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Honest Scrap from Your Small Kitchen Garden

I was surprised recently by my garden blogging friend, punkrockgardens, when she awarded Your Small Kitchen Garden an “Honest Scrap” award. More correctly, I guess, the award was for me.

Recipients of the Honest Scrap award are supposed to reveal ten truths about themselves, and then extend the award to seven other bloggers. As a blogger, I tend to focus on “how-to” topics that reveal little about me personally… and almost nothing beyond my garden and my kitchen. So, this Honest Scrap award is license for me to share stuff that has no natural place in Your Small Kitchen Garden blog.

In other words, if you want gardening, please read the other posts in my blog. If you’re here for random, useless factoids about a kitchen gardener, here they come!

My grandmother’s suitcase holds enough gear to put on a magic show; it has performed with me since I was a teenager.

From Beyond my Kitchen Garden

  1. I used to be a member of IBM… the International Brotherhood of Magicians. I did a few “professional” magic shows during my teen years, and I still enjoy doing magic from time-to-time.
  2. My nickname is Doc. It has many origins not the least of which is my geekiness.
  3. I very much don’t like being called Dan or Danny. My mom instilled this in me. She insisted she named me Daniel. She also didn’t grock with “Doc.”
  4. My parents’ depression-era mentality has a big influence on me; I try to do things at low cost and I tend to save stuff that may be useful some day… then I end up buying new stuff because I can’t find the stuff I saved until after I buy new stuff.
  5. I find it very hard to ask people for help, so I try to do a lot of things myself that I really shouldn’t.
  6. The billiards table shortly after it arrived. Sadly, that wet bar to the right is still dry; it’s hard to finish building a billiards room once the billiards table is in place… whenever you have time to work on the room, there’s that table ready for a game.

  7. From about age 11 I’ve felt strongly as though I’m on the wrong planet.
  8. I really enjoy speaking in front of groups—especially about topics on which I’m well informed.
  9. In my 20s I decided I would one day have my own pool table. In my late 40s I built a billiards room with a hardwood floor in what used to be a two-car garage. Now that I have a pool table, I never have free time (or does playing pool count as free time?)
  10. Being a writer has been my most consistent aspiration, starting when I was in 3rd grade.
  11. I hate how the Internet has devalued writers and promoted hideously poor-quality prose.

My chosen recipients for Honest Scrap awards are people whose blogs I especially enjoy, and I imagine I’d very much enjoy these people in person. Some write blogs that are so personal, they may be challenged to offer 10 new and different truths. No matter. For each I extend the award with no strings. I read your blogs and tweets cuz I love the honest scrap about which you already write.

Jenn at Jenns Garden

Trina at Garden Mom

Daisy at Compost Happens

Arkie at The Well-Read Gardener

Robin at Bumblebee Blog

Sandy at Momisodes

Cecily at Uppercase Woman



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