Little Kindnesses

I picked up Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte last week from the library. From the first page it is fresh and alive with excitement and...

Trail Running a Half Marathon

I started to jog as soon as the director set our small group of runners off: "On your mark"and the loping rhythm of people falling into...

Losing Wildness: A Tribute

Our backyard has been the size of three city lots but will soon be reduced to a modest strip of grass, a small garden area, a good-sized...

Nourishing My Running Life

I've been training for a half marathon for nearly three months. I'm looking at six weeks and a day to race day. I'm pumped! I'm awed and...

Giving Each Other Room

While it is only March 2nd, Ellensburg is being honored with an early Spring. All the earth feels the swelling out, the tremble of weeds...

Boldly Building

I am thinking these days about living less in my head and more near the ground, more humbly interested in the small tasks of life. I have...

Generosity

Yesterday I had a casual conversation with an old man named Ken. He was selling tree tops that were as large as Christmas trees and I,...

Carniceria

The meat store was in a strange, rather derelict building that Jay and Mike thought would do just fine for a produce stand (Jay's Farm...

Home Assessment 7.20.2020

I read a while back about how writing a narrative of your day is a great way to get a bird's eye view of how things are going in life;...

Family Read Aloud

Our family finished our first chapter book last evening. Dale read aloud to us for the last month or so out of "The Sign of the Beaver"...

Hallowing the Gift of Health

Thursday afternoon. Bread is baking, children quiet, my tea tray is next to me, book within reach. In the wild loveliness of summer I've...

Home Assessment 6.22.20

I read a while back about how writing a narrative of your day is a great way to get a bird's eye view of how things are going in life;...

How to Take a Solid Driver's License Photo

You'll notice I didn't say GLAMOROUS, that is asking too much of a picture taken in the glare of fluorescent lighting, but you can take a...

Making Pinwheels

I had made the dough the night before, leaving it in the fridge to rise slowly overnight. The yeast had done its work even in the cool...

Forest Bathing

There is a Japanese word that translates "Forest Bathing". It's being out in earth's loveliness and breathing it in, letting the detritus...

Home Assessment 5.27.20

I read a while back about how writing a narrative of your day is a great way to get a bird's eye view of how things are going in life;...

Why Does Anything Matter?

"The comfortable lies we tell ourselves regarding these "little things" - that they don't matter, and that daily personal and household...

Work Station

One adjustment to being a mother is figuring out a work space for the work that needs to be done at a desk: paying bills, thinking...

Manastash Run

I was running for my life. No one would save me but these two legs, this quickly tiring heart, these heaving lungs. There was nothing...