Saturday, July 26, 2008

Clear Waters

On our winding way up the mountain to the old Bohemia Mining site we stopped to cool our toes in this stream. Clear cool water. How is it that fresh running water washes over my toes and my soul at the same time?

I am calm. I am relaxed. My words are balanced now, some offered 'out there', most remaining inside, germinating, growing like vegetables and flowers in spring gardens. Not quite ready for harvest.

My heart wears a peaceful face these days. Carefree. Optimistic. Satisfied.

Is it summer's kindness? Is it recent events? Is it the sun absorbing into my skin?

I'll take it, whatever the cause.

God speaks to me through the seasons and he's speaking peace today.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Jesse's Art

My little cousin is very creative. He's five. He enjoys putting objects together with much thought then studying how they look.

He asked me to take a photo of this creation of his and of course I did.

Jesse is a little master. He lives in the moment, embraces thoughtful living, and communicates his imagination well.

I doubt he knows how much he teaches me every time I am with him. Such creativity, such intelligence, such engagement with life all around. I kid you not, his eyes shine with the joy of discovery. It's amazing.

In the spirit of celebrating the individual and beauty as art in the every day let me just say...I love this kid.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Each Tuesday we pick up our CSA box in a friendly woman's garage five blocks from our home. CSA stands for Consumers Supporting Agriculture.

The local farm which picks, packs, and delivers our weekly box of goodies to the cool corner of this kind volunteer's garage has this mission statement on their website:
"We are a diversified organic family farm working to nurture the earth, educate our communities, and provide healthy food and healing herbs. We invite you to join us."
They've been true to their mission. We've been produce-educated and delightfully provided for since the first of June.

Here's how our Tuesday pick-up looks:

Cassie checks our name off the list.

These boxes are identically filled with produce for all who have signed up for the CSA program for the summer.

Cassie and I open the lid and peek in, breathing deeply, and sighing at the sight and scent of lovely food packed so carefully for us. (You can't see everything from this photo but today we received parsley, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, salad greens, zucchinis, blueberries, strawberries, and green onions. Each week is a different variety.)

Cassie transfers the produce from the farm's tub to our bags for transport home.
"Don't mind if I do!" Picked fresh this morning, these will not last long around here! Dessert of the healthiest sort.

Here's a peek into one of our bags.

No, Sammy didn't wait in a hot car. He and Caroline strolled the shady side of the street while Cassie and I picked up the goods. Each week his beagle nose sniffs at the bags like crazy.

A wonderful experience this has been for my entire family and me! Every Tuesday is like a little Christmas.

I hope you can find a CSA program near you, if you haven't already.

It's fantastic - on so many levels!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Gifts of Summer

I remember my grandpa saying grace: "And thank You for these gifts which we are about to receive."

Besides fresh produce from our tiny garden here at home, we receive a variety of seasonal vegetables and fruits each Tuesday from a local organic farm. Bounty! Pac Choi is one of our favorites...

...because of the soup we stir up.

Easy to make and beautiful to look at, this soup satisfies the senses and the belly.

Add to soup a garden fresh salad - and I mean garden fresh for most of it we harvest just a few moments before dinner time - and the table is set with gifts about to be received by hard-working men and women deserving of only the best. My family.

How I enjoy sharing the gifts of summer!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Another Gem from Mike

"Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past."
       ~ Tyron Edwards
This quote from Mike has special meaning for me these days. When one has many fingers in many pies well, there's bound to be wrong actions now and then. Learning lessons today from missteps along the way - whether mine or another's - is the best prevention for slip-ups tomorrow. 
No one wants life to be disagreeable, miserable, just plain heavy. No. Bright moments are necessary especially when the burdensome ones are really really hard. Getting it right now and then encourages my soul and soothes my weary emotions creating relief. And I hope it expresses to those I've wronged in the past that I've felt remorse change.
Thanks, Mike, for another timely quote! It helps.