The Scythe… Harvest And Death

Scythe against hedge" by Richard New Forest - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The summer has been hot and mostly dry in Seattle. The front lawn at the house where I've been staying has grown tall with grass, clover and plantain. The backyard is full of wild oats, dandelions and more plantain. A few three foot tall thistle plants grace the edges of the yard and one giant fennel plant stands about 6 feet tall near the side door. As I sit outside in the shade thinking, I dream of scything the whole lot.It's not that I don't like these plants. Quite the contrary. I love … [Read more...]

Japan’s Fukushima Disaster and Its Impact on Fish in the Pacific Northwest

A fishing boat in my home port of Auke Bay, Alaska. By Gillfoto, via Wikimedia Commons.

If you have environmentalists as Facebook friends, you may have seen an image and headline making the rounds suggesting that leaking waters from the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan is poisoning the waters of the Pacific Ocean. As a passionate lover of wild Alaskan salmon, that had me worried. I've had moments of mild panic thinking that the bounty of the seas may be gone forever.Salmon are the major fruit of harvest season for me. I was raised subsistence fishing in the waters of … [Read more...]

A sense of responsibility to place

In the final chapter of Seeking the Mystery, Christine Hoff Kraemer covers the question of morals, ethics and justice.Her position, that Pagan ethics is based on virtues rather than rules, is one I absolutely support. As she points out, in Northern and Celtic reconstructionist traditions, there is often an emphasis on virtues of strength and honour; in Wicca and Wicca-influenced traditions, the diads of the Charge of the Goddess -- beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and h … [Read more...]

Dandelion Syrup: a recipe for sunshine in a glass

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And over that potato-field A lazy veil of woven sun, Dandelions growing on headlands, showing Their unloved hearts to everyone. -from Spraying the Potatoes by Patrick Kavanagh; 1940Our gardens are full of Bearnán Bríde - the sunny dandelion.  I like to leave them growing because the bees and birds love them, so.  I also enjoy making yummy things with their flowers, leaves, and roots.  Today I gathered a few bright heads to make Dandelion Syrup!Here in Ireland, as elsewhere, dand … [Read more...]

A taste of place

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I'm finally recovering from a week's jetlag, after two weeks in the sunny Southern states of the USA. One of the main ways in which I get in touch with new places when I'm travelling is through food - especially as I have a litany of food allergies and sensitivities, which make me hyper-aware of what I'm eating.Of course, my first stop for food was at a place where I knew my needs would be met: Sevananda natural foods co-operative. It's always a pleasure to visit this little home from home … [Read more...]

Relocalized

Maker Faire San Francisco 2012

Oakland. The city of my birth. The city where my daughter was born. The city where my mother was born. Her mother was born one city over in Berkeley. If any place is really my "home" on this planet, this must be it. And yet, I've struggled with this place. I leave it quickly and come back only under duress. My friends point out that I seem to be happy here, and they wonder why I'm so anxious to go. It's not hard to explain. There's too much history. And the Bay Area isn't the place I grew up any … [Read more...]


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