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Ahhhh… Rain Days…

Good Morning to All! It’s a great morning for me, our volunteers, and all our plants at Opal’s Farm. Over two-and-a-half inches of rain fell yesterday with more coming today. Temperatures have dropped to the seventies and eighties with the precipitation. I can only imagine the conversations going on between all the vegetable plants that survived the August heat. They must be joyous indeed!

We haven’t been able to go to Cowtown Farmers Market the last couple of weeks. Triple digits over the last month reduced vegetable production. However, the rain and somewhat cooler nights have helped our purple-hulled peas, cantaloupes, and squash. Judging from what was growing yesterday we should see you all on Saturday at Cowtown.

Many of you may remember our virtual Townhall about Opal’s Farm with Congressional candidate, Dr. Lisa Welch. Dr. Welch is running for Texas Congressional District 12, which includes much of Fort Worth. On Wednesday, September 9th at 6:00 PM, we are honored to have Dr. Welch volunteering and working alongside us at Opal’s Farm. We are so grateful for Dr. Welch’s support for the work we do.

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I’d also like to take time to thank Jesse Herrera and CoAct. I met Jesse several months before joining Grow SE and breaking ground at Opal’s Farm. For the last three years Jesse has been a major help to Opal’s Farm – meeting regularly to cement our core values, mission statement, and clarify our vision for the future. I could not do what I do without Jesse’s help (nor any of the Steering Committee members of Grow SE – it’s a team effort).

I often have far too much on my plate as Farm Manager. Our meetings with Jesse and Co Act have helped me and often reminded me that our vision – We imagine a world where diversity is evident, opportunities are plentiful, and divisions are crossed, all in pursuit of lasting unity. – is possible. We are so happy and grateful for Jesse, CoAct, and all those involved with Grow SE!

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“As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.” – Henri Nouwen

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Time Out

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve sat down to write over the last couple of months. The words always fail to make the journey from my brain to my fingers. It’s not “writer’s block”. Emotions rise and shut down everything else in the process. Grief sucks.

I’ve been able to journal somewhat, but I often feel no one wants to hear another story about my grief and so it goes unfinished and unpublished. Unfortunately, that’s about all I can share these days. It doesn’t mean that other things, good things, haven’t been happening. It’s just that sadness and loss over-shadows them all. I miss my son…

I know this is part of the process. There will come a day when sorrow won’t dim the light all around. I’m not sure when that day is, but I know that it will come. My friend Jim used to tell me that in the meantime, it’s a mean time. Until I’m farther along in this journey I’ll feel what I need to feel and try not to be hard on myself…

Although the cloud of grief is never far away there’s much to be grateful for. I’m grateful for the love and support our family has received from so many friends. I’m grateful for Opal’s Farm and the reminder that life is circular – sow, harvest, and repeat – constant resurrection. Over the last couple of months, I’ve seen Jeremy honored in ways I never expected, and I’ve been given places to sit and still my spirit comforted by Jeremy’s “presence”.

One of Jeremy’s friends and fellow artist, Jay Wilkinson, painted a twenty-foot high mural of Jeremy on the side of Hop Fusion Brewery here in Fort Worth. It captures Jeremy perfectly and I can’t think of a better place to put it. Jeremy had done the indoor murals at the brewery. When this coronavirus lets up, I hope you all get a chance to have a cold one and check out Jeremy’s work. You don’t have to wait to see Jay’s work though. Thank you, Jay. You’ve given me a special place to just “be”.

I’m simply amazed…
Thank you Jay

Last Saturday, Juan Valazquez finished a mural at Mananaland, a local gallery where Jeremy had been artist in residence. His likeness now graces the whole front of the building. I was unable to be there when he painted (spray painted mind you!) the piece. Thanks to Desiree, Michael, Baillie, and Adrian for representing the family.

Mananaland – Juan Valazquez

As for my WordPress community, I miss you all. I haven’t read much the last couple of months, so I haven’t maintained contact with those I follow and vice-versa. I’m simply taking a break and letting the process take me where it needs to. Love you all and hope to see you soon.

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“People of faith, in this moment, must decide: Shall we follow a dark-skinned Palestinian Jew, who cast his lot with those who had their backs against the wall, or will we march with the advisers of Herod, hoping our presence is enough to keep an arrogant Herod from harming all the Hebrew children?” – Otis Moses III, Senior Pastor Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago

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