Courage = With Heart

Courage is a common word in my house. I mean courage in the Latin-sense of the word, cor-with heart.   Courage with heart is about perseverance and thoughtfulness. It is about finding a moral compass within yourself, and acting with kindness in the direction.  It is about avoiding rash, unproductive or irrational behavior in order to …

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Bushwhacking Education

My son at the summit of his first 14er. I had never considered myself “that kind of mom." Last year I let my son drop out of school. He was not yet 16, the “legal age” a person can drop out. In order to work around those legalities I was confronted with owning the title …

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Getting out of our bubble

Recently my family and I traveled to Panama City, Panama. We went to one of those beach resorts where folks talk about "relaxing" on the beach, drinking cocktails and swimming in the pool all day. And many people dream of these vacations, I guess. The hotel was a bit off the beaten path, and after …

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Are children in rural areas happier?

Generally research states that people who live in urban areas are happier than those in rural areas.  Most indicators of health mirror this research; urban children generally have brighter health status than rural children. Unless the question of crime comes up, most indicators of happiness and health status are higher among urbanites.  That begs the question …

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Raising Chickens

Birds are crafty creatures.  They’re busy bodies too.  After a year of raising chickens my son have a pretty thriving business going.  We have steady egg clients, and we have grown to enjoy our chickens like backyard pets.  We have found that chickens are strange and beautiful creatures.  They spend their days sunbathing–spreading their wings …

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