Light a Candle

"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness."   ~Eleanor Roosevelt This morning I woke up to rain drumming the roof, a dreary Monday, the 70-somethingth day of quarantine, ahead of me a full day helping five kids do school at home and doing farm chores in...

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Sourdough Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Bread

"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.   ~Nathaniel Hawthorne Autumn and its burnished beauty never disappoints. I find myself asking as I drive down...

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Back-to-School Lunchbox Smoothies

Summer afternoon -- summer afternoon;  to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James The wonderful lazy afternoons of summer are winding down and we will be back in full-routine next week when school starts. I'm...

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On Thanksgiving and Grief

It’s been 364 days since I last wrote and I’ve never had so much inside me, yet so little power to articulate. The past year’s events mean life will never be the same. And yet in so many ways, life is the same. The week after my mom died I reached out to a friend who...

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Grace upon Grace

To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us -- and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from...

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The Last Summer Post

The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last forever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change."~ E.B. White, Charlotte's...

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A Chicken Summer

Summer was full of chickens:New chickens,old (grumpy) chickens,under-achievers,over-achievers,births,deaths.And problems (always problems)... and projects (always projects)...The chicken problem we deal with most often is broody hens. The natural instinct for a hen to...

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Me (and Elinor)

About Me

I'm Kara, and this is a place for me to wax both poetic and practical about the things that make my heart sing: mostly living seasonally and close to the land, the intersection of farm-life and faith, mothering, hospitality, and the simple liturgy of the everyday, often captured on my iPhone. Beauty is everywhere if we only have eyes to see.

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