As Oasis

A sneak peek into one former artist-in-residence's return home  

by Joetta Maue

I spent all day yesterday settling back into home. Getting caught up, unpacked, and much more. And it feels good to be home. While I was away I was thinking about all the things that I miss out on by having a NYC lifestyle, but as soon as I saw the skyline off in the distance I was flooded with happiness toward all the things that I get from living a NYC life.

It has been lovely here the last few days and T and I have been soaking in Brooklyn life.

I always love that often when I go somewhere I totally enjoy myself and my experience but more often then not it also confirms that the life that I have chosen is the right one; leaving me even happier to be where I am.

Better Farm was an oasis of grass, bird song, space, and wonderful community and I am so grateful for the experience I had there—and even more grateful to know their door is always open to me and creative folks. I hope to grace their barn and the supper table again.

But here too in my little life in Brooklyn I have my oasis of my family, my friends. my studio, and my bed. So I guess you can make an oasis anywhere.

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.