Saturday July 09, 2011
Our guest tonight was
Intuitive Gardening for Personal, Political and Environmental Change,
as well as
Voices of the Earth:
The Path of Green Spirituality
The Way of the Hen:
Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens.
Before the show I also pointed out about her book
Magical Bride: Craft an Interfaith Wedding for a Goddess
which Clea indicated being an e-book, and her first experiment in writing.
About a fourth of the way through the show she did mention that book.
Her parents were gardeners big time, her mother being "a recovering Catholic;" Clea is a Reiki Master, early on having volunteered at an organic farm.
Her family garden was a vegetable garden; her first garden during high school was an herbal garden.
Once again, we got hit with mega-Skype echo issues.
Henry asked for examples of somatic psychology and quantum physics.
Somatic psychology study of how our body communicates
she spent a year studying on that.
She designed her own undergraduate degree, creating a thesis which became her
book: living spiritually on the land through farming/gardening.
She studied and recommended the Peter Tompkins book
The Secret Life of Nature: Living in Harmony With the Hidden World of Nature Spirits from Fairies to Quarks.
She discuss compost and such up to the break when, to my horror, Henry asked me to take us out to break
(Craig was not on the show today as he was out on an investigation),
and I had nothing "funny" prepared, so with the Skype echo making me want to pull off my ears, I lamely took us out to break....
Henry played the harmonic
Sound of Silence,
followed by some
sh!t-kickin' country song.
Coming back from the break, Henry indicated our listeners from the US, Finland, the UK.
She indicated in controlled environments almost anything can be grown, but not always outside
(such as banana trees outdoors in Colorado).
She clarified that many plants being sold are hybrids so their seeds would not be able to grow into a plant.
I jokingly asked, "So if at a family BBQ you're spitting watermelon seeds, you're 'shooting blanks'...?"
(I don't think she got it that that had been a word play).
[I later made a Karate Kid joke, which they did get as a joke, as well as refering to Shakespeare writing Mulch Ado About Nothing...]
She discussed various life forms that are part of a garden, pros and cons thereof; bees, wasps, frogs, et al.
Henry brought up the topic of gnomes, which she clarified as energy beings under the ground, even speaking of fairies.
All kinds of plants, especially flowers, attract fairies.
She mentioned someone sending her a photo of a fairie he's unwittingly caught.
I went to her site to find it, but couldn't; I did however, discover that Clea had written an online article on
How to See a Fairy...
Realizing again I'd be taking us out to break, I hastily wrote up a quick out so I wouldn't sound too incompetent... and proceeded still to mispronounce her surname slightly.
Back from the break, nature spirits were discussed, what with her
Voices of the Earth: The Path of Green Spirituality
I asked and learned she was aware of the late Ted Andrews' prolific books, what with his
Enchantment of the Faerie Realm: Communicate with Nature Spirits and Elementals
With a half hour left to the show, we got into her
The Way of the Hen: Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens
book, discussing chickens, roosters, eggs, etc.
As we started getting a little silly about chicken behaviour, et al, Clea even suggested our checking out some
Clea gave out her
Henry wrapped us out by indicating next week's being horror author
Lia Scott Price
Serial Killer and Vampire Guardian Angels