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Responding to Call for Whites to Wake Up

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The last few days for me have been filled with a lot of learning around the topic of race, and being Black in America. Helping a friend do genealogy work, I’ve learned some hard truths about the differences in looking at a Black person’s tree and a mostly white person’s. There are very different assumptions, values and I’m sure stories behind each ancestor.
I read an article about taking a DNA test and what that means for a Black woman. 
And then found an article about Rachel Dolezal.
The author, who is unnamed, was able to tease apart something where most people just judge and blow by Ms. Dolezal and her brutal 15 minutes of fame. Rachel may have crossed some lines but she does challenge the perspective of whiteness, and in her case, completely rejects it.
I felt compelled to join the conversation, and answer the author’s questions posed in the piece, and it’s gotten so long I decided to post it on my own blog, rather than a huge long comment on theirs. (Edit: Interestingly enough, 24 hours later and they have yet to approve my post. Glad I posted it here instead.)


Hi, and thank you for this article. A lot of really deep info to chew on here and I’m glad you are not dismissing Rachel so quickly. I agree there are good and bad points to the whole issue but overall Continue reading “Responding to Call for Whites to Wake Up”


THS Recommends: The Druid’s Garden

When I started OBOD I thought, gee, someone needs to create a blog about the intersection of Permaculture and Druidry. I didn’t have to-there already is a FABULOUS blog called The Druid’s Garden. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Permaculture, Druidry and connecting with Nature.



The Face of Hate

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Nazis at illegal march through UVA campus, Friday night.


“I’ve been an activist 50 years. I have never seen that kind of hatred in the eyes of my fellow citizens. Never.” – Dr Cornel West


I am deeply, deeply disturbed by what happened this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. DEEPLY disturbed. And I can not be silent. No it’s not the first incident and no it won’t be the last. Yes, Nazis are still with us, and yes, hate has always been with us.

Somehow, this is just a line for me personally. I can not keep quiet. Why? Because the photo above scares the living HELL out of me. I agree with Cornel West. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life. That is the face of hate.  That is the face of men who have every thing possible in this country except one thing. Gratitude.
And I can not be silent because they can not win.

We wonder what to do. Continue reading “The Face of Hate”

Serving Earth

All will come again into its strength:
the fields undivided, the waters undammed,
the trees towering and the walls built low.
And in the valleys, people as strong and varied as the land.

And no churches where God
is imprisoned and lamented
like a trapped and wounded animal.
The houses welcoming all who knock
and a sense of boundless offering
in all relations, and in you and me.

No yearning for an afterlife, no looking beyond,
no belittling of death,
but only longing for what belongs to us
and serving earth, lest we remain unused.

~ Ranier Maria Rilke ~




Song of the Day

Ayla Nereo’s Whispers
Her songs are so Nature infused, no Druid can resist!!

THS Recommends: Stephen Harrod-Buhner’s Free Online Course

This course, called “The Living Touch of Wild Earth”  from Schumacher College in England, will challenge your perceptions, in a good way.
Buhner, author of The Lost Language of Plants, Plant Intelligence, and many other books, has a very unique way of helping people to see from a more Earth-centered place….

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About the Rose

I have chosen to go by my real first name, but to preserve some privacy, have chosen a different other name…surely not the last one I will have. Isabel was not my birth name either, but was given to me by my ancestors…. Now I am Isabel Rose.


Why the rose?
Well there’s the Tudor Rose, symbol of Unity from my Welsh Tewdwr/Tudur ancestors that combines the White Rose symbol of the English House of York and the Red Rose smybol of the English House of Lancaster into one unified symbol…(Cymru am byth!!)

The rose and her sisters are a gentle bunch. They are soothing (rosewater/rose hydrosol is one of my very favorite substances on earth!), sexy as heck and beautiful, not to mention smell amazing and they’re frequently edible! When I moved to my current land, I planted many. They bring me joy!

But the reason I like the rose, is besides it’s ubiquity, is that for me, it is a unique plant-oriented substitute for the pentagram.

Continue reading “About the Rose”

Sustainability of Self – Living Joy Now

I am having to reset my priorities lately, in a big way. Primarily because I have been experiencing some real depression and looked around to see I really do not have enough JOY in my life.

IMG_7653The biggest change I’m making is cutting out the use of social media as much as possible, except to keep up with very close family and a few teachers. It’s eating my life and it’s completely unsustainable.

I don’t mean unsustainable in a farming kind of way, I mean in my BODY and my MIND.  The more things we “Like” and the more people we follow or friend, the more we have to read. The more rants, whiny posts (and oh I’m so guilty), the more political vomit, the more anger and victimhood and woe-is-me because the world is coming to and end and… NO. Just NO. Stop the bus, I’m getting off. Ferrealz.

Continue reading “Sustainability of Self – Living Joy Now”

THS Recommends: “Do Less” by Abeja Herbs

I deeply urge you all to stop and read this. SO MUCH THIS!!

I realized just how a dangerous a thing it is to ignore beauty in the name of efficiency; to prioritize productivity and perfection over pleasure and play.  My heart ached for the countless times I had denied myself what I wanted and needed most – whether it was nourishment, rest, connection, or exploration. I implore you to remain vigilant for this tendency in your own life, for it is this insidious thing which gives rise to a world where fascism is possible and those things which are sacred become commodities rather than forces with which we are in relationship.


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