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It’s in Our Yard: Confronting the Reality of Climate Change

Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Climate Change, Growing Food, Sustainability | 0 comments

It’s in Our Yard: Confronting the Reality of Climate Change

On Sunday, February 11, I had the honor of presenting at a “Climate Reality Presentation and Discussion,” held at Temple Israel in Gary, Indiana. The brunch was open to all members of the community, to learn about current issues of climate change and actions we can take. I learned a great deal from my co-presenter, Linc Cohen, who trained in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps to bring education about climate change to the broad community. Did you know that the warming of the oceans is where climate change is most obvious?...

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Bringing Forth Kindness: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Building Community, Caring for One Another, Equality, Kindness, Martin Luther King Jr. Day | 0 comments

Bringing Forth Kindness: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I returned from a 10-day seminar in the wee hours of Monday morning. When I woke later that morning to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I saw volunteer opportunities listed on my phone – how to put King’s vision to work and make this world a place of greater love and kindness. Then on Tuesday morning, I was inspired to listen to Stevie Wonder. His early music was presented in the seminar I’d attended, and I wanted to start my day to his beat. I found a YouTube playlist, and clicked. Before long I was hearing the following words from “I’ll...

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Light in the Dark

Posted by on December 26, 2017 in Building Community, Caring for One Another, Giving Back, Mindfulness Practice | 0 comments

Light in the Dark

This time of the year we see lights everywhere we turn. It is ironic – or maybe practical – that during the shortest days of the year, we look to bring in light in every corner we can. We light the lights of Hanukkah. We see lights adorning homes, businesses and trees in celebration of Christmas. We receive the lights of Kwanza. The winter solstice is the start of the solar year, and as such, a celebration of the light of the sun. So perhaps the message here is that it is upon us, in times of darkness, to create and celebrate light. There is...

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#MyGivingStory—The Power of Compassion

Posted by on December 5, 2017 in About In the Gardens, Building Community, Caring for One Another, Equality, Giving Back, Growing Food | 0 comments

#MyGivingStory—The Power of Compassion

The following is a story I submitted for this year’s #MyGivingStory, in recognition of some of the roots (no pun intended!) of In the Gardens. Parts of this story have been shared before, but here it is in its most updated form. Vote! #MyGivingStory is a storytelling contest created by the #GivingTuesday organization to foster a public conversation about giving and to inspire more people to give. Visit: goo.gl/Z7wNmv to vote for this giving story. In 2014 I was rear-ended at a red light. I was more stunned than anything else, and getting out...

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Extending our Thanks: #GivingTuesday

Posted by on November 16, 2017 in Building Community, Caring for One Another, Caring for the Earth, Feeding Each Other, Giving Back | 0 comments

Extending our Thanks: #GivingTuesday

Next week we will celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that brings people together to reflect on and express their gratitude for the good in their lives. Yesterday I was talking with a gentleman in the grocery store. I don’t know him by name, but he has helped me over the months and years, and when he saw me he went out of his way to say hello. “I’m now on the night shift,” he said, “and I don’t see customers as much anymore.” When I asked him how he was, he said, “Thankful. With all that’s going on in the world, I have shelter, clothing, food...

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#HoustonStrong

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Building Community, Caring for One Another, Climate Change, Social Justice | 0 comments

#HoustonStrong

I am honored to have participated in a trip to Houston last week for disaster relief after Hurricane Harvey. It was coordinated by an organization called Nechama, and promoted in Chicago through the Jewish United Fund. When I saw the email invitation, I quickly checked my calendar and said, “Yes!” I submitted an application and was invited to take part. Nineteen people – sixteen volunteers and three JUF staff members – traveled to Texas to see how we could be of help. The whole group, including Nechama staff – about 30 people – was graciously...

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A Wonderful Celebration!

Posted by on October 11, 2017 in Building Community, Caring for the Earth, Feeding Each Other, Gardens, Growing Food | 0 comments

A Wonderful Celebration!

Sunday was a stupendous day in the weather department. After several days of rain, the skies were clear and sunny. It was the perfect day for our Sukkot Harvest Celebration and Fundraiser. One of the day’s objectives was to thank our volunteers. It is a remarkable and significant blessing to note just how many people contribute their time, energy and muscle to helping In the Gardens grow. We honored 30 volunteers at our celebration! We also wanted to thank our contributors: our donors, and the businesses and individuals that offer us...

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Home On The Prairie

Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Caring for the Earth, Native Gardens, Permaculture | 0 comments

Home On The Prairie

This weekend I had the opportunity to spend time in Madison, Wisconsin. I was on a trip with my dear friend Sobyl, the goal of which was to explore what the city had to offer. We started by buying a book: 100 Things to do in Madison Before You Die, by Katie Vaughn. A bit dramatic of a title, but it was the perfect resource to help us sip a bit of this and a bit of that. We were both drawn to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Arboretum. For nature and plant lovers like us, what’s not to love with 1200 acres both cultivated and wild? While...

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Road Trip!

Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Caring for One Another, Caring for the Earth, Kindness | 0 comments

Road Trip!

What a remarkable and extraordinary country we live in. I just came back from a six-day road trip, something I don’t do often. I went to see my daughter at her new home in North Carolina, and decided to stop at my alma mater in Athens, Ohio. I graduated from Ohio University’s dance department in the early 80s and had never been back. Driving East… One of the most stunning blessings I received was the beauty of our country. The farms unfurl extensively in Illinois and Indiana, rolling plains that go on for miles. While the single crop...

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Planning Your Garden Part 4: The Fall Garden

Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Caring for the Soul, Feeding Each Other, Gardens, Growing Food, Organic Gardening, Permaculture, Volunteer Day | 0 comments

Planning Your Garden Part 4: The Fall Garden

In the last few weeks,  we have harvested lots of fruits and veggies, and some plants have completed their season. The garden looks different. There are big pockets of emptiness, soil with nothing growing in it. Harvesting turnips, beets and carrots leaves beds empty. Pulling out the leaf baby lettuces after the third or fourth cutting of their leaves, and removing the sugar snap peas once the weather heated up, left open holes in the earth. But it’s only August and we have a few more months of good growing time before winter will show her...

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