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May 23

  Next Time by William Stafford Next time what I’d do is look at the earth before saying anything. I’d stop just before going into a house and be an emperor for a minute and listen better to the wind or to the air being still. When anyone talked to me, whether blame or praise […]

What Makes Us Happy

I’ve been thinking these days about how what makes us happy often doesn’t necessarily feel “good” in the moment. I think Gretchen Rubin articulated this very well in her book The Happiness Project, when she takes an art class that’s excruciatingly challenging and painful, but very satisfying, too. That little needlework I did a few […]

The Master I Serve

I can’t get this photo out of my head. Doesn’t she look amazing?  This Texas grandma is one of seven who locked themselves to trucks trying to build the Keystone XL pipeline on private homeowner’s properties in Texas.  I’m not sure how they did it, but they locked themselves so effectively that it took them […]

Have Courage: For Katherine, and Kate, and for you, too –

Dear Katherine – and you, too, dear readers – I mostly have this to say: Take courage. I asked a few weeks ago for your challenges in the kitchen, and Katherine related her own trouble with motivation, particularly because she’s often met with complaining, whining, etc at mealtimes from her children.  Kate mentioned struggling with […]

Gratitude Friday

Last night, after the little ones were sleeping, we talked about how we’ve been working nonstop and we’re pretty exhausted, but we’re grateful. Grateful to have a healthy family, grateful to be here on this good piece of earth, grateful for the work. Ben said, “If we didn’t have all this work to do, we’d […]

Willing to Stand

She named the runt Peppermint.  Peppermint likes to be gathered in a pouch and held by Beethoven.  So I’m told.  There seems to be a whole lot happening these days.  A lot of babies (feline and human), lots of family to visit, friends to help and make, actions to take, seeds to plant, fences to […]

A heart to be contented

I recently ran across a story about a Native American tribal leader describing his own inner struggles.  He said, “There are two dogs inside me.  One of the dogs is mean and evil.  The other dog is good.  The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.”  Someone asked him which dog usually wins, […]

Kind of Paradise

This has been a hard season for me.  I am so grateful for the chance to have another child, and I knew this summer would be different than last, but still.  My brain is still sometimes as driven as ever, not having fully accepted the present.  I used to say that corpse pose (the long […]

One Small Change April – Radical. Home.

First, a quick look back at March’s small change – handwashing our laundry.  I’m still doing it!  It’s turned out to not be much more work, our clothes are way cleaner, and I don’t have to listen to the hideous machine chugging.  Woo hoo!  A quick lesson that hand washing taught me, which can be […]

Gratitude – Friday Feb 19

This week, I’m grateful for the restorative powers of a calm day at home. I’m grateful for this yoga sequence, which rescued me from serious back pain. Grateful for this quote from Ella, as we were on our way to a grain meeting: “. . . and I’m going to talk about emmer!” Grateful for […]