Dear Viriditas Community,
As the summer comes to a close I want to use this newsletter to explore the notion of “being on a team”. Here is the Sharpette, David and I wrote for the word, TEAM.
Group of people, working in sync
Like the Denver Broncos when they’re on their game.
In some ways I feel like this Viriditas community is a team. When I run into one of you in Lucky’s grocery store down the road and we discuss some of the content of the newsletters, or when you send me feedback and impressions via email, I always feel a connection that strengthens me bringing me enthusiasm and joy for the journey.
As you all know I have always felt like St. Hildegard and I are a team. Whenever we work together I feel like we are in sync creating beauty, health and a connection to the spiritual world. I’d like to share with you the latest fruit of our teamwork. Here is a recipe I recently tried from the book, From Saint Hildegard’s Kitchen, Foods of Health, Foods of Joy by Jany Fournier-Rosset. This recipe uses St. Hildegard’s Heart Wine which as most of you know has been a staple in my life for about a decade. I cannot describe in words how delicious this dish is! For those of you who enjoy eating chicken, give it a go. Your mouth will water like never before!
Wine Flavored With Parsley, Or Wine For The Heart
8 to 10 stems fresh parsley with their leaves
1 bottle (3 cups) red wine
1 tbsp wine vinegar
1/3 cup to 2/3 cup honey
This is a remedy for heart and spleen problems and pains in the ribs (sides). St. Hildegard instructs: “Cook the parsley in the wine, add the vinegar and sufficient honey to sweeten. Cook and strain. Drink often.”
Especially noted for its effects on heart weaknesses, chest pains, insomnia, and fatigue.
Chicken In Wine Or Coq Au Vin
1 chicken, cut into pieces
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tbsps oil or more, as needed
1/2 cup cognac
2 cups “Wine for the Heart”
1/2 tsp galingale powder**
1/2 tsp savory
salt, pepper to taste
3 tbsps spelt flour
In the oil, sauté the chicken and onions in a heavy pot. When browned, remove from heat and flambé with the cognac. When flame has burned out, add the wine and seasonings. Let simmer for 1 hour or until cooked completely. If desired, add the chopped heart and gizzard. Just before serving, thicken the juices with the spelt flour.
* Bouquet Garni: Aromatic herbs or plants tied together in a little bundle, used to season soups, stews, or sauces during cooking and removed at the end of the cooking time. It is usually comprised of parsley, thyme, and a bay leaf. The proportions and amounts are adjusted according to the nature of the dish. It may also include basil, chervil, chives, celery, tarragon, rosemary, savory, burnet, and so on.
** Galingale: Galingale is grown in Southern China, Indonesia, India, and Thailand. Galingale is a member of the ginger family, and its rhizome can be grown like that of ginger. Today galingale is used extensively in Thai and southeast Asian cuisine; it may be purchased at Oriental grocery stores.
After trying this recipe be sure to stay connected to my blog as there are more recipes to come in the weeks ahead. Click here to visit the blog series.
“We’re on each other’s team” was the theme of this month’s Tap Into Transformation. It was the first time that I really felt part of the team called Emerald City Artists Collective. Emerald City is an eclectic group of independent artists located in a fun, funky warehouse district in North Boulder. The Viriditas Studio is smack in the middle of this warehouse district. For the first time, five of the artists in Emerald City, including myself and David with our Tap Into Transformation, participated in the North Boulder 1st Friday open studio tour. The other artists were: Painting – Gabrielle Shannon, Pottery – Ho Polloi Workshop, Jewelry – Boulder Metalsmithing Association, Music – Hippie Shitzu.
The evening began for me and David at 5 pm. We came an hour earlier than usual to set up the studio as well as the dinner so that at 6 pm we could open the garage door to the studio, put our product table out, and be ready to greet and chat with the visitors who were strolling by. At 7 pm the Tap Into Transformation participants were already in their tap shoes and the evening began…and the visitors kept coming! While David taught the dance I had a wonderful time talking with people about all the magic that happens at the Viriditas Studio. The best part is that the visitors got to see some of the magic in action! It was a beautiful, balmy night and the studio was a feast for the senses. The gorgeous faux finish on the walls, the framed St. Hildegard Illuminations, the twelve people joyously tapping their hearts out, and of course, the delicious meal catered by Whole Foods (especially the fresh fruit tart) left our visitors in awe! I anticipate that some of them will return next month!
After dinner we took the team of tap dancers and divided them into three smaller teams to play the revised edition of David’s game, Sharpettes.
Every time I experience people playing this game I can’t help but admire the wit, joy and enthusiasm of the players! As Team Dolphin, Team Hat and Team Panther faced off against each other, I’m happy to report that no one ended up in the “Void” although one team did get sent back to Start half way through the game.
To conclude I want to tell you about the final team member in the Viriditas Logo team. In addition to the Eagle and Elephant that I discussed in the two previous newsletters, you’ll notice on the letter “S” in the logo, the image of a snake. About eight years ago all these snakes started showing up in my life. Whenever I would go out hiking I would run into a snake, usually right on the trail! Snakes also started showing up in my yard. There was a lot of change happening in my life at that time and I was curious why the Snake was showing up. In his book Animal Speak, Ted Andrews writes the following: “Because it sheds its skin, the snake has long been a symbol of death and rebirth. It sheds its skin as it outgrows the old. This death and rebirth cycle is part of what Snake represents… Before the Snake begins to shed its skin, its eyes will begin to cloud over. It gives the Snake a trance like appearance. To many mystics and shamans this indicated the ability of the Snake to move between the realms of the living and the dead, of crossing over from life to death and then back to life again. As the skin begins to shed, the eyes begin to clear as if they will see the world anew.” I do know that at that time of great transformation in my life, I would often feel overwhelmed and full of confusion. Thinking of myself as a snake shedding its skin was very helpful… and I will tell you when that phase of my life ended, I did see the world in a new way!
Dear Reader, I want to thank you for being on my team.
What teams are you on?
Where, with whom, or with what do you feel in sync? Let me know!