doodle by andre: the journey (+ book giveaway!)

IT HAS BEEN SIX MONTHS SINCE my book about packing up my city life and heading north to the garden was published, and to celebrate I’m offering the chance to win one of two signed copies–and dear Andre’s offering his latest doodled version of my Great Escape, above. (Truth be told, it didn’t all fit in a wheelbarrow, and I just unpacked the last boxes yesterday!) Want to win “And I Shall Have Some Peace There” for yourself, or to give as a gift?
I don’t have to tell you all how glad I am that I made the move to a much-pared-down life in a rural spot…many of you have been witnesses from the start of the adventure. But I do have a progress report on my next book, which I am finally making some headway on. This one will be very garden-centric and derives from the way I’ve always viewed gardening as a combination of “horticultural how-to and woo-woo” (the motto of this website as stated up top). One part skill, one (big) part heart and soul.

Back to the drawing: It seems appropriate to give away the book about my exit from corporate life as a Labor Day “event” here. Of course, the joke is that I now work more than I ever did–welcome to the new economy!–and also have unpaid side jobs mowing, snow shoveling and the like. (Is the grass ever going to stop needing twice-weekly attention this year?). But for me these days, it’s all a labor of love, because it all allows me to finally be here, where I truly belong.

How to Enter to Win

TO WIN ONE OF TWO SIGNED, gift-wrapped copies of “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” a book about life transitions and making time to be still and reconnect with nature, simply answer this question in the comments below:

Where do you find that little bit of peace you crave?

I know, some of you hate to say much more than “Count me in,” or “I want to win the book,” and that’s fine, too. Be shy; go ahead–your entry will be officially registered for the drawing, even if you say little or nothing. But of course an answer is much more fun, if you feel so inclined.

So let’s make this our Labor Day giveaway–I’ll draw two random winners, using the tool at random [dot] org, after entries close at midnight Monday, September 5. Good luck–and have a wonderful weekend, hopefully to include some moments of peace and time in the garden.


  • The book has its own website, if you haven’t visited before.
  • Gift-wrapped, inscribed copies are always available in my little shop.
  • And P.S. — If you have read it, writing a quick review on Amazon helps the cause. Thank you!
  1. Mary says:

    A couple places give me peace right. The first is at a small outdoor theatre I work for. I always take a couple strolls around the grounds and its gardens when I’m there. The other place is what my boyfriend and I call the library park. We picnic there and read. It’s very relaxing.

  2. Margaret says:

    ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED, but I welcome your comments at any time, of course.

    I’ll use the tool at random [dot] org to select the two winners and email them today.

    Thank you all for participating — another book event to come soon.


  3. Cat says:

    I find peace in the visual beauty of our garden, peace washes over me when I spend time, even in doing the mundane chores in the garden, the work there is not work really, but more like mediation to and with the universe. It my gift to have ands t

  4. cozymama3 says:

    I find that little piece of peace I crave in 2 places. The first, of couse, is my garden. The second, is my soaking tub. After I get our 3 kids to bed, many a night, I fill the tub, light some cancles and peek out into the moonlight to see enjoy the stillness of my nighttime garden. My view changes as the seasons do, but the relaxation, the warmth, and the peace provides steady escape from the rush and the hub-bub. My little piece of peace is my greatest escape.

  5. Joan Hannes says:

    My peaceful spot is in our “sunporch” which is usable about 75% of the year. I hang out there, in the Girl Cave, with my cat, Misty. We are escaping the noise and doings of 4 men and we get to hear the birds, and watch the deer and foxes as they move through our suburban backyard. I’ve been known to bundle up pretty good to hang out there!

    1. Margaret says:

      HI, Cheryl. I wish I had kept up with my childhood interest in drawing/painting — but I haven’t tried in years. I remember well how enjoyable it was; not sure what happened (probably my teenage years!).

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