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August 3, 2009

Letters to the President

President Obama gets 65,000 paper letters and more than 100,000 e-mails a week, and he has asked his staff to go through them all and choose 10 for him to see each day that represent the concerns expressed in all those letters. He hand-writes responses to three or four of those letters each day.

In this behind-the-scenes White House video, the president says that most of the letters are about health care. But one letter writer described using the government's $250 stimulus check to plant a raised bed vegetable garden - inspired by the first lady's vegetable garden - and send the president a picture of the results.

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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.

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