3 Things to Incorporate Into Your Garden

There are many pictures on the internet and in books of perfectly manicured gardens.  I wonder if they scare folks away from extensive gardening.  Gardening is one of the greatest pleasures.  Your seed packets come with a gym membership, a psychologist, a muse, and a guru.  Here are three things to remember or incorporate into your gardens….

A Letter to the Nemesis of the Spring Crops

Dear Flea Beetles, Well, I can’t say I am happy to see y’all.  Is it really July already?  Goodness, where does the time go?  I know you are the cleanup crew.  One of the mean teachers in the school of hard knocks for gardeners.  But still. Remember that time I tried to kill you all…

Summer Reading and Great Films

Summer is made for days on the back porch with lemonade and a great book.  I love books that are filled with adventure without being very violent and full of espionage.  I just want beautifully crafted characters and a world I can travel to in order to allow my mind to rest from the day….

The Dancer

My toes have dirt on them from May until the crisp snows of Yule force them into warm socks. Though called ugly and curved, my toes were perfect for dance.  Slid beautifully into ballet shoes and curved just so to hold me on my toes with ease. My feet held me in sequences of intrinsic…

Make Your Own Lovely Lemon Hairspray

  This is a great concoction that I made from my old modeling days.  When I had a modeling agency we used it on the kids.  I still make a batch once in awhile if I really want to get gorgeous and feel the need for hot rollers.  It’s just so easy and incredibly effective.  You don’t…

A Trip to Bishop’s Castle

  We haven’t been on a field trip in awhile!  Today I am taking you dear readers about an hour past my town of Pueblo to Rye, Colorado where an eccentric old man has been working on this castle since he was fifteen years old.  He bought a few acres at that time and has…

Nourished (Preparing Whole Grains)

I have really never felt so nourished.  The prolific garden is heady with earthen smells of recent rain and the corn is already knee high before fourth of July.  The cabbages burrow into themselves, creating crisp, rotund rounds.  Wild food grows prolific.  Birds of many types and squirrels prance through the garden spaces to eat. …

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,…