Sanctuary Kitchen

 Concurrent with a full time career as an artist, I’ve been closely connected to restaurant and food pantry kitchens in my work as an organic farmer. The work that cooks do to prepare food for others is done with a devotion and ritual that is nothing short of sacred. I am always in awe watching…

Caprine Community

For 30 years I helped my husband realize his dream of a small farm, while I continued working as an artist.  We both came from urban backgrounds and both (separately) charged out into the wild world at age 17, inventing as we went along. That fearless approach continued with the farming many years later. We…

The Cuisine Cards

I’ve always had a fondness for the visual aspect of playing cards, and collect books on them. One image of an uncut sheet of cards printed in 1585 in Frankfurt, where the black and white cards were jammed in every which way on a large sheet of paper, inspired the look of these four prints,…

Wealth In Imagination

Artwork and sustainable agriculture are the two threads of my professional life. They mingle fruitfully beneath the surface as I sift through remaining evidence of ancient worlds, trying to sense how people of lost cultures met basic survival needs and also how they responded to the very human hunger for beauty, meaning, and story. In…

A Namesake Book

Well, actually this blog is named for a book that’s been a side project for a few years and is now nearly complete. It’s a collection of INNOVATIVE food-related notes on growing, harvesting, and prep methods I’ve evolved, combining a commitment to eat as much WILD and HOME-GROWN food as possible with an over-full life…

Ephemeral, Adorned Grove

I’ve always been an artist-painter, with an innate drive to explore the mystic and ethereal. Concurrent with artwork I minored in Philosophy as an undergrad, then farmed (certified-organically) with animals and plants for thirty years, all the while accumulating a fine archaeology reference library.  The farming grounded the other endeavors in a way that probably…

“Look at what people usually do…”

“Look at what people usually do — all women in particular, they dedicate the first thing that comes to hand, they swear to offer sacrifice, and promise to found shrines for gods and spirits and children of gods.” — Plato, The Laws, translation by T. J. Saunders. Quoted in J. B. Connelly, Portrait Of A…

“For all agree…”

“For all agree in regarding women as the chief founders of religion and it is the women who provoke the men to more attentive worship of the gods, to festivals, and to supplications, and it is a rare thing for a man who lives by himself to be found addicted to these things.” Quote from…

“And in divine affairs…”

And in divine affairs — I think this of the first importance —  we have the greatest part. For at the oracles of Phoibos  women expound Apollo’s will. At the holy seat of Dodona  by the sacred oak the female race conveys the thoughts of Zeus to all Greeks who desire it. ” . ….