Living Wild…
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Some of you may know I’m *slightly* obsessed with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s book, “Women Who Run with the Wolves (or WWRWTW, as a friend and I lovingly call it),  ever since my herbal/spiritual mentor gave me a copy of it last year.   Reading a chapter a month has been quite an eye-opener, and has caused a great spiritual shift within me.  A recent post by a friend about mosquito spraying in our towns tonight (08/26/15) made me want to write a blog about it all.  But how exactly do mosquito's tie in with a book about women being wild? I guess you have to know me well, to understand that I see things as circular, rather than linear.  In my little world and in my mind, everything is connected, and I’m driven to search for the bigger picture (which admittedly and unapologetically tends to cause a lot of heated debates).  Of course I’m not alone in this train of thought – my closest friends all think very similarly. In a nutshell, WWRWTW gives women a sense of empowerment, entitlement and understanding into our inner workings.  Dr. Estes isn’t justifying PMS rants, or giving us cause to burn bras and hate men…very much to the contrary.  It’s about understanding our instincts, drives, and being OK with all of them.  For me at least, it’s made me stronger and more compassionate to all human beings.  It’s made me more “wild,” shall we say, honoring the gifts I have.
Mosquito Life Cycle

*Mosquito Life Cycle*

The town of Islip, East Islip and Great River are being doused with Scourge pesticide tonight to control the mosquitos, vs natural remedies for these pests (and yes I do kill mosquitos, so it’s not some hippie-love-fest I have with the nasty lil bastards!).  Some basic info on Scourge can be found here.   “It’s ground spraying, not aerial…it dissolves in water…it’s not proven to be cancerous.”  Last I checked, there’s something called runoff, and what goes on our ground, goes in our food and water supply.  If it dissolves in water A) consider it now in your tap water and B) don’t mosquito;s thrive in water?  So...how’s this effectively controlling them?  Lastly, this lovely pesticide is combined with petroleum/mineral oil, which IS a known carcinogen…so yes, it can and will cause cancer.  (Clever marketing, by saying Resmethrin (one of the ingredients in the compound) probably doesn’t cause cancer.  Individually, most things don’t cause cancer…it’s the synergy of them with OTHER things, that does cause cancer!) The bottom line is that whether you agree or disagree with the spraying, homeowner’s deserve a choice.  They deserve to know this is happening (had my friend not told me about it, how would I have known to call and request them skipping my house!?!)  Oh and here is a bit more info on it from 4 years ago, in our neighboring county.  I guess the phone calls some of them received from the county, became too tedious after all.  Or perhaps our county doesn’t care as much. Here’s where the book and this spraying all tie in together, at least in my mind.  As I was watering the lawn today, I pondered how our yard compares to some of our neighbors, and their pristine, lush landscaping.  Our property is surrounded by trees that we don’t trim, unless they have dead limbs/disease, or are dangerously close to the house.  We have wild flowers and random plants all around our yard.  We have a bed of herbs (mugwort, polk, plantain, spiderwort) that most people consider “weeds.”
*Weed identification*

*Weed identification*

We water, we trim the grass and bushes, and we blow away the leaves.  It’s clean, but not well-manicured.  It’s…well…wild.  And I often wonder the purpose and psychology behind such perfect yards.  Then I think of the pesticides that are needed to maintain it, and the unnecessary watering (sometimes occurring while it’s still raining outside, which infuriates me).  Then I think of the mosquito spraying, and I think of the birds and bats on our property that need those mosquito's for food.  We have less and less bats every year, and more and more pesticides.   And the mosquito population isn’t dwindling much.  Think of how many cells a mosquito has—do we really think it can’t evolve and become resistant to our sprays? There’s something in being “wild,” that’s very freeing (with regard to our yard and our lives).  It’s given us a chance to let Mother Nature win for a bit, and see what gifts she has for us in return.  Every year, there are new trees, new plants, new bushes, etc. all around our property.  This year, we’ve been blessed with Rose of Sharon plants EVERYWHERE.  The closest house with this plant is about 2 blocks away, across the street from us.  To think a bird or squirrel, butterfly, bee or just the wind somehow managed to bring these lovely shrubs to our home, completely amazes me.  At the same time, I’m saddened by the thought of our neighbors, who would have plucked these little life forces (or half our yard, for that matter) from the Earth, because they don’t fit in with the profile.  Next year when the shrubs are stronger, we’ll transplant them to better locations, where they’ll be in the appropriate sun and soil for them.  Until then, I enjoy watching our yard transform itself, and am thankful for the presents we seem to get every year. And as with my readings from WWRWTW, Mother Nature is a Wild Woman… It’s about understanding her instincts, drives, and being OK with all of them.  It’s time we understand nature has a different idea of perfection than we do, and stop trying to fit her in our mold.  Let’s just leave her alone, let her be Wild, and see what happens—after all, she’s been at this *a bit* longer than we have.  Honor your own Wild nature within…let those weeds grow a bit, let those mosquito's fly around.