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Bluebird Hill Farm Owner Extends Essay Deadline

My friend Heather alerted me to this essay contest to win a farm. For anyone who has had the dream of running an organic farm incorporating permaculture principles, here’s a chance for a committed couple (of any type — spouse, mother-child, siblings, you just need two people) to win the land and farm house. If you feel so led, the deadline has been extended until August 1.

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Aspiring farmers have until August 1 to vie for this small enterprise in North Carolina.



June 29, 2017 (Bennett, NC) — Norma Burns, the architect/farmer who intends to gift her 13-acre organic farm in Bennett, North Carolina, to another aspiring small farmer through a convincing essay, has extended the deadline for submissions to August 1. (Background information to follow.)

June 1 was the original deadline. As that date neared, however, Burns received a flood of questions and comments on the farm’s Facebook page from people who had only recently learned about “The Gift,” as she calls it. And because she has not yet received the number of submissions/entry fees needed to pay off her mortgage so she can gift it to another aspiring farmer, she decided to extend the deadline — in accordance with the rules set up on the website www.essaybluebirdhillfarm.com.

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On the Receiving End of a Bouquet

I think the FedEx guy who delivered these beauties was as excited as I was: “You’ve got FLOWERS! Someone sent you FLOWERS! Oh, look at that smile, someone sent you FLOWERS!”

Too funny, as he has no idea how many bouquets I’ve made for others and given away in person, as well as virtually via texts to loved ones or shared on this blog. It’s nice to be on the receiving end — a housewarming gift to David and me from our sweet Madison friends, Brian and Ingrid.

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And yes, they do smell heavenly. Crazy Plant Lady may have (slightly) restrained herself at the garden store within walking distance, but she is getting her rose fix after all. 🙂

Bridging the Depths

A beautiful musing by Mary! Highly recommended. Thank you for sharing this beauty and wisdom. ❤

Walking my path: Mindful wanderings in nature

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is “Bridge.

When you perceive a transition in your life, how do you approach the bridge between where you are now, and what lies ahead? How are you with yourself when stepping on to this bridge? What do you take with you? What do you leave behind?

We may be drawn to cross a bridge, or to accept a challenge as Life’s opportunity for Heart to discover greater truth. What will be on the other side? What is the greater truth you are looking for? What do you think you will find there? How does this Truth connect you, or bridge you to Spirit?

As you start over the bridge, it may be a little scary. Are you afraid of heights? Transitions take a fair amount of courage. We may protect ourselves and cross a strong, sturdy bridge.

Or, throw caution to…

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Capricorn Full Moon Insights

Another extremely timely post — this one related to the Full Moon in Capricorn. Tania and I share our North Node in Capricorn, but everyone is affected to some degree by the interconnected universe. How are you using these opportunities for digging down and climbing higher?

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This Full Moon has a special place in my heart because of its being in Capricorn…an energy I’ve been working on diligently since my North Node, Ascendant and Mars are all in Capricorn. For me it speaks to the life shifts I’m integrating, but it also speaks to a collective energy needed, especially with healers, empaths, “light workers” (as people call them), creatives…or anyone who has lived in martyr or victim roles most of their life. This Full Moon in Capricorn speaks to fortifying those personal boundaries and creating healthier relationships with others in all ways, including the relationship you have with yourself, the past, and the ancestral lines you carry within your DNA.

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I’m reminded of Astrid with this Full Moon and how she, too, is mirroring this shift like mom and the collective, into deepening of her true power, as she heals from the past, understands the triggers…

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Timothy Glenn ~ Earth Retrograde

Tim Glenn and I were having a back and forth, and I mentioned: “Yeah, it’s like Merc Rx all the time these days. 🙂 ” to which he replied: “Anyway — as to your comment: Some articles become more pertinent as time goes by, and are sometimes worthy of reposting — such as:” [this post below … it’s not a New Moon or Merc Rx right now, but yes, his post seems even more relevant today, so here you go!]

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Here’s a timely one from my friend, Astrologer Timothy Glenn. I could provide a very long, twisty, turn-y, ouch-y, shaking my head and laughing intro about just how right he is, but if you’re living on planet Earth right now, you can probably provide your own synchronous intro. Happy New Moon, Happy Mercury Retrograde, and Happy Earth Retrograde!

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As we move into the Mercury retrograde of May 2015, people can now have something to “blame” for their wild and sundry symptoms of transmutation syndrome. For more than a week, a surprising number of folks have been saying things like, “It’s because of the retrograde.” Somewhere along the line, someone heard that we had entered the shadow (or foreshadow) of the Mercury retrograde, so this could now be designated as the cause of all the incidents happening outside the box of their suddenly antiquated interpretations of life.

Apparently, it…

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Druid Tree Workings: Establishing Deep Connections with Trees

This is a valuable and timely (even though auto-posted) article on establishing deep connections with trees. It’s timely for David and me since we spent most of yesterday attempting to save the weeping birch we love so much outside our new home. Berkano is the Rune of the Birch, and we’ve both had a special connection with birch trees throughout our entire relationship. This poor one had many dead branches that needed pruning, and she got some Smart Pot gardens and mulch to protect new roots from baking in the sun like those under the previously exposed black landscape cloth. She also got weeded, watered and welcomed into our lives.

Our weeping cherries and purple maple trees also got some love and pruning to save them from untimely removal or disease. Dana’s post is mostly about trees in the wild, but please don’t forget the trees in your everyday midst. They appreciate extra love, honor and care, as well. Just like in our own lives, preventative care of trees offers the chance for longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

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Imagine walking into a forest where you are greeted by many old tree friends, each members of different families that form a community.  You know their common names, their less common names, and the secret names that have taught you.  You know their medicine, how they can be used, even some of their stories and songs. They rustle their leaves in joy as you continue to walk.  The movement of their branches is music in your ears, the sound of the leaves a song, playing in your mind.  Their medicine and magic is open before you.  And yet, you realize how much more you have to learn, to know, and realize that this process –the process of reconnecting to the medicine and magic of the trees–will take more than one lifetime to complete.  This is the power of establishing deep connections with the trees.

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Over the last…

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Happy Summer Solstice!

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Some torch lilies in front of sea kale and lunaria for Summer Solstice! Also a Belated Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there, and Happy Winter Solstice to my friends Down Under.