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Thursday Snapshots: Minamisanriku Garden

Garden in Minamisanriku, Tohoku.
Today is Thanksgiving in my home country, and I pondered for quite some time about what photo to put here. I'm homesick this year for the holiday more than I ever have been in our nearly five years here. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but my heart pines to be with all sides of my crazy, loving, and weird family. 

Close-up of the squash.
However, I also thought about others who would give anything to be with those they love. That would be folks from Washington County, Illinois, recently devastated by tornadoes, people in the Philippines ravaged by the recent typhoon, and those still living, literally, in the aftermath of the 2011 triple disaster. My heart goes out to all of them today and always, and while I know they grieve and pine, too, they also find hope and carry on as best they can.

Me with the genki gardener!
And here's one gardener I had the pleasure of meeting this summer while volunteering in Minamisanriku. Settled on a high hill he lives in temporary housing and grows his vegetables along and up a chain link fence just out his back door. I know temperatures have dropped since these pictures were taken and the squash have long since been consumed, but it still inspires me. And it makes me thankful to know those I love are just a phone call away.

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