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Anne Stinson Simply One of a Kind by Kathi Ferguson

It was not until I was asked to write this story that I discovered Anne Stinson was my neighbor. Suddenly, it made sense that the eye-catching garden I had long been admiring from across the street just happened to belong to the author of the Star Democrat’s weekly column, Nature Notes. A brief encounter with Anne on the way to the mailbox one afternoon offered the perfect opportunity to introduce myself and compliment her on her excellent taste in curb appeal. “When we moved here,” she informed me, “I decided I had to take out all of those ‘ordinary green things’ and plant something much more interesting!” Quick to accept Anne’s invitation to visit the next day, we spent several hours getting acquainted over coffee and pecan Danish in the living room of her Easton home. A myriad of beautiful paintings (several with Stinson as the subject), drawings, and photos of Anne’s family cover the walls, seeming to encompass the baby grand piano that is perfectly positioned near the front window. “I used to play,” says Anne, “but

Anne Stinson enjoys an afternoon on the beach in the 1960s. not very well, although I’m not a bad singer!” We chatted about life, love, family, art, and, yes, writing. One conversation with this lifetime lover of words was like hearing her stories come alive. 45

August 2014 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times August 2014

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