Nature or Nurture?

On the eve of a big entrepreneurial fiber business breakthrough, I pause and consider how in the heck I find myself here. I've been a secretary, a disk jocky, a natural childbirth educator and doula, an actor, a voiceover talent, a magazine copy editor, a certified Master Naturalist, a wife and mother, and more. I've worked at churches, medical schools, business colleges, stock brokerages, retail stores and community theatres. How on earth do I find myself now in Parker, TX raising chickens, alpacas and sheep?
It's in my blood.

Going through photos the other day, I stumbled on this picture of my dad and his older brother, probably taken at his Uncle Fred's farm sometime in the 30's. As a small child, I also got to visit Uncle Fred and Aunt Mabel who still lived on that farm in Wheatland, Wyoming, and I believe it was then that the die was cast. I immediately bonded with that simple life on the land, with home grown food on the table, and chickens scurrying across the yard. Same reason I own and have nearly worn out the first season of Little House on the Prairie on DVD. I long to live the simple life, guided by the simple principles that guide happy human existence--principles explained clearly in the Bible. The simple life is not always easy, as any farmer will tell you. One of the hardest things about it is keeping it simple. Our culture doesn't encourage us to let go of complicated trappings. But the daily task of winnowing the wheat from the chaff in my life, culling trash from treasure, is how I want to spend my days.


  1. Oh Mannnnn! May I come live there, too??? I could sleep in the barn... My childhood memories come rushing in as you speak of the farm. My parent's friend, John Curry, had a great farm in Plainview, Tx, which we visited frequently -- just a hop from Lubbock. I can still remember the clucking of all his chickens, running from the rooster, and the intoxicating aroma of fresh alfalfa hay. Thanks for bringing this back for me!

  2. P.S. I promise I'll work!

  3. I'm going to take you up on that, Laurie!

  4. I LOVE this photos and this post Cindy. Really, really compelling.


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