Saturday, February 11, 2012

Back to Eden and A Quick eBook Update

Good morning, readers!

I hope this February day finds you well.  It is a bright, beautiful Florida morning here. The temperature is in the high 50's and low 60's.  The air is much cooler than our recent days have been.  I am most definitely going to be taking advantage of the freshness in the air today.  Gardening and running are at the top of today's list!  Our weather will be turning hot and humid before you know it.

Speaking of gardening... Last evening, my family and I watched an incredible documentary called Back to Eden.  We began the movie thinking that we would watch about thirty minutes of it, but were so enraptured with Paul Gautschi's gardening methods that we ended up watching the entire hour and forty-three minutes of it!  We might even watch it again.

Mr. Gautschi's methods are incredibly simple and completely organic.  The only tool he uses is a rake.  We were amazed at the beautiful produce he is able to grow.

Back to Eden was made only last year, so it is relatively new. Here is the film synopsis from their website...

After years of back-breaking toil in ground ravaged by the effects of man-made growing systems, Paul Gautschi has discovered a taste of what God intended for mankind in the garden of Eden. Some of the vital issues facing agriculture today include soil preparation, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, and PH issues. None of these issues exist in the unaltered state of nature or in Paul’s gardens and orchards.

“Back to Eden” invites you to take a walk with Paul as he teaches you sustainable organic growing methods that are capable of being implemented in diverse climates around the world.

The best part?  You can watch it online for free!  That's right!  I'm thankful for the filmmakers' generosity; we learned quite a lot from the film.  I would certainly recommend it to you and your family.  Click here to visit the Back to Eden website and view the documentary.

Now for my eBook update... Unfortunately, I will be pushing the release date of A Beginner's Guide to Portrait Photography back one week to February 22nd.  It was a decision that I had hoped to avoid, but one that needed to be made in the end.

I want this eBook to benefit its readers as much as possible, and I am just going to need a few more days to finish writing, editing, tweaking, and publishing it.  The extra time will also keep me from neglecting family and home responsibilities, something that should not happen for the sake of a project (however worthy).  ;)

Thank you all so very much for your encouragement and prayers; they are much appreciated.  I am so looking forward to releasing this eBook!  :)

What are your plans for today?


  1. This weather is indeed a treat, and my family and I are going to strivve to embrace it as long as it lasts! {Maybe a bike ride, or outside activities!} I am looking forward to the completion of your new booK as well... how excited you must be!

    In Christ,

  2. Planting seeds, Sorting through hive boxes/doing repairs, and preparing an area to add to my blueberry orchard are on the top of my list today.

    Sounds like a lovely day. It is a bit cooler here, but still pretty warm (NC). I can't wait to watch the video you recommended!
    Thanks =)

  3. today was windy and about 50 degrees out- perfect! we spent the morning at a local plantation, walking and enjoying the outdoors. it was soo lovely!

  4. Your humility and willingness to move the release date of your ebook back, for the sake of serving your family, is really quite encouraging Lauren! Thank you!

  5. My family and I just watched "Back to Eden". It was so informing...we are definitely going to do a mulch garden this year!

    Thanks for sharing this,


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