studio got painted and paneled. One of the most time consuming parts of redoing my office was moving about six hundred books out into the dining room. A good stack of those books are sketchbooks and journals from the last ten years.

As I read through the journals, I realized that through the years there have been three constant goals in my life, "A Happy Family", "A Warm Home" and to "Make Good Art". Everything else is just gravy. Sure there are other things that on my wish list, to travel more, learn new things and sell more books but those three things are my priorities.

I wish for you lots of peace and calm as the year winds down. May you have just enough friends and family to keep you company and just enough hustle and bustle to keep things interesting.

Best thoughts,


P.S. Here's a picture of the new kitten.

"O terque quaterque beatum”
We are three or four times blessed.






“Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again."
~ Bill Morgan, Jr.


Christmas Delights!

What is your favorite holiday treat? I confess to a love of pink peppermint ice cream. It's the best and I only get it in December.

Make your own Winter Forest of Sweet Surprises and Spinning Wonders.

Click here to go to Ginger and Snowy's Christmas Candyland


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A Year In The Secret Garden ~ Now On Sale from Audrey Press

We’re having a week of Cyber Sales from 11/30/2014 thru 12/07/2014.

The price will never be this low again. Book $15.00 (not applicable for Amazon purchase)

Click here to see it

Every chapter in A Year In The Secret Garden unfolds a new adventure month by month.

This December you can read about the battle between the Oak King and the Holly King, and the tradition of "Bringing in the evergreen".

To see inside my new book,

A Year In The Secret Garden, click here

It makes a lovely present.


"She made herself stronger by fighting with the wind.”
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


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“Live, and be happy, and make others so.”
~ Mary Shelley


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