Celebrating July

Greetings, dear readers! HaQ is coming to you today from the happy shores of a midweek holiday. On the Fourth of July the US celebrates Independence Day, commemorating the events that led to the founding of a new nation. It’s a day for flags and fireworks, burgers and backyard cookouts, heart-raising music and home-happy kids. I’ve always found a certain joy in familiar songs and warm humid air, summer concerts on the river giving way to the thump and boom of beautiful showers of sparks, my face upturned with my neighbors’, all sharing the moment. Something in my heart says, “I love this place. I live here. I am rooted here and I root for it, too.”

While the nation celebrates independence, I find I am also leaning toward a concept that is both similar and different. InTERdependence. The residents of that new nation wanted to be free of the bonds of colonization, but they needed to depend on each other. They, and this nascent country, would not have survived otherwise. It’s the same now, though life is rather different (Can you imagine what the founders would have thought of the Internet?!) I can do what I do because others do the things I can’t. (Seriously – like plumbing… I could tell tales.)

Tomato basilI had first-hand evidence of ingenuity and interdependence parading across my counters a few days ago. I am participating in a ten week summer CSA at my local farmer’s market. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Customers buy shares for a weekly portion of the goods that come in. The producers get a guaranteed income for their work, and everyone gets to eat like kings. To me, that’s the best of independence and interdependence wrapped up in one gorgeously dimpled heirloom tomato. I love the idea of supporting the farmers who grow my food, knowing where and how my food was grown, and making my community both more cohesive and more economically independent. Talk about the best of both worlds!

Wishing you a warm and wonderful 4th and much joy in your world.

Stay tuned for more on the Here’s a Quarter blog next week! As always, your thoughts and comments are always welcome – they are moderated (I know – adulting again), so they may take a little while to appear, but I read them all and appreciate that you were here. Thank you!

My new story collection is now available: Dog Days . I’d love to hear your thoughts if you check it out!

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