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…This is how I answered a year or so ago and the facets of what Wild Simplicity is continue to be revealed to me. I suppose it will be a life-long answering…

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Wisteria & Sunshine has opened its doors again, after a hiatus of many months. Some of those months were spent in reflection, inner work, plumbing the depths…whatever it may be called. And one of the questions I asked myself during that time was “What are you meant to be doing in the world?” It was a real….relief and a pleasure, when continuing on with Wisteria & Sunshine came back to me as one of the many answers to that question.

As I’ve been creating images phrases to use on its pages and here and there in this webby world, I’ve deepened my devotion to these two, which I put together a few years ago and have been living with ever since…Wild Simplicity.

It is the heart of pretty much everything I try to Do and what I hope, eventually, I can spend more time in Being. I wrote this post at Wisteria & Sunshine last year to try to pin it down in words. Today is the first time, I believe, that I’ve shared something in it’s entirety from our private gathering. Behind its viney walls, it is easier to be open…to write about things in an unguarded way. But part of this Rosehip journey is to be more fully what we are, yes? So here is one of the seeds within me that I am ready to share, with its potential to grow many a rose, if only I let it go…

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Sept. 6th, 2013

I wonder if you have found the joy and ease of Wild Simplicity yet? I have tried to describe it here,now and then, as…

Keeping the Earth in mind in our lives in a daily way for its own sake and allowing it to bring us some of what we are seeking.

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Finding simplicity in your life by looking towards or considering the Earth and Nature in the choices you make day to day.

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What if feels like is to see yet another shopping center being built in a field you used to enjoy, and know that you needn’t wander the fluorescently -lit aisles of the cookie-cutter stores there because you have learned how to find most of what you need (and want) inside of you…or amongst what you already possess…or from shops and people more in line with the ways you are trying to care for yourself and the earth and all of its creatures, human and otherwise. So when your minimal errands are done, you can get home early, with time to read or lay in the grass or fill yourself up in a real way…not the aimless looking for something to buy that used to take up too much of your time and mind…

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…or wanting hair that curls in that wavy way you’ve seen here and there and finding yourself frazzled by all of the choices and gadgets when you go to research it online…and then thinking to turn away from the screen and the dilemmas of hunks of plastic that might end up in a landfill and wondering about the working conditions of the people in China who manufactured the hunks of plastic…to consider another approach. And discovering that damp hair twisted and clipped in loose bundles all over your head gives you same look, and even garners compliments in rest-area bathrooms when you are brave enough to keep it in the bundles (so your hair will look it freshest and shiniest and waviest when you arrive in a few hours) on your way to a lovely gathering…

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…or seeing some moon-time* things on the store shelf and realizing that you haven’t had to buy them for months now…ever since you were caught unawares, moon-time basket empty, and instead of rushing out to the store, thought about other possibilities. A pretty, old flannel sheet and some scissors and a half an hour or so and you had your basket filled with an assortment of cloths to serve every need and and new little thread of connection with both your fore-mothers and in the way your feminine rhythms and your daily ones interweave….

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The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon;

The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers…”

Yes, Mr. Wordsworth, yes…but we have the hope of becoming more in tune. It is a life-long journey, imperfectly done. Yet, I feel deeply that we women, in our domestic realms and beyond, with our gentle but passionate influence, can be the pipers, leading ourselves and those around us towards lives of more harmony, and therefore, more peace.

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*the word I’ve used for my menstrual period ever since reading Clan of the Cave Bear decades ago.*

**The original post and its comments may be found here.**

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Hello…I’m Lesley. I lived all over as a child, but have been grateful to make my home in the gently rolling countryside of Virgina for the past twenty-some years. I live in a patchwork house of very old and very new with my deario Douglas and (currently) an easy-going dog, elderly kitty, and seven hens. Our sons have flown the nest, tho’ they come home often and I take pleasure in keeping our home always ready to embrace them again. I spend my days working from home, tending my lovely online places from my corner desk in the kitchen, creating papery goodness in my studio, tending myself with walks in the fields and woods, playing with paper or just staring out the window.

After years of homeschooling my children, and taking care of my mother the last years of her life, I have found myself in a chrysalis-season. Life feels somewhat messy and unformed at times, with beautiful possibilities ahead. Tho’ as always, there is plenty of everyday beauty to be found right now…and it is my honor and pleasure to share much of what I am discovering in all of the creations that are now gathered in this one nest on the web.

The photo above is my current favorite of me…it was taken by my husband who caught me taking a photo of the front yard. It is rare for him to take pictures, so it is precious for that reason. I like it because it is me from the back, which I am always more comfortable with, and because I am doing something I love. But did you know that “they” say that your website should always have a photo of your smiling face? So here is mine…

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