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Ammi Midstokke: Staying with the times and self-care

There’s a trend in adult maintenance these days referred to as “self-care.” I thought it was a more mature reminder that we attend to our personal hygiene matters and remember …


Ammi Midstokke: Rekindling long lost romance

I have fallen in love with a great many people, foods, sports and rock ballads in my day. I can’t exactly say if I am fickle or exuberant with childlike …


Ammi Midstokke: The regret and celebration of the relentless optimist

If ever I want to push the big red buttons of my betrothed, I suggest that some various task, activity, or project will be easy. And that it will take …


Ammi Midstokke: Family reunions facilitate barns and bonding

I have heard that some families have reunions. As far as I can tell, a group of biologically related individuals come together to eat potato salad, welcome the drunk cousin, …


Ammi Midstokke: When hard mountains make soft spirits

There is nothing quite as soul purifying as the uninterrupted vastness of nature, or the simple sounds of birds and bees toiling about their morning. Even the occasional flapping of …


Ammi Midstokke: Mountain medicine for the wee ones

I have been trying to get my daughter to hike since before she could walk.


Ammi Midstokke: When true love is found in the firewood

When you live on top of a mountain with a precious 12-year-old, it’s a little challenging to stay marketable. My wool socks are usually full of sawdust, there is inevitably …


Ammi Midstokke: Hunting for morals and morels

I don’t know a lot about fungi except that I like to eat them, and that there is some debate on whether they ought to belong to the plant or …


Ammi Midstokke: The obscure myth of a gardener’s delight

It is hard for me to decide which animal I like least. This is a stark reminder of the unforeseen challenges of adulthood, because I clearly remember as a child …


Midstokke: Reminders from the recently released

“Well I guess I’ll sit where Hank and I sat for a while at church, then I’ll move over to the widows’ corner,” says Salley. Death has a way of …


Ammi Midstokke: The color green and other cures for the darkness of depression

Once, when I was between jobs and husbands, I got really depressed. I treated it by playing Minesweeper for about eight hours a day while chain smoking at my desk.


Ammi Midstokke: The garden optimist emerges from hibernation

I wasn’t always a good gardener. Based on my seed-to-actual-plant ratio, I likely never will be.


Ammi Midstokke: If you don’t almost die, is it worth the trip?

There’s an age-old piece of wisdom that I often forget: If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.


Ammi Midstokke: Snowbirds and the science of seasons

I don’t know why, but I’ve somehow been raised to think that snowbirds were some kind of less-hardy folk or people who suffered from the consumption.


Ammi Midstokke: When napping is better than hiking, or not

I rather assumed that being fickle was just part of my female constitution.


Ammi Midstokke: Some things are best left to the professionals

I have this neighbor kid who got himself a little plow. He’s one of seven children named after confederate generals, which is exactly how I do so well at Trivial …


Ammi Midstokke: What we seek and find in the Great Outdoors

“I’m leaving,” I say. My person is staring at me with a face that looks something like a hybrid of a sad Labrador puppy and a lumberjack who lost his …


Ammi Midstokke: Remedies for the Christmas Crash

Christmas, by far, is the most manic of the holidays. In a strange sort of bipolar roller coaster of stress and gluttony, of joy and relatives, wrapping then unwrapping, we …


Ammi Midstokke: A guide to developing intimacy for the outdoors person

It is no secret that some outdoors people might struggle with intimacy when it comes to other humans, and thus spend much time in the wilderness where humans are few …


Ammi Midstokke: The importance of tradition regardless of discomfort

As the holiday season is upon us, many of us are forced to take part in and reflect upon family traditions. The word “tradition” somehow supersedes any logical relevance, joy, …


Ammi Midstokke: The continuing education of a homesteader

Once, I took a class on building birdhouses. I thought it had all the basic carpentry skills I would need, no matter that the wood was precut. There was glue, …


Ammi Midstokke: Every good parent takes family to Burning Man for vacation

It wasn’t that I’d always dreamed of going to Burning Man.


Ammi Midstokke: Rehabilitation for the resistant

“Don’t you dare tell me to take up swimming,” I warn the surgeon. He’s is visibly struggling not to roll his eyes.


Ammi Midstokke: Getting out of your box and into a boat

When you live in the Great Northwest, just going into your garden is a nature experience. For some reason, that seems to satisfy many of the masses and it would …


Ammi Midstokke: Knitting season arrives with misguided optimism

Every season that comes, I sigh with relief at the end of the associated seasonal labor and optimistically plan what I will do with all my free time.


Ammi Midstokke: That time a worst nightmare came true

When you live alone in the mountains with a kid, relying on solar power and YouTube instructional videos to keep your house running, you have a different set of fears …


Ammi Midstokke: Pursuing friendships and other excuses to play outside

A while back something shifted in the universe and I found myself in a position to accept applications for new friends. There had been some moving of schools, moving of …


Ammi Midstokke: Church on the water – morning rituals on skis

The rising sun is already casting its soft light on the lake as we pull up to the marina. It’s quiet but for a few morning sounds – birds, bees, …


Ammi Midstokke: Rest and other charlatan treatments

I do all the things we’re supposed to do to take care of our bodies. I drink moderately (sometimes moderately more), I eat a ridiculous amount of salad, I sleep …


Ammi Midstokke: New ways of exploring: Paddle board expeditions

Some of my favorite friends are the ones with a ridiculous sense of adventure and a impulse buying habit.