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  • Every spring I find these delicate Indian Paintbrush flowers hidden under a manzanita growing next to the gravel driveway. Every year I get the foolish idea I can transplant them elsewhere in my gardens. Every year they do not survive. Every year I say I should know better.

    This year, I am just gonna let them be. There is a reason they return to this spot, and my imposed nobler ideas are obviously not the best ones.

    Will I learn more to let things go, or let them be, or let the notion that I know better to slide off of me? In life, and in my graden, there are many times when the notion is right, when the irises I spread do thrive elsewhere, when one out of three transplanted aspen trees is doing fantastic in my front yard.

    I am not finding a regular pattern here, so I will each year gather more data points. But among the points this year is survival of these red beauties because I make a choice not to mess with them.

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    I am using Cowbird to share the story of a 15,000 mile road odyssey I took in 2011, which started with me quitting my job in March and setting out in June for a loop around the US and Canada. It's less of a day by day narrative and more of an attempt to tell a story of the story, with some amounts of imagined bits that emerge on looking at the media from the trip, including the more than 1400 images, videos, and audio files collected in my digital time capsule, the Storybox.
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