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Notes From the Potato Patch

While I’m terrible with houseplants and have never tried gardening, I’ve long had an unexplored curiosity about how food is brought from the earth.  Traipsing through hundreds of miles of vineyards and other agricultural land in Spain last fall, along El Camino de Santiago, brought that interest closer to the surface.  And now I’m living … Continue reading

The Power of Nature

I’m still thinking about the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, about 250 miles southwest of Denver, which I visited by accident a few weeks ago.   Although I’m an avid hiker, I don’t frequent this type of park, and it was heartening to see who else was there.  I chatted briefly with an Orthodox Jewish man … Continue reading

Lessons from a Road Trip

On Monday morning, I hit the road.  Meticulous planners will be horrified to learn that I made the decision just days before (maybe they are shaking their heads and clucking their tongues at this clinically extreme case of Last-Minute-Itis).  And that is exactly why I needed to take off, to give my inner perfectionist the … Continue reading

Lessons from a Goat

I met this goat yesterday at a farm where I attended a workshop on compassion (facilitated by humans but taught by horses).  While the workshop was fascinating, I learned just as much from this creature, with whom I spent a good chunk of the lunch break. Unlike the horses and their subtler forms of expression … Continue reading

Spring Rituals and Lessons for Writing (and vice versa)

While buying a box of matzah a few days ago, I remembered that one of the purposes of this unleavened product is to instruct the eater to be humble and not let the ego run the show…at least for the eight days of Passover, if not longer.  Good writing also demands we put our egos … Continue reading

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