This morning I got up and drank coffee. I used sorghum from my friend’s sorghum mill to sweeten it and fresh goat’s milk from my own flock that I pasteurized on the stovetop last night. For breakfast I ate rice with greens from our garden cooked in home made chicken broth with a side ofContinue reading “A Traditional Skills Life”
Gd worked six days and the took a break. No matter if you believe in this story of creation or not, the fact that a rest day is built into an entire culture is pretty amazing. However, on a Homestead or farm it’s very tempting to work seven days a week. Chores like feeding animals,Continue reading “Homesteaders Need a Day Off”
I do not own a car. I do have partial possession of one. I have known individuals who own an automobile, but that vehicle is possessed by the local impound. Without ownership I have the ability to use a valuable tool to bless myself and others. Yet, some people I know with ownership but notContinue reading “A Life Possessed, Not Owned”
Minerva, or Mini, as we call her, just being her adorable self. She was the smallest lamb we’ve ever seen survive. Her mom Andromeda (Rom Doll) had a difficult birth with Mini’s twin Orion. I had to pull Orion because he was over eight pounds and breached. Rom had already cleaned up Orion and wasContinue reading “Minerva’s Story, or The Little Lamb with a Big Lesson”
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 peopleContinue reading “How to end Domestic Violence”
On the surface it looks bleak. It sounds like a judgement, a put down. And frankly, if you are actively engaged in judging yourself and others everything sounds like a put down and a judgement. “I’ll never get it right, and I’ll never get it done. Why even try?” At some point we all have our inner Eyor speak up in a gloomy, glum way.
We often think of self care as an activity, something to do. However, a friendship with an animal can teach us about being in the moment. Animals live in the moment completely. The moment is somewhere we rarely live as modern humans.
Mae Mae and I disagree on certain points, but the relationship is not the disagreement and the disagreement is not the relationship. The relationship is holding sacred space in each other’s lives and hearts for the other.
In 1996 a group of teenagers from all over the United States took a trip to Peru. Several of the young ladies were from the Midwest. I’ll never forget the look on one young woman’s face when a very well respected lacol pastor embraced her and kissed her cheek. Or the look on the lineContinue reading “Honest Affection”
Welcome to our last post in the Boundaries series. If you haven’t read the other blog posts I highly encourage you to do so. In the country we use perimeter fencing to keep our stock in and visitor coming to the main gate. But, we also use cross fencing, or internal boundaries, to keep ourContinue reading “Boundaries Part 4 – Cross Fencing: Internal Boundaries”