Building Foundations…

“Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward
after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.”
― Robert Brault

It’s one of my favorite quotes…and it pretty much describes the way this summer has gone, after the great, ambitious plans envisioned at the beginning of this blog!

Oh, make no mistake – the plans are still evolving. But, as Thoreau observed, “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

So I’ve been doing a lot of foundation-building this summer…

  • Recovering from the June flood in my basement and clearing out seemingly unending inessentials to free up space in my home…
  • Adjusting the placement of my compost system to fit the neighbors’ needs (and finding the richest,CompostSystem blackest, wormiest, buggiest compost I’ve ever seen at the bottom of the pile, as well as no fewer than eight avocado tree seedlings!)
  • Laying out plans for the autumn coppicing of trees and hedges, and sheet-mulching of the veggie garden from the rapidly-deteriorating straw-bale garden
  • Finding allies and a support network in the Baltimore Gift Economy community and Baltimore Sustainability Council…
  • Helping to liaise between Charm City Farms and All Saints Convent to enable a  plan for stormwater management design and implementation…
  • And in a delicious burst of synchronicity, attending two conferences on restoring ecosystems and water cycles to reverse global warming. My copywriting firm for restorative business, Your Words’ Worth, is a proud partner of the Boston conference.

So after the holidays, when the workshops begin, there will be rich connections and resources and networks to share!


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