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!


  1. Thank you for sharing your experience on mushroom identification. It is interesting to me that while some mushrooms are harmful and poisonous, others can be extremely healthy for the body. I think it is a good idea to use safe mushrooms when cooking and implement them into an everyday diet.

  2. This kind of awareness is very good and would benefit a lot of people in the long run.

  3. Thank you for sharing your adventures in hunting mushrooms. Hope that I can do the same and just enjoy nature too. I can not stop to be in awe always with nature on how magical it is.

  4. You did the right thing. It is truly right and just to consult the mushroom expert in order to provide you concise information about this stuff to secure your own safety. I will do the same if it happens to me because I won’t take the risk of eating those mushrooms that I doubt if it is the edible one or the poisonous one. It is right to be careful always.

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