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Lessons From The Garden

In October of 2012, I wrote an essay as part of the Master Gardener application process. In that composition, I referenced Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I had read her book the previous summer and became interested in sustainable and local agriculture. As a result of that interest, I decided to enroll in the Master Gardener program. To fulfill the volunteer requirement for the MG certificate, I chose to help at the Common Good garden and at Mercy By The Sea. I eventually concentrated my efforts at the Center because they desperately needed volunteers. 

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by Jean Golicz  | 

Glimpses of God

During a few days off recently, I enjoyed the novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, a Pulitzer Prize winner. This powerful and moving book focuses on two young people during World War II, one from Germany and one from France, and their efforts to be good to one another during the most trying of circumstances. 

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by Sister Eileen Dooling, RSM  |