Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner Wild Parsnip & Black Swallow Tail Butterflies – Cornwall Ontario – July 26, 2010

Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner  Wild Parsnip & Black Swallow Tail Butterflies – Cornwall Ontario – July 26, 2010

Cornwall ON – Last week we talked about the Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) plant, sometimes referred to as the Poison Parsnip plant because of the painful blistering that can take place on human skin when the sap of this plant comes in contact with the skin in the presence of sunlight. Curiously further research uncovered that the plant of the cultivated parsnip that we purchase in our grocery stores can have the same effect.
I hadn’t planned to talk about this further except by chance on a recent walk I noticed a most beautiful caterpillar perched on a Wild Parsnip plant happily dining on its leaves and flowers.  So this curious find begged a little research.  The words ‘caterpillar’ and ‘wild parsnip’ were googled to find that this was the caterpillar of the Black Swallowtail.  This butterfly is sometimes referred to as the Parsnip butterfly. The eggs from this beautiful butterfly are routinely laid on plants from the carrot family; the parsnip is from this family of plants.

It seems very evident that each living thing has a purpose, many of which we do not know.  Although this plant can be harmful to us in certain circumstances it can also benefit us.  Not only can it serve as home and dinner to the beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly through parts of it’s life cycle it can also feed us with its tap root during the fall of it’s first year of growth.  Now before you go out and dig up some tap roots of this plant please do some research to insure you know how to properly identify this plant.  The late fall of the 1st year growth plant is what you want to look for. It grows a rosetta clump of leaves from the top of the root.  You will find these among the mature flowering plants which you do not want as the tap root of the flowering plant is too mature and woody to eat.
The wonderful discovery of this lovely caterpillar led to the discovery of a free food source and back to the heart felt words of Chief Seattle noted below.

“The rivers are our brothers.  They quench our thirst.  They carry our canoes and feed our children.  So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother.  If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life that it supports.  The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh.  The wind also gives our children the spirit of life.  So if we sell our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.  Will you teach your children what we have taught our children?  That the earth is our mother?  What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.  This we know:  the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth.  All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.  Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.  Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Your commentary is welcome and appreciated.  Feel free to comment here or to earthmatters@jmilner.com

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Bernice
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Good evening, i read your article on the poison parsnip and may have come in contact with it. We just moved into a new home and i was weeding…….can you forward the article to me so i can read it.
I just dont know what it looks like. I have check many articles but they are not clear on what the rash looks like
Thanks Jacqueline, much appreciated

Bernice

Bernice
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sorry i thought i was emailing the author and would like to read the article that appeared last week.
thank you

Jacqueline Milner
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Hello Bernice, Yes I am the author of that article from the week before. This is the link for the last Earth Matters which shows photos of the wild parsnip.
http://cornwallfreenews.com/2010/07/earth-matters-by-jacqueline-milner-wild-parsnip-cornwall-ontario-july-19-2010/
If you still are unsure about what the plant looks like I would be happy to drop by for a visit (if you are in the Cornwall area) to show you what the plant looks like. You can e-mail me at earthrmatters@jmilner.com with a phone number so that we can set up an appointment.

bella-b
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What a beautiful quote in your article this week. Where is it from?

tnpreacher555
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“The rivers are our brothers…” “The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life”. “That the earth is our mother?”” the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth” – I am so glad the chief believes we are one big, happy family! “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”(Gen.3:19). This is so typical of environmentalism – the worship and oneness with nature, I mean creation! In biblical theology such is called pantheism. Pantheism has been around since the garden… Read more »
Stan
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Pastor Tom all is well and good with Nature. Don’t forget that God created Pan too!

tnpreacher555
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God created Lucifer not Pan , but Pan (Satan) chose to sin, so we need not follow Pan in his sin and rebellion – do we? By the entrance of sin, all creation is cursed, and slated for judgment by fire.

The Watcher
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Really, Thomas, must you doubt everything? This is what you said: “The rivers are our brothers…” “The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life”. “That the earth is our mother?”” the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth” – I am so glad the chief believes we are one big, happy family! “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”(Gen.3:19). This is so typical of environmentalism – the worship and oneness with nature, I mean creation! In biblical theology… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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“Yet if I go by your dictates, I’m not even allowed to appreciate the beauty of a sunrise, something so obviously created by God, right at the very beginning”. No, We are allowed, and even commanded to appreciate all things that God so richly has given to us to enjoy, but I am not to worship them, nor I am to prefer them over the Creator! If I do, then I become an idolater, even as we see in Romans 1:25 “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator,… Read more »
Furtz
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The raving nut-bar is back. His hit-list is endless… Catholics, Muslims, Environmentalists, Homosexuals, Free-thinkers of any persuasion, Readers of horoscopes, and on and on. I’m sure this jerk could find some passage in his stupid book that condemns banjo players to the eternal fires of hell. If there was ever a negative force in this community, the pastor is it.

tnpreacher555
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banjo players – as long as you play as unto the Lord – go for it!

PJ Robertson
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FYI tnpreacher: “the Greek god Pan–another name and form for Satan” was a (prudish) Victorian construct. Mythologically, long before the Victorians, Pan is god of flocks and pasture, the word “pan” deriving from the Greek verb “pa-ein” meaning “to pasture”….therefore closely identified with your line of work, Mr. Pastor!

tnpreacher555
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Pan deals with goats, not sheep. There is the “seed of the woman” – the sheep and the “seed of the serpent” – goats. See Gen. 3:15. I am an under-shepherd for God’s people who are called sheep in the Bible. John 10:25-27 “Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”. Goats are… Read more »
bella-b
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Pastor Tom, the God that you speak of makes me feel dirty, and skeevy, and that is how I know you are not speaking of or for any God that I care to know. Your posts are full of hatred and ignorance, and promote racism and discourse, when the God I know teaches love, kindness, and forgiveness. I am quite sure, I did not address my question to you, as I was not interested in anyone’s opinion of the quote in Ms. Milner’s article, but in it’s origins, as it touched me, and made me want to know more. which… Read more »
Furtz
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Well put bella-b. The pastor seems to take great delight in poisoning many discussions with his hateful bile. Thankfully, most “spiritual leaders” demonstrate more respect and class than he does.

tnpreacher555
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“the God that you speak of makes me feel dirty, and skeevy…” That is what is called guilt! When we learn about a Holy God who hates sin, and will judge sinners for the chosen life styles of sin, like our first parents we fear, run and hide. Fig leaf religion can never take away the stain and guilt of sin. “What can wash away my sins? what can make whole within? Nothing but the blood of Jesus”.

Furtz
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You, Mr. Newton (you aren’t worthy of the title “pastor”), for the last few years, have shown nothing but contempt and disrespect for the beliefs and feelings of anyone who happen to not share your particular view of things. Your comments are usually insulting, hateful, and totally uncalled for. No other “religious leader” in this community is at the ready to shoot down the ideas or beliefs of others like you are. You clearly have a serious lack of sensitivity, maturity, and plain old decency. As I’ve said before, you are a negative force, and I’d bet that 99.9% of… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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Sorry you feel that way Furtz, but if it weren’t for the fact that you hate God and His word, you would have nothing to say against me.

PJ Robertson
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In Greek mythology, Pan is the god of shepherds and flocks, Mr. Preacher. Ignorance is no excuse for your misrepresentations.

Furtz
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If you honestly believe that, Tom, please get some outside help.

tnpreacher555
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Any picture that I have seen representing Pan, he is a goat with a musical instrument. For example. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia writes “He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat”. When Pan comes to seduce and deceive, he dresses up in a sheep’s clothing. The Lord Jesus says this – “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves”. Satan and his false teachers fit the bill. Also: 2Co 11:13 -15″ For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for… Read more »
bobgeneric
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“the God that you speak of makes me feel dirty, and skeevy…” That is what is called guilt!
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No Tom, it is not guilt, I think Bella-B just has good radar and can fish out the intolorance and hypocracy in others.

bobgeneric
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1. 2Co 11:13 -15″ For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works”.
……..and this doesn’t worry you Tom? If I were you I would be worried, since your God can be a very vengeful one.

PJ Robertson
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Twist mythology as you will, Mr Preacher, it’s a fact in ancient Greek tradition that Pan is god of shepherds (aka sheep herders) and flocks. BTW a question for you as a pastor (aka shepherd) concerned for your flock and presumably for increasing your flock : why is hate, and quotations of hate and aggression, in your lexicon at all?

tnpreacher555
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bobgeneric:
If you want to compare what I preach to the Holy Bible, then you are welcome to go to my church’s website. Just click on the blue tnpreacher555.

Stan
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With Pastor Tom being the “shepherd” of his little flock, I wonder if any of those “sheep” get nervous when he stands behind them?

Furtz
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No willing member of this flock would have enough intelligence to be nervous.

tnpreacher555
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I am reminded of an old nursery rhyme, just for Antipasta and Furrtz: (not to say that they belong in the nursery, but…). It goes like this “sticks and stones may brake my bones, but names will never hurt me”.
The Lord Jesus said it this way, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”( Mat 5:11-12).

Furtz
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This coming from a guy who calls everybody “sinners”!
The poor me martyr thing just doesn’t wash.

tnpreacher555
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It is not the “poor me'”martyr thing, it is just has the Lord Jesus said in Joh 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you”. . Again I repeat: Sorry you feel that way Furtz, but if it weren’t for the fact that you hate God and His word, you would have nothing to say against me.

Dark Sunglasses
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X-rays are ripping through me. Arrgh. There will be nothing left but butterflys by midnight. It must be the rapture.

Stan
Member

Thank you Pastor Tom, I guess I fall into the “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely” crowd. You revile me, you persecute me and say all sorts of evil things about me falsely, therefore I’m rejoicing and looking forward to my great reward in Heaven. Tom you truly are a false prophet!

Destructo
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Ok children…this has gone on for over a week….please grow up.

Furtz
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The Flying Spaghetti Monster (the only true god) said in Pasta 13:43, “Party on Dude, for tomorrow there will be even more beer!”

Jacqueline Milner
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Hello bella-b,
I apologize for not answering sooner. I have been out of town working. The quote is from http://www.kyphilom.com/www/seattle.html which contains a Ted Perry revision of an 1854 Chief Seattle speech. Chief Seattle was Chief of the Suquamish.

Regina Flota
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Too many Paraffins have been known to cause cancer, they are in a lot of beauty products, hand lotion, lipgloss and stick, powders. Be careful of them.

Sharita Malavet
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Outstanding post, I think people should larn a lot from this blog its really user genial .

smee
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Hey preach, You stand corrected. God did not create Lucifer (Satan), Lucifer created himself by his choices, something to do with iniquity, Ezekiel 28:15 . He was cast out…..

You preach your own disturbed understanding of what the bible means

tnpreacher555
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Smee – it is now September right? Old post? want to resurrect it? Just to feed your curiosity -Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. The account for Lucifer – Eze 28:13 -15 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz,… Read more »
Furtz
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Dang it Smee! You got him copying and pasting bible quotes again!

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