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Elizabeth Carls
Minneapolis, MN
Making peace with middle-age.
Interests: Living an artful life; doing my best to appreciate the beautiful useful things, creating a forest garden, traveling as much as I can, and making peace with middle-age. I keep a visual journal, make a drawing most every day, collage, paint, play with words, and take tons of photographs. There is not an art supply out there safe from my curiosity and I hoard piles of paper. I'm an urban gardener creating a turf-free oasis in the middle of the city. I beleive in an edible landscape, having dirt in my hair, and a future in beekeeping. I have been known to swoon over a well chosen word, and fall deeply in love with eloquence. I have an insatiable appetite for a well told story, I read like a maniac, and hear poetry when I eavesdrop. I practice yoga and I practice peace. I believe in kindness and try hard to never be an asshole. I'm currently teaching yoga at several studios in Minneapolis.
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This weekend I had an opportunity to learn yet another aspect of beekeeping. I was very generously invited to attend my first honey harvest with Yuuki and Joe of Four Seasons Apiaries. Because I relish any opportunity to spend time with bees, I excepted the invitation without hesitation. Although the... Continue reading
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Fungi—and their spore bearing fruits, mushrooms—are the hidden gems in the garden. They are fabulous indicators of a rich healthy soil, they are often stunningly beautiful, and they are an integral part of a complete garden eco-system. Last year, after removing all of the turf from my urban yard in... Continue reading
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This past week I spent three days alone on the North Shore of Lake Superior, the largest fresh water lake in the world (by area, not volume). It was three days of writing, hiking, and generally being reclusive. And it was fabulous! This is a trip I try to make... Continue reading
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I was at a neighborhood Solstice party this past weekend and folks were asking what the hell I've been up to in the yard. Their curiosity inspired me to write about the process. Briefly, here's the big idea... Two years ago I planted a small portion of my side yard--a... Continue reading
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I'm adding a second phase of fruit trees and shrubs, as well as many herbaceous perennials to my very young forest garden this season and I've been tapping into community resources to source most of my plants. There is real value to be found in a community of fellow growers... Continue reading
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Apis Mellifera, the European Honeybee; Honeybees are not native to the United States, most Honeybees in the US are Apis Mellifera, a species originally from Western Europe. They are a non-aggressive social insect that lives and thrives in a complex community with one Queen, tens-of-thousands of female Worker Bees, and... Continue reading
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There were times during the Unrelenting Winter when I doubted the whole idea of spring. I feared spring would never return, but it has returned and it's the dawn of a new season in the garden. Each morning I don my red rubber boots and wander the garden looking for... Continue reading
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Friends, last night we very suddenly and unexpectedly said our final goodbye to Layla. She died peacefully in my arms at the Emergency Vet Clinic. I'll spare you the details. To say she will be missed is a vast understatement. To say I am a crumpled heap of sadness is... Continue reading
I've just scheduled four workshops for spring and summer at Ripple River Gallery. A little bookmaking, a little gardening, and a ton of creativity. Registration information and additional details are available on the Events page. But here's what we've got in store. Simple Sewn and Folded Books - Get introduced... Continue reading
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The Dark Days of winter have settled in. It's that time of the year when things seem hard. The holidays are over, and for me, yet another birthday lurks just around the corner. Tick-tock. I feel old, and cold, and cooped up. This particular winter has gone from hard to... Continue reading
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I've just schedule two garden workshops for this summer at Ripple River Gallery. First up is Spread the Love: Pollinator Friendly Seed Bombs - In this workshop we will create our own seed bombs with a blend of pollinator-friendly seeds. Seed bombing is a guerrilla gardening tactic where the bombs... Continue reading
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Another New Year is upon us. One year ago today, on January 1st, 2013 I wrote here on this blog about Change, about the hard changes, and the gentle changes. I wrote about 2012 as the year of Change, and about embracing the idea that we never know what happens... Continue reading
One of my favorite things about this week between Christmas and The New Year is the plethora of "Best Of..." lists, and my favorite "Best Of..." lists are "Best Books of..." lists. Last year I picked a favorite for myself, a single best read of 2012. This year it wouldn't... Continue reading
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The Solstice has passed. The darkest day of the year is behind us. From here, it's clear sailing towards longer days and a brand new year. Happy Christmas! Continue reading
This post originally appeared on Right Out Loud, it has been re-posted here because the recipe is good. What do you do when your organic grocery delivery service surprises you with a stalk of local, organic celery? If you're me, you make a Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing for dipping. I... Continue reading
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A simple recipe really, but the basil and the honey add an unexpected twist. Together they are the little something different that will prompt your guests to ask, "What did you do to the fruit?" The mostly tart fruits make this salad bright and refreshing. I recommend that you cut... Continue reading
I've pulled together a list of Ted Talks all having to do with the importance of Urban Farming, the crisis with the Honeybees, and the importance of making changes to our food system. Seems like everyone is talking about what's happening to the bees: Colony Collapse Disorder, the effects of... Continue reading
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Thanksgiving, the week we all think and talk about thankfulness. The month when our Facebook feeds are busy with friends participating in the "Gratitude Project". When newsletters and blog posts lists the things the writers and senders are grateful for. This week yoga teachers everywhere will be asking their students... Continue reading
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“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” ― Carson McCullers I've been struggling lately with my wanderlust. I have always enjoyed travel and maintain a fairly... Continue reading
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Blind Blind I've just updated the Art Page with three new pieces in the Every Story Is A Love Story series. Every Story Is A Love Story is a on-going series of mixed media pieces. Each piece in this series measures 2.5" x 3.5" (unframed) and may include drawings in... Continue reading
It's Monday. The sky looks heavy. The wind seems angry. And the forecast calls for the first snow. A significant amount of snow. A snow that will accumulate and stay. Forever. Or at least until spring, which can feel like forever. I'm not ready. I still have a bit of... Continue reading
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I've just returned from my second trip to Ireland - I traveled there exactly two years ago and I wrote about that trip here . Just as before, I find myself completely charmed, truly inspired, and more than a bit smitten. I visited several gardens including: The walled Victorian Garden... Continue reading
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And then the big lake beckoned... And I spent the next three days visiting five different state parks... Hiking miles and miles of the Superior Hiking Trail, often in the rain and rarely with anyone else around... Shooting photos of mushrooms and fungi... Building Inukshuks along the shore of several... Continue reading
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I've just returned from a four day vacation to Duluth and the North Shore of Lake Superior. The trip started in Duluth for a tour of the Duluth Grill's parking lot orchard and urban farm. I was a supporter of their recent Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, and a... Continue reading
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The calendar says summer has officially passed and that autumn has arrived. Here in Minneapolis there is still just the slightest hint of it in the air. A whisper. But it's coming... with all its quiet comfort. Fall has always felt to me like a sigh heaved. The fast pace... Continue reading