Holly & Sage
We live in a time of such amazing technology and ways to communicate. Coming from a generation that never dreamed of this technology, my friends and family will tell you I was reluctant to embrace it. I have slowly come to see its many advantages. I couldn’t run Jean’s Greens without it and I have to say I own a smart phone and my daughter created a Facebook page for me. I now text, take photos with my phone and send them out. I still am amazed at all that we can do today, but … when I want to connect with someone—a customer, a friend, a family member—my first instinct is to call that person. Better yet, I love to get together in person for a meal, or to take a walk, or to share a cup of tea. Sharing stories, talking about events in our lives, seeing emotions in that person’s face, laughing, crying, or sharing a hug is still “priceless.” It feeds our souls in a way technology cannot.
At Jean’s Greens, we can’t offer you a place to share a cup of tea with someone, but we can offer you a wonderful selection of teas, coffees, herbs and products to make your own connections. So I invite you this year to take some time to get together with those you love. Forget the phones and the gadgets and just be together. Feed your soul.
Holly Applegate, owner
Monarch on Goldenrod
With her retirement, Jean kept her hummingbird logo, as it had special meaning for her. Our new logo, the monarch butterfly with goldenrod, came from a number of happy events that took place during the past few months.
We were visited often by monarchs and had the chance to witness the metamorphosis of a chrysalis into a butterfly. Ted Andrews, author of Animal Speak, shares, "butterfly medicine reminds us to make changes when opportunities present themselves," and they invite us not to take things quite so seriouosly. Butterflies, he says, remind us "life is a dance."
Having the chance to become a part of Jean's Greens is a dream come true for all of us, an opportunity we couldn't pass up. And being able to laugh at ourselves along the way and enjoy the process was a reminder we often needed! The butterfly will remind us to always be on the lookout for new opportunities to share with you.
As we moved along in the process, we met often and there was a sense for all of us of coming together. Goldenrod - a favorite of monarch butteflies - was all around us during these meetings, and we were reminded of the words of noted author and herbalist Matthew Woods in the Book of Herbal Wisdom that, "the message of goldenrod is to endure to reach the goal."
We needed endurance to get through all the paperwork, but our bigger goal is to make sure that Jean's Greens endures as a quality supplier of herbs and herbal products. We would like to thank artist Patricia Murtha Friedman who designed the 2004 catalog cover and our new logo. She has beautifully captured the vision we had.
One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things - Henry Miller