The Dream of the Blue Hen Video

Our little Mille Fleur Belgian Bantam hen just decided she wanted to come into the house to lay her egg this summer… at the feet of the blue hen in the bathroom. We didn’t train her to do this and we would actually prefer she not come into the house as there are three cats and two dogs in here. But she is insistent, so we let her in when we can shut the door and allow her the privacyRead more

The Gift of the Forest Mother

It’s a clear spring day and I wander into the woods behind the hen house, over the high ridge of the pond dam and its lady slipper orchid colony, into a low-lying forest carpeted with giant ferns… a place I never go because of the snakes I envision encountering there.  I am searching for a lost Belgian bantam, a friendly, speckled chicken the size of a wind-up toy.  Stepping gingerly over logs, my eyes scanning for the faintest flutter ofRead more

Spiritual Composting

Windsong, a small white horse rented to carry a diamond engagement ring in a leather bag draped around his neck, dug in his hooves at the bottom of the arched wooden bridge named Crim Dell on Virginia’s College of William and Mary campus. Unmovable, the horse made the knight in shining plastic armour fish the ring out of the bag and walk to meet his dumbstruck college sweetheart standing alone on the footbridge. While the knight was capturing his fairRead more