I saw an item about a program coming up from the Siouxland Libraries that, I have to admit, set me to thinking in a different direction.

Seems the program on March 20 will have an expert talking about growing unusual houseplants that are easy to grow.

The first thing that occurred to me was that people sometimes get in trouble by growing unusual houseplants, but of course that's not what this session is about.

It also reminded me about the time I tried to keep a few plants just to make my spartan, single-guy apartment look a little better. But it didn't help.

I managed to kill most of the small houseplants I bought, probably by watering them too much or not enough.Or something else. They were doomed.

My mother was really good with plants, both indoor and outdoor, and these days my wife is good with plants and flowers.

But this was in my single days, and I really had a brown thumb. And I'm still not good at keeping our lawn green, although again, it's not for a lack of trying.

So instead of going by what I might tell you, you're much better off going to the Caille Branch Library at 4100 South Carnegie Circle at 7pm on March 20.

It's free, it's for all ages and you will get a plant to take home.