Fracking La Paix – a WVU Journalism student makes a video.   

Click on or copy and paste the link.  I look every bit my age – this kind of think does age you.  So many stresses all at once.  The appraiser is here today.  Please share this video – I am not the only one – there are many like me – and there will be many more if this travesty of fracking continues – ruining the water, the air, the soil, the health and people’s lives and property.  Greed run rampant.  Machieveli rules!


La Paix is part of the light.

Please see this print article done by Jim Cat Scott for his Journalism final project – he graduated on December 19th!  Congratulations, Jim Cat!


Please order today for me to mail out priority mail tomorrow.

My new website is  Please go there and click on Products for a very easy to use shopping cart.  If I get your order today, I will mail it out priority tomorrow.  That’s – I don’t know how to make this a link.

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To order Passionate Gardener’s Hand Cream, Comfrey Comfort Salve or any of the Hydrosols above (Running out of Lavender), go to  Thank You and Peace, Love and Joy this Holiday Season to you and yours.

Please give me feedback on my new website and shopping cart


My hydrosols, made in my distillery here, a result of a USDA Sustainable Research Farm Grant, are all made from herbs, twigs and leaves either organically grown here or from the trees and weeds (?) that grow here and are wild crafted at La Paix where no pesticides or herbicides have been used for 34 some years.

 My website is at

On my shopping cart there, I have Comfrey Comfort Salve which I have been making at La Paix and selling for over 25 years now, often to the same customers.


Another long time product which has sold well for years is the Passionate Gardener’s Hand Cream



The Greeting Cards are made from paintings of the beautiful flowers, herbs, trees and people who grow here.

Please check out my website at and my Shopping Cart.  After that check out the many other subjects covered including Growing Lavender, Stinging Nettle Fertilizer Research and much more.  Thank You,  Myra Bonhage-Hale, Steward La Paix Herb Farm, Alum Bridge, West Virginia 26321

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And Then the Bat Flew Into the Parlor

Jim Cat (James) Scott of WVU came to La Paix yesterday to continue filming and interviewing. Bill and Aijah were here too. Bill took Jim for a peaceful walk through the woods and later Jim filed Aijah and I making mashed potatoes for dinner. The filming and interviews with me continued until 7:30 p.m. – when Jim left with boxes of my memories which I had been packing to augment his final   assignment as a TV journalist at WVU.

And then the bat came into the parlor.


Jim in the log cabin kitchen – he is soooooo tall, he almost reaches the ceiling! Photo courtesy of Bill Hale. But the most amazing thing that happened was in the parlor. See bat photo next.

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The bat suddenly appeared – a very large bat – black like this one pictured – in the parlor as Jim was interviewing me. We tried to get it to go out the front or side doors by closing all the other doors in the house but it wouldn’t and fluttered up the 2nd floor of the log cabin, where it suddenly laid down by my art easel. We left it alone and started interviewing again in the parlor, but heard strange noises in the kitchen. Jim went out and successfully opened the kitchen door and the bat flew out. We both wondered what it meant. See above description for what the Native Americans thought of the bat. I did not have a totem animal – but have decided this morning that the bat is my totem. Very connected.

And so I did a little research on the meaning of bats in the house.  Below is the spectacular, very personal and right on information from the Native Americans.

However, the very savvy Native Americans approached the realm of animals from a position of honor – knowing that all things are connected. They understood that seeing the bat with fear in the heart would be the same as being terrified of their own children. Ridiculous.
The Native American animal symbolism of the bat comes from a keen observation of this magnificent animal. These people recognized that the bat was highly sensitive to their surroundings and so therefore was considered a symbol of intuition, dreaming and vision. This made the bat a powerful symbol for Native American shamans and medicine people. Often the spirit of the bat would be invoked when special energy was needed, like “night-sight” which is the ability to see through illusion or ambiguity and dive straight to the truth of matters.
It is a symbol of communication because the Native Americans observed the bat to be a highly social creature. Indeed, the bat has strong family ties. They are very nurturing, exhibiting verbal communication, touching, and sensitivity to members of their group.
A quick-list of Bat Animal Symbolism
• Illusion
• Rebirth
• Dreams
• Intuition
• Initiation
• Journeying
• Inner Depth
• Communication
The bat is a symbol of rebirth and depth because it is a creature that lives in the belly of the Mother (Earth). From the womb-like caves it emerges every evening at dusk. And so – from the womb it is reborn every evening.
If you have the bat as your totem you are extremely aware of your surroundings. Sometimes you can be overly sensitive to the feelings of others. Additionally, you are quite perceptive on a psychic level, and are prone to have prophetic dreams.
If you work with the bat as your totem, you will be put to the test, because it is demands only 100% commitment to spiritual growth. The bat will never accept half-hearted or lukewarm attempts at self-improvement. Indeed, if the bat senses that you are slacking in your psychic/spiritual training it will likely move on to someone else who is more willing to learn the lessons the bat has to offer.
As with most of our hardest challenges, working with the demanding bat will reap some of the most profound rewards you could ever dream of. But be warned, the bat asks a lot of us, like:
Bat Meanings for Us Personally
• Dying to our ego
• Loving our enemies as ourselves
• Going within to touch our inner demons
• Exploring the underworlds of reality (which can be scary)
• Renewing our thoughts and beliefs on a moment-to-moment basis
All of these tasks can be harrowing experiences. This is why the Native American symbolism of the bat deals with initiation; because this creature takes us to outlandish extremes. But rest assured, the bat is never leaves our side while we are journeying.
Furthermore, once we are tested to satisfaction, the devotion of the bat will never fade. It will eternally support us on our spiritual path – ever faithful and forever loving us on our journey to maintain our highest potential.
You can begin your journey with the bat by viewing the excellent 4.11 minute video from the Cave Biota evolving “webumentary.” Narrated by Dr. John O. Whitaker, video by Ravenswood Media. Informative and enriching for anyone marveled by the bat:

No Fracking Way! Article from the American Bar Association Journal

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Just click on each page to see large readable version.  You’re Just a Click Away From Enlightenment!

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Shall I Go or Shall I Stay?  Only Fracking Will Keep Me Away!

Photo of stump at La Paix Herb Farm (in front of Feng Shui Garden.  Ahh the Light!  Ahh the Light!  It’s What Keeps Me Here!  Let There Be Light!

Local Lewis County WV Newspaper Headlines – Our Anti-Fracking Efforts

The Weston Democrat is our weekly local newspaper for Lewis County.  For the last seven weeks, we have had representatives present statements to the local Lewis County Commission regarding fracking and its probable damage to the local economy, way of life and homes of residents.  Below are scans of the recent newspaper – November 5th, 2014.  We urge you to read this coverage, for which we thank Allison Clark profusely.  And if you are concerned and interested, please come to the Public Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11th at Jackson’s Mill which is between Weston and Jane Lew in Lewis County – 6 to 8 p.m.  Also, check out the Appalachian Chronicle of Michael Barrick for his latest article on our group and our efforts.  See my La Paix Herb Farm Facebook page for this article’s link.

 Fracking Headlines 11-7-2014 West.Dem

I’m sorry this is just too fuzzy to read – so please go to my La Paix Herb Farm Facebook Page for more details.

New Website Soon – Shopping Cart Coming – and a Bizzare Bazaar

Very soon, Tenley will be posting my new website replete with a Shopping Cart – just in time for the Holidays!  Here are some of my products.

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From the Left, my pretty famous 25 years being sold, Comfrey Comfort Salve $25. for 2 oz.  My Passionate Gardener’s Hand Cream – also sold for 25 years $15. for 2 oz.

All my ingredients are certified organic, My lavender Hydrosol will be sold for $20. for 8 oz. and $10. for 4 oz.  It is higher in price because of a crop failure in the winter of 2013.

More later.