Life on the Farm Continued:


The neighborhood doe has given birth to twins this year and they can be seen many mornings out on 47th Street or walking across the meadow.

The restored prairie was in full color this July and I am constantly looking for new flowers to identify when they bloom at their appointed times.  A concerted effort to rid the prairie of ragweed and thistle has made the labyrinth walk much more pleasurable. The struggle against invasive species is never-ending but the results make it worthwhile. Unfortunately after 25 years of battling buckthorn on our lakeshore in Maple Lake, my heart is no longer in that fight. I will try to keep buckthorn out of the yard and away from the hermitages but I don’t have the energy to clean up the woods where it has gained a major foothold.  So we heartily accept other stalwart souls who would like to take on that skirmish.


Fishing on the pond has produced some nice sized northern pike and bass and some small sunfish and perch. Still hoping that the pond holds some crappies and walleyes that have snuck over from French Lake.  In addition, osprey and eagles have also been seen fishing on the pond. It has been noted that they do not practice catch-and-release like we have been doing.

Now that Joan and I are living on the farm full time we look forward to watching and observing the changes as the seasons come and go. The beauty of the land and the interesting people that we get to share this place with has confirmed for us that we made the right decision to take part in the Wellsprings Farm adventure.

 --  Dan Pauly Schneider

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Meditation and Mindfulness Continued:

Elizabeth says:

Everyone is talking about Mindfulness and Meditation but talk is cheap. It is nearly a radical act of civil disobedience these days to unplug, power down, and log-off for a period of time each day. And our collective techno-focus is to our collective detriment. We are all wildly distracted, more depressed than ever and our cognitive abilities are suffering mightily due in part to technology overload.

A 2012 study led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital showed that participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. This was affirmed in a follow up study released in 2015 in which these same researchers found that long-term meditators have an increased amount of gray matter in the insula and sensory regions, the auditory and sensory cortex.

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