Momma Bear Apothecary

Katie is Momma Bear Apothecary.  momma bear apothecaryShe makes things, sells things, teaches things. She is teaching and selling her goods at a retail start-up which appeals to the inner hippy in all of us. The casual square footage is dotted with watery art pieces, stones, wood, herbs and oils.  I hope Lotus of the Moon enjoys retail success. They have started small but judging from the traffic I saw today, they are filling a niche in this community.

It was at Lotus of the Moon that Katie, my niece, taught me (and others) how to make a mala bracelet. I didn’t really understand what a mala was but I do now. The mala necklace is a well-known mediation tool.  Katie started making mala bracelets, sharing with us that she simply doesn’t have the time to meditate with a full mala necklace.  The mala bracelet became her go-to.

mala bracelets

Hands and bracelets pictured were, I believe, from today’s class.

Now I will simply have no excuse not to meditate. I don’t have a mantra yet but dang, I bet I can come up with something.

Aaahhhh.  I’m feeling better already!

Logo and photo courtesy of Momma Bear Apothecary

“Well Howdy, Partner.”

“I’m back in the saddle again…”

I might have heard the solitary whistle of a lone cowboy warbling over the plains when I read today’s prompt.  August heat and a smoky sky hang over my town, a hazy reminder of distant fires and days before my time.

The wild west isn’t so wild anymore yet where I live there is still plenty of desert untouched by irrigation.  Dusty and parched scrub lands reach their truest browns and yellows about this time of year.

Last weekend I picnicked on the Columbia Reach in an area so beautiful that when I crested the hill on the approach the view simply took my breath away. Water inlets were dazzling in the summer sun. It was the rolling desert beyond that invited the eye.  Miles and miles of arid glory met the sky in a grand continuum. You can only live that moment once.

 

Photo:  Cowboys by Karrez Majik

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