Aging usually is thought of as a transformation process. Usually involving “wisdom.” I now view “ABOUT ME” which I am not, as floating towards an epitaph.

How many of you have given thought to your own? That epitaph is not mine of course but I look upon what I wrote a few years ago with hubris.

Since then four friends have died, one of ALS and I was very involved with his sad journey. The unexpected would hit me the next year and change much about my life. Becoming disabled ended my pry bar, maul and pick-axing days. I can still do lapidary, so I began learning about silver smithing and wire wrapping.

Strangely enough, a note I put into a future article on Obsidian was this: Born under Sagittarius, most of my signs were in the fire houses – major issues with that. Fire is often misunderstood, but as a (non-sedimentary) rock hound I do gravitate to the Igneous, so obsidian really fascinates me.

Fire is viewed as an element of destruction. Most alchemical teachers believe that it has dominion over other provinces and reflects change for. My life has not been one of stabilization into new forms (conglomerate), nor has it been sedimentary. The last years of illness and being reformed were to be endured 2013 may be a year of transformation into something better.

I hope you will find in the plant links something of interest.  I hope some of the articles will also give you a chuckle, and sometimes evoke a memory or even a tear. You see, many of my repeat customers have now passed on or cannot garden anymore. Every day I miss their critiques, guidance and silenced voices. You will find posts to them in the blog on remembrances.

I must note that one should check ahead before visiting. This is a year of cleanup and remembrances,  and noting that perhaps, this site is my own epitaph.

(C) Herb Senft


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