The Sale of a Small Family Farm

When I saw the recent missed call on my cell phone, I grew worried. I had just spoken with my sister Judy several hours before. Something must have happened. I didn’t reach her until late in the afternoon. “I received the first payment,” she said. “The farm is gone.” We knew this was coming. I… Read more »

Finding your Sense of Place: Snakes on Amazon!

Find your sense of place again by reading Snakes! Leaping Goat Press has just released a second edition of my first novel Snakes, originally published in 2011 by il piccolo editions, Fisher King Press. It has a new cover described in an earlier post. As I have re-edited the book, I realize how much the writing of the story has formed my writing sense of self…. Read more »

June 9: Free Offer on Snakes: A Novel

June 9: Free Offer on Snakes: A Novel In a week I will have pdf copies of newly soon-to-be republished Snakes (Leaping Goat Press, June 2014) and I am looking for people to read and then, if you like it, review the novel for Amazon (if you don’t, e-mail me instead!) Click on the link below, and… Read more »

My Green May Be Your Red: Remembering How to See

Subtle energies are often captured by digital cameras. My Green May Be Your Red: Remembering How to See Many years ago when we were first learning Biodynamics we worked with a consultant who I’ve called B.B. in my recollection of that time (Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation. Soon to be republished by Leaping Goat… Read more »

Another Ancestor Mentor: Mrs. Ebbs

Another Ancestor Mentor: Mrs. Ebbs When I was in seventh and eighth grade I had an English teacher, Mrs. Ebbs, who taught me how to write. Mrs. Ebbs was a plump and stout woman who smoked on her breaks and had one of those raucous personalities that everyone is drawn to, particularly we kids. She… Read more »

Demeter’s Grief: Reflections on Our Evolution

No wonder she was tempted! Demeter’s Grief: Reflections on Our Evolution Yes, she was a great Goddess, that Medium of a tone of consciousness, and boy, was she pissed! Her daughter Persephone had been abducted by Pluto into Hades and the Underworld. In her fury, Demeter stopped everything from growing until she got Persephone back…. Read more »

More “Incidents” As Told by William Edward Peabody

More “Incidents” As Told by William Edward Peabody My great grandfather William Edward Peabody was born in Stonington, IL in 1846. His father William Starr Peabody was one of the colony’s main founders.  The following is excerpts from his remembrances about Old Stonington Colony around experiences that became stories told over and over, stories they… Read more »

Fruits of the Potager

by Patricia Damery Meditation at First Light Planting Potatoes Planting potatoes: eyes underground, faint sprouts white on six inches of compost, straw on top, then more compost. Water. Then the prayer of wait. Fruits of the Potager Jimalee has the potage garden planting-and-harvesting schedule pinned to her refrigerator door, the schedule that tells you what… Read more »

A Soul’s Song

Photo Courtesy of Melissa McLaughlin Article by Patricia Damery Meditation at First Light You Take My Breath Away You take my breath away, Valley Oaks! Centenarians gracefully firm in the fog of the grand meadow. A Soul’s Song A hawk cries, hunting in the forest and patchy clearings surrounding the remote house my writing coterie… Read more »