Do you have a secret garden…a place you wander to in your mind? We’re hunkering down for another snow storm here, but tonight I’m thinking about this garden I visited near San Francisco and a fragment of a poem..”it’s always April in my mind.” Would you like to walk there with me tonight?
Not working these days, I’ve had to be a little more careful with the budgeting, which in turn has made me appreciate the inexpensive little things that can really brighten your day. I call these things “cheap thrills”! I’ve enjoyed setting a pretty breakfast tray in the mornings and have found that for about $2 each, I can pick out pretty fabric at JoAnn’s and easily turn it into a tray mat. Also for February, I picked up this cute heart plate at Hobby Lobby.
On January 31st, I attended the ISU Study Abroad Fair. (check out the Study Abroad web page) http://www.studyabroad.iastate.edu/
One of my goals for 2008 is to expand my horizons and do some major networking. I like to meet new people and connect people with each other. It’s something I am good at and I want to do more of it! Above is Shelley Taylor, Director of the Agriculture Study Abroad program at ISU. She is an old friend from Slow Food Ames and one of those wonderful ISU women it is a joy to know. She married an Iowa farmer AND she travels widely AND she has small children. She’s a renaissance lady in my book! Here she is on the Ag Study Abroad page http://www.agstudyabroad.iastate.edu/about_us.htm
While at the fair I looked for opportunities that might bring me closer to my son who is now living in Poland. I also did some reminiscing about my dreams for the Peace Corps back in 1977 when I graduated from Purdue in agronomy.
Wednesdays are the days I’ve chosen to really focus in on my professional life. I am working on a masters in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on sustainability. So, I think a lot about what it takes to sustain natural life. Food, water, shelter/clothing, health…food in, waste out….and where does our energy come from, not the energy for our cars, which is a luxury, but the energy for our bodies?
Today it is easy to forget where our food comes from. We feel dependent on the grocery store, which makes us feel dependent on our jobs and our money, rather than feeling dependent on the land and the environment. Instead of a life based on physical effort, connection with our surroundings and humility about our place on the earth, our lives have become a game of numbers, kind of like gambling. We make wild choices, betting on the future through credit, thinking we can beat the house, even when the numbers don’t add up.
Above are my friends Lois, Jacob, and his baby Joshua, sustaining life by having relationships with the land and other people. We can’t all do that these days, but maybe we can do a little better job of balancing the numbers, playing by nature’s rules, humbly accepting less, in order to sustain future life.
Ok, well then…it’s 3 AM and I am wide awake, how was your weekend? Evidently I had too many naps and not quite enough weekend! And yes, this is my face, for the first time evar on my blog. (the handsome guy? my son – Ian – who might be sipping coffee in Poland about now!) Do you think 2008 will be my “year of risk taking”? I have some changes planned (just another way of saying new year resolution), so hold on to your hats.
We all know it is cold and snowy here..so moving right along….I had a nice weekend. Sunday was especially nice. I was glad to hear about what we have on our hearts. Sometimes people say they wear their hearts on their sleeves, but I think our hearts are more hidden than that. We have things in our heart, both good and bad, but what we have ON our hearts, that’s more planned, even if it’s somewhat hidden. In Exodus (28) it tells how God planned that Aaron would bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart when going into the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually. I can’t begin to touch the depth of all that that means, but it was good for me to think of bringing the names of our friends before God when we are in the secret, holy place of prayer, to have my friends and my loved ones “on my heart”. Thanks Lani!
I missed my one year blog anniversary, but then, I didn’t have much to say on that first post, Jan. 30th, 2007. I will link to the first post that tries to explain my passion for green though. It’s been good for me to blog. Thanks to everyone who has been an inspiration to me!