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“The Journey of the Emotions of Killing”

“Isn’t it hard to butcher an animal you raised yourself, especially if it had a name?” “It was at first” is about the simplest response to that common question. The act of destroying life comes with its own unique and complex emotional journey. For those of us who empathize with the life and suffering of other beings, killing is not a straight-forward affair. I really do think it’s an important conversation to have for those…

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“How Herbal Healing Became and Interest”

People: “How did you get into herbal medicine?” Me: “I cut my achilles tendon open.” Yeah, it was horrible.  I hate that it happened.  But it did.  I should say, actually, “someone’s bicycle cut my achilles tendon open.”… So I had this cut into the back of my foot, parallel with the bottom of my foot, making a 1” flap of my heel, cut straight through, that could open up like a mouth.  I was…

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“What Are You Even Doing?” 

“Wow! You guys are really doing it! You’re living the way people lived back in the pioneer days!” I’ve heard that, and similar sentiments, several times over the last few years. I never know how to react. What I want to say is “No, actually, we’re really not. We have comfy vehicles and snowmobiles with heated hand grips, we have a tele-handler, chainsaws, electricity and the internet. It’s nothing like ‘the pioneer days’”. But that…

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