Get Your Spring Greens On!

Hey you, digging in your garden! What are those weeds you’re throwing out? That can be your supper tonight. These are part of what I affectionately call the Spring quartet: Nettles, Chickweed, Violets and Dandelion. You’re getting a 2 for 1 deal: all have medicinal properties and all are nutrient dense foods. Violets Violets will be blooming (Viola species) by …

When Pigs Fly: Traveling During Chinese New Year Celebration

Who would think layovers could be fun? Returning from Australia we had a 12 hour lay-over in Hong Kong on February 5 and walked into celebrations for the beginning of the Chinese New Year: Year of the Pig. (You can look up the Chinese astrology symbols here). Pigs symbolize wealth and good fortune and are considered diligent, compassionate and generous. …

Blackboys, Squaw Vine and History: Who Gets to Write the Story?

While visiting family in Fremantle (Freo to locals), Australia outside Perth, we got to observe Australia Day on Saturday January 26. Why January 26? It marks the date in 1788, when a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts sailed into Botany Bay, effectively founding Australia.  January 1, 1901 marks the beginning of the federation of Australia. By 1935, January 26 was known …

Whatever It Takes to Feel Better

The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend followed 4 non-stop days of eating, drinking and celebrating with family. I awoke from another night of disrupted sleep and weird dreams, staggered to the bathroom on tender and achy feet, peered into the mirror at my puffy face and declared “I gotta do something different. I’m too young to be feeling so achy and …

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How to Feed a Fear: Create Attachment to Outcomes

If Winter is the season of the Kidney (rules the balance of water and salt), we are now drowning in water.   The recent snow dump melt followed by the rain fest saw to that. So, what does that mean, besides the weather is crazy right now? I think the weather and seasons speak to us as do the plants.  I’m …

How’s Your Weather?

How’s Your Weather? What’s the weather going to be today?  I quickly consult the Weather Channel: cloudy with a chance of rain, highs in the low 40’s. Drat. Another overcast, cold rainy day. I want it to be SUNSHINE! It’s heading into winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, and I feel a whine coming on. More blue sky!  More fluffy …

Gratitude and Climate Change

This is NOT your usual Thanksgiving gratitude exhortation. (Disclaimer: I am a gratitude advocate and practitioner. Gratitude can be a difficult pull when there aren’t good choices. You’ve got to wrap your head around the problem  and find the nugget of truth that resonates for you.)  Fiery blazes in California, increasingly fierce flooding along the East Coast. Welcome to the …

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Your Armor’s Too Tight: Using Thorn Medicine to Open Your Heart

If you were asked to name your favorite season, which one would you pick? For me, that’s a tough choice. I have two seasons, Autumn and Spring, but I prefer Autumn a bit more than Spring.  I like the balance of the temperatures: not too hot, not too cold, just right.  The Chinese element of Metal is Lungs/Large Intestine and …

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Finding Your Voice When Everyone is Shouting

It is with love and light that I inform you that Kathie (Holub) graduated from this life, on Sunday October 7, 2018. She has requested that there not be sorrow and not be a service. Instead, if you wish to celebrate her life, please let loose some daisies (or other flowers, or whatever plants you find) in the nearest body …

Living in Context and Nuance: It’s Never Either/Or, It’s And…

. Our minds are quite capable of holding more than one thought or perspective at a time, in addition to experiencing conflicting feelings around an experience. It’s part of being human.  Some scientists are working to smooth out those “rough” spots and make it “easier” for people to walk in the world (usually through pharmaceuticals). Easier does not always equal …