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Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.

Wendell Berry

Fine art

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.

President Lincoln

23 april 1910

Thinking about these words:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

(Theodore Roosevelt)

Anza Borrego Desert

We took our first family vacation to the Anza Borrego desert. It was H’s first road trip, and he suffered some motion sickness within the first hour. We got outside and the chilly air must have been just what he needed. He was content the remainder of the day. We visited the pumpkin patch, Borrego Springs, and the Salton Sea. A very nice getaway before a long week of travel (for me).