May 22, 2018

Jennifer DeMoss...Bardic Guild

Improv theater, storytelling, music, mischief and mayhem. 

Jen DeMoss, here! I live a hop skip and a jump away from School of the Greenwood and am writing my anthropology dissertation on human-nature relationships within nature connection e...

April 3, 2018

There are few experiences as empowering and deeply connecting as harvesting wild plants for food and medicine with loved ones. It is amazing to watch the lightbulb of realization go off when those pesky "weeds" outside our door are seen as delicious and nutritious food...

March 7, 2018

Have you seen this plant growing near you? I've known Sheep Sorrel as a delicious and nutritious edible for some time now, but recently uncovered research showing it as a powerful ally in treating cancer. A 2012 study in Hungary showed that Sorrel inhibited cancerous c...

February 21, 2018

Yellowroot’s green buds are just beginning to leaf out atop tall slender stalks this time of year in the Southern Appalachians. And it’s usually around this time of year, with spring on the horizon, when Yellowroot makes its way into my daily tea cup for some immune su...

February 19, 2018

Most days
I go outside
my house of stories
to listen to the creek 
to greet the oak 
lit by the morning sun
And my heart breaks open 
Wide open
in the sheer joy of being alive
and the ecstatic 
remembering 
of who we really are.

There are many doorways leading from the...

May 10, 2017

Reishi mushroom, Ganoderma tsugae, bears potent medicine from the dark, rich coves of our Appalachian forests. Upon the towering skeletons of our lost forest elders, Hemlock (Tsugae canadensis), Reishi thrives...transmuting the most immense loss into new life. Medicina...

May 1, 2017

Pedicularis canadensis, Wood Betony, Lousewort. If you are lucky enough to find a patch of this beautiful, fragrant plant growing in abundance, you are in for a treat. Pedicularis is known as a skeletal muscle relaxant and is particularly useful for relieving back and...

April 3, 2017

I heard the sound of a rushing creek - the flow, pound and patter of water, rock and soil, the pull of gravity, the shape of the valley forming, bouncing, echoing its song.

I heard a symphony of frogs - thronging and peeping. 

I heard a chorus of birds - the explosive tr...

March 30, 2017

Magnificent Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, never fails to take my breath away. I could barely keep my feet moving as we hiked along the mountainside, staring at this incredible flower in my hands...spellbound by her powerful presence. Medicinally, Bloodroot has bee...

February 6, 2017

Winds, rain, snow, thunder, frost-tipped tender green sprouts, flowers, territorial wake up calls, visits from colorful winged travelers, blissful sun-drenched afternoons and frigid nights by the fire…and so the wild dance toward spring sweeps through our forested land...

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