Author Archives: Laura Grace Weldon

About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of three poetry collections --- Portals (Middle Creek, 2020), Blackbird (Grayson Books, 2019), and Tending (Aldrich Press, 2013), as well as Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning (Hohm Press, 2010). She lives on Bit of Earth Farm where she's a barely useful farm wench. Although she has deadlines to meet she often wanders from the computer to preach hope, snort with laughter, cook subversively, ponder life’s deeper meaning, talk to chickens and cows, sing to bees, hide in books, walk dogs, concoct tinctures, watch foreign films, and make messy art. Blog: lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/ FB: facebook.com/FreeRangeLearningCommunity FB: facebook.com/SubversiveCooking FB: facebook.com/laura.euphoria Twitter: @earnestdrollery

Early Autumn

Time to pay attention, to savor these days of contrast and beauty. Continue reading

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Kiwis Refuse To Procreate

No, not New Zealanders. (Although their birth rates are reportedly lower than ever.) I’m talking about the hardy kiwis we planted seven years ago. These delicate grape tomato-sized fruits are said to be reliable producers. Unlike their cousins commonly found … Continue reading

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Bring Back The Sharing Shed

When a friend moved to a small town in Maine, years ago, she enjoyed telling me how different life was there than in Ohio. Of all the contrasts, the two most fascinating to me were direct governance using the town … Continue reading

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Even Frugal Has Limits

I grew up learning to make do or do without. This approach not only saves money, it encourages creative thinking. Continue reading

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Boris the Duck Gets By With A Little Help From A Friend

We know winter has truly arrived when the ducks are gone. But this year we have Boris to consider. Boris has a broken wing that healed at a strange angle and renders him flightless. Continue reading

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Canning, Drying, Freezing- Oh My!

There’s no satisfaction quite like putting food by, especially food you’ve grown. Simply opening cupboards filled with gleaming Mason jars is a visual feast. Continue reading

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Eat The Raspberries

My oldest and his wife offered freshly harvested raspberries. My next oldest went over to pick them up and drop them here. Eight pints of beautiful berries! Although I power through lot of vegetables, I almost never eat fruit. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Yonder Basement Window Glows Strangely Pink

We have been starting seeds indoors for decades. There’s something enormously heartening about tucking tiny seeds into pots while March winds howl outside. In a few months those pale specks will result in glossy eggplants, huge squash, fiery peppers, and … Continue reading

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Kindness In Trying Times

I have never felt more a member of my community than now, when none of us can get together. Last week I posted a question on our community Facebook page. I have a diagnosis that puts me in a risk … Continue reading

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Slushy Day To Play

Who wouldn’t want to stomp on iced-over puddles, feel that delicious crackle as you splash through to mud underneath? Who wouldn’t want to pick up pieces of glass-like ice, feel them fall to smaller pieces in your hands, see if … Continue reading

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