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I’m starting to feel less frantic and anxious than I have since spring and I think I know why. It isn’t because I’ve made a smooth transition from planting to maintaining. I … more
I haven’t gotten everything planted yet. (Yes, I know it’s July.) My back porch holds a collection of trays lined with 4-and 6-packs of stressed out nicotiana seedlings spiked into … more
I’m sorry, I’d love to stay and chat but can’t possibly take the time right now. The garden is doing its springing into summer thing and it’s all I can do to keep up. Is it … more
I have one ambition in life unlikely to earn me any medals: I want to watch plants grow. I did sit down once, years ago, to witness the opening of an evening primrose flower. I don’t remember … more
My carpenter and I have been talking about replacing the back fence ever since our dog Nino was alive. His job, for which he was well compensated, was to harry woodchucks along its length to their … more
My garden this very minute, as it wakes up, is at its best. You might take one look, see winter’s debris still strewn about and not much in bloom and wonder if I’ve lost my marbles. … more
Patience is a virtue,Virtue is a grace.Grace is a little girl,Who would not wash her face. —Dick King-Smith We gardeners are generally credited for being patient, but March puts us to the test … more
Last weekend when the wind-chill temperatures registered in single digits I found things to do inside. Any other winter day I’d have been happy for the excuse to curl up with a book but I … more
I walked the dog a few blocks out of our usual way today to check for signs of spring. The weather was mild — it has been for days, and for days ahead too the forecast looks promising. Even … more
I have the blues. If this were any other season, I’d be referring to some pretty sky-colored flowers or glaucous foliage. But this time of year in this neck of the woods, a lack of energy and … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.