What Your Weeds May Be Trying to Tell You

ravenhawks' magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

Here is a little additional information about your weeds.
Plantain [Plantago spp]:Used to treat urinary track infections and skin inflammations resulting from poison Ivy. Parts used: leaf, fresh leaf is used topically for wounds, insect bites, stings and in cough syrups.
Dock also know as Yellow Dock: Plant is high in vitamin C and iron. Yellow dock is used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of nasal passages and the respiratory tract, and as a laxative and tonic. It is also used to treat bacterial infections and sexually transmitted diseases.
Chicory:A substitute for coffee and is used for treating constipation as diuretic for treating fluid retention. Chicory contains inulin,which may help with weight loss, constipation, improving bowel function and general health.
Chickweed:Used for treating stomach ulcer and obesity, coughs, fevers, and sore throat.
White Clover: Use leaves for tea used for colds, coughs, and fevers. Flowers used in a…

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Tom’s Spicy Tomato Juice

Glover Gardens

In addition to his many BBQ accomplishments, the Grill-Meister makes a marvelous homemade tomato juice.  When we started growing tomatoes at Glover Gardens, he found a recipe online and then honed it over several summers, tweaking the spices, amounts and fresh peppers.  Here it is, hopefully in time for your summer tomato crop, or, if you don’t have a garden, those deep red beauties you’ll find at your local farmers’ market.


This amped-up tomato juice doesn’t need anything but vodka and a squeeze of lime to make a perfect Bloody Mary. On the other hand, it’s so good, you don’t really need the vodka!


  • 4 lbs fresh tomatoes
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 serrano, cayenne or fresno pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic (you guessed it, we use 4)
  • 1 TBSP kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 c water
  • freshly ground black pepper (optional)

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Saying It with Flowers

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

“Violets contain ionone, which short-circuits our sense of smell.  The flower continues to exude its fragrance, but we lose the ability to smell it.  Wait a minute or two, and its smell will blare again. Then it will fade again, and so on.”
                                       — Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

“Violets” jdb photo 2017

Saying It with Flowers

A lovely gesture, the violets—
but their scent  vanished
before you walked out the door.
“It will come back,” you promised.
And so it did, that sweet aroma,
radiating from the deep heart of the flowers
for brief moments before
vanishing again—
coming and going with a greater regularity
than your coming and your going.

“There is a scientific cause for this,”
you noted, ” The fragrance is still there,

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Black-Owned Business WT Stevens to Help Replace 18,000 Contaminated Pipes in Flint, MI


photo via huffpost.com

by Taryn Finley viahuffpost.com

A black woman-owned construction company has been awarded a federally funded service contract to replace thousands of water pipes in Flint, Michigan. As part of a $97 million settlement to replace corroded pipes by 2020, the state has contracted WT Stevens Construction, which became a state-certified lead abatement specialty company in 2016, along with three other companies.

The companies will replace more than 18,000 pipes across the city, The Network Journal reported earlier this month. Rhonda Grayer, vice president of the family-owned company, told The HUB Flint that this contract is the “biggest project we’ve done.”

WT Stevens’ $10.9 million contract is the largest deal with the city for replacing service lines, according to MLive. It is responsible for addresses in Wards 3, 4, 8 and 9. The city allotted $25 million for the project in total. Grayer’s husband, Jeff Grayer

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 5/28/17

This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

I always feel a little guilty when I post a theme that has to do with a U.S. Holiday, since I know that I have followers from all over.  However, my life drives my blog and the themes for SLS, so I suppose I shouldn’t feel too guilty about it.  I will try to make them not so obvious, though, so that everyone can feel included, whether you celebrate the holiday or not.

I was just very happy to have a long weekend… I started looking forward to this extra day off a long time ago and I can’t even believe it’s finally here.  If it sounds like I’m slightly desperate, it’s because I had started to feel that way at work the past few weeks, but hopefully things are starting to slow down a little bit.

One can only hope anyway.

This all sort of leads us to our…

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Writing Prompt #209 “It’s All in the Title”

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie


Look at the titles below and choose one or more to construct a poem or story around. Also if you have pictures I can manipulate in the Dream Machine let me know!

Wish Breaker
Undisclosed Pathos
The Silver Violin
Children of the Wondering Moon
The Haunting of Cora Applebaum
Whispers in the Willow Trees
Psychic Chasms
When Fish Runaway
The War Inside of Us
The Town that Went Missing

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