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A Fascination with Ochres

There are some creeks near my old home-town in Mississippi that I like to visit and walk when I am in the area.  One creek in particular has various shades of ochres that I wanted to share with a friend of mine who uses natural pigments for her watercolor paintings and natural pigment workshops. On … Continue reading

All Creatures Return Home

“Every creature on earth returns to home. It is ironic that we have made wildlife refuges for ibis, pelican, egret, wolf, crane, deer, mouse, moose, and bear, but not for ourselves in the places where we live day after day. We understand that the loss of habitat is the most disastrous event that can occur … Continue reading

Recent Interview with Project Illum

Recently, I was interviewed by Project Illum, a team working to create an eco-healing retreat center in a the village of Jafre in Spain.  They inquired about the nature of my work and what I wish to see in a project of that scale.  I posted this interview here, on my blog, as I thought … Continue reading

Holy Mo-lay (Mole)

Cacao pods and cacao beans in their raw form For many years I have been a chocolate devotee.  Fortunately, as I have aged, I have learned the deeper layers to this amazing plant ally.  What started as a young addiction to over-sugared Cadbury eggs has now turned into a full-fledged reverence for the cacao tree … Continue reading

The Unknown Named Squash Soup

There are too many squash varietals to even begin naming them!  And, now is the time (roughly Late Summer) when the first of the winter squashes start rolling in from the fields.  We’ve got some interesting shaped and colored fellas in our kitchen — one kind of looks like a submarine. Many of the existing … 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

Running into the Gulf

I sat by a small man all the way to New Orleans from Meridian, MS. This small man, no taller than 3 feet proceeded to get drunk and call me sweet-pea and baby. Across the row from me was a young man of 24 riding down from Charlotte, NC to Picayune, LA to get his … Continue reading

Wabi Sabi South

The Romans and the Greeks loved the idea of beauty and perfection while Japan and parts of the East were more smitten with the concepts of impermanence, imperfection, and incompleteness. You’ve seen that perfect statue of David — he’s chiseled, naked, and just a perfect specimen of masculinity and a fixed embodiment of Western mythology. … Continue reading