Hello! We're Lisa and Anthony.
Neither preppers nor hippies, the two of us are hip to homesteading. Our motto is: Ditch your lawn and the rat race, at your own pace.
We met more than a decade ago in Seattle, where we got married and lived in tiny apartments with hardly any space to grow things. But in 2017, we moved to the St. Louis, Missouri, area, where Lisa's from. We could buy a house here with land enough for a garden and look hopefully toward... maybe not actual retirement, but a good life that we define for ourselves.
As we enter our fifth year here, we feel it's been an excellent move. Our 117-year-old "farmhouse" continues to stand the test of time. We've utterly transformed a 1/4-acre plot of suburban lawn, exotic ephemerals, and invasive plants into a lush oasis that supports pollinators and wildlife as much as it provides for us. We've received a Platinum Award from the St. Louis Audubon Society in recognition of our conservation garden, and it's also been designated a Monarch Waystation and certified as a Wild Ones native plant habitat.
Our Background and Other Writings
In addition to writing for this blog, Lisa is author of The Dreamslippers Series, a sexy-cozy murder-mystery series about a family of psychic PIs. The first book in the series is also titled Cat in the Flock; main character Cat McCormick goes undercover in a fundamentalist church, becoming a literal cat amidst the flock.
Lisa has also written a book of poetry inspired in part by yoga and nature, Broom of Anger. A longtime journalist, she has penned numerous articles for publications such as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Poets & Writers Magazine, and Crosscut, to name just a few. She writes on a wide range of topics here - from asanas to zucchini - building on her previous experience as a lifestyle editor and feature writer.
For the past 15 years, Lisa has written and designed game stories for a living, mostly for a 30+ female audience. She's currently the owner of a successful game design and writing studio called Brunette Games, and Anthony has joined her in that business. A former publisher, grant manager, and brand manager, Anthony is a popular writer for Cat in the Flock, too, covering such trendy topics as how to render fat and something he calls 'chaos gardening.'
We hope you enjoy our stories of triumph and tribulation - and maybe even find something here that will inspire you toward a life of greater self-sufficiency, independence, health, and happiness.
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