Planning the Perfect Mini-Vacation

  We started doing mini-vacations years ago while on a farm because it was easier to find someone to watch animals for one or two nights than for a week or more.  Longer vacations require time off of work, loss of pay, and are often quite exhausting.  Now don’t get me wrong, I will take…

A Trip to the North Pole

When my son, Andy, was very little he wanted a wolf from Santa.  He wrote him a letter and sent it to the North Pole.  There was a very convincing (and very likely the real) Santa at the mall.  I was able to whisper a few things in that old Santa’s ear before Andy climbed…

There’s Just Something About the Mountains

  There’s just something about the lulling embrace of the mountains that cajoles my spirit into quiet. There is a comfort wrapped in the songs of pines surrounding every side. A murder of crows sing raucously of encroachment.  A haunting and thrilling sound. Two does jump airily by. There is just something about the West.  Sweeping desert valleys…

The Art of the Mini-Vacation

Vacations are expensive.  They take a lot of planning, a week off of work, savings, and can be exhausting.  We have found that the best vacations are often weekends.  We call them mini-vacations.  We got our friends hooked on them too.  We find specials on hotel rooms and stay one night, maybe two somewhere new. …

A Spring Herb Walk with Sacred Owl School of Original Medicine

Sunday was bright and just the right amount of warm.  We were like school girls tripping down the trail stopping every few minutes to look at new growth, smelling and tasting plants, and looking for snakes.  Laughter and stories fell around the group as we made our way down the meandering and winding path. One…

Walking the Labyrinth

lab·y·rinth ˈlab(ə)ˌrinTH/ noun noun: labyrinth; plural noun: labyrinths 1. a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze. “a labyrinth of passages and secret chambers” synonyms: maze, warren, network, complex, web, entanglement “a labyrinth of little streets” 2. Anatomy a complex structure in the inner…

Supporting Your Local Nursery (a field trip to Holly Acres)

In winter,  you might find a child riding a zebra or a toddler on a horse.  Perhaps you’d like to sit with Santa or drink hot chocolate.  We choose our perfect Christmas tree and haul it home happily in the season. In spring this same place is a gardener’s best friend.  Heirloom seeds abound, many…

Travels, Friends, Dark, and Light, and the Breathing Ocean

We walked the beach on that last day.  We alternately dreamed of our future farm in California and the kisses we would receive from Maryjane when we got home.  The air was heady with fresh soil and sea and the birds actively flew overhead.  My skin feels so good in the humidity.  I can breathe better…

Intertwined with Whales

A woman on the boat showed us a picture of a dolphin head just coming out of the water.  She had missed the jump.  She had a long telescopic lens and a very expensive camera.  Doug pulled his IPOD out of his pocket but then placed it back in.  I was proud of him.  Doug has an…

Yea Sustainability! (I am teaching free classes)

We will be at the Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo again this year!  We won’t have baby lambs on a leash (maybe next year!) but we will have all of our fabulous medicines, beauty products, and books.  I will be teaching every day right at my booth so come sit in on a free seminar and come visit…

A Trip to the Denver Downtown Aquarium

On the way home from our anniversary trip a few weeks ago we stopped at the Denver Downtown Aquarium.  We hadn’t been there before, always opting for zoos or museums, but it seemed like a great way to spend the chilly day. The Aquarium was filled with the most exotic, beautiful creatures and proved to be…