Thought for the Week

Chris Dudley wrote the following, and I think it has lots of good ideas. Hope you enjoy it!

“So maybe you’re thinking about learning to garden? I’ve got some advice that might make your life a lot easier.

I’ve come to believe that we all have a green thumb, it’s just we’ve lost the cultural knowledge for the convenience of the supermarket.

But you’ve got a green thumb, no worries. It’s in your genes. It just takes some patience with yourself to get it to show.

Don’t worry about failures. It can take a few years of killing off lots of stuff before you start to feel like a gardener.

It’s easy to lose motivation if you get frustrated with the drive for technical perfection. A big help for me when my motivation started dying–I was killing more than growing plants–was to just forget about all the technical stuff.

I no longer bother reading about or worrying about getting my ‘companion’ planting perfect, or my bed rotations correct anymore. I gasp, buy fertilizer sometimes where before I felt like it had to be home grown. In short I’ve learned to ignore all the rigmarole that makes gardening cumbersome.

I just plant plants. Half the time I don’t remember if it’s a tomato or a pepper and I rarely know what variety of tomato, or whatever, I planted is or was. Right now I’ve got about fifteen tomato plants growing and when it’s time to harvest I won’t know which one I’m eating, but it’ll still taste great.

My advice, set aside everything extraneous and just start planting stuff, read the directions about where, how much sunlight, etc., when you plant, but don’t go crazy about it. Just plant stuff all over, try putting one or two where they’re not supposed to go, etc.

When a plant dies just chalk it up to free mulch and drop it in an ignored heap of other plants that have died you can call a compost pile if you want to get technical about it.

That’s my advice. Seek the lazy path and the gardening journey will become enjoyable.

I never worry about weeds because I actually enjoy going out in the garden and pulling them. I’ve got a good set of headphones so I’ll listen to a podcast or some tunes, or often I’ll just try to pay attention to the sounds of the garden and nature. I have a good weed puller, though, and that’s key

So I pull the weeds up with that handy tool and leave them with their roots facing up to die in the sun. They then become free mulch, give back their nutrients and also conveniently shade the soil around the plant I want to grow.

I also let some of the ‘weeds’ grow because they’re very useful. Dandelion, for instance, is highly nutritious plus it adds nitrogen to the soil and feeds pollinators. I actually have a dandelion patch just as if it were a strawberry patch..

Come to think of it, you could probably just get an edible weeds book or app to identify and pull the noxious weeds and also leave the useful weeds and call what’s left your garden. Most of those weeds are more nutritious and useful than our hybrid plants anyway.”

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Marj Casswell wrote this as a Letter to the Editor of the Columbian, and I felt it was worth passing on. 

“Much of science fiction would have this pandemic started by an evil leader to dominate the world. Human beings would fall ill with a mysterious disease creating psychological and economic damage. People would die, governments would weaken and fall.

But suppose our storyline follows another plot. One where Mother Nature, weary of humanity’s failure to heed warning signs – water unfit to drink, air too dirty to breathe, human bodies with toxic cancer-causing chemicals – strikes back. So exasperated is Mother that she sends yet a more powerful signal, a pandemic the inhabitants cannot fight except with extreme measures.

Suppose the only way to avoid illness and death is physical isolation, drive less, shop less, for several months?

Eventually a vaccine will allow a return to normal activities. But suppose humans like what they gained from Mother Nature’s anger?

Suppose folks embrace clean air and water, the pleasure of growing their own food, even if just a tomato plant on a balcony? And suppose support for polluting industries stops and we invest in alternative energy? Suppose folks see how endless accumulation of stuff is not what brings happiness? What if more people got to know their neighbors?

What will we have learned and what will we value when this pandemic is over?”

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Annie

The sun’ll come out
Tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There’ll be sun!

Just thinkin’ about
Tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
‘Til there’s none!

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And grin,
And say,
Oh!

The sun’ll come out

Tomorrow
So ya gotta hang on
‘Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You’re only
A day
A way!

And the birds will still sing and the rain will still come and we’ll all look at a new and different world when this pandemic has run its course. Keep your chin up, keep smiling and think positive. There is some good in everything.

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I thought we could use a little frivolity this morning. God bless Americans! Our sense of humor, even in difficult times, pulls us through.

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You can tell on yourself by the friends you seek,

By the very manner in which you speak,

By the way you enjoy your leisure time,

By the use you make of dollars and time.

You can tell what you are by the things you wear,

By the spirit in which your burdens bear,

By the kind of things at which you laugh,

By the records you play on your phonograph.

You can tell what you are by the way you walk,

By the things of which you delight to talk,

By the manner in which you bear defeat,

By as simple a thing as how you eat.

By the books you choose from a well-filled shelf.

In these ways and more, you tell on yourself.

So there’s really no particle of sense in an effort to keep up false pretense.

You tell on yourself.

~Author unknown

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I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get your through the final good-bye.

~ Author unknown

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THE FLOWERING

What insight does a garden offer someone who studies human development? Consider the mint plant. The new homeowner, walking by the plot the previous owner used as a garden, sees nothing by bare earth, since it is December. He considers which flowers to plant there. Yet, in May, as he prepares his garden by tearing up some ‘weeds,’ he is greeted by a pleasing aroma. He then realizes this was a mint patch – even though in December it seemed to be nothing but barren expanse.

So it is with the abilities of many people. If we encounter someone in a December-like environment, we might fail to recognize in them a trait or talent that needs the warmth of a June atmosphere to flourish. Environmental conditions are crucial to both plant and human flowering.

Consider the biennial plants. Again, a new homeowner asseses his garden at the end of the first season and makes plans for next year. Some plants did not flower. He considers ripping them out of the garden, but is deterred by an early snow. The following spring, these ‘weeds’ are among the first to burst into radiant bloom.

So it is with a person who might need extra time to develop. We even have named that person (after the words of the gardener) a ‘late bloomer.’ And while his flowering occurs late, is it of lesser beauty, of lesser value?

Consider the great variety of plants and yet note the uniformity of plant life. In how many ways are we different from each other, yet in how many ways are we the same?

~ Dr. M. L. Corbin Sicoli

 

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Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.           ~ Buckminster Fuller.

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RECIPE FOR A GOOD LIFE

Take a passel of friends and family. Add a lot of love, laughter and caring. Mix well.

Stir in a few hard times to help you appreciate the good times.

Shake well to distribute all ingredients evenly.

Season with memories and traditional events. Expose to sun, wind, rain and snow by hiking, camping, kayaking, singing and loving.

Add new memories as needed.

This recipe stretches to serve as many as needed. Keep it in a warm place in your heart and you will never go hungry.

“He’s my Brother”

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This is a litte late, but it’s still valid. Happy New Year. 

Brush away old heartaches.
Learn from our mistakes.
Another year is finally over.
A new dawn awakes.

Let the old year out.
Welcome the new one in.
Bury the bad things of the past
As a new year now begins.

Make your New Year wishes
As simple as you can.
Pray for peace and love,
Not for wealth or fame.

Pray for health and happiness.
Pray for your fellow man.
Pray for all the ones you love.
Pray for those who’ve lost their way.

~ by John P. Read

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“If you want to fly you have to give up the things that weight you down.”

~ Toni Morrison

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An Irish prayer:

Take time to work, it is the price of success.
Take time to think, it is the source of power.
Take time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream, it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Take time to love and be loved, it is the privilege of the gods.
Take time to look around, it is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul.