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shutterstock_1598655364Monday afternoon, we said goodbye to one of our beloved pets, a long-haired feline named Turtle. Turtle loved her dogs, my husband, water play, movietime, and Friday night’s roast chicken. She joined our family fourteen years ago, her arrival wedged in between the last few days before my grandfather’s death, and the weekend I walked to receive my doctoral degree.

We’ve lived a great deal, since then. Our daughter has known Turtle her whole life.

The vulnerability researcher Brene Brown once said something to the effect of, our ability to experience joy is directly proportional to our willingness to be broken-hearted.

Oh my goodness, it hurts to say goodbye.  (more…)

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IMG_20191219_115324_031It’s that time again. I’m clearing out the vegetable beds closest to our house. I’m rinsing out my  germination flats with bleach, and filling them with seedling mix. I’m fondling seed packets, and paging through piles of seed catalogs.

What will I grow? How will it go? How can I work with nature, and what is beyond my control?

So much. So much is beyond my control. It’s dizzying, it’s terrifying, what’s beyond my control.

And on some levels, it’s simplifying. (more…)

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