Archive February 2011

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Prepare ... Don't Panic!

With so much bad news, catastrophic predictions, economic turbulence and political and global unrest coming at us from almost every possible angle, what’s a Farmgirl to do? DON’T PANIC, that’s what!!  In true Farmgirl spirit, preparation, as always, is the key. Let’s talk candidly about ways we can prepare for life’s possible speed bumps, and then meet whatever challenges confront us with confidence. Join Mountain Farmgirl Cathi Belcher as she prepares for an always uncertain future, and then relaxes … not afraid to let life just “Bring it ON!

 


Always Vigilant

It Could Happen to Us
“Semper vigilans”  (always vigilant) … that’s what a freedom-loving country like ours requires from each one of us in order to stay free. Recently, the Mountain Farmgirl discovered a local human rights story that has made national news. Bone-chilling in its implications, one wonders how something like this could happen in America … but if it happened to a farmer in the “Live Free or Die” state of New Hampshire, it could potentially happen to anyone, anywhere. Join Mountain Farmgirl Cathi Belcher, as she brings to light what she considers one of the most important stories of the day, and asks Farmgirls everywhere to be active champions of freedom and to never  get so comfortable with our ‘birthright’ that we  ‘just take it for granted’ …
Cathi Belcher

Cathi Belcher,
an old-fashioned farmgirl with a pioneer spirit, lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As a “lifelong learner” in the “Live-Free-or-Die” state, she fiercely values self-reliance, independence, freedom, and fresh mountain air. Married to her childhood sweetheart of 40+ years (a few of them “uphill climbs”), she’s had plenty of time to reinvent herself. From museum curator, restaurant owner, homeschool mom/conference speaker, to post-and-beam house builder and entrepreneur, she’s also a multi-media artist, with an obsession for off-grid living and alternative housing. Cathi owns and operates a 32-room mountain lodge. Her specialty has evolved to include “hermit hospitality” at her rustic cabin in the mountains, where she offers weekend workshops of special interest to women.

“Mountains speak to my soul, and farming is an important part of my heritage. I want to pass on my love of these things to others through my writing. Living in the mountains has its own particular challenges, but I delight in turning them into opportunities from which we can all learn and grow.”

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Mountain Bounty

“Keep close to Nature’s heart ... and break clear away once in awhile to climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods, to wash your spirit clean.”
– John Muir