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Tribute Tuesday: Mr. Page

Oh hey, lookee here...I'm dusting off the Tribute Tuesday idea.  And about time, because there are so many people to thank for their positive contributions to my life.

I got the idea to thank Mr. Page while listening to an interview of a woman who has written a book about the move to silence differing points of view instead of entering into reasonable debates.  It made me think of one of my freshman year tutors at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.

At St. John's we have tutors, not professors.  They are not tutors in the "my mom hired a math tutor this summer, ahhhhh kill me now" sense.  They are tutors in the Cambridge/Oxford sense of a learned fellow leading a group of students, often in a dialectic.

At St. John's, seminar was the highlight of the Great Books Program.  It was a 2 hour class which met twice weekly (from 8-10pm...egad, I feel so old wondering how on earth I managed that!)  The seminar was composed of about 18 students and 2 tutors…

7 QT: How do you get rid of bamboo, y'all?

1.  We inherited a veritable bamboo forest outside our yard.  It was even more bushy last year but I hacked a lot of it down.  I knew that wasn't going to be a permanent solution, but I didn't really have the energy to try to get rid of it for good.

This summer, though, I'd like to get it out and put in something nicer and less invasive.

So, does anyone out there have a tried-and-true method for getting rid of bamboo? I've heard of dumping straight bleach into the ground, but that sounds like it would ruin the soil for any future plants.

2.  My attempts at gardening are very modest, because I didn't seem to have inherited my matrilineal line's green thumb gene.  I decided to stick to container gardening, and it is going nicely so far.  We just got to the best part: getting to eat the produce for the first time!

The cherry tomato was delectable.  I bought two cherry tomato plants and am looking forward to a good harvest.  
3.  Speaking of container gardening…

Arbor, My Arbor

This school, you guys, is life-changing.  

I know, I know.  That word is thrown around so much it has whiplash, and it shows up way too often on infomercials.  Well, let me reclaim it.  My two years at Arbor changed my life.

I lived here (for a few months)...
I worked with amazing people and made wonderful friendships with my fellow apprentices...

I even got married on Arbor's grounds!  It's no church but there was still a sense of sacredness about the space (not to mention the natural beauty of it!)
I convinced my brother to be an apprentice there, too.  It was life-changing for him, too.
"Okay, okay," you may be thinking.  "What's so great about this Arbor place, anyway?"

A question which is well worth a long and well-crafted another blog post.  In this one, I'm just going to treat you to some adorable then & now shots of my dear, dear Primary Easters (residents of Primary East, that is).