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An Especially Seedy Column

It's like everyone is given seeds that are capable of growing into the garden of their dreams, but no one has been told they even have them. Then, when they see their neighbor's garden growing, whether it's because their neighbor actually found their seeds or accidentally spilled them, there is a rush to see what's happening. In fact, whole industries are built around the buying, selling, and trading of other people's gardens. Agents are hired, sales teams assembled, and sometimes stocks and bonds are issued. Vendors compete, lawyers are hired, and accountants are sued. There are mergers and acquisitions, buyouts and takeovers, and of course 401k's, company picnics, and vacation days. There are seeds that grow into private gardens. Seeds that grow into best sellers. And seeds that grow into happy families. It's quite a riot, and often good fun, but would you believe that one of the biggest impediments one has discovering their own seeds, these days, is their fascination with the gardens of others? Hoe, Hoe, Hoe!
Speaking of seeds, every book at the Pittsfield Library takes on journeys to places and people you never knew existed. Before the summer has the kids thinking about school, how about stopping by the library for some vacation reading to while away a summer afternoon on the village green. The library suggests some of their series books which include but are not limited to: Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, Harry Potter, Marcy Watson (the pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter), Canterwood Crest, Ivy & Bean or Secrets of Droon. Come early, stay late.
A reminder that the Earth camp and Stockbridge Central School camps continue on July 2 with Eco-Art. Call Ms. Wheeler or more information at 234-9248.
The Rochester Recreation Committee presents its annual summer concert series on the park in Rochester village on Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm. On July 24, Jimmy Goodman and Jake Wildwood share the stage in a concert by local musicians dedicated to Danny McIntyre, the singing selectman, who usually played this weekend. The Rochester Recreation Committee encourages you to bring your dancing shoes, a lawn chair or blanket, and a picnic basket packed with your favorites.
There will be Contra Dance on Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 to 10 pm at Pierce Hall on Main Street in Rochester. The dance will feature calling by the Mad Robin Callers Collective. No experience is necessary, since all dances are taught, and no partner is required. Musicians are welcome to bring instruments and sit in behind the band. For more information call Aaron Marcus at 617-721-6743.
The Vermont Special Olympics is pleased to announce a 100 Mile Motorcycle Freedom Ride to benefit the Special Olympics. The ride will take place on Saturday, July 23 beginning at the Valley Bowl on Prince Street in Randolph. Registration is at 9 am and bikes will be pulling out at 10:30 sharp. There is a $25 fee per rider or $30 rider/passenger, which includes food, soda, and a dance after the ride. Non-riders are invited to the post-ride event for food, soda and dancing for $15. Call Tammy Philbrick at 802-565-8115 or Karen Warner at 802-728-4958 with you any questions. The dance is open to the public with music by Karen Warner and friends with a Chinese auction, rip tickets, food for sale and a cash bar. Bowling will be available as well. Pass the word and bring the family and friends for this great cause.
The Mothers Report: Part 2 - all answers came from 2nd grade students. Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom? We're related. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me. Yes, and what kind of little girl was your mom? My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy. They say she used to be nice. Hmmm, and what did your mom need to know about your dad before she married him? His last name. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
Thought for the Week: "Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself." - Henry Miller, (American novelist and painter, 1891-1980).
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