Maryhaven

“Raise,” said one of the fellows at the round table holding his cards steady. “I fold,” said another. Bob nudged me as I put my chips out. I won. “Oh!” the table of old men erupted with laughter and guffaws. Bob patted me on the back. “We’re sending you to Vegas when you’re old enough,…

What If?

  What if God is the God of the Israelites and God is Allah and God is the American Indian’s Creator and the Pagan Celt’s God and Goddess, and the Buddhist’s Divine, and the same the world and history over? What if Jesus is Buddha is Muhammad is the Calf Woman is the Sun God…

Make Your Own Effective Herbal Toothpaste and Mouthwash

  Toothpaste is easy and fun to make.  It tastes great too and does wonders for your teeth.  I am afraid the toothpaste at the store is less than healthy.  Fluoride is not the same thing as fluorine, the natural occurring mineral, and is actually a byproduct of the aluminum industry.  It’s a bit toxic,…

How to Make Your Own Rose Waters and Spritzers

  Rose water is luxurious and refreshing on warm summer days.  The ultimate beauty tonic can cost quite a bit in stores, but it is ever so easy to make! Harvest a few roses and place them in a saucepan. (Leave them on the porch for 15 minutes to let the bugs get out of them…

The Little Amends To Earth

On a blanket snuggled into the grass we lounged heavenly in the park.  The day was temperate and the colors were vibrant and rich.  We kissed and hugged and breathed in the odd day. Oh, some twenty feet away was a sumac bush and I did indeed need to harvest some for medicine.  The soft,…

Mulberry Walnut Quick Bread (and the Mother’s generosity)

  She is rich with generosity.  I have never eaten so well.  On this large city lot food is everywhere.  Rich carpets of wild greens.  Nuts ripening.  Fruits forming.  Mother Earth pushes water and nutrients to my seeds and smiles as seedlings emerge and take shape with shocking speed.  Roses fill the spaces with vibrancy.  My…

Bubba the Soprano

And then a horrid sound from the back yard filled the air.  I panicked at once wondering what it could be.  It for all the world sounded like an injured baby goat.  I followed the dreadful noise to the chicken coop where Bubba found his voice.  His adolescent cords trying ever so hard to crow.  So,…

From the Front Porch (life unveiled)

  The nest of tiny blackbirds awakes in raucous song as their mother comes along to feed them.  A baby robin hops through the grass cheered on and carefully watched over by her parents.  An infant dove perches asleep on a branch.  From my front porch the world is alive and green and new.  New…

Mulberry Summer

Gifts from nature and our new land.  A cross between a blueberry and a raspberry.  Juicy and tasting of early summer, these gifts plentiful across the vast branches of the trees we could not identify.  This is indeed a new world of beauty and bounty. Mulberries.  I had heard the name but had never experienced…

The Enchanted Wild Garden

Glints of light catch my eye.  Dancing fairies zipping by? I found a toy army man standing tall between two beets.  A gift, a laugh, a mystery treat. I went to take a photo of the toy that something left.  Gnomes to blame for the theft? No longer there. The raindrops sing on plant’s fragrant…

A Little Urban Farm

The lines of my urban farm are not straight.  The butter lettuce comes up weaving like a snake across its plot along side peas who are trying to climb the lattices set forth.  Each section of my front yard is a country.  The rainbow is Ireland.  In Ireland I have planted traditional foods, such as…