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Something to Be Proud Of

Day 346…

The final project for the summer’s gardening program…the community Taste-a-Thon.   There are four tables of recipes to sample from the vegetables grown…field peas and green beans, okra and tomatoes, dill pickles, and salsa.  In the morning Joshua and DeTavion are looking for some last minute peppers.

Then, along with Brandon L., they prepare cucumbers for guests to sample in addition to the pickles they have already made.  That is DeTavion’s idea.

Brandon, Devon, and Talor set up their award winning salsa tasting table.

Guests begin arriving at 2:00.  Here Brandon H. is explaining how they made the okra and tomatoes.

The last guests to sample the community youth garden produce are the younger children in the summer program.  They listen intently knowing they might be doing this in a few years.

After the last guests leave, everyone pitches in, and within fifteen minutes the gym is cleared and the Taste-a-Thon a very pleasant memory.

Writing topic:  What I’m proud of


The Great Salsa Challenge

Day 334…

In preparation for the community Taste-A-Thon next month at the garden, each group of teenagers created their own salsa recipe.

They decided what ingredients they wanted to put in their salsa, and how much.

There was a choice of  15 different items–such things as vinegar, lime juice, cilantro, corn, sugar and jalapenos.

Ingredients were carefully measured into the blender…

to mix them together.  Here Pamm is carefully securing the top.

After each blending, results were tested.  Dante obviously didn’t like this outcome.  His group would add more sugar.

Everyone enthusiastically participated.  This is Shalon, the community center manager.

I’m a great believer in “hands on activities.”

Writing topic:  On participating in life

So Much Responsibility

Day 333…

The constant chatter in my head.

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?     Matthew 7:3

Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.  Step 10, Twelve Steps

Takes one to know one.   A.C. Steere Elementary School playground, circa 1960

That which I pin on others is actually my own issue.  It is behavior I am able to personally recognize.  A facet of my own human self.  The shame/blame game.  Using one to avoid the other.

Tending the “weeds in my garden” is never ending.  Am I overly vigilant?  Is the pain in my lower back from the constant weeding?  I was accused by my ex-husband of trying to make an A in Life.  He was right.  Great, more shame to address.

I’m taking a break to focus on the flowers.

Writing topic:  Tending the garden

It Feels Right…

Day 332…

To spend an evening with Nadine and Lisa creating little flag books.  (Sorry, Lisa, when I got home I couldn’t remember how to put it all together…)

To move my body with others in T’ai Chi and Zumba classes.

To pull weeds from the community garden with teenagers.

To write with friends.

To listen to others’ thoughts about a shared book.

To get excited over new-to-me ideas.

To open to the experience of acupuncture.

To cry and not feel the need to explain it.

To see my nude art hanging alongside others’.

Writing topic:  A good feeling


Day 330…

No sign of baby jay today.  Perhaps she’s taken off.  I enjoyed watching her grow.

Two rain showers yesterday.

Early supper with my brother.

Phone call from Linda.

Writing with friends this morning.

Reading an emotionally challenging book, Every Last One by Anna Quindlen.

Turning in my nude art today.

Going to a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh in September.  Well he’s not going with me.  He’ll already be there.  Cultivating the Mind of Love…

Lantana is blooming.

Writing topic:  Gratitude

Flower Wisdom

Day 319…

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.
May Sarton

• When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.      Georgia O’Keefe

Each of us is a flower, growing in Life’s garden…

Sung every year at Field Day at Stoner Hill Elementary School:)

Writing topic:  Flowers

Moment to Moment

Day 317…Do I begin this  blog telling you how my back hurts and I don’t know where I’m going to get the energy to go the the community garden this morning?  Ah, but it rained last night.  I heard thunder earlier and then…some strange rhythmic drumming.  Was it my ceiling fan?  The neighbor watering?  I guess I’d temporarily forgotten what rain sounds like.

Then there’s this sign calling attention to the cone flowers in the middle of the path through my garden to the front door.  On the ground are crepe myrtle flowers that fell during last night’s rain.

I was trying to capture birds with my camera and getting discouraged because they wouldn’t stay still long enough to frame and focus a clear picture.  But the swinging girl with the open heart willingly obliged.

Now the blog is done, my mind is off the discomfort in my back and it’s time to head to the youth garden.

Writing topic:  In the moment