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Annual Spring Guide 2016 WORDPLAY ~Ediblist 2~

Santa Rosa. CA. ~ [ed-ih-blist] SANTA ROSA. Oops, only part of my intended March column reached Paul’s desk; we didn’t catch the error. So here’s the rest of my spiel about con- suming edible wild plants from Mother Nature’s buff et. I was an ediblist

early on. As a little girl in Wichita, KS, I loved nibbling “sheep shower,” a wild, sour tasting clover (wood sorrel). Later on, I noshed in secret, suspecting others would disapprove of my wildish foraging habits. In the 90s, while living in

southern Cal, I’d hike into the rocky-caved canyons on mini vision quests. In warm weather, tall stalks of pungent white-

green sage stroked the air. loved gathering, drying

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bundling it, selling it inexpen- sively to local giſt shops. Either fresh or dried leaves made a savory addi- tion to organic green tea, or a soothing gargle for sore throats. Placing dried leaves within an abalone shell, I’d light a match and burn them,

“smudging” and scenting the atmosphere. BTW: recent sci- entifi c research proves this an- cient Native American ritual really does purify the air, re- moving bacteria! Being a singer and educator,

respiratory fl are-ups threaten to derail my performances.

Besides the healing proper- ties of aromatic sage, I adored the yerba santa herb thriving in the spring and summer hills of L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. I’d cut stalks of broad, leathery leaves and violet fl owers for tea infusions –my elixirs for respi- ratory health, and sometimes would add this “sacred herb” to my smudge mix. When I lived in further south in Carlsbad, I developed springtime hay fe- ver! One day, hiking through a favorite canyon pass amongst hundreds of wild fl owers, I got a distinct inner nudge to chew the fl owers. Picking a teeny golden yellow one, I put it un- der my tongue fi rst. It felt safe to munch and swallow. Next a wee lavender fl ower, and a couple of white ones caught my eye –and some bright red- orange monkey fl owers. –“It’s


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like a natural homeopathic, “ instructed my inner-knowing Voice. “Putting wee amounts of the pollen in your system, your body adapts.” Within a week, my hay fever was gone. Today, seasonally, I forage for

red clover, chamomile, white yarrow, anise and fennel, dan- ... continued on page 16

UPBEAT TIMES, INC • April 2016 • 9 JOKES & Humor # 4

“It’s no good, sir,” said the hopeless pupil to his English teacher. “I try to learn, but everything you say goes in both ears and

out the other.” “Goes in both ears and out the other?” asked the puzzled teacher. “But you only have two ears.”

“You see, sir? I’m no good at math, either.”

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