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Re: Applying what one has learned

  • Subject: [cg] Re: Applying what one has learned
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2005 10:22:55 -0800 (PST)

Hi, Doreen and all,

Your note about the 'beer baptism' reminds me of life
in my Ewe village in Togo, where the custom is to
always pour a little libation of whatever you're
drinking on the ground 'for the ancestors'. They are
always thirsty in the spirit world, it seems - and a
bit jealous. So, that beer not only encouraged
microbes, it showed honor to all who have gardened
before us. A whole six pack! Wow! The Deads will have
a party!

(Doreen, you're our resident book reviewer - you know
Amos Tutuola's stories?)

Just another example, as I never 'tire' of telling
folks, of how Peace Corps helped 'develop' me much
more than I helped develop the Ewe people or the
nation of Togo.

Cheers - it is 60-plus degrees outside, what the heck,
I'm going to plant some garlic today (don't know what
the ancestors think of that, so maybe I'll pour 'em a
little drink, too).

Don B, Charlotte NC

> Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2005 10:45:22 -0500
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> From: Alliums <garlicgrower@earthlink.net>
> <BE02DB49.905B%lekoma216@cox.net>
> Subject: [cg] Applying what one has learned. . .
> Hi, Folks!
> Based on the discussion from the past few days here,
> on Friday, when my 
> adjudicated youth of the day arrived, I had them dig
> up the last two 
> remaining tires from the garden (used as flower pot
> decorations by our 
> oldest gardener -- he's ill and I made an executive
> decision that they were 
> *going*) and place them for disposal. Once they had
> left, I pulled out a 
> six-pack of truly ancient beer I had been given for
> slugs and soaked the 
> soil where tires had been.
> You live, you learn, you adapt your behavior. . .
> Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
> St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community
> Garden and Labyrinth
> A mission of
> St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street,
> Phoenixville, PA  19460

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