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Posted By Susan Bernhardt
In a book that I am reading on mindfulness and meditation, I came 
across this analogy that I think ties well with the setting of 
your book.  The renowned Buddhist monk and teacher, Thich Nhat 
Hanh, says “if you look deeply at a flower, its beauty and its 
freshness, you will see that there is also compost in it, made of 
garbage.  The gardener had the skill to transform this garbage 
into compost, and with this compost, he made a flower grow.”

By not being afraid of garbage, and by harnessing it, we have the 
power to convert this organic material into flowers, fruits, and 
vegetables.  He says to apply the same idea to our sorrows, fears, 
and depression, and convert them into happiness.  These bits of 
garbage are an organic part of real life, and instead of throwing 
them out of our life, look deeply at them and transform them into 
flowers of happiness.

Compassion and love are you, anger is also you.  There can be no 
compassion without suffering, and no true love without compassion; 
so to hope for a life without suffering or pain is dangerous.  But 
by cultivating the energy of mindfulness in us, and by accepting 
that both the positive and negative are in us, we can guide 
ourselves in the direction of the positive instead of struggling 
with the negatives, and bring out the flowers of peace, freedom, 
and happiness in our lives.

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September 20th.  
Posted By Susan Bernhardt
Kay woke up early Saturday morning and walked with Deirdre to 
Sudbury Falls' farmers market, seven blocks away, one of her 
favorite things to do.  They met with the hustle and bustle of the 
friendly crowd and took in the  abundant array of local foods and 
flowers.  They chatted with the vendors knowing them by name, and 
sampled some of their new delicious local organic produce.   

In the summer and autumn, Kay did much of her grocery shopping 
here, buying produce that she didn't have in her own garden.  
Deirdre had huge herbal beds, which supplied her natural herb 
shop, along with vegetable and flower gardens.  Both came to 
support the local growers who worked so hard to produce high-
quality foods.  With filled  reusable bags of various herbs and 
produce, they returned home each carrying a lush bouquet of 

Deirdre had given Kay two small rosemary plants earlier in summer.  
Rosemary is considered the herb of friendship.  One was common 
rosemary the best variety for cooking, and the other a trailing 
rosemary which was more ornamental.  Kay kept the ornamental 
variety in her bright kitchen and the other outside on her patio 
table.  Both could be kept indoors during winter in a bright room.

That evening Kay planned on making a couple of pork tenderloins on 
the grill using the rosemary in the marinade.  The meal would also 
feature rosemary roasted potatoes made in an outdoor oven, along 
with green beans from her garden, and pattypan squash from the 
farmer's market.  Deirdre and Mike were invited to dinner.

Deirdre had told Kay about the health benefits of rosemary when 
she had given her the plants.  Rosemary, a Mediterrean herb had 
two important ingredients, caffeic acid and rosemarinic acid, that 
are potent antioxidants, protecting the body's cells from damage 
by free radicals, decreasing the risk of cancer.  Rosemary is rich 
in Vitamin E which further contributes to its free radical 
fighting powers.  It blocks oestrogen, thus helping to prevent 
breast cancer.  Rosemary has anti-inflammatory agents which aids 
in preventing asthma. It boosts the functioning of the liver, and 
acts as a mild diuretic to help reduce swelling. Rosemary 
minimizes the effects of aging on skin. It has been shown to 
increase the blood flow to the head and brain, improving 

The wonderful smell of rosemary is associated with good food and 
good times.  A little rosemary goes a long way in cooking.  Below 
is a simple recipe Kay will use to make her rosemary roasted 
potatoes this evening. 

Rosemary Oven Roasted Potatoes

2 pounds of small red potatoes quartered.
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
5 cloves crushed garlic
1-2 tbsp. of dried or fresh rosemary.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Toss ingredients together.  Place 
potatoes on sheet in single layer.  Turn potatoes once.  Bake 45 
minutes to an hour until golden all over.  Enjoy!

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