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There seems to be an implicit agreement that we can talk about things that aren’t okay, as long as we frame it positively. So we can talk about what we humans do to the earth, as long as we put a optimistic spin to it. As long as we say that everything will be all right in the end, so sleep tight.

To be honest, I have a hard time doing that. When I look around me, I see a lot of things that I don’t think are okay… at all. People consuming unscrupulously. It seems to be all about me, me, me and the gimme gimme. And there is no excuse, because anyone who reads newspapers, watches the news, or otherwise keeps his or her eyes even slightly open, knows what’s going on. As I write this, I notice that I have the tendency to immediately add: ‘Fortunately, there are also people who try to do things differently.’ Although that’s true, it’s also beside the point. It’s about The Herd. The people queuing in front of shops selling all the junk we don’t need; the people who definitely don’t want to know how their pork chops lived and died. Apparently the soft, positive approach doesn’t reach them.

If I want to be able to say what needs to be said, I have to first accept that people may think I’m unsympathetic because of it. Unlikeable even. For me that’s hard. I am a bit of a wimp and actually pretty sweet. That’s why I have to give myself permission to be considered unlikeable. Consider it done, Emma. You have my permission to be okay with not everyone liking you. Now please go ahead and say what’s on your mind before you go mental…

Yellow archangel, Lamium galeobdolon

Look what I found along the side of a forest path: lots of yellow archangel, Lamiastrum galeobdolon! Most of you probably know the purple and white relatives of this plant, but you’ll see this one a little less often around here. So I was pretty exited about that, especially since the yellow archangel is even better tasting than either white or purple dead-nettles.

You can eat dead-nettle in the same ways as the stinging nettle, but without the inconveniences caused by the stinging hairs when picking them. So you can eat the leaves both raw and cooked. Dead nettle sports delicious flowers as a the bonus. Sweet in taste and that certainly applies to the yellow variety. It is the sweetest of all. They’re like candy to me.

Dead nettle is rich in minerals and therefore very healthy to eat. The medicinal properties are somewhat comparable to the stinging nettle, although the dead nettle is less powerful. That’s why I mostly enjoy the culinary pleasures that this plant offers …

If you can’t say ‘yes’ wholeheartedly, there’s always ‘no’. ‘No’ is an answer too. In fact, sometimes it’s the only possible answer.

Many of us, especially women, have been taught never to say no. Learning to say no is often an important step towards healing, physically and mentally and spiritually. If you can’t say ‘yes’ wholeheartedly, just say no for a change.

Emma, hagetisse


People love stories. It’s the one quality that sets us apart from other animals, if you ask me, the ability to make up stories. We are capable of creating fiction, concoctions, of air mongering, and so on. In short, we can imagine things that have nothing to do with the truth. We can fantasise.

So far everyone will be able to agree, I’d say. What many people don’t realise is that we also fantasise our daily life. Our whole life, our entire society, is one giant work of fiction.

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I am a holistic healer and my mission is to empower people, help them regain control of their health and well-being.

Since I have the distinct advantage to have modern, scientifically based medical knowledge as well as old herbal and healing knowledge, I can help where ‘regular’ methods failed.

The reason behind this? I will not be restricted by social conventions, but will use what a situation requires

Emma, hagetisse

Toxic positivity

I’m a pretty positive person. Without a positive and optimistic outlook on life I would never have dived into all those adventures which I’ve had in my life. I know from experience that everything passes and that most challenges, in retrospect, turned out to be blessings in disguise. They always bring me a little further along the path that I’m supposed to walk. I trust that.

That doesn’t mean that life can’t be just downright sucky every now and then. That sometimes you can’t yet see the silver lining when you’re in the midst of shit going down.  And that it can help to talk about your negative emotions when that happens. Negative emotions can be useful too.

How to avoid being burned at the stake

Have you considered volunteering for a pagan leadership position, but are afraid of being burned at the stake? This article offers you a guide to the community’s expectations, both explicit and implied, with a fool-proof method to make all the pagans happy, all of the time.


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