Coffee Time

Monday, September 14, 2020

I’m drinking a ground coffee infused with functional mushrooms to start this day. Early this spring I got interested in mushrooms, when my friend Dave introduced the pleasures in hunting for wild versions in the high forest. His understanding of fungi made me aware of a larger concept of mushroom worthiness way beyond good-eating. The massive fungi world has potentials to improve human health and clean the environment. Eating mushrooms apparently can strengthen our immune systems, and today’s experts are employing fungi against environmental abuses.

Over the years I’ve wondered if mushrooms also offer calming qualities. I can’t recall when or why this notion popped up and haven’t explored it, but it might be worth looking into.

We need every ounce of help relative to immunity, calmness, and environment. Up and down the West Coast, air quality is poor to zero, and we’re ill-prepared victims to numerous wildfires. While inside our homes and vehicles, we breathe heavy smoke and eyes burn, we’re coughing and worrying. I’m situated beyond active fire lines, and folks closer to active fires, and those awaiting orders to evacuate, soon will offer fuller perspectives.

There’s no need to recount how humans have exploited and neglected worldwide forest-lands and infrastructures. Appropriate ongoing funding, and routine maintenance to support environmental care and longevity, would have provided more and at the ready highly trained firefighters with improved methods of control.

Anyway, my Laird’s coffee is infused with such as Chaga, Cordyceps, & Lion’s Mane mushrooms. It’s on grocery shelves, is an eye-catcher. I love learning about coffees and drinking them, so grabbed a bag. But I brewed the Laird’s only this morning, hastened by having noticed pharmacy products show up that are mushroom based and being promoted as supporting the immune system. I don’t know the truth of such claims, am mainly just interested, and always willing to sample coffees.

Dear Friends: Interests and activities may ease worries of nearby, gobbling firestorms. Diana

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