Make Your Own Ginger Brandy for Tummy Troubles (works in minutes)

You know that moment in the middle of the night when you realize you shouldn’t have eaten that?  Digestive issues are never fun.  Stumbling around in the dark trying to find something to take to stop the discomfort… I can never find my medicine bag (or the living room) in moments like that, but lucky…

Foraging for Goose Foot (cooking with wild foods)

You needn’t search far for goose foot, also known as lamb’s quarters.  You can see by the shape why it was referred to as goose foot.  You could also look for common mallow.  Or purslane (The highest source of Omega 3 available.)  And of course, dandelions. Oh my, the list does go on.  Mother Nature…

Beltane (aka May Day, what is it? is it evil? and how to celebrate)

  Beltane is the lovely celebration between the spring equinox and the summer equinox.  All of the original Celtic ceremonies were agricultural holidays.  Traditions always made things sweeter and the intentions and prayers uttered and the community gatherings were looked forward to.  Anyone can celebrate the original holidays regardless of their chosen religion because they came…

Of Simmering Beans and Days of Dreams

The kitchen wishes for a long rustic table of family and friends, arriving with kisses and laughter, and voices rising with the steam from the pot.  The snow is too high and treacherous today, so just an intimate dinner in our quiet abode for two.  The cats rest warmly on the sofa as a book can hardly…

Sweet Spring

The cold crops have all come up and stretch their tiny limbs and savor the daily sun.  This valley stays fairly warm and doesn’t receive the heavy feet of snow of north.  Yet a storm cometh from yonder hills, riding in on thunderous carriage tonight promising thick spring inches.  It will prune trees.  And powerlines.  Some old logs and pinecones…

Medicine People Don’t Drink Wine

I am the oldest child in my family.  I am a rule follower and am a bit of an extremist.  If I want to learn something, I fully immerse myself in it.  I create and maintain certain ideals and ideas that land me in my own jail.  Perhaps you do it to. Moms can’t ______. (be busy)…

Gardening By Lions (untangling identities)

Eleven animals euthanized, the paper reads.  Four years ago we nearly moved into a house in the same county owned by a couple that also owned an animal sanctuary.  Recently they had asked the county if they could move into that home with their eleven lions, tigers, bears, and wolves as there was prolific flooding…

Releasing the Old (not without a fight)

  Oh, it was a lovely idea to do a 365 day daily inspiration, wasn’t it?  The new year does bring so much hope.  Problem is, I am not inspired every day of the year and rather than post memes and quotes and have random days missing, let’s just say it was a good shot…

Something to Ponder

“So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around?” -Kathleen Kelly, You’ve Got Mail   To be continued…    

Oneself Reveal

You can always tell when a writer is struggling.  They stop writing.  Oh, I have been scribbling madly with a pen in my journal, but I have been mute when I open my computer.  Being a writer requires vulnerability.  Maybe we cannot see the faces of those that read our work, but our very lives…

April 19, 2017- Release

There is a universal shift happening.  You may have felt it or may have heard of it.  There is change coming.  You may have noticed it.  Many of people have lost their jobs.  Lost everything they owned.  Possessions being peeled away.  Lost various relationships.  Many people have passed on.  Everything we are holding onto with the firmness of…

252 Photographs (capturing and living the moment now)

  “You will have to see the pictures of Maryjane that Dad took,” I told Emily, “He took like two hundred!” I further exclaimed, thinking I was exaggerating. “Two hundred and fifty two,” Doug corrected. I asked him why he took so many pictures.  He replied that it is easier to delete a photo than to…