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Paganism

Caretakers of The Earth

On the fourth night of our celebration the Goddess introduced to me, the caretakes of the earth, The Four Directions. The north brings strong cold winds and snow that blankets the Earth. These are purifying causing trees to drop their leaves and the Earth to rest. It is also the teacher of strength, patience and […]

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Paganism

Modraniht

On the first night of our Solstice, the Goddess said to me, honor the Mothers. Hail to our beloved Mother. May you keep our house hold free and safe. May our family receive prosperity in the coming year. To our family’s mothers, our matriarchs going back to the beginning. You have watched over us, and […]

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Homesteading

Making Pocket Soup

What is pocket soup? It is an extremely slow and tedious process to make home made bullion. Bullion is easily found in any grocery store so why on earth would you go through all the effort? This is the most common question one hears while working towards, or living a sustainable lifestyle. My simple answer, […]

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Herbalism Homesteading Paganism Wild Foods

Turning Stinging Nettle Into Cordage

Legends and folk tales are peppered with truths. My all-time favorite fairy tales is called the Wild Swans. It is a story of six princes who were turned into swans and their only salvation would be if their sister could knit them each a vest made of stinging nettles. There is a fantastic modern retelling […]

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Homesteading Wild Foods

Making Bone Broth

The history of bone broth is deep and rich, going back to our prehistoric ancestors. In a time when a successful hunt was rare, it is of no surprise our ancestors heeded the guidance of four legged hunters and found ways to access and use the bone marrow. Rather than sharp teeth and bite force, […]

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Homesteading

How to Process a Rabbit

I struggled with the idea of doing this article because I have always felt it would cheapen the sacrifice made by the animal. But peoples need for this knowledge out weighs my personal feelings on the topic. TOOLS: A sharp filet knife is what I like to use best, but the fat and skin will […]

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Herbalism Homesteading

To Buy or Be an Asset?

A major swath of the United States economy and jobs is leisure and service. In this year of covid lock downs, many of these businesses are hemorrhaging. Businesses that have been around for over one hundred years are shutting their doors. We have had almost thirty straight weeks of nearly one million new jobless claims. […]

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A Homeschoolers Words of Encouragement

As parents, we have moments when we question our abilities or doubt ourselves. So, it’s only normal to question our abilities when it comes to being our child’s educator.  One of the major aspects to being a parent is TEACHING! As parents, we are our children’s first teacher, as homeschoolers we just extend our time […]

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Staying Productive and Avoiding Burnout on the Homestead

For many lifestyles there is always work to be done, but building or running a homestead this is especially true. There are many ways to stay productive and avoid burnout, and the obvious answer seems to be, get organized and manage your time well. HA! I’m not either of those, but after some trial and […]

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Homesteading

Processing Furs at Home

There is more than one way to skin a cat and there’s more than one way to tan it’s hide too. Home tanning is not for the faint of heart. It takes patience, determination, and a hell of a lot of sweat equity, but it is well worth the time and effort. I am a […]