Elderberry Magic

I’ve been thinking about the magic of growing a garden. You build your soil and the plants do the rest. Not that building soil is easy, but layering compost, yard waste, seaweed, and straw seems straightforward and do-able compared to, say, creating a tomato or […]

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Our Oven

We built a pizza oven! It has long been a dream to have an outdoor oven of our own, but we spent a lot more time dreaming than actually planning and researching. This imbalance was, mostly, righted by a willingness to work hard to make […]

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Summer’s Last

The crab grass and other weeds hiding among the plants are going to seed. The tomato plants hang loosely, much of their potential already harvested and piled on the kitchen counter ready to be canned. I finally cleared some of the onion harvest off my […]

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Magic All Around

The crab apples are blossoming magenta, several shades bright-pinker than their garnet leaves. The apple tree, the one that was here before us, not the tiny saplings I planted last month, will soon bloom in a pale pink shade; we haven’t seen it flower since […]

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Join me for a class!

For years, I’ve been dreaming of a way to offer people a break from daily life, a way to connect with their creativity, to learn new skills, and to gather with others. I know that not everyone has the ability, time, or means to travel […]

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Over and Over

I recently bought a wooden, waldorf-style, calendar for the kids, A little splurge for something beautiful and fun to give them a better sense of how to conceptualize or measure the passage of days and months. For most of my life, I’ve imagined time and […]

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A couple of years ago, when Amos was learning about the names of colors and shapes, I found myself thinking how arbitrary it all was. To me, the names of the colors seem almost inseparable from the color itself but when it is all new, […]

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