I am ready to help push your new book. I've been overwhelmed with getting our gardens underway and their are coming along nicely. What about a short feature article about the book and I'll circulate the article throughout our network and e-mail list (3000 strong)?
Do you have a jpeg photo of the books cover? I could use that too.
At 12:27pm on September 28, 2009, Tom Clarke said…
Dr. Bez - No, I have not contacted the funeral homes. While I think it is an excellent idea, and the founding pastor does as well, the lead pastor has reservations because he does not know how we would be able to provide counseling services if it is needed.
Several things have happened recently:
1. There was a feature in the Auburn Citizen about the garden. You may see it at http://www.auburnpub.com/articles/2009/09/12/lake_life/
2. We are formally starting a School of Landcaping next year. In the past, I have worked with 4 youth teaching them the skill of landscaping design and maintenance. This next year we hope to formalize this effort and bring in knowledgeable adults to mentor them as well. This should also reduce some of the burden on me and relieve some of the associated financial pressure with maintaining this garden.
3. The church hopes to build a Moses' Rock as a pondless waterfall next spring. It will be as a thank you for the founding pastor's 20 years with the church. The waterfall will be 5' tall with three courses of limestone boulders and a central hole in the center of the top rock.
4. I have finished my first draft of my newest book entitled "A Garden of Love" which is a photographic review of 30 plants from the garden with a Christian devotion related to each one.
Here are the gardens doing this year? Did you ever get in touch with some of the funeral homes in the area to let them know you have an excellent venue for memorials and post-loss meditation and reflection?
Welcome Tom. What a handsome gentleman! I'm glad you are not another orange head. I have tried to get everyone to have a face to go with their profiles...it helps to keep some idea of real community in cyberworld.
I expect some will respond to the discussion thread. If you get stuck try Dr. Musselman's website at Old Dominion University, he is considered a world authority on bible plants. He's a great guy too just like you.
Hope you have a good trip to California and that you are back home refreshed.
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