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Posted May 16, 2022 by

I’m in the middle of a month off Instagram. I’m not going to lie: there have been some challenges. I’ve noticed, each time that I take a forced break, that my brain goes through this decompression period where I catch myself constantly thinking about how I would caption any given moment if I was to […]

Posted May 12, 2022 by

I love slow work. Intentional work. Work that has little to no value in a capitalist marketplace. I love manual labour: work that relies on human energy rather than cheap fossil fuel. I firmly believe in this type of work as healing work. It connects our bodies to the real world physical environment. It gives […]

Posted May 8, 2022 by

Life has been full this last week. Lots of commitments away from home. Lots of driving. It feels a bit foreign and unusual to have days be so full. Today was Sunday and the first day in a few that none of us had any obligations other than those made to ourselves: to rest and […]

Posted May 2, 2022 by

The last three posts I’ve written are unpublished. Their titles are: Fading into the Background Being Unimportant Relearning History and Why Living Today Feels Wrong I haven’t published them because they feel: a bit incoherent and not what I’m actually trying to say a bit out there and conspiracy theory-ish not like something I’m ready […]

Posted April 25, 2022 by

Yesterday I said that I didnt think I had anything left to write about. Today I drove to the city to visit my parents, deliver some soup to family sick with Covid, and pick up my son. Then I came back and had a breakdown. So don’t think that my lack of writing means that […]

Posted April 24, 2022 by

I have no more hot takes. … But seriously. I have written a number of posts in the last while that I just plain haven’t published because they feel incoherent and pointless. Maybe I’ve said everything I need to say? I kind of want to write about mundane stuff like making soup and growing food […]

Posted April 18, 2022 by

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about being quiet, about listening, about taking up less space. It’s kind of a hard topic to write about publicly because by doing so, I’m being a bit noisy and centering my own thoughts. But here I am. Apologies if this post feels a bit disjointed – I’m […]

Posted April 12, 2022 by

My notebook has been quiet lately. I usually write down snippets of thought that I want to explore more fully in a post, but I haven’t written a thing down in weeks. No, I haven’t answered the questions of life, the universe, and everything else, nor have I reached enlightenment. But I have stumbled across […]

Posted April 7, 2022 by

Sometimes I need a little humility in my day and need to remember that off grid homesteading is a great low impact way to live, but wouldn’t actually be possible on my own. And when I say on my own, I mean on our own as a family, or even a local community. I take, […]

Posted April 1, 2022 by

I’m currently sitting in my car in Memorial Park in Meaford, Ontario watching the beautiful waves of Georgian Bay crash on the shore. I’ve been sitting here for about an hour and I’ve got two more to go. It’s just below freezing but I don’t mind. I promised my youngest that I would wait for […]