About Scratch Cradle
Growing up in central New Jersey, I lived in a very urban suburbia. My parents love camping, hiking, and backpacking and would take my younger brother and me camping at least once a summer. As we got older, my parents took over our Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups, and so we were able to have truly active, exciting scouting experiences. I have also always been very interested in history – not disconnected dates, names, and facts, but the flesh-and-blood history of how real people actually lived in this same space at another time. I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder and Revolutionary War summer camps. What appealed to me was the richness and depth that traditional skills involve and also the connection to nature and the ever-changing, becoming, cyclical patterns of existence they align with. I love the intersection of theory and practice; I love the process that results in the product.
I left New Jersey for Staunton, Virginia. I was a philosophy nut and came down for college. It was quite a culture shock, but I grew to love the area. In the mountains, you can see wave after wave of land until you can’t distinguish where the mountains end and the clouds begin. The land felt so rich, warm, and mysterious that I fell in love and decided to stay. My college roommate was vegan and got me into organic food and natural personal care products. I experimented with gardening, composting, baking, and cooking, and the more I learned, the more curious I became. Years later, I lived on a little over three acres in a small mountain town of 2,000 people.
I enjoy researching and growing heirloom vegetables, baking bread, cooking, and writing. I began keeping chickens in early 2011, and that has been a fun, rewarding hobby. I am always looking for ways to live a bit healthier, fresher, and be more self-reliant, but I don’t push myself or apply guilt; I do what I feel inspired and energized to do. I teach English for a living, love to write, and just finished up a Masters in Educational Psychology. I enjoy writing poetry, stories, and journals, and am playing with a novel or two. I enjoy writing about my life, the way I like to do things, and why I choose to do them that way.
Thank you for joining me on my journey!
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