Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Cleansing Journey

Oh the dilemmas I face on a day to day basis! For the longest time, one of my big dilemmas concerned how I keep myself clean, both non-toxically AND sustainably.  Some of the basics have been covered for a while, I shower out on the porch with rainwater in the winter and I bathe in the creek in summer.  For many this would seem sufficient, but for me . . . I was concerned about the chemicals I might be putting on my body and then onto my ground or the creek.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mindful Monday

The maintenance of the fertility of the soil
is the first condition of any 
permanent system of agriculture.

Sir Albert Howard
An Agricultural Testament

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mindful Monday

Behold this compost!
Behold it well!

Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass
This Compost

Friday, February 14, 2014

How Petty Should We Get?

Is it Valentines Day?  I am notoriously bad with holidays so please forgive me for mot picking a sweet lovey topic for today's post.

While I was on my 'vacation' from the blog and since I came back I've noticed that the most popular post I've ever written is "Let's Get Petty", about my search for a natural way of dealing with actinic keratosis.  Well here's a new round in the saga.  Just how much petty spurge sap should one use?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mindful Monday

The ground, new worked, moist
and yielding underfoot, the feet
comfortable in it as roots.

From: The Satisfactions of the Mad Farmer
Wendell Berry

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Gettin' Trashy with Joe

What?!?  A guest writer on my blog?  Well, actually I hope it happens more often.  And this one is so nice because he comes from within my own four walls.  So, Get yourself a nice cup of coffee or tea, and settle in for a nice long read, compliments of my sweet hubby, Joe Schanel.

To Till or not to Till, That is the Question

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Mindful Monday

Laundry is a very contemplative act.
It lets you get all the dirt out.