The Day a Mother is Born

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May brings sunshine and flowers, and a new energy to the Northeast. It also brings us Mother’s Day. Of course, every day should be Mother’s Day, but that’s another column.

I was pondering what to write here when I thought of my wife, Asta, and her experience in becoming a mother. I remember how she was consumed with fear as her pregnancy progressed toward delivery. As part of her family dynamics, she had had very little, if any, experience with newborns, including holding one. In addition, she was just about to enter her forties, so she had a lot going on. Reading, talking, getting advice, going to classes—everything leading up to delivery was just a fog that covered up her insecurities. Having moved from Lithuania, she had no family around the corner and only a small circle of friends to lean on. I understood just how tough it was for her. I’m sure that, despite my being there, she most likely felt alone at times. I know she was frightened—of child birth, of motherhood, of the future. Everything about taking care of a newborn “scares me to pieces,” she would tell me.

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The Sacred Geometry of Life

by Susan Burger

sacred geometryWe live in a world that is a subtle balance of complex interrelationships. The old mechanistic view of science has taken us away from that truth and inadvertently helped to create the global crisis that we find ourselves in.
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Letter from Publisher, April 2015

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.”
~ Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma

I have one area in my yard that gets sufficient sun for a proper garden and it was infested with termites a few years ago. The bugs ended up coming into my house and swarming, which put me off cultivating that particular plot.

So, following the dictates of my Earth-loving heart, each year since, I’ve been experimenting with different techniques and plants, with greater or lesser success. Adhering to Pollan’s perspective, I figure that with each attempt I’ve been nourishing and providing for myself without, in this case, cutting down trees simply to gain more sunlight. The satisfying solution that’s surfaced is a countertop aquaponics tank where microgreens flourish, currently being fertilized by a lone guppy plus a vertical indoor garden with eight pockets of succulents and a grow light.

In this month’s issue, we speak with Ken Hay and Fritz Ege, co-owners of Greenology Organic Living. Their new spring offerings for sustainable living include a way to grow herbs from hanging moss balls. I’ll be stopping in to discover and learn more.

Exploring the concept of employing nature as a tonic, prompted by Christine MacDonald’s feature article, “Nature’s Wisdom,” I visited Paxson Hill Farm, in New Hope. There I met with horticulturist, Bruce Gangawer. Several lambs on the property were just a few days old and my first-ever opportunity to experience the serenity of holding them was breathtaking and surreal. It brought the essence of nature’s vital renewal home to me once again. The rural property’s Whispering Bridge and Hobbit House provide other enticements.

This month, I invite you to explore more local farms, grow your own inspired garden and explore how you and your family can live more sustainably, in harmony with Mother Earth.

Love, grow and live well,
Audrey


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Letter from Publisher, March 2014

Thank goodness that although March may blow in like a lion, we can look forward to it going out more like a lamb. This winter’s extremes aren’t a real issue for me because I always try to see the bright side of things. I find solace in the quiet and peacefulness after a storm, allowing nature’s way of making us slow down and revisit the important things in life.

headshotMaking way for change now, one of the things I most look forward to with the coming of spring is the emergence of butterflies in the garden. I like to take “hitchhiker” caterpillars ensconced on plants at the local garden store home with me, protecting them from going home with other shoppers that may deem them a nuisance. I love to feed, nurture and wait for them to transform into butterflies, releasing them into the wild. Continue reading