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Slow Media is a movement focusing on the pace of media production and consumption in the digital age. It advocates for alternative ways of making and using media that are more intentional, more enjoyable, longer lasting, better researched/written/designed, more ethical, and of higher quality overall. ~Wikipedia

Prologue: In its newest incarnation Wonder. Wisdom. Words. seeks to be a stylish slow media platform for growth and nourishment that sparks sunshine, soulfulness, synergy, sustenance, curiosity, consciousness and change, being brainy, beautiful and beneficial. Welcome. Wander Well.

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. begins each day in forest time listening to the birds, has a mild obsession with trees, beautiful things, and all shades of Green, practices a willing suspension for disbelief, enjoys soulful, sophisticated subtext and existential meaningfulness, ponders paradox, depth psychology, ancient archaeology, elegant, holistic systems and schools of thought, and appreciates the anthropology of beauty and whole-self wellness, the roads less traveled, and the metaphorical, nutritional value of a finely crafted book.

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Fall Into Beauty

It’s Autumn in New England which means crisp air and Nature’s palette at her best welcomed into daily living. Think farm fresh apple cider, your favorite cashmere sweater, and leap peeping opportunities abound. It means shifting routines, nourishing beauty rituals, adding richness, warmth and texture to interiors, and colorful weekend sojourns. Here, echoes of Autumn leaves and earthy Amber hues from the natural world invite a sense of warmth and comfort to enhance your seasonal outlook. May you Fall Into Beauty love, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. style!

Set an Autumnal tone this season and give your space and wardrobe enlightened energy by embracing an elegant soft Apricot shade. Because Wisdom. Wonder. Words. thinks in flowers, let’s make it an appreciate beauteous Begonia or marvelous Marigold season! Apricot, a peaceful and pleasant color that elevates to create an ethereal mood, and as an almost Orange and not quite Pink, finds its sweet spot along side a natural palette from Cream to Green to Brown. Infused with light it offers all the welcoming warmth and wellbeing of a favorite flannel shirt. Country fresh New England charm!

Wake to candlelight each morning with a sunshine accent wall and seasonally inspired accessories that cultivate that just right Autumn ambiance. Apricot glows happy and bright alongside white in the bathroom and forecasts a lovely Autumnal hue for the day. Perfect project if you’re feeling positively painterly! Reminiscent of a Fall Sunday morning walk through the forest a Farmhouse Pottery hand poured Vermont Wood Candle with notes of Fir, Cedar and Sandalwood, offers a sophisticated plus transportable celebration of the season. A Himalayan Salt Lamp has a magical and inviting presence with its warming healing glow when lit. A really nice lightweight option for desk, bedside table or office space is one with a wooden base for a natural look, allowing it to match most decor. Carved out of Pink Himalayan salt from Pakistan, it cleans the air in your space, soothes allergies, boosts your mood, helps you sleep and more!

Diffuse your way to a fragrant Fall with a fabulous Plant Therapy Finally Fall Essential Oils Kit. Set includes: Fall Rain, Maple Leaf and Harvest Moon in a limited-edition Autumn themed box for artful gifting!

  • Fall Rain: The crisp, coniferous scent of Fall Rain reminds us of rainy days spent in the forest. One sniff of this lovely blend will instantly transport you to beautiful, coastal, wooded forests. Therapeutically, Fall Rain will help ease breathing, calm the mind and body, and encourage a restful night of sleep.
  • Maple Leaf: The perfect Fall scent to instill a sense of warmth and comfort during cold Fall days. Sweet notes of vanilla Oleoresin and German Chamomile CO2 reminiscent of warm days spent hiking in Autumn. Cedarwood grounds the blend with a subtle woodsy sweet note and Cardamom brings a hint of spice.
  • Harvest Moon: A perfect blend to bring that crisp, clean smell of Fall indoors and freshen up any room with its uplifting scent. Bergamot adds that citrusy note. Cedarwood offers that woodsy outdoor note. Fir Needle and Juniper give the blend that forest-fresh feeling. Cardamom tops it off with spiciness. Together these oils can help to ease congestion during times of seasonal illness and soothe sore muscles due to exertion.

A modern take on an American classic, each decorative white band is hand painted by master potters at Farmhouse Pottery on their Yellowware Collection which includes pitchers that are picture perfect for the Fall table. They are beautiful, functional and timeless filled with ideal seasonal blooms such as Apricot Courier Chrysanthemums ~the stalwart champions of the Autumn garden. Farmhouse Pottery pieces are household essentials that bring pleasure to everyday utility. Wares tastefully crafted in a neutral palette that appeals to Wonder. Wisdom. Words. aesthetic, so that food and flowers are the center of attention. Handmade in their studio shop which also carries Vermont’s favorite treat. Experience the authentic New England tradition of enjoying real Vermont Maple Syrup on your pancakes this season!

Ladies, to ensure your Fall style is fresh and feminine, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. has gathered together a few ideas from what’s on our radar this season for some Apricot infused inspiration. Consider an of-the-moment Plaid Longline Coat with retro vibes from Nordstrom Mural with a crisp White T-Shirt, or a Silk Pussy-Bow Blouse from Max Mara destined to bring a touch of sophistication with its sleek tailoring and pretty in Peach palette when paired with a great pair of jeans. When donning yours, keep your hair out of focus to embrace the casually chic mood. Add a Cartier Orchid Ring, in 18K Rose Gold set with 1 Diamond to demonstrate polished feminine fare with one beloved statement piece. This queen of flowers is meticulously sculpted by skilled craftsmanship, first used by the iconic jeweler in 1925, the Orchid is now a classic motif in Cartier jewelry. Fashionable forever flower power!

As the weather shifts, so do our skin’s needs and we’re navigating the change in season with Kiehl’s tried-and-true gender neutral skincare favorites. If you’re serious about acclimating your skin to the changing weather, it’s going to need a little help, morning and night, so make these two words your mantra “stay hydrated.” Three old-world apothecary since 1851 cult classics make the season’s list for good reason. Start with the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner for a gentle alcohol-free cleanser + toner packed with powerful petals to soothe and protect. Follow with the Ultra Facial Cream for 24-hour hydration, formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived Squalane for visibly soft and healthy-looking skin. And lastly, indulge with the elegant Creme de Corps, a rich, non-greasy body lotion with Cocoa Butter and Beta-Carotene to leave skin beautifully moisturized. Tip: pick up Kiehl’s beloved classics in large/liter size so that you and your significant other are set for this season into the next!

Fellas, welcome these sartorial suggestions for feel good style that captures the spirit of the season. Inspired by their bestselling Ludlow suit jackets, J.Crew gave this elevated Bomber Jacket the same interior Bemberg lining and sleek fit. Equipped to work well with dark denim, it’s a bomber for all occasions. Not to mention, they went to Connecticut’s storied American Woolen Co. mill (est. 1899) for its ultra-warm and stylish camel hair fabric. Worn over one of Crew’s Flannel Shirts, it’s a solid choice. Flannel shirts don’t get much more comfortable or classic than this. Made in a premium midweight cotton that’s brushed both inside and out, this shirt is supersoft, comes in a timeless plaid and is just heavyweight enough to keep you warm. Add a must-have manbag for a weekend jaunt ~we’re appreciating the Carhartt Work In Progress Small Essentials Bag, so you, and all your stuff get there in rugged refined style!

‘Tis the season to find supernatural Autumn adornments from Hort & Pott ~short for horticulture & pottery, at the wondrous destination garden shop in upstate New York. A hub of vision and creativity nestled in the Catskill Mountains where two artful artisans liven up seasonal style with wild and unexpected botanicals. Offering handcrafted uncommon botanical goods as well as unique workshops and creative garden services. A seasonal palette of cultivated and foraged botanicals crafted into Autumn Wreaths & Bouquets are now available in the shop. These exceedingly long lasting wild arrangements will bring many seasons of joyfully warm color to your home. A great gift for special someone to show Autumnal sentiment shipped from New England with a sweet card. Note: Their stunning storied habitat is featured in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens. A must see and an inspiring read!

Fall-Blooming Native Plants offer food for wildlife and a feast for the eyes; no matter where in the country you live, there are good species to choose from. Let’s maintain habitat this season to this year’s bounty of beneficial beauties and critical creatures that make countless contributions to our everyday world. If you build it they will come!

  • Goldenrod is a mecca for wildlife; bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects drink nectar and take shelter, songbirds eat the seeds, and rabbits and other small mammals browse the leaves. There are many different native species found around the country.
  • IronweedJoe-Pye Weed are butterfly magnets and provide seeds to songbirds; there are several native options in the eastern two-thirds part of the country.
  • There are more than 150 native species of Asters, they attract butterflies, song birds, and native bees as well as host plants for several butterflies.
  • Other blooms to consider for your Autumn Garden: Black-Eyed Susan, Coneflower, Dahlias, Mums, Sunflowers + Marigolds ~just to name a few!

Colors Of Fall Road Trip Guide: 25 Autumn Tours In New England By Jerry & Macy Monkman, 2nd Edition, 2018.

The perfect road trip companion, this guide details 25 of the best scenic tours during Fall foliage season in New England. Trips vary from short drives on the coast to all-day excursions in the region’s mountains and forests. Detailed maps and itineraries complement trip descriptions that tell you what you’ll find along the route ~with 90 color photographs and 25 maps. In addition, sidebars suggest short walks and hikes that are great diversions. This is the perfect guide to motivate any leaf-peeping exploration or road less traveled expedition. Experience the inimitable sights of Autumn in New England, and leave no leaf unturned!

Note: For Additional Autumnal Advice + Seasonal Sense See Previous Posts From 2018 Fall Forecast + Falling Forward. Still Relevant Reads.

Fire Cider Love

For The Love Of Fire Cider. The change of season is Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite time to make a batch of fire cider for use Autumn into Winter. Fire cider has been used and shared by herbalists for generations as a remedy to ward off illness and promote health. If you don’t have a recipe no worries, you can pick up Rosemary Gladstar’s newest book! Here, Gladstar compiles 101 original recipes for fire cider, wonderful illustrations plus stories and songs, in celebration of the health-boosting tonic and the community of herbalists who make it, share it, use it, and love it. Forthcoming October 2019.

  Traditional Fire Cider Recipe ~Excerpted From Fire Cider!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup grated fresh horseradish root
  • ½ cup or more chopped onions
  • ¼ cup or more chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup or more grated ginger
  • Cayenne pepper, fresh (chop it up) or dried (flaked or ground), to taste
  • Apple cider vinegar (preferably raw and organic)
  • Honey

Directions

  1.  Place the herbs in a half-gallon mason jar and add enough vinegar to cover them by 3 to 4 inches. Seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in a warm spot and let sit for 3 to 4 weeks. Shake the jar every day to help in the maceration process.
  2.  After 3 to 4 weeks, strain out the herbs, reserving the liquid. Warm the honey (so that it will mix in well) and add it to the vinegar, to taste. “To taste” means your fire cider should be hot, spicy, and sweet. The honey also helps cool the heat, moistens, and balances all the fiery ingredients.
  3.  Bottle, label, and enjoy! Fire cider will keep for several months unrefrigerated if stored in a cool pantry. Best to keep refrigerated.
  4.  A small shot glass daily serves as an excellent tonic. Or take fire cider by teaspoons throughout the day if you feel a cold coming on. Take it more frequently, if necessary, to help your immune system do battle.

Fire Cider! 101 Zesty Recipes For Health-Boosting Remedies Made With Apple Cider Vinegar By Rosemary Gladstar, For decades, best-selling author and popular herbalist Rosemary Gladstar has been touting the health benefits of fire cider -a spicy blend of apple cider vinegar, horseradish, onion, ginger, garlic, and other immune-boosting herbs. Her original recipe, inspired by traditional cider vinegar remedies, has given rise to dozens of fire cider formulations created by fans of the tonic who use it to address everyday ills, from colds and flu to leg cramps and hangovers. Fire Cider! is a lively collection of 101 recipes contributed by 70+ herbal enthusiasts, with energizing versions ranging from Black Currant Fire Cider to Triple Goddess Vinegar, Fire Cider Dark Moonshine, and Bloody Mary Fire Cider. Colorful asides, including tribute songs and amusing anecdotes, capture Gladstar’s passionate desire to pass along the fire cider tradition.

About

Rosemary Gladstar has 40+ years of experiences studying and teaching about the healing properties of herbs. She is a renowned educator, author, activist, entrepreneur and founding director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, the New England Women’s Herbal Conference, and United Plant Savers ~a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinals and has led herbal educational adventures around the world. Gladstar lives in Vermont.

Dickinson’s Garden

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life By Marta McDowell, Forthcoming October 2019 From Timber Press. Author Meet & Greet At The Bookloft Great Barrington MA October 5th 3-5pm 2019.

Emily Dickinson was a keen observer of the natural world, but less well known is the fact that she was also an avid gardener -sending fresh bouquets to friends, including pressed flowers in her letters, and studying botany at Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke. At her family home, she tended both a small glass conservatory and a flower garden. In Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, award-winning author Marta McDowell explores Dickinson’s deep passion for plants and how it inspired and informed her writing. Tracing a year in the garden, the book reveals details few know about Dickinson and adds to our collective understanding of who she was as a person. By weaving together Dickinson’s poems, excerpts from letters, contemporary and historical photography & botanical art, McDowell offers an enchanting new perspective on one of America’s most celebrated but enigmatic literary figures.

For The Love Of Dickinson, enthusiasts can visit the Emily Dickinson Museum ~which comprises two historic houses + garden in Massachusetts with programs dedicated to amplifying Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home. Open March ~ December.

Earth Time

TIME Magazine Special Climate Issue September 23rd 2019. Cover Photo: Sand Sculpture By Japanese Artist Toshihiko Hosaka.

Bravo. The new edition of TIME focuses on the climate crisis -one of only five times the magazine has devoted an entire issue to a single topic. 2050: The Fight For Earth comes 30 years after TIME’s first climate issue, when they put “Endangered Earth” on the cover as Person of the Year in 1989. The threat to our planet posed by climate change, TIME thought back then, to be the most important story of the year. Unfortunately life on Earth is still in danger 2019.

Features Include: An essay by author Bill McKibben that flashes forward to 2050, looking back on the steps society took to adjust to or stop climate change. And reporting from every continent with viewpoints on climate change from Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Angelina Jolie and Graca Machel, founding member of The Elders. Plus the five big changes that are key for humanity to survive a warming climate and the tech innovations that would need to happen + more.

September Note

Simply September. Re-emerging from Summer sabbatical. Shifting into Wonder. Wisdom. Words. sweet spot which is Fall season in New England. As Autumnal ambiance arrives stayed tuned for some inspired seasonal posts, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. style. Now for a bit of what where why housekeeping.

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Nature Sanctuary

Butterfly Celebration Festival Sharon Audubon Center CT To Shine A Spotlight On These Beautiful Creatures.

The celebration will kick off with “A Guide To Restoring The Little Things That Run The World”, a presentation on creating sustainable habitat in our own backyard by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, Friday, Sept. 13th, 7 pm at the Litchfield Community Center. The festivities continue at the Butterfly Celebration Festival Saturday, Sept. 14th from 10 am-3 pm at the Sharon Audubon Center with tours of the new Butterfly House, Caterpillar Rearing Lab and gardens; presentations on native butterflies, planting for butterflies, native plant sale, music, food and more.

The Sharon Audubon Center encompasses four nature sanctuaries and 3,000 acres in Northwestern Connecticut, an education center, a Wildlife Rehab Clinic, a small history museum and an Audubon Nature Store. The immediate grounds include Raptor Aviaries, the Herb Garden, the Eleanor Loft Bird & Butterfly Garden and a sugarhouse. Whose mission is to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats by creating life-changing experiences that inspire community members to appreciate, understand, and protect the natural world. Support the work here

Leylines Songline

Rising Appalachia New Album Leylines 2019 North American Tour Featuring Special Guests: Raye Zaragoza + Be Steadwell. The album’s title Leylines alludes to invisible lines believed to stretch around the world between sacred spaces. Love these folk grooves of Appalachia and world beat fusion harmonics. Leylines = southern flair soul sister songs and lyrical magic.

Rising Appalachia Performing Sassafras From The Leylines Album, As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Based between Southern Appalachia and New Orleans, sisters Leah + Chloe Smith work with an array of international musicians and the band incorporates everything from simple harmonics with banjos and fiddles, to a wide variety of drums, kalimbas, beatbox, baliphone, congas, didgeridoo, tablas, spoons and washboard creating a full mix of world, folk and soul music. Rising Appalachia is also part of the Rise Collective which supports many of their community-based projects using art as a source of activism for social and environmental justice as well as cultural development.

Digging Deeper

 

Malin+Goetz Garden Digging Deeper: The Scent Of A Garden, At Home In The Hudson Valley, September 14, 2019.

Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, founders of the eponymous apothecary and perfumery MALIN+GOETZ, have launched a new fragrance, Stem, based on their fabulous nine-acre garden at their 19th Century farmhouse in Hudson Valley NY. A deconstructed garden (un)floral eau de parfum that captures the crispness of freshly cut stems and the aroma of crushed leaves. Join them and their landscape architect and gardener for an intimate tour of this inspiring landscape and to discuss design ideas, big and small, that you can bring home. Explore the herb and vegetable gardens, multiple patio areas, walled sunken garden, developing orchard, berry garden + walk the meadow and woodlands. Finish with a glass of wine and a spritz of MALIN+GOETZ Stem.

This event is part of the Digging Deeper Series ~exclusive and site-specific programs including informal talks, tours + demonstrations with experts of every stripe, for a closer look at the garden world. Offered through The Garden Conservancy whose mission is to save and share outstanding American gardens for the education and inspiration of the public.

Analog Retreat

Bloom Where You Are Planted (1 Corinthians 7:20-24)

Spring Into Summer. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. is practicing a prolonged pause and escaping the blogosphere for the Summer as digital detox retreat for mind body soul solace. Digital De-Clutter Recipe For Renewal: For the love of nature as medicine explore your inner and outer landscape this season. Disconnect to reconnect. Cut the cell phone cord. Put away the iPad. Forget Facebook. Transcend Twitter. Ignore the Instagram urge. Digital Minimalism. Key to living an authentic and focused life in an increasingly noisy world.

Soul Revolution

New Memoir Revolution Of Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing And Conscious Action By Yogini Activist Seane Corn Book Release +Tour Forthcoming September 2019. RevolutionoftheSoulBook

Seane Corn celebrated yoga teacher, activist and co-founder of Off The Mat Into The World, shares pivotal accounts of her life with raw honesty enriched with in-depth spiritual teachings, to help us heal, evolve and change the world. Seane’s purpose is to guide us into a deep understanding of our highest Self through yoga philosophy and tools for emotional healing -not just as abstract ideas but as embodied, fully felt wisdom. When we heal fractured parts of ourselves and learn to love who we are and the journey we’ve embarked upon, writes Seane, we will see that same tender humanity in all souls. This is the revolution of the soul. And with this book, you’re invited to be a part of it.

Becoming Wise

Krista Tippet Of On Being In Conversation With Richard Rohr

As a conscious contemplative, Father Richard Rohr gives men of all ages a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: from male formation and what he calls “father hunger” to why contemplation is as magnetic to people now as ever. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan writer, teacher, and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His many books include “Falling Upward,” “Divine Dance,” and most recently, “The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For + Believe.”

On Being has its origins in a public radio show called Speaking of Faith, which was created by Krista Tippett in the early 2000’s. A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Krista saw a black hole in media where intelligent conversation about religion, meaning, and moral imagination might be. Her show evolved into the On Being podcast in pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century: What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other?