Plant Seed, Pull Weed by Geri Larkin

By Geri Larkin

Gardens have frequently been used as metaphors for non secular nurturing and progress. Zen rock gardens, monastery rose gardens, even your grandmother's vegetable backyard all were defined as areas of shelter and mirrored image. Drawing on her event operating at Seattle's most desirable gardening middle, Zen instructor Geri Larkin indicates how the act of gardening can help discover your internal creativity, enthusiasm, vigilance, and pleasure. As your backyard grows, so will your spirit. Larkin takes you thru the stairs of making plans, planting, nurturing, and retaining a backyard whereas supplying humorous tales and encouraging classes on what crops can educate us approximately our lives. As soothing as a bowl of do-it-yourself vegetable soup, Plant Seed, Pull Weed will entertain, allure, and encourage you to get your arms soiled and dig deep to domesticate your internal self.

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He visited gardens whenever he could, loving their clean energy and sheer beauty. He painted them without hesitation. You can feel his great energy on the canvases. Sunflowers. Irises. Paintings of gardens that would sell for millions of dollars after his death. 4 million. 4 million. Vase with Sunflowers most recently sold for $39 million. It is the energy of the paintings, the emotion, the leaving-nothing-behind aspect of each one of his paintings that makes you either want to own a van Gogh or paint like he painted.

Just watching him is making us all smile. He is contagious. We are instructed to take a piece of blank paper and to either list or sketch where we intend to be in ten years. We are to include our homes, the climate, the geography, our livelihood. The people we will be surrounded by. To keep us going, the day’s organizers 18 PL A N T SE E D, PU L L W E E D have put M&M’s, cauldrons of coffee, and cases of Diet Coke within reach. We have forty-five minutes. Since I’ve always loved crayons, I make sketches and write vivid descriptions of everything that will be in my life ten years out.

He was married for the first two that I knew him; I made a commitment to move away for one of them. Today, when friends ask me who the love of my life is, I don’t know the answer. Had I spoken my heart to Joseph, it might have been him. And even though I haven’t seen him in years, a part of me wonders what would have happened if either of us had moved through hesitation. When a friend told me that he remarried last year I was happy for his new partner. She has herself a mighty catch. When I moved to the city of Detroit in 2002, I had learned about hesitation and how to transcend it.

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