Archives for the Month of November, 2010

The Beginning of the Journey

Lately, the wise words of Lao Tzu have been in my thoughts: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” After a very long soul-searching, and a very long path, we have decided to homeschool.  Our reasons for doing so are as complex as education itself.  I’m still having a hard time explaining […]

Showing Gratitude

A Mindful Thanksgiving

Six years ago, on November 9, 2004, I fell down the back steps of our house, on my way outside to hang diapers on the line.  This Wednesday afternoon, in a race out the door to make it to the library before it closed for the holiday, I fell down the same steps, in the […]

Autumn Nature Table

Here is our nature table at the beginning of Autumn. And here it is now. Hard to believe we’ll be clearing it off for advent soon! I have been creating these nature tables for a year now, and I have to admit that they bring me such great joy.  Living in a place where it […]


Nearly a month ago, I excitedly posted about the yarn that I had spun. The lovely Erin over at exhale. return to center, whom I am honored to call my friend, saw my post and offered me some wool.  How on earth could I say no?! Not long after our email exchange, this package arrived […]


We had our Martinmas celebration this past weekend.  In the Waldorf tradition, Martinmas is about the importance of protecting our “inner light” through the harsh winter, and about helping others do the same. All of last week we talked about the story of St. Martin and how important it is to help those in need.  […]

this moment

In Amanda’s words: This Moment – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Dia de los Muertos :: The Celebration

Overall, The Day of the Dead party turned out to be quite the celebration.  The weather was quite cool, but a welcome change from the usual heat. Friends and family from far and wide, old and new, came together to celebrate life. We ate. We played. We celebrated while my handmade papel picado banners flapped […]

Dia de los Muertos :: The Pinata

Here are a few more photos from our Day of the Dead celebration.  This pinata was the third I’ve made and I think it was the best of the three.  I used the cooked wheat paste recipe from Amanda Blake Soule’s Handmade Home, and it was really nice to work with.  It was far stronger […]

Dia de los Muertos :: The Food

The party was a smashing success!  I now understand the power of the potluck.  It was so nice to not feel the burden of cooking all of the food myself, and there was a fantastic spread! Here’s just a peek at a few of the amazing dishes we enjoyed: Roasted tomatillo salsa, made by me. […]