Today is the Vernal Equinox, the glorious first day of Spring. Currently it is windy and cold but the sun is shining strong, bringing hope of warmer days! I pause in my celebration of Spring to reflect for a short moment on the winter past. Isolation, meditation and self reflection were the themes of my … More An Ode to Birch and Springtime
When I retired in January 2020 I was full of hopes, dreams and ambition. Finally I could concentrate on the subjects I felt passionate about, plant medicine and the environment. I started strong with a presentation at the public library and then the pandemic hit. I was a bit frustrated about the limitations but opted … More When does patience become procrastination?
The current state of the world has put me in the doldrums and writing anything seems impossible, so blogs are a bit irregular. On the more positive side, it has many of us outdoors more! As the flowers begin to bloom I always take notice of the “edges”. The edges are those little bits of … More Magical Urban Edges
via Earth Day 50th Anniversary
April 22, 2020 marks the fiftieth celebration of Earth Day. I was there in 1970 in my bell bottom jeans walking in the march, picking up litter with my long blonde hair getting in the way as I idealistically thought we were making changes that would save the world. I have participated every Earth Day … More Earth Day 50th Anniversary
The pandemic is restricting everyone’s activities and leaving folks itchy with cabin fever. The great outdoors is still available, minus playgrounds, so many are out hiking and taking long walks. For us “outdoorsy” types it can be a bit of a shock to see so many faces showing up in our usual woods and trails. … More The Great Outdoors
I had been working on another blog of edible weeds and pondering the idea of “plant of the week” when the world seemed to change overnight and global panic ensued. We all watched the Covid-19 virus news and suddenly it was the only thing in our news feeds and on our mind. Human nature kicked … More Surviving when store shelves are empty.
Chickweed is the winner of “plant of the winter season”! Thanks to “unusual weather patterns” (aka climate change) chickweed season never ended. Typically you see it appear in early spring, dying back in the summer heat, and then reappearing as it cools in the fall. Below freezing temperatures normally cause it to disappear but here … More Incredible Edible Chickweed
Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where my tissues is! I love Spring and all its glories and challenges. New growth peeking out everywhere reminding you that plant identification is all about patience and maybe you don’t know as much botany as you thought. Warm, sunny days with yellow clouds of pollen … More Springtime Achoo!
Each New Year brings up the infamous social network question, “what is your word of the year?”. We brazenly put forth a single word to define our entire annual focus and then soon forget it. This year I tried to ponder the question with a degree of reflection and I choose the word “listen”. Listening … More Listening Heals
Sometimes in life we just plain freeze up. It can be subtlety insidious with a slowing down when life gets chaotic and before you know it you are overwhelmed and completely frozen — unable to move forward or any other direction. A year ago I changed “Murgatron’s Musings” to “Marigold Moon Herbal and Wellness” to … More Thawing the Freeze
Originally posted on Contemporary Shaman:
The shamanic path is sprinkled with what is referred to as ‘Little Deaths’. In traditional shamanism this would come by taking a plant medicine like Ayauasca named “ The Little Death”. This is due to going through an initiated rebirth of sorts where you transform, transcend and release. However even…