The Embankment


I find a great peace and joy when I spend time outdoors on my own land in my garden. Life flows from the earth into my hands. That’s why I rarely wear gloves when I work in the earth.  

In From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life I wrote that I have searched for peace and calm since I was a child. I didn’t know or understand at that young age exactly what it was or how to get it. I just knew I needed something. I had a deep faith and there was something within me that told me that there was a Power that lived within me.  

The most formidable project yet:  The dreaded embankment. This is so steep that no one can climb it without slipping and sliding down. My gardener Hong often refuses to climb it at all.     

I was becoming very frustrated.     

Then I injured my lower back and wasn’t able to take care of my garden the way I always had before. The embankment was my biggest challenge. I love gardening and being outside among the plants so I began to get discouraged. I love getting my hands in the dirt. I considered the idea of hiring someone to pull weeds and clean it up a bit. I can’t speak Spanish and was having trouble communicating with the occasional person who came to work in our yard. They didn’t want to work on the embankment either and who could blame them?     

I asked myself, “What am I going to do?”     

There is always an answer and as my mother used to say,     

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”  or: 

"There's a Rainbow Out There Somewhere"


 Gail Manishor,
The Frustrated Gardener