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Berry Go Round is coming to Brainripples

Garden Strawberry, Genus Fragaria

Host: Brainripples
Deadline: July 28
Email to: trees [at] brainripples [dot] com (or use the BGR submission options here)
Themes: Stretch yourself – incorporate botanical observations with artistic reflections
Important! Put “Berry Go Round” in the subject line of your email

This July Issue #30 of the Berry Go Round blog carnival visits the Brainripples blog to celebrate all things green and growing (and fruiting).

Berry Go Round is a celebration of the plant world from a botanical perspective. What does that mean? For Berry Go Round, we want to know the juicy details about the plants you share with us – scientific name, growth habits, ecology, even cultural significance.

For Issue #30 (incidentally one of my favorite numbers), I’d like to invite all my garden-blogging, art-blogging, and tree-blogging friends to participate and share a little something extra from their usual backyard blogging fare.

Stretch yourself a little:

1) Pick a plant in your garden, or your local park, or your favorite walk of trail.

2) Look at where the plant is growing, what it’s growing with, and how it looks different right now compared with how it grows during other seasons.

3) Try to find the plant in an identification book, learn a little about its natural history and cultural significance.

4) Share your findings at your blog or website, and send me the link at trees [at] brainripples [dot] com

You don’t have you be a super-smarty-pants scientist to have fun with Berry Go Round. Gather a little info about a plant, and compose it with a song or a poem or a sketch. For example, my haiku for the banana slug:

Ariolimax columbianus poetess
sentences congeal in sticky opalescence
while she explores the shady sweetness

Even parents with kids at home for summer can use this event as a great excuse to get outside and put those kids to work learning about the plants, big and small, which quietly contribute to our lives.

And yes, to those brilliant researchers among us, I want to hear ALL the juiciness from your latest field work, your ongoing data analyses, and your newly identified flora. Tell us all, and with all the detail. I welcome your insights and look forward to sharing your discoveries here at Brainripples.

Now, go forth, and learn much about the plants of the world!

Love to WordPress

WordPress turns seven this year, and the WordPress 3.0 Release Candidate (RC) is now available for testing. Woo-hoo!!

Seeing as how I just renovated my Brainripples website using WordPress, I figured this was a great time to give a little love to WordPress and its world wide community of users and supporters, and tell you all how awesome it is to blog with WordPress.

As a new blogger in 2005 and 2006, I launched some of my first blogs using the free hosted services at WordPress.com. There I taught myself to use WordPress (and blog effectively) thanks to the helpful support community, and the many friendly bloggers who share their thoughts using WordPress.com.

I’d like to call myself a seasoned blogger now that I’ve been at it for five years, but I’m not a programmer. I owe gratitude, kudos, and donations to countless developers who make WordPress and its many plugins, themes, and other goodies available to folks like me. Blogging is a natural extension of my work as a writer, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my words with the world audience without wasting my time trying to reinvent the blog.

If you’re new to blogging, here’s the first suggestion I have to offer: blog on WordPress. Even if it’s hard for you at the beginning, it will be worth the time you spend teaching yourself to use it. There are other tools which might be easier for the newest of newcomers, but nothing in my experience compares to the quality and versatility of WordPress, the helpfulness of its users and supporters, and the availability of information and tools to help you learn to use it.

You can teach yourself everything you need to know to use WordPress by simply taking your time, asking lots of questions, and reading the generous forum archives where others have hit the same brick walls, broken the same lines of code, and found the same workarounds, fixes, and methods to make WordPress operate at its best.

Thank you, WordPress. ROCK ON!

Brainripples, Arboreality, and AppleJade

I first began blogging in 2005 with Arboreality – Tree Blogging, a blog about trees, forests, plants, wood, and other wild discoveries. Once I got the hang of blogging, I realized that I couldn’t just write about trees, and started the Brainripples blog to discuss writing, art, and creativity, and later, AppleJade where I could talk about gardening, cooking, sustainability, and spirit.

After much deliberation I’ve decided to unify my many blogs under the Brainripples umbrella. Once the Brainripples website completes its makeover, all my personal blogging will live here, where I hope my varied audiences will enjoy my combined interests. For those who prefer the original channels, I’ll keep blogging simply categorized by Studio (Brainripples), Forest (Arboreality), and Garden (AppleJade), the three places where I spend my days and create.