• From Karl Hammer’s Chickens to Human Self-Creation

    “Our chickens are welcome to stay and free to leave,” Karl Hammer said about his “working chickens”. It is indeed a high expression of chicken-hood.

    Do humans “measure up”? How? Why not?
    Oftentimes, patients come to therapy but hesitate to look into the core of their internal life. The psychic injury of the past seemed still a fresh wound in their mind’s eye. The courage in facing what is “there”, as Karl’s chickens, instead of imagining what one believes is “there”, like my patients do, is no...

  • Kefir, Love it or Hate it

    Kefir is one of these things which, despite its undeniable health benefits, elicits strong “opinions”. Some love it. Others hate it. I have yet to find someone who claims indifference towards it. One of my patients would pinch her nose, tilt her head backwards, and then quickly pour the thick semi-liquid substance down her throat. “Exactly how cod liver oil was taken when I was a kid”….

  • Sexing Chickens – A Coin Flip

    Misguided self-confidence does not match accurate results – sexing chickens turns out to be one of such unfortunate events that fits the statement.
    My supposedly 5-hen-flock has 3 rooster-imposters, providing me 40% of the egg production….
    The clickable title will help any homesteader avoid such disappointing results while saving time and money.

  • From Nell to “Chick Mirror”

    Most of the time, it is much easier to see the “outer clothing” of the matter than perceiving the “deep truth”. The latter requires clear-sightedness, which may not be possible with our sophistry and neuroses in the way.
    As a result, a lone chick may die of emotional deprivation….
    The clickable title will take you to the subject matter.

  • Night Droppings Come to the Rescue

    One morning my American Chinchilla doe hid in a corner of her cage and refused her favorite food. She produced no droppings and no urine that day.
    It was a sorry sight.

  • Creatures of Habit

    Chickens and humans are both creatures of habit. A slight change may interrupt the “flow of things” and elicit an often undesirable reaction.
    Does the swiftness and ease of adaptation represent emotional health?

  • Focaccia

    Focaccia is undoubtedly my little helper, as the process of making it delivers me into a meditative state. In this case, a focaccia is never just a focaccia even though the concrete result of a beautiful focaccia would not last more than a few minutes after the steamy hot bread is out of the oven.
    Life coaches or psychotherapists who don’t like the process of focaccia making would be hard pressed to find other ways to clear their minds….