Ode to Grandmother and Wildflowers on July 4th

A conversation broke out over a leafy, blue-green mystery plant in a friend's garden yesterday at work, and I remembered similar back and forth with Mother and Grandmother. Which wild plants are edible, and which are poisonous? In the morning, I’m reading “Indian Uses of Native Plants” From Edith Van Allen Murphey, written before I was even … Continue reading Ode to Grandmother and Wildflowers on July 4th

Ellis Island Brown – What Ache Is In a Name?

What ache is in a name, what hidden loss, what forgotten history? In the US, you just never know unless you ask. Sometimes you don't know even after you ask. The vast majority here came from somewhere else in the generations past, and unless we have the story from our elders we don't even know … Continue reading Ellis Island Brown – What Ache Is In a Name?