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You know what makes me happy? Garden tilling makes me happy. I relish the power of pushing a piece of heavy machinery through hard-packed soil and sod, breaking it up and making it crumbly and black. I yell, “TAWANDA!” in […]

I woke this morning feeling a bit disoriented and irritable. My mind raced to try to figure out “what was wrong?” Was I upset about something? Did I have something planned for the day that I didn’t want to do? […]

My name is Kirsten and I am a tree hugger. I’ve never understood why some people find that offensive. Truly…if someone liking trees challenges your political stance, you may be taking your politics a bit too far ;). I celebrate […]

I’m fascinated by egg baskets. This may be, in part, because I have chickens. And they lay eggs. At any rate, an egg basket actually scored a spot on my vision board–a large poster board I have in my bedroom […]

The child has been running. The child’s face is red and blotchy. The child is gulping for air. The child huffs out the words I’ve heard so many times in the past five years, “Mom! We saw a snake!!” I […]

I’m about to step out of my comfort zones: I avoid talking politics and religion because I know such conversations make one’s social circles small. People feel threatened if you disagree with them so then they avoid you. If you […]

Illinois just joined ranks with other states who are recycling old roofing shingles to pave roads. The old shingles are ground up and added to the asphalt mix. Missouri has already done such a thing and estimates it saved $20 […]

Yesterday morning I awoke at 4:30 a.m., grabbed a big to-go cup of coffee and drove 2 1/2 hours to pick up a pig. Then I turned around and drove 2 1/2 hours home again…uh…jiggidy jig. I used an entire […]

I’m finding one can learn a lot from a little Lola pig: Follow your gut when dealing with new acquaintances. A few days ago my mom and dad came down to the pen to meet their grand-pig. I put Lola’s […]

Meet Lola the Pig. And you might as well say “hi” to the happy lady holding her. It’s pretty obvious that lady is in her “Happy Place”.  Lola’s story starts a long time ago when that lady was just a […]