Life being tended to…slowly…

After Decades in Institutions, a Bumpy Journey to a New Life

By Rachel L. Swarns

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/us/ending-segregation-of-the-mentally-disabled.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

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The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

Luke 13:6-9

 Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’  -NRSV