My friend Jeanne lived with abiding intention. She sought purpose in the briefest moments, devotion in the smallest actions. In her early years, and at times throughout, life delivered incredible pain, but she walked so softly through the world, leading with love and compassion and empathy when she easily could have let bitterness flourish and harden her.
She taught for years at universities, then preached in churches and comforted the scared and the grieving as a hospital chaplain. She found succor in photographing the natural world, in writing poetry and making art. She painted and sculpted and told stories through found objects.
Earlier this year, at a time when I needed both perspective and connection, I spent the weekend with her in Louisville and she taught me how to make prints. This tree was my first effort, carved at her dining room table on a slow Sunday morning. I've since spent many hours lost in the process – or, as she would tell me, not lost but found.
She had already been through one round of treatments; when the cancer returned she chose to forego more interventions, and instead let her heart and mind and body decide when the journey would end. She made art and took pictures, walked through the hills and forests, read and prayed and wrote. She celebrated her friends and wondered at the life that remained and the death that awaited. From her I received the wonderful gift of print making, but far more than that a lesson in how to live well and how to die well.
There is a story in the old testament 1 Kings 19:5 about a prophet who falls at the foot of a juniper tree and is about to give up when God shows up to restore him and says "Get up I have more for you to do." I found this juniper tree on a recent adventure as a reminder of how strong I really am and that I didn't give up in my hellish seasons
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It’s boring to listen to people complaining about the absence of holiday mood. Don’t you think that fairy tale, joy and good mood can only be created by ourselves? I’m so thankful that our laboratory (yeah, I am also a dental technician) is finally closed for the New Year holiday 😂🎉 , yay! I love my job, but the recent weeks have been rich with difficult projects, and I barely had enough time for other things. Starting tonight preparations for the holidays (it’s never too late, right?😂) aaand of course I have some drawings to finish 😍
Back to work after a very relaxing holiday break and these juniper buttons waited ever so patiently for my return.
This massive order is being dipped in an all natural mineral oil and headed to Oregon where they will be fastened on to custom leather journals!
Buttons are also perfect for knitting and other crafts and come in so many shapes and sizes.
Juniper Berry is an excellent medicinal herb for healers to use to purge the physical body of harmful toxins. Juniper Berry stimulates the production of 3 antioxidants: Superoxide Dismutase, Catalase, and Glutathione Peroxidase. These antioxidants are crucial in the body's ability to maintain Homeostasis, and prevent serious chronic diseases caused by free radicals. The resin of this powerful berry contains a variety of Monoterpene Hydrocarbons which are highly antimicrobial. In fact, Juniper Berry resin (a.k.a "essential oil") is so effective in eliminating bacteria, many holistic practitioners recommend it as an antibiotic alternative to treat conditions of candida overgrowth. It also has strong diuretic (stimulates urination) properties, which is the reason many practitioners use Juniper Berry in formulas for teas to treat Urinary Tract and Kidney Infections.... Juniper Berry also has an ancient history of usage by Witches-- it's most commonly used as an ingredient in incense due to its high resin content and its ability to clear a space of negative psychic energy. Traditionally, Juniper incense is burned during rituals to break hexes/curses, to attract good luck, and to increase environmental positivity. There were many lush Juniper Berry Trees growing on the property of the historical Linwood Cemetery when I visited the location a few days ago. Walking through the cemetery, I picked up that the Juniper Berry Trees there were at least a century old, and were growing on the property to protect and purify the souls of the dead who rested there. Juniper Berry Trees and Shrubs are easily found on most Colorado terrain types-- most of the berries have fallen off their trees this far along in the season. If you're lucky, you might find a few still clinging on branches ❄️🌲✨