It's Complicated

When I first met the man with whom I would eventually marry and have children, I was quickly plunged into a strange world of oil rigs, rotation schedules, offshore drilling, and a lot of moving.  It was how I imagined military life, except with less violence and a better paycheck.  At the time, I also had been learning about slow and local food and like many, I was growing frustrated with our outsourced American life.  

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Do This Before You Shop: Honest Assessment

I used to have a closet full of beautiful shirts.  Silky camisoles, cashmere tees, even a suede halter top, beautiful with heels and good denim.  I also managed to acquire other fun fancy items over time, like a vintage Pucci dress and some amazing Bottega stilettos.  I hardly ever went out, since I was teaching full-time while also attending graduate school.  But if the call came to hit the town feeling festive, as it did once in a blue moon, I was ready.

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Don't Feel Bad

In recent years we have been coming to a deeper understanding of our world and the damage that we inflict upon it.  There is no doubt that it is depressing; it can really get to a person.  In the same vein, if you follow sustainability topics related to apparel, textiles and fashion, you quickly become overwhelmed, reaching the conclusion that it is both difficult and expensive to make 'good' choices.

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I Heart Local News

I have come across several local news items in recent days that make me happy and proud to be a Minnesotan.  Our family has made some pretty dramatic work and lifestyle changes in order to get settled back in Minnesota.  We have always argued that the air and water here are clean, and that the schools and roads are (largely) cared for as they should be.  However, it has been a bumpy path finding the right professional situation allowing us to stay permanently, causing me to question at times our stubborn single-mindedness.  

While living in other cities and regions, it felt more difficult to care about local politics, or to feel like getting involved in local challenges.  I was less likely to trust institutions, feel the importance of voting, or to notice community resources.  But when I'm here at home, I naturally want to keep the water clean, get to know my neighbors, vote in local elections, plant things, and make sure that we are caring for our soil.  Especially in a political climate like this one.

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