Why Nature’s Way?
Nature is our Mother, our teacher. Until recently, people lived in close contact with the natural world. Now most people work in office buildings, live in cities, buy food and supplies from big-box retail stores that transport goods by train, plane, and truck from all over the world. It is easy to forget that everything we have and need still ultimately comes from the earth and the sun.
Our bodies and spirits have not caught up with this “un-natural” lifestyle. Stress, physical and mental health problems are symptoms of our dis-ease with this new way of life. To heal ourselves, we need to find our way back into our Mother’s embrace.
My store offers products to foster your journey on a healing path. Our natural and locally made products are free from chemical invaders that confuse your body’s immune system. Experiencing nature first-hand has healing power, so we offer plants and a wide selection garden products and décor to enhance your time outdoors. Nature is the ultimate recycler, so we offer recycled and re-purposed furnishings, art, and artifacts that are stylish, better made, and less expensive than similar items found in trendy chain stores and catalogs.
Artifacts from earlier, simpler and more “natural” times help us imagine the old ways and think about what have we gained and lost in our collective cultural evolution. Evolutionary change, both biological and cultural, is the result of billions of tiny, often invisible events, including our individual choices in everyday life. That’s why Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Nature’s power vastly exceeds that of human endeavor, so it only makes sense to make choices that follow nature’s way.
My store embraces three things that I love: nature, history, and the arts. All three teach and heal. I have finished raising 3 productive children, and am now able to devote myself full-time to learning from my muses and sharing my discoveries.
When I was a child, I saved boxes. My mother laughed at me, but later confessed that it was quite convenient to have a collection of various sized boxes on hand for gifts and mailing. I remember in early adulthood looking at a glass bottle and thinking it was too fine a thing to use only once then banish for eternity to a trash-filled dump. In the sixties, now affectionately known as Mid-Century, we had taken our six-pack cartons of soft drink bottles back to the grocery store. This was long before “recycling.” I don’t think we even got a deposit back. It was just what people did, and it made a lot of sense.
Born in 1954, I am just old enough to have glimpsed the simpler America that pre-dated the post-World War II explosion of growth and land destruction. I grew up in early suburbia, where rural farmlands like those that still surround Hillsborough were being plowed into residential and commercial sprawl. I witnessed the same rampant development overtake Atlanta and Charlotte where I have lived, and coastal areas I have loved, like Ocean City, Maryland and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Natural change works to achieve a healthy balance. Up until the last 250 years humans lived in harmony with nature. As we have lost contact with the natural world, we have fallen prey to our own excesses with often unhealthy results. We have lost much wisdom, common sense, and beauty. Some natural beauty may be lost forever, but we are rediscovering some of the old wisdom, just as Western Europe rediscovered its treasure trove of lost knowledge during its 15th century Renaissance.
Some people worry about the “future of the planet,” but I don’t. If Mother Earth gets tired of our foolish ways, she will brush us off her back just as we swat away an annoying fly. I do worry about people, though, about the world my children and grandchildren will inherit. This is only natural. Evolution is all about the survival of your species, especially your own genes.
Those are some of the things that I think about. I honed by thinking skills at Duke (economics) and UNC Chapel Hill (MBA) between 1972 and 1981. For 9 years I helped North Carolina National Bank on its way to becoming Bank of America. Then I became the writer I was intended to be, starting a small marketing company comprised of very smart stay-at-home moms. A lifelong learner, I became a certified grant writer and am currently pursuing my Certificate in Native Plant Studies at Chapel Hill’s NC Botanical Garden. I have sung in many choirs, including the Charlotte Symphony Oratorio Singers and a gospel choir at a homeless center, and have played the piano since I was 5. Just bought myself an electronic keyboard so I can take my music on the road. I write essays, poetry, and have published two children’s books that I sell in the store and on Amazon.
I moved to Hillsborough in 2011 and have never looked back (except to see if urban sprawl is still on my heels). While I moved here to live in the historic district, the woods and creeks of the natural places have taken me by the hand, as Mother Earth always has. Hopefully, there will be time for both, for “to every thing there is a season.” That is nature’s way.
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