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Resources for Healing Whiteness

Ever since my health crisis back in 2001, in which I was plunged into my subconscious and the tattered subconscious of our culture (it was gruesome)…I have been walking the path of remembering…remembering what has been lost and what has been wounded…and what is begging us to be reclaimed… One of the main themes of … Continue reading

5 Years Back in Mississippi

“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves I’m feeling nostalgic about the 5 years I spent in Mississippi before moving back to California last year. I left … Continue reading

Motherhood and the New Ring on My Tree

It’s finally springtime.  And, I’m feeling the warm sun thawing the last, cold-knuckled grip of winter.  I have never been so ready for spring (clutches table in front of me and locks you in a exasperated stare). My little one, born in late October, is now 5 months old.  Through the short days and long … Continue reading

Fibers That Won’t Choke The World

With the little one on its way…I’ve been obsessing about fabrics, textiles, and yarns.  As an herbalist and plant-worker, I’ve always been drawn to natural fibers and plant dyes, but this nesting season has taken it to a whole new level. In addition to this, my increasing awareness of microplastics has deepened my commitment to … Continue reading

Insomnia or Natural Biorhythms?

  This is a post for all of the folks that inquire about sleep and insomnia…  I suspect, that a decent amount of you actually have nothing wrong with you.  And, more importantly, the 8 hours of *uninterrupted* sleep a night thing is a myth! What I view as sleep problems are the following: can’t … Continue reading

Ramie & My Nettle Sweater

As an herbalist, the plant world constantly intrigues me.  Beyond medicine-making, plants continue to lure me into plant-dye experiments, cord-making, and other curiosities.  Naturally, fibers and textiles are of interest and I’m always intrigued by traditional techniques and the revivification of lost ways… And so, today’s topic is the natural fiber, ramie. Ramie or China … Continue reading

Cell Phone-Free Living

Message for Lindsay Who Has No Cell Phone This was the subject of the email I just received from someone in SF who read an interview I did with a blogger asking me about living without a cell phone. I never saw the blog post, so I asked this woman to send me a link… … Continue reading

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