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"I tried once to open too many doors at a time, it was unproductive and confusing.
I just learned the last lesson, Dad. I'm supposed to open just one at a time, and only when I reach them along the path, this 'hike' we are taking. That's when the key fits, and opens the lock perfectly, every time. Thank you, Dad. I love you, and miss you. I am blessed with an amazing husband now, he holds my hand as we walk along paths too. We are climbing a little steeper now, with more effort, and thinner air. But I'm not worried. I am looking up. I am living in the moment, being now. Because when we get to the next door, along our path, I know, Dad, . . . that key is going to fit, perfectly!"

excerpt from Pony, 6/6/2013 post
© ruth follmann

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extra credit~inspired by an eco-artist

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i hope you enjoy my extra credit essay. maybe it will inspire some this weekend to go out and propagate!

Thank you, Ron Finley!

Ruth Follmann
Professor @#$&
ENC 1101-128
23 November 2013
Word Count: 472

Graffiti Gardening: The New Eco-Art

Years before I viewed the TED talk by Ron Finley, I was a guerilla gardener. My friends and children knew of my seed sowing ways. Having borrowed a concept from a fad known as ‘reverse stealing’, which is putting something into an environment vs. removing it; I would plant flowers and vegetables in the soil of public owned space. This idea stems back to Americana’s Johnny Appleseed as well. Guerilla gardening is the new graffiti eco-art. Few detect this graffiti activity when tiny seeds are inconspicuously dropped into public soil. Dollar store clearance sales provide the needed seeds. In the past, seeds rang up at the low cost of thirteen cents a pack. When digging the dirt, no residual, toxic spray paint smell will ‘give you away’. Nature takes care of the growing process with sunshine and rain.

Along those lines, Mr. Finley, a true graffiti artist from South Central L.A., sports not only breathtaking painted street artwork, but his curbside public gardens to boot. He describes the combination of food and flowers as his medium of choice in creating a live canvas. Having designed gardens of this aesthetic and edible nature, my heart warmed to hear Mr. Finley is teaching kids to do the same. My personal gardens were themed and true Eden states. Soon, my enthusiasm grew past my own plots. I began to carry pockets of seed packets and spy for suitable land prey. Public lands suffer no harm from another beautiful flower or surprise vegetable strategically placed. Trees can be graffiti gardened as well. I have even added little touches like bird feeders to public areas. Surprisingly, paid caretakers continue to refill said feeders with supplies of bird seed!

I encourage everyone to graffiti garden. The same ‘rush’ is earned by re-facing a public place. A smile is gained when you pat the earth down, knowing something beautiful, despite all this world’s problems, will soon grow in at least one more place. So while reverse stealing can be tricky, redressing store mannequins without security spotting your chagrin, or the flashing blue and red lights of vandalism’s ticket may interrupt your spray can street art ways, guerilla gardening offers only an upside. Plants have been giving us a life lesson all along. Put down some deep roots. Keep reaching up. Work within the resources you have been given. Give back not only vitality and beauty to life, but sustaining wisdom, brief and potent, encapsulated like seeds. Plant that wisdom where you receptively can. If we all do this literally, and in the soil of aspiring minds, imagine the garden we will create.


© ruth follmann

http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la.html

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Viv says:

beatiful picture - Swamprose does her bit in Toronto :)

23rd Nov 2013, 23:19

Thank you, Viv! The pic is the koi pond at the college before the sunlight hit it. It is a great place to study or reflect. Really excited to have planted some cucumbers here at home. We are Freecycling some planters and hope to expand soon! Thank you for the kindd words and the read! :)

2nd Dec 2013, 10:36

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