Into The Desert

We aren’t moving, we still live in the lush woodlands of Maine, but my goodness! Have you ever noticed how very isolating the world is when you’re pursing something Good? It’s a lonely road, oftentimes, and so often full of sneaky suggestions as to how and when and why you really can get away with…

Coffee Steeping and Big Plans

How do you make your coffee? We use a french press. Water heats to a boil on the stove, then is set aside – off heat – until the bubbles still. Then we pour it over rough-ground coffee in the press and set it to steep for a while. Long enough to walk Ilya to…

5 Easy Ways to Live Simply

Intentional living is like the ascetic life, like an onion, like the inner life of a tree. The more you touch it, the more layers are revealed to you. Living simply is a slow gestating, and while each person’s way of simplicity is unique, there are shared aspects. You can build a simple, intentional life…

Exploring Natural Make-up

I don’t really like natural, hippie makeup. At least, not on me. I like lots of blacks and greys and a bit of intensity. Not too much..I’m sort of ‘yurt-goth’, I guess. kinda… like all aspects of my life, I like to classify my make-up under the term Cyganeria – a sort of artistic bohemia that…

DIY Face Wash and Other Projects

I’m working on becoming the homesteader I’ve always dreamed of being. You know, the one who doesn’t sleep in her make up. The one who buys sustainable, ethical brands and mixes up her own facial products. The one who actually follows through on all these goals and doesn’t get distracted by drugstore products and pretty…

Becoming Acquainted with The Night

The darkness here is soft and quiet. Sometimes night is so still we can hear the voices of faraway neighbors over the snow – soft, murmuring voices without words. Sometimes the night is loud: pouring rain on the yurt-roof, coyotes howling, owls, foxes, the wind in the tall pines. Out under the moon the darkness is…

Candlemas Lights

We’ve been making a lot of candles this winter.  Thanks to a generous hand-me-down from my mother-in-law – 15 lbs of beeswax! – and a recommitment to avoiding those careless trips into town for one or two things, like lamp oil, we’re been needing to just ‘make do’ for a night or two with candles…

Making Space for Small Hands in Daily Life

I’m often asked: “How do you keep the kids away from the stoves? The altar? The candles?” I don’t have an answer, because I don’t keep them away. We live in one large room, one tiny house; and my children run free within it. They know the stoves are hot, they’ve always known, because in…

Monday Reflections: Planning

I love my bullet journal. It’s pretty and functional and entirely my own. I’ve never done well with conventional planners: they’re all thrilling and helpful for a while, until I find The Thing That Doesn’t Fit – my homeschooling schedule or meal planning, fasting days or whatever.. there is always something missing from the average…

Stylish and Oh-So-Ethical

Right now, my wardrobe is neither. It’s a messy bundle of thrift-store finds (ethical!..somewhat stylish) and discount purchases from big box stores (bleh). It hasn’t been updated – really and intentionally updated – in a long time. This year, the ‘Intentional’ year, I want my wardrobe to be both ethical and stylish. I’m planning a…