Tag Archives: environmental

The Armoire

Wooden Armoire

I really wanted to keep the armoire. For years, it lovingly held things I cherish: family heirlooms, fine china, and other beautiful possessions that brought me joy. Its stoic strength was a source of comfort to me and I wasn’t ready to part with it. I’d lie awake at night envisioning possible Tetris moves, willing it […]

What is Real Food?

red washington state farmers market cherries

Let’s be honest. Transitioning to a real food eating style is like trying to spread cold butter on toast. It’s tricky until you warm up to it. But while we inherently know that it’s healthier for us, we’ve become increasingly disconnected from the sources of our food and more reliant on convenience foods. With so many fad […]

Nutrient Declines in U.S. Produce (and What to Do About It)

Bright green curly lettuce

Over the past 50 to 70 years, the concentration of nutrients in U.S. fruits and vegetables has been declining — by about 5% to 40%, according to researchers at the University of Texas. But the reason for those nutrient declines is where things get sketchy. What is the primary cause of the decline? Is our soil depleted? […]

Why You Need a Self-Care Survival Plan: Lessons from a Badass Chicken

an egg on top of chicken feed

Last night a black bear destroyed my chicken coop, leaving me heartbroken and with just one lone-surviving hen — Willie. And let me just tell you that this has been one of the saddest days of my life. This morning my self-care survival plan is in full effect. While this may be heavy for some of […]

Mushrooms, Health and Self-Care

paul stamets with a giant mushroom

Before I dive too far into this post, I want to point out that plucking up random mushrooms from your backyard and eating them is a really dumb idea. There are a growing number of known health benefits associated with our fungal friends, but there are plenty of reasons to exercise caution, the most obvious of which […]