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Sometimes It Helps to Not Have Any Expectations

Today, being the Women’s March and many women and men out in the streets standing for freedom, equality, respect and peace. I am standing with them. I am home though on the land where I live on Whidbey Island. I went out for a short walk this morning. Sometimes I have a craving when I […]

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I am the Hawk Soaring Over the Land

It is the second day of snow here on our land on Whidbey Island. Sometimes the cold, dark rainy weather keeps me inside most of the day. The snow today, however, lures me outside, to explore the landscape. I noticed the other day that there were still some wild rose hips that looked beautifully red […]

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I am Here to Be a Presence for Healing

I have been wanting to write about my own healing process for a long time. I have resisted writing specifics about my healing challenge because I don’t want pity from people. I have not wanted the “poor Julie” attitude. What I have come to realize in healing myself is that each of us is healing […]

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The Red Witch

“I give away my blood of life to all my relations. I open my womb with delight.” Brooke Medicine Eagle The Red Tent: A place of sanctuary and power for women during their monthly moon time. It is also a time for menopausal women to share their wisdom with younger women. And it is a […]

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I Offer Persephone an Apple

Apple’s Initiation ~ Persephone’s Teaching Allow yourself to enter the story and receive Persephone’s gifts. I have learned quite a bit from standing under our Gravenstein Apple Tree. She is a stately home for many birds and insects. She wears garlands of pink blossoms in spring and in Autumn her fruit offers deep nourishment. Apple […]

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“In Wildness is the Preservation of the World”

“In Wildness is the Preservation of the World” Henry David Thoreau Outside, as I sat under my apple tree, I heard a high pitched shrieking coming from the Douglas fir trees. I went to investigate and discovered a little squirrel high up in the branches of the tree. It darted quickly around on the branch […]

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St. Joan’s Wort ~ The Soul’s Journey

I have been gathering and harvesting St. Joan’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum for over twenty years now. This plant is a European immigrant and thought by some to be a noxious weed. What is really true about this plant is that she is an amazing healer offering us a type of nourishment for the soul. St. […]

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there is so much not to know

do we have to understand everything? once long ago, I was afraid to be around other herbalists everyone knew more than me Then I was struck with the notion I would be “She Who Does Not Know”. everyone knew things I didn’t feel like I knew anything this was the beginning of the path. I […]

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To Be Perfectly Honest, It Feels a Bit Chaotic

Today I was out in the garden to weed a little, but mostly to tend and plant. It is a pretty wild scene out there. We have had a lot of rain in the past nine months and now we are having a lot of sun. Spring was dark and wet and also very nurturing […]

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Where there is fear, there is power

This essay was written 11 years ago, in mid-April, 2006 Just a week or so ago I returned from California where I attended a Shamanic Healing intensive through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. It was incredible opportunity and I am changed because of it. It rained, actually poured for most of the time and the […]

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