Each Year I Grow A Garden

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7 thoughts on “Each Year I Grow A Garden”

  1. Jeffery Brickler

    Awesome! Love the gardening metaphor. I have recently began gardening vegetables and I am beginning to see how what we do is so much like raising my own vegetables. This view has helped me tremendously in coming to terms with what I do and what I can expect. Sometimes, I work and toil in the garden just to get the smallest fruits, but they hard work makes them taste so delicious and truly magnificent.

  2. Bernard Rizzotto

    Beautiful… We are caring for flowers!!!
    This is the blooming season and I share your sense of accomplishment Ben: “If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars.” (Le Petit Prince)

  3. “The greatest hypocrisy of the teachers who do that every year is that they are the first ones who run and complain, after about one month of school, to the others in their department, ‘These kids are really stupid this year! They sent me the wrong kids!'”

    This is why I now cannot help but leave department meetings feeling deflated.

  4. Yes! Love this! We grow about 50% of our food up here amid the granite chunks and sand deposits that are “soil” in NH. So my addition to this is the importance of soil, soil tilth (structure) and all the below ground microorganisms and roots and root hairs that we cannot see or taste but that are intricately involved in the success of our plants. We (ahem, my better half) spend a ton of time amending the soil around here so we can grow food. It is HARD WORK. It doesn’t “fix” everything in one season, but builds over time. It is never “done.” The below ground stuff is also intricately connected to the way above ground stuff (sun / moon/ light / minerals and chemical reactions and …. I don’t even know but a tiny and vague fraction about any of this, but it is literally cosmic in scale. Take a look at the local and world food situation and it is easy to see that not knowing and caring for one’s soil is the first step down a disastrous path. And allowing some outsider to strip our soil and deplete it year after year, adding more fake stuff and tricking us into thinking they are “experts” so we have to buy their fake food…well…you get the picture. Food does not come from the store any more than our languages come from a textbook.

    The big message is SOIL! I am living proof right now of not “amending” my soil early in the year and a few of my plants never really took off. Some of them seem to have rotted before they could reach toward the light. Sigh. So yeah, put the time into the soil. I oughta know this. I so appreciate this post. Thankfully we harvest what we can and try again next year.

  5. Water = Anne Matava stories

    I definitely agree. And here is the good news:

    Anne has about 15 classroom tested stories, most of which she says kick major ass, to set up each chapter of Houdini. I’ll keep you posted if I can pull that together for the summer conferences as another volume of Anne’s stories.

    And Leigh Anne I have requested and received permission from both Carol and Blaine to publish any collections of stories by Anne of any books they publish. Then it would be possible to have more stories to set up other novels in this way. In fact, a collection of stories to set up Le Voyage de Sa Vie for level 2 could happen by summer of 2014, if things work out all right.

    Since I am teaching level 1 next year, I am personally going to want that Houdini collection of Matava bad boys. But this is not yet a formal announcement of a new product, however.

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