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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ye Ole Christmas Cactus


The History of this Christmas cactus

In February of 1924, my grandmother married my grandfather. As a wedding present my grandmother received a Christmas cactus. When my grandmother was alive, she’d clip back plant starts every March from the main Cactus and nurture them all year to give as gifts for various occasions.

Grandmother passed away in 1988 and my mother inherited the original plant. Every March since my grandmother’s death, my mother has cut back starts from the original and prepared them for gifts for Christmas. The one in this picture is two years old.

As a recipient of one of these starts, I’ll continue the tradition. I view this cactus as symbol of the interconnected web of life. May your life be blessed with fertile inspiration, productive growth, and radiant abundance.

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