Magkamoni seeds

A friend from Botswana recently visited and brought me a little package of gourd seeds to plant in my garden. Wasn’t that thoughtful of him? I planted these with the giant pumpkins from two weeks ago and the garden is going bananas. The heat + lots of water + a roommate who truly loves being among his green “babies” = a garden that is looking pretty darn good for August in Phoenix.

If I haven’t reminded you in the last 20 minutes, it is disgustingly hot and miserable here right now. There is your reminder. I’ll be back tomorrow.

African seeds

In the meantime, if you wouldn’t mind — I have a cause for you to support. My dear friend Shelley and her husband Alessandro — two of the kindest people on earth — are trying to raise funds for those left homeless after the earthquake in Italy earlier this year.

Shelley writes: The city of Lucoli, the largest municipality in Abruzzo for territory, was the epicenter of the April 6 quake. Now all the inhabitants (most of whom are elderly) are living in campgrounds located up to 5,000 feet in altitude. With your help it will be possible for them to have a field hospital and the assistance they need, and to save the beautiful village of Lucoli and its monuments dating from the Middle Ages.

To learn more about the earthquake in Lucoli and to make a donation, please visit

By donating even just 1 dollar you will make it possible!

Thank you friends,