I lead off with a tragic note. Our friend, James, lost his footing rock climbing and fell to his death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Martha. I bring this to your attention because he never had the blessing I have received from being stricken down with cancer. I have had the opportunity to reflect on what is important. To know that I have no sorrows or regrets to carry over to the next day because that day may not be there. One learns the importance of family and friends, the gift of being loved and being able to love in return. Farewell James. Hang tough, Martha. Know that you are loved.
|John and Juju helping plant the community garden plot.|
A reduction from 23 acres down to 49 square feet certainly qualifies as a Paradigm Shift. We will be setting out several varieties of tomato, one Russian Mammoth Sunflower, Sweet Genovese Basil, Cilantro, a small bed of Encore Salad Mix and an assortment of eggplants and peppers. You could characterize the change in perspective from a bird’s eye view to a worm’s eye view.
Regarding my health: my oncologist has had me go through a treatment of Revlimid, followed by Brentuximab Vedotin and am now starting a regime of Rituximab. I had a bout of high calcium brought on by my cancer and was in the hospital for one week and am now back in a wheelchair. Now, with the calcium down, my strength should return fairly quickly. We live for the next day in hopes that it will be there. Valorie has been my Guardian Angel, but the continual pressure of it all is testing Valorie’s faith and endurance. Pray for her.
In writing Field Notes from the Farm, I always tried to bring insight and understanding to one aspect or another of how to live a healthy life in a complex, industrialized society. The big topic this year is not organic; it is political. I had a delicious, naughty thought the other day. After the Republican Convention, Ron Paul declares as an Independent. Can you imagine the fun he could cause in the Presidential Debates by asking the other candidates about our spending hundreds of billions or more (perhaps even over a TRILLION) each year, which we don’t have, to make Afghanistan into a democratically run country, which it never has been and most likely never will be. Oh, in addition, how about pulling US troops out of the other 150+ nations where the heavy boot of American Imperialism is defeating the very ideals we profess to believe in. We are becoming a fascist state.
David and Valorie Hutt
The Dream of Earth Echo Farm still lives
Sierra Madre, California
“If we heal the land;
The land will heal us”