The Pope and a Pilgrimage- or- Milk and The Miraculous Medal

  As the whole world knows, Pope Francis was in DC this week.  I’d love to have a story about going to see him, about how we braved the throngs for the glimpse of a lifetime– but I don’t.  I have one that’s even better.


Prayers for a Feast Day; The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the Catholic Church, August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrating the passage of the Holy Mother into Heaven. I was brought up in the Protestant tradition, which doesn’t take much notice of Mary beyond the Nativity, but there came a point in my spiritual life that I recognized my own need… 

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Fresh Picked Mulberries

Mulberries! A Sweet Discovery

This is our third summer out here at Three Graces Farm and I’m still finding treasures. I walked out to the sheep shed for the first time in a while yesterday and


Weeds of Gold–A Healing Feast (Part 1)

Got weeds? If there is one thing I want you to get from this post it’s this, so I’ll say it first. DON’T SPRAY YOUR LAWN WITH HERBICIDES! There’s a gold mine out there — a feast of delicious, accessible superfoods and powerful healing agents.

It's Only Thirteen Inches!

A Winter’s Tale

I know–long time, no post. I’ve been working on my new novel (Dear Jeannette)  and I need to keep focused on that.  Anyway, time flies when you’re having fun, which we are having lots of out here at Three Graces Farm. Grey snowy skies and single digit temperatures have kept us in a lot. We’ve been hunkered down. So it’s now… 

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Home Grown Eggs

Chickens and Eggs–Part Two/ Reading the Egg Carton Labels

So in part one of this post,  Chickens and Eggs, I told you all the wonderful things about having your very own flock, including a personal supply of beautiful healthy eggs. But the truth is– even if the backyard chicken trend is growing, the vast majority of readers are still getting eggs at the supermarket…. 

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Chickens and Eggs–Part One

Chickens and eggs–so which came first? This is a two-part post, so for the sake of this discussion, I’ll say chickens!  Having them in the backyard is making a comeback, and with good reason.  We’ve had them for a year and a half now and I’m already a big fan. Once you get set up… 

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Fermented Pickles

Retreat Highlights–Three Graces Farm

The idea of hosting retreats at Three Graces Farm has been out there since this all began, now two years ago.  So when the request came a few months ago for a small group of women to gather here for a weekend of fellowship and renewal, we decided to have a go and see what… 

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The Fence Row at Three Graces Farm

Fall Projects

I’m back! Our quiet summer of long, serene days became the season of major fall projects. But when you live in a two hundred year old farmhouse, this is a good thing–


The Paradox of the Equinox

I’ve always heard that you can balance an egg on its end on the day of the Equinox. The word comes from Latin, meaning (not surprisingly) equal, or “equal night.” This twice yearly event (Autumnal and Vernal) falls half-way between the two Solstices, (Summer and Winter) when the sun comes into perfect alignment with the… 

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Prayers and Seven Contemplations of the Sacred Mother

Heaven on Earth–The Feast of the Assumption

In the summer of 2004  I published a book of meditations on the Virgin Mary,  celebrating my own spiritual journey connecting with the Divine through nature. (The Foreword to this work was written by my friend Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees). Ten years later, surrounded by animals and plants and immersed in the earth’s rhythm of days… 

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