Although less than 1% of the population of India is Buddhists, Buddhism originated in that country in the 5th century BCE, when Siddhartha Gautama, later known as Buddha attained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree, in Bodh Gaya, India.
Around 260 BCE the Emperor Ashoka had the Mahabodhi Temple constructed adjacent to the site of the holy Bodhi tree and is a destination for many Buddhist pilgrims.
Presently, a direct descendant of what is known as the Mahabodhi Tree stands in the same location as the original at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya.
Today’s Mahabodhi, a third generation of the original, was planted by a British archeologist in 1881 who witnessed the impending demise of the Mahabodhi tree of that day, using a sapling of the Sri Mahabodhi, which was brought to Sri Lanka as a branch of the original Mahabodhi in 288 BCE. (The Sri Mahabodhi is still alive today making it the oldest flowering tree in the world.)
Most likely unbeknownst to the rest of the world, another direct descendant of the holy Mahabodhi found a home on the island of St. John. Following is the story of how it got here.
About twenty years ago, my son Ross was studying religion at Tufts University. He spent a semester abroad in India and Sikkim. While in India he visited the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya home of the revered Mahabodhi Tree. Noticing that the tree was in flower and that its seeds had dropped to the ground, Ross picked up a handful and sent them to me on St. John, which resulted in the beautiful, spiritually blessed Mahabodhi that today stands proudly on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands..
The first records of Estate Hammer Farm go back to the 1720s. The estate was under cultivation by the time of the slave revolt in 1733. The sugar factory was constructed in the 1770s and the windmill was constructed around 1820. It is the only windmill on St. John and St. Thomas to feature the vaulted lower level, but there are two windmills on St. Croix with a similar design, Diamond Keturah and Two Brothers.
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We had an amazing turnout for our first ever yard sale! Pam Holmes, author of our recent Donkey Updates published in the local media, and her boyfriend, Craig, had generously offered the furnishings from a ‘cottage’ they were going to tear down on their property. Since I was moving closer to the corral, I asked if we could do a yard sale with the items, instead. They said “yes”, never having done one themselves. Neither have I ever taken the time to have a sale, although I came up with a good bit to sell. With the advice of yard sale pro, Angela Ebner, we were able to raise over $2300 in sales and a total of over $3000 with generous monetary donations in one day! Many, MANY thanks to all who helped make it happen and came out in support of St. John’s one and only “Donkey Lady”.
To Pam and Craig, of course, for their continued support!
Beverly Melius for allowing use of the whole parking area of Pickles in Paradise.
Isabelle Turner for baking up some special treats and being the yard and bake sale cashier.
Genieve Paris for baking up some goodies, contributing items to sell and helping with the bake sale.
Alisa Gessner being present all day and bringing her students to help out.
Teri Wine for first promoting me on Facebook, helping to get set up and purchasing yard sale items.
Bonnie Corbel for making our signs, helping to set up tables and organize as well as being a customer.
Diane Bauder and her daughter Elizabeth for helping at the corral to feed the horses and then at the yard sale, (As well as making sure I had something to eat!).
Liz of Queen of Tarts for the delicious coffee cake.
Baked in the Sun for the plentiful sugar cookies
Mark Harvath of Poncho Pickle for the flavorful corn bread and purchasing yard sale items.
Erin Pryor of Triple B for the wonderful cheesecake.
Karen Samuel for the healthy oatmeal/raisin cookies.
Linda Reidelbach and Jamie for the fantastic bake sale items, including cupcakes in ice cream cones.
Oriel Smith for transporting the trailer to and from the yard sale as well as his passion for the donkeys.
Nancy Stromp and Jason for their generous donations including a mattress plus past support from the Baggy Wrinkles Yoga Club.
Jane and Larry Brown for a large truck load of donations.
Jamie Johnson for two car loads of donations plus her generous monetary donations.
Ron and Sue Yackle for numerous items.
Lauren Jones Magnie for numerous items.
Carey Mercurio and Tom for a rattan sofa and numerous other items.
Sharon Coldren for a ureka palm plant.
Candace Greathouse for the imaginative paintings.
Joanna Wheatly for the glassware and plates she procured for me from St. Thomas/St. John Bargain and Sale page.
Gail Van de Bogurt for the mug as well as being a great advocate for the corral.
Coral Bay Community Council for all the clothes.
Caneel Bay for the linens.
Gallows Bay for the sheets and towels.
Jean Ance for helping set up this event on Facebook as well as advertising on her website.
Calvary Baptist church in Coral Bay for lending us the tables.
Special thanks to Karen Bruder and Margery Jones for their generous donations.
Angela Ebner for giving us great yard sale tips.
Once again, the Coral Bay community showed it’s outpouring support. Thanks to the continued donations throughout the day. I think we actually ended the yard sale with more items than we started with! Craig packed the trailer with barely an inch to spare. Which means once I am settled in the new space, we will be planning on having another sale! Stay tuned!
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While pulling out some weeds on my ground, I noticed a stingy itchy sensation, which I quickly attributed to a lowlying plant that I thought was some kind of vine. It was, in fact, stinging nettle. Over to the digital microscope it went and here’s what I saw: