Stop sharing!



I think it is time to stop sharing alternative health memes from evil gurus, once and for all.

Yes, that ‘s right: stop clicking SHARE on all of the links, photos and videos that seem to flow daily from the big bad websites of alternative health. Just stop.

If you want to tell the world how amazing Calendula is, why not tell it from your own point of view, eh?

Because this practice of click-and-share is doing a disservice to herbalism by perpetuating false claims. It’s not just “sharing information”, it is providing free advertising to a bunch of assholes who are actively manipulating us.

These people, such as Dr. Mercola, Dr. Oz, Natural News, Raw for Beauty, Green Med info, Collective Evolution and David “Avocado” Wolfe are making it much easier to discredit all of alternative medicine, by pointing to the massive quantities of crud they generate.

What is so bad about them, you ask?

-They vastly overstate research outcomes such as  “Frankincense EO can get rid of cancer”, “Ginger is 10,000 times stronger than chemo”. (Perhaps a grain of truth, turned into an absurd overstatement)

-They blatantly make things up: “Homeopathy cures Ebola”, “Chocolate is an octave of sun energy”. “Deer antler is not a product, it is a cosmic substance.”

-They shame us. If it’s  not working, we just didn’t try hard enough. We are too negative, we just didn’t believe in it enough. Our ways of being are wrong, we are too fat and too gay and too  godless and too autistic and we need to cure this NOW.

–And cure this with the ONE TRUE WAY.

-They act like it’s all a big secret, and they are giving it to you! “Why do you think this information is being kept from the public?”. “top 10 natural cancer treatments and forbidden cures.” Ooh, forbidden!

-Oh, and conspiracies. Coverups! Homeopaths worldwide are under attack by the FDA because they know too much.

–They seem to constantly have a new miracle cure.  “Just one teaspoon of this spice boosts weight loss by 50%!” Hey! What happened to last week’s miracle? Hmm?

-They use weasel words like poisoned and toxic which have no clear meaning and induce fear. This is not accidental, they know it prompts you to buy their stuff.

-They sell the things they promote without clear disclosures.

-They use faux Science. “The frequency of essential oils are actually one of the highest frequencies known to man.”, “Holding a cup of coffee dropped one man’s frequency from 66MHz to 58 MHz in just 3 seconds.” OMG! Coffee! Thank you so much for saving me from the perils of 58 MHz frequency, whatever the hell that is. But I’m sure it’s bad. Because coffee is bad. Right?

-They feature lots and lots of testimonials that couldn’t possibly be made up, because they have a FIRST NAME attached! It’s proof! “My brother’s son was taking Eos as well as chemo and he got better!” “I would recommend this book to those interested in drawing out all the cancer!” Thanks, Marcia in Grand rapids!

-They don’t seem to understand that they are replacing one product or dogma with another. “”Now we grab the oils instead of meds” “The body can heal itself, if you know what to give it!”

So….The oils ARE meds of a type and if you are giving the body  something, it is not exactly healing ITSELF.

-They promote the idea that we should always feel perfect, brimming with energy and lightness. “It is possible to never feel bad ever.”

-Guru paradigms. This idea that there are some special magical people in this culture, leading the “sheeple” out of their darkness is actively bullshit. David Wolfe is not going to save you. Dr. Oz, Dr. Mercola, Food Babe…..they are salespeople. Yes, we have thought leaders in our community, people who are innovating or researching or writing with flair. But gurus are people who use the words miracle cure, evolutionary, frequency, natural, awakening in ways that manipulate our emotions for their own purposes.

These people are filling a vacuum of despair. They are promoting the idea that everyone is a huge mess and we are all in need of a cleaner, more light-filled body NOW. They ignore the realities of life, that we all have “good” and “bad” days, a variety of feelings and thoughts and THAT IS OK.  Not everything has an easy answer or explanation and THAT IS OK.  Ask yourself–are they providing a real alternative or just selling you more proverbial  fat-melting ass oil? Their articles and products are unethical. Manipulation is unethical. False claims are unethical.

And  many of us do suffer, but it takes a commitment to work things out, it takes connections and action and discussion to reach wellness. Human bodies and minds and cultures are complex, and can’t just be fixed up with memes and zappers and angel cards and alkaline water. There’s no reason to aspire to a perfection that doesn’t exist for 4 low payments of $9.99.

So please, herbal community, stop sharing these things. Stop linking to them. Ask yourself: who am I actually helping? You are essentially working for them for free, helping them get clicks and likes and page views, driving up their value and spreading misinformation. And it’s lazy–speak for yourself! Create your own content! What do YOU think?

It is time to actively rebel against this guru paradigm.

It’s so easy to take leave of our reason just because we want it to be true…I do it myself. The will is there, but the reality is not. Their content-generation machines make it all too easy to just click share- it’s time that we rebel against this. They are abusing the trust and goodwill of the herbal community. When you share their articles you are supporting them. We might not see it that way, but they do…and so do their advertisers and investors. Read the fine print. Think about it. Find out what they are selling.  Know what you are promoting.


Vote for Turmeric!


Sometimes I think we want to solve our complex health problems like we want to solve our complex political problems.

Just vote for Turmeric!

Vote your meds out of office!

We have gotten accustomed to these absurd binary messages because they come to us each day, on TV, in newspapers and magazines, on radio talk shows and through internet memes and water-cooler conversations.

Choose a side.

I’l fix EVERYthing!


And it’s based on the idea that what is happening  right now is soooo bad. The whole system is broken. We need big changes. And there is a bit of truth in there, our system of health is letting a lot of people through the cracks. Our political system has some major flaws. I’d love to see shifts towards making both better.

I wonder, though, if we are living within cultural narratives, subcultural narratives, common myths, if we’ve been in them for so long that we don’t even see them. I wonder if we actually think bouncing back and forth between these binaries of Paleo/vegan, binge and purge, right and left will fix things. Perhaps in a paradigm built squarely on good and evil, on heaven and hell, devils and angels this doesn’t seem suspicious….

But the claims are often based on this idea that there was a time, somewhere in the past, when everything was great. Everyone was happy and religious–the RIGHT one, of course– and healthy and had all of their needs met. Everything was pure and easy. People knew their place. And we need to return to that time again. Before we had all these problems.


And electing this politician, enacting this law, taking this supplement, or bringing this green drink into your life will restore that great time and destroy these modern problems.


Well guess what– there was no perfect time of human health. Never. And there was no perfect time of America, no perfect time of humanity. Some of our problems are just part of the human condition.

And both healthy humans and healthy communities require our participation.  They require connection to each other and to the Earth, they require innovative problem-solving. It’s work to manage our bodies and our systems.

I’d love to see both healthcare and politics move away from a catchphrase model and towards an acknowledgment of that work. It’s good work, worthwhile work. And move towards a big-picture long-term view, and a realistic understanding of the cycles of history.

Perhaps grasping these similarities could help to bring about that big picture view.


So how is the current election cycle like the current health cycle?

-“You can’t trust the media!” Politicians and conspiracy-theory-based herbalists both seem to claim that the media is biased towards their opponent and against them. Every news outlet is in the pocket of the other side! You can’t trust anyone. But you can trust me!

Bias does exist, but it exists FOR us and our cause as well as for the other sides.

-We get attached to our pet issues, be it godlessness or gluten. They are the ONE big problem. They are DESTROYING America. This paradigm gives a lot of power to these issues. And  to our pet solution. Build a wall! Alkalinize your water! I have saved you! You’re welcome.

-We demand reams of evidence form the other side while embracing faith in our own. Pro tip: An advertorial is not an article. We can hold ourselves to the same standards as we hold our “opponents”.

-Fear-based methods of manipulation. “I am running for president to destroy radical Islam, to win the war on terror and to protect you and your family.” -Linsey Graham

“Immediately start eating clean, eliminate all animal products and stop drinking tap water.”-person on Facebook.

(A little rant: Tap water is probably one of the most useful changes to human health ever. It is such a huge privilege. So many health issues have been fixed by having a mostly-safe water and waste management system that we might not grasp what life was like without it. Shit everywhere. Hauling water all day. YES, there are problems with the water system. But buying bottled water isn’t better–actually it’s ridiculous. So try living in a place without access to mostly-safe tap water and let me know after a year or so how that’s working out for you.)

So yeah, the other side is unclean and you are clean, you represent what is safe, and you can make us all clean and safe  if only we vote for you or buy your stuff.

-I’m an outsider! From Chris Christie, “I’m an outsider in New Jersey” to herbalists who claim their idea is so radical that it’s way ahead of Science. From dissing the “career politicians” to embrace carpenters to dissing doctors as we embrace renegade parasite zappers we love a good American-bootstraps story. And I do love outsiders, freaky little witches who live in cabins full of roots and ideas. But. Whenever a REAL outsider comes along, someone who actually challenges us, who doesn’t present their ideas “nicely” and doesn’t play by the rules we actually freak out.  So fake outsiders are super appealing, true outsiders are dangerous and scary.

And ultimately, we judge our opponents, whether they are political opponents or health-care opponents, by their worst moments. Pharmaceuticals kill millions of people! Well, yeah, but they help a lot of people too. Herbs are bullshit and don’t work! Well yeah, but some (most) are actually really wonderful. And we look at those on our “team” with rose-colored glasses. “That politician or Dr. or herbalist has harmed a bunch of people, talks shit about everyone else and doesn’t seem to know where a human spleen or the state of  Rhode Island is but gosh-darn-it I can’t actually say that publicly because he is on my team!”

And it’s always the intruders. Your problems are coming from the immigrants and the parasites which exist mainly to invade the pure and the good. There are no symbiotic relationships, and we aren’t just a bunch of hairless apes living under a system of made-up borders. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and we need walls and purges and raw food diets and more prisons.

And Donald Trump is the Coffee Enema we’ve all been waiting for.

Ultimately, I think that there is great value in debate. Real debate, not that bullshit talking-points pageant we call “the debates”.  Discussion with people we disagree with can generate a lot of interesting new ways forward if our minds and hearts are open, if we examine and maybe even discard our talking points.  I believe firmly in third parties, integrative care, in bridging our many divides, and in teamwork. None of the political parties are right, none of the religions or identities or systems of healthcare have all of the answers. Do we want to move forward as a people, or do we want to get the votes?

A healthy person and a healthy community cannot be the result of an occasional vote, anyway. Wellness is the result of the majority of good or best-possible-at-the-moment choices over the majority of an entire lifetime, with an occasional mistake and a forgiving anti-fragile attitude, grounded in love, mutual aid, human and non-human webs of connection and healthy soil.


This Idea Must Die: herbalism edition


IMG_2490I just devoured a book called This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That are Blocking Progress, an anthology of essays from It’s great. The concept of an idea that must die is very appealing to me, as I think that nearly every area of life harbors little nuggets of bullshit that cloud our ability to innovate and explore new ways.

I see the world of herbalism as one that balances-or attempts to–some of our most ancient, primal connections and some of our most cutting-edge explorations. But the reality is that a chunk of herbalism is stale 70s and 80s marketing, internet memes and some quasi-religious fear-based concepts of how the body works.

Life has a cycle and ideas have a cycle, and I’d like to invite herbalism to be a little more pro-active about  slaying the sacred cows, starting with one’s own. Noticing that we harbor an idea that must die does not make us a bad person, it makes us normal. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being wrong. The problem is with a refusal to admit it, or a refusal to let it go and, my personal nemesis, a refusal to stop promoting or teaching or marketing an idea that needs to die.

And merely embracing every new and next is not the answer, as we’ve seen reductionist blurbs about herbs splashed all over Dr. Oz and crappy magazines, giant displays of “Superfoods” in big box stores and endless herbal energy drinks which promise to FINALLY solve our problems.


But let’s be sure to ask ourselves and each other, in ways that are helpful and not douche-y, where we can be better about letting go. Where has Science made useful advances, where has a concept or a product failed to deliver and what is standing in the way of our process and our unfolding?

Where can we be more curious? Where can we explore?

Where has an idea become a dogma, and where have we fought so hard to escape rejected hierarchies and cultural structures and narrow models that we somehow missed the dogmatic structures of alternative medicine that we ourselves are stuck in?

In that spirit, I present several of the ideas that I’d like to see float off into space. I’d love to hear yours, and if you disagree with me–keep it to yourself.

Just kidding. Write me an email. Discuss.


  1. Standardized (sometimes called allopathic, I think incorrectly) medicine and herbal medicine are opposites and are in opposition to each other. I absolutely see mutually respectful integration between these 2 models as the way forward.
  2. There’s a “type” of person who takes care of theirself. No. Self-care is for everyone. You don’t get out of it because you aren’t the “type”. It’s your right and it’s your responsibility.
  3. All disease is caused by ______. All disease is cured by ______. No. Just no.
  4. It’s “just” a placebo”…. It’s like saying “I’ll ‘just’ have water.”  Try not having water! One of the most exciting and useful tools in human wellness is the mind-body connection. When your mind helps you heal that is not JUST anything. It’s f-ing amazing.
  5. ______is not fixable, so don’t bother. Hmmm. Maybe so, maybe not. Perhaps we can’t go from wherever we are right now to perfectly well. No magical thinking. But shifts are possible, always always always. Harm reduction is possible. Even as we approach the end of our lives, release is possible. Comforting is possible.
  6. Detox. You are not toxic, and old food is not stuck to your colon. Gently supporting the body’s natural pathways of detoxification is great. Go for a walk. Have some bitters. But beware of the punishment paradigm. EDIT: There seems to be some confusion here. I am not saying that “toxins do not exist”. I am saying that the concept of DETOX is overused, used manipulatively, and used incorrectly to create fear. We may be “dealing with an environmental toxin” but I refuse to label a person “toxic”. Words matter.
  7. America-centric studies and information. The whole world uses healthcare. Our model is not the only one, and not necessarily the best-(though we do excel at certain technologies). Let’s expand the ol’ horizons, eh?
  8. We have to save everyone. Death is not always a failure. Sometimes it is the natural course.
  9. There is a “women’s herb” or a “men’s herb”. It’s just a lazy way to speak about plant medicine. And it is not correct.
  10. Herbs will fix you all by themselves. Herbs can’t fix you unless you totally change your lifestyle. Both are false. Goldenrod will thin your mucus whether you give up grains or not. Oregon Grape will clean your wound even if you don’t exercise. Acute care does not require massive life changes, and these changes, while helpful, are not needed for Valerian to make you sleepy. However, for long-term lasting wellness, for addressing underlying causes, herbs go a heck of a lot further in the context of a self-care model, where we chill on fast food and go to therapy, or whatever needs to happen. Herbs may be magical, but they don’t usually defy basic laws of nature or common sense.

A few bonus ideas to counter mainstream ideas that must die: You don’t need to take Echinacea/Goldenseal all the time to prevent colds, Oatstraw is NOT Milky Oats, homeopathic Arnica is not Arnica and a few drops won’t kill you, Cannabis doesn’t cure everything and Mullein is not a good toilet paper.

So go forth, explore, seek and destroy, rebuild and do it all over again. Someday my kids and grandkids will be tearing this blog apart and I can’t wait. Prove me wrong, people. Tell me why my ideas must die. Bring it.


Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant: a Review, plus thoughts.



I’ve been a fan of Roz Chast ever since my sister bought us “Now I Will Never Leave the Dinner Table”–a book about a bossy big sister (like me, apparently) who FORCES her sibling to eat dreaded spinach. Her drawings capture the kinds of details that I revel in, the things I often think others don’t notice. I’d say one of the strongest compliments I can say about someone is

“She really has an eye for things.”

And Roz Chast does, an eye and an ear, she writes down or photographs  the minutiae of life and I do too, it’s a practice, a way of making sense of it all, a way of recording this moment, what it is and how it feels through quotes and sketches and odd little scraps of things.

Because that is what life is to me, it’s not weddings and anniversaries and birthdays and holiday hams. Life is cleaning out the medicine cabinet and finding that WEIRD THING, life is reaching into the pocket of a thrift store coat and reading the receipt of someone long gone, life is pulling a book off the shelf and seeing a train ticket tucked inside from 1995.

Life is my grandmother saying “Every time you have a party, something stinks” (about deviled eggs) or my kid , at age 4, asking “Are you potato-ing the cheese sharpener” (about making him latkes), and these are the memories that live in my life’s shoebox, next to a pile of laminated Catholic saints and a Cross pen from my great-aunt Bertha.


So anyway.

This book.

It’s about the process of Roz’ parents aging and their death. It’s about the family dynamics, and a very particular time and place. And it is intense. I laughed so hard I cried. And then later,  I actually cried.

It is beautiful, intimate and slightly disturbing.

And what does this have to with herbalism?!?! You may ask.

Why am I even writing about this?

Well–anyone who is dealing with the care of others in any way, or is alive,  knows, even if it is subconscious, that death lurks beneath all life. I mean, news flash. Death exists. And the decline, the illness, the  unraveling, are all pieces of our lives that we often choose to ignore. Complicated family relationships, uncomfortable silences, life-or-death decisions, financial and emotional burdens of end-of-life care, it’s all very real and all very repressed.

And for good reason–because its really hard to talk about.

Because it all comes out in the end.

But humor helps to lube up the difficult conversations, those we need to have with ourselves and with others, and makes it easier to imagine and accept these moments,  and this book is a   humorous gift.

This book says “It’s not just me.”

Culturally, our constant search for comfort, emotionally, has in some cases cut out the highs and lows of human reality in order to serve up a placid, positive-thinking delusion but in fact this dark undercurrent is still there.

When we listen to media outlets, it seems like prolonging life at all costs is, and should always be, a primary goal.

But as caregivers or helpers, our goal is not always to “cure” but sometimes to ease passages, to comfort and to listen and  to hold space. We are not all recovering. And that is OK.

And if you don’t identify as a caregiver in terms of your work, perhaps you have a family, or friends, or a body that this applies to.

Anything that can help us to understand that, to feel less alone in this work with others OR ourselves and can help us to release the tension that accumulates around the dark parts is valuable to me, and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant is a valuable addition to that cause.


since I gmy sister bought us Now I Will never leave the Dinner table, a kids’ book about a bossy big sister


Book Review: Wild Drinks and Cocktails


IMG_2002I have been looking forward to this book ever since I heard of its existence, and here it is. It is a triple threat: beautiful, snappy design, smart, non-rambling descriptions and juicy, delightful recipes.

I admit to not being a “recipe person” in the sense of measuring, but I am guessing many will appreciate Emily’s precise and detail-oriented recipes, and less-measury types like me can choose to  soak up the inspiration and just estimate it.

She seems to have combined a luscious and fruity approach with touches of herbalism to make a decidedly straightforward and non-woo collection of “Handcrafted squashes, shrubs, switchels, tonics and infusions” that just may end up sneakily supporting your wellness, but you might  be too soaked in pleasure to notice.

Ultimately, that pleasure IS a medicine and Wild drinks and Cocktails is food for the eyes and food for the taste and food for the creative spirit, and it stands out amongst the crowd of recent offerings. The interesting details and fancy little touches are what make it exceptional.

I’d like to go on and on about it, but I am too inspired by the Hawthorne cordial and Hazelnut Orgeat and must go gather!

Thank you, Emily Han, your hard work and attention to detail is appreciated!

Explore Emily’s work further at


Someone, Give me a Sign! Part 2



When you go outside every day, every single day, and you observe the world around you every day you might begin to notice that animals and their detritus are all around us all the time. It is where they live. We are in their home.

Our world is built atop the bones of everything that has ever been, all that has ever lived has been incorporated into the soil and sand.  The beach sand in your buttcrack is as much a sign as the blue heron you are gazing out at.

We don’t have to view these things as separate. There aren’t isolated messages coming in with each bird feather. We are a blip in the continuum of the multiverse, and so is the “sign”.

I see something alive every day. Every single day. Outside, inside, mammals, insects, birds, snakes, larvae, lichen. The constancy of the “signs” is overwhelming. I lean into the lifeforce, the search, I enter the spaces where life lives.

It’s not mystical to me.


To me, observation is a grounded, everyday devotional practice. It feeds me to feel a part of my world. Observation is a meditation and a mediation, the layer that lives between humans and other animals. It is the way I feel connected.

Calling each interaction a sign may actually block our ability to snuggle into our relationship with the world, with other beings. It might block our ability to be present with the life around us. Perhaps it works to  de-normalize interactions between ourselves and the natural world.

Maybe we can stop asking what it all means.

Maybe it just IS.

We may come at our relationships to animals via our culture, which infantilizes them, focuses on their juvenile phase, presents them as helpless and in need of “saving” or the opposite, presents animals as symbols of evil or darkness, killers who are out to get us. We see animals in commercials acting silly, speaking, wearing pants. We may see animals as products, see our “power animal” as something we can buy to represent our deepest selves, to wear around our necks.

We easily overlook their rights, their wildness, their instinctual indifference to our personal needs.

Our interpretations are clearly influenced by factors such as our religion, our modernity,  our life experience and various aspects of who we are and where we come from. A rhino means something different depending on where you live.

And sometimes we label things as spiritual, mystical, magical when they are just a part of reality, just a different layer that isn’t often discussed or acknowledged. It may be the only way some of us know how to talk about the ways we are experiencing nature right now.

Ultimately I want to be very clear that I am not saying “you are doing it wrong”. We all have the right to interpret our world in the way that we see fit. I speak only for myself. But I hope that by raising these questions, it inspires conversation around signs, both opening those that are closed to the possibility of signs and opening those that believe in signs to critical thinking. Symbols have been a vital part of what makes us human for a very long time, and our interest in symbols isn’t going away.

Nor should it.

But examining our interpretations is rarely a bad idea.


Someone, Give me a Sign! Part 1



The other day I ran into a bear. Literally, I was running along  and flushed a little bear out of the nearby underbrush and up a tree. It was very exhilarating, and I deeply appreciate the experience. However, someone later told me it must be a sign, it must be “good bear medicine”. Is it?

I did a little research and found a huge industry based on animal spirits and signs. {note: all are actual quotes from the internet.} Apparently any animal “calling” to us is a sign. “Every animal has significance.” “We all have animal guides.”

Apparently “we are drawn to an animal because they are drawn to us.” “There are no coincidences.” “Many times animals enter your life to help you overcome difficult transitions.”


“Dogs stand near the road to get my attention.” “If you’ve had more than one [animal] bite, consider this a Spirit sign.” “When birds fly into my glass door there’s something I need to look at.”

“Every single feather that you find is a sign.”

OK. I want to believe in signs. Theoretically, I want to believe animals are dropping dead in order to give me what I need. I want to believe that everything that attracts me is due to vibrations that all conspire to support me.

But HOLY HELL is that a human-centric, egocentric and delusional model.

Seeing a bird in your yard might mean that you have bought a bird feeder and filled it with bird food. It might mean that you have grown a lot of plants that attract birds, such as Asters, or live near a lot of habitat that birds like, such as water, birdhouses, or little safe areas that they can hang out in. Seeing a dead bird might mean that you have a cat or live near one, or that the bird had a disease. Are the flies on the dead bird a sign? The maggots? The vultures? The bacteria that breaks it down?

Seeing a feather might mean that you keep chickens, or a neighbor does.

Seeing a bear in your yard might mean that you have some very juicy garbage and the bear is hungry. Or maybe he’s going to provide his spiritual signage to another person, and your yard is a handy shortcut.

I believe there could be some confirmation bias involved in this process. We choose what to see as signs and what to ignore. A hawk is a spirit guide, a pigeon is a nuisance. A bear is blessing us, a mosquito is ruining our evening.

We can’t take every darn beaver as a sign from the Universe while failing to see every plastic shopping bag stuck in a tree as such.

And yes, I saw a bear on Friday, but then I saw an empty can of Chef Boyardee ravioli and a pair of rumpled underpants while hiking on Sunday.


But honestly, I believe it IS a sign. All of it. It is a sign of engagement. A sign of curiousity. A sign that I went outside!

It is a sign that the world is terrible and beautiful, dangerous and nutritive, raw and confusing and complex, and that we are in it, we are of it, not just observers.

Sandor Katz says “Sustainability is participation” and perhaps it applies to signs, too.

Intuition is participation. Signs are participation.

Relating to animals, plants, minerals, this could be a sign that you are participating in the world around you. Interpreting the world around you. Devoting your time and attention to observation. And this could potentially be a beautiful process, a way to feel supported.

And humans have been using animals in our stories since memory began, observing them, using animals to inspire our movements, our identity, our sexuality, our ideas about power and art and spirituality, and that is a sign of our amazing imagination.

Or it could be a sign that you are shockingly egocentric, extremely careless, unable to apply critical thinking or so caught up in wishing for a sign that you can’t see that we are animals too, that our power animal just might be the bacteria that really wears the pants in this relationship and that we can’t just pendulum our way to liberation….

Ultimately, of course, we can choose to interpret everything we see through any lens we choose, consciously or not. If choosing a power animal gives one good feelings, what is the harm? I honestly don’t know, and I feel like I have more questions than answers. But for now, I am going to laugh to myself about my vision of the bear I saw telling all of her friends about how I was a sign, a sign that humans are running around in yoga pants and OMG you shoulda seen her face when I ran up the tree.

You’re welcome, MS. Bear.