Mushrooms and S.T.A.R.

The point of this short story is: as sovereign beings, we create our reality, but very often we don’t notice. This time, I can see what I created clearly, and it’s all about the mushrooms in my back yard!


Last October, I sent to my adult children this photo, of a small portion of the mushrooms that pop their heads up each fall all over my yard. I was surprised to receive a note back from my daughter-in-law, who lives in Brussels, Belgium, telling me to eat them. I don’t think so! What if…? Then I got a detailed description of what she saw in the photo:

Coprinus comatus, the shaggy ink cap, lawyer’s wig, or shaggy mane, is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas. The young fruit bodies first appear as white cylinders emerging from the ground, then the bell-shaped caps open out. The caps are white, and covered with scales – this is the origin of the common names of the fungus.

When young, it is an excellent edible mushroom provided that it is eaten soon after being collected.”

How could I prove this to be accurate because the last sentence said, “The mushroom can sometimes be confused with the Magpie fungus, which is poisonous.” So, I set an intention to identify an authority somewhere to assist me, but where and who? Then time passed and I forgot my intention, which was still in the field of all possibilities.

A week ago, I received the spring course listing from the Santa Fe Community College, which just for fun I decided to flip through. Oh my gosh, there it was!

“Mushroom Identification” 
Course HG398 01, Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 20, 1 day.
After a briefing on mushroom identification, you’ll tramp the fields and forests in search of mushrooms in their habitat. Learn how to gather them properly, how to make a spore print, and how to prepare and preserve edible mushrooms. Serious consideration is given to identifying edible vs. poisonous mushrooms.

This time, I can see what I created clearly, and it’s all about the mushrooms in my back yard!

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