The Tire Dump, Redeemed

26 04 2011

The tires, as I had mentioned, were removed in less than 24 hours. I was disheartened, and had counted it as the third project (of six so far) to have been removed.

But then, on my walk to Gano Mission Center on Wednesday morning, I saw them in huge pile the adjacent field (behind the vine-covered fence you can see in the photos). And all the people of the land rejoiced. The next day I decided to just roll with the punches, and rearrange them in their new location.


Garden Windows.

24 02 2011

Earlier in the year, our teammate Becky had the brilliant idea to make a series of window pieces with photo transparencies affixed inside the frames as a dual tribute to and enhancement of the life flourishing within our neighborhood community garden. Despite several false starts over the past several months as Janis Bernard (the garden overseer) and I (Kate) tried to figure out the most aesthetically pleasing spatial orientation and installation method for the garden windows, we finally hit the jackpot this Tuesday afternoon. Just as we (Matt, the Bernards and I) finished digging the holes for the feet of the frame, leveling them out in the uneven ground and mixing the dry concrete with water around the base of our temporary support pieces, the sun tipped over the top of the Houston skyline behind the garden. It shone through the transparencies in a golden spill of light that made each of us stop in awe… and it was good.

To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.
— Mary Oliver