How to Calm a Farmgirl

Maryjane’s mama had to work late last night.  She was getting to that two year old too tired to stay awake hysteria.  So how do you calm a born farmgirl?  Hand her a farming magazine. There was a picture of a child milking a goat that she was enthralled with.  Photos of sheep.  Yesterday at the store she pretended she had sheep there.  She put them to bed, made them medicine, made them go outside, and loaded them into the truck when we left.  I need to get a farm again.  I am missing it so much I can hardly … Continue reading How to Calm a Farmgirl

A Tour of the White Wolf Medicine Shop

Welcome to the White Wolf Medicine Shop.  Please come in for a tour! The shop has great energy.  The sweet smells of cedar, sweeetgrass, sage, and tobacco fill the air.  Come in for a cup of tea and visit, read the Cherokee language, and follow the circle around the store. There is a space for classes as well as a space for live music, which we will have this Saturday at our grand opening party. The center is in the shape of the four directions.  It is filled with medicines ready to custom blend for each individual.  They are placed … Continue reading A Tour of the White Wolf Medicine Shop

Sunrises, Gratitude, and Magic Coffee

Today I unpack our books and photos, writings and my aprons.  I will make this downstairs area emanate life and our love for each other and home.  Tomorrow we will pick up all my plants from the greenhouse at Margie’s and will be officially moved out of her home. I owe Margie and Pat a great amount of gratitude for taking us in while in the depths of despair holding nine cats.  We made such beautiful memories over there this summer, flying in Pat’s airplane, feeding the raccoon on the porch while watching bats, enjoying drinks together as the moon rose … Continue reading Sunrises, Gratitude, and Magic Coffee

The Accidental Stocked Pantry (yea for over-canning!)

We are getting settled in our new place.  Our eight cats (we had to have our sweet Ichabod put to sleep) joined our roommate David’s three and they are all getting along wonderfully despite all of my worrying. Part of the deal there is that I am cooking the meals.  After being so long without free run of a kitchen I am loving taking over his mother’s warm abode.  The other night I put Andrea Bocelli on Pandora, poured a glass of Montepulciano, and made a delicious wild mushroom risotto with fresh salad and bread. Another friend of mine lost … Continue reading The Accidental Stocked Pantry (yea for over-canning!)

Native Cultural Arts and Finding One’s Art

Over the weekend we were a part of the Native American Art and Culture celebration downtown.  We diligently promoted it but it was a smaller turnout then we’d have all liked.  However, the folks that were there were great, great people and we all had a lot of fun. The art was beautiful and I was proud to have a few pieces alongside nationally known artists. The Aztec dancers took my breath away.  Their astounding headdresses and clothing were mesmerizing.  When they blew into sea shells creating a sound that stirred my soul, I moved to the edge of my seat.  The … Continue reading Native Cultural Arts and Finding One’s Art