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Arctic Air, Snow White, and Wintergreen

Plant Rant: Wintergreen by Jim Duke (from the archives): My Handbook of Medicinal Northeastern Indian Plants lists over 700 species of plants for which I found published Amerindian uses as medicine. The waning wintergreen is just one of them.  Although it had … Continue reading

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Jim Duke’s songbook for the 2013 ACEER Legacy Award

On September 29th, Jim Duke received the 2013 ACEER (Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research) Legacy Award. To mark the occasion, we put together a songbook consisting mostly of Jim’s parodies and a few songs by others. We share … Continue reading

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Things Go Better With Bitters

Article published in Pathways Magazine Winter 2012-13 issue: By Jim Duke and Helen Lowe Metzman Jim’s Rant on Bitters: Where once the green trees were kissed by the sunrise There’s a highrise ‘tween the sunrise and the smog in your … Continue reading

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The HerbalBum, HerbAlbum, and Basilio Day

From the HerbAlbum: Basilio Day A memorable Basilio Day. Oct. 10, 2012, has come and gone. I already miss the warm feelings, on our first day of frost. Only a handful of my Amazonian friends will know what the blazes … Continue reading

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Plant Rant: An Elder Spokesman on Elders

Our elder, Jim Duke, waxes poetic on the lovely elderberry in the below ditty: Elders for the Elders  (ca 2009) Parody on Bobby McGee Elderberry, like black cherry, it’s extraordinary, very good for you, and tastes good too. My elders … Continue reading

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Plant Rant: Jim Duke’s Herb a Day on St. John’s-[Wort] Day

Celebrating Saint John, June 24 (adapted, edited and updated from Jim’s “electronic online newsletter” archives from 2001 and 1989) The week spanning Father’s Day (June 17, 2001) to St. John’s Day (June 24, 2001), stresses a saintly plant, St. John’s-wort, … Continue reading

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Plant Rant: Jim Duke on Thebaine of Iran

8 May 2012, Jim Duke writes on Papaver bracteatum ~ Thebaine Poppy Though this beautiful ephemeral poppy is more appropriately known as the Great Scarlet Poppy, I reminisce about it as the Persian Poppy, as I spent nearly a month … Continue reading

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