(Candy Flower) Montia sibirica
Natural. Low growing herb to 12” high. Wild edge of shady forest plant.
Flowers on long thin stem, five notched petals, star-shaped, with thin red lines. Blooms March to June. Leaves long petiol basal leaves forming a crown, leaves on flowering stems two, opposite. Slightly acid, somewhat succulent
Uses: Edible. Best tasting wild salad greens. Stems, leaves and roots are delicious raw or cooked.
I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being.
Friendship must be kept in a constant state of repair.
~ Dr. S. Johnson
Square Circle being made by a genius woodpecker.
In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
The more clearly we can focus our attention
on the wonders and realities of the universe about us,
the less taste we shall have for destruction.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Comfrey (Knit bone) Symphytum officinale
Leaves can be eaten when young, steamed lightly and in salads & fresh stew, soup, syrups. Good for circulation.
Great animal feed fresh or dry.
Hot poultice for bruises, swelling, aches in joints, fractures, inflammation, insect bites, sprains, cuts, boils, ulcers, hemorrhoids.
For fertilizer: put leaves to steep in water for a few days and use for plant fertilizer, the best. Dilute 1 to 3 with water. Or Put leaves in a sack and hang sack in barrel of water to make a great fertilizer tea. Dilute 1 to 10 with water.
Tea or compress with parsley for swollen breasts.
Tea for asthma: 6 leaves in 2 pints boiling water. Let steep 4 hours. Strain. Cover. Take ½ cup a.m., noon and evening for bronchial asthma. Do not use for more than 6 weeks a year.
Mix with mint for nice tea.
Root: Decoction for hemorrhages, lungs, whooping-cough, nasal congestion, intestinal problems, dysentery, stomach ulcers and diarrhea.
Contains allantoin, a known healing agent.
Supplies calcium, potassium, phosphorus, A, C, B 12, Lysine, trace minerals, protein.
Roots mixed with dandelion and chicory roots make a good coffee substitute
write other people’s words,
use successful people’s names,
recall famous people’s opinions.
In other words,
to be considered a writer one must parrot well
what has already been written
to somehow prove one is well read, clever
and knows how to use Google.
My brain recoils at the whole idea
of sucking in and spitting out
all that has already been said,
“in quotes” no less.
Shouldn’t a writer also be a thinker
who struggles over the why of things,
who sees, who looks and knows.
Not just quoting others who were thinkers.
I don’t write to prove my reading ability
or my memory
or how well I can use Google.
I write to make sense of my inner dialogue,
the uniqueness of how I see the world I live in
and what I know about what I perceive.
I guess I’ll never be a literary write,
nor quoted ad nauseam in literary courses,
but my words will be truthful
and my insights from a deeper place
than a library shelf.
Or maybe I’m just being too lazy
to work at fitting what I think about
into other people’s observations
to validate mine.
Maybe I’d rather share what I have learned for myself
by living my own life
rather than re-wording what others
and others and others have said
over and over again,
©Sharron R. McMillan