• magickally marking the site

    by  • July 16, 2013 • 1 Comment

    I’ve moved loads of times, so I have a procedure for how to magickally settle into a new home (more on that later). However, this time I’ve had the opportunity to interact with my house and land from the bare site onwards. This provides a number of opportunities to weave spells of protection and...

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    site clearing

    by  • June 4, 2013 • 2 Comments

    The best plans come about when everyone involved reconsiders and refines until the best solution comes clear. We have not hesitated to retool, revise, and re-do as necessary. Every iteration taught us something new, and every version incorporated new and better ideas. I only started to feel embarrassed when I thought about writing another...

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    burning the dragon

    by  • May 19, 2013 • 1 Comment

    We took our toddler to a regional Burning Man event recently. I have more to say about babies at burn events, but for the moment I want to talk about navigating the burn itself. The effigy was a huge beast that the community would “slay” and burn at the end of the event. I...

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    lazy parenting

    by  • April 18, 2013 • 3 Comments

    I get credit in some circles for “being a good parent.” This makes me feel great, but here’s the secret just for you: my best parenting techniques are quite lazy. Anyone could do it. Housecleaning. Your house will look the same whether you pick up toys twelve times a day or just once after the...

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    interim steps

    by  • April 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    It comes down to this: it will take too long. From the moment we can initiate construction on the yurt — and we still haven’t completed our research– we will have a six month lead time, at minimum, because it takes that long for Smiling Woods Yurts to build the kit. I understand; they...

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    spatial difficulties

    by  • March 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    This project has revealed things that I hadn’t expected. Some of the more obvious conversations I could have predicted: we’re discussing our beliefs and values around things like interior design, rural vs urban living, sustainability, environmentalism, and even plumbing preferences. However, I didn’t expect the project to unearth some strong differences in our spatial...

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    bedsharing update

    by  • March 20, 2013 • 2 Comments

    I wrote a post about bed-sharing when my daughter was in her first year. I advocate co-sleeping, and bed-sharing worked very well for me. It continued to work well into her second year, though it added additional difficulties and sweetnesses. For example, every time I rolled over she would nuzzle to nurse, and I...

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    thoughts about introverted mamas

    by  • March 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Fifteen years ago, I would have confidently declared myself an extrovert. I talked a lot, enough that I received feedback that people sometimes had trouble getting a word in edgewise. Fortunately they found my subject matter interesting and my passionate discourse endearing. Plus, my gender read clearly as “cute geek girl,” so people mostly found me...

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