Life Goes On

Flavia PotenzaBy Flavia Potenza

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Life Goes On
PHOTO BY FLAVIA POTENZA As February morphed into March, the sycamore trees in Bonnell Park stood like stark sentinels, leafless against a gray sky, while the promise of spring quietly appeared in grass-green hues that made itself known more boldly with each passing day. Promise fulfilled.
Residents on Bonnell Drive are fortunate to have a little park with its own weather. Nature is a bit off kilter these days, like us. It drives the seasons in its own time. Summer drifts into October. Autumn usurps winter’s time by an extended display of red and gold sycamore leaves before the branches go bare. Then March comes in like a lamb and the under-five crowd, some on scooters experiment with speed, while others create chalk drawings on the street, or kick a soccer ball around with moms and dads. Sweet. We love Kat High’s contributions and Native American wisdom that she shares so generously. This time, she’s foraging in her own front yard for miner’s lettuce, stinging nettles, and chickweed and provides recipes to go with them. (Pages 6-7). She also had her second Hugelkultur workshop with a turnout of about 20 people, who helped build the second Hugel mound in her yard, as landscaping continues with Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams of Studio Petrichor, a regenerative landscape design company. ( Speaking of March, it’s Women’s History month with International Women’s Day (IWD) happening on March 8. It became our theme this time when 19-year-old Sadie Radinsky came to our attention with her new book (reviewed on Page 10.) Sadie also graces our cover as a role model for International Women’s Day (IWD), as well as with friends taking the #IWD2021 #Choose to Challenge pledge in Kait Leonard’s update on IWD’s digital grassroots campaigning in the 21st century (Pages 8-9). The Readable Feast (Page10) has been hosting a number of new books lately. Sadie Radinsky’s book, “Whole Girl,” which was a delight to read at many levels but especially because it gives us freedom to enjoy healthy treats and desserts. It’s not just for girls, by the way. Adventure Traveler and author Linda Ballou is back with a touching memory of “Mom’s Meadow,” (Page 11). She has a new book out, “Embrace of the Wild,” which we’ll be reviewing in the near future. If anyone is interested in reviewing books, I have a stack on my bedside table aching for attention. We relish the enthusiasm of columnist Paula LaBrot for her love of technology. She uncomplicates that world for us and make all sorts of discoveries. This time, she gives us a rundown, sometimes comical, of the latest Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Meet Moxie, a state-of-the-art robot companion, and intelligent toilets (Page 13). Kait Leonard’s Astrology column for March looks forward to “a month of celebrating and achieving.” It’s about time. (Page 14) Some of us have received vaccinations and are no worse for wear. Wishing all safe harbor and calm winds until we proclaim victory over this virus. Meanwhile, you know the drill: wear masks, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and say your prayers. Whatever works.
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March 5, 2021

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