Mulberry Feet

mulberry feet: everybody needs some!A few weeks ago the tree on the side of the yard started dripping with ripe mulberries. I smiled as I remembered the excited faces last year of children wanting to pick the berries and eat them. Every year, the children delight in plucking the ripe fruit within their reach as the branches surrender to the weight of berries heavy with juice. Sometimes strong shoulders boost little bodies to higher branches. We always share with the birds as they help themselves anyway . . . → Read More

Even a HAphazard GardEner can GRow Food!

haphazardAlthough I’ve had a tomato plant or two over the years, I’ve never been what anyone would call a “gardener.” In fact, when I buy a plant in the store, my husband lovingly suggests killing it in the car on the way home rather than watching it die slowly over time.

Yeah, he’s a funny guy. The sad thing is, he’s right. Haphazard gardener suits me to a t. I’ve not been a good plant steward. I’ve just never been interested in dirt and seeds. A dear friend told me she . . . → Read More

Tabata Workouts: Fitness in 4 Minutes 3x per Week.

Tabata Workouts: Fitness in 4 Minutes 3x per Week. No Joke.The mantra “use it or lose it” applies quite specifically to muscles over the age of 30. Yes, 30. Over the age of 50, well, the downhill slide is faster than anyone ever dreamed possible.

Dr. Deborah to the rescue. She introduced Tabata workouts to the Weston A Price Foundation Conference attendees in Hotlanta . . . → Read More

On the Anniversary of an Acquittal

On the Anniversary of the Hershberger acquittalThis morning marks the 2-year anniversary of the close of the criminal trial of Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger. Thankfully, he was acquitted on 3 of his 4 criminal charges related to food distribution. Vernon is a peaceful man feeding his community with a buying club. Like many others, I was outraged that he was charged criminally for his farming and peaceful food distribution actions.

Vernon’s steadfast conviction in producing nutrient dense foods for his community, despite the . . . → Read More

Domestic Violence and the State

Domestic violence and the state: what's the connection?I recently witnessed an episode of domestic violence through the eyes of a beloved friend. Her experience, a frightful one of her husband beating her in front of their young children, continued harassment and domination, was, sadly, one I’d heard about far too often from my female friends.

One early autumn day, I stood with her at the shelter as a lady in soft, neutral-colored clothing handed her a diagram illustrating the . . . → Read More

Spring Reflections

A few days ago, I took my little ones for a walk through the neighborhood, as we often do. I was feeling resentful. It was officially the second day of spring, but it was a late spring. It’s been gray-dark here. The soft white snow from a few days before turned to mud and dark puddles on the ground, the brightness of the snow-covered trees faded to the pre-green brown waiting for the real spring.

This winter has gone on too long and we could feel the tension everywhere. I . . . → Read More

UPDATE: Minnesota Farmer Victorious in Court!

MN Farm Family Victorious in Court!Judge Stays Raw Milk Farmers of Contempt Charges for selling their products

In the story of David and Heidi Berglund from last week, was a glimpse into the over regulatory nature of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The MDA threatened a peaceful family with $500 per day fines for feeding their community.

On March 9, 2015, 175-200 community members sat quietly in the courtroom in support of the Berglund family.

According to . . . → Read More

Obesity Cures: Do You Have a Weight Loss Success to Share?

Have you lost weight and kept it off? How?Although the centerpiece of a world of tasteless jokes on the topic of obesity, a visit to Walmart (or pretty much any big box or discount food store) makes it impossible to ignore the fact that America has a big problem: obesity. From infants to adults, obesity leads to all manner of disease — physical, emotional, spiritual. If left unchecked, it leads to an untimely death.