Welcome to my Renaissance!

For ten years, I worked from home, tending the garden, lawn, hens, bees, house, farm. A decade of striving for independence and sustainability, living outside the rat race. And then I spent three weeks traveling, and upon my return, decided to attend graduate school.

And to pay it off, I had to get back in the rat race and get a job. Because I had scholarships and used up my savings, I could get by with a part-time job, which I loved, and then, by no fault of my own, I moved up the ladder.

Part-time became full-time, along with increased responsibilities, increased frustrations, and then the pandemic, during which time I paid off my school loan. And now, seven years later, I’m going to revert to my previous plan - manage the garden, write, work from home, return to my own business.

Of course, by now the garden has lain fallow for four years, and the chicken flock is down to two hens. All my canning jars, collected from yard and estate sales (more than 600 in all), are empty. All the simplifying I had done in the house, organizing and living healthy — is all neglected and chaotic again.

I’m getting back to the land again, reflecting on independent rural living again. Thanks for stopping by my online community.

Why join Two-Lane Renaissance?

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You can stop by this community anytime! You can also access great content relating to rural life, simple solutions, natural wellness, and spiritual living here - for six months past their post date. If you use or download the Substack app, you can maintain all your Substack subscriptions in one dashboard.

You can also join free by sharing your email address with me, and you’ll receive semi-regular (1-2x a month) email updates letting you know of upcoming events, sales, and recent posts and entries.

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Our VIP members get access to EVERYTHING - the email newsletter, digital downloads, and full access to Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine past issues (as pulled and posted from the print archives), and full access to the past articles and features of the online community.

VIP members also have access to special features like guided meditations, self-improvement ebooks, author readings, online courses, podcasts, videos, and more.

In addition, they receive special discounts for my workshops/retreats, discount codes for Two-Lane Books and Two-Lane Prints, and coupons for Two-Lane Studio products online and in-person at my events.

You can join by the month ($5/mo.), or by the year ($50/yr.)

Founding Members Get Even Bigger Discounts, and Lifetime Memberships

Founding members receive significant discounts in our shops, the studio, our booths, and special events like our writing workshops and retreats, online courses, and more.

Founding members are blessed angels, supporting my contribution to this virtual community, the central WV community, and the Appalachian writing community. Become a founding member for $200.00 (one-time payment).

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Lisa Hayes-Minney

Lisa Minney is scrambling to regain focus in her mid-life. A lifetime Type A planner, currently attempting to create in the present, operating on faith in spite of current conditions.

Robin A Holstein

Christian, conservative, wife, mother. Proprietor Holstein House, president Robin's Desktop, LLC. Author, & writer. Degrees in business, office administration. Ordained through ULC, and AMM. I sing for Christ. Dog, cats, chickens, and ducks.