Author Archives: Laura Grace Weldon

About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of four books and served as 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year. She's the editor of Braided Way: Faces & Voices of Spiritual Practice. She works as a book editor, teaches writing workshops, and maxes out her library card each week.

Two-Ingredient GF Vegan Buckwheat Bread

Poetry led me back to bread. I was in Youngstown last weekend for the amazing Lit Youngstown Festival. Being a hermit-y sort, I’ve never been to a literary festival before but went because an awesome thing happened. An excerpt from … Continue reading

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Mow Less, Save Nature

One year our school had an exchange student from Turkey. He was gifted in athletics and darkly handsome. As a blond klutz this meant I had nothing in common with him. But we ended up as science class lab partners, … Continue reading

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Glorious Summer

I am an ungainly peasant, bent over, yanking out roots of life’s green impulse. Even as the weeds go limp they send out the freshest breath. I apologize to them for my human-centric approach. I may be impressed by morning … Continue reading

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All About Perspective

Two years ago we had a 30′ x 72′ high tunnel built, with a wooden kickboard and heavy chicken wire where the sides roll up to keep it secure. My husband planted 54 grapevines in a range of carefully selected … Continue reading

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Livestock Bedding As Garden Soil

Every year we noticed seeds sprout, grow, and mature in the piles of bedding and manure from our cow barn. Mostly squash and melon seeds — quite naturally those seeds were available after feeding cattle the leftover squash and melon from our gardens. 

It got me thinking. Continue reading

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Appreciating Diversity: Eggs, Orange Juice, One Another

The same flock of chickens, even the same breed, lays fascinatingly diverse eggs. But chances are you’ve never seen them. In part, that’s because hens in a commercial operation don’t live out their natural lifespan, so the rippled, dimpled, and … Continue reading

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Creating a Forest Garden

For years I’ve been fascinated by the concept of forest gardening. Elderberries grow in our woods, along with nut trees. But we’ve had little luck seeding logs with mushroom spores, getting ginseng to grow, or fostering the growth of berry … Continue reading

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Wild Duckling Survival

Every time the Mallard comes into view I can’t help but check to see if all four ducklings are with her. Today, again, I sigh in relief to see them all present.  Continue reading

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Gathering Dandelions: Celebration plus Recipe

Forage right outside the door for this bright yellow, health-giving plant and celebrate with a flower power recipe. Perfect for kids! Continue reading

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The Importance of Enunciation

Watch what you say and how you say it. Continue reading

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