FORGE YOURSELF

I’ve gone to the dogs tonight. Or, rather, the dogs have gone to me. Carter is out having a sleep study done, so Mazel Tov and little Toby, whom we’re babysitting for our kids right now, decided they should take up posts on the bed and serve as my protectors this last full night of…

2012 in review

Below are the “stats” for my blog for the past year. This little community reaches 92 countries! How cool is that?! Words can’t express my gratitude to you, my readers/my family. Thank you for coming here, for sharing, for holding the energy for a new relationship with animals and nature. Okay, let’s get into every…

VISITATIONS

We made it! We made it all the way through to the very end of the Mayan long-count calendar, and I’m hoping you are—like me—still here. In Camas, the winter solstice slipped in between raindrops and a slicker of cold. The last apples are still clinging to the tree outside my bedroom window, but they…

MY GARDEN TOWER

Here at the blue house in Washington, I’ve created a small container garden that I can move along with me when we settle somewhere permanently. The Garden Tower is the queen of my containers, offering 50 slots in which to grow food, herbs, or flowers. My friend, Colin, in Bloomington invented this thing, and I just…

FUNGI AMONG THEE

The rain came down shockingly hard, flung by someone up high who must have been really angry. The skies overhead were a dense soft-colored silver, but lurking at the fringes of the yard, coal-colored clouds were advancing fast. Mazel Tov and I had been playing throw-and-fetch out in the lazy drizzle, but the sudden onslaught…

THE GREAT TURKEY CAPER

He filled my arms like a 50-pound sack of snakes, squirming and terribly strong. “Carter, I don’t know if I can lift him up,” I gasped, winded from the effort of containing him. “God, he’s so darn strong!” “Watch out for his beak. And his spurs. His feet are huge,” my husband cautioned. I had never been…

SETTING SUN WOMAN

We are moving swiftly into another moon cycle. The Clan Mother for September is Setting Sun Woman. Here is what Author Jamie Sams has to say about this  moon mother: “Setting Sun Woman is the keeper of tomorrow’s goals and dreams. [She] shows us how to properly use our wills to insure the abundance of…