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Quote of the Day: Linda Joan Smith

March 23rd, 2014

We connect with the garden through our feet. Toes in the new-clipped grass. Clogs crunching on gravel. Soles on brick pavers. To set our feet upon any one of these is to savor the garden’s pleasures, lured by a well mown path or lulled by a sun-blessed patio. These form the floor of our outdoor home, the foundations on which the garden–and the gardener–rests.

Linda Joan Smith (Smith & Hawken Garden Structures)
It won’t be long my friends!

Quote of the Day: John Steinbeck

September 4th, 2011

It was late in the summer,
so of course there were no shoes to bother with.

John Steinbeck (The Red Pony)

One of the things I miss greatly in winter is the ability to go barefoot. I certainly have been enjoying feeling the grass and the earth under my feet. There is a name for this, it’s called “Earthing” – connecting to the earth through our skin. If you read about it, some people say it’s healing to the body because of the electrical energy of the earth. I don’t know if this is true or not, but it certainly makes me happy all summer long. You’ll find me going barefoot as much as possible until I have to put on shoes.

What about you – shoes or no shoes in summer?

Quote of the Day: Kahlil Gibran

June 1st, 2010

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

-Kahlil Gibran

I’ve been wanting to take a photo like this for a long time, featuring dirty bare summer feet. One of the things I love about the coming of warm weather is the ability to go barefoot or wear flip flops all the time. Of course this means a good foot washing every evening before bedtime, but it’s so nice after a long winter of knee-high wool socks.

Are you a barefoot person when the weather gets warm?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.