My younger brother Danny just makes me laugh. We are both into gardening. He went to the nearby farm where he has for years been able to scoop up enough manure for his garden into his own sacks. It was a win-win for the farmer, who got help with his manure management problems, and for the gardener, whose veggies have always been the talk of the neighborhood because of this special fertilizer.

Not this year. Not after covid. This year, Danny drove up to the farm and saw this sign:


Yeah, there’s no such thing as a free lunch any more. Or a free anything. Oh, well, it was only $5 a bag . . . well worth it to a gardener who knows his . . . stuff.


For as the soil makes the sprout come up

and a garden causes seeds to grow,

so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise

spring up before all nations.

         — Isaiah 61:11

By Susan Darst Williams • 5/25/2020 • • © 2020