The First Egg: Light, Life, and Gratitude

Like all of us, chickens are creatures that respond to the seasons, to cycles of light and dark. Many breeds of chickens will lay eggs throughout their first winter, but once they get a little older, their egg-laying will usually dwindle and then stop completely as the winter darkness falls. …

Three Ways to Keep the Peace of the Season

(This post was originally published in December, 2012.) Every year we see articles on “staying sane during the holidays”–advice for dealing with unruly inlaws while maximizing cookie production and shopping efficiency.  I follow some of this advice.  But here’s a confession:  I love the inner dimension of this season.  I …

Diaries and the Wild Mind: How to Start (or Re-start) a Journal Habit

In common with Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Darwin, May Sarton, Anais Nin, Gary Snyder, Katherine Mansfield, Joan Didion, Leonardo da Vinci, St. Therese of Lisieux, and countless other writers, I am a diarist.  I have kept a diary, with more or less regularity, since first grade.  When I …

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, and Mozart’s Birthday!

January 27th, 2013 is a big anniversary.  Time to celebrate! I plan to rise early and spend a few quiet hours curled up with a copy of Persusion (I’ve read P&P lately, and winter puts me in the mood for Captain Wentworth) while I listen to Mozart’s violin sonatas. Austen is …

Rainy Saturday, Colored Pens, New Directions

I’m using a rainy autumn Saturday to brainstorm new directions for The Tangled Nest blog. More will be revealed soon!

Create an Inspiring, Low-Budget Craft Room

Ever since we moved into this house SEVEN years ago, I have intended to make a corner of the basement into a craft room, where I could keep all my supplies, spread out projects, and find inspiration.  But instead it turned into–well, if you have a basement you know exactly …

Escaping the Barcode

What a great image for this year’s Buy Nothing Day.  I think I’ll start today. You may also like:Grow With the Flow–Pee On Earth Day is June 21st November 23rd is Buy Nothing Day A New Kind of Birdsong The Picture Book Proclamation: Lessons for Life from a Favorite Form …