Posted in October 2010

Vermont Love

Our last camping hurrah of the 2010 season took us to Underhill State Park, which is on the western side of Mt. Mansfield in Vermont. Originally, we had intended to stay at Smuggler’s Notch State Park, but they were booked solid. Thank goodness, because I cannot imagine a sweeter campground than Underhill. It is the … Continue reading

Travelin’ Artists

On our recent trip to Vermont, my sweet little dumplings busied themselves for hours with paper and markers. It was such a peaceful road trip! At one point I turned around and was shocked at my 4-year old’s detailed rendering of HooHoo, his owl stuffed animal. He doesn’t get into arts and crafts like his big sister … Continue reading

Sharing Surplus, Reaping Contentment

The big news in my life is that I recently signed up for a 72-hour Permaculture Design Certification course. I have wanted to take a PDC for about a year, and finally found the nerve to prioritize it amongst my family and work commitments. I am so enthusiastic about the path down which this will … Continue reading

Allying Ourselves with Smallness

This quote from the article Homestead Security: It’s the Chemicals that are Killing Us – Five All-Star Food-Medicines for New England (Part II of II)  by Ben Falk in Vermont Commons is such a powerful, poetic call-to-action and a fitting manifesto to guide my path: “The Take-Make-Waste operating system of industrial society has amassed an unprecedented challenge for … Continue reading

Grifola frondosa

Maitake, that is. Still confused? Read on. A few years ago in October, we were out in our yard when a truck pulled up in front of our house. An older man hopped out and purposefully strode to our old oak tree, plucked something from the ground, and turned to leave. My ever-vigilant New Jersey-born husband … Continue reading

Garlic & Arts

The dumplings and I had a lovely little time at the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival this weekend. Yes, there was garlic, and lots of it – the winner of the garlic eating contest ate 23 raw cloves!  I ate one and woke up the next day with monstrous garlic breath, so I cannot start to imagine … Continue reading