Sunday, April 27, 2008

Writing break...

One of the best sort of writing breaks has to be gardening...

Whether or not your paragraphs turn out right, you have something to show for your labors.
And the entire family can enjoy it.


Patrick S. O'Donnell said...

If you continue to place pictures like these I'll no longer have any reason to visit Althouse's blog!

Mary L. Dudziak said...

If readers like things like this (I wasn't sure...), I am happy to comply. This is a substantive blog, but as Darwin knew (, gardening and scholarship are not unrelated.

Patrick S. O'Donnell said...

Indeed, scholarship and gardening are related, to wit:

Cooper, David E. A Philosophy of Gardens (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Keswick, Maggie. The Chinese Garden: History, Art and Architcture (Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press, 3rd ed., 2003).

Ross, Stephanie. What Gardens Mean (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1998).

Taylor, Patrick, ed. The Oxford Companion to the Garden (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

And any number of books on Zen and gardens.

In our household there is a division of spousal labor between academic life and gardening, although I fancy myself to be rather accomplished when it comes to digging, raking, sweeping, weed-pulling, watering and the like; my dear wife, on the other hand, is a master gardener (not long ago even certified as such!), for which my condominium neighbors are most grateful.