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FOODSCAPING - with Brie Arthur. Photo courtesy of Brie Arthur, all rights reserved.


Happy Summer Solstice! 

In celebration of the planetary moment of the longest day and the shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, taking place on June 20th, we get Still

We hold a moment of stillness to notice and honor our places, our selves, and our many companions in time and space.

We’re in conversation with Artist/Photographer Mary Jo Hoffman all about her more than a decade-long daily photographic practice and her new book: Still: The Art of Noticing

More than a decade ago, Mary Jo Hoffman determined to take on a daily practice, in part to add an act of creativity to her life, as a commitment and discipline for one year. She decided her practice would be taking a still life photograph of some found object from nature, from her immediate environment against a white background. By way of accountability, Mary Jo shared the fact of each day’s accomplishment and commitment met on Instagram.


Now more than a decade later (12.5 years), Mary Jo is still at work and at play paying attention to the world around her through this daily practice, and her new book: Still, The Art of Noticing, celebrates the process and the produce of this practice through words and a collection of the images now numbering in the 1000s.


In honor of the Summer Solstice, the longest day and the shortest night of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere, a planetary moment of reflection around where we have been and where we are headed, I am so pleased to welcome Mary Jo to Cultivating Place.

From my seat, the act of being still and the art of noticing are perfect intentions for any season. 


All images courtesy of Mary Jo Hoffman, all rights reserved.

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JOIN US again next week, when in celebration of the planetary moment of the Summer Solstice on June 20th, we get ….still. We’re in conversation with Artist/Photographer Mary Jo Hoffman all about her daily photographic practice and her new book of the same name: Still: The Art of Noticing. There’s no better intention than that for any point in any season. That’s next week, right here, listen in.



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Thinking out loud this week:

To get still, to practice the art of noticing.

I honestly think this is one of the great gifts of Mary Jo’s work, and for me one of the greatest gifts of the garden. The daily practice of tending to our plants and our places offers this same invitation to be still and to notice the incredible tapestry of life all around us. In all of its dymanic shifting cyclical flow.

Here’s one of my take aways from this conversation – the idea Mary Jo mentions of Placefulness as an antidote to anxiety of our modern lives.

AND HOW THIS is yet another ANOTHER gift to each of us from our garden practices – the garden sometimes insistently, sometimes loudly, sometimes colorfully, sometimes harshly, sometimes playfully is always reminding us we are right here, right now.





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The CP team includes producer and engineer Matt Fidler, with weekly tech and web support from Angel Huracha, and this summer we're joined by communications intern Sheila Stern. We’re based on the traditional and present homelands of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of the Chico Rancheria. Original theme music is by Ma Muse, accompanied by Joe Craven and Sam Bevan.

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