Take Back the Holidays!

By LeAnn Locher, PQ Monthly

I get it. The holidays are overdone. Over-commercialized. I just wish they’d be over. Forget the Christmas crap that shows up in the stores in September, the overdone details of gift wrap and complex appetizer platters …

Body Acceptance and Climbing a $&#*@ Mountain

By LeAnn Locher, PQ Monthly

I could write for days about my love/hate relationship with my body. My weight has been an all-consuming aspect of my head space my entire life. Dieting since a single-digit age, I learned self-judgment was harsh …

Potted Plants Sail Through Summer

By LeAnn Locher, PQ Monthly

As we ease into the dog days of summer, I realize the flush of blooms and grandiose abundance of new growth has given way to “hanging on.” Plants at full growth of the year, basking in …

Jam Pride

By LeAnn Locher, PQ Monthly

This is not meant to be a boastful column. But I’ll just put it out there now. My berry jam won a first place ribbon at the 2013 Oregon State Fair. And now, I’m full of …

Conjuring the Scent of a Garden

By LeAnn Locher, PQ Monthly

My garden is not a scent-free environment. In fact, the sense of smell may be the most important and vital factor to providing me happiness and contentment in the garden. It conjures memories, joy, and the …

Grow it, Eat it: Asparagus

By LeAnn Locher, PQ Monthly

It’s time. The return of the variety of fresh green vegetables that are something other than kale. (Not that I have anything against kale. Some of my best friends are kale.) Spring has sprung and that …

Hanging out with the Birds

By LeAnn Locher, PQ Monthly

During our recent Snowpocalypse 2014! we spent countless hours watching Ice TV, also known as gazing out the window. Seeing the landscape in a totally different way, completely covered in snow and white was mesmerizing, and …

Bringing a Critical Eye to the Garden

By LeAnn Locher, PQ Monthly

We’ve been building our garden for 16 years and through this time, my approach to it has shifted and changed. In the beginning, I focused on plants for full sun and ones described as fast or …