A Welcome from "The Gardener"

Don Staffin

​Author, Columnist, Entertainer

Don Staffin has been writing a periodic column called Postcards from the Garden of Estrogen since 2004.  He has been performing stand-up comedy since 2015, appearing in clubs in the tri-state area, and has also performed in New Orleans, London, Manila and Copenhagen.

Don loves acapella and barbershop vocal performance, and can frequently be found singing or arranging such music or coaching his favorite singing group, OneSky (pictured at right).

In the world away from The Garden, Don is a recognized leader in the field of international marine e-commerce with ShipServ Ltd, and an accomplished public speaker.  He holds bachelors and masters degrees in engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.  

Don is also a member of the Board of Directors of Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!).

Greetings, and welcome to The Garden of Estrogen.  You may be prompted to ask, “What is this place?”  Is it an environment where the foolish male is adrift in a sea of self pity, never able to do anything right?  No (although occasionally it might seem that way).  Rather, the Garden is an oasis where one can observe and learn how females look at the world – filtered through a man’s eyes, of course.

For example…


The Scene:  Husband and wife are standing in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on preparations for a family party that afternoon.

Wife:  “What kind of wine should we serve - white or red?”

Truth be told, I’m more of a beer kind of guy, but I venture an opinion nevertheless…

Husband: “Red, I guess.”

Wife: “On our white carpet?  With kids around?  Are you nuts?”

Husband:  “If there was only one correct answer, why ask in the first place?”

Wife (laughing): “I have no idea.”

Does anyone else find this just a little perplexing?


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A number of years ago, I began to organize my observations into words, and sent my first “Postcard from the Garden of Estrogen” to about two dozen people.  The response was so encouraging, I sent another – and another, etc.  Before long, I started getting requests from people who had seen the Postcards and wanted to be added to the list of recipients, both inside and outside the USA.  It seems "The Gardener" has worldwide appeal.

What I have found along the way is that the Postcards generate different responses from the two sexes.  Men tend to be amused by the observations and anecdotes and will often share their stories of a similar nature. 

What I did not expect was that women would have such an overwhelmingly positive reaction.  I think the reason for this is... actually, I have no idea why this is the case.

I hope you enjoy your stay in The Garden of Estrogen.

Don Staffin, a.k.a. “The Gardener”