haikus, photos, and streams of thought

First Day as an Herb Intern

Sydney, Kristen, Savannah (clockwise from left) processing lots of Stinging Nettle (Urtica diocia, Urticaceae) on our first shift as Herb Interns. As we stripped the tingly leaves, we talked about how Stinging Nettle has been used for centuries as a powerful tonic for mineral restoration and inflammation control. In fact, the Latin name, Urtica, comes from the term “urtication”, which in ancient Roman times was the act of hitting one’s creaky, achey joints with cuttings of Stinging Nettle to bring relief. It might seem bizarre and counterintuitive, but it actually works and gives one a feeling of renewed energy and mobility!


en route – family vacation 2015

Haikus inspired by being in close confines with family members for vacation. A vacillation of extremes. Both an escape and a test of patience. These were written en route to Rosemary Beach with cousin and creative collaborator, Anna Marchetti.


wet heat and A/C

his jaws bounce ferociously

beef jerky morning


chewing his meat cud

asphault desert caravan

We’ll be there by noon


Small Houses, Big Dreams

on the long stretch of highway

dressed with Red Poppies


Warm Moist and Pink Feet

“That makes me want to throw up”

Touche Me, I’m Swollen


“I want it done my way, by God!”

He’s an Open Book

steady like a snake


Take the Open Road

I forgot my other bra

Let Them Roam Free Girl


17 june 2015

fertile shards of Earth

uncovered from a hot purse

Chocolate Restored

Traveling with chocolate in the summer time is always a delectable (and quite messy, sometimes unfortunately so) adventure. But a secret stash is imperative at all times of the year.

It seems as though I’m not the only one who feels this way….

the leather is stained

cocoa heated inside the foil

leaking from the seams

Anna Marchetti

Hello, Papaver

dull doldrums day, but

i breathe in your thick scarlet

A Smile Settle In

Papaver commutatum, Ladybird Poppy; June 2015, Beebeard Farm

Papaver commutatum, Ladybird Poppy; June 2015, Beebeard Farm

under the bridge art

I studied Permaculture in Asheville in 2014. I made a good relationship with Mantis Garden, an ecological landscaping company run by 2 inspirational ladies. They have an urban farm and bee collective located underneath a bridge. Stank with stale pee, garbage, vile graffiti, and the haunting of a murder that took place a few years prior, this under-the-bridge area was no place for a garden; but with a few seeds, smiles, and patient care, this new urban area is bustling with positive life. I’d never done large-scale paint work before and so volunteered myself to eradicate the ugly words and fill the space with imaginative art. Here is what I did.

Mantis Gardens I; Asheville bridge art, old house paint, June 2014

Mantis Gardens I: Procession to the Poppies; Asheville bridge art, old house paint, June 2014


Mantis Gardens II: Mantis and Poppy; Asheville bridge art, old house paint, June 2014


pen art


enchanterelle me; pen and paper, june 2014


PDC, pen and paper, april 2014


goumi, pen and paper, july 2014


DandeLion, pen and paper, june 2014


mushrooms over meth, pen and paper, july 2014


wandermust en france, pen and paper, december 2014

host me

This is a new project to elevate the need for wise butterfly gardening and non-gardening.


Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus

Butterflies are such poetic messengers, translating the soft and subtle needs of their low-talking plant community friends,  captivating an oftentimes oblivious human population with their winged words, flashy and loud- Yes, we are more likely to stop and listen to a frenzied butterfly than a mild-mannered plant- the prophets of the plant world, they demand our attention!

But butterflies are such effective communicators to the importance of fostering all sorts of biodiverse habitats because they depend on several different plant communities as they mature- just as we don’t shop for all of our goods at one store, butterflies require several plant neighborhoods to see them through their transformation from child to adult.

They need plant communities that contain their caterpillar “host plants” – those particular plants that the female adults seek out to lay their eggs on. This way, when the eggs hatch, they are quite literally served breakfast in bed, conserving all their energy to eat and none to forage- such caring mothers!

Butterflies also require adult nectar plant/food plants. Once chrysalis occurs and the fat caterpillars have turned into animated arthropods, these winged adults need to find the pockets of habitat that contain their favorite foods. Often times, host plants and adult food plants are found in different ecosystems; therefore, butterflies literally link together otherwise disjunct habitats with invisible flight paths.

Caterpillar host plants and adult food sources – they need both. We need both. This butterfly card project is for connecting plant to insect- read more under Snail Mail.

16 august 2013

Asparagus Beans

Like Forest Green Snakes Hanging

Napping on the Vine

15 august 2013

foul dreams left sour

twinge in my mind as I awake

Sleeping In Too Late

13 august 2013

he grinds the pepper 

while i bathe in the fennel perfume

that sweetens the skin of tomatoes, rosy red wombs-

Indigo Roses, with the sun baked in

In Delicate Rows, the pan they rest in

heat and time crinkle the skin

i grin

The State that I am In

Transcends Definition