Kiss The Earth


“It is time for us to kiss the earth again, It is time to let the leaves rain from the skies, Let the rich life run to the roots again.” – Robinson Jeffers

Fearless Mushrooms

“Nature alone is antique and the oldest art a mushroom.”
-Thomas Carlyle

“Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.” – Black Elk, Oglala Lakota, 1930

Herbal Hair Balm

I have been making my own hair shampoos, hair balms, and conditioners since the early 80’s, and I need to make a new batch of hair balm today because I used all of what was left this morning.

I have several recipes I use for making hair balms which vary from simple to more complicated. The one I am making today is very easy. For this recipe you will need organic coconut oil, grade A olive oil, shea butter and essential oils. You will also need chamomile, lavender, rosemary and tea tree essential oils which you can find at your local Health Food Store and a container with a lid in which to store your hair balm.

Mix together 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with a 1/4 teaspoon of grade A olive oil and shea butter and blend well, and then add 2 – 4 drops of each essential oil according to your taste and mix thoroughly. The end product should look like whipped cream.

Making A Herbal Hair Balm.

Your finished product should be thick but not solid. It may take a couple of times before you get it just right. However, it’s well worth the effort because you will have made a  product for your hair that has no harmful additives.

Sunday Morning

This morning I stepped out onto the back porch with tea cup in hand and watched the rain drops gather in puddles around my boots. I love being out in the rain! Everything smells so fresh and clean and the air is invigorating. I closed my eyes and listened to the wind moving in the trees and heard Merlin (our resident scrub-jay) cracking open his acorns.

Merlin is a funny bird and fearless. I admire his courage and love his antics, one of which is his morning routine of knocking on our kitchen window with his beak when he’s hungry. What a character!

Merlin – Photo of Merlin waiting for his food.

So maybe there is a lesson here, something about not being afraid to ask for the things we truly need and want from life.

Later I wrote in my journal about how our needs and wants change as we age. How they seem to shift and morph into perceptions which are more inclusive, deeper, with more emphasis on the really important issues of life.

Every five years or so I like to take the time to assess where I am in my life and career. Below are just a sampling of a few of the questions I asked myself today.

Here are some of the questions I asked myself:

Just for today;

Where am I now in my life: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?

What is really important to me?

What do I want to do with the rest of my life?

What am I passionate about?

Have I become the woman I always wanted to be?

If my life was a movie, would I want to watch it?