May 062009
Wandering the Hills: Mariposa Lily in the Last Rays of Light

 May in the Gila brings a profusion of flowers that’s so constant it’s hard to keep up with. In just a couple of weeks, the Wild Roses, Elderflowers, Monkeyflowers, Motherwort and Beebalm will all be exploding from the riverbanks, arroyos and woods. For now, the Chokecherries and Wild Honeysuckle are just getting started. But this [...]

Apr 032009
A Much Needed Renewal: Peach Bliss

Yes, I really am alive. And as of late last night, I’m done working on the redesign of Wolf’s new children’s book, I’m a Medicine Woman, Too! That means that I’ll spend the next several days to a week catching up on emails and digging into all the student work that was put on hold [...]

Mar 192009

I just posted the second part part of my new Talking With Plants essay over on the Animá blog, I suspect all my regular readers here will enjoy it and strongly suggest that my students read it closely as it is very relevant to the courses. Here’s an excerpt to tempt you: The truth is [...]

Mar 152009
The Proliferation: A Spring Walk in Pictures

The days have been fairly cool, and we’ve been blessed with gentle showers of both rain and snow recently. Despite the colder temperatures (and the fact that the mountaintops directly above us are still white capped), the plants have still been proliferating like there’s no tomorrow. It’s that time of year where soon I’ll barely [...]

Mar 012009
Going Green: Spring Arrives in the Canyon

It seems I’m going to live after all. The cold was one of those persistant, clinging, nasty kind of ones. I think I drank about a thousand different teas this time around. Strangely (or not) enough, what helped the most was my hunch I should go gather some baby Nettle greens barehanded. The experience was, [...]

Feb 262009

The weather is beautiful and warm, breezy and full of dappled sunlight. Too bad I seem to have caught a random Spring cold that has me feeling like my head is stuffed full of rubber cement and my throat lined with razor blades to accompany the sinus headache of the century. It’s times like these [...]

Feb 212009
In Honor of Michael Moore - With Gratitude

Michael Roland Shaw Moore January 9, 1941 – February 20, 2009 Herbalist, Wildcrafter, Writer, Musician, Composer, Teacher & Much More The first real herb book I ever read was the original edition of Michael Moore’s Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West. It opened up my eyes to a whole new way of approaching healing and [...]

Feb 202009
Dancing on Red Dirt

 I write to the sounds of bluegrass fiddle or slide guitar seeping from the speakers while a cool spring wind blows through half open windows. The wood stove is still fired up most of the day, but it’s easy to overheat the cabin this time of year with an oversized log or even a small [...]

Feb 132009
Wild Greens & New Writings

With the days growing longer and the wild greens shooting taller, the excitement of baby plants keeps us active and planning for the growing season. Despite the several inches of snow and even more rain we had this past week, it’s feeling more like spring than ever (maybe it’s the several foot deep mud down [...]

Feb 072009
The Beginning of the Bloom

Spring seems to be coming early-ish this year to the Gila. We found the first Mountain Candytuft (Noccaea montana) flowers today, which are usually the first flowers of the season (although Wild Mustard and a few other plants sometimes flower throughout the winter). Last year, we found our first on February 23rd!  These are last [...]

Feb 052009
Sweet Words from Rosemary

I just had to share this incredibly sweet vote of support for Wolf’s new children’s book, I’m a Medicine Woman, Too by wonderful herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. She is in many ways the spiritual godmother of modern holistic herbalism, teaching esteemed courses at her Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center & Botanical Sanctuary, speaking worldwide and inspiring [...]

Jan 242009

They predicted snow, but it’s been raining for a couple of days now. Slow, steady rain that soaks into the ground and makes the river sing. Here in the Southwest, this moisture at this particular time of the year promises us a vivid season of flowering in just a couple of months, full of the [...]

Jan 212009

While I rarely comment on world politics on this blog, the overwhelming media coverage and vehement commentary from both sides of election day prompted me to ask Wolf to write something from our personal standpoint. So here it is, probably less than popular with either Democrats or Republicans (of which we are neither) but also [...]