DECEMBER 2015
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Happy Solstice!

Solstice Joy to You!

The longest night has passed and the though the worst of the cold is yet to come, days grow longer. The Light Returns. This, to me, is the "true" meaning of all winter celebrations: The Light Has Returned. However you wish to symbolize it – with the miracle of the oil, the miracle of the virgin birth, or any other miracle of your choice – the Light Returns!

Celebrate! Fast away the old year passes. . . ! The Light Has Returned. Smile.

Is it spring or winter?  Here in the Catskills, and across the Northeast, we have no snow, and temperatures in the 40s, 50s, and even 60s, so no hope of snow. I miss the cold, but don't mind being able to continue to work on rebuilding the barn and able to put wild salad on my table for the seasonal celebrations. When I went out my front door today, instead of the usual December icicles, I found cresses blooming.

My daughter Justine (and her family) is already in Costa Rica, preparing for the season of retreats and workshops at their home. I will be on my way there too, soon, to meet the nine women participating in our Healing Adventure 2016. Want to fantasize about joining us there in 2017? Photos and info here.

Let the lengthening days draw you into dreams of your future and intuitions of the distant past.

Let the cold air waken your senses and remind you to follow your dreams.


Solstice Salad

No snow on the ground means we can celebrate the Return of the Light with a wild salad. Here's what went into it. What will you put in yours?


Wild Chives are available all winter. Minced finely, they wake up winter taste buds: I add them to salads or baked potatoes or mash into butter.


Cronewort (Artemisia vulgaris) is sending new leaves up from its rhizomes in this photo. If you want less cronewort in the garden next year, pull up the rhizomes with their leaves, rinse the dirt off, and chop into the whole thing into your salad, or make them into a delicious vinegar.


Catnip (Nepetaria cataria) and other mints, such as lemon balm, thyme, rosemary, and bergamot, may be hardier than you think. Take a look around and see which of the mints is still green. A leaf or two, finely minced, of any tasty mint – yes, there is lots of motherwort, and it's a mint, but it's too bitter to be considered tasty – adds zip to winter salads.


Mallow (Malva neglecta) thrives in the cool weather, which always strikes me as odd, since most of the plants in this family are tropical, like hibiscus. As you can see, this mallow is spreading wide and even blooming. I suppose the bees are flying when the sun shines and the temperature is warm enough, so why not bloom?! There are plenty of bland tasting, respiratory-strengthening leaves to be had for many months for cold-weather salads.


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