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katya

– said demeter to persephone – (to katya) When a god dies winter arrives in the world and winter makes the fallow earth the fecund altar of cycles and circles. While a god lives walking amongst us Arrayed in most … Continue reading

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Standing Rock is Important to Every Community

Why Standing Rock Is Important to Our Community The Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is taking place in North Dakota. Why is that important to Appleton, Wisconsin? There are three main reasons why this is important to … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Dionysus

In 1993, David Bowie said in an interview, “We shouldn’t be afraid to experiment. Experimentation is about pushing the parameters of our knowledge. It is the spirit of Dionysus, the energy that makes us what we are.” Those words guided … Continue reading

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wanna know a secret?

i am always thinking of things i want to write about when i don’t have time to write. then when i do have time, those things seem mundane and boring and not worth writing about.

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swedish ivy

my sister gave me some swedish ivy cuttings some years ago. the story goes something like this: while she was studying oriental medicine in Saint Paul Minnesota, she and her room mate got some cuttings from a friend who got … Continue reading

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kittens and creativity

heqat sits on a trunk in my art studio. all the cats like to perch around me while i’m working.

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my greenhouse room

my greenhouse room is dedicated to plants. it’s where i start my seeds before spring comes. it’s also where the fish tank is. i put a screen in the doorway instead of closing the door, so that the room can … Continue reading

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kombucha

i make my own kombucha. it’s delicious and nutritious. actually, sometimes it tastes like pure vinegar. i leave it sit too long when i get too busy.

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more kitchen plants

the space above my kitchen cabinets is just big enough for plants. pictured here are some spider plants, swedish ivies, heirloom geraniums, and standard ivy. the cabinet artwork on the left and right are by Qiuniu, the star-chart next to … Continue reading

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my oldest aloe

this is my kitchen table. the aloe in the red pot started out as a tiny little thing smaller than my hand in 2005. most of the aloes i have are its babies. as you can tell from the other … Continue reading

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houseplants

house plants in my bedroom. picture taken earlier this winter. i try to fill my house with as many plants and books as possible. i also try to cover all the wall space with art and randomness. the plants seen … Continue reading

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Corexit In Bed

Corexit has his own little bed next to my pillows in the shelf of my bedside table. He has a nice window view, and in the winter the radiator keeps him nice and warm and draws his brothers to cuddle … Continue reading

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spiderplant babies

every year when spring arrives i trim all the babies off my spider plants. then i root them and pot them and try to give as many away as possible. those that remain spend the summer outdoors, and in the … Continue reading

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up-cycled dish scrubber

part of being sustainable means washing your dishes with your cat! actually, i have never washed dishes with Bungalow. but i made that neat little red scrubby thing by folding up one of those mesh bags that clementines are sold … Continue reading

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van gogh loved sunflowers

Corexit and I love sunflowers too. I grow them in my garden and they bring joy to everyone. I tried sketching these and I was pretty satisfied with my attempt. There are lots of skills I’ve developed over the years … Continue reading

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fruit trees

my fruit trees are so tall!

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Corexit is 4 years old now

Corexit’s 4th birthday was last week on August 20th. I didn’t have the chance to do more than give him extra cuddles and some food-treats that he really loves, and I don’t think he realized that it was a special … Continue reading

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I Will Miss You, Dear Brother

He-Ping was born in China on December 7th, 1993. His name means “peace”. We brought him with us when we returned to America in 1996. It was difficult to bring a cat halfway around the world back then, and he … Continue reading

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the blackberries

i planted these blackberries three years ago. i’ve not gotten many berries from them, but this year they are huge and i’m hoping for a harvest. the flowers have filled in so much, it’s never looked like this before. also, … Continue reading

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beautiful food

home-made sushi with home-made spicy sauce and home-made tamago!

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