Last March, my friend, Brandy, mentioned getting an issue of Taproot magazine in the mail and since then, she's mentioned it a few times and has really enjoyed it. I've ordered a few toys for Christmas from Nova Natural in the past week or so and I decided I'd give Taproot a try. I chose Issue #2: Paths simply because I liked the cover and I've been through it several times this weekend and I'm still reading it.
I love it! They're on Issue #7 now so I have some catching up to do! And there's a 2014 calendar, too!
From the magazine's About page, Taproot is a quarterly, seasonal, subtly-themed collection of stories, poems, photography, recipes, arts and crafts that entertain, educate and inspire its readers to spend more time connected to themselves, the earth and each other. I just love that!
The Paths issue has so much to absorb and consider! I'll be reading it a month, I'm sure. From having a family cow and sometimes school not being the best place for a child to get the best education to sweet little canning labels and birthing babies the natural way. I've always been enamored with The Farm, the caravan that brought them all there, the peaceful, self-sufficient way they've lived there for over forty years and the gentle way they bring babies into the world. I'm really studying that story, Brandy! ;)
I think my favorite thing about the whole magazine experience has been Phoebe Wahl's Wandering Through The Seasons watercolor prints. I'm going to find a pretty frame and display them in our home with the changing of the seasons. They are so beautiful! And the sweet little rosy-cheeked family looks a lot like Brandy, Mike, Willow and Roan. Phoebe needs to paint some more and add a wee baby girl to the family since Laurel Mae is here now. :)
Taproot is not a traditional magazine. It has no advertising, it's beautiful cover to cover and there's no silly filler content. Every word is deep, thought-provoking and inspiring.
Paths are one part free will, one part fate. (Meredith Winn)