|September Sunset on Lopez Island|
|The Tiny Green Bean String|
After a bit of Internet research I discovered that a regular kitchen oven can substitute for a home dehydrator. I put the plum halves on parchment paper on rimmed cookie sheets and used a low temperature, 200℉ for four hours.
|Italian Plums snuggling up in the oven|
|Early Morning Mist on Puget Sound|
Despite the seeming abundance of wildlife in Puget Sound, August was the second hottest month on record in the Pacific Northwest, following in the footsteps of July. I read that the Arctic ice caps, the preferred habitat for giant polar bears melt and freeze a good three and a half weeks earlier and later than historical records. The meaning of this is obvious – polar bears have seven fewer weeks to wander and hunt and find mates on the ice – a limitation that threatens the health of the species.
There is an unfathomable gap between the beauty of the San Juan Islands and the global changes we are experiencing. It makes me appreciate the resilience of the earth but, at the same time, I feel humble in the face of change. Both my children are married now and all four are working to effect change for the better. Their, and their cohorts’ optimism and energy is encouraging. In addition to our daughter's wedding, we helped celebrate the weddings of three other young couples that we’ve known virtually their entire lives. In the midst of the too often chaotic world we live in, it was wonderful to see young adults embark on the adventure of married life. These folks are smart and work across multiple fields that have the potential to improve our world – medicine, music, art, hydrology, alternative energy and finance – all arenas that need new solutions to sustain our world and our imagination. Let’s hope their efforts contribute to a better future – a future where everyone has the ability to grow a little food and experience how delicious just-picked fruits and vegetables can be. And a future Puget Sound that is still home to healthy populations of people and wildlife.