Earth Friendly Sink?

Kitchen sink.

Kitchen sink. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

road to white castles




“The gifts that make us dig out, and, figure out;

 Who we are, what we’re made for, and,

what we’re responsible for giving back to life.”

Tony Robbins



Yes, I am trying to make peace with her right now.  Having problems with the kitchen sink not draining.  Worrying about it way too much, starting to get angry that it’s not working properly.  Silly me, I am not a plumber, so stop blaming myself that it is still plugged up.

That led to looking for another solution.  For us that is turning on the HGTV shows to see how they rebuild and reorganize stuff.  My frustration grew.  Suddenly it dawned on me, I wasn’t watching anything about what to do with a plugged up sink, only total remodel which isn’t going to happen around here.

Mother Nature keeps calling me outside to seek a solution there.  To be thankful for what I do have.  A bucket under the outside hose that always leaks so I can water my beautiful flowers guilt free.  An abundance of blackberries already ripe on the vine.  So easy to focus on other things I do have instead of what I don’t.

We at least do have running water and two bathrooms that work that dishes can be done in with a little creativity.  When I thought of how the shows did help my line of thought, I imagined actually getting a new sink put in.  Well, since I know that means they’d have to tear everything existing out, sink, counter, plumbing pipes, hoses, dishwasher.  Yeah, my kitchen, a total mess, no working sink then either.

So where else could this growing amount of dishes be cleaned at?  Yes, outside in a couple of little plastic buckets just waiting for something to do.  Where would the hot water come from.  The kitchen is off limits, remember?  One bathroom has a better hot water faucet and an adequate counter to set up my cleaning dishes production.

To think all that stomach churning and knots in my shoulders could be melted away just by doing this good enough solution, amazing.

Of course, I am still hoping and praying that the new found “guaranteed” drain clog solution will clear my kitchen sink enough to use it again to do my dishes.  Suggestions have been made to turn the cold water valve and hot water valves back on in the drains that were dripping.  Won’t hurt to try.  That all started with our wanting to care for Mother Earth in such a way that we weren’t wasting  so much water.  Ours is on the low end of the usage scale, still…..I took on this challenge to see if without repairs we could lower how much water we used.

Maybe a little, I am beginning to believe it is causing more problems than not, running from room to room for the hot water that doesn’t work here, to the cold water that tastes better there, to a kitchen sink that doesn’t drain.

Oh and of course when the water went through a brown stage one day I wondered about the ability to continue doing 3 loads of laundry in one day.

Yet again as long as we do our best not to waste it, whatever that means is between us and Mother Nature, and all the creatures who share our same needs for water, clean, pure, abundant and healthy.  May all that I have today last us the rest of our days in a useful way where our hearts can be glad to say “Sweet Mother Earth, we are doing the best we can to care for you, we hear you Mother Earth and will try to do these things you have whispered to us.  Thank you for water in our house.”



“Nature has her own way of doing things.  She knows the heart of the matter.

 Heart felt gifts describe a day spent in wondering of her depth of splendor.  

Lovingly, she continues to survive regardless of the abuse we’ve carved upon her.”



The Internet: It’s Made of People

Worth Repeating

King of States!

People often toss around the idea that the internet is “not real life,” as though this thing — made by people to allow those people to share and interact with other people — is just the playtime before more serious business. The real business.

I object.

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Sowing Season

A way with words, I like where you are sailing.

The Renegade Press

Have you ever noticed how in times of need humankind turns to phrases and expressions to justify their emotions or the circumstances that they find themselves caught in? We utter such clichés as everything happens for a reason, or what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger, and countless other little phrases to get us through a tough time. Even when everything in our life is going fantastic we try to pigeon hole the experiences afforded to us by saying I’m so blessed right now, or that my hard work is finally paying off. It seems as though we as a species need this validation of our thoughts, feelings and experiences. We appear to almost struggle to function without being able to justify every moment of our life through spoken and written word.

Sometimes it seems as though no matter what the circumstance, there is an expression…

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Middle of the Mountains

Nature always leaves me spellbound.

A Trivial Mind At Work

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
John Muir


On our last trip to the Smoky Mountains, we stopped at about every pull-off and anyone who had a camera snapped pictures. It was Fall and the clouds were low. We all had a good photo day!

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Interview With Poet Lauren Gordon

If you have never read Nancy Drew, start now, it is a wonderful series. This twist on it from Lauren Gordon is a hit.

Rattle & Pen is thrilled to support the newest publication by one of our own contributors–Lauren Gordon’s collection of poetry Keen (publication information below). Here, we offer you a brief interview with Lauren about the collection, her writing process, and where she’s headed next.



Keen, by Lauren Gordon, Horse Less Press, December 2014

This is such an interesting concept for a collection of poetry. Can you talk about how you composed this collection? Did you have Nancy Drew in mind from the start, or did the connection to the character emerge slowly as you wrote individual poems?

Thank you. When I left my MFA program in 2010, I was a little burned out on writing formal, pastoral poems, which was my bag at the time. I had the idea to write a series of poems about Nancy Drew and the mystery of family that would maybe loosely…

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13 Foolproof Ways You Can Stop Writing Ineffective Blog Headlines

Now this is worth sharing. Numbers and How I like reading about.


Are you a blogger looking for more traffic?  Do you wonder why you don’t have more blog traffic than you do?  Are you tired of trying various strategies just to be discouraged by your low stats?

If no one reads your blog, the greatest writing in the world won’t help you.  You need a reason people will want to read your writing.  It precedes the hook–it’s the headline.  We are taught in school that the hook engages the reader.  In the blogging world, the headline must engage the reader.  If the headline does not meet certain criteria, no one will read past the headline and read your posts.

There is an expression that goes, “Flattery is the sincerest form of imitation.”  Many people are stubborn; this includes bloggers who feel they know what they are doing.  They are so confident in their writing, they don’t stop to read the methods…

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Discover My Secret Place

Back to the safety of a blogosphere, oh I like that, thank you for being here.



What if there were a place, a secret place, where people who had never been respected could get respect, the lonely could find companionship, the silent could find a voice, and the nondescript could find an identity?  There is such a place.  That place is called a blog.

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