Lesson 818 – Busy summer

Swim meets, outdoor dinners, glasses of iced tea, and books to be read in the shade. Very busy summer, but isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

Just to keep you updated on some other work that I’ve done:

Here is a post I recently wrote on an interview I did with Susan McMartin who is a writer from the TV show “Two and a Half Men” (and yes, I did have a small case of writer-envy.) Susan graciously attended a Skype session at our public library (Merrimack, NH.) Our incredible library director; Yvette Couser, was Susan’s roommate in college which made things even more interesting (it was like having 2 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.)  Susan shared her experiences of being a writer, as well as the equally important period in her life when she was a writer without work.

Susan is also the author of the incredible book “Understanding the Fall” which is a ‘kick-to-the-stomach” kind of story about growing up in an alcoholic home. She read an excerpt of her book during the Skype session and honestly, we all exhaled our “didn’t know we were even holding it” breath only when she finished her reading. Very personal and truly powerful.

Writing done well can make such a difference.

Also, here is a link to an article I wrote for Mother Earth News about Bickering in the Flock. MEN asked me to send over a few of my stories about children and chickens to which I (very gladly) said “yes, yes, and oh my, yes.”

Expect more stories from me over there about our adventures with our various flocks.


Although this looks like a two-headed Silkie, I assure you that it’s really two separate birds on that knee.

Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.


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