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Savoring the Summer

It has been an interesting summer. Things are behind; the linden trees just bloomed two weeks ago–usually they peak in mid-June. In May I started marigolds, spilanthes, hearts-ease and bacial scullcap to give as favors for Rob and I’s big party last weekend, but they weren’t even close to flowering. It has been so cool, too, mid 60’s as average. Actually it is pretty nice; I haven’t even brought up the fan from the basement, let alone turn it on!

Currently, berries of all sort are ripe and ready for the picking. Raspberries, wild and cultivated, strawberries, blueberries, June berries, thimble berries are just screaming to be picked. Echinacea, Queen Anne’s lace, teasel with it’s wild band of lavender blooms, valerian spread wide and far, and roses lingering on are just a few of the plants in bloom.

Time seem to be standing still. I often don’t know what day or time it is, and I know I am not the only one. I get lost in the moment, and find myself enchanted over nothing, sitting, watching and listening. Strangely, I have no desire to harvest herbs except for roses, I am content to gaze upon them. I can’t figure it out.

I think it is partially because I left my job working with youth in May to be self-employed as a gardener for the summer, and partially because I know this is my last summer in Duluth, and I want to savor every moment.

Although I don’t know exactly when or how, Rob and I are moving to Portland sometime in the next year. I have been accepted to a Chinese medicine and acupuncture school called OCOM (Oregon College of Oriental Medicine) and have differed enrollment until next year. As much as I’d love to start this fall, I need some time to cinch up loose ends. I am excited to begin this formal education, learn new modalities, the energetics of Chinese medicine and the details of acupuncture. But mostly, I am craving a community, peers, teachers, regular study and a supportive learning environment.

I am savoring this summer, making visits and paying my respects and biding farewell to the plants, parks, neighborhoods and trails who seem like old friends.

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Tea-drinking, nature-loving acupuncturist, East Asian Medicine practitioner, herbalism and birth doula living in the Pacific Northwest.

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