NOT CONTENT TO SIT STILL OR TO HAVE JUST ONE SISTER, we have given birth to another. Blog, that is, and specifically a blog network called The Sister Project. Want to meet my real sister, and some new ones?
The Sister Project is sort of my unplanned late-life baby; it wasn’t meant to happen. What was intended was a book, co-authored by me and my younger sister, Marion Roach Smith. While Marion was writing away diligently, I was at my house carrying on a late-night romance with internet 2.0, and with WordPress in particular, as you A Way to Garden visitors know. The latest love child of that romance is The Sister Project, a blog network or family of related blogs: sister blogs.
The more Marion (left) and I delved into our joint memoir that circles round the puzzle of “nature or nurture?” and our same-but-different realities as siblings, the more I got to thinking about the other sister experiences out there. Whether biological or political, half, twin or step, sister to one brother or to five other girls, all of them are loosely threaded together with ours, or so it feels.
I thought we could explore that thread of connecton in a blog network…and so here we go.
The Sister Project turns out to be related to A Way to Garden in more ways than just through me. Everyone among the first bloggers on the new network had a connection to my garden blog…again, it’s all about the threads.
Marion, 52 (my genetic sister) was the catalyst for some of my earliest garden essays, and coined the phrase “Urgent Garden Question” that now is the title of the Q&A Forums here. One of A Way to Garden’s first commenters ever, then-stranger Paige Smith Orloff, 42, has become a sister-friend to me in these exciting last months. And my cherished youngest sister-friend of many years, Anastasia Smith, 23, was A Way to Garden’s summer intern. Each has her own sister story, and maybe you do, too…
So come see us, maybe even this holiday weekend. No time like a holiday weekend for family stories, is there? Happy Thanksgiving from me and all my sisters, new and old, to you and yours.