Monthly Archives: May 2009

Shopping, with a side of child abuse

Yesterday I had to do a bit of shopping. This meant: thrift store, shoe store, Wal Mart. It was a Saturday morning in Suffolk, VA and every store I entered had a mother doing the yank and yell to a … Continue reading

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Ants Don’t Like Lavender

At least, it seems that they don’t. When we planted our new planter boxes, we filled them with composted cow manure from our back pasture and it was full of ants. I did these two things: >sprinkled them with used … Continue reading

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Writing. Reader beware!

I will sometimes be publishing a poem, fairy story or short story on this blog. Most will have been written as a way of memory-saving for our family. I know that they are not polished or ready to go to … Continue reading

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Shine

Shine  Sidewalk sky, flat, gray, no sun-bright spot, dimly glowed overhead Even the svelte and flexible co-eds in their short and slinky dresses Did not twinkle . Only the Carolina blue of the cap and gowners shone On this overcast … Continue reading

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Permaculture and how it applies to our gardens

Last week my friend Melina held a permaculture workshop in her home. The children and I went. Our teacher-guide, Sally, was wonderful and used games to teach all of us about permaculture and how our (crunchy) views differ from those of most … Continue reading

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Parmesan Creamed Spinach

This recipe is Oh My God on a fork. So, so good. Who’s Here for the Party: 8 cups fresh organic spinach 2 Tbsp EVOO salt pepper nutmeg cayenne 2 Tbsp Roux (recipe at bottom) 1 c milk or cream … Continue reading

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Extortion

One day last November my ex-husband called me in a tizzy. You must understand, first off, that my ex-husband is almost always in a tizzy and so that part was not particularly unusual…but the subject matter was interesting and in … Continue reading

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