On Healing: A Gardener’s Perspective

On Healing: A Gardener’s Perspective

In the author’s garden, mounds of Wormwood, Bee Balm, Sage and Lavender benefit from peripheral shade and dense plantings; the Pollinators have a buffet of nectars and pollens to choose from. On Healing: A Gardener’s Perspective A couple of years ago, I surrounded the...
The Normalcy of Nature in Otherwise Odd Times

The Normalcy of Nature in Otherwise Odd Times

The Normalcy of Nature in Otherwise Odd Times Some people say they fell in love as their eyes met with their partner’s across a crowded room. They describe it as love at first sight. I know what that is like. Stopping at a roadside pullout in the eastern plains of New...
Artemisia: Excerpt from The Ecology of Herbal Medicine

Artemisia: Excerpt from The Ecology of Herbal Medicine

Artemisia/Sage: The Ecology of Herbal Medicine The following is an excerpt from Dara Saville’s new book The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest from the University of New Mexico Press (2021).  ...
Rocky Mountain Medicinal Mushrooms – Puffballs 101

Rocky Mountain Medicinal Mushrooms – Puffballs 101

Rocky Mountain Medicinal Mushrooms – Puffballs 101   Did you know that mushrooms are more closely related to animals than to plants? Or, that what we generally refer to as a “mushroom” is actually the reproductive apparatus of the fungus? We don’t usually...
Cultivating Mental Health During the Pandemic Winter

Cultivating Mental Health During the Pandemic Winter

Cultivating Mental Health During the Pandemic Winter …in the midst of horrorwe fed on beauty—and that,my love, is what sustained us. — Rita Dove, “Transit” To cultivate mental health during the pandemic winter, the first thing is to avoid categorizing...
COVID-19 Support

COVID-19 Support

Perspective on COVID-19 Home Health Preparations: March 22, 2020   Strange times indeed…. Unless we remember that humans have been through similar situations before. In fact, we are the descendants of people who have survived terrifying outbreaks of the past...