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
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
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
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
When I was a small girl I lived in a big world and it was all good. Nothing and no one needed a label or analysis. There were just two things, good and bad. Bad hurt and was a lesson to be learned. Anything that didn’t hurt was good. Life was unlimited. But little people … More Working on My Uneducation
Even as a suburban homeowner I couldn’t get my head around trying to kill “weeds”. They seemed as green as grass, easier to grow and maintenance free. My neighbors didn’t always share my cavalier attitude towards chickweed, plantain, clover and dandelions but they also didn’t border the overgrown meadow at the edge of the neighborhood like … More Weeds Never Looked So Good!
As a herbalist student I have been asked to answer the ultimate question, what do I need? Not as in what do I need to get through this day, to get through this coursework or even to get through this season, but what do I need from the universe. Not what I want, but what … More What do I need?
As I embark on my quest to become a certified herbalist I find myself asking, why? I have always had an interest in plant medicine and nutrition. My personal experience with dietary changes dramatically reducing my pain levels and improving my health have fueled my passion for promoting wellness through a plant-based diet. Our gut … More Why On Earth Would You Want To Be A Herbalist?
The road to wellness is full of pot holes. My journey starts with careful attention to details and a well mapped out plan of action. I am no stranger to this road so I have already built in plenty of flexibility and kept my expectations under the speed limit. I have my motto of “move … More D*mn Potholes