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…

Hello, Yellow!

There’s a little girl who comes by my pandemic Sharing Garden every day to count the tomatoes. Her mom told me she insists on doing it, and she’s gotten quite good with counting during these extended times of no in-person school. There are over 30 yellow pear tomatoes out there right now, or so I’m told…

Start at July, and Grow from There

My book, Food for My Daughters, is arranged month-by-month. You can start at any point. Why not get your own copy, join us at July, and grow from there? By the way, you can see Bonus Photos from some of the stories in the book here.    

You Gotta Be In It to Win It

So, after twenty years of watching with my family as our hallowed Saturday night ritual, and now with my Peace Corps service delayed (potentially for years) by COVID-19, I finally applied for Survivor. Making a fun 3-minute video served to remind me of my unique competitive advantages, which gave me a jump-start on believing this…