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Groundhog Day: Get on your horse and ride

There’s something exhilarating about building a thing, a business, something that takes on its own rhythm and needs and timelines. And has completely usurped other things in my life, like writing, like sitting here in the chair and putting the words in daily. This was such a usual discipline for me, such a daily habit, and then,

boom, gone: replaced by other urgencies, those of other people.

So this is a truth: that it’s seriously hard to build more than one

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2015: and alsoly, The Year of the Badger

Years ago, my husband gave me for Christmas a badger skull. This might seem like a strange gift, a not entirely appropriate Christmas present, and certainly, if you think about it in the context of the kinds of gifts that tv and magazines advertise from the beginning of December on -- you know, diamond earrings and cars and perfume and such -- well, yeah, then I guess I see your point.

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14 Favorite Reads of 2014

On January 1st every year, I sit and look at all the books I read over the previous 365 days, books I deliberately don't shelve but stack (eventually precariously). I sit there and look at them and think about what I loved best, which words changed me.

2014 was a great year in my reading life: so much awesome.

Of the 45 titles read last year, here are my favorites, the books that had the biggest impact on me, organized according to rough categories that go like this:

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2015: Sunny Side Up

So, everybody's got their opinion about what to do at the beginning of the year: is it resolutions, is it intentions, is it themes, is it three simple words?

The answer is Yes.

Yes, as in, I'll do all the things, thank you.

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Country Mouse Monday: roast beets, Blissbug (Lazy) Farm style

File under: Old dog, new tricks. 

I don't think there's anything that tastes more of the soil than beets. Which is probably why I detested them as a child, just loathed them. Now I celebrate them for that very reason, beets more terroir even than wine.

Now, because they taste of dirt, to me they're just plain Delicious.

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