• My Best Self

    Making Time for Creativity

    Full disclosure: I find teaching to be a very rewarding occupation. I love helping people, particularly young people, grow and develop into the best versions of themselves. That being said. Teaching is my job. It is not my identity. This is one of those boundaries that I fight so hard to maintain. So often when you ask people about themselves they tell you about what they do for a living, while I prefer to talk to people about what I do to live. Semantics once again to be sure, but a very important distinction which needs to made. I live by my creative life. Signs of creativity are proof that…

  • Cooking with Miranda

    Cooking with Miranda: Biscuit Topped Chicken Potpie

    This spring my nephew came to stay at our house because he was bored. We put him to work. He helped in the garden, learned to feed the chickens and collect eggs. I taught him how to cook spaghetti and meat sauce so he could make dinner for his mom when she got out of basic training. I have to admit. I’m not used to cooking for almost teenagers. Everett and I tend to eat all sorts of things that twelve year old boys find weird. One dish was an overwhelming success. It got made a few times while he was staying with us; Biscuit Topped Chicken Pot Pie. He…

  • LeyShaw Homestead

    Chicken Politics: What I Learned from the Flock Merger

    If you’ve been following the growth and development of the Churchills this past summer, you’ll know that this was the first time I brooded chicks. This was also the first time I tried combine two existing flocks. The Windsors (our Speckled Sussex trio) are an extremely close knit little family unit. Likewise the Churchills (the Orpingtons) are equally bonded to one another. Despite being no expert in the finer workings of chicken politics, I feel like I was successful enough in the endeavor to share what I learned. Step 1: Consider your existing flock make-up and what sort of coop-mates would be best for them. Find breeds that are most…