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November 1, 2019


     It was totally unexpected.  I guess that makes it all the more real.

     I was beginning to put the garden to bed for the year.  Potted plants in the compost, rinsing out planting pots, and taking down hanging baskets, all have to be done before the snow flies.  We are already getting frosts.  I talked to the plants as I cleaned.  I apologized for not being as available as I needed to be this summer.  I thanked the plants for their growth, herbal leaves, and plant fruits t...

October 1, 2019

            Shadows.  What is it about shadows that can cause writers to create stories of mystery or horror?  What is it about shadow play that can make people giggle as they try to create wall shadow deer and birds with their hands?  Shadows invoke horror, laughter, excitement, and unease.  Shadows teach us a lot about ourselves.

            My son has a cat who loves shadows.  Nebbie will stare at a wall or floor as the shadow of movi...

September 2, 2019

             As I lie in bed, in the dark with the windows wide open, I listen to the night sounds.  Insects hum, bats creak, and toads croak.  A sound through the trees makes me wonder who is moving through the woods, but then I hear a loud plop and realize that acorns are dropping through the trees.  The next day I decide to work out on the deck.  By day, the sound of acorns falling from great heights is similar to the sound of a large rock falling from a cliff.  If you have ever been under an oak...

August 1, 2019

            Spending time with plants is not just my job.  Plants are intelligent, soothing, beautiful, and my saving grace when I am stressed.  Plants can teach us a lot.  You don’t have to be able to grow or care for them to appreciate them. 

            Do the plants you see first live in the shadows (shade) or in full light?  Perhaps they like some of both?  Do you prefer to be in the background or out-in-front?  Perhaps you like some of both?...


            It has been my experience that the more I explore a hobby or research a subject of interest more comes my way.  Since I first started exploring plant communication I have had articles, Ted talks, books, and much more come to my attention.  My sister attended a talk given by Thor Hanson in Philadelphia.  He was speaking on the remarkable history of seeds.  My sister gifted me a signed copy of Thor Hanson’s book, The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nu...

           Recently I attended an herbal conference I hadn’t been to but have heard a lot about.  This particular event was geared more towards an urban setting.  As a non-city girl, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I was there to take classes as well as teach.  I learned a great deal.

            While walking from the parking lot to the venue I spotted old friends such as chickweed and dandelion, and was surprised at the large amount of wild oats makin...


                                              Photos are the property of Ed Szymanski and used with permission.

          Our food is losing nutritional value.  Are you surprised?  When we talk about climate change, we talk about rising temperatures, more powerful storms, melting glaciers, rising seas, and habitat loss.  We don’t talk about our food not feedi...

April 4, 2019


      While planting in my garden, I was listening to the plants.  The sound of plants awakening is a lot like listening to a young, smiling child waking up.  It is beautiful, happy, and full of promise.  As I dug and planted vegetable and flower seeds, they told me that “seeds are the promise of hope planted.”  The promise of hope planted, wow!  While I always hope that new plants will be born from the seeds I put into the ground, this is not what they mean...

March 2, 2019

                                                             Life of a milkweed plant.

                                                               Blooms smell so sweet.


February 4, 2019

           Conifers who can speak to each other? Of course! This month, however, I am talking about the communication of healing that we humans have learned from conifers.  You may recall that conifers are mostly evergreen trees and shrubs with needle or scale-like leaves. Most produce cones containing seeds. Pollen is carried by the wind, as we New Englanders know in the spring when the world turns yellow. A common example of a conifer would be the Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus). It is easy to i...

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