Category: Spiritual

Of Drums and Spirits

The Healer of Woundedness…..Willow

I was visiting with some dear friends this past weekend and came upon a massive willow tree in their yard. The tree was huge, a native species that had stood in the floodplain of the creek all of its long life. I took special… Continue Reading “The Healer of Woundedness…..Willow”

Lessons from Rosehips….

The bright red hips of the wild rose are now ready to harvest where I live. There is simply nothing more satisfying than to gather and ingest the wild gifts of Our Mother Gaia…. especially those that come with medicinal blessings. Rose hips are… Continue Reading “Lessons from Rosehips….”

New Visions….

We stopped for a break on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, near the Native Peoples Museum. The air and ground had mounds of cottonwood fluff…. Seeds drifting, released to the midday winds, falling……..caught in the wild roses below, falling in drifts against resistant structures… Continue Reading “New Visions….”

Nemesis of Spring ….

I live in a house that was built in the late 1800’s…around 1868 to be more precise. It was built from wood acquired from the local mill …. good “clear” pine without a single knot to be found. Constructed of real 2×4’s, full size… Continue Reading “Nemesis of Spring ….”

All-powerful against “Wykked Sperytis”

Now that Spring has sprung up here in northeasten California, I find my emotional state to be as varied as the winds that blow across the emerging pear blossoms. Mind you, we have just survived Winter…an elongated, protracted season that invokes its own specialty… Continue Reading “All-powerful against “Wykked Sperytis””

Stories from an Herb-wife – Dandelion Flower Tea Cake

Dandelion Flower Tea Cake Makes 2 cakes 4 cups flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 – 2 cups dandelion petals 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup honey 2 eggs 2 2/3 cups milk ½ cup of jam Of choice Mix… Continue Reading “Stories from an Herb-wife – Dandelion Flower Tea Cake”

Stories of an Herb-wife – Honeysuckle Syrup

  With spring and summer seasons beginning to Rise, I become a totally different beast. I spend hours out of doors sniffing the air, eyes on the ground, rapidly identifying most of the plants that come within view. I admit it, I am a… Continue Reading “Stories of an Herb-wife – Honeysuckle Syrup”

The Warming of the Waters

The edge of winter is beginning to soften ever so slightly here on the Modoc Plateau. There remains another 10 weeks of unpredictable cool weather up here, but I am able to observe the warming of waters. The ice is transforming into its aqueous… Continue Reading “The Warming of the Waters”

Great change is coming…

It is a sobering fact that our atmospheric chemical composition has been altered by industrial pollutants. This alteration has resulted in creating atmospheric instability that is highly unpredictable and destructive. I belong to a conservation group called TreeSisters. This organization, along with Rainforest Alliance,… Continue Reading “Great change is coming…”

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