Putting up the Dome, Part One

While the RV has done the job of getting us to our land for phase one, we're more than eager to put up our geodesic dome. Something about living over a tank of poo and having to empty (read: see and smell) it every few weeks takes away from the romance. That is, in case … Continue reading Putting up the Dome, Part One

Homeschool: Are We Doing the Right Thing?

I think all homeschoolers ask that question at one time or another. Sometimes, in my case, several times a day, as I wing my way through this great experiment on my kids, so inadequately called homeschooling. Then bam! Five-year-old Cece nonchalantly slips in some juicy vocab: "Giovanni, please don't utter another word." Or seven-year-old Giovanni … Continue reading Homeschool: Are We Doing the Right Thing?

Ode to Giovanni

Sing in me, Muse, and tell the story of that boy, skilled in ways not measured by tests; that lifter of rocks and low spirits; who reads not books, but hearts; Giovanni The Gentle-Hearted. Giovanni of the Trees. Giovanni The Fleet of Foot. Giovanni Who Watches the Bees. Giovanni The Agile. Giovanni, Savior of Spiders. … Continue reading Ode to Giovanni

A Room of One’s Own. Exactly One.

“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. ” — Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own My friend Therese emailed me to ask how I'm writing. She says, "I can't picture you. Are you … Continue reading A Room of One’s Own. Exactly One.

Saying Goodbye to My Espresso Maker

Before we moved out here to the sticks, I did a massive de-appliancification. My goal was to lower our dependence on electricity, as well as to lower our electric bill. I borrowed the Kill-a-Watt electricity monitor from the library (the library!) to see where our usage was going. But frankly, admitting my ignorance here, I … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to My Espresso Maker

Reimagining Everyday Things

We used to take a lot of things for granted. For example, it's good to buy a big home. And it's normal to pay for it with interest for the next 30 years of your life. Once we overturned that assumption, we started to question all sorts of things. As a result, one of the … Continue reading Reimagining Everyday Things