Seasons Spirit

Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.  ~Yoko Ono

Thankful 2020 Is Almost Over. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Last Post Of The Year. Warm Wishes For A Wonderful Holiday Season. Stay Safe. Stay Well. Persevere.

Brave New View

Singer-Songwriter Kristi Flagg Performing In My Arms From Her New Album Brave New View. Positively prayerful, soulful folk rock album perfectly placed in transitional  political and pandemic times. Celebrating letting go, diving in, being joyful, accepting change and realizing happiness. Good vibrations through liberating awareness. Kristi is also the owner + vision keeper of the Valley Spirit Wellness Center ~an art co-op and wellness center and gathering place for conversation and community in Connecticut.

Poetic Justice

Congratulations Biden Harris 2020! The world can breathe a sincere sigh of relief. Kamala Harris makes history as America’s first woman Vice President-elect. Whilst powerful poetic justice plays out for Trump whose political career began by pushing   birtherism propaganda, and ends with a brilliant black woman in The White House. As MLK reminded us: The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

Autumn Exit

Auspicious Autumnal Equinox From Wonder. Wisdom Words. Bit of poetic acumen a la Jack Kerouac applicable to pandemic times prompting passionate appreciation for life as it is.  As Autumn illuminates the New England landscape with vibrant velocity, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. seeks to purposefully practice more tree time and less screen time. Enjoy this beautiful season for body mind spirt and beyond benefit!

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 homemade goal-oriented project ~see Pattern via the NYTimes, or find one online 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 super 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 holy grail Hydrating Flower Mask treatment is like a glass of water for stressed skin. Clinically-proven to provide hyper-hydration, it’s light and cooling and smells like fresh flowers, plus gentle enough to use every night. And Kiehl’s Buttermask For Lips infused with Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter will treat and repair dry lips overnight while you sleep. Healing Time!

Solstice Savor

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