Random Thoughts

Blog Advice, Anyone? (Please!)

Hello, dear loyal readers, I am about to undergo a blog redesign—the first in many years—and I’d love your advice. I really enjoy blogging, but it’s also good to take a step back and reassess every once in a while. Sure, I can look at my traffic data and search results. But those points don’t […]

Read More

Fishing for Fun at Kamalame Cay

For spring break this year I wanted to find a nice place to go bonefishing that the whole family would enjoy. After all, it’s not every year a 7-year-old girl makes a New Year’s resolution to go to the Bahamas and catch a bonefish. The unanimous recommendation from the current and former editors of Garden […]

Read More

Accept v. Settle

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Despite my relentless pragmatism, I am, inexplicably, a big believer in signs. For the past several months, and very specifically for the past few weeks, I feel like the universe is trying to get me to pay attention and learn a lesson. So let’s start with this […]

Read More

Live Baby Chick Cam: Meet Our Polar Vortex Miracle!

by Leah Zerbe, an online editor at RodaleNews.com The cyclical nature of life is perhaps nowhere more apparent than on a farm. The trusty tomato plants of summer are shriveled, brown, and barren by October; even the ragweed that plagued our fields and tested our patience all growing season have long disintegrated back into the […]

Read More

What Do You Stand FOR?

Most of us can easily answer the question of what we are against. Just a few key words will show you what I mean (I’m not implying which side of the fence any of us are on, just that there is a fence): guns, abortion, gay marriage, GMOs, immigration, Monsanto.… But often it’s harder to […]

Read More

100 Little Blessings

For Martha… Honeybees The fragrance of flowers Kisses from children That special laughter that is genuine and loving Rain, but not too much Sunshine Emails with with happy stories and gratitude Real mail, handwritten The first bulbs of spring popping up Snuggling The perfect song at the perfect moment A good cupcake A good cup […]

Read More

Five Spring Resolutions

I don’t know about you, but it feels like the whole year has gotten off to a very late start. For example, traditionally on St. Patrick’s Day we are supposed to plant peas around here, and my garden, as of this writing, is still covered by a good six inches of hard packed, ice-ridden snow. […]

Read More

Rules Are Made to Be Broken

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger A few years ago, we were all buzzing about books that offered the “rules” for women, the “rules” for online dating, and the “rules” for women who wanted to find lasting love. Not surprisingly, they were followed up with a Men’s Rules for Women list that circulated […]

Read More