This photo of the kitchen garden at Mount Vernon captures the serene and peaceful week I am having amidst my friends at the conference my former writing group puts on every year and a half on the banks of the Potomac, not too far from Washington, DC. I took this photo on Wednesday, when a friend and I made the one hour drive to do a touristy thing and visit President George Washington estate. Contrary to the still rather gray outdoors in Chicago, spring was well under foot at Mount Vernon, and I will share a photo essay of that trip. But for now, I shall enjoy another day of talking about writing.