Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. 

April 14, 2017

Hope needs cultivation and care, like any other living being. 

Sometimes it's so easy to forget to water it, to prune it, to turn it to the sun.

Nothing wilts faster than neglected hope. 

Luckily, it seems to spring back with ease and little damage to its roots.

January 26, 2017

Living plants. Surround yourself.

Sometimes I wonder...what if you could get a tax break for raising four plants, from seed to dormancy--one for food, one for pollinators, one for medicine, and one because it makes you giddy with joy?

Imagine that country. Imagine that planet.

December 28, 2016

The best days are the ones when a screen never gets turned on, a phone never rings or buzzes and I get to remember how often I forget the phone exists.

The best days involve dirt and books, silence and weather, heirlooms and alchemy. 

I hope there's truth when I say they are all good days.

But I know there's truth when I say, oh, but those days--those are the best days. 

May 30, 2016

If we forget who we are (who we really are, which, let's face it, we do all the time), then we think that there are all sorts of deadlines on what's so horribly called 'personal development.' 

 

Blegh. 

 

I'm sorry, but personal development (or should we amend that into 'person development') took place during our first several years of life as bones knit themselves together with a little more durability, skull sutures fused, teeth came and went, the brain matured itself until it graduated into (we hope) the ability to think mindfully and rationally.

 

And you know what? We had nothing to do with that. Sure, how we ate and slept affected those outcomes, and I'm not getting into how one's socioeconomic background has an effect on development--while valid, it's beyond the scope of this particular point.

 

What I'm saying is, you're done. You're done with that bit. You've developed, dammit. You're a person and you're developed. 

 

All this other stuff? This is what comes of experience...

April 18, 2016

Know when to push. Know when to back off.

 

And never be afraid of a little tough love. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 23, 2016

I don't know why we think of wood as being soft, because it's not--not in the derogatory way in which we acquaint softness with weakness, anyway. 

 

This kind of softness--or mobility, if you will, flexibility--is stronger than the fiercest steel. Metal is strong, but cold with so little life-force and no natural beauty (in this humble explorer's opinion, anyway). 

 

But wood? It grows and *learns* as it grows--which way to bend, where to send roots, which neighbors carry medicinces, which toxins. And when it finally, finally falls? It feeds that which fed it. 

 

That is the kind of sustained beauty, sustained strength, and sustainable life to which we should all bow, bend, and grow. 

 

Root down.

 

Rise up.

 

 

 

 

February 5, 2016

We talk about living a sustainable lifestyle--from our food choices to our transportation, recycling to building materials.

 

But what about our own bodies? Our own practice of personal sustainablility? 

 

I'm not sure about the inroads we're making. 

 

So. How sustainable are you? 

 

How much of a burden do you present on yourself?

January 24, 2016

 

I love, love (dare I say luuuurve?) making my own remedies, from home- to skin/self-care products.

 

I mean, serious DIY herby dorkness happening over here. 

 

So, I thought it high time to share my DIY laundry soap recipe with you sweet, fellow herby-nerds. 

The following homemade laundry soap is safe for you, for sensitive skin, and your septic system. It can even be used in front-loading washers.

 

Now, to the Borax controversy... Contrary to some information out there, BORAX (sodium tetraborate) is not toxic (at least, not as a cleaning product; don't go eating it, by any means). BORIC ACID is toxic. 

 

HOWEVER, that being said, I absolutely only use the natural borax powder from Mountain Rose Herbs.

 

But I want you to follow the Borax rabbit hole so that you can be completely comfortable in your choices. Here's a link to the borax data safety sheet here.

 

Crunchy Betty featured a post on the borax question, as well. So, absolutely, do your own research, my sweets. 

 

Okay: onward!

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January 6, 2016

 

We don't have to think alike. God forbid. No, we never have to think alike, be alike, dress alike, talk alike. 

 

But. We do have to work together, to think together. There is nothing but creativity in the individual expression of our lives here, but for salvation, conservation, and the sheer comfort of solidarity, there must be a united front of heart-centered intelligence, knowing, and brainstorming. 

 

Let's call it a heart-centered think tank. 

 

Let's call it heart-storming. 

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