Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Black Death and The Vinegar of the Four Thieves

The Vinegar of the Four Thieves is a fascinating concoction, heavily embellished with legend, that supposedly warded off the bubonic plague. I found this interesting snippet on a site that sells essential oils and herbs called Annie’s Remedy: “Vinegar of … Continue reading

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“Faerie-Folks Are in Old Oaks” ~Herbal Quotes & Images

Intermingled with the lovely, poetic quotes are the simple Old herbal sayings. I enjoy both and hope you will take pleasure in this sampling. What can kill , can cure. The intense perfumes of the wild herbs as we trod … Continue reading

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A Beloved Classic–The Wind in the Willows

In the spring my thoughts return to one of my all time favorite books, The Wind in the Willows.  A particularly lovely blue sky day in spring or early summer is a ‘Wind in the Willows Day.’  A few of … Continue reading

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“Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.” ~Thomas Jefferson

Amen to that. A wise man, Jefferson. From the Monticello website: “Jefferson grew 330 vegetable varieties in Monticello’s 1000-foot-long garden terrace.” *Image of the vegetable garden at Monticello It’s historic garden week at Monticello and I see a fascinating looking … Continue reading

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Free at Amazon–The Bearwalker’s Daughter (Historical Fantasy Romance)

A  historical romance novel interwoven with an intriguing paranormal thread, set among the clannish Scots in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies.  The story is similar to others of mine with a colonial frontier flavor and also features Native American characters. ***Available for … Continue reading

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Sweet Saturday Sample from The Bearwalker’s Daughter

An expectant nicker welcomed Karin from the first stall. She brushed chilled fingers over the mare’s soft black muzzle and fed her searching mouth the apple she’d brought. Velvet lips crunched the juicy fruit and nudged her for more. “That’s … Continue reading

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Drink Your Way to Health!

Yes, seriously, but I mean with green tea. My latest blood level check shows that not only have they held steady but continued to improve. Long story short, my chronic leukemia (T-cell LGL Leukemia) is getting better, not worse as … Continue reading

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The Bearwalker’s Daughter-Historical/Paranormal Romance Novel

My talented daughter Elise did the striking cover.  Look for the bear. I’ve spent days living and breathing this story, adding a new scene, embellishing others, and deepening the weave of this historical romance with an intriguing paranormal thread. Formerly Daughter … Continue reading

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“You can’t help that. We’re all mad here.”- The Cheshire Cat and Our Latest Cat Tale

This past week we had a kitty scare (well, I did) after my hubby went down into the cellar–quite old, as this house was built in the 1870’s, as is clear from the earth and stonewalled dugout in the bowels … Continue reading

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‘As Rosemary is to the Spirit, so Lavender is to the Soul,’ & Other Herbal Quotes

 ‘Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram; The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun, and with him rise weeping.’ ~ Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale ‘If you set it, the cats will eat it, If you sow it, the cats don’t know … Continue reading

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