Household Gods

“You often-comers, you sleepers in things, Who arise brightly.. Once more be it your morning, gods..” -Rainer Maria Rilke All houses are haunted in one way or another. The very old are haunted by relics of the past, ghosts, impressions, or emotions that can’t fade away, the very new are haunted by the possibilities that…

Quickly…

I’m blowing on my fingers as I type. The air isn’t cold, exactly, but chill… it’s fall at last. But are we ready? I can see places where winter firewood ought to be, see tasks that want doing awaiting me at every corner of this wild, little homestead. Autumn. Shorter days, longer darkness. So many…

Road Trip

My family went on a road trip last week. Our first very long drive since we took the kids to visit my family in Michigan a couple years ago, and our first real road trip since Yarrow was born 6 years ago. We had an amazing time! This was such a once-in-a-lifetime trip for us,…

Hermitage

The world is a scary place sometimes. There is war, confusion, angry people full of hate. Sometimes I hear the news and just want to hide. But we’re not out here to hide. My woods are dark and wild at night. I can hear the trees rustling as I walk out to the outhouse or…

Intentional Living

What does it mean to live intentionally? We use the term intentional living a lot, throw it around as a hashtag anytime we look as though we are doing something purposeful..or at least, that’s what I do. But what does #intentionalliving really mean? Rilke writes in his journals that being “awake and alive are deeds,…

5 Favorites…

My 5 favorites aren’t for sale. They’re ways of being that I love: systems and rituals that help me live my life with a sense of wholeness and intentionality. Since they aren’t things to buy, but just adjustments to the ‘hows’ of living, they can easily become your favorites too! The Konmari System: We are…

Becoming

It’s been seven years now of living slowly and gently on our little woodland. Seven years of dark, early, winter evenings: lamp-lit and wood-scented. Seven years of cool mornings together around the stove, waiting for the house to warm up. Seven years of stars moving slow across the sky – hearing high, child-voices call out…

Why My Skirts Touch the Earth..

I like to go barefoot in the woods and up and down my long dirt road. Feeling the dead leaves and the young ferns, watching my toes find themselves again in dark, muddy puddles. I like lining my eyes in black and shading their lids in grey..watching them turn soft and dark like Icon-eyes that…

15 minutes..Closing Out the Retreat

It’s already the end of June. I have 2 days left in my lovely, little Midsummer Retreat..and I feel sort of sad to see it go. I failed at keeping up with so many of my intentions, the perfectionist in me wants to scrap it all and start again in July, but I won’t. July…

Counter Culture

I just finished reading The Benedict Option. I liked the book, and I’ll be writing more about it here soon; but first, thoughts on something a bit smaller. Not the larger issues Dreher addresses in The Benedict Option: liturgy, education, technology, labor; but the smaller issues, the little rebellions. Food, entertainment, style, habit. Lifestyle choices…