Links that may or may not be related to gardens, food, travel, nature, or heterotopias and liminal spaces but probably are. Sources in parentheses.

article/promotional material: Five Places to find Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year “Viva Magenta” on Jekyll Island (Jekyll Island Authority). My favourite is the first.

long article: Nobody Has My Condition But Me (New Yorker – may be behind paywall). Really fascinating, both about her lonely condition and about Building 10, N.I.H.’s Clinical Center, which “is the largest hospital in the world devoted solely to clinical research. To be invited in, patients usually have either a rare or a refractory disease—in essence, one that is resistant to conventional treatment and thus a matter of medical interest. Ideally, they also have an illness of ‘national and international significance,’ according to a Clinical Center handbook, with the potential to reveal something important about how the human body works.” It’s exceedingly well funded by the federal government.

short essay: Marmalade on Toast (Jon Beckett). That photo, swoon.

essay: 10 Cheap and Easy Ways to Expand Your Garden in Small Spaces (Part 1) (Sharon Astyk/Ko-Fi). These are the first three: grow bags, containers, and hanging baskets; she promises “my suggestions will get a bit more esoteric later.” No doubt. Check out her extensive Garden Goals for 2023.

article: Hibernation: Winter Survival by Chilling Out (Northern Woodlands). Hibernation and torpor. “During hibernation, a chipmunk’s heartbeat has slowed from around 350 beats per minute to fewer than 10, breathing has decreased from around 60 breaths per minute to under 20, and body temperature has dropped from around 100 degrees to the mid 40s or even lower.” We don’t know how hibernating animals can remain inactive for so long without their muscles atrophying like human muscles do following extended periods of medical bed-rest.

I like this little garden!

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