Here's something most people don't know about me and where I grew up...I see dead people.
No, really, I have! But that's not necessarily my story today.
Today I am going to tell you about where I grew up. While there are innumerous ghost stories to be heard about the tiny town on top of the hill in the middle of woods, I am going to focus on one. And where I've seen dead people. But not in the way you may think...
I have been to the graveyard that the original Night of the Living Dead was filmed in. My friend lived across the street on a horse farm and we'd go over to the graveyard to see which stones we could recognize. I was 12. The house where Barbara found respite, briefly, was out the hills a ways but we can see it from the road in the fall and winter. And, as any good zombie movie buff knows, the "Braaaaaaiiiins! Braaaaaaiiiins!" comes from Return of the Night of the Living Dead. In color.
My first foray into the horror movie realm was when I was 5 or 6 and my beach house neighbor friend on vacation invited me over for a movie night. Her family was watching Poltergeist. Classic. Terrifying to a 6 year old. I have a life-long fear of clowns. Thanks, again, Pennywise, who I fell in horror love with at age 11.
I love scary movies and especially groundbreaking ones like the original Nightmare on Elm Street, Rosemary's Baby, Amityville Horror, Exorcist, and The Omen. I've always wanted to see more herbalists in zombie shows and movies. We will be where people turn for help mending and nurturing. You could be a leg up when you learn the ways of herbs too!
Don't Let Zombies Get Your Brain
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By looking to the aromatic plants, we:
By creating our own remedies, we:
I'm giving away my secrets today. Another one is that I still worry about zombies. But, not in the movie sense. In the very real current social climate, where it seems divided everywhere you look, with discretion and ponderance being trampled by time and the speed at which information comes at us...we look like zombies.
Another is that I'm so blue I'm voting for the climate. And human rights. and women's rights. And muthufuckin gender rights... Why is any of this up for discussion? Civil rights encompasses all to be accepted for who they are and whatever their circumstance, we should work together to help our neighbors.
So this is where I plea to you that you VOTE. And VOTE BLUE. I'm taking a stand for the PLANET!! And our REFUGEE community. And our LGBTQ folk. And our BIPOC sisters and brothers. Take a stand for what is morally right. I'm not religious conventionally, but morals are across the board. Period. Human empathy is not weakness. Be strong and speak out, speak up and practice your empathetic voice!
Our earth depends on a balance of power. Voting is one way to help that tip to the side of self-preservation and that for all life on Earth.
What's next? Where is the shift? Are we all phone zombies and followers of squirrels with ulterior motives? Let's take a step away and think freely again! My daily ritual for this is having Brains! Brains! Syrup in my tea. I am pulled to do more creative, productive things and feel sharp and awake. And I want to share it all with you! Follow the class link above to see what classes are like and follow The Columbus Garden School on Facebook and me on Instagram and Facebook to know when the next classes are coming!
Cheers and wild herbs,
Sarah is a community herbalist, raising children, teaching children and adults the ways of herbalism and nature, and handcrafting herbal products for the community.