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The First Egg: Light, Life, and Gratitude

February 20th, 2016 · 10 Comments

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. Some people install lights into […]

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Creative Paths, Wild Lives (and a Magical Red Knit Hood)

January 11th, 2016 · 5 Comments

Sometime last year I began to have recurring dreams of walking on forested pathways, wandering off the large path onto smaller, hidden paths.  And in most of the dreams, I was wearing this hood. I couldn’t stop thinking of the dream, and I am a believer in following obsessions, so:  I read every academic article […]

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The Pace of Creation: How Rumpelstiltskin Wrote My Book

November 6th, 2015 · 9 Comments

I have spent the last ten days at Whiteley Center on San Juan Island,  a residency for writers, academics, artists—anyone trying to do focused work on a project (I call it my Beautiful Writer’s Prison). I am here to almost-finish a draft of my next book. There are deer and otters and seals wandering around, […]

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February: New Year, Take Two

February 2nd, 2015 · 12 Comments

A few years ago I began the personal tradition of celebrating the New Year in early February.  Getting it all together before January 1st is just too much pressure:  reflection on the past year, dreams for the new one, resolutions, intentions.  Yule tree down, calendar up, house cleaned/heart cleaned, all in readiness for the Fresh […]

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Chickens in the Winter Garden

February 22nd, 2013 · 7 Comments

It’s a wet blustery day here in Seattle–a good day for braised kale and quinoa with tahini sauce, or a nice plate of kale chips fresh from the oven.  Kale is one of a few veggies that can overwinter in Seattle without a cold frame or garden cloth tunnel (we can also grow broccoli and […]

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He Saw It, He Loved It, He Ate It: Maurice Sendak on Real Food

May 19th, 2012 · 3 Comments

This may be the highest wisdom I’ve heard in support of the Food Revolution–it’s not just about Kale, is it?  It’s about life, art, celebration, wildness. “Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — […]

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Gardening Around the Weather

July 15th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Here in Seattle, we like to repeat the words of Mark Twain:  “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Seattle.”  (Don’t quote us.  For one thing, the original phrase read “San Francisco,” not “Seattle,” and for another thing the quote is apocryphal–Mark Twain probably never said it at all.  But let us […]

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Soporific Salads and Lettuce Opium: One from the Archives

June 9th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Well, one thing growing in this cold Seattle spring is lettuce!  Last night while picking a head of Romaine for the dinner salad, I saw the familiar “milk” rising from the cut.  Such amazing organisms, the plants among us–full of life and secrets.  I decided that as long as my photographer-husband is on a little […]

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A Vegetarian Serves Christmas Ham

December 18th, 2010 · 19 Comments

My daughter and I are both vegetarians, but my husband Tom, and the rest of my family, are not.  We usually celebrate Christmas day at my house, everyone gathered about our dining table, made long with the addition of two leaves.  I love it.  For years I dreamed up celebratory meatless dinners designed to make […]

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The Mushroom of All Hallow’s Eve

October 31st, 2010 · 4 Comments

This year, Claire decide to be an Amanita muscaria mushroom for Halloween.  We raided the scrap basket, and made over an old umbrella: Real Amanitas have white stems rather than brown, but Claire didn’t have any warm clothes in white, and we made a bet that the general public wouldn’t notice.  And of course we […]

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