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Eating Beauty

I walk quietly on barefeet through my garden, erupting with summer solstice blooms, butterflies filled to bursting with nectar.  I have to expand my ribs..... lower, around the sides...to be able breathe in all this in.  To really eat this beauty.  I slow down, low to...

Lovely Lady Dandelion

Sweet Spring swings back round the wheel of the year Chirping frogs and bursting blossoms Lovely lady dandelion with her impossibly yellow mane. Her perky face popping among the grasses Always reminds me of my mother going to her grave adorned in golden garlands Each...

Greenwashing Du Jour: FARM TO BAG

GREENWASH DU JOUR:  "Farm to Bag" By Nala Walla   Today I beheld a bag of pretzels, boldly waving its banner: Farm to Bag???!!!! Call me crazy, but doesn't this sentiment drastically miss the point? The whole idea behind the farm-to-table movement is that processing,...

Suckers

SUCKERS by Nala Walla When I hear the word “sucker,” I think of the plum tree in my garden, which sends out little shoots and leaves in a circle around itself, pushing up dozens of baby sprouts everywhere in an effort to reproduce. Many-a-plant species uses...

Good Grief

GOOD GRIEF By Nala Walla Ask modern people about the word grief and we will usually mention sorrow, depression, death, and anguish—something we have developed all sorts of medications to “treat,” something we pray won’t happen to us.   And when we are unavoidably...

Body Is Earth

BODY IS EARTH Carbon, water, nitrogen, oxygen—the same materials that comprise the Earth, also make up our own blood and bones, our breath and our brains. Our shedding hair, skin, tears, and eventually our entire bodies are all returned to the Earth where they break...

Holy Sh**tsicles

I know this isn’t a very marketable name for a food, but I don’t care: these Popsicles are the shiznit! No added sweetener. Just sunripe goodness coupled with nutrient-dense all-stars like coconut oil and grassfed butter. A treat you can be confident will actually...

Decolonizing the Body

DECOLONIZING THE BODY:  An Inquisition By Nala Walla The colonialism of the last few hundred years has left a strong imprint upon our bodies.  The impact is clearly visible on our greater Earthly Body--our landscapes:  Fertile soils laid black and bare by plows, left...

Art Is Not A Luxury

ART IS NOT A LUXURY By Nala Walla From the communes of the sixties to the experimental communities of today, many skilled and talented people have been involved: builders, bodyworkers, system-designers, gardeners, healers, organizers, grafters, musicians, midwives,...