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Believe It or Not, the Goats Love Me

Whenever someone else milks the goats, the goats hold milk back. The substitute milker wrings out the last drop, then I go take a turn. Figgy senses my familiar warmth against her side. I sing the milking-time song I have sung for years, and all of a sudden her teats are full of milk again. The Nigerians simply have conniption fits if anyone else tries to milk them. Goats are notoriously personal, so even large commercial herds get divided into small groups cared for by the same people. Cows also thrive on familiarity. Mothers can probably relate. I milked a cow the other day, squeezing hard to get a steady stream into the pail. Her little calf came over and butted the other side of

Adventures in Rural Hair Care

How about NOT buying plastic bottles of shampoo? Even in bulk, the practice was bothering me. Eggs are emulsifiers, right? My fine, curly hair likes emulsifiers. Like a gentle conditioner, the fats of an egg yolk remove grime without stripping oils from hair. In theory. In practice, I had a big lesson to learn. Namely, don't rinse your hair with very hot water or you wind up with a scalp full of scrambled eggs. The yolk was on me, so to speak. Now, with more moderate temperatures, I'm happily using the occasional cracked or otherwise unsalable egg to wash my hair. I'm not usually one to boast about beauty products, but it is very satisfying to toss an eggshell in the compost rather t

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