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Where the Heck Have I Been?

Apologies to everyone for the radio silence – lots of stuff going on here and the blog has been horribly neglected. ¬†Between trying to get the final garden push done, a bunch of goat birthing (including four beautiful babies yesterday for Eric’s 42nd birthday – Urania gave us Tybalt and Mercutio in the wee hours…

The View From My Place

I really wish I could share pictures of K. and C., who are having their first farm springtime, complete with baby goats, dam building in the creek, their own gardens, finding nests of newly hatched chicks, catching toads and salamanders, eating salads made with wild greens they collect themselves, but that would violate their privacy.…

Celebrating the Good News

Let’s be honest, when you work on energy and environmental issues for a living, good news is always welcome. And when it is good news that makes your kids happy, well, even better. President Obama’s coming forward in support of gay marriage didn’t fix all problems, but it made everyone in our home more cheerful.…

Gay Marriage as Solid Ground

This video is making the rounds of the internet, and of course, is particularly meaningful to me. Like this young man, I’m the child of a lesbian family with a mother and step-mother. Like him, no one every looked at me and said “you can tell she was damaged by her upbringing in a gay…

I’m getting a lot of questions via email and comments about our experience entering into the foster parenting world, and I did want to talk about this. Some people are critical, and think we’re nuts (quite possibly), some people want to watch because they want to try this too (cool), some people have been there…

Life has been proceeding more or less apace, and it feels like a long time since I’ve sat down and contemplated anything, much less my Anyway Project goals. At the same time, all this business is a series of steps on the way to actually many of the things done. I hope that’s true of…

I’ve had a number of emails recently, as I’ve written here, at The Chatelaine’s Keys (Yes, I know the site is down – there was a billing mixup that required a fax to fix – we don’t have one at home and we got a foot and a half of snow on Friday, too much…

Scenes from the Farm in Winter

These were taken before the 18 inches of snow that fell the other day, so you can actually see the ground, but the scene is still basically the same – white, with scattered critters. We’re all definitely starting to dream of spring! The creek in winter Asher at the Creek Isaiah, finding material to repair…

Growing

I’ve had a lot of requests to say more than I did in my Anyway Project Update about our decision to adopt more children, and a lot of requests to write about the project as we go along. So I will say something here, although with the caveat that the process is very new for…

I have a vivid memory as a teenager of yelling at my Mother, “I didn’t ask for two mothers! I don’t need two mothers! I don’t even want *you* and you got me this other one who won’t leave me alone!” I was 14 and about as revolting as every other fourteen year old, or…