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Finding Pennies through Prayer

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But -- and this is the point -- who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days.


Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

One of the many gifts of working alongside families from other countries, particularly those from Latin America where the climate and ecology are fairly similar to ours, is finding out that many of the plants that I think of as weeds and diligently rip out of the ground whenever I see them are actually delicious. 


For instance, here is a common type of clover. You probably have dozens of these plants in your yard at the moment. I was surprised to learn that, eaten raw, they taste strongly of lemon.


Here is a group of yucca plants growing on the riverwalk. Apparently, the flowers are very tasty in soup.