August 8th is an auspicious day. Not only do we celebrate the birthday of Albus Dumbledore, it is the first day of the new year at my little shop. Today is the dawning of my 13th year in business. I have learned so much, and to many I am indebted for kindness, patience, and wisdom shared. “I’m just some guy.” I often say to myself. I happen to have been given this opportunity, and I show up every day. I tend the small sprouts poking through the soil, I clear away the detritus of things gone on, I carry water and cut wood. It has been a marvel. I could never have done it without the love and support of this community.

Thanks for lifting me up.