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“Big Adventures in 2022”

Summer 2021 brought a radical and unexpected life change, leading me from remote reaches of Montana to the wet and warm West coast of Washington.  Through many tribulations, the farm persisted and prevailed, and life continued much as usual.  This winter concluded with the year’s trajectory looking quite predictable; goats, gardening, and foraging.  A full plate of the familiar.  I was a hair’s breadth from embarking on my falconry apprenticeship (a dream and goal 19 years in the making) and…

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“Today, Life is Good”

Yet another sunny, warm, perfect day idled by today. As I have been prone to doing lately, I took the goats on a pastoral hike in the cedar grove this morning. The boys wore their saddles and packs. The girls wore their ever-growing pregnant bellies. We meandered in a new direction today. I brought the saddle bags along in anticipation of a good foraging trip. If nothing else, I would fill the pack with swathes of moss. I have been…

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“The Journey of the Emotions of Killing”

“Isn’t it hard to butcher an animal you raised yourself, especially if it had a name?” “It was at first” is about the simplest response to that common question. The act of destroying life comes with its own unique and complex emotional journey. For those of us who empathize with the life and suffering of other beings, killing is not a straight-forward affair. I really do think it’s an important conversation to have for those who have an interest in…

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“How Herbal Healing Became and Interest”

People: “How did you get into herbal medicine?” Me: “I cut my achilles tendon open.” Yeah, it was horrible.  I hate that it happened.  But it did.  I should say, actually, “someone’s bicycle cut my achilles tendon open.”… So I had this cut into the back of my foot, parallel with the bottom of my foot, making a 1” flap of my heel, cut straight through, that could open up like a mouth.  I was at a Renaissance  Fair at…

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