Masked Beauty

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised Americans to wear cloth face masks while out in public to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus. A proactive precautionary safety measure worth taking. For many before the pandemic, face masks were not a part of their at-home collection. Luckily, many retailers have face coverings available for purchase. For those who do not have masks already, a  handcrafted mask is a great get your sew on project-oriented option ~see Pattern in PDF, or find one online lovingly designed by an artful artisan for a good cause. A simple Google search will offer an abundant selection to admire and choose from. Mask On!

A tip for kindred sensitive skin souls, as wearing masks becomes routine, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. recommends these two stellar old-world apothecary style products to rescue and restore facial skin. Tata Harper’s multi-hyaluronic Hydrating Flower Mask treatment is like a glass of water for dry and irritated skin. Clinically-proven to reduce redness while providing hyper-hydration. Light and cooling, the mask smells of fresh flowers, and the gel-cream consistency soothes stressed skin on contact. Using it once a week does wonders, though it’s gentle enough to use every night, if your skin needs it. And Kiehl’s new Buttermask For Lips infused with Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter will treat and repair dry lips overnight while you sleep. Stay Hydrated!

Solstice Time

Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. ~Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

 Solstice Salutations From Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Honoring The Sun Gods.  Find Some Summer Solace In Simple Ways To Savor The Season

Cup Of Sunshine Herbal Tea Recipe:  A calming blend of equal parts Dried Lemon Balm Dried Calendula and Milky Oats ~tops of the Oat plant after it has flowered. Mix the herbs together, then steep in just-boiled water for 10 minutes. Strain + serve. Enjoy! Note:  These are easy to grow plants by seed. Homegrown = truly organic. When crating your tea, experiment with equal proportions to taste. Often less is more.

One of the best things about Summer is fresh peaches! If you are a fan of the fruit, try this Summer Salsa Recipe that pairs perfectly with tortilla chips and fish tacos. Gently incorporate all the ingredients in a bowl and season with sea salt and pepper. Note: For best results use just picked peaches at ripe and juicy peak perfection.

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh peaches, peeled and diced
1 cup red bell pepper, diced small
3 Tbsp red onion, diced small
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeño chili, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

Mythic Manifest

We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; and where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.  ~Joseph Campbell

Timely Teachings

Being fully present to fear, to gratitude, to all that is ~this is the practice of mutual belonging. As living members of the living body of Earth, we are grounded in that kind of belonging. Even when faced with cataclysmic changes, nothing can ever separate us from Earth. We are already home.  ~Joanna Macy

For The Love Of Ecopsychology. Join The Global Online Celebration Of The New Book: A Wild Love For The World On Joanna Macy’s 91st Birthday! The evening will be moderated by editor Stephanie Kaza with music by Lydia Violet, and will include words from Joanna as well as selected readings from the book by various guest authors. Joanna is eager to connect with people around the world under these difficult times. Gain fresh inspiration and address the “work of our time” drawing on the life work and legacy of teacher-writer-activist Joanna Macy. Note: This is a tune into livestream event by timezone, so no need for zoom or registration!

A Wild Love For The World Joanna Macy And The Work Of Our Time, Shambhala Publications, 2020.

Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology whose decades of writing, teaching, and activism have inspired people around the world. In this collection of writings, leading spiritual teachers, deep ecologists, and diverse writers and activists explore the major facets of Macy’s lifework. Combined with eleven pieces from Macy herself, the result is a rich chorus of wisdom and compassion to support the work of our time.

 Shambhala Publications is an independent publishing company based in Boulder, Colorado that specializes in books that present creative and conscious ways of transforming the individual, the society, and the planet. In the hope of contributing to the development of a thoughtful, kindhearted, and contemplative society.

Flower Power

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden Puzzle. The perfect Spring gift for flower and puzzle lovers alike! A great way to celebrate flowers while spending time indoors this season. This high-quality double-sided puzzle features the Floret Flower Farm iconic farm truck on one side and a beautiful dahlia ombre on the other. Product Details: 24 x 18 inches, 500 double-sided pieces ~glossy + matte, plus an informational artist/image insert.

Floret Farm is a little flower farm with a big vision ~to be a thriving education farm dedicated to giving flower lovers the tools and information they need to grow the gardens of their dreams. Specializing in unique, heirloom flowers. Based in Skagit Valley, they source, grow + offer many varieties on the farm and in the garden shop.

Floret Farm’s A Year In Flowers: Designing Gorgeous Arrangements For Every Season, Hardcover, 312 Pages, 2020.

Those planning to get outside and grow to practice some flower garden therapy soon, will love the new book by beloved flower farmer and floral designer Erin Benzakein of Floret Farm, filled with gorgeous photography and practical design techniques for beautiful bouquets that anyone can make. Each seasonally-inspired chapter encourages readers to observe the colors and textures of the natural world around them and arrange locally-grown ingredients to savor and share.

 Floret Farm Seeds A~Z Collection available from the Floret Farm Shop. Hand selected for color and form, there is a special assortments of Floret’s cutting garden favorites guaranteed to create abundant, foolproof bouquets all season long. Floret’s site offers seeds, workshops, resources, a behind the scenes blog,  and fun with flowers galore. Therein you can pick up Floret’s puzzle, explore her books and find some amazing seeds from the collection to try out. For The Love Of Spring enjoy the season.

Twilight Zone

It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call … The Twilight Zone.  ~Rod Serling

We Are All In This Place Together. Proactive Pandemic Protection: Stay Home. Stop The Spread. Save Lives. Stay Informed. Stay Well. Troubling Times In Trumplandia.