29 May 2006

This Road is Magical


I just returned from taking another of my late
night walks. As usual, the "peepers" were out in
full force, making a myriad of sounds as I walked
past the swamp below where I live.

Then, a short while later, the loons began to call
out on the lake. Their calls are so beautiful and
soul searching. In Mi'kmaq culture, the loon is the
"messenger" of Glooscap, the culture hero who
lived in this country centuries ago. he has gone
away, but will return one day to his native

I felt cool and refreshed by the time I returned.
A quick check of the thermometer shows me that
it's +10 degrees. This is a bit mis-leading, as
there is a slight fog, and a moisture in the air,
making it feel cool, indeed.

All the best to everyone! I'll be back in a day
or so with another post.


22 May 2006

Writing Tip # 3

Hi Everybody,

I just got in from a beautiful late night walk. The
temperature is mild, so I was able to walk in my shirt
sleeves, even at one o'clock in the morning.

During my walk, I was thinking about the importance
of writing in the same location every day. Or, in my
case, one of several locations. Having a special place
to write, represents a comfort zone of sorts, where
the creative energy is free to flow. I've found that
nurturing three or four such locations, multiplies the
effects. I even have two locations where I generally
only visit evenings. Those are restaurants that I
visit for evening coffee or tea writing sessions.

You may want to try the same thing. Write where you've
developed a degree of comfort, and are not faced with
a continuous barage of daily stress. In fact, cultivate
several locations. This is a good way to break a writing
block. If you can't think of anything to write, change
locations. This may be the catalyst to get you going

Well, enough rambling for tonight. Talk to you again,


17 May 2006

The Natural Healing Talk Newsletter

Hi Everybody,

Here is the latest issue of the Natural Healing
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Natural Healing Talk
May 16, 2006, Vol., 1, # 5

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Ethnobotanical Note
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Hello Everybody,

I'll begin by commenting on the field walk for pie day, that took
place on Sunday, May 7th.

It was a small, but wonderful event, involving myself and three
guests. We had an hour long walk in an area I call "the medicine
woods". I gave it this name, years ago, because I can find many
of my medicine plants there. I say "my" medicine plants, because
other people may seek out and work with different plants, and may
not find this place as rich for medicines.

In any event, we found plants such as gold thread, labrador tea,
bog rosemary, and mayflowers in abundance! We discovered a
stripped maple, black spruce, witch hazel, and lots of alders. We
hiked for about an hour, and then returned to my place where tea,
coffee, and pie, were the order of the day. More specifically, apple
and lemon pie. I won't say how much pie I ate; but, suffice to say,
I felt it would be rude not to try everyone's pie. Besides, the guests
demanded that I try their pies! Now, I'm thinking of making this an
annual event. However, if I should have upwards to a dozen guests
for the 2007 event, I want you to know that it'll be impossible to
sample all the pies:)

I received an interesting question from Ruth in Maine, who
wondered what she could pick directly from her field, and prepare
as a general cleansing tonic drink to use throughout much of the
summer season? She has a two acre property, mostly field, with a
few trees along the perimeter of the field. After exchanging a few
emails with Ruth, and learning about certain plants that grow in her
field, I suggested white clover. We normally only hear about the
benefits of red clover blossoms. However, don't under-estimate the
value of the white clover. It, too, can be used to purify the blood,
and cleanse the system.

The white clover is usually more plentiful than red clover. While both
clovers are valued by farmers, the white offers continuous grazing
for cattle throughout the summer. It keeps renewing itself very
quickly. Apparently, it is quite plentiful on Ruth's field in Maine. A
good way to prepare this tonic drink, is to use 2 tablespoons of the
blossoms to a pint of water. Do not use green parts of the plant.
Heat the water so that it is just below boiling, and allow it to steep
for 10 to 12 minutes. Drink 2 or 3 cups of the tea, daily, over a week
long period. Repeat every 3 weeks during the growing season for
the clover.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this rambling presentation on pies and
clover. All the best to everyone!


Feature Article
Art and Wellness

I went sketching yesterday for the first time in perhaps two
years. I had forgotten how absorbed one can become with
the practice of sketching. In this instance, I walked to a
wheelbarrow that I had turned upside down against a pile of
boards, several days earlier. I decided to sketch it.

There is a big difference between sketching a general impression
of an object or scene, and actually looking with focused intent
at something, and trying to put what you see on paper. It is this
trying to "see" and the rendering on paper of this "seeing" that
is quite absorbing. I became lost in the process, so to speak.
And, on several occasions, I caught myself drawing lines
according to my own notions, rather than determining how those
lines on the wheelbarrow actually appeared to my sight, and
then rendering them on paper.

The same scenario applies to painting on location. It is quite
easy to simply paint one's impression of a scene, rather than
what the eye is actually registering. Indeed, I like to paint in
this fashion, and to render my own creative interpretation of
a scene. The main thing is to be honest with oneself. To
first look with intent and focus at what you are painting, and,
then, to decide how you want to do the painting.

We can apply the same process to a great many things in life.
For instance, just as I assumed certain lines on the wheelbarrow
went in certain directions, I've also assumed things about people
and events that may have no basis in reality. We've all done
similar things in our lives. We may assume that someone hates
us, or that someone is outrageously in love with us, or that we
should behave in a certain way to please people. I've done all
three and guess what! Those things remove us from the full
appreciation and enjoyment of the present moment.

Why not take a small step to re-capture life in the present
moment, and the healing it affords? Do it through art. Buy a
sketch pad and a few pencils -- I would recommend HB, B, and
2B types. Then, sketch for at least fifteen minutes every day, or
several times each week. Try to render what the eye sees. Don't
worry about results. Enjoy the process!

The important thing is to focus and become absorbed in the
sketching activity -- to live those moments in the present, without
thoughts of the past or future. I have a theory that when we are
absorbed in the moment, in some activity like sketching, painting,
sculpturing, dance, song, or whatever, we are operating from a
naturally balanced state, and are maximizing our ability both to
prevent or heal illness.

So, go ahead, and become involved in the arts, even if you don't feel
you have talent. Relax. Enjoy the artistic endeavour. Laugh at your
mistakes. Do it as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Enough preaching.

Good medicine always!

Featured Web Link
Foraging With the "Wildman" -- Wildman Steve Brill's Wild
Food Website. This is a fun site. I'd like to meet Steve Brill,
because I think we could learn a lot from each other. He
gives workshops, presentations, and field walks, primarily in
the northeastern part of the United States. He notes that the
main purpose of his "hands-on" program is to get back in touch
with nature and the environment. He's the author of The Wild
Vegetarian Cookbook, and several other works. He sells
signed copies of his books, from the website. Wildman Bill has
a wonderful links page, listing a diverse number of interesting
sites. Check him out, and have some fun browsing the site, at
Wildman Steve Brill.

Ethnobotanical Note
Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica L.), has had a number of
interesting medicinal uses in the traditional medicines of
the Native peoples of Atlantic Canada. The leaves and dried
roots were steeped in water, and used as a mouth wash
to treat mouth infections. It was also used to treat arthritic
pain. In this regard, the leaves were used in poultice form,
or the dried, powdered root, was steeped or boiled in water,
and applied as a soothing wash to the painful area. The
leaves also make an interesting seasoning on either fish or
meat. They can be broken up and placed on a roast to give
it a touch of exotic flavour!


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13 May 2006

Writing Tip # 2

Hi Everyone,

Here's a tip that I suppose will be valuable to travel writers
and nature writers alike. I tried it this past week, during a
hike along Green Bay, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.

I had a small note pad and pen in my pocket for taking notes.

The hike lasted for about two hours, so during that time I
made a point of stopping every twenty minutes to record
single words, and short two to five word statements about
the hike. When I got back to the car, I had four pages of
brief notes covering the morning adventure.

At home, I found it quite easy to take the notes and expand
on them. I'm not certain it would work so well every time, but
in this particular case I was able to complete the rough draft
of a five page essay.

Well, this is just a brief post. It's 2:50 a.m., so I'd best be
off to bed! I plan to meet a friend for tea in the morning.

My best regards!

07 May 2006

Another Rainy Night

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for not posting anything during the past week.
I've been busy working on a collection of short stories,
and, also, trying to find a suitable template for my soon
to be launched, Natural Healing Talk website. I want
a template that has a nature theme, is easy to navigate,
and can easily handle eCommerce. I want to write and
sell nature and healing based eBooks. Also, I plan to
offer a lot of free material, including downloadable
PDF files.

I was going to take my nightly walk, but the rain is so
heavy. Instead, think I'll make myself a tea, and sit
listening to the drops against the roof of my porch.
Such a nice sound. When I do this, I call it romancing
the rain. You should try it! I find this is a very relaxing
and meditative way to enjoy nature and tea.

All the best!

01 May 2006

The Rain and the Night

I have walked in all kinds of weather. In the hot sun,
in the light of the full moon, in a snow storm, in cold,
dark, winter nights, and in the rain. Ah, yes, the rain.
It is this that I will talk about, now.

We've had a steady rain for several hours, here on
the south shore of Nova Scotia. Even so, I decided
to go walking. I enjoy hearing the rain on the road,
and bushes around me, and on my rain jacket. And,
the frogs are obviously enjoying it, if their songs
from the swamps are any indication.

I pause to listen at sounds from the bushes nearby.
Something else is stirring in the night, besides
myself, and the frogs. I move on, occasionally
glancing to my rear. The rain continues. I walk
through a water puddle, soaking my shoes.

I know this walk is something I will write about, when
I return home. I've already walked much further than I
had intended. To my right is a cattle pasture. On a
moonlit night, I can see clear over the field. This
night, I am unable to see the field. Soon, I will
retrace my steps, and enjoy a cup of tea at my kitchen

Bye for now,