The Second Best Day Of Her Life

Our Wisdom of the Oak program touches hundreds of elementary school students every year. I wanted to share this note from a girl who said that our program was the second best day of her life (her best day was the day she was...

Flower Seduction

Let me dispel the misconception that botanists are geeks – the reality is we are in it for the sex! I can’t walk down the street without being blown over by the sexual exploits of the plant world this time of year. Just like some humans, when plants get ready to...

Wild Love

I woke up on Valentine’s Day morning with a river of love and happiness streaming through me. It’s not a mere romance that has filled me up today. Rather, I had the unbridled pleasure of spending a perfect spring Saturday in the company of eleven remarkably authentic...

Nursing The Wild – Who Is Your Family?

Imagine belonging so deeply to the wild that you would breastfeed a motherless squirrel. The endangered Amazonian Awa people love wild animals so much that the women breastfeed and treat them as part of the family. In return, the animals help them with everyday tasks...

Bay Laurel Kahlua, Truffles, And Other Gifts From The California Bay Tree

The California bay laurel tree (Umbellularia californica)  is one of  the San Francisco Bay Area’s most  iconic trees.  This tree is closely related to avocado, cinnamon and the European bay  laurel, whose leaves we often throw into tomato sauces and soups.  You can...

How To Inspire A Wild Mind

The National Geographic Society, one of world largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions, has been taken over by right wing media tycoon and owner of Fox News, Rupert Murdock. As a child I pawed through the magazine and imagined myself in mysterious far...

It’s Time To Celebrate Our Oaks!

I have a gratitude practice in my life. Every morning I wake up and while I am still in bed I bring to mind all that I am grateful for including my teachers, loved ones, my lovely cabin, good air, beauty, wonderful food and the fact that all my organs work.  There is...
The Mighty Acorn: Eat Your Way Back Into The Web Of Life

The Mighty Acorn: Eat Your Way Back Into The Web Of Life

Acorns have been eaten and revered for their nourishment the world over—by Celts, by Koreans, by the native people throughout North America. Perhaps your ancestors were acorn eaters – you might be surprised   Long before the cultivation of wheat or the advent of...

Deep Ecology Of The Milky Way

As an ethnobotanist I expected that my inaugural blog would wax poetic on the ethnobotanical and medicinal qualities of a mythically fascinating plant however,  I find myself musing on the deep ecology of the Milky Way. Twelve weeks ago, within hours of bringing home...

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