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Angela's heaven here on earth.
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Have you ever noticed how ivy grows? Or any vine? It shoots and spurts and curves. I relate to this mode of travel. And living! I recently attended Connecting Chicago Community Gardeners' 2nd Annual Gathering at Navy Pier. I went with my friend, Matthew Stephens, who introduced me to lots of wonderful people there... one of whom, was Sam Taylor... who is the husband of a force of nature -- Angela Taylor.
Angela agreed to have me over for a visit, and recorded conversation. She is a person of interest for many inspiring reasons. Below are links to where she and her work have been featured in the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune. And you can even see a video of then Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel lending a helping hand in the Fulton Street Flower + Vegetable Garden that is adjacent to her Garfield Park home.
We talk inside the large and sprout-filled greenhouse that is just besides a healthy bee-hive that gave 10 pounds of honey in its first year, and we're also very near a chicken coop that's been giving about 6 or 7 eggs a day.
This is another field interview, so you will hear a mixture of sounds that come with a progressive urban garden: crowing chickens, singing birds, and the rumbling green line 'el train rolling by every few moments.
Like Angela, the sound-backdrop is very real and genuine. Fiery faith and fresh food is what she's serving up. Prepare to be inspired, as you hear how she closed out a successful career of service, and moved into the calling of her life.
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What did you take-away from listening to Angela? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
At 10:30 see (then Mayor-Elect) Rahm Emanuel lend a helping hand in the Fulton Street Flower + Vegetable Garden that is adjacent to the Taylors' home.
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾