Smack in the midst of my career as a university professor, I agreed to relocate to the Pacific Northwest with my husband so that he could advance his career. A part of me wishes I could go back. But I’m learning. A lot. And there are some advantages to starting over like the opportunity to write and to teach in ways that (really, really) challenge me. And, of course, chickens!

My girls are a feminist brood of Ameraucanas and a Buckeye. The eggs? They’re Boudica blue and Buckeye brown, in honor of the lovely hens who lay them.*

*Boudica was a “a Celtic [warrior] queen who led a revolt against Roman rule in ancient Britain in A.D. 60 or 61.” The Buckeye is the only chicken breed known to have been developed by a woman.