from sky to seed

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    Seed starts starting

    Have you ever seen a brand new tomato plant? Behold. Before the serrated leaves and fuzzy stalks, they are slender and long-necked. In days, weeks, their first set of “true…

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    Valley of Fire

    We ran away from the Missouri winter for a few days in the desert. I loved and felt so lucky sharing a place like this with Jon. I got to spend some time in backcountry Utah a few…

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    Jon built an owl box–for me, he claimed–and was so upset that I wasn’t more excited about it that he refused to show it to me for about a week. Why is a gift…

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    As local as it gets

    In some other phantom life, I’d be a vegan. I don’t have strong feelings about animal rights (sorry!), but I do believe that there are significant benefits to eating a…

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    An unexpected goodbye

    We buried the cat with no pomp but much circumstance. It felt like the end of something. He’d been run over. Unceremonious and stupid and accidental, completely unnoticed.…

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    Men at work

    *contains graphic imagery* It’s a bloody business, operating a cattle farm. The days ticking down to Thanksgiving are typically a flurry of family matters and last-minute…

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    Flight behavior

    The other day I was trying to clear some clutter off the counters, but so much of it is Jon’s stuff. We have a small apartment with very little storage. I can’t seem to…

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    Wonderful 100 and what I’ve learned

    Oh hey, I wrote my 100th blog post yesterday! To my 125+ (!!!!!) followers, thank you, thank you, thank you. Now, can you please tell your friends about me? “A word after a…

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    The only things that are important in life are the things that you remember

    Years ago, when I was younger and more innocent and naive and sweet and firmer and perhaps an all around better person (i.e. a child) than I am today, I was the youngest writer in…

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    Not such a dumbass after all

    I had more than my share of struggles this summer — namely super shitty terrible hard soggy sticky clay soil — which left me less than enthusiastic to write. After…

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    First planting

    A bunch of plain brown dirt doesn’t make for the prettiest portrait background, but that’s the reality of gardening. It ain’t always pretty, and it’s…

  • Beloved, beloved, beloved on a stormy, nameless beach on the Florida Gulf last December.

    The brief now

    “Healing is a small and ordinary and very burnt thing.” – Cheryl Strayed I have four magazine deadlines in six days and I’ve been away for a long time, but…

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    Circus monkeys

    Yesterday was the 6th annual fly-in at Stearman Field, a small, privately-owned airport just outside of Wichita.  Jon knows the owners from an aircraft purchase a few years…

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    Welcome to the world, baby sprouts

    I spent a long weekend in Upstate New York, neglecting the seeds and everything they promised for a long, rainless stretch of days.  When I got back to Missouri, two of the…

  • Pax, my moody, kooky, brilliant, nine year old blue merle border collie.

    Every dog day

    An easy summary of farming life with Pax, my dog, via stolen passages from the incredibly beautiful The Dog Stars by Peter Heller: “We need a hill, I called, picking up the…

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    There be monsters

    The corner of Missouri that I’m starting to call “home” is a community so small that when you walk into a liquor store, people tip their heads and ask,…

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    Sowing and sown

    Last March, I gave Jon the poem, “A Birthday” by W.S.  Merwin.  Its closing lines: “The long way to you is still tied to me / but it brought me to you”…



    “Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same…



    Jon found a cluster of wild persimmon trees on the far side of the property a few weeks ago. I guess they always grow in little…

    At the corner of 14th & Oak

    The musings of a woman born four decades too late.

    300 stories

    A continuing mission to produce flash fiction stories in 300 words (or less)

    For Dragonflies And Me

    Come and share in the simple things I love in my life!

    Write On Target

    Where writers meet and words come to life

    Homestead Honey

    Inspiration for a Radical Homestead


    The blog

    I Quit My Job and Moved to Guam

    My Guamanian Adventures!

    The Slow Foods Mama

    { sowing seeds of sanity in an insane food system }

    Garden of Eve

    Growing my own, from garden to table.

    The Cosy Kitchen

    Food. Friends. Fridays.

    Day by Day the Farm Girl Way...

    Simple life on a little piece of land.

    Gwirrel's Garden

    : Doesn't like reality :

    Milkwood: homesteading skills for city & country

    Awesome homesteading skills for city & country. We keep it simple, organic and deliciously real...

    The Garden Smallholder

    Growing Veg & Chicken Keeping in a Rural Back Garden

    Sorry Television

    Reading a book a week

    write meg!

    Another take on writing, reading, loving -- and eating

    Sublime Palate

    food and thoughts . . .


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