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I just have to share my latest inspiration with you.

In late Fall 2019, Kevin sowed grass in the west tree rows alongside our driveway to expand my meditation walking paths (I walk our shelterbelt trees like a linear labyrinth) and create a carbon sink to further offset our carbon footprint.

This past Spring, those tiny grass seeds bravely broke through the soil and wispy grass strands appeared --- only to wither and die in the howling, hot summer wind. I could not walk in that disheartening dustbowl. It just reminded me of everything that was going wrong in the world.

On one morning walk after late August rains, I decided to venture into the trees again to see if the grass came back at all.


Lo and behold, the resilient prairie grass had stubbornly started to regrow and with the blessing of rain, will fill the cracked, empty soil this Fall. It's a small miracle, really.

Nature reminds me again and again to grow where I am planted. That is where hope lives. Seems I needed a reminder!

Like the grass that grows after a rain, I refuse to give up on me and this place. Deciding to do something is an act of resistance against hopelessness.

Just do one thing, right here, right now. Grow where you are planted.

And so, I leave you with this poem I found on Sarah Bessey's Facebook page this morning:

Live in this place
as you were meant to, and then,
surprised by your abilities,
become the ancestor of it all,
the quiet, robust, and blessed Saint
that your future happiness
will always remember.
- David Whyte, from the poem Coleman’s Bed



  • Melanie, I can relate to this. My grass in our backyard turned brown as well as the park across the way. I watered a bit just so I could sit in my back yard and have a bit of green,it just helps the mood. My husband an easterner, was diagnosed with dementia and I have noticed that he realized it is very calming and just enjoys sitting out with a coffee. He is learning to enjoy the surrounding which doesn’t have to be a man made golf course.

    corinne benner
  • Thanks Melanie. You educated me on “carbon sink” as I had to look it up and read about it. I too have been amazed at how our garden – mostly perennials and wild flowers have rebounded with the rain.
    Enjoy those precious meditation walks!

    Laurel S-Smith
  • Awesome message! We all need that reminder from time to time, to do just that ‘grow where you are planted’ – thanks for the inspiring words!

    Claudette Chabot
  • Hope is what we need, now and always. Thanks for this reminder.

  • Thank you! Your words reminded me to live in the moment.

    Maureen Haddock

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