During the months from November through the middle of June I traveled from the Pacific shores of this land that sustains us to the Atlantic and back again.
Last Friday, the morning I left Bellingham, I was enjoying the book Growing Roots, the New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks and Food Activists. While Phoebe played her violin and Matt played his guitar I was envisioning bringing chickens and bees into the permaculture environment in Traverse City. I was also thinking about the meal I’d prepared the night before from Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, the only cookbook I’ve packed.
Earlier that morning, Zeb, 6, said, “I found a house for you to buy. Why can’t you stay?”
That’s a good question. That night I dreamed I’d left a baby behind and was walking in an unknown place in the dark. Someone was following me but meant me no harm. It’s not only the money, I thought, but also the other costs of staying in a safe place. I need to join the network of people who are taking chances to create a sustainable lifestyle, promoting permaculture.* And I need to be making art.
I’m giving up my old stories and finally claiming my year-old doctoral degree. Tomorrow I leave my sister’s nest here in Kalamazoo. I’m ready for the next phase of my journey into the land of sharing resources – continuing to create a map of living open heartedly. *
“All we have is one another to sustain us. Community is not magical. It means people are willing to be human beings together. And it means they are willing to pay the price for being human.” ~Daniel Berrigan
*What is permaculture? Here’s the adult definition, shared by Claudia Joseph: “Permaculture is more than just good gardening. It is a life long approach to analysis, action and social structures that results in better relationships, more functional systems and a clearer understanding of everything necessary for human communities to thrive.”
For younger folks: Permaculture is an introduction to observing and mimicking nature or learning nature’s language(s).”
*My Doctorate of Ministry dissertation is titled One Can Hear Only With the Heart: Creating a Map of Living Openheartedly.