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July 2013

The Greatest of Storytellers & Bards ~ Jon Anderson and Vangelis



I have loved Jon Anderson in all of his incarnations but somehow as we move into this next age, where everything is just a little more uncertain , his voice and his messages bring me more peace than ever before and the will to keep moving on....


 You ask me, "Where to begin?"...Am I so lost in my sin...You ask me, "Where did I fall?"...I'll say I can't tell you when....But if my spirit is lost....How will I find what is near?....Don't question, I'm not alone....Somehow I'll find my way home

My sun shall rise in the east...So shall my heart be at peace...And if you're asking me when..I'll say it starts at the end...You know your will to be free...Is matched with love secretly...And talk will alter your prayer....Somehow you'll find you are there

Your friend is close by your side...And speaks in far ancient tongue

A season's wish will come true...All seasons begin with you...One world we all come from...One world we melt into one...Just hold my hand and we're there...Somehow we're going somewhere...Somehow we're going somewhere

You ask me, "Where to begin?"Am I so lost in my sin?..You ask me, "Where did I fall?"...I'll say I can't tell you when...But if my spirit is strong...I know it can't be long..No questions I'm not alone...Somehow I'll find my way home...Somehow I'll find my way home...Somehow I'll find my way home...



Kitchen Apothecary~ Herbal Soup Wreaths

Every year in October , the Western Reserve Herb Society holds its annual Herb Fair, a wonderful day awash in homemade jams and jellies, herb and spice mixes , breads, pressed flowers and so many other beautifully handmade herbal Products, all made by the ladies of WRHS!

Kitchen Apothecary~ Herbal Soup Wreaths

Yesterday was spent with my delightful friends from WRHS making herbal soup wreaths. A soup wreath is a delicate little wreath of soup and stew herbs that can be thrown into the pot and then fished out when they are no longer needed. It was a wonderful morning... There was something about sitting at the table that was covered with fresh herbs just cut from the WRHS garden that sent me spiraling back in time.

Kitchen Apothecary~ Herbal Soup Wreaths

Kitchen Apothecary~ Herbal Soup Wreaths


I looked around at my friends as we were quietly winding the herbs together and realized that I was taking part in a ritual that has been shared by women for centuries. It was such a magical experience . To make your own wreaths all you will need is some very strong undyed thread or twine and branches and stems of the herbs that you want to use. Rosemary makes the best base and chives are garlic chives are a wonderful wrap. Just wind everything together and wrap tightly with the thread. It will dry and be ready to use in a week or two. Remember that herbal flavors do concentrate so be mindful of the sages and oreganos... They can get very strong! To use, just throw one into  simmering pot of soup or stew. When your meal is cooked, just strain out the wreath and toss!


Kitchen Apothecary~ Herbal Soup Wreaths