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WARNING ! Extra fees and frustration. AT&T

WARNING ! Extra fees and frustration. There is a reason not to get Internet, TV and Cell Phone on the same provider. We live in the country and had our Cell Phone and Internet on different providers. We do not … Continue reading

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Weather or Not–what to do about the weather

A few years ago we lived where tornados visited frequently. We decided to have a storm shelter built. The plan was to stock it with survival foods and other necessities so all we had to do was run and sit … Continue reading

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We have become officially retro!

Catherine Mills · August 21, 2016 · Yes, we here at the Purple Gate Herb Farm are about back to nature, sustainable agriculture, alternative building, solar, rainwater collection, and now we have officially entered the previous century. We quit satellite … Continue reading

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Suggestions For My Extreme Hair Cut

I have always relied on sympathy from my nearest and dearest relatives. When I donates a 12 inch pony tail to “Wigs for Kids”, I never thought what I would be left with hair cut to 1nch all over my … Continue reading

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Bastrop Sustainable Meetup at the Comfort Cafe

Sorry, I am so late on reporting this most interesting Meetup.  Our members were treated to a most wonderful, interesting Café, and Gardens that support nourishment for Body and Soul. Comfort Café in Smithville relies on good food and good … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe Hair Style

A few months ago, my hair was getting too long and needed cutting. My Daughter, Catherine who has very thick hair also wanted a hair cut. With summer well on it’s way, we thought short hair might be cooler. We … Continue reading

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Tlingit Culture Revival

  I was born in 1942 in the Territory of Alaska. (Alaska did not gain statehood until 1959) When I was 10 years old, I asked my Tlingit Grandmother to teach me her language. She said, “Why? Who will you … Continue reading

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Want to be Green? How?

  I searched for answers and get all these possibilities. I am solution oriented and want to know how to GO GREEN. How do I sort information from all these sources? As you begin to study these topics you begin … Continue reading

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Simply Making Sauerkraut at Home

Catherine and I love Rueben sandwiches. MMMM…rye bread, sauce (we use Thousand Island Dressing), slices of melted Swiss cheese and a pile of thin-sliced corned beef-topped with a generous mass of sauerkraut.  We also knew the sauerkraut had beneficial microbes … Continue reading

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Which Medicinal Plant?

How do we know we are all talking about the same plant? Early records of observers of Native American use of plants for healing and other practices was done by people who were not steeped in technical learning. They appreciated … Continue reading

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