For Earth Day

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Păpăruda Rain Maker

Click here to watch and listen to a traditional Păpăruda ceremony. A rough translation of the chant they sing might be: Păpăruda, our relative, come make rain. Make the rain pour, fall over our lands, overflow our buckets. You who gives us food and grows our crops, make the water flow. We dance for you. […]


Non-doing has nothing to do with being indolent or passive. Quite the contrary. It takes great courage and energy to cultivate non-doing, both in stillness and in activity. Nor is it easy to make a special time for non-doing and to keep at it in the face of everything in our lives which needs to […]

Wildflower Week: Trout Lily

Deep in the forests of Georgia, at the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, millions of Trout Lilies bloom every spring. Sprawling across 15 acres of the preserve, this is the largest known colony of Trout Lilies that is suspected to have thrived in this location for hundreds of years. But you need not wander that […]

Wildflower Week: Bloodroot

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria Canadensis, is also known by folkname as Indian Paint, Indian Plant, King Root, Sweet Slumber, and Tetterwort. It is a small perennial growing up to six inches tall, and thrives best sheltered along wet banks, in fields, and in shady woods with rich soils in North America. It is one of the earliest […]

Wildflower Week: Violets

When I was little, my parents owned a Sing Along with Mitch Miller and the Gang album. It didn’t take too long to learn every song by heart, including this little gem, which I can’t seem to get out of my head this time of year! Sweet Violets 
Sweeter than the roses
 Covered all over […]

Wildflower Week: Spring Beauty

Above is the spring wildflower know as Spring Beauty or Claytonia virginica. Found in Eastern North America, its scientific name honors Colonial Virginia botanist John Clayton. This from the British Natural History Museum: John Clayton (1694-1773) was one of the early collectors of plant specimens in Virginia, where he was Clerk to the County Court […]