Winter on the Maryland Farm

Winter on the Maryland Farm

Hello from the farm on the Easter Shore of Maryland.

Now a city girl my roots are deep and strong in the soft earth of the farm.  When our family escapes to the farm I find myself holding my breath to savor the smell of fresh, exposed earth in my lungs.  As the calendar rolls from Advent, to Christmas and then into Epiphany the farm and farmer rest. 

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Sitting Long in the New Year

Sitting Long in the New Year

With January underway I look around and wonder how everyone is feeling. There’s so much expectation with the New Year. I tend to really build it up in my head… “It’s a fresh start… for my career, my family, my health, my home! I’m going to seize the day! I’m going to be SUPER ME!” And I know a lot of you have a similar inner dialogue. 

But then life plays out...

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Hope Sick

Hope Sick

- Andy Soper

I have believed for some time that the bottom is going to drop out. I fear that the second law of thermodynamics is true for all things – the foundation of a house, the relationship between lovers, the clear understanding of a passage we’ve known for centuries. It is all in a steady state of decay. Decay will win.

My profession – if one can call it that – leads me to interact with industries that strip mine humanity. I get paid to work in the wreckage of human trafficking. Colonialism at its finest. Exploit the natural resources. Ascribe a value to the population being subjugated. When finished, assert power on a new caste. Repeat until you are overthrown or colonized yourself.

This is not the land of hope. I’m not sure what can survive there.

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Kale Market Salad

Kale Market Salad

Wait! Please don’t go! Don’t think, “ah, another kale recipe” and scoot on by. This one. This is a keeper.

First things first: double this recipe. Always. It’s that good, and you’re always going to hope for leftovers. As a family of four, we eat a good portion for dinner, then I sneak a bowl as a late night snack, a small bowl for breakfast the next morning… and then generally inhale the rest straight from the Pyrex when I return from the gym. YUM.

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