Friday, January 31, 2014

The Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley

Made it home to Evanston in between snowstorms & bitter cold. I confess that it was nice to be in the Bay area when it was warm & dry, though the reason (an intense drought) is not good for obvious reasons. The weird weather meant plants were off-schedule...will show that in another post. Meantime, I was thrilled to explore The Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley (Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse).

Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King & Guatemala

Actually, it is interesting to reflect on King's name after seeing a German production of Luther's life on Swedish t.v. during the holidays. I understand more now about his commitment to the poor and working against corruption.

During this morning's NPR reflections on King, a phrase stood out for me. Basically, the comment was that, in the last year of his life, when King recommitted and aligned with the poor, that was a dangerous thing to do in a capitalist culture. It reminded me of our AFOPADI friends and partners in Guatemala, and so here are the beloved mountain tops I visit there during my annual SSG & Earthways site visit.

I will be discussing the effect my non-profit work in Guatemala has had on my business and my life in a February 6th Webinar I'll give for MELA. It has an unbearable long title, but I hope to make the presentation clear & succinct. And there will be many pictures. You can register here for "Sustainability & Health:  How Sustainable Practices in Guatemala Have Influenced My Business and My Way of Life."

Friday, January 10, 2014

White on White: Sweden to Chicago

Back home from Dalarna, Sweden where in 2 weeks+, it was unseasonably gray and rainy. So much for my intentions to get exercise via cross-country skis...1st World problems, but the temperature bizarreness is everyone's problem.
The only white we saw there was on the exposed forest floor, this white moss I believe is called Lichen rangiferinus. If you know better: please correct!

Flying home, we began to see snow over Norway. I took this somewhere between Greenland and Canada.

We arrived home just in time for another foot of snow and below zero temps created by the Polar Vortex that brought same to all 50 states. I was grateful to a client who sent this photo below of her newly installed garden at night! The white house adds another exciting seasonal dimension to white on white. I was delighted to see it. As well, I will use this image in my class Feb. 1st that I am teaching on 4-Season Interest in Composition and Design during the annual Wicker Park Garden Club Landscape Design Course. It starts tomorrow (1/11/14), but perhaps you can still register here for the best deal in town!

This weekend, I will be participating at our 3rd Annual SSG Board Retreat.