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November 3, 2017

Yesterday, I stepped over one of my barriers.  I lit a candle and spoke my prayer out loud to a congregation of strangers.  My heart was pounding, I had to catch my breath before I spoke.  Then I walked back to my seat and thought to myself, next time I don’t want to be nervous.  It’s uncomfortable to make change, to do how we do things, differently. 

As I sat in the backyard of my home, the sound of I-70 was roaring in the short distance.  My little one and I watched the bees coming in and going out of the Apiary that our neighborhood cooperative, Stuart St. Coop, has built.  My daughter and I noticed the workers stationed at the door,...

November 1, 2017

About 10 years ago, with my middle child swathed on my back, I planted vegetable seeds in the ground.   I wanted to figure out how it worked.  I wanted to teach my kids a way of eating separate from a grocery store purchase.

Each year since a new patch of grass has disappeared into the past and has become a new little urban garden somewhere in my yard.  What was at first an experiment evolved to become a mission to learn to plant and raise foods that could feed my family.  Now, looking back, it has produced something far beyond what I ever could have imagined…gardening has helped me to build my community.  On all sides of me are people that in th...

October 31, 2017

I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understand the art of Walking.

-Henry David Thoreau

I ran across this article, The Fine Art of Walking, written by Dionne Lapointe-Bakota in Taproot, the magazine for makers, doers and dreamers (Issue 19 if you want to enjoy).  Sounds lovely just reading the titles.  The authors words set in and came back to me days after I had read them.  There is something interesting to think about our lives as these series of fast moving events, leaving one to get to the other, hardly a moment for self-thought in between.  How often do we take time to breathe, to think about what we know, or to dream ab...