I have been attempting to find a common ground for starting this blog. For a woman who would rather sit in the middle of a mint field, or take a quiet walk, exposing my thoughts through the written word, on the internet (?) is a bit intimidating, and I have to admit scary! I have often wondered too many times...who would listen or care? So, I am forcing myself out of my safe haven and starting this blog...
As I was walking through my living room yesterday, I looked over on the desk that my great-grandfather placed in this house. On the desk, I had placed a book titled "Heirloom Herbs". The lighting was great and the title shouted it's name to me! "Hey, this is where you start farm girl. It's right in front of you!"
In May of 2004, the Healing Garden Journal published a story I had submitted. They titled it very appropriately..."Preserving the Past, Envisioning the Future". The power of the article and the words within it, changed the course of my life. I thought I was writing about my father, his father, and about the man whose house I now occupy, my great grandfather. But, it was about me...and my future here at the farm. On days when I wonder why, or how I managed to find my way back full circle...I reread it and understand.
In Julia Cameron's book "The Right to Write" she states: We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living."
I am not sure what this blog is going to be about, but something tells me it has a power of it's own. The mint farm I grew up on, and whose muckland I had the honor of slipping my toes through, is in foreclosure. So, to my heirloom mint farm...I dedicate these pages, pictures, thoughts, emotions, and may the power & intent of the written word bring clarity to the uncertainty of it's future.