Wednesday, Trees for Teagan — Off Center & Not Even

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

2 Gnarly Cottonwoods at sunset Tim Price
Two Big Gnarly Old Cottonwoods by Tim Price

Tim and Laurie Price live on a magical spot in the Land of Enchantment.  Tim shares a lot of fantastic photos at his blog, Off Center & Not Even.  I was honored when he said I could “claim” one of the trees at their place.  He gave me a choice of some grand trees.  I nearly chose that beautiful blue spruce (click over to see it), but the first image (see at the end of this post) of a pair of splendidly gnarly old trees called to me.  You can see all of the trees I could have chosen in Tim’s post (link at the end of this post). 

Desert Atonement Graveyard by Tim Price capture
Desert Atonement Graveyard by Tim Price (capture)

Years ago, Tim was inspired by “Atonement, Tennessee” to create his imagining of the house and graveyard. He also reviewed the book in that post.  I’ve wanted to write “Desert Atonement” ever since. Click the link. Notice the cat (perched on the tall white grave stone) with a black feather in the image above.  It is always a wonderful thing to me, when someone can see my stories in their own life or location. 

Anyhow, here is the rest of Tim’s post with all the trees, beginning with the pair I claimed.  That setting, with the shed and the truck also makes me think of Atonement, TN.  I hope you’ll click over and visit him.  Hugs on the wing!

Teagan, of Teagan’s Books, and I have been following each other for years, and for some reason, Teagan had not claimed a tree. Here are the remaining cottonwoods on the property and a Blues Spruce she can choose from. If none of these seem fitting, there are a lot more trees in the bosque.

via Trees for Teagan — Off Center & Not Even  Please click over and visit Tim.


Universal purchase links for  Atonement, Tennessee

It is also listed in the Rave Reviews Book Club (#RRBC) catalog.

Atonement, Tennessee



Crystal Atonement book stack

67 thoughts on “Wednesday, Trees for Teagan — Off Center & Not Even

  1. I was happy to discover a post I had not previously read from you. Hope things are getting better and your desire to return with a new chapter of the Pearl will supersede whatever obnoxious thing that mouthbreathing troll wrote. Healing hugs on the wings of a supersonic eagle flapping your way. I love the idea of Atonement in the Desert. I like the desert but I’m a late fall, winter, early spring–marshmallow type of desert groupie. To me 90 is a bad high and an even worse low.

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    1. Hey Pat! Thanks so much for going to this trouble. (There were a few other things, along with the trolls… all in one week. It was a crap week. I’m afraid to promise about the Pearl for this weekend. I’ll try.)
      One of the beauties of the desert is that the lack of cloud cover lets it cool off a lot at night. That gives a break that we never get on the east coast. Yes, it gets hotter than I like in the summer — but that’s true of the rest of the country. Either way, I’d be inside with my air conditioner. LOL.
      Anyhow, I’m glad you enjoyed this joint post with Tim Price. He’s a total “cat man.” When I can get my act together enough, we’re working on a music parody song, making a classic into something funny about cats. Stay tuned! Hugs on the wing.

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      1. Sorry your week was terrible, awful, very bad, no good…. The cat parody would be a hoot. Yeah, the desert can cool off at night but going from 120+ to 90 something is at least 30 degrees hotter than my personal preference, plus shade can be an issue. Viva la air conditioning. Hugs back at ya.

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  2. Love Trees Teagan and given the choice I think I would have chosen something similar. I love old weather worn trees that hold mystery within their beautiful shapes.
    Its been a while since I hopped on over here my friend and my you have been busy since the New Year with your posts and stories…
    If you hadn’t have pointed out the Cat, I may have missed her/him.. Love cats, and we were owned by our fare share of them in the past.. 🙂
    Sending Love as I see what else you have been up to this January ❤

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      1. Not enough time though… Wish I had more hours in a day these days…
        And agree loved the images of cat and feather..
        Sending love and hugs your way dear Teagan and so admire your work and effort you put into each and every chapter and post.. ❤

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    1. Thanks Jan. Posts like that, by others, are always very special to me.
      LOL, I meant it when I said I’ve been trying ever since to figure out how to combine the desert with my Atonement stories. Maybe it would have to be a “spin off”… In my November (WriMo) novel, I made a connection, using a character who is only mentioned in the Atonement stories… maybe I will grow something from that… Hugs on the wing!

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    1. I can’t tell you how special it is to me when something like the posts for Atonement from Tim and the doors post from Dan happens, Diana. It means the world to me. Thanks for visiting. Congrats on your review from Marje. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Yikes! I know that feeling, Mary. In and around DC, so many huge old trees would fall over when there had been too much rain, destabilizing their root systems. That pair of cottonwoods spoke to me right away, but it was still hard to choose. Tim photographs them so well. Thanks for visiting. Stay warm. Hugs on the wing.

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  3. Teagan, I love the tree you choose … until I started blogging I’d never heard of Cottonwood Trees but immediately found the name so evocative! What great friends you’ve made here in Tim and Laurie and wonderful that they connected so with your book. This interconnectedness is the best part of blogging! 😀

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    1. It is a lovely name for a tree, Annika. I had not seen one until I moved from Nashville to Albuquerque about 15 years ago. There were lots of them there. One evening I got home from work and there was a knee-high pile of “cotton” that had blown against my door. At first I couldn’t figure out what it was. Then not long after that, I was driving on the freeway and what looked like a snow storm of giant white flakes blustered up, making it nearly impossible to see. Some drivers even pulled off the highway. At such a high elevation, I thought it must be snow, despite the warm day. What else could it be? But no… there was that much stuff from the cottonwood trees, blowing through the air!
      I agree completely about blogging. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. It’s good to see you, Mae. Yes, that was so nice of Tim. LOL, how could I resist that tree? It’s just like me — big, old and gnarly! 😀 I really do find that kind of tree so much more interesting than a perfect specemin. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Doesn’t it though? A little later Tim sent that stunning sunset photo of it. The best part is that the tree is far enough away from me that I shouldn’t be able to kill it. I’m horrible with plants. After I moved to this cottage, all the backyard trees died… So discouraging. It’s such a sad backyard now. So I’ll enjoy these from Tim. Hugs on the wing!

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  4. Thanks, Teagan. Great post. The house in my review of Atonement is not a typical style for these parts, which has a lot of adobe houses, but I thought it was fitting for Atonement.

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    1. I agree about the house, Tim. Plus the setting around the pair of cottonwoods is perfect for “Atonement.” That made me think of the book, and I couldn’t resist making your old post part of this one. Years later, it remains one of my favorites. Hugs on the wing!

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  5. what a lovely place. I have claimed a young tree right out front from where I moved last summer. it is a beautiful ginkgo tree, my absolute favorite, and I saw it as a sign that I had chosen the right place to live.

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  6. I love trees, Teagan, and I understand why you love these images. Atonement is such a special novel and place that I am not surprised people feel inspired by it. Good luck and happy Wednesday!

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