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lessons learned: handprint turkeys, simplicity and gratitude

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, I was thinking about handprint turkeys.  Seriously, I was.  Oh, come on, if… Continue Reading “lessons learned: handprint turkeys, simplicity and gratitude”

the beauty of dreaming

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~Eleanor Roosevelt      

86,400 seconds: will you use one to say “thank you?”

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”  ~William A. Ward When I first read this quote, I quickly thought, “Ugh, that one sounds like it comes from the front of a greeting card.”  I… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds: will you use one to say “thank you?””

morning rolls in

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~Marcus Aurelius I live in the mountains of North Carolina which affords me the opportunity to witness glowing sunrises and… Continue Reading “morning rolls in”

silence of the heart and tea by the window

In nature we find silence — the trees, flowers, and grass grow in silence. The stars, the moon, and the sun move in silence. Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere — in the closing of a door, in… Continue Reading “silence of the heart and tea by the window”

one thing at a time

As I prepare to go about my work today, may my intention to live in your present moment be the pattern for this day and my life. With your help, may I forever do only one thing at a time– always in communion with… Continue Reading “one thing at a time”

Andy and the chickens

Once upon a time a dear old soul was born to a farm family in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  When he was sent to this family by the Great Spirit, he was small and tender.  He was loved by his caring parents,… Continue Reading “Andy and the chickens”

Thoreau’s pumpkin

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~Henry David Thoreau There are many days when I think Thoreau had it right–go off into the woods, live in a simple place, and… Continue Reading “Thoreau’s pumpkin”

three words

Smile, breathe, and go slowly. ~Thich Nhat Hanh Last night, I had the opportunity to check on some facebook friends and noticed a posting with a large find-a-word game.  The instructions read, “Look at this and note the first three words you see.”  As… Continue Reading “three words”

simple gratitude

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and your strength. Give thanks for your food and give thanks for the joy of living. And if you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured… Continue Reading “simple gratitude”


The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God… Continue Reading “solace”

thanksgiving for unknown gifts

For Unknown Gifts Thank you for what we might one day be lucky enough to see, hear, smell, taste and touch for the first time. ~Modern thanksgiving from Warsaw, Poland Some days I know my farm like the back of my hand.  I can… Continue Reading “thanksgiving for unknown gifts”

lessons learned: Nature’s therapy for teenage girls

Go out, go out I beg of you     And taste the beauty of the wild.     Behold the miracle of the earth     With all the wonder of a child.  ~Edna Jaques This weekend, I was given a great gift by Nature.  Nature turned my serious,… Continue Reading “lessons learned: Nature’s therapy for teenage girls”

the yearning for good

I, the blazing life of divine wisdom, I set alight the beauty of the plains, I radiate the waters, I glow in the Sun, and the Moon and the stars. With wisdom I order all things right. I beautify the Earth. I am the… Continue Reading “the yearning for good”

cricket song

unplug iPod music stops abruptly cricket song instead ~Dr. SunWolf http://www.musicofnature.org/songsofinsects/iframes/fieldcrickets/popup_grylpenn.html

the great Ocean

Lord, may we love all your creation, all the Earth and every grain of sand in it.  May we love every leaf, every ray of your light.  For we acknowledge to you that all is like an ocean, all is flowing and blending, and… Continue Reading “the great Ocean”


Meditation I, the blazing life of divine wisdom, I set alight the beauty of the plains, I radiate the waters, I glow in the Sun, and the Moon and the stars. With wisdom I order all things right, I beautify the Earth. I am… Continue Reading “meditation”

my friend, Summer Saturday

While I am not one for the heat of summertime, I do love me a Summer Saturday.  She can be very welcoming, you know, with her visits to farmers’ market, weekend trips to the beach/mountains, and days out on the farm.  She beckons me… Continue Reading “my friend, Summer Saturday”

Anne Lamott’s praise-and-amazement prayer

A few years ago, I added the praise-and-amazement prayer, Wow. It’s the prayer of remembering to step outside when we are in monkey mind, or in bondage to self, or on the rat exercise wheel. The willingness to change or seek healing almost always… Continue Reading “Anne Lamott’s praise-and-amazement prayer”

from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

from the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;… Continue Reading “from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi”

there’s nothin’ better than. . .

Today, as I was working out in the gardens, I picked a few fresh green beans, and uttered, “There’s nothing better than eating green beans off the vine.” Awhile later, cool raindrops began to fall and quench my hot skin even though the sun… Continue Reading “there’s nothin’ better than. . .”

recipes: Caprese salad

If the farmers’ market was any indication yesterday, we are in the height of tomato season.  Cherokee Purple, BlackBrandywine, Green Zebra, and Lemon Boy graced the tables in a flourish of color.  I ended up with some Yellow Mortgage Lifter and Black Brandywine then… Continue Reading “recipes: Caprese salad”

beautiful day

See the world in green and blue See China right in front of you See the canyons broken by clouds See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out See the Bedouin fires at night See the oil fields at first light And see the… Continue Reading “beautiful day”

oh honey, you’re a homesteader!

Carrie: Samantha?… Samantha tell me the truth. I know people don’t mean it when they say that but I do. Samantha: Oh, honey. You’re a model. Carrie: You’d tell me, right? Samantha: Absolutely, you’re a model. ~Sex in the City, Season 4, Episode 2… Continue Reading “oh honey, you’re a homesteader!”

in the quiet

We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for—sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or… Continue Reading “in the quiet”

every laugh line on your face, made you who you are today

This is for all you girls about 42 Tossin’ pennies into the fountain of youth Every laugh, laugh line on your face Made you who you are today. ~This One’s for the Girls, sung by Martina McBride Thank you, Martina McBride, for singing those… Continue Reading “every laugh line on your face, made you who you are today”

lessons learned: the waiting is the hardest part (but it’s not useless, Dr. Seuss)

The waiting is the hardest part. ~Tom Petty You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.… Continue Reading “lessons learned: the waiting is the hardest part (but it’s not useless, Dr. Seuss)”

wilting on the vine

Last week, my dear friend extended an impromptu invitation to dinner on Friday night.  It was kind and thoughtful, and  normally, with two hours of child-free time, I would have jumped at the chance.  But Friday night, I found myself saying to her, “I… Continue Reading “wilting on the vine”

a prayer of the heart

The prayer of the heart is the source of all good, refreshing the soul as if it were a garden. ~St. Gregory of Sinai (d.1360), Egypt On this rainy Spring morning, I am grateful to hear chicks chattering about sweet bugs.  I give thanks… Continue Reading “a prayer of the heart”

checklist for a sunny Saturday

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.  ~Margaret Atwood 1. Overalls, garden  boots, hats and sunscreen 2. Shovel, hoe, trowel, watering can, wheelbarrow 3.  New seed starts 4. Anticipation, excitement 5. Pitchfork, compost bucket, fresh worms, shredded… Continue Reading “checklist for a sunny Saturday”

lessons learned: cleaning out the closet

Some think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes, it’s letting go.  ~Sylvia Robinson Last night, I was reading a meditation on the freedom of letting go.  Barbara Johnson shares this analogy: “Letting go is like cleaning out your closet.  You may not… Continue Reading “lessons learned: cleaning out the closet”

a piece of peace

As I prepare to go about my work today, may my intention to live life in your present moment be the pattern for this day and my life. With your help, may I forever do only one thing at a time– always in communion… Continue Reading “a piece of peace”

the promise of morning

Light comes through a gap in the curtains:   the promise of morning. Light comes through the flaws of our lives: the promise of love. ~Modern prayer from Berlin, Germany

starting today in silent prayer

Before Prayer I weave a silence on my lips I weave a silence into my mind I weave a silence within my heart I close my ears to distractions I close my eyes to attractions I close my heart to temptations ~Modern prayer by… Continue Reading “starting today in silent prayer”

a prayer and meditation on Earth Day

i thank You God for most this amazing day:for leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes — e.e. cummings, North America As I sit here on this… Continue Reading “a prayer and meditation on Earth Day”

root food: now you see ’em, now you don’t

My foray into root veggies started with garlic.  (If you haven’t read that post, let me refer you to “getting ready for the garlic” post.)  I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I figured anything you could put in the ground and… Continue Reading “root food: now you see ’em, now you don’t”

frosty mornings and ordinary miracles

Given the most recent frost we’ve had here on the farm the last couple of days, I thought I would share this meditation that I wrote 2 years ago. “Do you understand how there could be any writing in a spider’s web?” “Oh, no,”… Continue Reading “frosty mornings and ordinary miracles”

quiet saturday mornings

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have. ~Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book When you have a tween or teen with extracurricular activities, rarely do you… Continue Reading “quiet saturday mornings”

small, simple things and friday on the farm

Morning here started chilly and rainy but by afternoon, we had cool, sunny weather.  As a part of my Friday afternoon sabbath, I spent time appreciating the small things on the farm.  Yes, I was practicing what I preached in my post on “relaxing… Continue Reading “small, simple things and friday on the farm”