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What My Gardens Have Taught Me

My gardens have evolved so much over time and taught me a great deal about life and myself. Gone is the need to control everything in a precise, neat manner. I have found that when I set my intention by planting my desires and allow Nature to unfold her deep wisdom and artistry, sometimes the most amazing landscapes can appear. At times you need to be patient when nothing seems to be happening or when things are not quite as organized or beautiful as you would like, but the results will always surpass your limited view of things.

Natural Remedies for Pet Wellness

Every spring I see the common yellow signs posted on people's lawns for the beginning of the attack on insects that our society wages.  Unknowingly, well meaning people are perpetuating cycles in so many ways that only continue to harm this planet, as well as themselves and their pets. 
 
There are so many alternatives to chemicals that are commonly used on lawns and on pets.  While there's no doubt that fleas and other parasites are annoying and harmful, there are many insects which are vital and beneficial to a balanced landscape.

Eight Days with Aslan: a Lesson on Nutrition

Aslan  (Turkish for lion) came to me in the Fall of 2008.  He was part of a late litter of kittens that had been born during the  Autumnal Equinox to a feral mother that I had been feeding.  I named him Aslan because he looked like a tiny lion and I wanted him to have a strong name like the character in The Chronicles of Narnia  novels by C.S. Lewis.
 
I knew that if I didn't trap these feral kittens soon and take them in, they probably wouldn't stand a chance during the harsh winter in Western New York that was forthcoming (click picture to view video on feral cats).

Gardening with Nature: In Defense of Dandelions

The war on dandelions has become quite prolific in recent years.  Nevertheless, more regions are starting to realize theheavy costsassociated with that golf course look. The damage to the environment and to ourselves is greater than we can possibly imagine and yet, there's alot of profit for chemical companies in maintaining the status quo. 
 
We've been brainwashed by corporations to believe that this war is how it should be-- that dandelions are somehow unnatural

Plant Medicine: Flower's Journey, an Easter Story

So much of what I learned about Nature, the plant kingdom, and alternative therapies, I learned because of another animal companion, my rabbit Flower.  Easter is almost here and it's a time when I remember our special bunny who was born on Easter Day.  We got her from a local farm when my son was just a toddler, along with another bunny we named Jewel. 
 
We had gotten both rabbits several weeks after Easter and I remember thinking how unusual it was that the farmer made a point of telling me when they were born

The Value of Plants and Birds

I feel I need to mention all the activity that's been going for years regarding 'non-native' species of plants, animals and birds.  It's really starting to concern me because I'd like to know where it will all end.  I keep reading about the poisoning of songbirds, plants, and fish in the US  just because they happen to be from somewhere else and have adapted well to the environment, as well as pose an economic threat to factory farming.   These  foreigners  are considered by many  to be pests and are systemically being culled.

 
 
 
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