The mean streets of Brentwood

I am sure the world has been breathlessly waiting for me to weigh in on The Contributor controversy. Wait no more. The City of Brentwood has been trying to stop vendors from selling The Contributor, a newspaper focusing on the issue of homelessness, on medians or street corners in the city. It has cited an…

Flashers in the park

Cucumbers hide in a leafy camouflage, popping out when you least expect like flashers in the park. Lorna Crozier, Sex Lives of Vegetables We have our first cucumber at the Community Resource Center. Kim found it this morning, hiding under a blanket of leafy foliage. It’s fetching, don’t you think? We pondered whether to leave…

Cucumbers reconsidered

Back in May the plants were so small. There were just two of them. They seemed to be struggling for survival. I have never grown cucumbers before and I just didn’t know….that they spread. A lot. So far our community garden in front of CRC has yielded about seven strawberries, consumed by me, and three…

Junkyard dogs

So here we are. Back at CRC in our fabulous new space. Everything is sleek and elegant. And so why are we all sitting at a plastic table in lawn chairs at the dock door? Why, oh why, are we doing that? We always start out inside, where it’s cool and organized and pretty. I…

End-of-the-week report 6/24

Sitting on my deck having a glass (O.K.,  a plastic cup) of wine: Two big things stand out. We had our monthly giveaway, our last one at the airport warehouse. Goodbye, bird poo, which was increasingly becoming a problem. Let’s just say there are a few CRC things that won’t be moving back to our…

We love the Baptists

The burly boys from the First Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, are at the airport warehouse this morning, unloading new dressers and nightstands from a furniture truck that drove all the way from Wisconsin. It’s a trans-American day here. We’re pretty excited because now we have stocked an entire house-worth of new furniture for flood…

End-of-the-week report

Reporting from the open dock door of CRC while having an iced tea with lemon and a cigarette. Between the three of us Chicks, we: Bought Betsy a Mac, which she’s still learning how to use. Issued invitations to the Open House for all the folks who helped us after the flood. Set up the…

Help me

Ceanne is here today. She is our accountant. It is the end of the fiscal year and we have to close the books. Help me. I will admit to you that of my many talents book-keeping is not one of them. Yes, I understand that I run a nonprofit that must be totally and transparently…

How does your garden grow?

We’re getting off to somewhat of a slow start in the Community Resource Center edible garden. My grand vision of this was that the garden would be overflowing with fruits and vegetables for passers-by who might have eaten more recently at a soup kitchen than a bountiful garden. And it will get there. The tomato…

Pressure washing, wine and barbecue

A typical day at CRC. We have appointed today to wash the last remaining flood goo off of the last remaining things that made it through the flood – shelving in the storage room. “I’ll bring my pressure washer, ” says Kim. Of course, Kim has a pressure washer. I love that girl. I cleverly…