This Little Girl

photos taken by/shared with permission of this girl’s mom This little girl is my neighbor. This photo was taken a year ago when the first harvests from my revitalized Sharing Garden were ready. I had originally cleared out the edible landscape surrounding my home because I was scheduled to leave for Peace Corps Uganda for…

Lovely and Unexpected

This was a lovely and unexpected surprise receiving this beautiful and sustainably-made award (photographed yesterday in my Sharing Garden) from the City of Dunwoody in Metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA and its Sustainability Commission. Thank you. (If interested, see here for a generous story in my local newspaper, with a photo by Kathy Florence.) Related post:…

And There Will Be Blackberries

poem written in April 2020, a month into the pandemic here in the USA, when June (when the blackberries would be ready) seemed almost impossibly far away. I intended to do a virtual reading of it one day in July 2020 (you can see that post here), but that never happened because that was the…

It Nags at Me UPDATED

photo from this post from 2009 Something nice is happening tonight at my local city council meeting. I am grateful, and surprised. However, so much more is still possible, and it nags at me. I have come nowhere close to my stated goals from 2009 (see my 2020 Vision here). Others have stepped up to…

You Say Potatoes, I Say Thank You

Nine years ago today my friend David secured a simple 40-pound box of potatoes from Whole Foods in Sandy Springs, GA, USA to plant in Malachi’s Storehouse food pantry garden (after having been involved in creating it). He realized that the store had healthy food that was going to waste, developed a relationship, and kept…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Runoff elections. Insurrection. A much-needed escape for reflection. And yet, there is no quiet. The earth throbs with energy and the pulsating presence of its life force punctures our short winter here in the southeastern United States. Birds and buds and flowing water surrounds me. Mossy green and fresh, new clover abounds. I leap between…

Good News!

Good news! If you missed out on a coronavirus garden in 2020, it’s actually time again here in Metro Atlanta (in fact, my fall garden is still producing kale, arugula, and herbs daily). They say that planting a seed is the ultimate act of faith in the future. I found it helped. My book and…

Surviving the Winter

I snip the flowering tarragon, yet again, and tuck it into a wine bottle vase I had cut one day over the kitchen sink. I add rosemary, and the scents commingle, the licorice of black jelly beans and the heady evergreen of memory. The vase sits in my car’s cupholder while I stop to ride…

Muscadines!

Muscadines are cascading everywhere right now, and I gather them in fists, in bags. Sometimes alone, sometimes with my friend, Caryn. Always on bike. If interested, there is a whole section about free public fruit in both of my books: Food for My Daughters and Traveling at the Speed of Bike!