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We planted the hypericum perforatum about four years ago. It began blooming in the late spring around this time two years ago. 

The plant is named after St. John the Baptist of the Bible. However, it predates him by centuries and was used by the ancient Greeks for treating a variety of maladies, including insanity and venomous bites.

Folklore attributes mystical qualities to the hypericum perforatum plant. It is a positive spiritual force, connected to the sun and light. Christians say the flowers resemble a halo. Pagans say it has the power to ward off evil spirits. Indeed, the Latin name from ancient Greece is derived from something like “away apparition.” Way way back, thousands of years ago, the Romans and Greeks used the plant in spiritual ceremonies.

Modern scientific man questions and is skeptical of the old beliefs of our ancestors, particularly as they relate to the woo woo. But I am not a person who easily discards the wisdom of many generations. Who is to say that we modern people are wiser than our ancestors? In my opinion, we moderns don’t behave much like we have an overly generous quantity of wisdom.

Nevertheless, recent scientific studies have shown that the hypericum perforatum plant is efficacious in treatment of mild depression. Herbalists still use it for treatment of traumatic injury and other health problems. 

With all these things going for the plant, we have been harvesting the yellow flowers this spring and producing a tincture. The process of making a tincture is simple. Just harvest and macerate the flowers and place them into a jar with alcohol for about a month. The alcohol draws out the medicinal qualities of the plant, and stores them in the alcohol until the medicine is needed. 

I love my St. Johns Wort bush. I would like more of these in my garden. I cannot confirm the woo woo qualities of my hypericum perforatum plant. But when I sit down near my St. John’s plant, and look at the pretty yellow flowers growing across the bush, I am happy to be near it. 

Season 3 starts off a bit slow. But the drama continues to build and build until the tenth episode climax.

Los Angeles murder detective Harry Bosch, played by @welliver_titus, faces scrutiny over an aggressive police investigation style. Bosch is relentless when a murderer is in his sights. Sometimes Bosch even pushes boundaries of the LAPD policies to gather evidence.

Bosch grew up as an orphan and knows the hard knocks associated with surviving in LA orphanages. In this season, he befriends a troubled 13 year old boy who witnessed a murder. Turns out the boy didn’t see much, but a security firm, staffed with former Iraq special forces operatives, don’t know that. The poor kid pays the price.

Bosch follows obscure clues and tracks down the killers. If you like police murder mystery shows, Season 3 is can’t miss TV.

My wife and I just finished watching the @skyatlantic original series, Fortitude Season 2. The show is a science fiction murder mystery set in the tiny community way above the arctic circle in Svalbard, Norway.

My favorite part of the show is the beautiful photography and cinematography. The composition of scenes is consistently fabulous, and the scenic background is breathtaking. The production was just picked up by Amazon where I streamed the show. The writing and acting are also way above average. Congratulations to the Simon Donald for writing a gripping tale.

The story blends a mix of science and woo woo. It involves wasp larvae and DNA alteration to create humans with regenerative tissue, a material that leads even the most brilliant medical scientists into issues of questionable morality choices. One of those people effected by the wasp larvae is the charismatic sheriff, Dan Anderssen (pictured above, played by Irishman Richard Dormer, @richardormerfan). The Shaman, Vladek Klimov (played by @RobSheehanOrg), thinks Dan’s body has been taken over by the Demon. Science confirms Dan undergoes an internal battle for his DNA. The Shaman goes to rather extreme lengths to stop the Demon, leading to an intense police investigation of weird ritual  murders. But are they all committed by the Shaman? Maybe Big Pharma is behind some.

Caught between the crosswinds of spiritual and scientific forces is Dennis Quaid’s (@DasQuaid) character, Michael Lennox. Michael leans toward science to find a cure for his stricken and critically ill wife, Freya Lennox (played by Michelle Fairley). But Michelle tends toward the woo woo and seeks help from and trusts the Shaman to save her.

The show, filmed in the northern part of Iceland, is one that I cannot recommend highly enough. It is fantastic and you will probably binge stream both seasons if you haven’t seen season 1. I like to pace myself and watch one show a day. However you like to watch TV, Fortitude is a great TV show.

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