Feverish With Spring Planting

By Sunday, April 7, 2013 4 0

I love the written word, as you probably know. (And did you know I’m giving away a copy of my novel, Revelle? You can enter the drawing by subscribing to my weekly blog posts, to youApril 20013 003r right. Easy to unsubscribe with a click any time).

But this week’s post is a nod to the fact that sometimes visuals — photos — are worth more than words.  Like millions of people the world over right now, I’ve been planting my spring garden. I feel excited, almost feverish, when I create gardens, and then watch them change and grow on a daily basis. Especially when it’s blossoms that will eventually become strawberries, apples, pears and blueberries.

All of this relates to the everyday miracle of transformation that I wrote about last week. It also relates to community — I have a new gardening partner who is working in exchange for rent. Just yesterday Dan moved in to our guest bedroom. He’s an outgoing fellow who grew up on a farm and loves to grow things about as much as I do. My husband Thor is the passionate cook of our home. In months to come he’ll be making savory meals from the kale, spinach, leeks, green beans, tomatoes, onions and more that we’re planting.

April 20013 010More joy and less stuff (the theme of Diamond-Cut Life) means creating things ourselves, rather than seeing ourselves primarily as consumers. All of us are creative, in different ways. What is your favorite thing to grow and nurture and develop, whether it’s food, flowers, children, music, art, ideas, relationships, or . . . ?


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  • Joyce
    April 8, 2013

    My children and my flowers are my favorite things to nuture. Oh and my dogs and cats. wow. I do a lot of it. haha. Oh and my husband. I give up. haha. I would love to win a copy of your book too. !

    • Alison
      April 8, 2013

      OK, Joyce, you are officially entered into the drawing to win a copy of Revelle. And I’ll bet that your children, flowers, dogs, cats and husband all benefit greatly from your nurturing.

  • Colleen
    April 7, 2013

    What is my favorite thing to nurture … do I have to pick just one? That would be like trying to pick my favorite ice cream flavor. Not possible. :)

    • Alison
      April 8, 2013

      Colleen, I can definitely see the . . . multiple nature of how this nurturing thing works. I think it’s especially true for women, to have a broad, inclusive focus in which we want all the people and living things around us to be well cared for and to flourish. I’ve long believed that our culture and our world need much more feminine leadership and power in order to be healthy and whole.

      Interesting that Joyce’s comment was in the exact same vein yours was. So, let me take back the idea anybody should name or choose just one. The broad, inclusive nurturing is exactly what is needed. I’m happy to be corrected.