Year of Plenty Update - Chasing Butterflies

July 5-5My last post on this blog announced the start of a new season for the Millwood Farmers' Market. Somehow it seems appropriate that I should now announce the end to the outdoor season at the Millwood Famers' Market. Another growing season has come and gone and I've gone four months without a Year of Plenty update. I didn't necessarily plan it this way, but I took the summer off from blogging. Consider this your retroactive notice that I won't be blogging during the summer of 2012. 

I don't have a great explanation other than noting what the wise preacher in Ecclesiastes affirmed: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal...," and if he were writing today I'm sure he would add, "a time to blog, and a time to not blog." 

Here are some of the things I've been up to in the season of "not blog":

I explored a slight obsession with photographing butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. The highlight was getting a picture of a Clodius Parnassius on Mt. Spokane that hadn't been spotted in the area since the 1960's. I almost launched myself over a cliff chasing it but I survived, and more importantly my camera was unscathed. The camera is in the shop for a repair so maybe that explains why I have time to blog.

I am working on a new book project exploring food and faith practices which included observing the Ramadan fast. To my great surprise this was a real highlight of my summer. This month I'm trying out the Seventh-Day Adventist regimen. I've applied for a grant with the Louisville Institute for next summer to write a book manuscript. I've played around with starting a new blog for this project but I'm planning to migrate all my writing on the topic to this blog so you can expect more activity here in the coming months.

I learned how to cut a stair stringer.

I spent a wonderful week at Glacier National Park. 

I continue to speak at garden clubs, book stores, and anywhere else that will have me. 

I'll be speaking at Third Place Books tomorrow, Thursday October 4, in McMinville, Oregon. Go here for the details. I would love to connect if you live in the Portland area.

Farewell season of "not blog."