My Word for the New Year: Rose-Colored Glasses 3

  Meg Cox shared a post on Facebook about her guiding word for 2014: “legacy.” Her choice is oh-so appropriate, considering she is the expert on family traditions. In true Meg style, she then invited friends to share their New Year’s word-to-live-by. As an exercise it’s a great opportunity to pause and reflect; collect. And […]

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The Love of Potholders

The Love of Potholders

  Ever since Christmas Day I have used these potholders exclusively. Whether cooking indoors in my relatively antiseptic kitchen or out at the messy-by-nature grill, they have been my go-to choice. Mind you, I have a stack of potholders in a drawer, all coordinated with my groovy aqua kitchen. Nevertheless, these mitts remain at the […]

Manure is Soil Food Manure is Soul Food

I love manure. To me, manure signifies that all is right with my world. Manure is the cycle of life. When it comes out of the horse I know all is well with the horse. When I spread it in the fields and the grass grows strong, I know my horses are nurtured. The cycle […]

Manure is Soil Food Manure is Soul Food

Thirty-Five Time Author Discovers She’s Not a Writer

Thirty-Five Time Author Discovers She’s Not a Writer 4

Yup, that’s me. Sounds silly but bear with me. We all have them. Those smacked-in-the-head moments when reality shifts. Or, more correctly, we catch up with reality. It’s especially surprising when it’s something about yourself, something staring you right in the face, but didn’t acknowledge. An instantaneous change in how you perceive yourself. That’s what […]

The Wisdom of Fear: Lessons From My Horses 7

It wasn’t and isn’t mine, I didn’t create it, I simply inherited it. Which made it mine. What am I talking about? Fear. I had ridden horses into my twenties, when I finally accepted the fact that I absolutely did not enjoy the reality of riding. You see, I was afraid to ride. Not at […]


Kickstarter Success Story in the Making: Jodie's Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock

Kickstarter Success Story in the Making: Jodie’s Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock 1

Today marks the 8th day of my Kickstarter campaign. Eight days, and we’re at 80% of our goal. Eighty percent! Note that I wrote “we” above. There’s no question. The only thing I have done is facilitate it. In 2007 I imported a batch of Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clocks from Germany that I had designed, […]