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Late Summer Tummy Love

Jook Late Summer arrived near the beginning of August.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a rare type of ancestral medicine that has remained quite flexible and integrated, Late Summer is one of its five seasons.  It falls between Summer and Fall and is time when the yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) energies are balanced.  When … Continue reading

Summer Peach Chutney (lacto-fermented)

Fresh and fuzzy peaches Unfortunately, these beauties are one of the most sprayed fruits in the US.  So, always wash and peel (sigh, as if that really does anything) and buy organic (ask the farmer if they are chemical-free!) whenever possible!  Below, I have a lacto-fermented peach chutney recipe for you.  But, first — a … Continue reading

Apple-atcha: A Cider Pressin’ Story

Last year, my friend and I made apple cider from the treasure-trove of forgotten apple orchards in Western North Carolina.  On some lonely trails behind a small, humble retreat center there are literally dozens of heirloom apple trees, mingled in with the wild, that drop bushels of apples on the forest floor and no one … Continue reading

Food Sovereignty

Hello dear readers…  I’m about to share with you a topic that is the nearest and dearest to my heart — food sovereignty.  And, ultimately what I mean by this is community-based NOURISHMENT. After being raised in a “food desert” of sorts in small Mississippi town, it took me years to recover my health and … Continue reading

Forgotten Forests

“But perhaps we may make our stand along the *edge* of that civilization, like a magician, or like a person who, having lived among another tribe, can no longer wholly return to his own.  He lingers half within and half outside of his community, open as well, then, to the shifting voices and flapping forms … Continue reading

Seasonal Intelligence (on-line course)

Hey there friends,  I am putting together a monthly (one, 1 1/2 hour session a month) course beginning Sunday, April 29th on foods, herbs, and simple exercises for seasonal health and wellness.  We will cover the basic understanding of the following topics: tonic herbs and infusions, body care herbs, yoga and breathwork, Traditional Chinese Medicine … Continue reading

At the Watering Hole

Oh, the watering hole…  Where we used to gather, talk, share stories, pass information and meet new people…  Well, this is before the invention of water lines and faucets and boundaries that individualized.  The other day, I got a little sip of what it might be like to go to the watering hole again.   It … Continue reading

The City That Care Forgot

New Orleans, the Big Easy…also known as The City That Care Forgot…  I visited New Orleans once again this past weekend.  I was raised there for four years when I was in grade school and my father’s ancestry goes way back in New Orleans.  So, every time I visit, I unveil a new layer of … Continue reading

The Buzz

A few months ago I went to a beekeeping workshop at the Laughing Waters Retreat Center in Gerton, NC (just east of Asheville). I started searching for a workshop to educate me on bees after I had had a conversation with a friend of mine from SF on bee colony collapse — it’s impact on … Continue reading