Unexpected Mending Project

My favorite jacket is a third hand handmade hand me down given to me by my dearest friend who happens to be Amish. I wear this jacket all fall, winter, and spring. It is the absolute workhorse of my cold weather farming clothes. Around here we believe in repairing valued daily items and using them until they are worn to completion instead of replacing them. … Continue reading Unexpected Mending Project

How to end Domestic Violence

October is domestic violence awareness month. I could quote you a thousand statistics. I could share my own survival story. I could expose the raw pain of it that still washes over me at unexpected moments. But mind numbing facts and emotional voyerism has done little to change the fact that one third of people in this country have lived through hell. Instead I’m going … Continue reading How to end Domestic Violence

Daily Planning Journal

Organization. It either creates peace or panic depending on an individual’s skill set and temperament. After all, some people enjoy chaos and some of us enjoy managed chaos. I’ve tried formal planners, and I’ve tried the BuJo trend. Neither work for me. The planners don’t have enough room to capture everything I need and the Bullet Journal is just too complex to be helpful. Really. … Continue reading Daily Planning Journal

Moving beyond suffering

“How do we react when bad things happen?” This question has been on my mind lately. It popped up earlier this summer when Night, my sweet ewe, died unexpectedly. Not too long afterwards I had a bit of a health crisis due to mass pesticide exposure (driving by a farm). Then last Thursday my mother had an extremely bad episode of heat exhaustion. I thought … Continue reading Moving beyond suffering

Transcendental Meditation

Every time I hear the words transcendental meditation I flash back to 1996 and my favorite professor who was teaching both my intro to religion and my intro to philosophy classes. Being an educator he not only taught us about the practice, the religious history, and the non-religious benefits, he also gave us a crash course in TM (the short hand for transcendental meditation and … Continue reading Transcendental Meditation