Though she has no chickens of her own yet, Meg Buckingham fought for the right of others to have them. And she is hoping her blog will inspire others to live a simple, intentional life with deep roots in a rich soil.
Q: You have a blog titled achickenwish.com. So you must have a bunch of chickens?
A: No, I do not have any chickens (laughing). Maybe one day. A chicken wish is really a metaphor for a simpler life. My blog is really about a lifestyle. My son and I volunteer at a farm in Bunn, and my husband and I love to take trips to the mountains. I remember the feeling I got when I first held a baby chick in my hand. It was just a feeling of pure happiness. I just felt at peace. It is a great peaceful feeling you have. My blog is about living a simpler life, intentional life. To dig deep into things. It is about living off of the land like we used to. My husband and I have been living in Knightdale since 2007 and I had been reading about how a bunch of towns in the state were making the move to allow backyard chickens. I sort of brought that to the forefront and fought for that and now they are allowed. However, my homeowners association does not allow backyard chickens so maybe one day. If you read my blog, you will see it is really about a lot of things: gardening, being a mom. You know working in a garden is a good lesson in responsibility for both child and adult. I posted comments recently about ‘complaining’ and I got a lot of good responses for that.
Q: So tell us more about the blog post about complaining.
A: I made an attempt to stop complaining – and it's been hard. What I've really learned is that sometimes complaining is OK, and valid and important in growth and change. But for me, taking the straight-up negative, whiny complaining out of my life has been rewarding. Of course I still do it, but now I find myself stopping and thinking of how I can turn the situation around and think differently about it. It's a work in progress."
Q: You said you moved to Knightdale seven years ago. What brought you here?
A: My in-laws. They said they were moving and we came with them. I grew up in Connecticut and attended college in Massachusetts, at Westfield State College. I majored in psychology and minored in communications. I got my masters in school administration at Suffolk University in Boston. I started out as a reporter at a daily newspaper in western Massachusetts – I covered education, government and politics. I later moved to Boston but I couldn’t get a job at the greatest newspaper in the world like I wanted. I worked as a temp for a non-profit (The Boston Foundation) and that turned into a full-time job. I met my husband at Cape Cod and we got married in 2003. My in-laws, who lived at Cape Cod, wanted to move South and they randomly chose the area. They were getting tired of the cold weather and all of the tourism so we decided to go with them. We are not averse to taking risks. My husband works in finance analysis with the UNC-Rex Healthcare system and I work with the Triangle Community Foundation, which is pretty much what I was doing in Boston. I am happy with my day job but I would love to see my blog succeed. Of course, my first love is writing, I love to write and I have found that is the way I communicate best. My blog is about writing things in a positive way – not to complain. I hope that one day translates into a book. I would also one day love to live in the mountains but for now, I am enjoying what I am doing.
Q: You were a reporter? What is one of the more memorable stories that you worked on?
A: I had the opportunity to write about a lot of different things – from very exciting unfolding news like the chief of police's daughter stealing his squad car, to human interest stories about new technology for paraplegics in the local area. Being able to dig into the pieces of a story you don't normally hear had a huge impact on me – and has shaped how I react to a lot in life, always digging a little deeper."
Q: What would your book be about?
A: Yes, I'd really love to write a book. It would be a lifestyle sort of book that mimics my blog and what I am learning on this journey of life – how to live more simply, how to reuse and re-purpose instead of buying new and how to continue self-betterment. But we'll see – it's just a dream right now.
Correspondent Dena Coward