There are few equivalent joys to harvesting the fruits of one's labor and the Earth's bounty and preparing them for your dinner table that very day.
One of the fun things about having a garden is experimenting with vegetables and herbs you haven't grown before. As with all experiments, many if not most will be failures or not-quite successes. Given the wide range of soils, micro-climates, sun exposure and seeds, this is to be expected.
Here's a photo of a recent potato harvest (with a few of the plum tomatoes featured in From Home-Grown Tomatoes to Home-Made Pasta Sauce), and some lovage leaves.
We served the potatoes-lovage with turkey-burgers and Gujarati-style long beans (from a local Asian grocery, not from our garden--our bean plants are now fallow), and a discounted $4/bottle California Zinfandel red wine.
Can a tiny plot of land feed a family? Of course not. But it can provide a variety of high-quality food and a wealth of experience and pleasure--a topic I covered in The Hidden Value of Gardens.
Are you like me? Ever since my first summer job decades ago, I've been chasing financial security. Not win-the-lottery, Bill Gates riches (although it would be nice!), but simply a feeling of financial control. I want my financial worries to if not disappear at least be manageable and comprehensible.
And like most of you, the way I've moved toward my goal has always hinged not just on having a job but a career.
You don't have to be a financial blogger to know that "having a job" and "having a career" do not mean the same thing today as they did when I first started swinging a hammer for a paycheck.
Even the basic concept "getting a job" has changed so radically that jobs--getting and keeping them, and the perceived lack of them--is the number one financial topic among friends, family and for that matter, complete strangers.
So I sat down and wrote this book: Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy.
It details everything I've verified about employment and the economy, and lays out an action plan to get you employed.
I am proud of this book. It is the culmination of both my practical work experiences and my financial analysis, and it is a useful, practical, and clarifying read.
Test drive the first section and see for yourself. Kindle, $9.95 print, $20
"I want to thank you for creating your book Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy. It is rare to find a person with a mind like yours, who can take a holistic systems view of things without being captured by specific perspectives or agendas. Your contribution to humanity is much appreciated."
Gordon Long and I discuss The New Nature of Work: Jobs, Occupations & Careers(25 minutes, YouTube)
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