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The Hedge around the second home my husband and I recently acquired in the rural foothills of California had tripled in height and girth since its planting 40 years ago. The flowers that had once grown in abundance in the yard were overrun by the towering shrubs. And the little adobe house looked almost dwarfed.
After we'd dug out a good two-thirds of the hedge, my attention turned to some of the treasures that a string of former owners had left behind—broken pottery, glass fishingnet weights, rocks from the sea that were laced with twine. But the most intriguing of these finds were several large old wooden trunks that had deteriorated in the rain and sun. The trunks reminded me of a story my father, a California native, used to tell me about "the olden days" when pioneers from the Eastern part of the United States were migrating west.
About the author
Gail Gilliland's book of stories, The Demon of Longing, came out last year. She and her husband live and work in Boston.
Anger isn't where it's at
with contributions from Jayne Rattman, Ruth Schulman, Michael Born, Sally Hundley, David K. Martin
items of interest
with contributions from Diane Haag, Carol Lowes
A HEALING RESPONSE to anger
By Barbara Vining
A healing link between two brothers
By Tad Weber
By Lori White
SHORTENING the journey to health
By Richard Bergenheim
FARMING FROM a spiritual perspective
By Gilles Roch
By Gail Gilliland
At the edge of the forest—prayer for fire safety
By Suzanne Paddock
Love outshines racial and ethnic differences
By Annette Falisi
Waiting for the butterflies
By Kim Shippey Senior Writer
On the California recall
By Channing Walker
Recurring airsickness healed
Skin spots disappear