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.

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…

Hope for the Flowers (and All of Us)

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”  Seeing this beauty in my garden yesterday gave me hope and renewed faith in humanity. The Black Lives Matter movement is changing inhumane practices and moving people to action in many ways. We’re experiencing the biggest Bike Boom since I came of…

And So It Grows

Yesterday, it was time. And once you start harvesting the garlic, it’s hard to stop. You grab each one by the neck and give a little yank and never tire of oohing and aahing at the size and miracle of it all.  My younger daughter got the honors, and it was fun, especially considering I…

A Departure from the Plan

I am a Peace Corps Invitee, originally scheduled to depart for Peace Corps Uganda on June 4, 2020 (a week from tomorrow). Additionally, I am part of the roughly four percent of Peace Corps Volunteers who are over the age of 50, and part of the less-than-one-percent who are married (although my husband isn’t serving with…

Earth Day at 50, during a Pandemic

The Pentagon orders 100,000 body bags. Forty-five refrigerated trucks to hold corpses dot the five boroughs of New York City; a tent hospital opens in Central Park; and heartless mass burials happen in freshly-dug holes the size of football fields on an island named Hart in the Bronx, on the western end of the Long…

New Issue Coming Soon UPDATED!

So, I started writing a Substack newsletter awhile back (with the name of my old blog, FoodShed Planet), with the intention of it being a way I could share consolidated info from a future Peace Corps assignment (where I was selected to be an Agribusiness Specialist). With the world in crisis and food (and food-for-thought)…

“Radish Watch” UPDATED

So, my neighborhood has become suddenly super lovely. People are out walking and working on their yards. Children are riding bikes (for the first time in years) and I hear laughter again. Cars are suddenly few. Everyone is keeping their distance and chatting across the street to each other. I just rejuvenated my curbside sharing…

I Couldn’t Help Myself

I’m planning for the possibility that this is actually going to happen and I’m going to go to Uganda for 27 months next June. That means that instead of putting my winter garden to work for me, growing cover crops and piling on decomposing leaves to enrich the soil in preparation for the abundant growing…

Beets

I don’t usually have success with beets. They need to be planted when it’s hot and then they grow when it’s cool and getting that timing right, in coordination with an empty spot in a full late-summer garden here in metro Atlanta, has been challenging for me. But this year my mother moved and gave…