Random Thoughts

12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 1

Darkness: Introspection Today just happens to be the darkest day of the year, the last day of falling toward darkness (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway—lucky you to all the Aussies who read my blog!). Darkness tends to keep us indoors and minimize the distractions that light brings to our lives. In the darkness, we can […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: An Introduction

This past summer I did a series of blog posts we called My 14 Days of Summer, A Meditation. People seemed to like it, so I thought I’d do a winter version. Even though I don’t love winter nearly as much as I do summer, it does have its own special benefits. And actually, one […]

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Ode to Betty

I knew it was going to happen one day. But it was a day I was dreading. And that day has come. People often ask me how I do it all. After reeling internally from the fact that I don’t think I am doing it all at all, I usually say something like “with lots […]

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The Spirit of Christmas

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Sometimes I think that I’m actually two people. One of me is relentlessly pragmatic, reasonable, and logical. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, except when it gets in the way of the enchantment of everyday life. The confounding counterpart is a me who is just as relentlessly […]

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What I Learned in One Lunch
at Zuni Café

Photo: (cc) Spot Us/Flickr I just learned that Judy Rodgers passed away. I never met her. I never even made a recipe from her Zuni Café cookbook, which I’ve had on my shelf for years. But I do remember one lunch at the Zuni Café about a decade ago that has had a lasting impact […]

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Why Farm to School Will Save
Our Food System

by Chelsey Simpson, communications associate for the National Farm to School Network For those of us interested in food system reform, there are now (thankfully!) hundreds of worthy organizations and causes competing for our time and resources. Should you volunteer to help launch a new CSA in your community? What about donating to a campaign […]

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A Walk in the Woods

Sometimes there’s only one thing that works to bring sanity back into my life, energy back into my soul, and balance back into my body—and that is a walk in the woods. It doesn’t have to be a perfect day or the right season, because it’s not about being entertained or impressed. It’s about finding […]

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Happy Thanksgiving! From Me and
My Fairytale Pumpkin

It was spring, the May plant sale at the Rodale Institute, when I came across a pumpkin called the Fairytale Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata). Of course I had to buy it immediately. I planted it in a bed near my driveway that’s mostly ornamental but had lots of room for pumpkin plants to spread and grow—which […]

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