August 2021

Welcome back to Earth Up Verbals!

The past month has been a whirlwind. Overbooked and under-slept, but still hanging on. A lot of really interesting and maybe a little concerning topics have come up recently on the interwebs and what with everything happening in the world right now, I hope this little newsletter can help shine light on some areas and also maybe distract a little from the weight of the world.
Read on!

Where I was:

July had me

-BUYING A SCHOOLBUS!!!!!!! Finally. We've had a dream of traveling the country in a conversion for almost a decade and now it's going to come true! Should be working but instead I am deep in the webpages of Skoolie Livin.
-Harvesting honey with the kiddos over at Urban Cottage Educational.
-Doing even more fun bee stuff with homeschool kids around Tampa Bay. If you want to see some super amazing beekeeping, check out my friend How's Your Day Honey. She's the bees knees.
-Talking herbs on air with my very own teacher from Traditions School of Herbal Studies over on WMNF Tampa.
-Down the rabbit hole of medicinal mushrooms.... again. Christopher Hobbs has a snazzy new book out.

Where I am:

-Shatavari has been my herb of the month. I didn't work with her a ton before now, but she's been calling to me from my herb cabinet and getting put into all manner of infusions, decoctions and herbal powder balls. Asparagus racemosus root is recognized as a popular female reproductive herb throughout many herbal traditions and is known in Ayurveda as the 'queen of herbs.' A cooling and moistening yin tonic, it's helpful in menopause for balancing out the dryness and heat and is also used to restore balance to hormones and as a general rejuvenative tonic to the female reproductive system. It's anti-ulcer properties also lend it to being helpful for gut health and digestion.
-Still trying to reverse age myself, this time, with breath. If you haven't read this amazing book... you should.
-Speaking of reverse aging, I'm also devoted to trying to move in a variety of ways but without guilt. After 20 years of regular (often self forced) exercise either as a competitive distance athlete, trainer or just covid induced home workouts, I've settled on trying to meet my body where it is on any given day. It turns out that even this is a fad right now..... who knew? Really it makes me want to just go live in a cave somewhere because I can't even believe that we've reached a point in society that we are so privileged or jaded or traumatized or whatever the hell it is, that we need a magazine to tell us that listening to our bodies and moving and eating in a way that feels kind to ourselves is the trend of the year.

Where I'm going:

In August you'll find me

-Demolishing the inside of said school bus and trying to figure out a sustainable way to dispose of 17 rows of bus seats. Currently taking suggestions.
-Speaking of sustainability, you'll also find me the first two Mondays on WMNF at 11am talking about Fleet Farming and butterfly gardening.
-I'll be helping the hardcore fitness fanatics at iStroll Tampa, find their own trendy movement intuition on 8/4, 8/6 and 8/25.
-Talkin' herbs for vaginal health during VagFest over at The Community Roots Collective on 8/28.
-At Earth Up Herbals getting my clinical skills on.
-Providing occasional content over at

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.
*Walt Whitman-Song of the Open Road*
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