Some time ago, I came across this beautiful poem by poet laureate Joy Harjo entitled “Perhaps the World Ends Here” (you can read the full poem here)
The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.
The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on…
And concludes with:
At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.
Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.
This site that you are currently subscribed to began more than a decade ago as a food blog and over time transformed into what I entitled “Around the Table”— a personal blog space where I shared about my passions and interests: recipes, reading round ups and various forms of writing and reflection.
I am so grateful that you have allowed me to enter into your inbox! Your kind comments, reflective engagement, likes, and shares has been so meaningful to me as I continue to practice my craft in public in various ways.
Now living on a fifth-generation farm, I am inspired by the space around me, seeing the various threads of my vocational work within the framework of farm life— the front porch as space for sacred conversations, field work as my preaching and speaking ministry, and around the table as the nurturing and sustaining center of our true home.
As my season of life again changes, so too, this space is changing. Instead of a blog, my website (www.shergerber.com) is now the landing page for my soul care and caregiver coaching. These are focused, virtual one-to-one conversations in which I companion people for parts of their spiritual journey. Through reflective conversations, powerful questions and wise insights we can together discover pathways for healing and growth. If you know anyone who would benefit from this kind of conversation, I would be grateful if you would connect us!
I will continue to write and share reflections and blessings focused around resourcing soul care through my free newsletter via substack. You can sign up here to continue to receive the resources I am creating.
I hope you will continue to follow along…because I’m looking forward to continuing our conversation.