My writing background is mostly in journalism. I also write fiction, reviews, advertising, poetry and short stories. I've been a writer since before the dawn of time.
My educational documentation identifies me as proficient in psychology, with a special interest in abnormal psychology, as well as cultural anthropology and of course, writing.
I've also made a study of comparative religion and have spent time immersed in tribal and off the grid living as well as community building coast to coast.
I attended two Brick & Mortar Schools of Herbalism and one online to become proficient in Western Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. I've also done apprenticeships, used herbs in practice even before my formal education, and done a clinical internship at a TCM Clinic.
If I had a wall, I'd have many certificates I could hang on it. Alas, I've got no wall, nor would I have the inclination to hang anything other than art on it if I did. I realized early on that the more you learn, the more you realize how much you don't know.
My pursuits are life long, I could add post-nominal letters aplenty, such as MH for "Master" Herbalist on my business cards and socials (on some I do), but I know, and so does anyone else in pursuit of mastering a trade or skill, you are never really a Master. There is always more to learn.
Not to mention, these days, all you need is an internet connection, a credit card and in about 20 hours and you can get a "degree" in almost anything, you can even become clergy. Some of the things people are calling themselves these days are fascinating.
It isn't about what we say we can do, it's about what we DO.
And I like to DO, it's why I never settle. I tried a couple of times but it didn't take. I had a great time with the carnival though! I sold falafel, grilled cheese, beer and anything else not pinned down at Dead shows, pushed cattle on horseback, spent a few months working at a goat farm, put in a year at the Association for Research and Enlightenment and hiked all the fine trails covering the United States.
I suppose I feel that, as a writer, I just want things to write about. I've tried to keep it at least a bit organized with these 3 categories.
Highway Hanna: Travelers Tales. I'm still a traveler, I always will be. Before IG and posers, before cell phones and living life through a filtered screen, I was out there on the dusty trails, traveling without a net or a sponsor or my parents credit card. Just a leather-tramping Wayfaring Ruralist, Tripping the Fantastic through Mother Nature's Magical kingdom. From teepee's to touring to train-hopping and transcendence, these are those tales.
Homegrown Hanna: I am well studied and proficient in both Eastern and Western herbal healing modalities. As a practicing Root-doctor, I'm also well versed in much of the folklore surrounding plants. From the poisonous to the paranormal, plants have had my interest for as long as I can remember. I make my own medicines and have done so for a long while. Herbal medicinals are a fascinating, lifelong study.
By virtue of my interests, which have shaped my education, internships and apprenticeships over the years, I have been helpful to people who have come to me for advice or insight. It started long before the internet, the internet has made it easier to reach more people though. I'll always be available to anyone needing insight, I don't need your credit card number and I'm not selling anything, that's not why I 'm of service.
I have interesting and somewhat unique ideas about mental health and how to cope in a world gone mad. Anyone can reach out to me, as always, through any of my sites. I recognize that everyone's journey is different and assist accordingly. I'm not writing a book despite the offer, it only works if you write your own, I can help with that.
Please feel free to visit my Big Picture site if that is of interest to you.
Hotheaded Hanna: This section contains topics that tend toward the controversial, or if nothing else, they're just unpopular opinions I have. That is what this section is for, it comes with this trigger warning:. There it was. Sometimes I like to write something controversial not only to see what folks think, but so I can learn something, my mind and heart are always open to learning new things or re-learning things I thought I knew.
My web presence has earned its multiple personality disorder fair and square over the course of decades. I've never tried to pretend that I have a polished web presence. Over the years I have been a writer, an editor, a mentor, a student, a mediator, a mystic and so much more.
YOU are appreciated.
This here is a great place to take a break from people who take themselves too seriously.
These Tales from the Road Less Traveled cover anything from the nearly normal to the practically paranormal. I have a head full of travelers tales from decades on the road less traveled and I aim to share them.
The stories reserved for this site are true, with names and such tweaked a bit for privacy and so I don't piss anyone off too much (YOU made yer bed!) I am compiling a more fantastical collection of retellings that are only "based on a true story" HERE.
I like to keep things simple & I like simple things. To that end, here are bits about gardening, wild edibles & making herbal medicines naturally. I was trained by the best.
I present natural ways to release oneself from the grips of the "mental illness mentality" epidemic currently sweeping the nation as well. Learn to turn mental breakdown into Mental Breakthrough.
I'm here to help people recover from traditional forms of therapy.
*art above: Camille Pissarro
My perspective has proven to be a little different than most folks in my culture and country. I look where these people don't, (or won't) so I see what they don't, (or won't), for better or worse. I live quite differently than most would be comfortable with where I'm from as well. This also contributes to my perspective being unique.
From Monsanto to Marijuana laws to mental health and mediumship, these topics tend toward the "controversial." I don't always have the "popular" opinion but I always have a point.
Greetings, I post Book and Film reviews at my Medium Page.
I'm also an experimental poet & songwriter.