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Animal Communication: Talking To Animals

Talk to the Animals? Yes, We Can Jake was sad. He missed his buddy, my husband, who had just passed. My Peach-faced Lovebird began picking his feathers and skin until a very deep wound developed under one wing. During many trips to the veterinarian…

May 16, 2019
Biomimicry

BIOMIMICRY: A BETTER IDEA

Biomimicry: A Better Idea Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein   Recently, I met an engineer in the aisles of Barnes & Noble, (yes, a brick and mortar bookstore.) I literally backed into him while looking for…

April 17, 2019
Girl In Alpaca Poncho

Poncho Pondering: Why Alpaca Is The Best

Alpaca:  Gift of the Gods The next time you sink into the luxurious folds of an alpaca poncho during the cooler in-between-seasons, let your mind wander to the role this storied animal played in the unfolding history of the early peoples of Heart Island,…

March 12, 2019
butterfly

The Butterfly Shaman

Self-transformation is difficult because it begins with complete surrender. We surrender our expectations and our self-criticism. We surrender to the process. We become patience and perseverance. We become like the caterpillar and fully embody our transformation so that we can experience ourselves like the…

August 7, 2018

Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy

A little llama. A wise old man. A country steeped in Andes mysticism. And the eternal question of “Who am I?” These are the ingredients of Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy released December 2017. It seems many who journey to Peru…

February 19, 2018
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Dragonfly Medicine

I experienced many mystical visits from the Dragonfly this fall. One afternoon, a Dragonfly landed on my arm, and right on top of my Owl tattoo, resting there for quite a while staring right at me. The following morning, a song arrived, and I…

October 17, 2017

Siwar Q’enti: Royal Hummingbird

Who doesn’t love the iridescent splendor and seemingly magical ability of a hummingbird as it floats and flits in mid-air?  As a birder and animal lover, I still get a thrill at seeing hummingbirds at my nectar feeder.  In the Midwestern United States, I…

August 22, 2016

Shamans Market Welcomes Kris Kramer’s Totem Pendants

Kris designs and creates fine – and sterling-silver jewelry that features landscapes, wildlife, and tracks. Her medium is metal clay, in particular silver metal clay, which consists of silver molecules, an organic binder, and water. A kiln firing process removes the binder and water…

December 29, 2015

The Medicine and Mythology of Owls

Owls have been around in my life for a very long time. The title “Owl Woman” follows me around. Sometimes I get emails from people asking me about the meaning of seeing an owl or dreaming of one. Every now and then, I come…

November 18, 2015