Ukulele Medicine!!!

Ukulele Medicine……..

In the last few weeks, I’ve been invited into an all female Ukulele band, AND simultaneously asked to play a song on Ukulele for my (OUR) ¬†Beloved friend, Elizabeth Hupe-Olano’s Memorial Service. I’ve got one month to learn this song, in between hikes, forages, workshops and classes, and an apprenticeship. I am excited, and grateful to my close friend, Juan Olano.

One of my newest herbal students is Tess Olano. She attended the recent wild edible and medicinal plant walk class, with a plant walk full of adults! Now, Juan, Tess and Myself are out in Portland Town, taking a ukulele class together. We will play our love together as we learn the ukulele. Life is so mysterious and wonderful, full of sadness sometimes, but through that, we know love too, and we go on lovin’ and learnin’ always!

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Ukulele Love To ALL!

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

Flowers and Herbs for Gizella’s Name Day Gift!

Hungary has an awesome and beautiful tradition. She celebrates Name Days. I missed my Grandmother Gizella’s name day, on May 7th. So here we go, with a late, herbal blog celebration for your name day, Gizella Takacs!!!!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dear Gizella, you are a beautiful Pledge. You were named after the Blessed Gisela of Burgundy! In 995, she married King Stephen of Hungary. As a Holy Honoring of Veszprem, Hungary, just a thousand years later, their bodies were reunited, in May 1996…what a name day! Holy Veszprem! ūüôā

To celebrate your name day, I wish you Violet Flowers and Asiatic Lillies. The Violets are for a Pledge of Faithfulness, Health, and Beauty here and in the beyond, and Asiatic Lillies are Sacred Flowers, which you embody.

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(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

Alighting the Dancing Root Feet of the Future!

DSC_0369An olde story, of growing from our home and back again, an adventure, in the garden and the wild wood of the forest. Breathing deep, we feel, we hear, we see, we clear, and inside, a thump, of the Dancing Root Feet.

The Dancing Root Feet come alive, that dance a tune, and stir the blood. The Dancing Root Feet sifts the soil for nutrients the root needs. Stirs, and whirs, stirs and whirls, all a light with the joy of growing, and be-ing. Whenever we spy Root Feet, first, we must decide if they are still, slow moving, or jumping. If any of the above, we may look closer until we find those that dance…when we find the Dancing Root Feet Dancers, we join, we dance the dance, we become intimate, we shout blessings to “DUNA”, and we nurture that love, water it, feed it, and strum the music. We don’t take what we do not reciprocate in the forest. We harvest with love, care and permission, and we return the gift of life…the seeds,¬†re-potting¬†a piece we do not need, we water them with our tears if need be, we plant back. We share back. We give back. We cultivate that very love.

This beautiful planet earth is losing her wild spaces, her “enough” spaces. Her species. With our focus on our “gimmes”, we have forgotten our deal of the care taking bargain. The “givings”. For all life feeds on life, on death, and life again. Our lives too. The cloud of the Great Respect moves in to remind us of our Tribal Elders….those who lived, in partnership, WITH.

So, dance I say! You Dancing Root Feet! Wake and smell the oxygen. Remember, we are not “entitled” to Forests or Life without giving back life. Take a close look, have you been voting for loss of public lands? Are you allowing Tribal lands to be swept away? Have you forgotten how to Shepherd with Love?

Wake those Dancing Root Feet, Wake! Those Dancing Root Feet are of the future, the future of life, as we know it. Remember the time of abundance, where all that was given by the earth, was given back in shared cultivation. Want and “not enough” come from a great imbalance of the laws of this precious planet. Want and “not enough” have come from ceaseless taking from nature without returning. The time of the industrial machine culture is coming to an end……….do you hear the whispers on the wind?

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

A Beautiful Summer Day…

Today, was absolutely fantastic! A beautiful day, a feeling of the golden rays of sun on dirt layered skin, harvests of garden weeds for eatin’! My son took this picture of me weed livin’ today, our family food.

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Happy Mother’s Day, Weedy Mother’s!

 

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

 

Hungarian Plant Teachings of Love…Szerelem, Szerelem!

Plants are the greatest of teachers. Growing up, my family always loved RED GERANIUMS.¬†OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA¬†My family, a very old family, preserved her traditions through song, dance, poetry, flowers, weavings and herbs. Cloth tells of stories, people stories. My last name (now my middle name) is Takacs (pronounced Taakacshhh). We were/are farmers, herbalists, midwives, weavers and storytellers. Another one of my names is Farkas. Wolf. Wolf Tribe, Wolf Being. ¬†We, the People are our ancestors, a beautiful weaving, a tapestry, ongoing. Plants teach us connection, they teach us humility, and they teach us love. My Grandmother always had hundreds of Red Geraniums planted in and around her house. This plant of blood, ancestry, of LOVE, SPIRIT, of bold nobleness that pumps through our veins, our hearts, the green of life, the white of purity. So we have teachings of ages that come to us, not through books, but blood. I asked Pelargonium many questions, and she answered me with my own history, with my own Hungarian Family historical botanical uses, and with my own Hungarian Heritage…for I didn’t understand you precious, Red Geranium! My family prided themselves and grew, protecting and loving you. I know my family LOVE her, and I had some simple answers that come from books, but not the answers of depth that were waiting. Red Geranium is my kin, to greet in merry ways back and forth over my doorstep. Her many levels of working…red for the flow, green for the hormonal system, and white for the cleansing and tonify-ing is such a simple, migratory wonder!

We will discover more together later this year in a workshop working with HER!

Love, Love! Letting our Elders pass on to us LIVING HERITAGES! Love, Love!!!

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

 

Plants Teach Us Poetry!

Plants, they give to us so much in this world, including air and rain and soil! Food and Medicine! Do you think about it?

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Or do you see plants as something without life, static, deserved? Do you feel the love of honoring and protecting them? Or are they just something to have? 

Look,

Look and See,

Look Closely,

BE!

Aha! Aha!

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk Friday, May 24th, 2013!

Mark your calendars for another GREAT Plant Walk!¬†OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA¬†We’ll discover many plants of our bio-region, and drink deeply of their strengths, as well as learn the Care Taking Ways, the Old Ways of Being with Plants. We will tune into the Rhythms of Place, the Place Being. We’ll also learn identification techniques, and the ethics of participation. How do we learn when an eco-system is healthy, and where to harvest? Do we just grab up what we see without consciousness or knowing? We will investigate and discover some of these inter-relationships as we go about introductions, and learn positive identification techniques to use in the field.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Look,

Look and See,

Look Closely,

BE!

This class is being held Friday, May 24th 2013 at 11 AM. Details of meeting place sent upon full registration. Cost is $40 at class, or $35 if payment is received before class. Please bring your own water, a snack if you need one, and dress for the weather/hiking boots. Additional items, an inquisitive mind and an open heart! To register, please send an email.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe will have fun learning directly from the Plants!

We will learn to love, respect and honor each other as BE-INGS!

https://serendipityherbals.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/loving-the-forest-we-find-ourselves/

The warning: Please remember, do not eat or use wild plants unless you are 100% sure of their identification. Please, no eating trail side without permission! 

 

(c) 2013, Summer Michaelson, CH

 

 

 

Loving the Forest, We Find Ourselves!!!

DSC_0386Loving the Forest, we find, we LOVE OURSELVES, our world. We don’t de-select which creatures are entitled to live and protection and which we do not, unless we’re lacking true heart and ethics. The most special times in the forest are when I realize, the community I am partaking in. But, suddenly, something, somewhere, wants to do away with all the forests, wild creatures and diversity in Oregon and Washington. If we go hunting, or foraging, or camping in the forest, if we fish, or we love to meditate and pray there, then we ARE responsible for protecting it, we are part of it. That’s how it works, otherwise, it won’t be “there” for the future, the abundance will be obliterated, the wild lands, logged. Mycorrhiza diminished. Wolves are part of it all, when their homes are demolished, they become a “nuisance”. Whose the nuissance tho’? There are very few left, and their homes are continuing to be abased as our public lands continue to be sold off. OUR public lands. ~Summer Michaelson

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http://www.cascwild.org/cascadia-wildlands-wolf-defense-fund/

 

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH