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Joan Donaldson

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in Mount Clemens, MI, The United States
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Reading and writing summarize how I spent most of my childhood, and then I married a farmer. I still love both activities, but now I must braid together reading, writing and caring for a farm, a large garden, and all the other various activities that sustain our homestead. Yet, those jobs precipitate stories that flow into both my personal essays and novels.
When I am not working, I play my harp and piece quilts for the love of color.

The Irish coined the phrase: bright spells and showers, and those words describe the fall view out my window. Brilliant red and orange sassafras leaves, tawny oaks, against a flow blue sky...then clouds darken and fling rain across my farm.
Another bright spots during the showers is a visit to our mushroom logs. I've picked several perfect shiitake mushrooms that looked like chocolate truffles a... Read more of this blog post »
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On Viney's Mountain

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A Pebble and a Pen

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On Viney's Mountain (Cumber...

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Wedded to the Land: Stories...

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How to Make Maple Syrup

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The Real Pretend

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Whistler's Murder

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