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Overcoming Your Enemy

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Overcoming Your Enemy

We can all agree Mahatma Gandhi was a wise man, can’t we? If not, I recommend you watch the story of his life, Gandhi (1982), and give my question another try. One of my favorites among Gandhi’s many expressions of wisdoms is this: “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but it is fear.” […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Funky chickens!

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What does summertime mean around your house? Around here lately, it’s meant funky chickens. That is, funky nest boxes and pimped out coops. All right, that last one might be a stretch, but either way, our girls are digging their new… digs. Check them here, if you’re feelin’ it. Catch you on the flip side […]

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Hot Process Soap – *Ready to use quickly!* – Green Marble (Citrusy Bergamot)

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Hot Process Soap – *Ready to use quickly!* – Green Marble (Citrusy Bergamot)

When I recently noticed my family was running low on our homemade soap, I knew hot process was the way to go. Why? It’s easy to make (as long as you don’t mind dedicating a slow cooker to soap making–you might pick one up secondhand, if so). It’s also ready to use much sooner than […]

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Saving the Green: Earth-wise, Budget-friendly Choices

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Saving the Green: Earth-wise, Budget-friendly Choices

Green is one of my favorite colors. I like it in terms of growing, planty things, and I like it in terms of cash. Nope, I’m not materialistic, but I am a realist (as much as reality requires, anyway). Since nature and I are already on pretty good terms and because I’m trying to form […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Confirmed Mutt

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Confirmed Mutt

I wanted to write this post earlier, but my eye doctor dilated my pupils, so I couldn’t see well for a chunk of the day. (Brief aside: does anyone else get completely disoriented when they have their pupils dilated? I felt like because I couldn’t see, I also couldn’t hear right or think right, and […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood, by William Cullen Bryant

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Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood, by William Cullen Bryant

It’s time for another installment of Feels Friday, since I haven’t had time to catch my breath lately, let alone write something of my own. This week, I’m going old-school with a poem that’s a longtime favorite of mine: Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood, written by William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878). Bryant was known […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Summer Song, by William Carlos Williams

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Summer Song, by William Carlos Williams

I’m a day late for Feels Friday, but it’s the weekend, so are we really going to let that bother us? Anyway, I refuse to allow a little old thing like time stop me from sharing a poem by one of my forever-favorites: William Carlos Williams (1883-1963). First, a bit about the man: he was […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Homemade Happenings…with Aroma Foundry Essential Oils

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Homemade Happenings…with Aroma Foundry Essential Oils

I recently received an invitation to sample some essential oils from Aroma Foundry, so of course I immediately broke into my mad scientist laugh and began plotting world domination planning what I would do with them. *Here* (<- click) is an accurate portrayal of my reaction. No lie. 😉 (Anyone who loves essential oils will completely understand.) […]

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Buttercups

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Buttercups

I’ve decided to start sharing poems on my blog…because I can and because I love, love poetry. In fact, though I’ve been writing fiction on and off for some time, what I used to write the most was poetry. Not the best poetry, or even close, but I loved it, anyhow. Because I’m feeling brave […]

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H. A. O'Connor

What You Wish For

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What You Wish For

There are times in my house–quiet times–when you wouldn’t know we had any pets at all…unless you looked around, that is. Dogs seem to be dozing all over the place (often with our lone cat somewhere in their midst). Don’t even get me started on the other evidence: fur. At other times, even if you […]

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