August 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm (Books, Butterfly travels, COPD, Frogs, Medicine Man, Mushrooms, Publishing, Smoking, Storms, Tribes)
Tags: Bear Butte, Blessed lMother, Books, Boulders, climate, Duluth, Fruiit, gardens, Glacier, Great Lakes, Hydrangea, iLichen, Massachusetts, Minerals, MN, Moon, nature, Plants, Science, Smoking, Stone fence, Thurder, travel, Tree frogs, vacation, Vegetables, Winter Hill Farm
Over the last few days I have witnessed the moon go from full moon glow to cloud cover to thunder storms with crashing thunder overhead. One night in particular I saw my father’s hydrangea lit up where Ronnie has a grotto to our Blessed Mother. It was pure white blossoms that pulsated in light. Jack Hohos, brother-in-law, loves hummingbirds. I heard him ask Ronnie, my sister, if she had seen any hummers? It was then I started to pay attention and witnessing when I did see hummers. Then I told Jack where I saw the bird and what plant, shrub, or tree it was around.
I have been hearing little tree frogs. There was even a frog species that I didn’t recognize by voice. I have entered a more Zen way of Being. I love starting the morning off with ceremony. I find this slower pace restorative and contemplative. Recently while walking down a trail by the barn, I spotted a flat boulder on top of a stone wall fence. I was reminded that a similar setting could be found that I could claim as an outside alter for my rocks that I will now move from WI. Before this discovery, I wondered what I would do with beloved rocks from Great Lakes glacial bedrock, near Duluth, MN; sacred small rocks from Bear Butte near Lakota tribe; Pipestone from a sacred Ojibwa site on Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation, Great Lakes tribe in Hayward, WI. Jerry Smith, traditional medicine man, graciously permitted me to go along on a day bus trip with tribal youth group. Jerry teaches many about sacred Ojibwa culture. Again while on the trail coming back up the hill, I noticed what I believe to be Turkey tail mushrooms growing on a tree on front property. They did have a white bottom. I will need to look more closely to properly ID this mushroom species. Reason I am looking for it is that it is a cancer treatment. Learn about Paul Stamets, mycologist, Fungi Perfecta at http://www.fungi.com/ We were both speakers at Tesuque Pueblo in few years ago. You can learn more about the pueblo people at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesuque,_New_Mexico
I am amazed by the delicious taste of garden fresh fruits and vegetables, in forested central MA, near Fitchburg. As close as I can presently research, a theory is starting to evolve. I am not a scientist; rather I am a citizen scientist and researcher in my own chosen field, which is monarch butterfly and food safety issues. Central MA has a heavy canopy of luscious extended forest, with giant glacial boulders that have lots of lichen on them. The lichen helps desolve minerals in boulders, which then slowly leach into the earth; add compost of decaying tree leaves, and you have very rich nutritional soil. I am almost finished reading Patrick Moore’s forestry book Green Spirit Trees are the Answer. Moore’s book is outstanding. I am understanding forestry better because of his expertise and ability to write to the average citizen. Sandy soil in northwest WI, Washburn County, does not have the ability to offer much flavor simply because sandy soil does not hold water or nutrients. Of course, I compost and have added aged manure through the years, but still there is a definite difference between the taste of garden fresh vegetables and fruits. Massachusetts wins hand over in flavor.
Another passion I have is to publish monarch butterfly books. Visit http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Mary+Ellen+Ryall to see published books. Sure wish I knew how to make the link active. If someone out there knows how, please send comment. Thanks!
Another difference between MA and my beloved independent WI life is Massachusetts has banned smoking. I wish I could say the same for WI. There, I am exposed to second hand smoke. A bar is next to the Visitors Center on Main Street in Shell Lake. Bars have built three walled shelters to their buildings. Smokers can bring their drinks out there and smoke their brains out. Unfortunately I have COPD and I smoked once. I know it is hard to give up, this addiction is harder to break than heroin. At Winter Hill Farm, where my sister created a botanical paradise, the air is fragrant from herbs, woods and flowers. I haven’t smelled such sweet air since the 1980s, when I lived on East Coast and could travel to MA or Upper New York State.
The continuing saga of journeying in the natural world.
Be happy insectamonarca friends where ever you are.
May 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm (Beach Bound Books, Book review, Books, Butterfly Woman Publishing, Illustrator, Monarch biology in the classroom)
Tags: Book review, Classroom butterfly speaker, Mary Ellen Ryall, My Name is Butterfly, Shell Lake Elementary School, Stacie Theis, Stevie Marie Aubuchon-Mendoza
On exhibit at New Ventures Garden Seminar, Northwood School, Minong, WI
It is a thrill to have one’s book reviewed. Thank you Stacie Theis, Beach Bound Books, San Diego, CA, USA, for giving my book, My Name is Butterfly, a good review for parents and teachers.
My Name is Butterfly by Mary Ellen Ryall is a wonderfully written educational story about the birth and life of a Monarch butterfly. The story is told through the eyes of the Monarch caterpillar who eventually transforms into a Monarch butterfly.A young girl named Sarah discovers a mother Monarch laying eggs in their garden. Sarah enthusiastically experiences first hand the birth and transformation of the Monarch caterpillar. The butterfly becomes her teacher as she learns how the caterpillar is born, what it eats and how it becomes a butterfly.
The illustrations by Stevie Marie Aubuchon-Mendoza vividly depict the Monarch caterpillar’s and Monarch butterfly’s characteristics.
A great book for parents and teacher alike to educate children about the life of Monarch butterflies.
Available at www.amazon.com. It has been a joy working with you Stacie.
Tomorrow I will be speaking to Mrs. Jean LaVave’s kindergarten class in Shell Lake. Mrs. LaVave teaches the children about monarch biology. I have been invited to her class for many years now. It makes me proud to see happy children who are monarch butterfly advocates.
I’ll wear my butterfly shirt, hand appliqued by Myna Atkinson. She is an elder master needlewoman. God bless all our butterfly friends. I couldn’t flutter without them.
January 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm (Art, Art exhibit, Books, Rav'n, Solon Spring WI)
Tags: Anna Martineau Merritt, Art Exhibit, Books, Misty Pine Photography, My Name is Butterfly, Rav'n, Salt of the Earth Press, Solon Springs WI, St. Croix Writers
Rav'n Art Exhibit copyright Anna Martineau Merritt
The St. Croix Writers Group of Solon Springs, WI, is being honored by Rav’n, Rural Arts Voice North, with an exhibit of published authors. The Exhibit will be on display at Solon Springs Community Center, January – March 2012.
I feel honored that as a member of St. Croix Writrs Group, my book My Name is Butterflyis on display in the Exhibit.
My Name is Butterfly copyright Salt of the Earth Press
Photo is of exhibit copyright Anna Martineau Merritt, Misty Pine Photography, Gordon, WI.
January 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm (Books, Butterfly Garden, Grade School, Monarch Waystation, School butterfly gardens)
Tags: Butterflies of North America, Butterfly garden, Happy Tonics eBay Store, Jeffrey Glassberg, milkweed, Monarch Waystation, Rhonda Richlen, School butterfly gardens, Valley View Elementary School, Xerce Society
News from Rhonda Richlen, Spanish Teacher, Valley View Elementary School, Ashwaubenon, WI. Rhonda bought milkweed seed in 2009 and 2010 from Happy Tonics online store at http://stores.ebay.com/happytonics
Since then, she has been passionate about starting a Monarch Waystation at the school. Rhonda says, “I am so excited by how beautiful it turned out! The 5th Grade Spanish Club students painted the sculpture for our garden focal point and it was donated as a gift to the school at the 5th Grade Graduation ceremony. I will be purchasing some more perennials to add to our garden.”
Happy Tonics is delighted to have inspired a teacher to grow milkweed for the monarchs. We have shipped common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) all over the country since 2008. Our nonprofit donors collect organic and wild grown seed from the East Coast and Midwest for the seed distribution program.
Jeffrey Glassberg, Past President, Xerces Society says, “Today butterflying is moving into a new phase. Primary activities will shift from collecting to field identification and study.” Happy Tonics has always believed in this philosophy especially for the monarch butterflies. The monarch butterfly is at risk as a migration phenomena (3).
Source: Butterflies of North America , An Activity and Coloring Book