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North American Dandelion Preservation Society

North American Dandelion Preservation Society
Assorted items by Anne Jordan and Helen Marvill,
Osterville MA 2005

 

I have to admit when I read the label, my first thought was, “… huh?” After all, dandelions are ubiquitous. No amount of pavement, foot traffic, spraying, mowing, or blowtorching seem successful in eradicating them. They’re about as far as it’s possible to get from “endangered.” So I wondered, what could this society be about?

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Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine

Medical Herbalism:  
The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine 
by David Hoffmann
Healing Arts Press, 2004

 

David Hoffmann, highly respected author of seventeen books on herbalism, has outdone himself with his latest offering. In writing it, the author intends to bring together “the modern scientific movement with traditional herbal practice.” Every health care practitioner of Western medicine in the United States should read this book.

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Epicurean Simplicity

Epicurean Simplicity
by Stephanie Mills
Island Press, Washington D.C., 2002

 

I loved Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, one of the first books to warn us about environmental degradation. We were still near the top of that particular slippery slope back then. Leopold died in 1948, characteristically, while helping fight a grass fire on a neighbor’s farm. Fifty-four terrible years later, Stephanie Mills, environmental activist and writer, tells us that Leopold is one of her personal heroes. In her new book, Epicurean Simplicity, and in her life, she does him proud.

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Earth Bound: Daily Meditations for All Seasons

Earth Bound:  
Daily Meditations for All Seasons  
by Brian Nelson
Skinner House Books, Boston, 2004

 

Brian Nelson’s Earth Bound would make a good gift for both the Pagan and the Pagan-friendly. It is a collection of 366 essays, one assigned to each day of the year. As you might expect from the title, the author focuses on nature and the Earth. From this base, he forays into a variety of fields including science, history, music, and art, as well as numerous cultures and religions. Each daily entry is about half a page, just long enough to present an interesting fact or two along with an idea for further exploration.

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Gaia Eros: Reconnecting to the Magic and Spirit of Nature

Gaia Eros:  
Reconnecting to the Magic and Spirit of Nature  
by Jesse Wolf Hardin
New Page Books, 2004

 


The day I received my review copy of Gaia Eros, my husband and I went to bed and took turns reading Jesse Wolf Hardin’s luminous essays aloud long into the night. At one point the sound of wolves howling came in through our cabin’s open windows. Their voices wove in and out of my husband’s voice as he read about sacred self-indulgence and the power of longing, heightening the meaning of Hardin’s words.

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How to Catch Fairies

How to Catch Fairies
by Gilly Sergiev
Fair Winds Press
(Zero Broomsticks)

 

This book induced a roiling case of indigestion.

I have studied fairy lore my entire life. Real fairy lore, mind you, not this demented claptrap. The author, who calls herself a “white witch, healer and spiritualist who has a passion for Craft lore,” did not bother to learn anything about the subject of the Good Folk, the Gentry or the Good Neighbors before she wrote this ridiculous little book.

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