the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

sage no. 1

Uses for White Sage:

  • Seeds are ground into a flour and used analogously to polenta to make a porridge
  • Leaves are used for flavoring in cooking
  • Leaves are also eaten, smoked, or used in a sweathouse as a remedy for colds
  • Seeds are dropped into the eye and permitted to roll around under the eyelids in order to cleanse the eyes
  • Leaves are crushed and mixed with water to create a hair shampoo, dye, and straightener.
  • It can be made into a tea, which decreases sweating, salivation, and mucous secretions in the sinuses, throat, and lungs. Cold tea can be a good stomach tonic, while a lukewarm tea is good for treating sore throats
  • White sage is believed to cleanse a space of any evil spirits or ‘negative’ energies that may be present. This power is said to be released from the plant by the burning of the leaves, which are typically bundled into a wand or stick

“ships of the desert”

“Camels may build up a pressure cooker of resentment toward human beings until the lid suddenly blows off and they go berserk. In Asia, when a camel driver senses trouble, he gives his coat to the animal. Like Japanese workers reported to work off frustrations by beating up models of their executives, the camel gives the garment hell—jumping on it, biting it, tearing it to pieces. When the camel feels it has blown its top enough, man and animal can live together in harmony again.”

~David Taylor, Zoo Vet