5 Years Back in Mississippi

lindsay and gravel bank

The end of a kayak trip down the beautiful, Buttahatchie River…

“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods
nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.”
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves

I’m feeling nostalgic about the 5 years I spent in Mississippi before moving back to California last year. I left Mississippi, originally, when I was 22, right after I graduated college. I went on a journey that took me to Ukraine, Prague and then San Francisco…where I stayed until I was 32.

I returned to the South, by way of Southern Appalachia and the Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina… I decompressed from city living in the mountains for about 3 years and then headed deeper into my roots, back to the red hills of east, central Mississippi to grow a wild-crafted apothecary with a friend.

It was at this time in my life that I got to know the land of those red hills in a new way…a way that I had barely begun to understand in my youth. The rivers and creeks called out to me…the plants were speaking with me…barred owls kept me company…Southern cultural creatives became my closest friends… …I experienced Mississippi in a way I had never imagined.

There is so much more to this area than meets the eye. To encounter its uniqueness and soul whispers…you have to slow down, listen, soften your eyes, and appreciate the profoundness of the mundane. Thank you, Mississippi, for helping me get back home. I will take this with me everywhere I go…



4 thoughts on “5 Years Back in Mississippi

    • Hi there Tony…could you elaborate more? …the amount of human-caused-destruction in this day and age is crippling to the soul… I’m glad you’ve been able to keep close alliance with plants…they are good neighbors and not destructive.

      • My home is in the Santa Clara Valley, which is nothing like it was just a few decades ago. It was formerly famous for vast orchard, or like we say, fruits and nuts. It is now completely filled with urban sprawl. There are now more than a million people in San Jose alone, which is the tenth most populous city in America. There are a few fruit trees literally in a tree museum (just like in the song), that is known as the Heritage Orchard. It is still a great place, but not at all in the same way. There are a few reminders of what was here before, but in some ways, I would prefer them to be destroyed as well, just to put them out of their misery.

      • I’m sorry to hear that Tony…. …fruit trees in a fruit museum…INSANITY! It is really terrible — how quickly California’s landscape is changing both from intensive, monocrop agriculture AND development… It’s a nightmare, really. It is an old wound in most of us to get rubbed…displacement…loss of land…loss of homeland… A very old wound.

        I know there is no way to bring back that land…but, I’d like to share some about my friend Mehmet near Sequoyah National Park is about to plant 300 sequoyah saplings ❤ — http://www.wildplaces.net/

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