Friday, April 19, 2013

Take courage where you find it




I've always tucked a bit of borage -- the herb of composure and courage -- in my pocket, on an as-needed basis. Before a difficult hike or ride, or after a really really bad day.

Turns out what I thought was borage wasn't borage at all. And the only thing that's protected me from my own rabid cowardice has been the common thistle.



Whatever works.



Here's to a better week ahead



From some of the gang



26 comments:

  1. Borage is great for a faulty prostate. Just sayin', for your male fanbase...

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  2. I have never heard of borage.. Thistle this year is all over the place!.

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  3. A lovely post, Karin. Boston must have quite a stash of borage in its pocket. Everyone there has shown tons of courage and composure, from the police to the citizens of the city. And yes, here's to a better week ahead.

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  4. For some more sensitive maladies, I wouldn't suggest the thistle substitute.

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  5. Inspiring, wasn't it Terry? Beautiful gestures of courage, kindness, and humanity.

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  6. You're hilarious! But isn't that chia sage, not globe thistle? I bought two seedlings of borage from Altadena Farmer's market because I adore the blue flowers. When they're bigger, I'll give you some to help you up and down Echo mountain.

    Say hi to the gang for me!

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  7. Proving once again, that its all in our minds.

    I've never seen borage as a flower, only an oil. I believe it's a very good anti-inflammatory. I wanted to give it to one of our old dogs but it cost too much! Ended up giving him flaxseed. Sorry. Digressing.

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  8. Just looking at the kindly faces of the gang is panacea for me, KB. But good to know about the borage.

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  9. That had me laughing out loud. At least it wasn't stinging nettle. Who do those lovely noses belong to? Are they friends of Albert's?

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  10. Thank you for the kind words, I have deep affection for Boston and this one really hurt.

    Which leads me to ponder borage and bunnehs, which are a good mix. In fact, if everyone had a bun and their idea of borage every day would be a good day. But you already know that.
    = ; )

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  11. These two characters are my stable buddies, Coco and Big Mac. Coco is smart, but stubborn. Big Mac is tall in stature, but short on bright ideas.

    I'm glad they didn't kill the guy today, for a couple of reasons. One being, according to our justice system, we can't yet say he's guilty. And for another, towards the end, on my earbuds anyway, the media chase made it seem like a fox hunt.

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  12. The herb of composure and courage . . . what a concept, whether borage, thistle, whether anything that does the job.

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  13. I've not heard of borage. What we learn from thistle is resilience. Wonderful photos, especially of your "pals". Just seeing their inquisitive faces makes things better.

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  14. One person's borage is another person's thistle. It is all in the eye/taste buds of the beholder.

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  15. Borage's flower are beautiful and delicate. I Googled and read that it is also known as "starflower", a poetic name.
    Amazing that this herb is used to composure and courage. I don't know if I have this herb around my yard...
    Thistle's flower (Cardo in Portuguese) is so beautiful too.

    Love to know your lovely buddies, Coco and Big Mac!

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  16. One of my goals this weekend is to find some borage. Not that I'll give up my thistle since thistle has never given up on me.

    Snickers is also a very powerful herb. Use with caution.

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  18. I love these photos. The first two I'm going to use as reference points for something I'm working on. Hope you don't mind. I actually purchased one of them at the Pasadena outdoor market. Guy there who sells them regularly.

    Doesn't that flower you thought you were working with sting - like a nettle? picked a purple wildflower that I remember being sorry I had - not poodle bush though

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  19. Borage or not, those flowers in your photos are lovely. And Coca and Big Mac are adorable. Love their velvety snouts.

    It's amazing how the Boston drama unfolded. What a story, what a week. I'm also glad they didn't kill the second suspect. I couldn't help but feel sorry for him. That was some fast-acting karma.

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  20. Borage is what politicians drink before speaking.

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  21. I couldn't find borage this weekend, but somehow ended up with 1000 ladybugs. There's Amy, Boris, Connie, and now I need another 997 names.

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  22. I almost mistook your photos for Van Gogh's.

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  23. Gold finches eat (only?) thistle.

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