Magic Lessons

The house grows still after another busy day. Upstairs, my husband’s voice rumbles like a purring cat as he reads to our daughter in bed. A moment ago, she sipped a “sleepy dream time” potion we made together. Lately, Bee has been playing witch. I did the same thing when I was her age. IContinue reading “Magic Lessons”

What the Garden Teaches me

There’s so much to do during the summer. There are words to contemplate and tweak, but also plenty to keep me busy in the garden. When sitting becomes too much, I’m so grateful for the mini oasis I’ve been working with. The garden is an excellent teacher if you pay attention. Today I harvested moreContinue reading “What the Garden Teaches me”

Three Things Thursday: Herbal Reparations, Ogham Pronunciation, and Never Date a Siren

I feel like I blinked and it’s Thursday again! Here’s my weekly roundup of interesting items that have informed and inspired me this week. I hope you find something to help you on your way! Herbal Reparations Herbal practitioner Regina Kankinza of In Her it Blooms added a way for people to make donations toContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Herbal Reparations, Ogham Pronunciation, and Never Date a Siren”

Three Things Thursday: Wild Remedies, Writing Outside, and Nettles

Wild Remedies I’m thrilled that the new book, Wild Remedies, by Rosalee de la Foret and Emily Han, arrived at my home this week. It is gorgeous! You can see me flip through it on my Instagram. I’m so glad it came out just as the land is waking up around me. Now I justContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Wild Remedies, Writing Outside, and Nettles”

Incense of the Land

At the end of March, I discovered an eastern hemlock tree in our yard was weeping resin. This is quite common in the spring, especially if trees have a wound. I found smaller globs on the white pine in front of our house, but the hemlock must have lost a branch or something. I collectedContinue reading “Incense of the Land”

Three Things Thursday: Seedlings, Meditating with Plants, and Camp Nano!

It’s hard for me to top yesterday’s big announcement, but I hope this week’s edition of Three Things Thursday also inspires you. Seedlings: The seeds I started on March 20th are doing well for the most part. The beans are most vigorous as you can see from above. The tomatoes and squash have sprouted, whichContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Seedlings, Meditating with Plants, and Camp Nano!”

“Lemon Balm Tea” to be Published in Stone, Root, and Bone Issue 1

I tweeted this a few weeks ago, but I really should share it here, too! I’m proud to post that my short story, “Lemon Balm Tea,” is going to be published in issue 1 of the new eZine Stone, Root, and Bone! Shannon has struggled with public speaking since she was a girl in school.Continue reading ““Lemon Balm Tea” to be Published in Stone, Root, and Bone Issue 1″

An Herbal Cleanse

In what seems like a never-ending quest to better organize our small home, I decided an herbal cleanse was in order. I mean that very literally in that it was time go through my old trunk of herbs and sundry. I’ve learned over the years that there is an optimal way to store dried plants.Continue reading “An Herbal Cleanse”

Plant Spirit Ally Challenge: Day 22 – Make a Spirit Doll

When I was younger, my mother taught me to sew. My first project was a small pillow. I decorated it to look like the Earth. At least, that’s how I conceived of it in my six-year-old mind. I still have that pillow. It is a treasured reminder of how I’ve grown with the gift myContinue reading “Plant Spirit Ally Challenge: Day 22 – Make a Spirit Doll”