Meditation on a Pomegranate; Or, In Lieu of the Holiday Letter

Roadside Pomegranate (Copyright 2010 Pamela Price)

Found this little jewel on a Central Texas roadside. I know not it’s provenance or if the fruit is any good. I do know that, decades and decades ago, Mexican salesman would bring this fruit–and others–up from Mexico to sell to Europe farmers and ranchers who settled this area. Thus, in my brain this image evokes not only stories of settlers and tradespeople, but also of European and Mediterranean paintings in which the pomegranate feature prominently. [It amuses me that there’s a Squidoo page dedicated to pomegranate symbolism.]

To say 2010 was “eventful” here is selling it short. And 2011 is looking rich and ripe like, well, a pomegranate. One big change coming involves my transitioning from a “long distance caregiver” (yes, we lot exist) for a relative to one of more immediacy. This is a net positive, but there are many tasks that must be undertaken in preparation and then daily after the move, too. And having been appointed to my city’s new food policy council, I’ve got a lot of homework/research/work to do in my community but quick. [A mix of “yay” and “yikes” at the opportunity and the amount that I have to learn.] Plus, as many of you know, I run a teeny tiny preschool with one student. With kindergarten on the horizon, there are particular goals, trips and adventures that I want us to experience before my pupil begins his grand adventure in public school.

To keep RW&G up and running while these responsibilities fill my plate, I’ve decided to convert this site to a more “static” presence over the coming weeks. I’ll still be using RW&G Twitter and Facebook accounts as before–they are invaluable networking tools for those of us who share a commitment to issues like food safety/security/history, and I’ll still post here, naturally.

Yet for some time I’ve been a proponent of “slow blogging,” posting as the mood suits and less regularly or solely in pursuit of “hits per day.” (While this site gets many visitors, I’ve always been more interested in the conversation which, for some reason, happens mostly on Facebook and Twitter.) Convinced that “slow blogging” is the truest path for me as a blogger, I want to continue moving in that direction–hopefully sharing some of what we learn here in Texas with the new food policy group, but I also know that a lot of people arrive at RW&G looking for “nuts and bolts” victory garden information. I’ve got a lot of it, both here and in the archive, but I want to make it a little easier to dig through. I also still have this hair-brained idea about a series of podcasts related to what I’ve “dug up” on victory gardening thus far. We’ll see.

Hopefully, all my major ducks will be in a row–and the RW&G site looking spiffy in its new incarnation–by late January. That’s right about the time we Southerners start thinking about our spring gardens, you know.

And, come to think of it, that’s when the mythological Demeter would begin preparations for Persephone’s return from the Netherworld, where she’d spent several months with Hades–a reprimand for consuming a few pomegranate seeds.