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2013 January 18
by Rachel Turiel

is the green thing that’s edible.




I know. It’s January and so damn cold that the pipes in our unheated greenhouse burst into a frightful geyser just 2 days ago. But I can’t help it. We read this chapter book, by our new favorite southwest author and all the farming references got me excited.

Our new favorite reality TV show is looking out our east window right at sunset to see the band of four bucks sparring at the bottom of our sled hill.


You can hear their antlers clattering! It reminds me of when Dan and I kiss and our glasses get all hooked together.

bucks sparring

I can’t tell you how happy this makes Dan. Makes up for burst pipes, that’s how happy.

* Sparring is when antlered-animals lock antlers and push at each other to determine who’s the bigger dude. In “rutting” season the winner gets to mate with the harem of ladies. This time of year, seems like it’s just boys having fun.

* I love your comments on raising happy, connected children. So many good ideas. So important. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the clemency on self-conscious post title.

Have a super, duper weekend.



lost in the woods

I am excited to announce, a program that feels very in-line with my beliefs on nurturing healthy, connected children who feel comfortable in nature. 6512 and growing sponsor, Frosty Pines, a Durango, Colorado wilderness education center for families, is offering another session of Lost in the Woods, starting January 26th.

Children, ages 9-16, will learn how to navigate the winter woods with maps and compass, and without. Participants will build survival shelters, learn how to locate dry fuels and build fires (without paper and matches), study basic wilderness first aid, discover how to find potable wild water sources, dig a latrine, find wild edibles in the winter, pack a “think ahead for survival” bag, and much more. More here.

These are meaningful and important skills that will greatly empower children; thanks Tom and Marcie for bringing this program to the community.

Mention 6512 and get 20% off. Space is limited to 12 children, sign up now.

Also, if your children are too young for Lost in the Woods, Frosty Pines offers The Four Elements Homeschool  program on Wednesdays; Col is very much looking forward to the classes on fire ecology; maps, mountains and rocks; birds and kite-building.




Longtime 6512 sponsor, Namaste Health Center, is offering homeopathic wellness shots (also available in oral form). They are very affordable, entirely chemical and preservative free, and made from combination of homeopathic remedies that are completely safe to take for anyone, any age.

Naturopathic doctor Stacy Mulkey says, “I have used this combination of antiviral and overall immune supportive homeopathics for 8 winters now and every year I get so many comments from people who use this remedy about not getting sick when they travel, or when everything is going around at work and school. It gives another level of protection from ANY virus that is going around…not just the one that MAY be prevented from flu vaccine”

Also, after many years of treating cancer patients, Naturopathic doctor and owner of Namaste Health Center, Nasha Winters, has decided to focus her medical practice entirely on Naturopathic Integrative Oncology. In March, 2013 she will be sitting for her FABNO (Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology) board exams. This is quite an honor and a process in which few doctors in North America are even eligible. Nasha’s schedule is jam-packed,  but if you or anyone you know is looking for integrative cancer support, I would recommend getting on her waiting list. She is a lovely, warm person whose very presence feels like a beam of healing light.


8 Responses leave one →
  1. January 18, 2013

    Your reality show is really where it’s at. Love what happens out your window.
    I know, the rains of spring haven’t even come yet but we’re talking about what to grow…

  2. January 18, 2013

    Again, I always love your posts…and this one is no exception! I wish I had a wilderness class to take at my age (over 50! :o) Love the growing and sprouting and bucking (sparring) . I think I’ll start a pack of lettuce seeds although I had a couple of six-packs of lettuces I planted in October and the birds seem to think it was for them!

  3. January 18, 2013

    What a great reality show, love it!! I am dreaming about getting my hands a little dirty planting all kinds of goodness, it is still a ways off though. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. January 19, 2013

    This is one of those times when I really wish we lived out there! Sounds like an awesome course!

  5. January 19, 2013

    We have a wildlife show every late afternoon, early evening, too. We’re in the middle of Aztec and I have 2 does with 3 small does and 1 buck that visit my yard and the ditch across the street regularly. Two of them come right up to our fence to nose our little chiwheeni.
    I worry about them getting my garden this coming summer. I wish I could deter them from jumping the fence and coming right in like they do.
    It has been so cold even being “south” of you, we’ve been in the single digits every night for over 2 weeks. Last night was finally 13 degrees….still brrrrr!!!

    Loved the post!

  6. Diane permalink
    January 20, 2013

    “You can hear their antlers clattering! It reminds me of when Dan and I kiss and our glasses get all hooked together.” GoodNESS I love that. : )

  7. January 21, 2013

    hahaha quinn and i click glasses when we kiss, too. luckily rich has perfect eyesight so we don’t have that problem. you are so funny. i love the life moments you always capture so perfectly.

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