Yesterday my dear friend Carrie sent an e-mail describing her day. Sent her this in response . . . just as much to myself as to her. A reminder that the joy, beauty and grace in life come from the little things.
Carrie, it’s the little things. Isn’t it? It’s the sparkling pink and the coffee, and the wrapping paper, being at home and a few extra moments before an event!
For me it was weeding and planting herbs in the rain and going to our local library for the first time and finding wonderful books and stopping for a bottle of wine on the way home. A friend stopped by for awhile and then I walked Zippy and fed Mycala’s cats. And now I have an evening alone with the books and an e-mail from my dear friend Carrie, whose name means love in Japanese or English! Life is bliss when we turn off the television and live it!
When I first moved to Baltimore I took a course called "Authentic Hauntings" by Dorothy Levinson, one of the most delightful instructors I've ever experienced. Dorothy had spent a life time studying parapsychology and collecting numerous stories of famous, and not-so-famous, ghosts, spirits, and hauntings. Her stories mesmerized us.
During the course I frequently wanted to interrupt to say, “Oh, I know what herb would work to keep a ghost in the grave!” or “This herb will keep the poltergeists under control.” So as the course progressed through the weeks I began to take notes and eventually created a little book for her that hopefully contained everything she would ever need to know about how to repel, or, if she preferred, attract ghosts.
Creating that mini-book was the inspiration to illustrate a larger e-book on herbs, called Haunting Herbs, free below.
As result of Dorothy's encouragement and inspiration, I created a course on Enhancing Your Life with Herbs, and I'll be teaching it for the third time this fall.
Dorothy left this world over the weekend, but I'm certain her kindness, spiritual approach and open heart will lead her to a better place.
Today, the first day back in classes after Dorothy's passing, the halls were filled with stories of her teaching, guiding, inspiring and encouraging, from both students and instructors. She was well loved and deeply appreciated. Her impact was boundless. She will live on in all who knew her as well as those who continue to share and teach as a result of her example. I'm certain Dorothy is smiling down on us, pleased to know that her spirit is living on in these halls she loved so dearly.
Violets have always been a favorite. I made a fold up booklet on violets for a pay it forward last year. Also make a 40 page illustrated book on violets filled with herbal legends and lore, recipes, mythological references, the story of how Napoleon got the name Corporal Violet, and so much more. It always amazed me that even though they are so tiny, and only in bloom such a short period of time, they have had a tremendous impact through out history.
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
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