NOTE: Commenter #4 can still get a copy of Orange Mint and Honey!
Pearl Cleage's latest book Seen it All and Done the Rest is, of course, wonderful. One of the things I love about her books is there's always at least one character who still believes in peace, love and understanding. The character in this latest is Abbie, who we've seen before in Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do. In this book Abbie lobbies for starting a peace garden:
"We have to find a way to do whatever it takes to reclaim our country. And it doesn't have to be something big. It can be something that seems small. Something that helps you remember the good things. Focus on your neighbors. Focus on the mountains behind your house. Focus on any grandbaby you can find. Focus on music you sing with other people. Focus on growing something. That's why we're making a garden here and that's why we're going to call it the Martin Luther King Peace Garden Number One. Because if we can grow sunflowers on Martin Luther King Drive, maybe we can grow sunflowers in Baghdad, too."
I haven't planted sunflowers in a while, but this just might be the year for them again. I'm going to plant for peace this year, what about you? Anybody else up for having a peace garden?
Tell you what, be the first person to leave a comment here that you'll plant something, ANYTHING, for peace this year and I'll send you Pearl's book.
Be the second person to tell me you'll plant for peace and I'll send you a copy of Walk Tall, which has a bright, cheery sunflower on the cover and words of peace inside.
I'll send the third person a copy of Orange Mint and Honey because that has a peace garden (of sorts) in it too.