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Ramblings from the Mountain meets Cloud Forest Botanicals

(Note: Ramblings from the Mountain will now be found monthly in the Cloud Forest Botanicals Newsletter. Unless I am moved some random midnight to expound on an unrelated topic!)

February 24, 2014

 Ramblings from the Mountain meets Cloud Forest Botanicals Ramblings from the Mountain:

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Cloud Forest Queens!

Yes, Valentine’s Day was last week. We missed it. We apologize. We were thinking about you. Really. We’ve just been really busy here on the farm with visitors from around the world walking The Medicine Way Trail, making products to keep up with the growing demand, and caring for the plants during this VERY dry season. (Our own Valentine’s celebration was a quiet night at home with a movie and in bed by 9:30 PM, dead asleep, if that gives you any clue!).

But, we have been thinking about this whole hearts and flowers and love thing.

A good article came across my desk the other day about the ancient Greeks’ six different words for different types of Love… read the whole article from our February Newsletter here.

Boquete, Panama: Manana…or why nothing is getting done today…

Boquete, Panama. Finca Luz. A sunny Sunday.

I love my dictionary. Seriously. I’ve had this copy of Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary since 1965. The gold lettering on the faded blue cover is completely obliterated by the desk side detritus of spilled drinks, potato chip grease, and the sheer dust of the ages. The spine vanished decades ago. The thin pages are yellowed. The print has grown so small I now need glasses to read it. This book has lived in North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Washington and now, Panama. I love this book.Dictionary Boquete, Panama: Manana...or why nothing is getting done today...

When I was in high school, I would read this very same dictionary during boring classes. I remember the day I discovered the word mellifluous. Say it…mel-li-flu-ous. Just kind of rolls off the tongue like honey. I was in civics class with old Mrs. Coldren, being driven to distraction by the particularities of the North Carolina State Constitution. I mean…really…at age 15, who cares?? I got caught.

“What are you reading, young lady? What is that book in your lap?”

Smiling sweetly, I held up my lovely blue dictionary. “I’m looking up a word,” I explained.

“Oh.” Not much else she could say.

That day I went on to lyophobic, and to the thirteen distinct definitions and fifteen sub-definitions for shot. Who knew?

The word for today is procrastination. “To put off intentionally and reprehensibly the doing of something that should be done.” Ouch. Reprehensibly? That seems a bit harsh, but there it is in black and white on page 679 about mid-way down the first column.

I admit: there are dirty dishes in the sink from last night. The tomato plants should be sprayed for powdery mildew. The chickens need to have their water changed. The bougainvillea are dry as bones, the basil is going to seed, the bed isn’t made, and…honestly…I need a shower. Worst, there is a character in my nascent novel who is hanging on tenter hooks in Icabaru, Venezuela where he is fixing to get into seriously deep shit over some diamond smuggling and I haven’t the foggiest clue how it will come out, and here I sit eating tortilla chips, drinking a beer (in the middle of the afternoon, no less!!), and messing around with web pages and blog posts about everything from the Embera indigenous of Panama, botanical plants, recipes for pain reliever salve to…my dictionary.

Maybe reprehensible isn’t so harsh. Let me see. Reprehensible: “Worthy of or deserving reprehension.”  Reprehension: “Reproof.”

Okay, I get it. It’s not good and I should get on with what needs to be done and quit procrastinating.

But wait. This is interesting. Reprehend, from the Middle English and dictionary1 Boquete, Panama: Manana...or why nothing is getting done today...Latin, to hold back, and the French, reprehendere (to grasp, see prehensile.).

How did we get from prehensile (as in a monkey’s tail) to a morally suspect postponement of tasks? I have no clue. Do you? Any linguists out there?

That’s it, then. I’ll start with the chickens’ water, progress to the bougainvillea and basil, wash the dishes, take a shower and THEN I will see about the poor bugger in Icabaru. I have a feeling it isn’t going to go well for him. The tomatoes will have to wait. Manana.

Manana. (spanish. lit. tomorrow. french, earlier, as in early tomorrow.). An indefinite time in the future….. And that’s it for today, from Boquete, Panama. Hasta manana.


Finally! Finca Luz Goes Live!


Well, it’s taken a long time, but then, creation dreams take awhile to manifest, yes?

As some of you know, I’ve been holding the vision of what Finca Luz–this small organic farm on Jaramillo Mountain in Boquete,Panama that I Risked Everything for–wanted to be for almost 10 years. I knew it in that first magical moment. I’ve carried it, under my heart, from that instant. Talk about a long pregnancy!

I am beyond thrilled to announce that this little patch of Panamanian Paradise is now open to the public for walking tours, retreats, and workshops. A rental cabana, Cabana Mariposa Azul, will be available January 1st, 2012.

We had our first tour group last week–a lovely cadre of yoga teachers, river rafters, a psychologist, and a philosopher/seeker. They were wowed by the farm, the Medicine Way Trail and Dianne’s guided tour, and they ate ALL the orange-rhubarb bread I had baked. We were ecstatic! Muy emocianante!

Here is the website with all the details. Please visit the site. Please LIKE it on FB. Tweet it. Buzz it. Whatever. Spread the word. Ask questions. Come visit.


Whew! Finally.

And, this is why–as some have asked–I haven’t posted a Ramblings From the Mountain lately.  It’s been really, really busy on the Mountain!

It’s all good, though, and all us on the Finca Luz team–

Dianne, Phillip, Alexis, Jose, Ernesto, Charlie The Dog, Ghost Kitty, all the fat hens and myself–

wish each of you a

Very Merry Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa-Winter Solstice Season

Been quite a ride this year, hasn’t it? Let’s all gather with our loved ones, give thanks for air, water, food, and the loving kindness of others. Reach inside yourself and what you find there of value, extend out to another.

Be blessed in the New Year. See you then!

Elizabeth Worley

PS–Are you carrying a creation dream under your heart, wanting to make it manifest? Or have you already brought it forth? I would love to hear your story.