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Kit Crawford

Co-owner and co-CEO, Clif Bar

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

My youngest daughter gave me this book (Milkweed Editions, 2014) for my birthday. One chapter I found moving was “A Mother’s Work.” Kimmerer weaves a beautiful story about the restoratio­n of her pond and what it means to be a good mother. She spends years cleaning up the pond so her daughter can swim in it—“but the pond

has shown me that being a good

mother doesn’t end with creating a home where just my children can flourish. A good mother grows into a richly eutrophic

old woman, knowing that her work doesn’t end until she creates a home where all of life’s beings can

flourish.”

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