Spring came late, but it has finally arrived


  Commentary By Arnold Dyre

   We had a late Spring this year.
   True to form, cold weather kept coming around until we got past Easter. Although we are barely past Easter and some of you may still be finding some too well-hidden Easter eggs, I think I can safely say that the threat of cold weather is now finally behind us, and you can set out your tomato and pepper plants.
   My little patch of lettuce is doing great. My spinach has already bolted, and my asparagus is sending up daily shoots that grow so fast that you have to be “Johnny-on-the-Spot” to harvest them while they are still young and tender.
   The mystery plants that sprouted in my mulch bed and looked so promising that they earned spots in raised beds have turned out to be Irish potatoes and cucumbers.
   I have pepper plants from last year that are six-feet tall, but I am still waiting for volunteer tomatoes to appear.
   Meanwhile my bees are buzzing, the fish are biting, and I have a novel that a few people are beginning to read.
   Appropriately, the very first review on Amazon was from one of my old Navy buddies, “Doc” Parsons. He said the book, Untruths and Truths Untold, is aptly titled and that it was entertaining from the first sentence to the last. “Doc” gave the book five stars!
   Remarking about my novel, old Clovis noted that the title, Untruths and Truths Untold, means “lies and secrets.”  He wanted to know why I had not just called the book Lies and Secrets. I told him that I thought Untruths and Truths Untold sounds more mysterious.
   Awhile back, when commenting on my weekly column, someone asked me what I was going to do when I ran out of things to write about. I told that person that I supposed I could then start lying.
   Well, in the literary world, lying is called “fiction.” When you get around to reading my novel, remember that it is fiction. I only tell the truth in my GrenadaStar columns.
   So plant your tomatoes, go fishing and, if you find the time, read my novel. Probably, the book may not stack up against a tomato sandwich or a good mess of crappie or bream, but I think you will enjoy it.


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