Updates & Sharings

by Jesse Wolf Hardin on January 25th, 2011
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The first of the year we had an unusual cold snap that killed my beloved bamboo plant… indoors!  We are talking 20 below in the mountains of temperate New Mexico.  But in the weeks since it has barely been freezing at night, just cold enough to keep the unfortunately frozen-hard barrels of rain water from thawing for us, and sunny and warm enough most days for me to return to my normal outfit of vest, kilt and gladly barefoot.  The days getting longer is a spirit lifting delight, as work loads, painful memories and wishes, the world’s worsening situation and even difficult health challenges all seem lighter loads to bear.

Besides the huge amounts of emails that we answer, this week has seen me complete a new article on Old West Lawmen (the editor was thinking of a glorification of spotless heroes, so we can only imagine his expression when he received an expose of how self serving and crooked most lawmen were, often servants of despots and oligarchies, or when he got to the line about the lesser known nickname that famed Wyatt Earp was called in his day: “The Fighting Pimp”).  I also wrote much of the essay for the March Plant Healer on “The Language of Healing”  and the first of of a three part article on creating nourishing, dedicated environments for ourselves and our work or focus: “Inner Sanctums, Imaginariums and Cabinets of Wonder” which will appear full length in the June issue of Plant Healer.  You can read an advance excerpt about creating such rooms or spaces right now… if you aren’t already a subscriber to it, you can read it by clicking on: The Medicine Woman’s Roots Blog.

Loba has gotten back into working on her cookbook every day, after much encouragement from readers eager to get a copy, and she’s glad to have largely started over so that it reflects her current understandings and style.  The first of her mini-book series will be on the joys of gathering and preparing wild foods.  In the midst of a ton of other tasks and projects, Kiva has somehow managed to keep writing, including a very important piece describing the spirit and inclusiveness of Folk Herbalism, considerably expanding pieces on Evergreens and Respiratory Herbs, and a new column for the magazine.

Thanks to the efforts of TWHC sponsor drive manager Sean, we got confirmation from many of the larger conference supporters in time to include their logo on the larger (11×17″) of our 2011 posters.  We’ll be posting a blog in a week or two with a link to download the smaller 8×11″ color version, and will start taking requests for us to send out copies of the big ones to folks willing to hang them in prominent places.

So much of our attention and time goes to the magazine and conference, that we haven’t gotten around to updating the Anima Lifeways & Herbal School site.  We’ve been told many of the links to applications are broken, and we’ve long known that some of the program descriptions – especially the Home Study and Events pages – are dated an inaccurate.  Today I hope to complete new descriptive text that accurately represents or current emphasis and offerings, and later this week I am writing a description for the limited number of positions we will be making available on the land here for folks to learn homesteading and wildcrafting skills while assisting with the day to day functioning of an isolated wilderness sanctuary.

Now I go back to my ongoing work, the sun glinting on the volcanic crystal and polished skulls in the windowside display case, the sounds of ice cracking in the warming river below, and little gray and brown juncos hopping after winter seeds just outside.  I hope you are living deeply… your desires and service, purpose and calling, with great integrity and irrepressible joy.


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  • Dave

    My bamboo plant got eaten by a bored house cat. I really can understand the hardship of cold weather. The last winter in NY all my pipes froze.

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