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Private Message added 082010-21pm-10Sat, 21 Aug 2010 18:02:15 -0400

Namesherry edelstein
Date082010-21am-10Sat, 21 Aug 2010 11:49:52 -0400
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MessageI am in Vt. found this website by "accident", and honored to have, and will enjoy reading and following along.

NameJoseph Ingoldsby
Date082010-20am-10Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:57:36 -0400
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MessageYou represent the future as you return to the past. The idea of self sufficiency in suburbia is a reference to the agricultural village of the past. In these days of factory food, you reclaim the suburbs with a permaculture land ethic. We should listen and learn.
If you have a moment, read Farming Futures at Earth Elegies blog.

Private Message added 082010-19pm-10Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:02:21 -0400

NameJohn Burgoon
Date082010-19pm-10Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:29:27 -0400
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MessageThank you for writing about the garden. "It must be old age" was exactly how my mother used to describe her calmness in the face of calamity.

Somehow my own garden, with the help of the deer who eat my roses and hostas, has taught me that you are right to be calm, and look forward. Why waste time perceiving short-term loss in something which produces so much for so long?

Cheery regards from Indiana.

NameChristina Mitchell
Date082010-19pm-10Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:29:30 -0400
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MessageI read "Out of the Loss of a Garden, Another Life Lesson" in the NYT. It really brought home how we are so connected and affected by experiences we have no little or no control over. I'm encouraged by what I see as the growing movement of people around the world who are focussed on local and global issues and who want to bring about a sustainable lifestyle.

Thank you for this; "You can’t be optimistic about the state of the world — what you can be is open-minded. You’re going to look for solutions, and you’re going to make your own life mean something. You can no longer think that accumulating money or the biggest house is the answer."

NameSusan Wittig Albert
Date082010-19pm-10Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:23:02 -0400
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MessageI loved your description of yourself in THIS ORGANIC LIFE: "an ardent earth-tender," and I included that (and a couple of other references in my new book, out next month: AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR OF ORDINARY DAYS). You're an inspiration, a joy, and a treasure--especially to those of us who are gardening and growing past 70. Looking forward happily to your new book!

NameJan Goodland Metz
Date082010-19pm-10Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:12:55 -0400
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MessageJust discovering you and your writings, though I've been digging up my yard and planting for 36 years, I look forward to reading your books this winter while everything is frozen. It is amazing what you can grow, very simply in your yard. Now that it is popular, maybe the neighbors won't call the police again when my "grass" (corn) is too high! It has been a great year for butternut squashes, cucumbers, pumpkins really almost everything is good, in my garden here in Rhode Island, good luck getting the river to behave!

NameRhonda Fleming Hayes
Date082010-19am-10Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:29:43 -0400
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MessageYou continue to inspire! Years ago reading "This Organic Life" gave me the courage to keep kitchen gardening in a conservative neighborhood that didn't understand my passion or mission.
Now I find myself astounded at your optimism and outlook after your flood. Take care Joan.

NameSandy Riegler
Date082010-19am-10Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:18:10 -0400
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MessageRead the NYT article this morning and want to thank you for persevering and figuring out how to make the bad into good. The world is what it is but our inner self can remain strong and can vibrant no matter the age. I look West at the Pacific Ocean on the N California coast and have learned to cope with wind, salt spray, drought, El Nino torrents, gophers, voles, etc,.......given half a chance, my garden grows quite nicely and is a source of great delight and inspiration always. So are you. Keep smiling and digging! smilie

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