“It came to me while picking beans, the secret of happiness. I was hunting among the spiraling vines that envelop my teepees of pole beans, lifting the dark-green leaves to find handfuls of pods, long and green, firm and furred with tender fuzz. I snapped them off where they hung in slender twosomes, bit into one, and tasted nothing but August…”
— from Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
* Just two lists this month, an abridged version for late summer days better spent away from screens.