Tasty Spring Mix and Words from Bucky

This week on the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, it’s me in the CHLY studio spinning tracks for 55 minutes. The final 5 minutes is the audio compiled by Blank on Blank about one of my heroes; R. Buckminster Fuller

Here is the file

The Bad Lovers – Good Man/Love Shine
The Bad Lovers – Freaks
The Bad Lovers – Actin’ Strange
Nathaniel Rateliff – S.O.B.
Nathaniel Rateliff – I Never Get Old
Ash Grunwald – Longtime
Night Beats – Outta Mind
Sheer Mag – Fan the Flames
Sheer Mag – Button Up
Sheer Mag – Point Breeze
Betrayers – Love Rat
C Duncan – Pearly Dewdrops Drops
Vulfpeck – Outro
Mieke Maimi – In The Old Forest
John Wizards – Musizenberg
Radiation City – Juicy
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Shakedown Street
Bass Fury – Nada

Farming Life

We have been relatively in charge of 5 acres for 3 years. I always knew we’d start farming. The question is, when does that become official? When I’m outside at first light hoping to ward off any munching deer? When it takes only an hour of shoveling to turn over my entire compost pile? When I obsess continually about seedlings, and mulching, and weeding? When we name it and start its own Instagram page? By the way, we named it and started its own Instagram page: @choruspondfarm

Half Music Half Esther Part 2

Part 2 of what we started last week on The Sweet and Sour Variety Hour. Half music and the second half of a one-hour conversation between Adam Grant and Esther Perel which aired on her new podcast called How’s Work (of which I highly recommend!)

Here is the file, airing via CHLY 101.7FM on Wednesday April 15th 2020


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Tracking Life

For the past year and a half, I have kept a life log that has, over time, revealed patterns in my life that now completely informs how I live. It all started as a method of birth control called FAM, but soon turned into my own little accountability reference aid that has connected me to my body, and my body to the moon. Basically, I take my temperature with a digital thermometer in the morning before getting out of bed. There is a discernible spike in temperature the day after ovulation, so after a while, you know exactly when you’re most fertile.

What are Fertility Awareness Methods?
Fertility awareness methods (FAMs) are ways to track your ovulation so you can prevent pregnancy. FAMs are also called “natural family planning” and “the rhythm method.” – plannedparenthood.org

Other patterns start to emerge too. For example, now that I know when I’m most likely to have depressed feelings, I will control for it. Perhaps hosting that dinner party would be better suited to this other week, when I know I feel particularly motivated and on top of things. I track all my big headaches, my weight fluctuation, exercise, fasting, pimples, moods, and…other things. It’s a clear way of seeing how this stuff relates to where I am in my cycle, and where my cycle is with the phase of the moon. Just by keeping this log, I feel accountable to this document, and thus, am more likely to keep my goals.

I made a custom chart that I’m giving away for free. It’s in Celsius (Canada, eh?) and includes a weight section with spaces between 130-160 lbs, but you can easily convert it. It’s mostly blank and customizable, so you can write in whatever you want to track! Pick up a digital thermometer (with preferably two decimal places for better accuracy), and get charting for a more informed connection to your body!

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I printed it out and made a booklet. It looks like this…

Ovulation day: February 27th, known because it’s the day right before the spike in waking temperature
Seeing the days and intensity of my menstruation help me to plan ahead

Uses for Young Maple Flower

It is that time in the spring that tender green flowers are emerging from the buds of what I like to refer to as The Maple Syrup Tree.

Added whole into a stew at the very end will barely cook the buds, which mean they keep a bright colour and retain a little crunch.

This morning I added them to a breakfast bowl of oranges, roasted almonds, and cream top yogurt.