The Golden Cloak of Autumn Arrives to Santa Fe

A few of the sign posts signaling the arrival of Autumn here in Santa Fe, New Mexico have been sighted. We begin with a flowering native commonly referred to as Rabbitbrush, Chamisa, and Rubber Rabbitbrush,  the latin is Ericameria nauseous and/or Chrysothamnus nauseous. Chamisa Above: Chamisa in June I find Chamisa particularly interesting to watch… Continue reading The Golden Cloak of Autumn Arrives to Santa Fe

Trees, a re-occuring theme

As a freshman in high school I was encouraged to join the Speech club, so I did. I chose to memorize and tell the Shel Silverstein story the Giving Tree. Fast forward, approximately forty years later I presented the Tree of Life at the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy conference at Bastyr University. Gosh, I… Continue reading Trees, a re-occuring theme

What are your favorite FALL Colors in 2015?

FALL officially arrived to Northern hemis-peeps* the day of the Autumnal Equinox,  but to us here in parched Los Angeles the sign posts became obvious this week. Ginkgo biloba, Liquidambar, Lagerstroemia indica (aka crepe/crape myrtle) and the two natives Platanus racemosa (California sycamore) and Vitis californica have been displaying their beautiful cloaks. The Liquidambars being the most stunning… Continue reading What are your favorite FALL Colors in 2015?


While most places in the northern hemisphere have been experiencing some form of Autumn weather and signs of the impending season, we continue to have heat and very few visible harbingers except for acorns and pumpkin vendors. Meanwhile, the jasmine sambac is happily blooming in yet another flowering cycle. I now have two big bottles… Continue reading Meanwhile…

Summer 2014

Officially Summer is over, although one would never guess by the warm weather we’ve been having here. For me, it “feels” done when Eve heads off back to college in Vermont, which she did the Sunday before Labor Day. The weather folks have been deliberating whether this part of the earth is going to be… Continue reading Summer 2014

Chiaroscuro Perfume

The Autumnal Equinox Meán Fómhair is upon us, a time to deeply breath in this sacred moment as we begin our preparations for the impending darkness of the seasonal year. On this blessed day I would like to introduce you to my new fragrance Chiaroscuro, first introduced as a sketch last September titled Jasmine Noir.… Continue reading Chiaroscuro Perfume

The Spell

Aligned in the firelight energetics of this Autumn season a group of bloggers has joined their brooms together casting a wide circle of enchantment. It was my friend and writer Beth Shreibman Gehring who alerted me to this event and what a perfect fit it was for me. The circle is centered around the book… Continue reading The Spell

A Dance in the Woods

“First and foremost wood is matter and is in India the symbol of the universal substance, the prima materia. In Ancient Greece, hyle, which carries the meaning of primordial matter literally means “wood”. This quote is from my Penguin Dictionary of Symbols book. I placed it here to announce that Chaparral® Botanical liquid perfume has… Continue reading A Dance in the Woods