Author: Christin Butler

Parenting, Philosophical Musings

Seeing My Child’s Resistance as an Opportunity to Practice Peace

I’ve once again found myself engaged in a practical conversation about parenting on facebook that has yielded not only practical advice, but also a small spiritual insight. I’m fortunate to be part of a facebook group dedicated to exploring and discussing the practicalities of RIE parenting, and the intentional and reflective spirit of that community has …

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How I Get Rid of Clutter

I’ve been decluttering my home again.  I’ve been doing this a long while and I’ve gotten better at it, so I thought I’d share my strategies.  I use a kind of amalgamation of decluttering methods, so some of this may be familiar.  And be warned:  I’m about to be thorough. Firstly, I’m a true believer.  I’ve …

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Fermentation Failures

What’s with all the mold lately?  I know it’s August, and humid, and all those OBVIOUS reasons… but lately everything we ferment turns up moldy.  2 quarts of sugar snap peas: covered in mold.  2 gallons of sauerkraut (which we waited 6 whole weeks for!): covered in mold.  Then, there’s this fermentation failure: No known …

Philosophical Musings, Uncategorized

Vulnerability and the Creation of “Scattered Themes”

A few weeks ago, I listened to this wonderful conversation between Krista Tippett and Brené Brown on “On Being” about the courage inherent in vulnerability.  Vulnerability is often seen as weakness or naiveté, but Brown makes a convincing case that allowing yourself to become vulnerable belies strength and presence, and that vulnerability is the common denominator of a …