Bear and Depression’s Mother

  “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ~ Mary Oliver I’m still collecting my thoughts around the coincidence of two bear dreams.  They were not dreams I had.  They were dreams that two friends had of me and a … Continue reading

Cultural Fray

    Cultural Fray Part 1: Hold Us Together I’m sitting on top of my bed which is covered by my great grandma’s yellow, wool blanket. She was a seamstress. Measuring tape… Pins to mark… And then, time… Every piece of clothing hugged your shape like a second skin. And then there was WWI. And … Continue reading

Forest Bathing, Mississippi-style

  Between cutting down the old-growth cypress forests of the Mississippi Delta, the clear-cutting of the coastal long-leaf pine forest, and the cutting and then conversion of the beech-magnolia climax forest to the monocropping of pine trees for the paper and wood industry… there is not much left to speak of when it comes to … Continue reading

Finding our way home

“I have no right to call myself one who knows.  I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I’m beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me.  My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; … Continue reading

Bottomland Hardwoods

Bottomland Hardwoods the leaves crunched beneath our feet as we kept pace with the afternoon sun. a sharp call like a tropical bird echoed across the forest. we froze for reasons we didn’t know. “pileated woodpecker,” i said. and then, we continued on… small things caught my eye like the glossy red dogwood berries glimmering … Continue reading

Satsuma-zest Almond Meal Carrot Cake: Wake Up Cake

Lawdy be!  Gluten-free’s gone crazy on this one.  This has to be my favorite gluten-free dessert recipe yet.  It is one tasty, moist, flavorful, AND easy to make cake.  So, while everyone is snorting refined sugar and artificial food colorings this Christmas…take a sweet stand and bake this as an act of kitchen counter-culture. Be … Continue reading

Winter Warmth: Chicken Bone Broth

Key themes for winter: * stillness * storage * retreat * restoration * receptivity * kidneys * adrenals * cooked foods * bone broths * spices * roots * soups & stews * warming foods * immune support * nourishing * “For many of us, our interest in seasonality is somewhat selective. We want the … Continue reading

Black Bean Brownies

I’ve been asked by friends to post this recipe.  It is one of two easy-peezy, nutritive, and delicious desert recipes that I like to make.  Why are they so easy?  I do the magic in a blender. Over the past 10 years or so, due to digestive complaints, I’ve navigated various food ways to find … Continue reading