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Something’s Gotta Give

This morning, as I drank my coffee with the morning paper, I was hypnotized by these beautiful lilacs. (W has been studying them for his school project).

We had just had oatmeal with bananas and maple syrup (of course the likes of which you can only really get in Vermont). It was warm and beautiful; peaceful.

I felt terribly uneasy.

What are we going to do?!!

In the last several weeks, our neighbors have been lining up for food. They wait for hours in their cars, sometimes with kids (the intensity!), sometimes reaching the head of the line only to find out there is no food remaining.

There are kids in those cars! There are people who may not bring food home. There are more people waiting who couldn’t come, but they are hungry.

Something‘s gotta give.

Then I came across one small but very important way to help- “Plant for the People”. This is a program where you donate part of your harvest and/or you collect garden surplus to donate to a food shelf. The goal? “Put a pepper in every pot”.

We had a family meeting.

(This picture wasn’t actually from our meeting but this is what they usually look like).

And the boys were all in!

Now we have some serious work to do.

At work, one of my medical assistants once commented that I was much better at keeping my people alive than my plants.

But the stakes are higher this time. Now, these endpoints - the people and the plants- may be connected. If ever there was a time to get better it would be now.

Our futures depend on it.

Skin cancer awareness tip- sun induced keratoses (aka “precancers“) are dry, pink, brown or skin colored scaly patches that can become painful and grow up to be Squamous Cell skin cancers. Squamous cell skin cancers can be deadly. If you have a spot and you suspect it’s precancer, stay away from intense sun and have it checked if it is persistent. Let’s get through this.


Dr Swae

(second photo of food linesnew/ Ryser truck by Mike Dougherty VT Digger)

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