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Burning down the house

Updated: Apr 24

Earth Day 2022 dawns with a discordant jangle of high winds (think 60-70 mph gusts) and severe fire threat warnings for my area. A little mountain town not that far away, where I once worked as a librarian, last week lost 2 people and over 250 homes in a wildfire. And that isn’t the only fire currently burning across the tinder dry western United States.

Yes, I’ve been gardening all wrong for the Chihuahuan desert and a heating planet. This is mainly because my garden style has required a lot of supplemental watering.

I’ve been living like a Honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) in the desert in the middle of a huge continent. Living as if life sustaining water were abundant and always going to be so.

I have a plan, however, for the garden. A paradigm shift.

A five year transition plan is on the drawing board, metaphorically speaking. Seems it might involve lots (more) rock collecting, lots more spikey and thorny beauties. Thankyou Boyce Thomson arboretum for showing me the potential.

For this season, since I spent winter nurturing the beds and collating the seeds, I will continue to grow food and pollinator attractors in most of the garden spaces and continue to water three times a week during season, unless there‘s a blessing of rain.

At the same time I will start redesigning and introducing more xeric perennials.

And of course I will continue to make like a turtle and soak myself regularly in mama Gaia’s hot, salty, womb waters which seep from the earth in this place where I currently root down and rise up.

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate I made a fancy breakfast of cinnamon, pecan sweet potato rolls (vegan). Wish you were here! All of you. It’s a first with this recipe for me and quite frankly, my dear, they are delish! That’s a slightly lemony brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla glaze on top. Invented on impulse with what was on hand.

May all beings thrive in sustainable abundance.

May all beings know peace.

Soundtrack in the junk attic head today. ( as an aside: Oh how we danced!)


Burning Down the House - Talking Heads, 1983


Watch out, you might get what you're after

Cool babies, strange but not a stranger

I'm an ordinary guy

Burning down the house


Hold tight

Wait 'til the party's over

Hold tight

We're in for nasty weather

There has got to be a way

Burning down the house


Here's your ticket pack your bags

Time for jumpin' overboard

The transportation is here

Close enough but not too far,

Maybe you know where you are

Fightin' fire with fire


All wet, hey, you might need a raincoat

Shakedown, dreams walking in broad daylight

Three hundred sixty five degrees

Burning down the house


It was once upon a place,

Sometimes I listen to myself

Gonna come in first place

People on their way to work,

Baby, what did you expect?

Gonna burst into flame


Burning down the house


My house's out of the ordinary

That's right

Don't want to hurt nobody

Some things sure can sweep me off my feet

Burning down the house


No visible means of support

And you have not seen nothin' yet

Everything's stuck together

And I don't know what you expect

Staring into the TV set

Fighting fire with fire

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