Tuesday, September 11, 2012


By: Aunt Alba
From: The White House Gardener Mysteries by Dorothy St. James

Today is a day for remembering. Eleven years have passed, and for some the years may have softened the memories just a bit. The ground may have healed. But the memories will linger, to teach us about ourselves. To teach us about humanity. The bad and the good...especially the good.

Today, I will plant a garden of red and yellow mum's in my mother's backyard in honor of the heroes of 9/11. Red for the bravery in the men and women's hearts who made a difference on that terrible day. Yellow to remind us of those who didn't survive.

You can do like me and plant a flowerbed.
You can plant a tree.
You can volunteer at a local shelter.
Or you can say a prayer.

September 11 has become a National Day of Service and Remembrance, a day when Americans across the country come together to honor the victims of 9/11 and to reaffirm the strength of our nation with acts of service and charity.

What you do today can be as simple as taking a meal to an older neighbor or reaching out to thank a member of our armed services. Or you might offer your services to a local charitable organization, get involved with a cause you feel strongly about.

One kind act when viewed alone may seem small, insignificant.

But remember...one drop of water (when combined with others) swiftly becomes an ocean.


Dorothy St. James writes the White House Gardener Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Flowerbed of State is the first book in the series. The Scarlet Pepper takes Casey on a second adventure. Be sure to grab your copy of these books while they're still available! Visit with Dorothy on the web or at Facebook. Or follow her on Twitter.

"Credible characters, a fast-paced plot, and a light look at political life in Washington, D.C., will delight cozy fans." ~ Publishers Weekly

"This spunky new romantic suspense series is an obvious pick for readers who enjoy Julie Hyzy's "White House Chef" series (Buffalo West Wing), but also think of gardening mystery series such as Rosemary Harris's (Slugfest)." ~ Library Journal


  1. Thank you for the reminder, Aunt Alba. In Threadville today, we're providing the materials, and we and our customers are making sweaters, booties, and hats for preemies. And yes, the ladies in my shop will be putting touches of machine embroidery on what we make.

  2. What a lovely post and a brilliant idea. I can imagine lots of us planting those beautiful mums throughout the country in remembrance.

    ~ Krista