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Hike To Be Strong

I’ve lately been thinking a lot about nature connection, and the role it plays in my and my children’s lives. I often ponder this as I’m running through the forest on paths of soft, rust brown pine needles. After 25ish years of road running, I’ve made the complete switch to trail running. Originally, this switch was … Continue reading

Rosemary’s Perfect Cream

A few weeks ago I ran out of facial lotion and spent several days without until I could get to the store. I came home with a little bottle of some lovely lotion that I like very much, but 1) it was $15 for 1.7 ounces and, 2) I had to check the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep … Continue reading


The takeaway from 2011 is that when I really commit to something, I achieve it. However, I have a pre-conditioned tendency to say “no” instead of “yes” and of course this holds me back. This is partly necessary, because my top priorities are family and home and those require a pretty hefty minimum level of time … Continue reading


In early 2011, after receiving my Permaculture Certification,  I made a Mind Map of my roles, my interests, my values, things I’d like to learn and ideas I wanted to explore. At the core of my map I declared “I am a Radical Homemaker & Ecological Garden Designer” because those are the roles I wanted … Continue reading

Herbal Immunity

Staying well is akin to growing healthy vegetables – you don’t build resilient plants by spraying something on them after they’re established, you start with the foundation. You nurture the soil. For wellness, you nurture your immune system. Herbs and roots are powerful allies for the immune system. Even better, you can grow them yourself … Continue reading


We don’t have a bonafide root cellar, but after years of wishing for one I bought some crates and stored our homegrown potatoes in the basement on a shelf. They kept until February (dank and dark is an asset after all). We don’t have the pantry of my dreams, either, but this year we canned … Continue reading