I’ve been feeling kind of stuck for the past several days. There’s so much going on in the world and in my world right now that I just don’t know what to say. It feels wrong to write about things like drying out beans or next years pumpkin crop or the fun that we have here in Salem. I love all of that, it’s where my heart and head usually are, but lately my thoughts have been elsewhere.  I guess the thing to do is just jump back in like nothing has happened, like people haven’t lost their homes and lives to the ocean and wind and cold. Like the small  battles that we’re fighting here in our house right now are all just fine, no big deal.  One of the things that I love about blogging is how much of a vacation it is for me. I want The Salem Garden to be a  vacation minute for everyone who takes the time to stop by.  I love the sense of community, the people all over the world who connect and comment and share.  Who’d have ever thought we could do this fifteen or twenty years ago? So, today I will make a list of posts for the week, and tomorrow I will post about beans.  But when I’m posting about beans I’ll be praying for those in need and for those who have lost everything or who are having difficulty. That’s not what The Salem Garden is about right now, but it is what I’m praying and thinking about, every day, especially when I’m in the garden.



  1. Christie says:

    Well-stated. I think everyone is distracted right now by thoughts of those out East. Take care of yourself.


    1. Hi Christie, it’s good to hear that people west of here are thinking about the northeast coast. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


  2. Joel Richardson says:

    Remember the song “The Rose” by Bette Midler and plant the seed even if it is dead of winter. One day a rose will bloom.


  3. Blaire says:

    Maybe there is a way to stockpile seeds as a group and send them to NY and NJ at some point for next spring for new gardens? and trees?


    1. that is something to think about Blaire… very interesting idea


  4. Our hearts can become heavy with the things that are right in front of our face. Especially when we have no control over what is happening. While it is not to the degree of the current disaster, Hurricane Sandy, everyday someone is dealing with their own crisis. Maybe your blog, your words are the one thing that gives them something to look forward to if only for a moment!

    I am in no way making light of what people are going through. My sister survived Andrew. My husband, son and I survived the hurricane season of 2004. With my mother in law and sister in law living with us because their house had been destroyed during the first hurricane, Hurricane Charley! We know what it is like to clean up and rebuild. So a glimpse at “normal” was a relief. You have a good heart, my friend. Now tell me about Halloween in Salem! 😉


    1. Yes, I’ve thought of that… taking the normal that people look forward to away from them doesn’t help. It’s just so hard to find the words when there’s this much difficulty.


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