Another shot a few hours later… Now we have a hanging oregano plant, parsley in pots, more weeding, pruning, sweeping, and in my opinion, looking better I think!
How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank. A small town library is ‘saved’ with a clever, resident run seed bank. NPR presents this as a clever solution to the problem of one shrinking library.
There about 120,000 libraries in the US. I agree that diversifying services (to an extent) is always good for any system (diversity is the essence of adaptation). What really needs to happen is for libraries to analyze who they serve and consolidate or close systems where necessary.
Still, it’s a nice little story that warms hearts on a cold winters day.
Here’s how it works: A library card gets you a packet of seeds. You then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds from the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the library can lend them out to others.
Syson says tending a garden in Western Colorado can be frustrating. The dry climate, alkaline soils and short growing season keep many novices from starting. She’ll take seeds from the plants that withstand pests and persevere through drought.
“If you save seed from those plants, already, in one generation, you will now be able to grow a plant that has those traits,” Syson says.
The seed packets are a novelty within the library’s more mainstream collection of books, CDs and DVDs.
The library’s director, Barbara Milnor, says in the age of digital, downloadable books and magazines, the tangible seed packets are another way to draw people in.
“The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin — the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world.
Don’t shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely. Enter into the spirit of your big bed-room. Enjoy what is and not pine for what is not.
Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.”
~W.E.B. Du Bois in a letter to his daughter Yolande (1914)
photo by Matteo Mazzadri / Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0
Part of this series of drawing/painting meditations I’ve been doing daily for the last week or so.
Clearing the Path
Gouache on Handmade Paper
Sheamus Burns (me)
Herbed Quinoa with Pine Nuts! So delicious and obviously very nutritious. Also very filling! Red onion, lightly toasted pine nuts, basil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil. Bring on the superfoods!! #instafood #herbs #healthy #healthyliving #delicious #eat #food #instahealth #undiaunavida #yum
Lina Marie Koeppen is ‘designing failure’ to challenge the standards of global society. Rather than producing expected extensions of our environments, Koeppen’s family of everyday objects intend to provoke failure and self-empathy. Koeppen believes ‘learning to unlearn’ will allow us to become more self-aware and playful in our domestic settings and within society.
Piadina Flatbread made today… Flour, olive oil, salt and water and tossed into pan to heat a minute a side with no oil. Perfect for an antipast plate. I brushed it with some olive oil sprinkled some rosemary and squeezed some lemon juice into it! Delicious #food #yum #flatbread #healthy #eat #healthyliving #delicious