How to tell when something is alive
Tim Boucher

This is really good — “on the mark,” somehow. There’s something about this idea that, to me, also makes me think of microorganisms in the soil (soul?) environment, or even the growing environment in general.

I always try to water my initial plantings or transplants in the garden with rainwater collected from the barrel, at least initially, because I’m pretty sure rainwater from the barrel has more “life” in it than treated water from the hose. Does it make a difference? I have no idea, though I guess I could probably find out. Still, just “feels” right.