Earth Day/Arbor Day
The origins of Earth Day and Arbor Day reach back through time to festivals of the earth goddess and the Green Man...
This postcard of a May Day scene comes from the web site devoted to May Day postcards collected by Barbara Marlow Irwin
May Wine is the drink of May Day, white wine flavored with sweet woodruff and strawberries.
WAVERLY'S BLOGLink Love: plants and people
I really liked my friend Joanna Powell Colbert’s idea of declaring Friday (or Freya’s Day) as Link Love day and posting some of her favorite links from the past week. (Love because Freya is the Norwegian goddess just as the name for Friday in Latin and other Romance languages refers to Venus.) So I’ve been collecting some links that I loved this past week and wanted to share them with you. Almost all came from following the threads... [Read more]
SIGNS OF THE SEASONWordless Wednesday: Rainy Tuesday, Sunny Wednesday
Nature in PlaceMeasuring the Immeasurables
For the past month, I’ve been focusing on the practice of phenology, with the students enrolled in my Year of Flowers class. Phenology is the practice of tracking seasonal changes in nature. Phenology pretends to be a science, but I think it’s really an art, and an art closely allied to poetry. Change is always happening in nature, and it happens gradually. But in order to accurately annotate when change occurs, phenologists have to pinpoint... [Read more]
SeasonsA Seasonal Pilgrimage
This idea for attuning with a season comes from William Whittmann, a Seattle therapist, who sponsored pilgrimages on the equinoxes and solstices to sacred sites in the city. He chose to align himself with the solar markers of the seasons, those days when the season shifts (or reaches its peak): the equinoxes and the solstices. During the six weeks before the pilgrimage date, he meditated on the season and its metaphors (such as the element (earth... [Read more]