Ice Age Nornir

Since I am working on my series of books on the runes, I had rune trivia in the back of my mind while I read Genevieve von Petzinger’s book on the Ice Age geometric markings from caves in the Pyrenees. I found myself running an informal checklist comparing rune trivia to cave art as I […]

Fate, Debt and Free Will

One of the most illuminating doorways into how people saw and used the runes is discovering the literal translations of the names and terms we have adapted into our contemporary usage. We usually considered The three Norns in the Runic traditions to be equivalent to the Greco-Roman Three Fates.  And we think of those Three […]

Dang That DNA

Part of our family story includes being related to to the famous outlaw Jesse James on my father’s mother’s side. According to my DNA, we actually are related… but our maternal DNA split some 45-65,000 years ago. That might pass for being what southerners call ‘kissing cousins’, closely enough related to be called family, but […]

Bay Laurel, Fatty Liver and Lab Tests

I am currently on an early to bed ( because I am too miserable to function) and early to rise (because I am too miserable to stay in bed) schedule. All because apparently my liver/pancrease/diaphragm have decided that they will clear all the obstructions, toxins and adhesions of my entire lifetime right now. I am […]

Thanking Mr. LePlante

Although my body has responded better to the sledgehammer approach of western medicine that the subtleties of alternative medicine, I was willing to be an experimental subject for Matthew Woods’ Friday evening pulse and face diagnoses class at TIVI, the Inner Vision Institute that recently started up in La Mesilla, just north of Santa Fe. […]

Baroque Horse Bones in New Mexico

Until very recently, it was official US government policy to more or less forcibly transform Native American warriors into farmers. US government agents made sure that Indian pony stallions were either castrated or slaughtered. Heavy horses bred for harness were brought in to cross on the local mares. Harness horses or trotters, whether heavy draft […]

New Mexico History and Equine DNA

This post continues my train of thought from San Felipe Horses and continues with how to recognize Colonial Spanish horses. According to the Forest Service web sites, the El Rito horses are the only band of wild horses running on Forest Lands that have genetic markers that match up with those found in modern Andalusian […]