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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).

Autumn Whisperings from the Trees

 
"The longest journey is the journey inward."  --Dag Hammarskjold
 
Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are now experiencing the incredible beauty of Autumn and the time of balance between light and darkness during the Equinox.  Although I love all the seasons here in Western New York, Autumn is my favorite time of year. 
 
While some see this as a time of flowers dying and dread the inevitable winter that follows, I see it as a time of tremendous vibrancy and inspiration.

Creating for Self: Honoring Nature and the Creator

"We do not see Nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts." --William Hazlitt
 
For so many years I had been creating my own sacred spaces sometimes gardening to the point of obsession, never completely realizing why I was being guided to do what I was.  That was, until I came upon the  The Ringing Cedars  a very controversial series of books written by the Russian author Vladimir Megre' who tells the profound stories of Anastasia, a young woman now in her 40's who lives as a recluse in the pristine Siberian Taiga.

Death and Dying: Hope's Final Chapter

Our little cat Hope continued to be my teacher throughout her short time with us.   As I have written in previous  posts, Hope came to us under difficult circumstances and we both faced these hurdles together.  Her strong personality and unusual health challenges presented a new level of learning for me in terms of animal illnesses, as well as how to cope with them.
 
Hope's dying was no different.  Throughout the time she was with us, I made three appointments with our vet to have her put to sleep and all three times I cancelled and was glad I did.

Gardening with Nature: Restoring What Once Was

I've been busy preparing and planting my vegetable garden and establishing new perennial gardens so I have to admit, it's been hard to focus on writing.  The constant rains here early in the spring put me way behind and certainly put a new perspective on things, as water always does-- being the great equalizer. Water  knows no boundaries and wears away rock, despite it's sensitive and seeming fragile nature.  When we work against it by trying to redirect or eliminate its natural boundaries, eventually it resurfaces more powerful than before.

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

Homeopathy and Alzheimer's: Hope's Story Continues

As would be expected, my lessons from the little stray  cat Hope that I took in last year have continued, as myjourney with her is accompanied by learning, inspiration and yes-- sometimes exasperation.  For those of you who did not read the previous story of how she came into my life,  here   it is.
 
Several weeks ago, Hope gave us another scare.   Just when things were going well, she started meowing incessantly day and night.

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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