The Hungry Gap

The hungriest time for true country folk is in the spring. Larders empty, stores thin, and nothing yet producing, unless you’ve got a few winter cabbages or a very well attended greenhouse. This is the gap between the last stored apples and the strawberries of May. I’m not telling you a story that I’m living. I […]

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To Catch the Wind

My friend was whispering when she said it to me, because of laryngitis. I rolled up my car windows and pressed the plastic of my phone hard against my cheek so I could hear. She whispered, “Sometimes you put your sail up, and all of a sudden you’re going really fast.” When I get spiritual […]

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Oops! A Site Construction Warning

The Good News: I’m doing some long overdue work on my website this week. With help from Boise friend Emily Parker. It will be good. I promise. The Bad News: It’s a little messy. For example, I seem to have sent out an RSS version of a very old post yesterday. Without realizing it. And […]

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A God With Teeth

I never sat in a church and heard the pastor say, “You should quit your job and move to the woods and try to grow your own food.” I did it anyway. I never had a pastor say, “It says it right here, on page three. We were charged to steward the earth. Now get […]

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The End of Secrets (at the Mudroom)

I’m in a new co-blogging space. It’s brand new. Like, yesterday new. If you like brand new things, that proverbial smell of fresh paint — except not really, because it’s on the Internet — you’ll want to come and see the Mudroom. My first post there is on an ending and a beginning. I’ve been […]

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How To Build a Yurt, Part Two (VIDEO)

Here’s the second video in the two-part series “How To Build a Yurt.” Nick is explaining how he constructed the three layers of skin that dress the yurt frame. Although, really we should say four, because the inside is now entirely covered with a layer of my children’s art. But that’s not terribly effective insulation. Next […]

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