Posts tagged ‘boreal forest’

July 8, 2012

Dances with Mosquitoes

Alaskan Mosquitoes, in abundance.

Often when folks find out I’m into primitive living in places like the Northwoods of Wisconsin or the Interior of Alaska, one of the first questions they ask me is “How do you deal with mosquitoes?” Or “What’s the best natural mosquito repellent?”

For a long time I was unsure how to answer, there didn’t seem to be one simple replacement for DEET. But it finally dawned on me.

July 14, 2011

Birch Syrup from a Magic Forest

“There is always music amongst the trees…but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”  ~Minnie Aumonier

It’s a little late in the year for this post, but I’m afraid I wasn’t writing yet when the sap started to flow in the birches.  So I’m about to take you back in time.  It’s easy to do, after all, since time, like words, exist in our imagination.

So imagine a grove of calm white birch trees: bright, open, and inviting. A friend of mine who grew up in East Germany during the cold war once told me that, in the Russian fairy tales she heard as a child, birch groves were always good and full of magic.

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