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The Myth of Cheap Garden Hauls + Heirloom Favorites

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I’ll just grow my own, it’s cheaper!” I would have at least one large piggy bank full of nickels. I’ve heard it about fruits and vegetables, pigs, cows, sheep… basically, if it comes […]

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On Strawberry Jam & Tomcats + Sourdough Bacon Sandwiches, Two Ways

Strawberry Jam My Mother was never much of a canner, from where I got the gene that urges me to put things by we have to go back another generation. When I started my first garden she stopped by one day mid-summer to see it. […]

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Church Fires & Big Pictures

I’m not a lady. I mean, I’m a woman; I’m female, but I’m not ladylike. If you’re familiar with the Myers-Briggs methodology of personality classification, I’m an ENTP. Male and female ENTP’s combined only make up about 3% of the population, and they say most […]

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Name that Ewe

A few years ago we bought a dog to work livestock. This year we bought livestock for the dog. The irony here is not lost on me. As The Pig Dog has grown, it’s become clear that we got very lucky: he’s the perfect dog […]

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Review: 2013 Buick Encore

If I had to sum the Buick Encore GM lent us for our trip to Iowa last week up in just one word, that word would be ‘smooth’. The ride is smooth, comfortable, and quiet — astonishingly so for a small crossover — but the […]

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A Mother’s Day Gift That Gives Back

Last fall, in the blur of days that followed our return from Ethiopia, there was one piece of news from our trip that trumped all others. In an email from the owner of Live Fashionable, a scarf maker we’d visited in Addis Ababa we learned […]

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Sláinte!

Happy March 17th, Everybody. To health, happiness, prosperity, friendship, family, and St. Patrick himself. Sláinte!

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Positivity, Reflected: Ripple’s Effect Blog Book Tour

You know those people you meet and you just know right away they’re for keeps? That’s exactly how I felt about Rana DiOrio after I ended up in a seat next to her at dinner one night in Ethiopia. Rana is the owner of Little […]

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Three By Thirteen

Last year — I think it was in December — I made a ‘Twelve by Twelve’ list, twelve things I wanted to accomplish by the beginning of 2012. It was, needless to say, entirely too ambitious. Trying to accomplish twelve extra things in the last […]

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