youtube: Rare Herbs

I managed to make an iMovie video that is the right length for the audio! Musings about rare herbs, garnished with some photos I took of sandalwood. Thank you for your patience as I learn the technical side. I think I may buy a microphone…

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

general principles

Many years ago I was flipping through a magazine (I honestly can’t remember if it was a fashion magazine or Playboy or Parade or what) and there were short bios of a few women – a photo, a name, a hometown, some likes, some dislikes and a motto. I remember wondering how one comes to […]

the art of the pour

At herb school once, Michael had demonstrated making some herbal preparation (Hayden’s Viburnum Compound, maybe?) and was pouring it into little bottles for us. A very enthusiastic student, who always sat right up front, looked on with rapt attention and, bubbling over, exclaimed “I had heard that you were amazing at pouring!” He scowled his […]

on migration

It’s not a writer’s block, so much as a writer’s blockade. I have tons of ideas, about so many things, I just can’t get to them until I get past this. Being an immigrant. How can I say anything unless I stop for a minute to talk about it? It doesn’t feel honest not to […]

worthy of respect: europe

An American friend was visiting Berlin last week and mentioned that he was having a hard time negotiating transactions, that his usual smiles and friendliness weren’t being rewarded the way they are in Austin. He was frustrated. He was confused. I explained my grand theory of respect and he moaned “Where can I read that? […]

showing respect: north and south

An American friend was visiting Berlin last week and mentioned that he was having a hard time negotiating transactions, that his usual smiles and friendliness weren’t being rewarded the way they are in Austin. He was frustrated. He was confused. I explained my grand theory of respect and he moaned “Where can I read that? […]

the remembering problem

I put the herbs in the teapot on autopilot, then stopped and thought “wait a minute, what was this blend to treat?” I checked and realized that problem is gone. (By the way, rooibos as a simple really seems to have stopped an eczema flare for me, interesting…) And this happens all the time. I […]