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Rachel Meeks of wrote an e-book last year called Simple Blogging, from which I learned a great deal about the world of professional blogging.  One of her hard and fast rules is, let your audience know what to expect.  If you’re going to stop blogging, let your audience know that you’re taking a break, and when you’ll be back.  And then be sure you’re back by this date.

I broke this rule big time, didn’t I?  Gone for a month with narry a word to let you all know what was happening.  My apologies!  And now I have to break the rule again, because I need to take an indefinite break from blogging for the meantime.

Since college I’ve been nursing pain in my hands, wrists, and forearms from too much computer use – yes folks, ye olde carpal tunnel syndrome.  Right about the time I started back up on my daily blog posts, I also dipped my hand into the world of professional freelance writing.  Great ideas, both, but they couldn’t have come at a worse time as my carpal tunnel kicked into painfully high gear over the last six weeks.  I’m putting my hope in acupuncture treatments and avoidance of all unnecessary computer activity.  I contemplated handwriting this blog post and scanning the papers in for your reading pleasure, but let’s just get through this as best we can, shall we?

Other factors contributed to my long absence: two musical concerts which took up a lot of time; a new job and a long commute, with not much access to the internet; and a whole lot of soul-searching as I sit with some big questions about my personal and professional future.  Ah, just when I thought I had it figured out!  What a silly notion.

I really appreciate all of you who have enjoyed this blog over time, and I hope I can come back to it on a fairly regular basis, but for now please expect posts to be sporadic at best.  There’s a ton of past content to click through, and you are welcome to continue leaving your thoughtful and thought-provoking comments – I love the conversations!  And thanks, everyone, for understanding.

Bloggers: have you ever had to step back from your blogging commitments?  What worked for you?


Me!  A friend from the blogosphere, Genevieve, awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award last week.  Isn’t it pretty?

This reminded me that my mom, also a rockin’ blogger, awarded me the same honor a few months ago, and I forgot to thank her properly.  So thanks to both of you lovely women!

The Versatile Blogger Award requires me to share 7 facts about myself, and shout out to 15 bloggers who make my blogosphere a little bit brighter.  Are you ready?

First…7 Things About Me

1. I got the musical theatre bug in the 9th grade, and I got it BAD.  It was my first great passion, and one that stays with me almost 25 (wow…yeah, 25) years later.  I love to sing just about anywhere, but most especially in the car while driving. There’s something about speeding along at #$ mph while belting out my favorite MichaelJohn LaChiusa tunes at the top of my lungs.

2. Since it’s musical theatre, I act while singing.  I act real hard in the car.  Risky at stoplights, but totally worth it.

3. This weekend I had a wonderful conversation with someone I’d known for about six hours.  She recently began training in Reiki, and talking with her reconnected me to how much I loved the Reiki training I received several years ago.  I spent a year studying and practicing, and eventually earned Reiki Master status…and then, over time, I moved on to other interests and passions, until I had nearly forgotten how much I loved this subtle art.  Maybe it’s time to touch into that part of me again.

4. My favorite place in the world is Yosemite National Park.  I have fantasies that I’ll move there in my retirement and work as a trail maintenance worker, or maybe leading hikes up to Mirror Lake in the crisp fall mornings.

5. I haven’t worn a pair of shorts in 12 years.  True story.

6. I’ve been a spiritual seeker my whole adult life, checking out services and classes in just about every religious tradition.  I always wanted to find a spiritual home, but never felt comfortable anywhere, so remained basically a solitary spiritualist.  But in the last couple of months I’ve been attending unprogrammed Quaker meetings, and like Goldilocks, it finally feels just right.  I might have found my spiritual home.

7. I wasn’t sure I would share #6, but I’m glad I did.

Second…15 Awesome Bloggers

1. Small Notebook

2. Pink Coyote

3. Holistic Mama

4. Cheeseslave

5. Nourishing Days

6. Nesting Place

7. The First Gates

8. SouleMama

9. Simple Mom (and its sister sites – see the tabs at the top of the homepage)

10. Tiny Buddha

11. The Debt-Free Family

12. chicken tender

13. Modish

14. Rowdy Kittens

15. Wisdom Heart

There you go!  I highly encourage you to spend the next hour clicking through all these blogs and enjoying great content from all across the blogosphere.  And don’t forget to check out Genevieve‘s and my mom‘s blogs, too.  BlogLove!

Okay, I admit it.  I’m excited!  My first guest article, “Get Cultured, Invest in Stocks & Take a Long, Hot Soak: Next Steps in Getting Off the Food Grid“, appears at today.  The post builds on a Maggie’s Nest article from a few months back called De-Centralize Your Food System.  In that article I outlined the first three steps one can take toward becoming less dependent on our centralized food system of “Big Ag” businesses, food manufacturers (think about that phrase for a minute!) and supermarkets.  Today’s article at takes you further down the rabbit hole of food independence, showing you three easy ways to make your food more nutritious while saving money at the grocery store.  Nice, eh?

If this is your first time visiting Maggie’s Nest, welcome!  You might enjoy reading some of my other food-related posts, including How to Make 3 Meals from 1 Chicken, Bone Broth 101, Traditional Fermentation 101, or How to Make Homemade Yogurt.

Recently I started my journey on the GAPS diet in order to heal my gut; I’ve since learned numerous 20th and 21st century ailments that have been successfully healed with this diet.  If you’d like to know more, click to read What’s GAPS? and Why Now? or, 5 Ways to Make Intro Easier.

I talk about more than food here at Maggie’s Nest, so please feel free to browse around in the various categories.  Travel articles are in the “Wandernest” category; posts about creative process abound in “Nurturing Creativity”, and more philosophical articles about family, home, living on purpose, and practicing self-care area also littered throughout the site.

I hope you enjoy your visit and come back often!

inspired as always by SouleMama

Visual Sunday: a 2011 Maggie’s Nest tradition. A single picture. Maybe titled, maybe not. No commentary. Feel free to share a feeling it evokes for you, or a story it tells you, or a memory it sifts up into consciousness.

Self-Portrait aka Fun with My New Hipstamatic.  May 2010.

I am running low on juice today, friends, and don’t have much energy to blog…but wanted to let you know I haven’t forgotten about you.  If you’re jonesin’ for some blogging goodness, check out these nuggets.

Bwaaakk!  Our Journey to Backyard Chickens :: Simple Bites

What’s Growing and the Angst of Spring Gardening :: Nourishing Days

How to Edit a Room :: The Nester

The Scattered Mind: Finding Focus in a World of Distractions :: Mark’s Daily Apple

I hope to have more to say soon, but until then I hope you have a great weekend!

Joy Pockets: always inspired by Holistic Mama

Strange, to have an edition of Joy Pockets in the middle of a so-so week here in west Texas.  But then again, maybe that’s the perfect time to count my blessings.  So here goes, my joy pockets for the week. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, it’s my 200th post today!  You might have noticed that I didn’t post on Saturday – it was so this post wouldn’t be a Visual Sunday edition, but one where I could say HEY!  It’s my 200th post!! In honor of this auspicious occasion, I thought I’d quick-share with you some of my favorite posts over the last year.  Thanks to all of you who have visited and who keep coming back!

Favorite Nourishing Foods post: How I Met the Rock Star of the Raw Milk Revolution

Favorite Wandernest post: 76 DAYS IN EUROPE – Day 71: Missing the Boat

Favorite Keeping a Simple Home post: A Dining Room Table

Favorite Living On Purpose post: Become Attached to Your Stuff

Favorite Nourishing Creativity post: 76 DAYS IN EUROPE – Days 22 & 23: Creative Habit-Making

Favorite picture: Flying

As for the rest…well, feel free to click around and see what you find!

Do you have a personal favorite post on Maggie’s Nest?  If there’s one that really sticks out for you, I’d love to hear about it here!  If I don’t hear, I’ll just assume that you all. love. them. all.  🙂

inspired as always by SouleMama

Visual Sunday: a 2011 Maggie’s Nest tradition. A single picture. Maybe titled, maybe not. No commentary. Feel free to share a feeling it evokes for you, or a story it tells you, or a memory it sifts up into consciousness.

Homemade Yogurt: Preparation is the Key


Today I’m sharing a strange little medley of photos from the last several days, that tickle or excite me for various reasons.  Join me, will you?

Harper loves being up in the mountains, at the homestead where we are hosting our wedding in September.  She loves it more than anything.

Whenever we visit Eric’s folks, we come home with a huge sack of oranges and lemons from their tree.  Free fruit!  And it is tasty, friends.  This weekend his mother and I oohed and aahed over her gorgeous berry bushes, and lamented the death of mine.  So she dug up some runners!  I came right home and stuck them in the ground.  Fingers crossed.

This picture was taken just before the surprise snowfall last week.  Doesn’t it look like a dusty late summer photo?  Who knew?

This is what can happen if you allow your niece to eat chocolate chip pancakes.

Up at the wedding site/homestead we had a big bonfire last week to burn as much unusable wood as possible, before it gets too dry to burn.  It got sooo hot inside!  I love this peek into the molten center of the fire.

Yep, that’s right, I’m taking Mastering the Art of French Cooking with me to Texas.  Not to cook from, of course, but for inspiration and book-laahrnin’.

Ah, a boy’s love for his dog.  Priceless.

What are your favorite moments from the past week?  If you post them on your blog, please leave a link here so I (and others) can visit!

inspired as always by SouleMama

Visual Sunday: a 2011 Maggie’s Nest tradition. A single picture. Maybe titled, maybe not. No commentary. Feel free to share a feeling it evokes for you, or a story it tells you, or a memory it sifts up into consciousness.

Late Spring Snow on Burn Day

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