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Animals Closet of Anxieties Politics Self Reliance

The Race

I spent much of September watching the hummingbirds fight over sugar water. What a waste of energy, I thought.

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Animals Community Cookie's Bliss Self Reliance

Chicken TV

“Chicken TV is keeping me sane,” she says, as we soak in that timeless world, mesmerized by their languid pecking and the occasional drop of a leaf.

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Animals Food Self Reliance The Virus

Trendy and Cute

“Notice anything different about this one?” Shelley asks, holding a newly-feathered chicken with both hands. It’s an Australorp, she tells me.

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Adventures in Housekeeping Family Food Health Care Our Life Self Reliance The USA The Virus

Adrift in a Sea of Plenty

Nineteen days into voluntary isolation, I reach to the back of the freezer for some ginger and discover two bags of sweet pepper, one green, and one red. It’s Christmas! Like many trapped in this stagnant lull, I have put on some weight. The more I focus on making do, the faster I eat down […]

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Family Food Happiness Self Reliance Writing

Line-dried Sheets and Other Unlikely Paths to Enlightenment

The heat pump hums inside our back door. It is 37° on our back porch this morning, and I’ve decided to sit in the corner of our bedroom instead. I settle into a comfy green and red plaid armchair, a chair I am proud to say came from a thrift store. On most mornings, I […]