Thinking of a vegetable garden? It’s time to plant seedlings and plan rows

Right now, our garden area is under about four feet of snow, but we’re planning our garden anyway. It’s February, so that means it’s time for us to start seedlings for the food we can get into the ground early. It’s also time for us to plan our rows, organize our seeds, and make a […]

Corporal punishment has no place in our schools

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Apparently, it’s still legal for Maine public schools to use corporal punishment on children, and there seems to be a lot of confusion about this. Many people, including myself, thought corporal punishment was no longer legal in Maine. I actually thought it must be illegal everywhere. I was wrong! During our state’s current legislative session, […]

7 tips to help you prepare for a winter power outage in rural Maine

Photo credit: Igor Cancarevic, Unsplash

So, apparently, we’re getting all of our winter in one week, and while I know we need the snow, I may have turned into a bit of a winter wimp of late, which means I’m dreading the storm and the inevitable that is to follow–the loss of power. When our family moved to rural Maine […]

When every day’s a snow day: Snow day tips from a homeschooling mom

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I didn’t always homeschool. My oldest is in college, and he went to public school all his life. So, even though I homeschool now, I know what snow days feel like, and I know the struggle. I’ve always been a teacher, so it was almost always the case that, if my son got a snow […]

Thinking about backyard chickens this year? Read this first.

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Chickens are awesome. They just are. And, as more people begin to figure this out, the word is spreading. I know many people who are considering backyard homesteading and want to start with chickens, and with good reason. Chickens are great producers of food, highly efficient, relatively easy to care for, sweet, interesting, smart, funny, […]

The strategy of kindness will change more than your perspective

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I don’t know exactly how I came to be this way, but I think it was through some study of world religion and philosophy and just a lot of thinking. I’m an introvert, so thinking is what I do. I believe that kindness is the ultimate behavior in humans, and somewhere about the time of […]

Chinese New Year: It’s the year of the rooster!

Chinese New Year is coming, and it’s the year of the rooster! This is going to mean a lot to my fellow chicken friends. I would love to sit here and pretend I’m this cultured person who has traveled the world and fully appreciates all the beautiful cultures our big world has to offer, but […]

Why we make time for family dinner time

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Some years ago, I watched a documentary film about the food industry, and it set in motion some life-changing events for me and my family. My husband and I started cooking most of our dinners from scratch, and we started making meal time more of “thing,” especially dinner time. Every night, with few exceptions, our […]

How we buy our eggs makes a difference in the lives of chickens

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This week, the BDN reported that the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has cleared the out-of-state egg producer, Hillandale Farms, of charges of animal cruelty in one of its Maine facilities in Turner. Last May, undercover video was released of the facility, and the video showed chickens living in deplorable conditions. According to […]