What are the ‘Paths to Preservation’?

Most readers will probably envision a theme pertaining to the environment--and they will find discussions of land and wildlife conservation & conversations of sustainability and eco-consumerism here. They will also find contemplations of other aspects of preservation. Cultural preservation. Artifact & document preservation. What aspects of ourselves are we preserving through our relationships to animals … Continue reading What are the ‘Paths to Preservation’?

Controversy & Conservation: An Interview with Nicholas Pearson

Points of Healing, Points of Mine is a series of posts discussing the interweavings of conversations of crystal therapy, alternative healing, science & conservation, and eco-consumerism. Not all authors within the metaphysical crystal and gem community would be willing to address the controversial questions I have gradually been accumulating. Nicholas Pearson is versed in science and … Continue reading Controversy & Conservation: An Interview with Nicholas Pearson

Tools for Healing? “Buying” into Crystals and Gemstones

Points of Healing, Points of Mine is a series of posts discussing the interweavings of conversations of crystal therapy, alternative healing, science & conservation, and eco-consumerism. Part I: We Must Have the Precious...At What Cost? Have you fallen under the spell of crystals and gemstones yet? Crystal healing is expanding in mainstream culture, and you … Continue reading Tools for Healing? “Buying” into Crystals and Gemstones

Healing the Places We Dwell: A Paradigm for Gem Therapy and the Environment

Points of Healing, Points of Mine is a series of posts discussing the interweavings of conversations of crystal therapy, alternative healing, science & conservation, and eco-consumerism. Glenn Albrecht, the retired professor of sustainability at Murdoch University in Western Australia, published a new book this year--Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World (Cornell University Press)--nearly … Continue reading Healing the Places We Dwell: A Paradigm for Gem Therapy and the Environment

The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Flower Essences

I wrote an earlier post about re-discovering homeopathy as an addition to my own health care management. Flower essences have also been an important resource this summer--for myself and for my furry companions. After one of my cats experienced a medical emergency a few months ago, a family member reminded me about flower essences. We were … Continue reading The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Flower Essences

The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Homeopathy

This summer I have been re-impressed by the effectiveness of homeopathic medicine. I’m not new to homeopathy. I grew up with it and have used it throughout the years to treat ailments chronic and acute. But with the regime of herbals and nutritional supplements that I’ve been taking, homeopathy stayed on the sidelines for a … Continue reading The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Homeopathy

Steampunk Journaling: Diary Writing in the Digital Age

“As we try to understand the past, we try to understand ourselves in relation to the past.” ~Steven Marcus, The Other Victorians (quoted in Steffen Hantke's "Difference Engines and Other Infernal Devices: History According to Steampunk.") Steampunk is not usually associated with journaling. It’s a sub-genre of "punk" sci-fi/fantasy fiction characterized by futuristic nostalgia. The reader … Continue reading Steampunk Journaling: Diary Writing in the Digital Age