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Ashes to Ashes: Burning as Ritual

“Regardless of your faith it can be a cleansing experience to allow the past to burn away in fire and say a prayer.” I’m not talking about the song “Ashes to Ashes” from David Bowie (though I do love him), but what I am talking about is the tradition of Ash Wednesday and the power […]

March 10, 2011 6
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Celebrate with Gratitude

“Don’t be afraid to say ‘I love you’ if you feel it. Simple but powerful words change lives.” This image was taken years ago when I visited a beautiful castle in Sweden. I can’t recall a specific meaning or purpose for the flags, but do remember being drawn to the festive colors that glowed softly […]

March 8, 2011 1
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Simple Almond Butter (ME)

It is surprising how simple it is to make almond (and other nut) butter at home. The below recipe is for a small batch of almond butter, and you can always multiply the recipe as needed. If you have a high quality food processor making nut butters becomes much more simple. Experiment with different oils […]

March 8, 2011 0
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Bookscapes: Using Books as a Decor Element in Your Home

“A view of someone’s collected library is, in my mind, a quick glimpse into someone’s soul.” I find great joy in surrounding myself in the comfort of the worn pages of my favorite books. I am always reading around ten books at a time and keep large piles of books-in-progress stacked in the study and […]

March 7, 2011 2
The Journey
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The Journey

The Journey by Mary Oliver One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice– though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew […]

March 7, 2011 2
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Fresh Tomato Sauce (ME)

There is nothing as nice as a homemade, fresh tomato sauce to brighten an otherwise ordinary meal. One of the primary delights of the summer are tomatoes straight from the garden, warmed by the sun. This recipe can be made in large batches, frozen in quart sized freezer bags and thawed for individual future use. […]

March 7, 2011 0
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The Outer Banks

“The Outer Banks is an inspiring locale filled with scenic vistas, multitudes of wildlife and beautiful coastal landscapes dotted with lighthouses and fishing trawlers.” There is a quiet peacefulness that settles in during twilight on the beach. At the Outer Banks in North Carolina the sun sets on the IntraCoastal Waterway to the West, and […]

March 6, 2011 0
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Everything is Waiting for You

The following is a piece from one of my favorite poets, David Whyte. Everything is Waiting for You Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone. As if life were a progressive and cunning crime with no witness to the tiny hidden transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny the […]

March 6, 2011 0
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Chickens in the City

“Bringing chickens into your backyard is a great way to slow down and bring a little bit more farm and country into your life.” Today I had the pleasure of visiting my friend’s eleven chickens in Vancouver, WA. They live in an adorable little coup he built in his family’s back yard in the city. […]

March 4, 2011 1
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The Hills of Ireland

Ireland is a magical place. Once you’ve been there, there is no disputing it really. One of my favorite places on my recent trip to Ireland was the legendary and historic Hill of Tara. The Hill of Tara, used for ritual and burial grounds in medieval times, was the primary religious center of Pagan Ireland […]

February 28, 2011 0
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