Heidi Barr

"Go lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. Come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. Come into the presence of still water and feel above you the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time rest of the grace of the world, and be free." -Wendell Berry (adapted)

Heidi Barr lives near the St. Croix River Valley in Minnesota with her husband and daughter where they tend a large organic vegetable garden, explore nature and do their best to live simply. She is committed to supporting ways of being on the earth that are life-giving and sustainable for people, communities and the planet.

More of Heidi's writing can be found at Embody Abundance

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The Birthday of the World

Apr 29

The Birthday of the World

I first heard this story on the public radio show “Speaking of Faith” that is now called “On Being,” hosted by Krista Tippett.  On the show, she interviews all sorts of interesting people, all of them deep thinkers and mystics and wonderers in their own ways.  A few days ago, I read it again in Tippett’s most recent book,Becoming Wise.  It’s an important story, I...

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Lessons From A Singing 5 Year Old

Feb 23

Lessons From A Singing 5 Year Old

“Hhhmmmm…..la la la la…….mmmm…..yeah, yeah yeah” Silence. 30 seconds later: “Ahhhhhhh, ah ah ah ah.  La la la la, la la la la la la.  Ah, ah ah ah ah ah ah.  The girl who has…everything.” Silence. 15 seconds later. “Joy to the world.   Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah..” And so on. This is the common soundtrack...

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Curve Balls And What To Do With Them

Feb 07

Curve Balls And What To Do With Them

            You know that saying, the one about how life sometimes throws a curveball? It popped into my head the other day, and I just found the notes that I’d scribbled down when it did.  Seems like a blog worthy topic, yeah?  It’ll do, anyway. So without further adieu, when life throws a curveball, here are a few options:...

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Belonging to the World

Jan 10

Belonging to the World

I just finished reading Traveling With Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.  It’s about some traveling they did to Greece and France, separate and together, over the course of a few years and the shifts that came about in each of their lives along the way.  It’s a good book.  I’m not going to get much more into their...

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Every Person Should Know

Dec 20

Every Person Should Know

I stumbled upon this arrangement of words a few months ago, and I filed it away to revisit during those times when I need a reminder of what is good to know.  The original version by Pamela Redmond Satran focuses the piece on women, and I’ve replaced “woman” with “person” in the adapted version below, adopting the use of...

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