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Radish (Raphanus sativus)

Radish root may be a gift in the garden but radish seeds are what Chinese physicians list among their favorite herbs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is important to balance the qi to maintain good health. Radish seed invigorates … Continue reading

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Corn (Zea mays)

  One version of a Zuni tribe legend reveals the powerful secrets of corn. It was said that was the magic of the Corn Maidens turned the hearts of the Zuni from war to farming. Their dance atop the corn … Continue reading

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Flax (Linum usitatissimum)

Flax is the grandmother of human civilization. Primitive foragers gathered its seed for food. Early Mesopotamians pressed the seed and fed the high protein remains of the seed mash to fatten their cattle. Ancient Egyptians wove its soft, flexible stalks … Continue reading

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GMO Empire – Snarky Skits

Setting: Inside the Death Star Stormtrooper: Emperor, Lord Vader, I have some news for you. Vader: It had better be good or I will make you suffer as I did the last messenger. Emperor: Good, good. Let your anger flow … Continue reading

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The Medicine of Flowers

I call myself the practical herbalist. Pragmatism is a value that I hold in high regard. I dress in clothing that fits comfortably. I strive to cook food that is flavorful and nutritious. I recycle. I can. I save paper … Continue reading

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Iron Woman

Iron has been a challenge for me most of my life. Keeping my blood levels high by regulating my diet has been both a chore and a delight as a vegetarian and as woman. It’s gotten easier over time. It … Continue reading

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An Argument of Sparrows

My daughter’s appendicitis came with a great view. Her hospital bed was situated on the 7th floor overlooking the McKenzie River. As the sun rose, we could see towering Douglas-Firs, a shallow span of river dotted with islands of alder … Continue reading

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The Gloves are Off

I have been engaged in a gentleman’s duel with my reoccurring ulcer. We doff our hats and bow at the beginning of our battle. We hand our gloves, hats and walking sticks to our appointed assistants and step into to … Continue reading

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Nothing Beats a Beet

I used to hate beets. It was my childhood nemesis. I hated their rubbery texture. I hated how they stared back at me in a defiant way as if they they knew what a sturdy blockage they were against me … Continue reading

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Despicable Me

If you asked me on any other day, I’d tell you that honesty is the best policy. I’d tell you that being a good role model is vital to successful parenting. I’d even share my well-honed communication techniques. Today, I’d … Continue reading

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