About Pooh and the Brown Piglet

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About Pooh and the Brown Piglet

Make your own playground…stop playing in their playground! You are what you dream you are – become greater – make your own place – make your own universe.”—Matt Drudge

Pooh and the Brown Piglet-Cindy Pickard and Jody Armijo live off the grid on 31 acres in the mountains of northeast New Mexico.

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Coming from vastly different cultures and walks of life, both of us have experienced the very dark and painful side of life and have worked hard to climb out of that dark place. But we have, and we have found the joy, and the appreciation for life that perhaps can only come from experiencing deep suffering.

Jody Armijo and Shiloh

Working together with an understanding that goes beyond words, beyond any language or cultural barrier, we have created a beautiful place, surrounded by an animal family: Tilly the dairy cow, the horses, Puck and Redman, the wolfdogs , Dakota and Shiloh, Phantom, the cat and several doves/pigeons.





redman looking


dakota winter window




shiloh 9 months old


JODY milks the cow and takes care of the animals..sometimes it’s challenging…..

jody milk june '14  and he builds amazing things and creates beautiful art……which he sells as one way to keep things going here * Taking custom orders now for Christmas and beyond…jody draw rose gold crossamazing cow skull

bev's bear tablepsychedelic cross

blue flower crosses

And I work on our documentary films, learn more about growing food in the greenhouse……. GREENHOUSE GOOD FRIDAYAnd have an idea of something new to create almost every day………..

Our relationship is best expressed by this quote:


child jodyPiglet to Pooh:SNOWSUIT ME “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.


I have been wanting to write this blog for a while, in order to  share projects, ideas, our films, art, photos and things we are learning that may be helpful to others as we are always learning something new and creating things here in this remote and beautiful place I call HOBBITON



If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you, no humility, no compassion.

Eckhart Tolle

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross often said “If you sat in a beautiful garden all day and someone served you beautiful food what would you be?” And the spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle frequently talks about people who have had a difficult childhood as “being destined to go very deep” and about suffering: “If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you, no humility, no compassion.”

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The early years of my life can be summed up by these words: loss, grief and death: my mother when I was nine to cancer, my 16 yr old brother, Flip to suicide  when I was 19..

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Flip David, a few months before he killed himself at The Devereux School, Victoria, Tx

loss of almost all of my family, the homes and places and people that I loved… just about everything.

I was in fourth grade, coming to terms with my mother’s death and the life changes it brought about, when a child psychologist suggested to my dad that he get me a horse [I loved horses!]. He did and I was so happy. I rode every day, feeling free in my own world but most of all having someone to love who loved me-my horse, Smokey

smokey and me

And then I was twelve and my dad came up to my room and asked me if I wanted to go to a wedding. “Whose?” I asked. “Mine” my dad said. “What will happen to Wrighty?” I asked. “She’ll find another job .” said my dad.

Wrighty [Mrs Wright] had come to live with us and take care of my brother and me when my mother first got sick. me:flip:beatleShe had lived with us for 4 years and had the gift of understanding young children.flip:me halloween She made fudge and beautiful paper mache costumes and her favorite saying was “Pretty is as pretty does” Flip and I loved her and she loved us. We thought that she would always be there.

But suddenly, very suddenly it seemed to me, we got a new family-a stepmother, two stepbrothers and a stepsister and later a half sister. We got a new house too and a new, formal lifestyle [my stepmother was a former Texas debutante] and we were given 2 weeks to start calling our new stepmother ‘Mom’. Which was confusing because that’s what we had called our own mother.

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The Hockaday School Dallas, Texas 4th grade 1956-57

From second grade on, I went to The Hockaday School in Dallas. I liked school but I was not one of the popular girls, which was very disappointing to *my stepmother. She suggested that I copy their personalities so I could be one of them. At the dinner table-we always had formal dinners served by the maid-she told me how ugly I was. My skin was very broken out then and my hair, no mater how often I washed it, was very oily.

Hip Grandma


*I want to add that in the last years of her life, my stepmother and I came to truly appreciate each other and I was able to understand that she was trying to raise me in the way that she had been raised–the only way she knew. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross often said this was what was meant by the Bible verse “The sins of the father shall be passed down..”]

It was the summers at my grandparents’ cottage on Lake Michigan that kept me going during those years. From the time I was a year old……..

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File_01 beach copyuntil I was 16, I spent every summer there and there is no place on earth that I have ever loved as much as I did that cottage in Michigan…

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it was the lake, the windblown sand dunes, the smell of the pines, walking out to the lighthouse, watching the fog come in over the lake and the sound of the foghorn,rb lighthouse

playing Capture the Flag with my cousins and taking our inner tubes out to ride the waves after a storm.sunset:rb:michWhen I was 16, my grandparents, who never recovered from my mother’s death, sold the cottage. My grandmother told me their plans and I went outside and sat in the sand and I have never cried that hard in my life…before or since.

I had been able to hold on, knowing that summer would come and I could escape from my miserable life in Texas but when the cottage was sold, life became unbearable and I often prayed to die. I fell into a deep depression, which led to self-torture and a dark hopelessness. Often I wondered what awful thing I must have done to deserve this kind of life.

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There was a time in my 20s when I slept all day and nearly drank myself to death. I lived on the dark side. I had a small son and I was raising him mostly by myself. I loved him so much and I tried to keep living for him

He had been the one greatest thing in my life. andy:giant rabbitI was 22 when he was born and while I was in labor, a nurse came in and asked me if I would like to participate in some special programs available for the babies born at that time. I said no, not because I didn’t want to participate but because I knew that nothing that came from me could live…everything always died. I had already had a miscarriage on my 21rst birthday.

But then, just a little later, there he was, Andy my beautiful boy, healthy and weighing a little over 8 pounds. So I tried to keep going for him but just staying alive was getting more and more difficult.little andy:bear

And then came a miracle…


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“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

A friend sent me a ticket to a lecture given by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the pioneering teacher and author of the international best seller, On Death Dying. The lecture was at the University of Houston but shortly after Elisabeth began to speak, the sound system in the auditorium failed and Elisabeth, who was very soft spoken and had a heavy German accent, asked everyone who wanted to hear her to move to the front row.

It seemed most of the audience preferred to remain in their seats and complain but I felt this as a life-changing event and I moved up to sit directly in front of her. That afternoon, I put my name on the six-month waiting list for the next available workshop. It was the beginning of hope and the beginning of tremendous change


“In our most anguished moments may reside the greatest of gifts – not only for ourselves but for the world.”

-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD

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My first ‘Life, Death and Transition’ workshop was at The Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, California. There were sixty people, many of whom had experienced life’s most painful experiences: a man whose wife had died the week before in a plane crash, a woman who had watched helplessly as her 10 year old son skied off a mountain and fell to his death, a couple who had lost their young son to cancer and were now losing their 12 year old daughter,File_01 ekr:khamala

File_08 ekr:paula young dentist dying of ALS… all working directly with Elisabeth in a group setting, reminding us that on the deepest level,

as the Lakota People say: Mitakuye Oyasin “We are all related”

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Many who experienced Elisabeth’s workshops went on to create some type of helping organization almost as if they were compelled to do so and so in 1988, I founded a non profit organization called AIDS Care and Assistance, now known as Rites of Passage. In 1988, in Austin, Texas, it was the beginning of the AIDS epidemic….


jody gate-la paz-prison copy

“You see you wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete
had damaged petals. On the contrary, we would all celebrate its
tenacity. We would all love its will to reach the sun”. –
Tupac Shakur

Jody Armijo was born and raised in a rural mountain community in northeast New Mexico. He was taught by his grandparents who lived and understood the skills needed to live off the land.

When he was 16, he moved to Colorado and later, when he was in his 20s, got involved in dealing drugs-mainly cocaine. He was sent to prison for five years in Colorado and when he was released, he moved back to New Mexico.

prison interior

He got in trouble again and went to prison a second time, spending a year and a half in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.JODY-close-past

After he was released, he got in lots of fights and got stabbed so severely that he almost lost his life.

His attitude changed after that and he moved back to the rural community he was raised in. He is very close to his grandma….


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and to his uncles who live in the community.

In prison, he made woven crosses and bracelets JODYS PINK CROSS #3 and learned too, to draw on handkerchiefs called Paños in Spanish. dan sharon hankyhandkerchief pen:ink:closer #6

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It is his nature to help wherever and whenever he is needed whether it be changing a tire, shearing sheep, branding or rounding up cattle, cooking for his grandma or cleaning out a spring for a friend….When he moved back to his community, he also returned to his art, which is continuously evolving….jody draw rose gold cross2 doz roses elk turtle carvedjonathan's horsejesus:heart of gold 2He is an example of someone who has been able to completely transform himself…from a lifetime of violence and the darkness of prison to a creative and peaceful life…from a devil to an angel, from a monstro [as he and his uncles were once called] to a BROWN PIGLET jody:chuckle:prison film

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