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!

A Final Harvest

As with people, there is only so much you can ask of crops, and they feel the change in time, in temperature, too. And now, a final harvest of the okra before letting some grow to serve as seeds of change for our unknown future — as is the sole remaining purpose of maybe me,…

New Chapter

I’ve written the next chapter of Leaving Suburbia for the Peace Corps, but, sorry, I’m not sharing it yet! All work from here on is exclusive to the forthcoming book. You can take a free 23-minute sneak peek at the first few chapters here, if interested.

More Heart than Holes

The recycled-newspaper basket that my older daughter’s boyfriend gave me when he visited last Thanksgiving held the daily harvest as it sat on the edge of the kitchen sink while I got a pot to cook the lemongrass and mint into a tea. As I turned around and caught a view of it, with our…

Census

Today’s the Great Georgia Pollinator Census and I am excited to share that this year I have had more pollinators than the last five years combined. Bees, butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds, the works. And that means daily harvests of food. My daughters were here recently (one for five months, and the other for five weeks). And…

Art Gallery!

We’re all missing things and trying to find our way forward. Many of us are trying to see how we can transcend limitations and create new realities. Four big things I miss during this pandemic are hugs, abundant public fruit, public art, and strangers*. Here’s how I’m addressing that, including my latest excitement about art:…

And There Will Be Blackberries

UPDATE July 15, 2020: I was not able to record my show as planned two days ago because I was hit by a motor vehicle driver while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. I will reschedule this as soon as practicable. ____ You remember when the shelter-in-place orders first happened. Perhaps you found yourself sitting…

The Latest Star

The latest star in the Sharing Garden is the green beans! I also planted foot-long red beans, which I am anxiously awaiting. From my years of community gardening experience, I will tell you that so, so many people have never eaten a green bean raw (or okra, for that matter), and they do not know…