10 years ago I started the Trillium Center. I can hardly believe that many years have gone by.


Seven Years In

I taught the Community Herbal Intensive for seven years. Long enough to replace most of the cells in my body. I have learned so much in that time. And now that I’ve had a couple of years to learn more about my local community working at an arts center, I’ve found even more layers to […]

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Northways came to me in 2019. After coming across a description of “folkways” I realized that was the name of the school I wanted to start. My mind’s eye saw people making skis and snowshoes, emergency structures to stay warm. I saw people using the herbs around them to spice their food. I saw people […]


A sojourn in consensus reality

I’ve gone there and back again.  The year 2020 promised so much, then turned very quickly into an alternate reality. I took a job at the local arts center and after two years, I’ve stepped down. Now I’m slipping into the liminal space of keeping time by the angle of the sun and measuring the season by […]

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Herbal Resilience

Resilience is the ability stand strong in the face of crisis. Resilience is overcoming obstacles and limitations. Resilience is accepting the challenge and moving forward anyway. Resilience is bouncing back with new experiences and knowledge.  Community Resilience As I work toward building resilience in my community, it is necessary to maintain resilience in my own […]

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Possessing Teff in NE Ohio

Did you know that possessing teff might get you in trouble? I guess I need to start at the beginning… for instance, what is teff? Teff is a grain that is native to the Horn of Africa. It is used as food, fodder for livestock, and as a building material (probably as a binding agent […]

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A Story of Hawthorn

“There are only two things: energy and its direction. One needs both energy and a direction, the direction is the dream you have, and you have plenty of energy – knowing you. So “Never Give Up!” for me is to continue to attempt to build the dream, the love life, the Path with Heart. I […]

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Mirror, Mirror…

…on the wall,Which herbal ally shall I call? I’m hosting a class this Saturday on how to self-assess according to constitutional indicators, energetic patterns and imbalances, and environmental and social factors. “What does all that mean?” Well, I’ve learned that many folks have experiences that lead them to believe that herbs don’t really work that […]

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Green Blood

The breath of life rises green from the earth. I imagine ancestors rising at dawn to witness the sun marking their ancient calendars. Giving them hope for the seasonal dawning of new life. Giving them hope for food, medicine, the materials for shelter, and the melting of snow and ice. Watching the nascent buds and […]

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Sweet Blood

Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet, through Love all that is copper will be gold, through Love all dregs will become wine, through Love all pain will turn to medicine. Rumi I’ve spent many hours breathing the steam of boiling maple sap in the last month. Making syrup isn’t just about boiling […]

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