Chester, Virginia Farmer’s Market

The Polar Bear and The Elephant had an exciting time on Saturday April 16 at the Farmer’s Market. Pictured below are some pictures of our setup.

We look forward to seeing you next Saturday.

The one symptom of Covid that no one is talking about.

The one symptom of Covid that no one is talking about.

So, I have been super careful trying to avoid catching Covid. I wear my mask, social distance and wash my hands regularly. Although I have been careful. I ended up catching it.

The first few days, I felt like I just had a cold. After a few days, I started to get sicker. I had high fevers, coughing, no taste, no smell, sore throat, fatigue, weakness, body aches, no appetite, chills, vomiting, nausea, and explosive diarrhea. Yeah, you read that one right. I ended up having to wear adult diapers. Every time I coughed I would lose control of my bowels. And, I was coughing 70-80 times a day. I was so embarrassed. My blind wife was changing me every hour.

With so much diarrhea, I ended up getting very dehydrated and weak. After 3 days, I finally decided to call 911 for an ambulance. When they got there, I was so weak, I couldn’t stand. My pulse ox was 87. They had to use a special chair to get me downstairs.

I ended up getting admitted to the hospital for Covid pneumonia. My pulse ox was 85 standing up. My explosive diarrhea finally stopped. I am on oxygen and 2 antibiotics. My doctor told me that I do have severe lung damage and that if I catch covid again, I may not make it. I am confident that I will get out of the hospital in a week or two.

The Nine Vows

  1. I vow to actualize and live according to my full moral and ethical capacity.
  2. I vow to live in solidarity with the cosmos and all living beings.
  3. I vow to live in deep nonviolence.
  4. I vow to live in humility and to remember the many teachers and guides who assisted me on my spiritual path.
  5. I vow to embrace a daily spiritual practice.
  6. I vow to cultivate mature self-knowledge.
  7. I vow to live a life of simplicity.
  8. I vow to live a life of selfless service and compassionate action.
  9. I vow to be a prophetic voice as I work for justice, compassion and world transformation.

Twelve Marks

  1. Relocation to the “abandoned places of Empire” [at the margins of society]
  2. Sharing economic resources with fellow community members and the needy among us
  3. Hospitality to the stranger
  4. Lament for racial divisions within the church and our communities combined with the active pursuit of a just reconciliation
  5. Humble submission to Christ’s body, the Church
  6. Intentional formation in the way of Christ and the rule of the community along the lines of the old novitiate
  7. Nurturing common life among members of an intentional community
  8. Support for celibate singles alongside monogamous married couples and their children
  9. Geographical proximity to community members who share a common rule of life
  10. Care for the plot of God’s earth given to us along with support of our local economies
  11. Peacemaking in the midst of violence and conflict resolution within communities along the lines of Matthew 18
  12. Commitment to a disciplined

Almond Milk Recipe

Welcome to River Willow Apothecary. We really hope that you have been enjoying the numerous recipes that we have been sharing with you. 

Do you have seasonal allergies? Have you tried limiting your consumption of dairy products? If so this following recipe will be of great benefit to you.


  • 1 cup of almonds (that have been soaked over night)
  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey


Blend ingredients and then strain through sprout bag. You can use this same recipe for preparing other nut milks.

Be sure to give this magical recipe a try and let us know what you think.

Chicken Salad Recipe Simple

Welcome beautiful people to the online home of River Willow Apothecary. We truly enjoy your visit and participation. 

Today we have another yummy healthy recipe to share with you.


  • Chopped Chicken
  • 1 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • Chopped Onions
  • Chopped Peppers
  • Chopped Celery


Combine all ingredients and serve over lettuce. You can turn this into a wrap if you would like.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Tasty


2 Sprouted Tortillas
1 Tomato
1 Bell Pepper
1 Onion
1/4th Cup Olive Oil
Salt, Pepper
Fresh Basil (some replace this with Italian Seasoning) 


Brush tortillas with olive oil and brown in skillet. Cut each tortillas in about 10 pieces. Dice and mix veggies. Add olive oil and spices. Put veggies on your tortillas and enjoy.

Keys to Ultimate Health


It is important to check our thinking to make sure it ain’t stinking. We must maintain a positive attitude or even better an attitude of gratitude. What are you thankful for?


Did you know that laughter was medicinal? 

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine,” Proverbs 17:22.

Have you heard about Norman Cousins? This is certainly a name to google in your spare time. For the purpose of this blog post I will keep the story short. Basically, he was diagnosed with as terminally ill and told he was going to die soon. Taking inspiration from the above scripture he hired clowns and watched Candid Camera in his hospital room and laughed himself back to health along with some mega doses of vitamin C.


We all know hopefully the importance of exercising daily. I like to get outside and walk my dog while breathing fresh air, laughing to myself and meditate on those things for which I am thankful.

Alkaline Food 

As Americans we spend much of our time eating fake foods or food less foods. These are simply fillers with no fiber or nutritional value.

Let us focus on eating raw fruits and vegetables.


We are recommended to drink half of our body weight in ounces of water daily. Are you fatigued in daytime or depressed? Try drinking water! When you wake up in the morning drink three glasses of water and then drink water throughout the day. Let me know how this works for you.


The idea of a weekly sabbath is certainly important. I have also learned that it is important to get rest daily. Sometimes we need to separate ourselves and rest for awhile. I have found that if we do not take time for this we often burnout.

Fresh Air

The number one nutrient for our body is clean and fresh air. It is important to practice deep breathing exercises daily and diaphragmatic breathing.

Family Vacation on a Budget

Is it possible to go on vacation with your family and create all of those wonderful and important memories without hemorrhaging money?

Absolutely! Instead of going on a cruise to the Caribbean try visiting one of our countries magical National Parks.

With the right gear you could camp in the National Park for around $15 a day.

You would be able to enjoy the water, trails, wildlife and historical areas.

In order to prepare for your family’s exciting adventure each month leading up to your vacation purchase the gear necessary to enjoy your time with your family.