Curse it by name

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Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) 

A lesson both powerful and prickery 

One treasure in our Mentor Memories came from a long ago family friend. Her influence dates so far back that it's not her face Janet recalls as she repeats this mentor's words, but the hems of that dear lady's apron and dress.

In answer to Janet's tearful identification of an offending plant as "That prickery one," Frances Kissinger poured tincture of witchhazel to soothe the irritated skin, while advising,

Now dear, learn the plants' names. That's bull thistle. It is always more powerful to curse it by name.


When you're small, adults' faces don't register so often as their knees and hems!