Maurie Traylor

The Novel Gardener

I chose the name "The Novel Gardener" to represent my creative life that includes writing, art and design. This is my writing portfolio that includes all published articles.

I graduated from Oklahoma State University and had a successful fifteen year career in sales and sales training. When my children left home to begin their own adult lives, I knew that I had to live my best life so that they could see that learning never ends. I have always had a personal journal but it took time and the encouragement of many others for me to write for publication.

My influences are varied including Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Oliver, Anne Lamott, Harper Lee, David Sedaris and David Foster Wallace. My favorite genre to read is the novel but my favorite form to write is the essay.

In addition to writing, I enjoy painting with watercolors and start each day with a "scribble". I begin each day with a scribble, a walk with Jackson and time in the garden before writing. In addition to writing, I create gardens (and other sacred spaces) for clients, friends and myself.

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Portfolio

Edible Tulsa

The Fallow Season's Gifts

The gardener's best tool can be a pencil.

Edible Tulsa

Preservation Station

Edible Tulsa

The Edible Garden: Growing Fruit Trees

Photography by: Brooke Allen & Carole Topolian

Oklahoma Gardener

The Life of the Garden Party

Photo Credit: Valerie Grant

Oklahoma Gardener

Cool Shrubs

Photo Credit: Valerie Grant

Tulsaccreview

Grief and the Modern Girl

Say the word "grief" aloud and its brevity pulls you up short. First, the hard, guttural "g," like a moan of pain barked after a fist to the gut. Then, the hissing "f," like a...

Oklahoma Gardener

Finding Space

Photography by: Carole Topalian & Barry Jarvis

Edible Tulsa

Culinary Herbs

Oklahoma Gardener

What's The Deal With Dill

TulsasTable

TulsasTable

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Tulsa Food

Big Pivots in the Blue Dome District - TulsaFood - Tulsa Food

"Failure is not failure, but failure to change might be." - John Wooden Great coaches know when it's time to make a change. Instinctively, they perceive when game-changing...

Oklahoma Gardener

Nature's Gift

Take a vacant lot, five charities, and the vision of Keith Butler, and you get Britney Farms, a working community garden in the heart of busy midtown Tulsa. Photo credit: Mary...

Tulsa Food

Coney Island: A Tulsa Legend Since 1926 - Tulsa Food

Is there a more ubiquitous food item than the hot dog? From roadside drive-in's to burger shacks, the hot dog is an American favorite. And yet, this humble delight has an...

Tulsa Food

Hammett House: Home Cookin' in the Heartland since 1969 (Seriously) - Tulsa Food

"There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place." - J.K. Rowling Bill Baird thought he knew the story of Hammett House's favorite condiment, fondly...

Tulsa Food

How I dined out in Tulsa every day of the week, lunch and dinner, for $99. (Part 1- Dinner) -...

It began with a challenge: to dine out in Tulsa every day, lunch and dinner, on a total budget of only $99. Could this be done and still enjoy flavorful, exciting, local dining?...

Tulsa Food

All Roads Lead to La Roma: Authentic Lebanese Food in South Tulsa - Tulsa Food

Even more than the d├ęcor, exciting menus, and exotic drinks, I love the feel of a restaurant. It's more sensory than sensibility. It's the feeling of the embrace upon returning...

Oklahoma Gardener

Second Chance Tomato Romance

Extend the growing season with fall tomatoes; Photo credit: Mary Anne Harris

Tulsa Food

Raves and Faves: Summer's Top Ten Flavor Adventures in Tulsa - Tulsa Food

"He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left." - Chinese Proverb Summer time is travel time. We pack our bags and embark on journeys. We plan, scheme and...

TulsaFood.com

A Peaceful Retreat

The Tropical offers an edible landscape and top-notch options for all eaters.

Oklahoma Gardener

Spice It Up

Photo credit: Mary Anne Harris (Harris House Studios)