Less than one short year ago, I would have called myself a hiker. Hiking was always listed as a hobby often accompanied by an enthusiastic proclamation of my love of nature and “hiking those trails.” No one was more shocked than myself to learn that was a lie. It may have come from my misunderstanding … More Posing As A Hiker?
Spirit of Water Giver of life, creator of worlds Essential to life, blood of our mother Taker of life, force of destruction Desecrated, defiled and despoiled Abused by the masses, As the rest of us stand witness With her pouring from our eyes.
I try to keep this page about wellness and nature, as promised in header, but also share a lot of my heart and soul. Personal topics subject to judgement never stops me from pushing the old publish button. Recently at book club, when we delved into nature poetry I mentioned I write poetry but hate … More Pensive poet
Edges aren’t a new topic for this blog. I’m very fond of edges and have written about them more than once. Edges fascinate me. The place where two worlds meet is always juicy and full of biodiversity and life. Those physical edges between forest and meadow, between water and shore always bring surprises and treasures. … More Life’s Unseen Edges
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.
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…