Durango, Colorado

Some people prefer large soirees with friends and food and gifts to celebrate monumental birthdays, and we have hosted a couple of those fun events over the years. Yet as Mark's fortieth birthday loomed, I wanted something quieter and…

one equal temper of heroic hearts

I gave Mark a wallet for father's day in June with the last line from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Ulysses, "to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." I might have inscribed the last seven lines, if it would have fit, and so I inscribed…
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fresh flowers in the late summer home

A small bundle of fresh flowers for the home can be water for the soul, especially in these late summer months when the temperatures soar and the fields lie crispy and parched. I tend to sprinkle small bundles or sprigs throughout the…
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printing childhood artwork + homeschool notebooks

Childhood art is magnificent, isn't it? Children have a way of seeing and coloring the world in the early years without the constraints of reality, without the pressure of perfection. I'm not exactly sure why or when the majority of us…

an open letter to a homeschooling mother

Dear mother, I've been thinking lately about the looming school year and also about this oppressive heat, how every living thing seems to wither under it. "And consider, always, every day, the determination of the grass to grow despite…
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simply living | a webinar to clarify your daily routine

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. ― Mary Oliver On my personal (and familial) quest to live more simply, I have learned one overarching truth: simple and easy are not always the same. Living simply requires thoughtful…

nurturing the whole self | unplugging

Consider the regular practice of unplugging a cleanse for the soul, an opportunity to listen to both yourself and others in a different way. Like many thirty-somethings, I am old enough to remember life prior to the internet, before…
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a sample meal plan for summer

I regularly have people ask me how I plan our family meals, and also how I include the kids in the kitchen. I've been working on a small upcoming project regarding this topic, which I'll have more on soon, but for now, I thought I'd share…

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Cloistered Away is a lifestyle blog, focused on simple, purposeful family living, written by Bethany Douglass.

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