Sick day

sick day

Photo: Juli

The photo above says it all.

Some anonymous germ crawled inside my body and is now having its way with me.  This has been going on for three days, and it looks like I have a few more in store.

Most bloggers have articles in the can for moments like these.  Those are the Type-A bloggers.  I am not a Type-A blogger.

I am a slow blogger.  I’m lucky if I’ve thought past my next meal.  Any cogent ideas I may have possessed have been quietly sniffled and violently sneezed away.

With that in mind – see y’all next week.





The road to simplicity is full of potholes

road to simplicity

Photo: _chrisUK

Your inbox is full.  Your bank account is empty.  Your calendar leaves no room for rest.  You are, in a word, busy.

For years you have followed the siren song of leading a full life.  Except that now it is overflowing and you can barely keep your head above water.

Off in the distance a new melody captures your attention.  The voices of angels sing of simplicity.  You hum along, captivated by lyrics that urge you to pare down and be happier with less.

Soon, you, too, are singing this song.  Your voice rising with the chorus as you commit to simplify your life.  You vow to clean up and clear out.  To spend less and save more.  To travel the road to simplicity.

That’s when the trouble starts.  Read More




Shadowood Farm reimagines the suburban garden

shadowood farm

Photo: Duncan Hurd

Wendy Dittrich-Gomez likes to dig in the dirt.

Twice a week she makes the 20 minute pilgrimage from her home in Jensen Beach, Florida and drives to Shadowood Farm in Palm City where she grows organic vegetables in a rented garden space.

Shadowood Farm is a hybrid of sorts, offering small plots to an assortment of gardening enthusiasts and teaching them how to grow organic herbs and vegetables.

Sarah and Bob Fenton have operated Shadowood Farm since 1984. For years they ran a nursery and garden center for native Florida plants. When that business dried up during the recession of 2008, the Fentons started to grow organic vegetables for their own consumption as an economic imperative.

From that modest start they began to teach others organic growing techniques as their knowledge increased. Today their business has transformed into a community style organic food garden that rents small raised planting beds from September through May. Read More




Doing things the right way

You hear it a lot in sports.  “He (or she) plays ball the right way.”

You hear it in business.  “Do it right the first time.”

You hear it from your parents.  “There’s a right way and a wrong way.”

From a young age we are encouraged to conduct ourselves responsibly, with integrity, to show respect, to be mindful of the feelings of others, and to keep a measure of humility in reserve.  It’s like a sixth sense.  A sensibility that remains in the background, yet infuses how we go about our day.

However, it seems as though this sensibility is suffering from a diminishing half-life.  Read More




When prudence meets penitence

Habits are hard to change.  Especially those that have been ingrained over a lifetime.

The longer you do something the more entrenched that behavior becomes.  You operate on auto-pilot.  And after thirty or forty years, it’s almost impossible to alter your course.

This is true of many of the daily routines we practice, from how we brush our teeth in the morning to what we do at bedtime.  It’s especially true of what and how we eat.

So when the Sultan of Slow comes along admonishing you to enjoy a more plant-based diet, as he has these past few months, your head may say “good idea,” but your stomach says “no way!”

Well, I have a confession to make.  I have a hard time, too.  That’s why, during the upcoming Lenten season, I’m giving up meat and chicken as my personal penance.  Read More