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in case of emergency

in tibetan buddhism there is a saying: "our greatest enemy is our greatest teacher"
i have never considered anyone an enemy, i might be someone's enemy, but never intentionally, and i would never reciprocate. enemies do not exist in my belief system ... until saturday, february 27th. that day i came upon my enemy. my enemy was not a person, and in fact, my enemy took no sentient form at all. it was an extenuating set of circumstances: the circumstance of being unprepared for a dire medical emergency with our working dog: alone, without a vehicle or a phone, for days, just me, the internet, and my dog.

on mutual sustainability and wildcrafting

  • Posted on: 23 February 2016
  • By: Chappell
the first liberated elderberry and clematis pile in background

there is a symbiotic relationship between wildcrafter and the plants they harvest... it's important to provide in kind for them. wild harvesting doesn't mean simply taking what is there. it means establishing a working relationship, fostering the plants' health and well being, so they can do the same for you. including a how-to on propogating elderberry from cuttings.

snow zen

  • Posted on: 22 January 2016
  • By: Chappell
jonas has arrived

in the middle of making seed lists, and reading about bee keeping while anticipating spring's arrival, a giant winter storm looms on the horizon. so many times forecasts of snowmaggedon produce little results. a part of me is betting the snow won't come...


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