The year the rain stopped

California DroughtWhen I first moved to California from Iowa, I was pleased to discover the summers were warm and dry. The rolling hills turned brown in the summer and green in the winter months, just the opposite of Iowa! Each year, from late October until mid-March, the state received its glorious annual drenching. Storm after storm rolled through from the Pacific, filling the aquifers and depositing a vast snowpack in the Sierra Mountains that slowly quenched California’s thirst during the summer months.  All this came to a parched halt as global weather patterns turned off the spigot.  The past 12 months have been the driest on record since miners began tracking weather during the California the gold rush. California’s life-giving annual soaking has run dry. Continue reading

Live every day like it’s your last

Beautiful momentMy Mother always urged me to never save the special china and goblets for guests but to use them every day. She said to always choose the quality of the moment and celebrate every single day as if it was all we had. Among the many pearls of wisdom she bestowed on me, this was one had the most profound impact on who I am today. There were four gems embedded in her philosophy that I would like to share with you. They have direct ties to our success and future as an organic community. Continue reading