"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world." -Richard Dawkins

About Us

My name is Alina, but you can call me Ali. In fact, I'd prefer it. I'm a work-from-home-mom who is still trying to find time for that novel I'm trying to write. (Yeah, right, like that'll ever get finished.)

I began Fox + Bean as a project called Sanguine, a blog created in my first weeks of pregnancy to share my journey and my news with family members back home in New York while I was busy sojourning in Arizona. I'm thrilled to announce that I'm home again, and my kid is growing up in all the same places that I grew up, and I'm pretty satisfied with that.

My day job is that of a wedding officiant- meaning I marry people, and that makes me really happy. I don't think there's a career path that involves more smiles and joy than this one. Click here to visit the Ritualisms website. When not marrying people, I'm a freelance writer, and when not writing, I'm probably crafting, cleaning, taking pictures of things, reading, or getting sucked into Pinterest face first. My interests include medieval history, scrapbooking, jewelrymaking, natural birth/parenting advocacy, world cuisines, photography, drawing, amazing music, alternative education and vacuuming (often.)

I am married to one of my very best friends, a good guy who will show up home from work when he knows you've had a bad day with a pint of Starbucks ice cream with a long-stemmed rose stuck in it. He cooks a mean portobello chicken dish and is one hell of a gamer- and? He always makes me laugh.

I hope you dig my blog- it's not for anyone in particular, and it's not for any reason in particular, but I think it's a cool enough place, and I want it to be funny and interesting and inspirational to everyone. Would you like to contact me? Please do! Alina dot M dot Hensley at gmail.com


This is Ro. She is a fiery, assertive redhead born in 2006 and is an only child. She's a wild child who loves everything having to do with princesses, much to my chagrin, and would rather run and jump and throw and yell and make noise than sit quietly and read or draw or play with dolls. Some days I don't feel like she's my kid at all, but I guess we'll just have to see how she grows. Other things she loves are Monster High, splashing in the bath, eating yogurt, playing MySims on my laptop, and gluing anything to anything else. Yep. I think she's going to inherit the crafty after all.

As of 1/1/2013, she is officially a homeschooled girl, which is working out for us much more smoothly than I anticipated it was going to. I've always wanted to homeschool and though we've done public school for two years now, it was time- and it's great.

At the end of this introduction I feel the unfortunate need to clarify that though we are homeschoolers and bloggers, we are not Christians. I do not blog for God. I do not homeschool because I don't want my child exposed to "the village". We are Secular Humanists first and foremost (in short? We're Athiests.) But we do celebrate the wheel of the year in a somewhat Pagan sense, and we appreciate the rhythms and flow of the natural world- and we're really okay with all that.

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