Native American corn grows in the desert without irrigation. Hopi corn, or maize, may be planted as deep as eighteen inches, where the earth harbors just enough moisture to trigger germination. These seeds have enough energy to travel a long way to sunlight. The plants are short and far apart. But the yield is nutritious.
Hopi maize’s astounding tenacity: this meditation opens our winter Caravans, which you can read here. I reflect on “ecotones” and “The Edge Effect.” Tessa writes about a retreat in the Sonoran Desert. And you’ll learn more about our new book, Desert Voices. The illustration you see here, “Sacred Corn,” was originally a monoprint done by our friend Leslie McNamara, an artist in Santa Fe.
Christmas approaches and winter is a wonderful time for reading, so don’t forget to order Tessa’s new edition of Holy Daring and Season of Glad Songs, our festive Christmas anthology. And we are delighted to announce that Desert Voices is now available from Amazon.com. Why not get all three?