Ponderings

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

0 by / on December 15, 2016, 2:23 pm / in Faith, Ponderings

Mostly I’ve given over these shortening days and lengthening nights (typically good for writing), doing two non-writing things. One is coming up with hearty (and sometimes sweet) wintery meals like winter squash, sage, & apple cider tortellini, three-bean chili bolstered with roasted corn & butternut squash, and baking Ginger Stout Cake and salted pretzel peppermint bark. Grace Paley’s poem below […]

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…May flowers… and bees, peas, and berries

…May flowers… and bees, peas, and berries

0 by / on May 3, 2016, 9:07 pm / in Community, Farming/Gardening, Ponderings

Eden is spending the night tonight and we used the afternoon to plant flowers and bring splashes of color to containers and baskets on the porches. She kept at it longer than I wanted to, but I eventually wooed her away to the hammock for a break. She will take home a pot for her Mama tomorrow, one containing pink […]

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Fern Creek Farm Retreat Airbnb …

Fern Creek Farm Retreat Airbnb …

0 by / on February 18, 2016, 7:22 pm / in Ponderings

Last week I offered some wood pallets on Craigslist, free for the taking. The woman who drove out to get them said, “This place feels so peaceful. It does something to me right here,” and she touched her chest with her fingertips. She hadn’t been here five minutes. We often hear that people experience Fern Creek as a peace-filled place–something […]

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On Waiting and Listening

On Waiting and Listening

1 by / on May 1, 2015, 10:23 am / in Community, Faith, Ponderings

Outside the window I can see Jon and Jenny prepping a bed. They will be transplanting a tray of lettuce, covering the bed with row cover because squirrels are back to feast on our beautiful lettuce, and adding irrigation lines throughout the Hazelnut Patch. Mark is at the hooding ceremony for his graduating doctoral students, and I’m sitting upstairs where I can longingly see Jon and […]

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Naming Coila

Naming Coila

4 by / on March 14, 2015, 11:03 am / in Chickens, Ponderings

One probably shouldn’t name an animal one might be eating. Barbara Kingsolver, among others, recommends this. Still, I named Coila this week, even knowing her future at Fern Creek might be severely curtailed on account of being a Mean Bird. Coila is in isolation, and not because she’s sick or wounded. I pulled this nameless Gold Sex Link pullet from the flock of […]

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