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alph Waldo Emerson, the 19th century philos- opher-poet was deeply to

Things Natural,

writing that a weed is a “plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” I so agree. Ever since I was little, I’ve been drawn to eating wild plants. My father told the story about me at age five, coming in from play with mud around my mouth. “Marcia Sue!” he


“Have you been eating mud?” “No, Daddy,” I replied, “It doesn’t taste good…” I’ve learned since that some native peoples eat nutri- ent-rich soil! So perhaps I in- stinctively knew to eat dirt, or that it wouldn’t hurt me. I also acquired a word for this seem- ingly weird habit of mine, that most everyone around me tol- erated at best. One day, listen- ing to NPR, a guest told the audience he was an “ediblist.” AHA! I now knew what to call myself. I lived many years in south- California,

ern hiking into

the hills, rocky canyons and caves, often doing mini vision quests. Everywhere, tall stalks of white-green sage sent pungent spirals of native perfume into the spring and sum- mery air.

It was

my great joy to gather wild sage, then dry and bun- dle it to sell inex- pensively to local gift shops. The fresh or dried leaves made a fine addition to green tea, or a gargle for a sore throat. Ad- ditionally, placing a bunch of dried leaves into an abalone shell, I would light a match and burn them, “smudging”

er-en - tertainer, respi-

ratory flare ups threaten to derail my performances. Sage infusions help heal my throat.

Then there’s my be-

loved Yerba Santa –an herb that grows like a prolific weed in the warm season’s San Fer- nando Valley hills. Tim cuts stalks of broad, leathery leaves and violet flowers, dries them and sends them to me so I can brew my elixir for respiratory health.

When I lived in further

south in Carlsbad, I’d devel- oped springtime hay fever! One day, hiking through a fa- vorite canyon pass amongst hundreds of wild flowers, my inner


nudged me to ”chew the flow- ers.” Wha? Well, Ok. I picked a teeny golden yel- low one, and put it under my tongue. Seemed safe to chew and swallow.

Next a wee lavender flower, and a couple of white ones caught my eye –and some bright red-orange


flowers. –“It’s like a natural homeopathic, “ said my inner knowing Voice. “Putting wee amounts of the pollen in your

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that recent scientific research has proved that this ancient Native American ritual really does purify the air! Lucky me today, I have a

aromatic sage bush in my own backyard veggie garden. As a professional sing -

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JOKES & Humor #6

system, your body adapts.” Within a week, my hayfever was gone, never to return. Nowadays? To my sea- sonal foraging I’m adding chickweed, chicory and wood sorrel this year, anticipating collecting red clover, cham- omile, yarrow and fresh bay leaf for herbal teas. I’m taking home bags of fluffy miner’s lettuce for salads, sometimes grating it with organic apple slices, ginger root, garlic and sauerkraut –deli- cious, nutritious! Dark green mallow

grows everywhere

–even in my back yard –rich with

chlorophyll, and tasty ...continued on page 25

A boy breaks an old vase at a rich uncle‘s house. The uncle gets extremely angry and yells: “Do you even know how old the vase was? It was from the 17th century!” The boy sagged in relief: “Oh, good that it wasn’t new.”

A man goes to the lawyer: “What is your fee?” Lawyer says: “1000 US dollars for 3 questions.” Man: “Wow - so much! Isn’t it a bit expen- sive?” Lawyer: “Yes, what is your third question?”


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