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find something you’re passionate about (giveaway)

October 15, 2012

It’s transition time in the garden. All the players are backstage sorting it out. The tomatoes are tired of being smothered every night by scrappy, paint-stained blankets. They’re tired of their own delicate selves, really, ready for a dramatic finale in which everyone sings haunting laments to their passing. The arugula, chard, beets and broccoli are stepping into the spotlight, whispering smugly to each other, sweeter with frost, baby, sweeter with frost.

Dan told me last night when he got into bed, “I officially have buck fever.” (deer hunting season starts in less than a week and ancient and wild things are stirring in Dan’s soul). We spent Saturday with our homeschool co-op families in the mountains on a geology field trip, led by Mathew’s dad who is a geology professor. We saw fault lines and rocks that were almost 2 billion years old, and marine fossils (200 million year old sea lillies!) and mica, milky quartz and amethyst.

Rose with milky quartz.

Dan spent most of the day with his binoculars pressed up to his face, scanning the slopes for bucks; Rose and Fawn made tiny cakes with soil and siltstone; Col scurried around looking for, and finding, cool rocks; I felt infinitely grateful for this group of kids who are generally so kind and inclusive; Mathew wielded the rock hammer with force and precision; Ferrer found an enormous slug and named it “Kim;” Lianne adhered mica sparkles to Cody’s face; and in the evening, Rose found the Crest sparkle toothpaste from our travel bag and said, “this toothpaste is more healthy because it has ROCKS in it!” (the sparkles are indeed, mica; the blue is blue #1).

Gemstone miners in the amethyst pit (and the first few flurries of snow).

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#227 of 365 days of hand-lettered art by Lisa Congdon

There are so many ways to live, so many ways to love your life; I am not concerned with “what you do,” I am concerned with what you love (though if they intersect, wow – the luckiness of that!).

Which all feels related somehow to this giveaway. I write for (and distribute, locally) the magazine Edible San Juan Mountains, which is about local food. You may have an Edible magazine in your region, too. I love this magazine, not only because it provides much of my livelihood, or because the photography is stunning, but because it offers a venue for the intersection of 2 of my passions: writing and food.

The summer and fall issues contain these 4 stories I wrote:

*Chard – spinach of the Southwest (with recipe)

*Composting 101

*Preserving fruit without sugar

*Going Paleo – the oldest new diet on the planet

I wish I could send copies to everyone, but y’know, the whole postage thing. So, I’m offering copies of the summer and fall issue to 5 of you. Leave a comment to be entered. (If you can’t leave a comment because of finicky wordpress, e-mail me and I’ll enter you). (Also, feel free to leave a comment even if you don’t want to be entered).

Also, apparently last week, this post didn’t get to you all that are e-mail subscribed.

Also, we just finished the most wonderful children’s book: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, recommended by many of you. It’s a heroes journey (the hero happens to be a young, Chinese girl) with beautiful bits of zen wisdom snuck in throughout. (it’s at the Durango library). I highly recommend it.

Happy Monday,


40 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2012 8:46 am

    Hi Rachel, Thanks for including Dan’s passion for hunting in this post! Some of my best memories of hanging out with you guys involved packing out meat and processing it. I’m transported instantly into the La Platas when I reflect on this and it feels good. My own La Sal Mountains
    feel like a sister range.

  2. October 15, 2012 8:50 am

    we love that book too :) and yes… I want to enter!

  3. October 15, 2012 9:08 am

    i would love to enter for a chance to check out edible. i have recently found your blog and am enjoying the beautiful fall photos and food info. Thanks for the book recommendation too. have a great day!

  4. October 15, 2012 9:08 am

    I fancy the way that you write so greatly that I’d love to have a hard copy! :) Count me in!

  5. October 15, 2012 9:10 am

    I don’t know this magazine…wonder if it’s available in Canada. Hmmm. I agree about finding your passion and sticking with it. I’ve recently started hand dyeing yarn and can NOT get enough. I lunched with Julia Child once…she was an amazing inspiration in so many ways. LOVE this quote. Going to check out the magazine. Thanks, Rachel. xo

  6. Sara permalink
    October 15, 2012 9:21 am

    I think we briefly had an local Edible, though I don’t think we do anymore (which is a shame because I also love food and writing and because there is so much good stuff happening around local food here).

  7. Rachel W. permalink
    October 15, 2012 9:37 am

    I would enjoy copies as well. As always it is a treat to come here and read what you have written.

  8. October 15, 2012 9:54 am

    A copy would be fab! Please count me in. Up here we’ve had a number of hard frosts so our garden is mostly done. There are still carrots and potatoes waiting to be pulled. Just last night I found a patch of hearty greens that must have grown from some that I pulled after they went to seed earlier in July. We’ll be enjoying some salads this week!

  9. October 15, 2012 10:25 am

    Thanks for another great post… It’s nice to hear that you don’t make your own toothpaste, you already set the bar so high… :) also, I think Humboldt could really use a local foods magazine! ?

  10. October 15, 2012 10:25 am

    You KNOW I want to be entered :) I love watching my garden go to sleep for the cold wet months. The sunflower slowly tumbles over, the calendula wither into a brown tangled heap, the tomatoes, squash and strawberry plants all recede back into the earth. But then there’s kale, and cabbage, and carrots and beets. All having their own secret garden party in the rain. I love it. I grab my knitting needles and knit up hats and sweaters and socks, roasting the harvest of summer into soups and sauce and dried things to snack on. I’m passionate about all of this.

  11. Sara permalink
    October 15, 2012 10:37 am

    “So many ways to love your life.” I love that!! Loved to be entered in the giveaway!

  12. Jess permalink
    October 15, 2012 11:05 am

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway! :) I enjoy your writing, and would like to see the magazine!

  13. October 15, 2012 11:11 am

    Love your blog and would love the magazines!

  14. October 15, 2012 1:28 pm

    I’ve been a lurker (found my way here from Kate Hopper I believe) and so enjoy your blog. It’s where I go when I have a moment to myself and your posts always remind me that I love to write and help me keep the ship gently steered in that direction even if it doesn’t happen as much as I would like. Thanks for the quote, and yes I would love the copies of Edible.

  15. katharine permalink
    October 15, 2012 1:56 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog– similar interests, but your writing is the real hook. Thank you for sharing. I would love to be entered for the magazines. Our family was gifted that book, maybe a good rainy fall time read. Glad the story is good, I am already in love with the cover art.

  16. October 15, 2012 2:28 pm

    that book is a fave here!

    i would love to win the edible magazine copies.

  17. October 15, 2012 2:39 pm

    I love all of the various Edible magazines I’ve read and know that your voice would just sing in one. (My friend and fellow blogger Elizabeth Grant Thomas writes for Edible Santa Fe; I think you two would be fast writing friends.)

    You know what I’m passionate about right now? My recent foray into breathing breaks. A few times a day I stop what I’m doing and just breathe, trying to keep my mind on the breath. It’s not very sexy or very exciting, but it feels amazing. In, 1, 2, 3. Out, 1, 2, 3. Passion, I tell you.

  18. October 15, 2012 5:16 pm

    I just found your blog a few days back. I like reading edible magazine when I travel because I feel like I’ve been let in on the local secrets. It’s all new and exciting.

  19. coleen permalink
    October 15, 2012 5:23 pm

    Would love to be one of the 5 winners. Really would love to read your writing. Count me in.

  20. October 15, 2012 7:49 pm

    Most Precious Dharma Sister R!
    ilg can BARELY believe that Crest (for Gosh sakes!) has Mica in it!!! that’s awes(om)e! Rose and Col were a little bit waaaaay too cute today at h(om)e school…i waltzed my bicycle across the trickle of the Animas to hook up (spontaneously) with the kids as they were engrossed in a muddy affair of learning about caldera’s…How Blessed Are We?!
    head bowed,
    feeble ilg

    ps: great writing! i bow in wow…

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      October 15, 2012 9:16 pm

      First I heard that you rode your bike across the Animas River (!), then I heard that you walked it across, but either way it was a memorable moment for those kids. And how blessed are we? Oh goodness, crazyluckyamazingly blessed.

  21. Jeanne permalink
    October 15, 2012 8:18 pm

    would love to read some more of your writing

  22. October 15, 2012 8:50 pm

    oh man, i wonder if we have edible around boulder…

    not sure? i want to read your fruit preserving without sugar article though! must read that. i made jams for the first time ever this summer, three different kinds cuz our fruit trees all bore this year, and i kept feeling like it was just wrong to use as much sugar as the recipes insisted on.

    rocks are the thing to study apparently right now. the younger class at our kids’ school is just starting their science lesson for the semester on rocks. i am excited.

  23. October 16, 2012 6:35 am

    We have Edible Blue Ridge here. I definitely want to read about preserving fruit without sugar, although admittedly, I have played around with it having done zero research myself….

  24. Lisa permalink
    October 16, 2012 7:33 am

    oh yes please with a dried spiced pear on top!

  25. October 16, 2012 9:01 am

    We ate chicken with my own beets greens and garlic and neighborhoods if you knew last night, and I thought of you. Would love to read Edible.

  26. October 16, 2012 1:10 pm

    Hey, thanks for the book recommendation and put me in for that giveaway! Cheers.

  27. 1vivigirl permalink
    October 16, 2012 4:42 pm

    We have been keeping each issue of Edible Austin for years… they have evolved into required bathroom “reading” for our 2 1/2 year old while she poops. We’d love to add this issue to the bathroom bookshelf. 4(!) articles from one of my favoritest bloggers, including one about composting? Yay! (I was just bragging on your compost posts to a friend the other day.)

  28. Denise permalink
    October 16, 2012 5:15 pm

    Would LOVE to see this wonderful magazine!! xoxo

  29. October 16, 2012 9:43 pm

    Kim the Slug. I love it. If I win, can you mail me her, too??

  30. October 17, 2012 3:12 am

    Thank you for the book recommendation. We’re between books right now, which kind of makes me sad.

  31. October 17, 2012 7:50 am

    Hi, I’ve been a lurker for a while and I love this blog. A friend of mine is from your region (though she lives here in Ohio now) and she brought me back a copy of Edible San Juan once. I thought it was so cool. Now, I work at a library, and as I put away magazines I noticed that we got Edible Cleveland! At last!
    PS: Homeschool is the best. :)

  32. Sarah permalink
    October 17, 2012 1:53 pm

    I would love to check out an issue of Edible San Juan with your writing in it!

  33. Melissa permalink
    October 17, 2012 10:25 pm

    what is the statute on contests here? since i won a book from you 2(!!) plus years ago when I was pregnant with Lilit, can I still enter now?

    i feel extremely lucky that i get to weave yoga and social work together. and so many more people are doing it, too, which is super cool. taught a packed prenatal yoga class at the berkeley y tonight–so much fun!! and maybe adding more classes there, too . . .

    ps. a good friend was visiting from portland and i had to show her your blog bc she is starting her own “outdoor playschool” for kids in her neighborhood and i thought she’d like what you have going on here . . . of course she did and now you have yet another new fan. xoxo

  34. Diane permalink
    October 18, 2012 5:20 am

    Have you gone paleo?!

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      October 18, 2012 11:22 am

      You’ll have to read the article to find out… No, I haven’t. But am a little freaked out about our rice consumption given recent arsenic information.

  35. October 19, 2012 12:07 pm

    I have seen Edible …seattle…missoula…and other places. I really enjoy it when I can find it!

  36. October 19, 2012 7:07 pm

    me me me me me me!


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