Herb Spirals

The garden spiral is like a snail shell, with stone spiraling upward to create multiple micro-climates and a cornucopia of flavors on a small footprint. Spirals can come in any size to fit any space, from an urban courtyard to an entire yard. You don’t even need a patch of ground, as they can be built on top of patios, pavement, and rooftops. You can spiral over an old stump or on top of poor soil. By building up vertically, you create more growing space, make watering easy, and lessen the need to bend over while harvesting. To boot, spirals add instant architecture and year-round beauty to your landscape: the perfect garden focal point.

One of the beauties of an herb spiral is that you are creating multiple microclimates in a small space. The combination of stones, shape, and vertical structure offers a variety of planting niches for a diversity of plants. The stones also serve as a thermal mass, minimizing temperature swings and extending the growing seasons. Whatever you grow in your spiral, it will pump out a great harvest for the small space it occupies. I’ve grown monstrous cucumbers in my large garden spiral, with one plant producing over 30 prize-size fruits. The spiral is a food-producing superstar!

Stacked stones create perennial habitat for beneficial critters, such as lizards and spiders that help balance pest populations in the garden. The stone network is a year-round safe haven for beneficial insects and other crawlies that work constantly to keep your garden in balance—and you in the hammock. A little design for them up-front pays big, tasty dividends later.

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Val Royeaux. Any resident, a “Royan,” will say it is the greatest city in the world. Many take such pride for arrogance, but they do so through smiles as they nod in agreement, for such is the cost of doing business in the capital. Val Royeaux is in every way a world leader—in commerce, culture, and its own exaggerated beauty.

The site was founded during Evrion’s grand unification, the result of a mix of influences not such much balanced as driven together. And while such an amalgamation would be cause for chaos elsewhere, the prosperity of the region has enabled an upward spiral of indulgence. The capital has endured the ages to become a beacon of civilization, and its citizens the measure of modernity.

—Excerpted from Val Royeaux: Excesses Grand and Otherwise by (formerly) Sister Laudine


It’s a deep see firework!

Iridogorgia are aptly named, the name means something like “gorgeous rainbow” or “splendid circle of colour”.

They’re deep sea corals made up of a stalk firmly attached to rock, which spirals upward. Lots of branches grow from the central coil and tiny polyps with their feeding tentacles emerge from the branches, looking like glittering sparks.

These are some of the biggest corals in the deep sea, with some reaching over 18 feet tall!

Given their slow rate of growth, big ones like that could be some 500 years old. So even if you’re fashionably late by a few centuries, you can still catch the show.

“Over the last decade and a half, fewer and fewer Americans are identifying as middle class, and a growing share says it is working or lower class. Income inequality compresses many downward and lifts up the sliver already at the top.

That shifting identity should relieve candidates of the sense that there is a political urgency in spouting the phrase “middle class,” and it demands a new framework — one that is honest about the class divisions in the country.”

And Republicans are focusing on billionaires? As the middle class is slipping backwards, the downward spiral can only be changed if we stop focusing on the upward spiral of the ultra-rich.

Torus Energy - Nature’s Blueprint for Creation.

When we escape our ethnocentrism, and the prison of the ego, we start to see ourselves as a part of nature, and not superior to it. It becomes obvious that the rest of the Universe is just like us. We come to know that all of the Universe is conscious and has being. We see a Universe is in a continual process of conscious growth and self organization. It is as infinite and mysterious as our own origins and inner soul.

On all scales the conscious Universe uses the same basic fractal structures, from the smallest microcosmic sub-atomic particle, to the largest galactic cluster. As these structures take form in larger and more complex systems, their consciousness grows and expands. The being-consciousness evolves as the systems self organize into larger and more complex  entities. There seems to be a basic drive at work in the Universe which compels all conscious entities on an upward spiral of ever-expanding consciousness.

Looking at the big picture you can see how evolution follows in a general way the eight basic structures inherent in all conscious fractals: the three realms and the four functions, plus awareness. This takes the form of the three scales of the cosmos: the microcosmos, mesocosmos and macrocosmos; and, the five dimensions. In geometry the infinitely small place holder which underlies all of the other dimensions is called the Zero dimension. It corresponds to Awareness which underlies consciousness. The first dimension is the Line made up of an infinite number of Points. The second dimension is the Plane, make up of an infinite number of Lines. The third dimension is the Solid, made up of an infinite number of Planes. The fourth dimension is the space-time continuum, made up of an infinite number of solid bodies in relationship with each other  -  the Universe.  The big picture of the inherent order in the Universe and evolution is summarized by this chart:


                              ENERGY                 INFORMATION      MASS

                              SPACE                    NUMBER               TIME

        0                    Quanta                    God                       Universe
        1                    Photon                     Man                      Galaxy
        2                    Electron                   Animal                   Sun
        3                    Atom                        Plant                      Earth
        4                    Molecule                  Mineral                  Moon

Whereas the Vector Equilibrium represents the ultimate stillness of energy, the Torus shows us how energy moves in its most balanced dynamic flow process. The important thing to understand about the torus is that it represents a process, not just a particular form.

A torus consists of a central axis with a vortex at both ends and a surrounding coherent field. Energy flows in one vortex, through the central axis, out the other vortex, and then wraps around itself to return to the first incoming vortex. Plants and trees all display the same energy flow process, yet exhibit a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Hurricanes, tornadoes, magnetic fields around planets and stars, and whole galaxies themselves are all toroidal energy systems. Extending this observation of the consistent presence of this flow form into the quantum realm, we can postulate that atomic structures and systems are also made of the same dynamic form. The torus is the fundamental form of balanced energy flow found in sustainable systems at all scales. It is the primary component that enables a seamless fractal embedding of energy flow from micro-atomic to macro-galactic wherein each individual entity has its unique identity while also being connected with all else.

The downward spiral

We all do it. We come in to a safer place and then one person says something like “my schedule blows”. Then the next person talks about how bad that test was. Then it almost turns in to a competition of who’s week sucks most.

I got called out on this today, so today I’d like to start an upward spiral. Let’s talk about the roses instead of the thorns.

Here are the bright spots for my week:
- I have a great summer schedule line up. I like all of my attendings and I have friends on shifts.
-I’m almost done with my latest case paper and I think it’s really good
-finally got a modification down to practice constitutional hydro on my toddler, which brought kiddo away from serious cough possible secondary pneumonia land back to normal cold land. This medicine is awesome.
- went to a student alliance for integrative medicine meeting as the ND rep and met awesome students in different disciplines.

What were your joys?


The Child and the Vertical City | Elly Ward | Via

The continuing housing crisis provides an opportunity to re-examine post-war ideas about how to accommodate the city’s workers and their families in our increasingly vertical city. This proposal for a 32 storey tower revisits ‘streets-in-the-sky’ as articulated by the Smithson’s and other architects of that era and takes the theory to its absolute zenith with a one mile long continuous street spiralling upwards through its interior.

The design could be described as ‘Park Hill meets the Guggenheim’ and aspires to a vertical neighbourhood that embraces and encourages civic interaction, where the morning school run and the daily commute circumnavigate each other, and the milk delivery and rubbish collection take place centre stage on the street.