Simple Herbal Remedies from the Garden

August 28, 2020

Making your own herbal medicine may seem daunting at first if you’re new to it. Medicine tends to seen as the domain of specialists — and for a good reason, as this year’s events attest. I’m not formally trained as an herbalist. I’m a gardener, a cook, and a maker,… Read more

Homemade Summer Drinks

July 29, 2020

Sometime in April, we ran out of the refillable carbon cartridges for making bubbly water at home. “That’s it,” I declared to my slightly dismayed partner and daughter. “From now on, we’ll drink plain filtered water — or we’ll make our own bubbles.” (Make our own bubbles. Doesn’t that just… Read more

Staying Grounded in a Pandemic

March 25, 2020

If you’re going to name your website “Grounded Life,” you’d better embrace it when life gets, well, really grounded. Not just in the sense of earthy, rooted, close-to-the-ground, and balanced… but in terms of halted, unable to take flight or, as the dictionary puts it “not allowed to participate in… Read more

Winter Holidays: The Slow and Simple Edition

December 11, 2019

Welcome the winter holidays: a season of togetherness, festivity, and warmth — right in the middle of the gloomiest, darkest, coldest time of the year, when we most need a pause and a good dose of cheer. But too often the cultural and social expectations we layer onto this season… Read more

Climate-beneficial Wardrobe

November 27, 2019

Everyone is talking about the carbon footprint of food, and the search for the most “climate-friendly” diet sparks lively debates. But clothes, too, are something we choose and need daily. Clothing is an intimate matter. It touches our skin all day long, like only someone very dear to us gets… Read more

Energize Your Winter Days with Citrus

November 21, 2019

Food is medicine. Whether it’s winter blues or the common cold, you can find potent remedies among edible plants that really, really help. You don’t need an advanced degree in herbal medicine; some of the most powerful healing foods are available at the grocery stores and markets. And as the… Read more

How to Prepare for a Locavore Month

September 4, 2019

Does the idea of “local food” and “slow food” resonate with you? Are you curious to see what it would be like to eat only from your own region’s farmers and producers for a period of time? This month, I’m committing to one month of eating only from my bioregion… Read more

Play in the Dirt: The Potent Antidepressant Called Gardening

August 27, 2019

  Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.            – John Muir   A dear friend who’s going through a divorce and a lot of exhausting relationship drama has a place where it all dissolves and falls away. Her apartment building… Read more

Why Design Your Life?

August 9, 2019

I admit that I’ve tended to view the phrase “life design” with suspicion. Isn’t this just another by-product of our hyper-individualistic postmodern culture — this idea that we should design our lives? At its face, it seems self-absorbed and elitist. Surely, only people who have the privilege of ample leisure… Read more

How to deepen your sense of place

April 29, 2019

We all live somewhere. We’re all from someplace. What does it mean, then, for some of us to have a more awakened sense of place than others? Is a sense of place something that can be deepened, or nurtured, with practice? Sense of place is hard to describe; it’s often… Read more

Why the material life matters

March 29, 2019

Why am I writing about material life, the pleasures of rediscovering a connection to land through the things we eat and use and consume? After all, I was trained as a historian of the spiritual life, and specialized in the study of the kinds of people who specifically shunned all… Read more