Cris Fellows

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since Apr 01, 2014
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Wife, mother of 3 awesome and eclectic grown boys, grandmother. Pediatric ER suture nurse. Urban Food Forest tinkerer. Herbal medicine maker and learner. "Together is our favorite place to be" at UnAbandoned Gardens.
Youngstown, Ohio
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I just finished the series.  I couldn't put it down.  Jesikah, what of Della though?  I thought surely Lynden would step up at some point and say she wasn't really gone.  I completely LOVED these!  Thank you!!!
2 weeks ago
Jesikah, not sure if you are still hanging around permies land but some initial thoughts:  first, I am only through chapter 5 but I am intrigued, second, I would totally hold a bit bigger book for slightly larger print and no hyphenated words!!!
1 month ago
Paper.  The smell, the touch, the ability to find the page I was looking for just by flipping, but mostly my eyes prefer it.  I have a few ebooks but even on vacation where it would take less space to just read a book on my phone, I tuck a few books in. 
1 month ago
TJ's post echoes Stephen Harrod Buhner's assertion that Lyme disease is grossly under diagnosed.   I am working through his fantastic book.  He has to be the world's top expert on the subject, he has read billions (not true but I can't remember the astronomical amount) of peer reviewed papers on the subject and has helped tens of thousands of people with Lyme.  He is an herbalist but does not decry antibiotics.  Book will be worth the purchase if you are dealing with Lyme or if you, like me, are an interested medical professional and/or herbalist.  "Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections"
2 months ago
Although I posted in ecovillage simply to win your book, Jesikah, now I really want others input on my topic!  So I am hoping others will look and give suggestions.  The books look like an awesome winter read series after the garden goes to bed!
2 months ago
And in a new turn of events just today, a friend who has an urban garden/ greenhouse/ orchard is no longer healthy enough to care for it.  It is a house ( that probably needs tons of work) and adjacent lots that have been tremendously amended because he has the gift of facebook pleas for community help and gofundme pleas for capital.  Its not the way we roll over here on the other side of Market street, but it is what it is.  It has not been run using Permaculture techniques at all, but he has had tons of organic material trucked in to amend the city clay.  The people I spoke with today said he is trying to get an RV and get closer to family and let this all go for a song (I mean, he told them $1500...which if anyone actually only gives this lovely man that, I might have to hunt you down) to the right person who would care for it.  If someone does take it over, you become a part of this little disjointed ecovillage we got going on here automatically. 
2 months ago
What are your thoughts on an urban ecovillage in a non-thriving city.  My youngest son has petty much always lived communally in Minneapolis, often urban foraging (aka dumpster and garbage diving) and growing food/ raising chickens in that setting.  Everyone had jobs and sometimes it worked, other times not as much.  What I am specifically considering is that we own 4 houses in Youngstown, Ohio.  My husband and I live in one with my elderly mother next door.  My son and his little family live about 5 blocks away and we now own and are fixing the house behind him.  They have a nice garden between the two houses and we have a large 3 city lot Permaculture garden plus greenhouse behind ours.   This current situation works well for us and we all share the load.  We have tried to just rent the 4th house to friends or old neighbors and have had pretty woeful results.  I think we need to think of this more as an ecovillage and eventually try to recruit someone who wants to be a part of the whole.  What other things do we need to consider? 
2 months ago
Stoked.  If I don't win em, I'll be back for a coupon.  Bypasses look perfect!  And if I didn't have a stellar homemade toolbelt I'd be drooling over yours!
3 months ago
As soon as I am done pulling thistle, I'm gonna watch all of these!
3 months ago