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Excerpt from "Grateful Table"

by Brenda Knight


Poem excerpted from the section “April”

Grow Your Own

There are many ways of learning to love, not only

yourself, but those around you, as well. Another is to

plant and grow some food of your own. Most people

don’t realize it, but something very special happens

when we nurture and consume food that we have

grown for ourselves. Not only does the life force in it

transfer to us when we eat it, the love that we put into

caring for it has a magical way of returning to us from

Mother Earth herself. Indeed, she befriends all those

who care for the least of her creatures.

And it doesn’t matter whether it’s an acre of organic

gardens you’re growing or a single kumquat tree or

tomato plant you keep on the patio. It can even be a

batch of sprouts (for those who want the quickest results)

that live on your kitchen windowsill. Regardless of what

you plant, you will have shortened the gap between you

and your food supply by being just that much less reliant

on someone else to provide you with your food. It is a

subtle shift, but one that raises your Spirit the minute you

cover the little seeds over with soil and water them.

—Tony Burroughs

Excerpted from the section “May”

Never Forget

We’ve made life a battlefield when it should be a

playground. It’s all about beauty, wonder, mystery…but

we forget that, and almost purposefully. We must have

a more mindful attitude. Be mindful of your breath. Be

mindful of your body sensations. Be mindful of your

choices. These are good ways to actually know your

experiences, to remember to play and be alive.

—Deepak Chopra

Excerpted from the section “September”

And So I Climb

Because when death sits on your shoulder each day,

whispering, urging you to your end, there is no time

to lose, so much light to grasp for, strive for, struggle

to embrace. We are struggling with light. And yet we

are only human after all, so terribly flawed and foolish,

selfish and ridiculous. Sobriety can be so messy. At times,

I have seemed to myself the most awful of persons.

But even then I am ascending, even then I am going

up a ladder of light with eyes wide open and hands

outstretched, to clasp the next rung up. And I climb.

—Alan Kaufman

Brenda Knight is a publisher and editor who writes about women's history and issues affecting women's lives today. The author of Sheroes, The Poetry Oracle, Wild Women and Books, and the American Book Award-winning Women of the Beat Generation, Brenda also does volunteer work with women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Brenda believes everyone does have the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness and lives in one of the happiest places on earth, the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Grateful Table Blessings, Prayers, and Graces for the Daily Meal By Brenda Knight

Foreword by Nina Lesowitz

ISBN: 978-1-936740-56-7

Trade Paper, $15.95

5” x 7”, 232 pages

Publishing November 27, 2013


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