It is Day 25 of my 365 Days of Living Deliberately. My friend, Matt, split firewood, and we hauled it together across the yard from where the oak tree had fallen beyond the garden, down the hill a bit and overlooking the far end of the pond.  I seldom spend much time in this area of the property, so it was as if I was seeing it in a new way for the first time, the grass, brush, and undergrowth domesticated, beat down from numerous work steps  around the fallen oak trunk and branches, leaves and sticks flattened around the sawed chunks of logs, flattened with the footprints of cutting, splitting, and hauling with our wheelbarrow.

Late in the afternoon, I saw that our frost-free faucet had burst, so Matt and I had to go to Lowe’s, get a new faucet, and then he crawled under the cabin and fixed the faucet. Insulation was down in numerous places, and I realized why.  I had seen under the chapel house and happened to see one day two black snakes writhing together, pulling the insulation down.  I couldn’t figure out why the insulation had been coming down.

In this cold weather, I don’t mind going under to fix the insulation or the pipes, but in warm weather, I hate to think of running into one of those black snakes.

More when I am not so busy with practical necessities.






Dear North Carolina MoveOn member,

318,710 North Carolina residents are being denied health care coverage because North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is refusing to expand Medicaid.

Last year, Governor McCrory made the callous decision to block Medicaid expansion, denying low-income North Carolina residents access to affordable, quality health care.1

It’s hard to fathom why he is doing this—except out of spite—since expanding Medicaid would be a huge bargain for North Carolina (100% of the costs would be borne by the federal government through 2016, and 90% thereafter), and 318,710 residents would benefit, according to an estimate from the Kaiser Family Foundation.2

Here’s the thing: Refusing Medicaid funding could prove to be a big political liability for Governor McCrory. Medicaid expansion is a very popular idea nationwide—and not just in blue states.3 Last year, eight Republican governors succumbed to political pressure and accepted the funds.4 We can flip Governor McCrory too, if we keep the pressure building.