Winter House: Chapter 7

“I too, agree with Enyeto. I have watched my nephew grow, and am excited for him to receive his vision and become a man. As much as I would like to be certain he is alright, I am reminded that we all had to experience this in our own time.” He motioned a hand around […]

Summer Underway!

For a few weeks, I was convinced that all the effort we put into our gardens would amount to nothing this year. The month of May was hot. Too hot, for Indiana. Despite the added water retention from sheet mulching, and employing hugulkultur, our gardens struggled to get moving. The relentless heat combined with a […]

Life’s a Peach

Transformation is hard. Particularly in a culture that demands instant gratification. Nothing is more grounding for me than working in our yard. It reminds me that nature works at its own speed. This has been the way of things since the first nucleotides combined with amino acids. It will be this way long after I […]

Winter House: Chapter 6

What if you knew the history of the house you just purchased? What if that history was unsettling? What if all of the stories of the previous owners, which you thought were unrelated, turned out to be a series of events that decided your fate without asking?

The next installment of my serial novel, Winter House, is out now. 

I Found My Thrill

No need to elaborate on the satisfaction that results from seeing a plan come together. I was surprised it only took one truck load of mulch to cover it. And even more surprised when I dug holes to plant the blueberry bushes. The soil was still as dark and rich as it was the day we created the swale.

Why was Six Afraid of Seven?

A few months before my twenty-seventh birthday, I would have been coming to the end of a personal year identified by the number six. The traits of this number applied in such a way bring about an overwhelming sense of responsibility, a need to be community minded and family centered. I can definitely say I was feeling the overwhelming responsibility as well as the anxiety it generated.