The Virtue of Revolt

I have a tall church-candle burning on my alter and Epiphany water from 2020 warming on the stove, with which to wash the walls. There is a thrilling pile of books on my bedside stand.. Life goes on as usual, with cozy mornings, slow evenings, and the eternal joy of my towering trees; but in the webby nooks and crannies of my life, there’s a disquiet.

Nourished Health

Last night, I sat up late with my books and papers all around. My husband was camping in the January snow, the kids were tucked into the big bed – sleeping cozily; while I was making charts and lists and filling my mind with images of a peaceful, abundant 2021. As I was planning, I…

A Word for the New Year

I’ve got all my journals and notebooks spread around me this evening. There are orderly lists and quickly jotted notes; two abandoned pens and one with lovely, dark ink that I’m still using. It’s almost the new year. I have a word for the year and a neatly-written list of goals for 2021 set up…

Christmas Gifts

I’m almost certain Seth won’t be reading this before Christmas. Almost… But I’m so proud of my herby wines, I just can’t resist sharing. It’s been an emotionally draining autumn and winter. The house is cozy, but the world outside is a tempest. In our little house, we can feel heavy winds shake the canvas….

Brambly Yurt

I’m not the best homesteader. The blackberries spread themselves into my garden each summer, the geese escape to forage from the neighbors whenever they can, and every winter I find an uncompleted list of “foods to put by this summer” at the bottom of my book pile. I have big plans, weak follow through, and…

Reading List

I’ve been reading a lot these past few months. Early in the lockdown, I turned to old favorites – it’s nice to have old friends beside us in new situations. Kierkegaard, Camus, Tolstoy, and my beloved Rilke were there for me during those stressful spring evenings when I marveled at the speed of oppression and…

Life in the Time of Tyranny

How are you doing, really? This spring hit us hard, didn’t it. And it never really let up. We’re all scrambling. We’re all uncertain. We ‘re all finding new ways to be strong and free and whole. Today I’m listening to John Eddie sing “Don’t let me down easy” and planning ways to go further…

Lenten Detoxification

Lent is probably my favorite season. Outside, snow and rain compete as winter slowly releases its hold on the land. Indoors, deprived of our favorite comfort foods, our days are shaken up. Lent is a time to clean out bodies, minds, homes, and souls as we prepare for the coming of new life. The late-winter/early-spring…

Winter Tea

I like to think of winter as the resting season. Our nights are so very long and dark, resting feels so natural. Cold weather makes me long to curl up on the couch with tea and Tolstoy. But life can’t stop completely just because it’s winter. I may want to hibernate all through the winter,…

Tiny House Living with Children and Artists

Our little house gets cluttered up quickly.Four people in a one room, 460 sq foot house doesn’t always feel comfortable. All the lovely, bright, and clean images of #tinyhouseliving on Instagram seem to focus on the homes of urban, minimalist, or obsessively clean people.I would love to be an obsessively clean person. But, even if…