FREE! For those interested in Animal Assisted Interactions, you can watch Suzanne Clothier's keynote and closing presentations at the SPEAK! conference hosted by the University of Minnesota. 

Here's a powerful thought from Edith Windsor:

"If you really care about the quality of somebody’s life as much as you care about the quality of your own, you have it made."

Before I began teaching in British Columbia in mid-June, I had a day to be a tourist. I used the opportunity to visit The Raptors in Duncan, BC thanks to a tip from Carole Orr. My friend Suzanne Webb and I set off to spend the day with hawks, owls, falcons & eagles under the guidance of falconer & The Raptors' center staff member Devon Casagrande.

“I wish there were no weeds in our garden!” But as I plucked the offending plants, I realized that my weed-free fantasy would not be a good thing.

Without weeds, how easily gardeners could become complacent, accepting the bounty and beauty without a need to fuss over and, most of all, to protect. Weeds require us to be alert, attentive, contemplative, aware on behalf of our garden.