Category Archives: Gardening

The entire world is God’s garden and we His gardeners. We’re a long ways away from Paradise, but our journey back begins here. This category is about stewardship of the earth’s resources, my quest to fall into the natural rhythms of the earth, and to live in peace.

Chickens More Dangerous than Guns?

This week, while sitting in my home office doing work, I heard a gun shot pop right outside my window.  I told my wife to get down on the ground with our baby because a very large percentage of gun … Continue reading

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Home to Bethlehem

Weeks ago when I posted about my desperate longing to find a home for my 9 month pregnant wife and I, there were many comparisons to the Christmas story.  At the time, we didn’t realize just how many resemblances there … Continue reading

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Homebirth Without a Home

In one week, we don’t know where we’ll be living.  In one month, our baby will be born… As many of you know, my wife and I have recently felt a calling to move out into the country to live … Continue reading

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God and Lawn Care – Author Unknown

My mother forwarded this to me, and I thought my readership would enjoy it.  *GOD:* Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world isgoing on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions,violets,  milkweeds  … Continue reading

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Garden Gate Services – A New Chapter of Life

It was roughly a year ago to date that I wrote “Journey to the Common Good.”  I described my desperate longing for “promised land,” and urge to turn back towards the secure life I left.  I lived in Minneapolis then. … Continue reading

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Virginia’s Funeral

First off, I just found out that her name is spelt “Virginie” so let’s make that transition now (it still sounds like the state, but spelled differently).  I guess I hadn’t seen it printed until her funeral today. Today went … Continue reading

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Meet Virginia

When Tori (my wife) told me that she had been granted permission to do her Contextual Education course through an organization called Global Growers, I was elated.  The organization provides farming opportunities for refugees in America.  This is the exact … Continue reading

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Touching Ground

Nearly a year ago to the date, my wife and I gloriously discovered the realm where our multi-dimensional passions align: community gardening.  This came after the major leap of faith of quitting my cushy job so that I could find … Continue reading

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So Far

What is the last thing I told you?  What is the last thing I knew?  Where did I leave off, and where am I now?  Life is present.  I am not. Things have not been ideal by my distorted definition … Continue reading

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I am the Problem in the World

Here is a spoken word piece I wrote tonight after being inspired by a bunch of high schoolers in an amazing documentary called Louder Than Bombs.  Perhaps someday you will hear this piece spoken by me, but maybe if you … Continue reading

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