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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…

Newsletter

At some point most gardeners realize they’ve planted a long-lived perennial in the wrong place. So what do you do? Prune it back, dig it up, and move it. It’ll look dormant above ground for a while – maybe even…

My Dream

When I was still in Austin, my working name for it was “Lindheimer Apothecary” but now I think of it as “Berlin Herb Studio”. It’s my dream for how I’d like to focus my life’s work. It’s based on a…

The Cult of the Obvious

A wonderful late summer evening on the porch, beers in hand, a friend and I chatted late into the night. I don’t remember what I’d said, but it cracked her up. One of those things that’s obvious, but that you…

Flexibility

Q: I’ve gotten really inflexible in the past few years. What can I do to become more limber again? A: The first thing I’d look at is making sure that your tissues are warm and moist enough. Are you getting…

healthier than before

Q: Are you healthier than you were before you started all this natural healing stuff? A: My immediate answer was “Yes! I used to have eczema on my hands so bad I had to quit my job at a plant…

Milk Thistle Seed

I’ve been taking milk thistle seed for several weeks now. Thumbs up. It’s been one of those herbs I’ve felt I’ve taken on faith. I’ve consumed plenty of it, recommended it to other people, but was never certain I’d actually…

The Five Tibetans

We’ve been doing the Five Tibetans lately and it’s been awesome. It’s helped me get back into a groove. I think the first one is particularly ingenious. The series of five exercises starts with spinning. It’s so easy and fun…

The Five Tibetans

We’ve been doing the Five Tibetans lately and it’s been awesome. It’s helped me get back into a groove. I think the first one is particularly ingenious. The series of five exercises starts with spinning. It’s so easy and fun…