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I didn’t plant a garden this year. The neglected plot of earth along the side of my house passed from bare dirt to weed to garden of foliage with the aging, aching summer that began with a May house fire and ended with an August car theft. I really don’t want to talk about June and July.

Beside mine, Patrick’s garden thrived. Every year, my basement neighbor sews and reaps tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, chard, cucumbers, carrots, onions, and beans. He’s a master at it. We don’t talk much, Patrick and I, just in passing, whenever our comings and goings happen to coincide. Though not especially familiar with one another, we’re hospitable and courteous neighbors. I don’t play the piano when he’s home (the piano is situated directly above his living room); he mows the front lawn. I re-deliver his wrongly addressed mail; he leaves a bucket of salt on the back steps in winter. We each know where the other hides the spare key, just in case. I’ve used his once. I don’t think he’s touched mine.

But despite our proximity and the floor/ceiling we share between us, we have very effect on each other’s lives. Until this summer. Because when the fire department arrived to put out the flames in my house, they broke down his door to make sure he wasn’t there. And when my car was stolen and his broke down and the driveway was empty, we had something to talk about. And when Patrick’s garden was overrun with tomatoes and cucumbers, he left them a basketful on my back porch, to help him out. I made him a salad.

There’s something special about a garden. In “Early Harvest,” Sandra Jergensen sighs with regret, “my first summer garden is hard to release,” in the face of coming winter and inevitable change. Kelsey Petersen’s “Lessons Learned from Hymn #220” is a reminder that not all our gardens yield the same fruit. As for me, I am eager to release the hold summer has had on me; I am keenly aware of the inadequacy of my own garden. But I’ve learned lessons from the Summer Garden of 2014, the planted and unplanted alike, and both will stand in my memory as something fruitful.

Holly Baker
Prose Editor

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high_quality_viewSegullah Volume 10.0 Fall/Winter 2012

“Evolutions”

Featured Artist: Annie Henrie

 

 

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Segullah Volume 9 Spring/Summer 2012

“Justice and Mercy”

Featured Artist: Amanda M. Smith

 

 

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Segullah  Volume 8 .0 “Unfolding” Fall/Winter 2011

Featured artist: Cindy Ferguson

 

 

 

Segullah Volume 7.0 Spring/Summer 2011

“Tetherings”

Featured artists: Angela Bentley Fife, Chelsea Bentley James, Amanda Bentley James

 

 

Segullah Volume 6.0 Fifth Anniversary Issue

“Inside and Outside Marriage”

Featured artist: Maralise Petersen

 

 

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Segullah Volume 5.2 Winter 2009

“Becoming”

Featured artist: Rebecca Wetzel Wagstaff

 

 

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Segullah Volume 5.1 Summer 2009

“Gifts of the Spirit”

Featured artist: Leslie Graff

 

 

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Segullah Volume 4.3 Fall/Winter 2008

“Harvest”

Featured artist:  Lee Bennion

 

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Segullah Volume 4.2 Summer 2008

“Palette of Light”

Featured artist: Sharon Furner

 

 

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Segullah Volume 4.1 Spring 2008

“Roots and Branches”

Featured artists: Cassandra Barney and Emily McPhie

 

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Segullah Volume 3.3 Fall/Winter 2007

“Consecration”

Featured artist: Mandi Mauldin Felici

 

 

 

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Segullah Volume 3.2 Summer 2007

“Patchwork”

Featured artist: Jacqui Larsen

 

 

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Segullah Volume 3.1 Spring 2007

“Tabernacles”

Featured artist: Jamie Wayman

 

 

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Segullah Volume 2.2 Fall 2006

“Cleave Unto Charity”

Featured artist: Rose Datoc Dall

 

 

Segullah Volume 2.1 Spring 2006

“Women Proclaiming the Gospel”

 

 

 

 

Segullah Volume 1.2 Fall 2005

“Corridors of Change”

Featured artist: Claire Ferguson

 

 

Segullah Volume 1.1 Spring 2005

“The Measure of Creation”

Cover art by Victoria Holt

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