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Three Ways to Keep the Peace of the Season

November 30th, 2013 · 11 Comments

(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 love advent, the dark days […]

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Tags: inspiration, seasons, urban nature

Saint Hildegard’s Cookies of Joy

April 8th, 2013 · 9 Comments

Spring is the perfect season to celebrate Hildegard of Bingen, the medieval Rhineland mystic, naturalist, seer, writer, gardener, composer, and physician. The world is leaping to life in every color of green, a celebration of Hildegard’s central concept of viriditas–the “greening finger” of the divine in all of life. I’ve long considered Hildegard a personal […]

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Tags: recipes, seasons

Welcome Spring

March 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Thank you Marigold, Ophelia, and Ethel for the beautiful eggs. And happy spring to everyone! I heard the neighborhood flickers drumming in earnest on my early morning walk today. Let the wild rumpus begin!   You may also like:Our Urban Chicken Coop Plan Buff Orpington: Our Favorite Backyard Chicken Breed Urban Chicken Retirement: What to […]

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Tags: chickens, eggs, seasons, urban nature

On Planners, Productivity, and Idle Pleasures

January 7th, 2013 · 11 Comments

Happy New Year, everyone!  Here is my first confession of 2013:  I’m a planner geek-nerd-obsessive.  I love the tactile and aesthetic delights of a paper planner, as well as the practical benefits. Opening a new planner on January 1 is something I start looking forward to weeks before the calendar page actually flips.  I absolutely […]

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Tags: seasons, writing

Happy Solstice (and End of the World)

December 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Happy Solstice, dear readers!  Assuming the world doesn’t end today (or even if it does) I wish you all a peaceful, joyful season. On the Summer Solstice (also our wedding anniversary) a couple of years ago, Tom, Claire, and I set out to climb the highest temple in the Mayan ruins at Tikal before sunrise.  […]

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Tags: seasons, travel

Homemade Ornaments: Pinecone Gnomes

December 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I love making ornaments from found, natural materials. Cat-sitting for my crafty neighbor Jane last week, I spotted these little gnome ornaments she had made from the pinecones that fall on our neighborhood sidewalks, and asked if I could share them on The Tangled Nest. Jane’s gnomes were inspired by this this Better Homes and […]

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Tags: craft, DIY, holidays, seasons, sewing, simple gifts

A Cool Coop: Caring for Chickens in the Heat

August 16th, 2012 · 3 Comments

It’s actually hot in Seattle!  Yes, I know that you folks in other parts of the country have had many 90+ days, but for us Pacific Northwesterners, it’s rare–our bodies aren’t used to it, and neither are our chickens!  I’ve noticed the girls are panting a little, and seeking shade.  Here’s one from the archives […]

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Tags: chickens, seasons, urban farming

Baby Crows In Our Midst

May 26th, 2012 · 26 Comments

This archive post first ran on June 21, 2011 One of the Crow Questions I hear most often is, “Why do I never see baby crows?”  In truth, it is likely that we have all seen plenty of baby crows–but we are misled by the human tendency to conflate “baby-ness” with small-ness.  A few crows […]

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Tags: crows, seasons

Chickens Versus Snowpocalypse

January 18th, 2012 · 24 Comments

Hi, Tom here… Lyanda’s away on a writing retreat so I am hijacking her blog for a few days. In Seattle it’s a snow day–we are having our annual “snowpocalypse,” when a few inches of snow completely shuts down the city and sends cars skidding into the curbs and children flocking into the unfamiliar white […]

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Tags: chickens, seasons, urban farming

The Urban Winter Wild

January 10th, 2012 · 25 Comments

Winter is considered a time of quiet and hibernation, and often we wait until spring to think about viewing birds and other creatures. But the cold of winter increases the energetic need of wild animals, sending them out to seek food at all hours of the day.  It’s one of the best times to watch […]

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Tags: birds, seasons, urban nature