Kindness
Apr12

Kindness

When someone has done something terribly wrong to me, I do not feel like being kind. I will be angry or self-destructive instead. But eventually, you have to reach for kindness. Certain religions, philosophies or therapies say you need to forgive the person who caused you pain, so you can let go. I say to heck with that. Sometimes the person doesn’t deserve forgiveness or isn’t around to deal with the aftermath. (Of...

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Junk
Apr11

Junk

I love taking junk and turning it into something useable. I have no doubt that I inherited this characteristic from my father. Just this week, I walked into his garage and saw he had a shiny new trailer. “Where did you get that?” I asked. “I made it!” he said. Of course, he did. He had cobbled together parts: the steel sides of an old truck he had owned 30 years ago; the fenders he picked up at a flea market 10...

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Ice cream fiend
Apr10

Ice cream fiend

A few months ago, I invested in a good blender to replaced my blender that moved out. About two years ago, my BFF introduced me to green smoothies that actually tasted good and I was ready to get back on that bandwagon. I love being able to drink a tasty shake, but actually be absorbing the healthy goodness of spinach, kale and other green stuff. When the blender arrived, there was a booklet inside that included a recipe for blender...

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Home
Apr09

Home

About 15 months ago, my home was pulled out from under me. I have lived in this house that I call home since 2001. The house was built by my aunt, who called it home for 40 years and raised her family here. It is the only home my daughter remembers. And while it is too much property for me, too much space to tend, too old to keep up on repairs, too much house to clean, it has always felt like mine. Kind of like your first stuffed...

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Grief gardening
Apr08

Grief gardening

I have to keep this post short, but I will explore this topic again soon. In recent years, I have had more than my fair share of grief. Losses and fears sometimes seemed to swallow me. At one point, I really just wanted the pain to stop. I was in a labyrinth of my brain and I could find no way to safety. After some intensive help and care, I start to make my most significant recovery from depression yet. One of my ways to be peaceful...

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Farming
Apr07

Farming

A few years ago, one of my best buds started experimenting with backyard farming. She took her small backyard and transformed it during less than one summer into this amazing farming landscape. It was both beautiful and edible! The produce she generated was not only enough for the family to eat, but also to have driveway markets every week. Her example – which she made look like no sweat – has been very inspiring to me....

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