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Time, itself, is a creative process.
Because we're neighborhood restaurants and I care about the arts and various social justice and agricultural issues, we try to connect in as many ways as we can with the neighborhoods that we exist within.
Carrots taste better and are healthier for you when they grow in soil that has a diverse amount of various life inside of it. From the ground up, diversity is just a better thing.
The first and foremost thing I care about is feeding people good food.
Last year we harvested about 2,000 pounds of vegetables off that lot. That's meant to be a demonstration of the level of production that permaculture can produce so we can obliterate the dominant narrative around not being able to feed the world without killing them with chemicals at the same time.
Author and farmer Wendell Berry said, "Eating is an agricultural act." Tiny Diner tries to reconnect people to the agricultural aspects of food by being surrounded by permaculture demonstration gardens. It's the strongest example of my triple bottom line approach to business.
Constraints always produce more creativity—every time.
Restaurants are the small businesses that use the most energy, the most resources, and generate the most waste. While I love food and I really love making places that people gather, we had to do it in a better way.
I wanted a less pretentious place to drink wine, and it turns out that 90s Uptown hipsters could actually smile and have fun at a bowling alley.
My goal with restaurants is to actually feed people. I have a quaint idea that that's what restaurants are about.
Running a larger business is quite a bit lonelier than running a smaller business.
Our destiny is all tied up together. You can't be a human being by yourself. You can't be white by yourself, either; you gotta have somebody to be better than. There's no such thing as whiteness independent of somebody else to be nonwhite or an other.
The work for justice isn't charity work.
To what am I going to be loyal, and to what degree am I willing to suffer and sacrifice for that?
A lot of us are obedient to our egos. Every good thing I do has my ego in it, too. I have to constantly work on that, and pray and hope those good things are accepted from whatever good was in the intention.
There's no reason for us to constantly learn about each other from sources that don't have our cooperation in mind, that don't have our humanity in their focus. They're here to sell us stuff... We've got to get our ideas for ourselves and from each other.
We can't trust people whose goal is domination. We can't trust these people to inform us about each other. We have to learn about each other from each other.
We all have ways of understanding our spirituality, but if you get to the center of it, we're all unified...there's not a superiority in somebody's humanity of one person over another person.
Think about the way we're oriented, the way our minds are trained to think about things and about people.
From losing my mother, I've learned to stop. To allow more room for tenderness - towards others and towards my own self.
Bridget Watson Payne
Our power lies in designing our lives for ourselves on our own terms.
You really can get pretty far on audacity alone.
What brought you joy as a child is maybe exactly what you should be doing as an adult.
Magic is just waiting.
Your true work often happens organically when you're not looking.
Justice is not an abstract concept, but rather a daily practice.