Category Archives: Flora and Fauna

“Pot Likker” Not “Pot Liquor”

I am a proud “Southerner.” Here in the Boston Mountains we speak “Southern Speak.” Many people who do not live here accuse us of speaking “lazily.” We are not lazy. This is our proud native dialect. We are smart. Speaking … Continue reading

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Tinker, Tincture

“Dark of the moon” was Sunday. I like to tinker, so I set about to “tinker with a tincture.” Mountain folk created their own tinctures for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Preparing your tincture during the dark of the moon phase supposedly uses … Continue reading

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Firewood & Honor

We live in the woods. In an earlier post, “waxing poetic,” I described our unique “woodland home” down here in Lizard Holler. With the privilege of living here comes the equal privilege of the dreaded “power outage.” We have a … Continue reading

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Mountain “Dawgs”

A short post on “dawgs.” I do not know a family in the Boston Mountains that does not own, or at least associate with, a dog. They were here before we were here. We have a resident “dawg” appropriately named … Continue reading

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There Is A “Lemon” Balm In Gilead

Like the words from the hymn,”There is a Balm in Gilead,” there is a lemon balm down here in Lizard Holler. As a matter of fact, lemon balm is rampant! My wife Maggie planted this healing herb about 4 or 5 … Continue reading

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Chamomile Tea Anybody?

Chamomile grows well in the Boston Mountains. Early settlers dried the flowers to make a tea administered for sleeplessness and to cure cold sores and acute melancholy. They nicknamed it “earth apple” and many attest that it has a taste reminiscent … Continue reading

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Garlic – Hill Country “Penicillin”

Garlic grows well here in the Boston Mountains. It has been a medicinal staple for hundreds of years. It has a nickname used here in the mountains, “hill country penicillin.” Locals are heard to say “crush it up, rub it … Continue reading

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“Natascha”

My wife found these beautiful wild dwarf iris flowers at a secret garden a few years back. I found their botanical name on the web recently. She brought them back to our woodland home and planted them near our fire … Continue reading

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