I keep hoping for a good run of nice warm weather, but it never lasts long enough when it comes.

I want to grow some veggies, but I keep remembering last year - how beautifully I had tomatoes, peppers, squash and pumpkins growing - and how suddenly over a couple weeks they curled up and died, no matter what I did.

So thus far, I have two tomato plants and four mild jalapeno plants, and a bunch of seeds that I'm looking at longingly.

Should I do it?

Nothing tastes better that home-grown vegetables. And last year, I discovered yellow tomatoes and yellow bell peppers, and

I'm hooked.

I'll probably go ahead and plant them, though I'm going to need help - at least until that pinched nerve in my back gets resolved. That is definitely not a fun thing to have. But as I've often said before, I'm happiest when surrounded by green, growing things. And a few days ago, someone emailed ne about a gadget that will make sounds that will repel those masked four-legged bandits, so perhaps it will be worth it to try again.

andbull; The Smith River United Methodist Church has a great sounding project coming up.

The "Change the World Community Garden" event involves Methodist congregations around the world seeking to make a life-changing difference, all during the same weekend.

Part of a "Rethink Church" movement, demonstrating that church is not merely a place to go, but a way of life, it seeks to make things better.

This weekend, the church will participate by starting a community garden to grow free food for community residents. The church plans to make food available to individual growers and anyone who needs it through its community food pantry.

Today will see activity at the church from 1 to 7 p.m. The community is invited to come out and spend time in the garden from 1 to 5 p.m. From 5 to 7 p.m. there will be a taco dinner.

There will be educational time as well, about organic gardening. All in all, this sounds like a great idea all around, and a worthy project to get involved in!

andbull; Pastors will meet May 30 at 8:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene. The meeting will be one of worship and prayer, and Pastor Larry Read of New Life Community Church will bring an update on the future of the Community Assistance network.

While CAN has taken quite a downturn, it doesn't have to continue. I served on that board several years ago, and it was a wonderful benefit to the needy of this community. I am confident that with the cooperation of our churches and some good volunteers, it will thrive once again.

andbull; Temple Beth Shalom's Kaballah class will be held today at the Curry Coastal Pilot boardroom in Brookings at 11 a.m.

The class will be led by Rabbi Les Scharnberg. Class notes are available on the Temple Beth Shalom blog. Just follow the link to "class notes."

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email