Having Patience in Desperate Times


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, Create Vision and Respond to Change, Inner Permaculture, Observe and Interact, Obtain a Yield, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles

I often get so impatient with the amount of time it takes to change.  I often feel the need to have things already ‘just so.’  Our culture strives for and cultivates illusions of perfection; something people can never attain.  What this elusive striving leaves me with is a sense that I’m not already doing great […]

June 10, 2015

Offensively Defensive


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, Create Vision and Respond to Change, Cultivate Diversity, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Don't Segregate, Life Choices, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

I started using the phrase ‘offensively defensive’  to describe some of my interactions with other people.  I’m describing the times where I feel like I may be under scrutiny for not living up to societal expectations.  I have fallen into the trap of trying to be defensive of my choices and the state of my […]

May 20, 2015

Parenting from the Heart


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, Create Vision and Respond to Change, Cultivate Diversity, Inner Permaculture, Obtain a Yield, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

It is so easy to feel like there is an expert somewhere out there that has the solution to all of my parenting woes.  The list is long and ever changing.  But when I stop to actually assess the possibility of this, I am stricken with how impossible finding this is!  There is no strategy […]

April 22, 2015

Unfixing Fixing


Forest Gardening, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Don't Segregate, Life Choices, Observe and Interact, Obtain a Yield, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

It is my tendency to want to fix things.  Broken things.  But also things which cannot be broken, like uncomfortable situations, heavy emotions and people.  My two year old tests me on this issue multiple times a day.  He is a sensitive soul, feeling everything to its deepest possible level.  I have the deepest admirations for […]

February 26, 2015

Nature Knows No Perfect


Consumerism, Cultivate Diversity, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Don't Segregate, Maximize the Edges, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

Reductionism.  Rob and I have been commenting a lot during discussions in our home about this phenomenon.  It is one we come up against again and again.  One which permaculture seeks to override with its tenet of ‘integrate don’t segregate.’  Our culture often tries to reduce things to their very essences in an attempt to […]

February 25, 2015

Truth and Grace


Cultivate Diversity, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Don't Segregate, Life Choices, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

I have been struggling lately with the idea of ‘speaking my truth.’  I have come to many conclusions about the way I am choosing to live my life that differ greatly from what conventional culture is doing.  Venturing out into the world has become increasingly difficult, as avoiding discussion of my life choices in is next […]

February 23, 2015