The Saga of the Pineapple Tomato

As an autistic person, sometimes I talk about something about 1000% more than someone wants to hear about it,—which is part of why I enjoy blogging. By channeling my special interests into random blogs I maintain across the too-big Internet, I give myself permission to talk about something as long as I want, provided I’m…

2018 Best Crop: Surprise Luffa

March last year, we turned a bed of soil for wheat grass and rustled around luffa seeds I scattered still another season before, which cropped up a vine along the catio wall. Luffa, surprisingly, was our best 2018 crop. Meanwhile I murdered another several tomato plants, so I continue track record for brown-thumbing nightshades. In…

My Love for Ladybugs

In my elementary school years, on the weekends, my dad would often drive us up in a Frankenstein Volkswagen beetle—the old-school kind—to Big Bear Mountain to camp. One trip, we found ladybugs crawling by the thousands all over a granite rock, and since then, I’ve become obsessed. The granite lock was likely a ladybug love…

Someday, I’ll Return

Inevitably I want to go back to where I witnessed the divine in a cavern under the glow of worms lighting the subterranean. When I return to this place with my soul open wide, I’ll highlight the dark crevices and document the enigmatic explanation my consciousness makes out of Our Big & Wondrous Bang. Featured…

Two Practices to Calm My Mind

Today I’m sharing 2 of my 10 practices that help calm my mind when I’m anxious. If you’d like me to write more in-depth about any of my calming practices, just let me know… Or better yet, make a list of your own 10 calming practices—and maybe jot down 1-3 sentences of notes to jar…

10 Gardener Lover’s Time Lapses

This page is designed to calm and cheer me. If it calms and cheers you too, and you want me to make another one, let me know. Or if you have a blog, I’d love if you made your own list of 10 calming YouTube videos, then shared the link with me. 😍😘😉 #1 Climb,…

Purpose of this blog (plus 10 videos) (in case you’re nonplussed)

When you take on the daunting task of caring for anything—ant farm to garden to cat,—it’s your ethical responsibility to do research on how to be a good zookeeper. Or pretend farmer. Or ant colonist. …Just don’t be a colonialist. Christian missionaries are BRIBING indigenous people to convert for food and clothing pic.twitter.com/K0pcNlgTYe — Vocativ…

🐔 Happy Easter 🐣 Chicken Coop 🐔

Our bantam chicken coop is near-complete. Chase constructed the coop out of the old kitchen cabinets, from back when we installed kitchen counters a year ago. For the run, he bought planks at the hardware store, screwed them together, then stapled mesh to them. Also, little fairy plants have grown inside my fish pot, as…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I plan on returning to nature this year to help with my depression, while also tackling my garden blog, My Quest for Chicken.  If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love. —St. Augustine I’ve struggled with negative thought patterns; they’re pervasive…

a week with my dad

My father visited for five days, since last Monday evening. I just dropped him off at the train station earlier today, then plugged away at the Lands Above and Lands Below: Novel Notes for my next book project. But first, the visit with my dad!: in no particular order, we went to the water park, the…