You wouldn't think so, judging by how upbeat and energetic she is, but Christine Steyer has a seen a lot of tragedy. Actually, she sings a lot of tragedy. She died of consumption as Mimi in La Boheme and killed herself in Madame Butterfly.
This love story starts at the circus. Hannah McGinnis was a diminutive aerialist in need of a stunt partner for the Triton Trouper Circus when it was suggested she pair up with David Jeselski, a slab of a man with tattoos and spiked hair.
Taron Pellettieri, 9, opens the wood box and deposits food scraps for hungry worms. It's hard to pinpoint exactly where life begins in the Pellettieri-Molony garden but the worms are a good place to start to understand the cycle. The food scraps, much of which came from the garden, make the worms produce waste that enriches the soil that allow plants to grow.
Months ago, when I heard that Sugar Beet Co-op was staging its 2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour on Saturday, July 27 in Oak Park, I was intrigued. Frankly, I knew it would be a great opportunity for me to answer the question of our times: "What the heck is permaculture, anyway?"