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The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London, published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck.
Roy Dennis is a ‘name’ in ornithology and nature conservation – he was the warden of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory from 1964-70 (following Ken Williamson and Peter Davis), the RSPB’s person in the Highlands (under various job titles) from 1970-90 and, ever since, an independent conservationist mostly involved with species reintroductions and habitat restoration. This book is mostly about aspects of those last two periods and so takes us back to 1970 and partly even beyond then.
The book was adapted to a film of the same name in 2007, directed by Sean Penn with Emile Hirsch starring as McCandless. Into the Wild is an international bestseller which has been printed in 30 languages and 173 editions and formats. The book is widely used as high school and college reading curriculum. The Wilds – Donna Augustine This is a great start to a very good series. The wilds is about a virus that changed the world called the Bloody Death, it killed a lot of people and nature took over the land and the virus seemed to raise its ugly head every 25 years. Book your next family or corporate outing at The Wilds' Cabins at Straker Lake! Get away from the city and enjoy an overnight filled with. The Wilds Songbook - 9th Edition. $ 7.50 Quantity. Description; Reviews; 9th Edition - 2019. This book is great for youth groups, chapel programs, activities, or just for singing at home around the piano or with a guitar. This spiral bound resource includes 209 hymns and choruses.
It’s a wonderful book, steeped in knowledge and experience of nature and of the more practical ends of nature conservation. The book says quite a lot about the three species depicted on its cover but also about Grey Wolf, European Lynx, European Beaver and Brown Bear as well as touching on other reintroduction projects such as Cirl Buntings and White Stork and other potential projects. And it’s not all about Scotland, nor even the UK, we are taken to Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Romania and further afield, as Roy runs projects, gives advice or drops in to learn from what others have done. No-one else could write this book from personal experience – it’s a treat.
I particularly enjoyed learning of Roy’s work on providing nest boxes for Goldeneyes, and this take us back into the 1960s in part, and his description of their early days of colonistion of the Highlands (and of their high numbers, in winter where distilleries discharged their waste into the sea). I remember finding a brood of Goldeneye ducklings on a loch on Speyside in the 1970s and the feeling that I was being given a massive present to witness these cute ducklngs which were then a very rare sight. But in reading Roy’s account of things one gets the impression that he was thinking big even in the 1960s as he was nailing a nestbox up a tree in some Highland wood, and he hasn’t stopped since.
Where I have personal knowledge of the events sketched out in this book, then Roy’s accounts all seem true to me. Indeed, I think he errs on the side of generosity in not pointing out where the RSPB was too cautious for too long, and he rarely criticises others. He also notes that the RSPB increased its work on reintroductions with species such as Cirl Bunting and Common Cranes, and interventions with Black-tailed Godwits, but he could also have mentioned Corncrakes.
I’m a fan of Roy’s work, and he is an engaging and persuasive public speaker. His rich Hampshre accent is still intact and is a joy to hear (although it used to make some of us smile when he started a sentence with ‘We crofters…’ in an accent from the south coast of England). But I am also a fan of his writing (I made his previous book, Cottongrass Summer my joint book of the year last year) and this book is a joy to read, and gives plenty of information but also food for thought. Read what he writes about Eagle Owls for example.
Restoring the Wild is published in mid April but if you don’t sign up for a copy now you risk delaying the treat that is in store for you.
Six out of 10 for the cover? I like The Needles (see here) but the birds are only OK.
Restoring the Wild: sixty years of rewilding our skies, woods and waterways by Roy Dennis is published by William Collins (publication date 15 April but widely available to pre-order).
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So in this book, I've tried to highlight how whole-plant, wild-plant medicine is important, accessible, and simple by outlining three classes of medicinal plants that are universally found in traditional healing systems. I explore the science behind how they work, but also use stories, history and mythology interwoven in the narrative to provide meaning and context to herbalism. Finally, through practical examples, I give my take on a few safe, effective, weedy and wild plants (and one fungus).
For more information on The Wild Medicine Solution, check out the Inner Traditions catalog page.
Find the book on IndieBound (along with local bookstores that carry it), Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
4/28/2014: A great article by Dr. Andrew Weil in Huffington Post talks about the benefits of bitters. He includes a nice endorsement:
'...if you want a deeper understanding of the benefits of bitters, I highly recommend a new book by herbalist Guido Masé called The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter and Tonic Plants.'
12/4/13: I really appreciated the recent review in the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild by Patricia Kyritsi Howell. A short section:
'With a clear writing style and pithy summations of medical research, he makes it evident why we should care about heart rate variability, the relationship between cortisol levels and saponin-rich herbs, and the important role the bitter flavor plays in regulating insulin levels. (...) Masé is at times lyrically poetic, and yet he provides enough hard evidence to support his theory that (...) perhaps, by restoring our relationships with the flavors of the wild, we will usher in a new evolutionary phase. I'd like to think he's right.'
9/16/13: Been a little remiss posting information here. Next event is at Healthy Living in Burlington, VT on September 23rd at 6pm. After that, looking forward to Philadelphia and Washington, DC in the month of October!
For now, here are links to some radio interviews and media appearances over the summer:
An interview with The Natural Nurse.
A two-part interview on Tributaries Radio: part 1, part 2.
An interesting article in Publisher's Weekly on the literary repercussions of the American insurance market and the Affordable Care Act.
A video of my talk at Phoenix Books:
4/15/13: Next event is at Phoenix Books in Burlington, VT on Thursday, April 18th at 7pm. Would love to see you there! Please stop in and say hi.
3/20/13: Book reading / signing event at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT on Tuesday, March 26th at 7pm. Come by to say hi and join the conversation.
3/20/13: Jane Lindholm interviews me on today's Vermont Edition. We'll be talking about what makes herbal medicine unique, effective, and essential. Live show at noon. Happy Spring! http://www.vpr.net/episode/55637/herbal-medicine/
3/1/13: From Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and founder of United Plant Savers, author of Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal and Planting the Future:
“I have a new favorite book in my herbal library. What is most masterful about Guido’s teachings and writing is the way he weaves folklore, tradition, and science flawlessly together, making a sensible cohesive argument for the daily use of these common and important plants. Guido has written a classic.”
2/28/13: From David Winston, author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief:
“Since ancient times we have been told that bitter and aromatic herbs can improve our health and well-being but most westerners avoid these beneficial herbs. Guido Masé on the other hand gives us convincing historical and scientific reasons for using them, as well as simple recipes to help us enjoy them.”
2/25/13: From Susun S. Weed, author of Healing Wise, A Wise Woman Herbal:
“Whether you are an aging boomer looking for the best ways to stay healthy, a prepper worried about the end days, a sage femme guiding women toward wholeness during pregnancy, birth, and menopause, or a surgeon curious about integrative medicine, you will find ideas here that may overturn your current conceptions of health. This book is a short course on a deep matter, with plenty of practical, do-it-now, examples so you can support your own health and engage in true preventative medicine. It is a gift of green blessings to us all.”
2/19/13: From Roy Upton, RH, DAyu, Executive Director, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia:
'In The Wild Medicine Solution, Guido presents a beautiful tapestry of writing that weaves together the colorfully rich tradition of herbal medicine around tonics and bitters, which are among the most important classes of botanicals for human health. Great information—A delightful read—The real solution to the health care crisis!'
2/19/13: From Aviva Romm, MD, herbalist, midwife and author of Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, The Natural Pregnancy Book, Naturally Healthy Babies and Children and more:
'Herbalist Guido Mase elegantly weaves his own story with the history of herbs and science, and human history and biology with the history of herbal medicines, offering us compelling reasons to re-harmonize our lives with nature and reintegrate herbs as medicines into our lives all wrapped up in a good read and beautiful presentation.'
2/14/13: From David Hoffmann, BSc, FNIMH, RH, author of Medical Herbalism, The New Holistic Herbal, and many more:
'A 21st century herbal filled with the wisdom of authentic herbalism. Not only are vital skills of herbalism imparted in a friendly and grounded way, the book brims with insights and wisdom from a herbalist who truly walks his talk. Well done Guido!'
2/11/13: From Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard and The Apple Grower
'There are those who incorporate everyday plants into their diet, knowing this is herbal healing at its best. Guido Masé goes one step further. Here’s the science that makes clear why direct plant medicine rocks. Tonics, bitters, and aromatics enliven our meals as well as stimulate our life force. Read this book and dare to be healthy!'
1/30/13: From Rachel Corby, UK medicine woman, gardener & author of The Medicine Garden & 20 Amazing Plants.
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'Was best herb book I have read in a long time. I fully recommend it.'
1/26/13: A review from Michael Tierra, author of Way of Herbs, Planetary Herbology and founder of the American Herbalists Guild.
'Guido Mase's new book brings together a body of knowledge and wisdom from a synthesis of diverse long standing herbal traditions to reinstate the timeless value of medicinal herbs as 'special foods' to be incorporated as part of a wholesome diet. He focuses primarily on three classes of herbs, the aromatics such as peppermint, garlic, linden, Ginger and Lemon balm for their ability to defend the body from harmful pathogens and to relax nervous tension and anxiety, the Bitters including dandelion, burdock wormwood and yellow dock which by gently challenging our digestive system serve as a much needed antidote to the overly processed and sweetened foods that currently are the cause for most of the chronic diseases of Western society; and finally the much misunderstood tonics including chocolate, astragalus, red reishi mushroom and hawthorn that have served to nourish and support a healthy body-mind for millennia before the concept of a vitamin or nutritional supplement in a pill, much of which, ironically enough, are manufactured from petro-chemicals by pharmaceutical companies and sold to supplement manufacturers for distribution.
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1/3/13 A review from Kristen Eaton of Phoenix Bookstore, Burlington (we're having an event there on April 18th, 7pm) :
'In The Wild Medicine Solution, Guido Mase' offers an elegant yet accessible framework for using herbal medicine: Mase' suggests that three classes of herbs - aromatics, with their soothing and uplifting qualities; bitters, which function as digestive stimulants; and nourishing tonics - are uniquely suited for balancing the physical and psychological stresses of modern life. He offers several examples of herbs in each of these categories; many, like ginger and chocolate, willbe familiar even to readers who don't have a background in herbalism. Mase' offers lots of practical information - like simple recipes for eachherb - and also deftly places the use of these herbs in the context of recent medical history as well as thousands of years of traditional herbalism. This book offers insights for even experienced herbalists but - with a writing style that is both articulate and conversational - The Wild Medicine Solution will appeal to anyone looking to get or stay healthy in a challenging world.'