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The Magic of Mushrooms

Via Euronews

The incredible properties of mushrooms are being unearthed by mycologists with wide-ranging benefits in various fields from packaging to antibiotics, biofuels to ecological pesticides.

In 2006, a patent was granted to mycologist, Paul Stamets. The patent is perhaps the biggest threat the chemical pesticide industry has ever encountered and this is only one of a string of patents Paul has to his name.

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The Five-Minute Journal Entry

By Lynda Monk

Journaling and writing are powerful ways to get in touch with the stories and experiences in our lives.

“Each of the stories we tell and hear is like a small flicker of light – when we have enough of them, we will set the world on fire.  But I don’t think we can do it without story.  It doesn’t matter what community is in question or what the conflict appears to be on the surface, resolution and change will require people to own, share, and rumble with stories.”  – Brene Brown

Sometimes connecting with our own story and creative self-expression can get put on the back burner, slip away quietly without us even noticing.  One of the number one obstacles to journaling or writing for themselves that I hear my clients talk about is that they do not have enough time to write. Do you have this challenge too? Do you find it hard to carve out the time for your journaling (or personal writing practice)? Do you find it challenging to take time for yourself and your story?  If so, you are not alone!

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We’re Sitting on a Mould Mine

This interview by Richard Schiffman with Hollyhock Presenter Paul Stamets was originally published in The New Scientist, February 2016. Paul will be presenting Mushrooms: Wild & Mysterious at Hollyhock on Oct 23 -27, 2016

Tell me about the hat you’re wearing.

It’s made from a birch polypore mushroom. Our ancestors realized that you could get this tough bracket fungus off birch trees, hollow it out and put fire in it and carry it for days. This enabled the portability of fire that is so critical for human survival. When the same mushroom is boiled and stretched, it produces a fabric. There are only a handful of people in Transylvania who are making these hats now. Because of deforestation and the difficulty of finding large-enough mushrooms, the hats are becoming very rare.

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