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Definitely a gardener.

A great tribute. Every major thing I've done on a computer, I've done on an Apple. When I went to college I took a Mac classic with me (with 4 MB of RAM, which still cracks me up since my phone has 16 GB!). I think I've written almost every story story I've ever had published on a Mac (I think there was a time at the Freeman when we didn't have Macs, but that's the only place I worked without Macs at every desk). And I can't imagine what the publishing industry would look like today without Steve Jobs.

There are those who dive into computers because it comes naturally, and those who want nothing to do with them. In between are the majority of people, who need to get their feet wet gradually. It has to begin with something they find useful. (Not just for the computer's sake). My wife warmed up to computing by shopping for things on eBay. Then came email, Craigslist, Facebook, Blogging, etc. She's a wiz now, but still has trouble sometimes. Repetition and gradual skill building were the learning to play the piano.

About 14 years ago, Steve Jobs bought the lot next door to his house in suburban Palo Alto, CA, tore down the old house there and planted an apricot orchard. Apparently he wanted more privacy around his house, and that's the solution he thought of. Not sure how hands-on he was with it, but what a nice privacy buffer.

I worked at Apple for almost 8 years. It was exhausting, frustrating, challenging, triumphant, joyful, and still sweet. Now, iGarden. I believe gardeners, farmers, and garden writers have been doing what Steve did at Apple - we watch, listen and learn. We create again and again.

We lovers of nature are often forced to "Think Different." And, after a lot of work, "Boom" it finally happens - that glorious Franklina blooms.

Off to work with the same passion, determination and anticipation. Thank you Steve. You are very much alive.

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