find something you’re passionate about (giveaway)
It’s transition time in the garden. All the players are backstage sorting it out. The tomatoes are tired of being smothered every night by scrappy, paint-stained blankets. They’re tired of their own delicate selves, really, ready for a dramatic finale in which everyone sings haunting laments to their passing. The arugula, chard, beets and broccoli are stepping into the spotlight, whispering smugly to each other, sweeter with frost, baby, sweeter with frost.
Dan told me last night when he got into bed, “I officially have buck fever.” (deer hunting season starts in less than a week and ancient and wild things are stirring in Dan’s soul). We spent Saturday with our homeschool co-op families in the mountains on a geology field trip, led by Mathew’s dad who is a geology professor. We saw fault lines and rocks that were almost 2 billion years old, and marine fossils (200 million year old sea lillies!) and mica, milky quartz and amethyst.
Rose with milky quartz.
Dan spent most of the day with his binoculars pressed up to his face, scanning the slopes for bucks; Rose and Fawn made tiny cakes with soil and siltstone; Col scurried around looking for, and finding, cool rocks; I felt infinitely grateful for this group of kids who are generally so kind and inclusive; Mathew wielded the rock hammer with force and precision; Ferrer found an enormous slug and named it “Kim;” Lianne adhered mica sparkles to Cody’s face; and in the evening, Rose found the Crest sparkle toothpaste from our travel bag and said, “this toothpaste is more healthy because it has ROCKS in it!” (the sparkles are indeed, mica; the blue is blue #1).
Gemstone miners in the amethyst pit (and the first few flurries of snow).
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#227 of 365 days of hand-lettered art by Lisa Congdon
There are so many ways to live, so many ways to love your life; I am not concerned with “what you do,” I am concerned with what you love (though if they intersect, wow – the luckiness of that!).
Which all feels related somehow to this giveaway. I write for (and distribute, locally) the magazine Edible San Juan Mountains, which is about local food. You may have an Edible magazine in your region, too. I love this magazine, not only because it provides much of my livelihood, or because the photography is stunning, but because it offers a venue for the intersection of 2 of my passions: writing and food.
The summer and fall issues contain these 4 stories I wrote:
*Chard – spinach of the Southwest (with recipe)
*Preserving fruit without sugar
*Going Paleo – the oldest new diet on the planet
I wish I could send copies to everyone, but y’know, the whole postage thing. So, I’m offering copies of the summer and fall issue to 5 of you. Leave a comment to be entered. (If you can’t leave a comment because of finicky wordpress, e-mail me and I’ll enter you). (Also, feel free to leave a comment even if you don’t want to be entered).
Also, apparently last week, this post didn’t get to you all that are e-mail subscribed.
Also, we just finished the most wonderful children’s book: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, recommended by many of you. It’s a heroes journey (the hero happens to be a young, Chinese girl) with beautiful bits of zen wisdom snuck in throughout. (it’s at the Durango library). I highly recommend it.