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my interview on “Herbal Knowledge Keepers”

Herbal knowledge keeper, indeed! D’Coda is an exceptional herbalist. She lived alone in the woods for a full decade, where she became fluent in the language of the forest. I love that she sees parallels between the “world wide web” and the networked relationships that make up a thriving forest ecosystem. We met at the Moonflower Herbfest in Austin, TX…

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beeswax food wraps

This tickles me! I’ve barely got time to cook right now, much less make my own biodegradable saranwrap from muslin and beeswax. Maybe someday. But I guess this recipe (instructions?) answers a half-asked question. It helps me imagine cooking in an earlier time in finer detail, before plastic, before electricity, before timers, before recipes on the internet. I suppose this…

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politics, ecology and complexity

I take a generally ecological perspective on things. I learned it early on and it stuck. When I was 4 years old, I went to Youthmobile: School without Walls. Mrs Curtis would take us out in the woods and tell us about the trees and the birds. Of everything she said, the word I remember most distinctly is “habitat”. I…

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resetting intentions once again

When I first started this blog, I wrote a post about my intentions. Eventually I realized that my intentions had shifted and I wrote a post resetting my intentions. Now, my vision for this blog has shifted yet again, and I realize that my new direction will help meet my previous intentions all the better – weaving the web. The…

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calming herbs

Q: I’m freaked out about politics. Are there herbs for that? A: And how! If you are having a hard time, I encourage you to lean heavily on your herb friends. They will be there for you! Note: I want to say that I am directing this piece to a particular person. This friend of mine lives in Texas, enjoys…

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skullcap

Skullcap is one of those herbs I’ve seen around but never gotten to know very well, like a neighbor you recognize but have never actually spoken with. It doesn’t grow very well in Austin, so I’ve never grown it or gathered it fresh. And there are so many other options for calming herbs that I never felt any particularly lack…

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Thought Bubbles

Winter. The days are short and cold. I’m sick and cooped up indoors, sorting through old things, reading, writing, thinking. My ponderings become kaleidoscopic, everything relates to everything. Where does one idea begin and another end? A particular moment comes back to me, over and over again. It was my first day working in a gym, as an actual paid…

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Who Are We?

Roses are love, rabbits are fertility, but what are we? We get so caught up on the differences between us. These people are like this, those people are like that. But what if you look at us all together as one? What are we? What do WE symbolize? My teacher, Michael Moore, told a story. I can’t remember if he…

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thank you, negative mind

Here’s one of the handiest mental tricks I’ve ever learned. I was taking an Introduction to Kundalini Yoga class. In one session we learned about the 12 bodies. Three of them were mind-bodies. They were the positive mind, the neutral mind and the negative mind. Each of the three could be excess, deficient or in correct proportion. Somebody with excess…

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Bauerngarten

This growing season three friends and I shared a plot at a community garden, and not just any community garden, but Bauerngarten – a brilliant, amazing, dream-come-true community garden. The genius behind this project is a young man named Max. I want to share his model with the world because I think it is so remarkable. I guess he went…

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