**Breaking News* Don’t forget if you’re in Portland, my first launch party is this Sun, Feb 15, 2-4 PM at Periscope Books in Forest Grove, OR. I’ll be joined by writers Jenn Crowell, Sue Parman, and Lorri Nandrea. Hope to see you there!

I don’t know about where you are, but Portland is experiencing spring right now. Has been for a week.

Not just the daffodils. Not just the crocuses. The tulips have been reported coming up!

Now I don’t have tulips pushing up, but I have a corner of the world where I observe the moss, and I love its springy green-ness and delicate scale.

You might have heard me wax poetic about moss before, and never fear: you’ll hear me do it again. It’s a staple of the Scottish medical cupboard, and often comes with its friend, heather.

Does this mean we won’t get a snowstorm in Portland this year? Who knows. All I know is that I’m enjoying the springy newness around me on my walks in this green city.

And bonus question: who knows what this interesting red tree is? Very striking at this stage.

More info on the launch in my previous post! There will be treats and readings and Q&A! Why wouldn’t you be there??