Excerpted by permission of the author from Helen’s Garden: What we learned about life and love in a small country school, by Helen Mitchell, Niche Press, 2003. One of many stories in Helen’s Garden, “Jiggs” reminds us that we are all learners and sharing the process of one’s learning fosters friendship. Jiggs by Helen Mitchell … Continue reading →
About Helen Mitchell
Helen Mitchell is a former advisory board chairman for Science and Children's Magazine and a life member of the Creative Education Foundation. Outside of teaching, Helen Mitchell served as a police woman with the Seattle Police Department before being fired when she recognized and hugged a former prostitute who had been jailed where she was on duty.
On a sunny day in mid-July, I visited a lavender farm in Sequim, WA with my friend Judy from Northern California. She was beginning to grow lavender herself, and as a merchant at her local farmers’ market, she was eager to add lavender products to her offerings. At the small organic farm, we met Helen … Continue reading →