Finding Gratitude

2020 is not going the way any of us thought it would. So much is changing, in upheaval, and we are learning that the world was never a certain place and that we have always had to adapt and work for the kind of world we want to live in. One thing I’m still mourning […]

Self Care in Times of Uncertainty

I hope that you are safe and well amidst our new daily lives.  Here in Brooklyn, things are radically changed outside of my small abode, yet inside day to day life is quiet and slow.  I am rather privileged and lucky in that regard, and am grateful for my circumstances and those who are out […]

Stratification and Renewal

Here we are, after January 1st and before Chinese New Year (January 25), which officially marks the turning from the most Yin time of year into the beginning of the Yang time of year. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are still in the depths of winter, ever slowly approaching spring, waiting, hushed, for the […]

Letting the Ideal You Go

I hope you have been shining your light in the world in the way only you can.   I’ve been huddled under a proverbial lamp, in a cave, working on a project that has morphed from a two part blog post about the herb Albizia into… 63 pages, and it is nowhere near finished.  I […]

Gratitude for my Reality

The dreaded ides of April… otherwise known as tax season in the U.S.  Everywhere I go, seems folks are groaning about their taxes.  I know I have been lamenting just how much I’ve procrastinated on mine this year, but something funny happened…  As I sat reviewing my year of work as an herbalist, I saw […]

Releasing What Has Been Held – the Breath and the Lungs

I lost a dear friend and companion, my cat Norton, who was by my side for almost 15 years to cancer at the end of April.  I was devasted from the time I got his cancer diagnosis until his peaceful death at home. Yet, soon after Norton’s passing, my husband and I found ourselves fostering […]

Making the Choice to Change

It is the week after the completion of an intense two year course with esteemed Chinese Medicine practitioner, scholar and teacher Lonny Jarrett (called Clinical Integration).  I’m reflecting on the two year homework assignment we were given, in addition to all of the readings and practicing what we have learned in class: if you could […]

Coffee Alternative: Buddha’s Hand with Cherries Tea

  My piece de resistance blend of the moment, now that I’ve quit coffee, is new crop sencha green tea, sour cherries, dried Buddha’s Hand, and fresh ginger. Sometimes I’ll add teensy bit of raw honey, just to give it a little more sweetness and body.  Other times, I’ll leave out the green tea and […]

Ending the Affair: Quitting Coffee

  Having quit coffee on more than one occasion, with this most recent cessation of the caffeinated version in March 2016 (still going strong!), I wanted to share some options that I’ve been working with.  I quit decaf coffee (having more than once per week) a few months ago, which was oddly the more difficult […]

Bitter-sweet Memories: Our Love Affair with Coffee and Chocolate

I, like most people, have had a near lifelong love affair with coffee and chocolate. And, as with all affairs, these relationships have an expiration date. I remember being in middle school and coercing my father into letting me have some “coffee” with him in the mornings.  He’d mix a teeny amount of instant coffee […]

Tug Hill Herb Harvest and Some Surprises

Nearly every year since I began my herbal studies, I retreat up north to the Tug Hill region of New York state learning about, finding and using the plants that are detailed in my books. Each year is different, between the harvest times and the weather, which plants are growing profusely and which ones are […]

Who Am I? Nobody or Just Me – That’s Who!

I stumbled upon a lovely Moldovan violinist (Patricia Kopatchinskaja) on YouTube, then watched a documentary about her yesterday. She said something at the end of the documentary, which was so astonishing to me. She claims she’s not a “real violinist”. Yet, she plays all over the world, is a tour de force wild-child, and is […]