More Random things from Oakland 

“Life finds a way,” Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park. 


Looks a lot like a big weed growing out of a crack in the sidewalk that needs to be cut back, doesn’t it? At first glance, yes, but look closely. Those little round things are tomatoes. The first time I saw it, it was a lot smaller and I thought someone had dropped a tomato plant after visiting the community garden down the street. But, no, it is actually growing out of cracks between the sidewalk and the little parking lot belonging to the Buddhist temple. 

I have a feeling that someone is tending this hardy stray. After all we’re in a severe drought and the plant is still green, its fruit starting to ripen. Maybe a temple-goer or one of the gardeners. To whoever is taking care of it, thank you. And to us, a lesson: from whatever unlikely place you find yourself rooted, grow…blossom. Never mind the surroundings. Don’t listen to anyone who says you shouldn’t be there. Just grow. And create whatever you were born to. 

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