Read Parts 1 and 2, to learn more. I’m going to go ahead and warn you that if you’re familiar with permaculture, some of this will make you groan. I do not proclaim to be a professional or expert when it comes to this sort of thing. All I have are books, lots of time […]
In Part 1, I outlined the last three years of work my family and I have completed in our yard. It’s pretty crazy for me to put that in a timeline. Those three years feel like twice that, largely because of the amount of effort we’ve put in. This fall I stood back and looked […]
Our yard has a problem. It’s too damn big. It’s uneven and bumpy. There are a lot of old, unkempt trees around the property. It’s…a lot. Since we moved into our home in 2014, we’ve spent the majority of our time improving the outside. Prior to our purchase, more than half the yard was full […]
Maybe it’s just the time of year. Or maybe it’s the fact that it’s a rainy (nearly) fall day and I have spent the last week poring over graph paper, trying to design the future landscape of our back yard. There are many oscillating tendencies I have displayed throughout my life. Perhaps the most influential, […]
If fear leads to anger, then it makes sense that anger leads to hate. It is, after all, a more intense version of anger. But if you look up “anger” in a thesaurus, “hate” does not show up as a synonym. The two words have subtly different definitions. Anger is defined as a strong feeling […]
Last week I turned thirty-six years old. It didn’t bother me. Birthdays now are really just another day and when you have kids, most of the attention stays with them anyhow. It’s not a big deal. I could’ve turned forty-five and I would probably feel the same. Maybe a little more achy. The most I can hope for when it comes to birthday celebrations is spending time with people I love, doing things I enjoy. I mean really, what else is there?
When I find myself in times of trouble, I don’t usually turn to Mother Mary. “Let it be” has never been good enough. I’ve sung that song to myself many times over, reminding my heart that “when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me.” True as that may be, […]