Twist Collective asked our contributors to tell us the story of the best surprise of their lives. Click on their pictures below for their answers, and for the links to their individual websites.


Mary Jane Mucklestone

Spring! every year it takes me by surprise. When I moved to Santa Barbara I rode my bike past an amazing purple-blossomed tree one morning. I told everyone I met about this beautiful tree. Imagine my suprise when three days later the whole town was purple with Jacarandas blooming! Here in Maine, spring is a little more subtle, but perhaps more surprising when after long months, the bare rattling sticks of the Maple trees squeeze out their little red buds, and are soon bursting like wee sparklers.