Monday, March 30, 2015

Coyote Medicine

One of the memoir and teaching style books I read lately is Coyote Medicine by Lewis Mehl-Madrona.  He weaves the world of Western Medicine with Native American healing traditions.  It's a beautiful journey and exploration about really being healthy, healed and well.  I really appreciated hearing about going through medical school, trying to practice allopathic medicine and all the problems with the system and how he couldn't abide by the status quo.  I know I certainly reach my fill with that system and seek alternatives (at least a blend of the best of these different worlds).

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wild Spring Edibles and Garden Preparations

Here are some common weeds we harvest from our yard to eat with our salads.  Many people eagerly pluck these out of their way, but we know what kind of nutritional power they pack so we try to take advantage of their Spring time.  It's interesting to note that during Spring is when we need what they offer the most as we strengthen our liver etc.

So about a week ago, I started a TON of seeds.  We felt like they were taking up a lot of the reading room, and every couple of days, I'd uncover them and favor the strong ones etc.  Well, they have mostly all sprouted (three to a pod usually), and I spent the better part of the weekend separating them so they grow and have more room.  Whew!  This is the most I've ever grown--lots of heart and intentions!  Here are the three stations in there:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Numen: The Nature of Plants

We watched the Numen documentary Friday  night--really engaging.  (It was a gift from the Sustainable Herbs Project.)  Lots of well-known herbalists participated, and there was lots of information about healing traditions and the power of plants.  Great stuff.

Healing Wise

Healing Wise (Susun Weed) was a beautiful read.  It looks at three different perspectives or systems of healing (Wise Woman, Heroic and Scientific) and really goes in depth about not just facts but the feel of each.  The majority of pages, however, are herbal allies.
You might expect to have a bit of an encyclopedia, but it's a totally different way of looking at them.  It's just a few with every angle explored.  They are herbs that grow fairy plentifully and are often considered weeds (chickweed, violet, stinging nettle, burdock, oatstraw, three seaweeds).  There are many food-type recipes included as well.  At the end of the book, there is a small guide for different herbal preparations.  This book is a keeper!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mark Gungor: Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

I stumbled onto Mark Gungor's work/ministry for couples during some educational work that the amazing Ruby Payne presented at an ESOL conference I went to last week.  In her presentation, we were looking in depth at male brains vs. female brains to look at how the school system basically sets boys up for all kinds of maladies.  In any case, every teacher in the room was laughing to tears with this little clip of his that she showed:
In all honesty, just find Ruby Payne's work to find insights like these and tons of humor.  Her four hour session with us passed in minutes!   I was showing Eric this little blurb above about brains, and we both enjoyed it enough to check out his other parts of this seminar.  Wonderful stuff!  I'm not saying I agree with absolutely everything, but I agreed with most of it.  It's like Ruby Payne says with regard to the gender questions--there are patterns that don't have to become stereotypes.  Here below is the whole hunk of a seminar.
It's worth looking into his material.  I might read a book or so.  I did his little $15 flag page stuff, and it was right on! :)