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Listening to the Rain

“Nobody started it, nobody is going to stop it. It will talk as long as it wants, this rain. As long as it talks I am going to listen.” ~Thomas Merton Rain drops fall upon the hard ground. The street lamps light up the bubbles forming on the street as I peddle home. My jeans become a large sponge as my gortex parka keeps my torso warm and relatively dry.  The quiet, calm of night during a rain storm; embracing it and being in it is to be alive and fully part of the world.  Riding or walking home in the rain on a cold dark night can be one of the most humbling peaceful experiences. The world quiets while it pours down this silence and life giving blood to Mother Earth. This rejuvenation of life comes and also brings re-creation for us too. Time for a bit of quiet contemplation, introspection and listening.  The hustle and bustle of our days is calmed to a contemplative pace. The gray meditative type of day welcomes reflective thought and being.  Listening. Being. To just allow myself to

Tastes of Spring

I love receiving my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share every week. I look forward to the fresh cut spinach and tender lettuces. The coarse greens: kale, chard and other unusual leafy greens are tasty and nutritious. The variety of farm fresh eggs from blue to brown to tan and even beige brings back memories of having fresh eggs on my family’s farm from chickens grown on food scraps and field corn. Their rich yellow yolks tastes like no other eggs bought in the grocery. Potatoes dug in the fall, washed and stored all winter long, and now sent out to hungry souls during spring mud season are a special treat. Fresh garlic shoots and crisp green onions add spice to a bowl of salad. And best of all, the broccoli sprouts, a sweet flavor of sunshine. Spring CSA shares received in high mountain towns beginning in mid-March, when we can only dream of planting snap peas in our own gardens, is glorious. Food that is grown in greenhouses or under the snow cover at lower elevation