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“A community is a complex web of interwoven relationships.”

dragon_mayfly_I have two gardens, one I tend and the other that teaches me. As I passed 70 I started reducing the size of my tended garden, opting instead for supporting my local farmers, and spending more time observing the wild plants, the escapees and the natives, the landscape of roadsides and meadows, ditches, bogs and woodlands.

I was not born to this place but to another – 500 miles south along this Atlantic coast. I have, for 30 years, made the State of Maine my home and it has taught me about the land and myself. I will always have an ache for the place of my ancestors, but these rivers that tumble to the Gulf of Maine and this glacial land have claimed me.

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