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Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Autumn Surprise

Transitions are a process. Permaculture is a great metaphor for transitions. Gardens reveal so much to us. So here is the story of this particular transition.

In March, I discovered this one seed in a mismarked envelope. I wasn't sure it would do much since according to the dates of the other packages it was rather old. Naturally, I didn't have the heart to throw it away. Into a peat pot it went. Like my other nursery plants it sprouted and grew in the little pot until I transplanted it into the cabbage bed.

Mid-summer, I noted the stunted growth and transplanted it near my herbs. However, the transplanting didn't seem to increase the growth response much. After we had an early October snow cover which finished off the herb garden, I was tempted to turn the plant over into the fall garden bed. But again I hesitated but mostly because it seemed to say "not yet, please". So I left it to continue.

With all the busyness of the past six weeks, I hadn't taken time to visit that end of the garden. Instead, I'd watched from my kitchen window this spectacular foliage growth. Tomorrow I will show you what I discovered four days ago. If you already know, don't tell!

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