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There are more than a few household tasks that we have forgotten we still have the ability to perform. When we do experiment with these activities, we awaken our hearts and hands to the idea that in fact, this is what we were made to do. Some of them are a bit complicated (making soap) where as some are so simple, I can’t think of why we’ve stopped do them. One that easily comes to mind right now as the spring turns into summer is the sensual task of shelling peas.

When I shell peas, I feel connected to generations of surly teens, multi-tasking mothers, and no-nonsense grannies hunched over mixing bowls with bright green shells gathering around their ankles. They’re sitting on the porch, or outside the kitchen door, maybe the evening news is on in the background, and probably there’s someone around to chat with. Even though I myself am actually sitting with the bowl resting between my folded legs on my couch, and all that’s outside is a tar roof and the neighbor’s window, I still can feel the sense of relaxation that comes from doing a kitchen task not-in-the-kitchen.

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Is is possible that winter eating is finally drawing to a close? Could it be that we are just about to really begin the glorious spring, with all it’s magical, sweet, green treasures?

According to K Smith Reveler, fiddleheads have been spotted around town. For those of you who don’t live in the north east, fiddleheads are edible baby ferns that are one of the first and most popular wild edibles to appear in markets when the seasons change. Not only are they harbingers of ramps, asparagus, baby spinach, and scores of other amazing treats, they are totally delightful on their own. Their very “green” taste is kind of like brussel sprouts, asparagus, and grass. Maybe that doesn’t sound so yummy, but cover them in butter and I guarantee you’ll be pleased.

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As spring arrives, We Revelers focus on the balance between day and night. We talk of spring as a time to celebrate equality and union. We think of the peace that we will feel lying outside in the grass. We think of the flowering trees and the young tender vegetables that will soon replace our cabbage and potatoes. But, we must remember, that though the coming equinox announces the arrival of spring, we have hardly arrived in a season of peace. In fact, we’ve just reached the climax of the battle.

Those who follow These New Old Traditions know that the season of The Push has just passed. The Push is our limbo season, our cleansing tide, and our time for burrowing in. I also see it as the beginnings of our labor. It is the time we have to prepare ourselves for the birth and union that is about to come. It is easy to think during The Push (or at least to hope) that that was the hard time… when our new season of growing tide arrives with the Spring Equinox, we will have found the moment of release we’ve been craving. Too bad! The rhythms of the earth have other plans for us!

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