Be the first to ask a question about God’s Paintbrush
Me (reading): Sometimes I think God is just like my Mom when she helps me look –
Daughter: Why is she calling God a she?
Me: She’s not calling God a she; she’s comparing God to her mom and her mom is the she in that sentence. (At this point, however, I am reminded that I rolled my eyes when I saw the back cover blurb boast of the book’s “non-sexist” language. I tend to think women have enough real sufferings to worry about that they don’t need to expend their energy fighting semantics and making language more cumbersome. When I read that blurb, I admit I was afraid the book would insist on calling God a “she,” which might make it unreadable for me because, really, that kind of political obsession with language kills my spiritual buzz. Fortunately, she opted instead simply for avoiding pronouns for God altogether, which sometimes meant repeating the word God up to three times in a single sentence. It’s awkward, but at least it won’t shatter any young girl’s self-esteem and leave her with the impression that she can never be God just because she’s a girl.)
Me (reading): How can you be God’s Friend?
Daughter: I already am.
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Children speak about God in ways that are different from adults. They ask many questions about God, questions that can be startlingly direct. Oftentimes adults–parents, grandparents and teachers–feel uncomfortable answering them.
Greenhouse grown Peyote can be properly harvested in ways that allow the plant to regenerate. A diagonal cut helps the root to slough off water which might otherwise cause it to rot. A crescent cut or crown cut is achieved by using sharp tools. Place a sharp knife ¼”-1” above the root and cut across the top slanting to the root while leaving some green Peyote on the root below the cut. When properly cut, the root will produce one or more crown buds, and may reward the cultivating Peyotist by “birthing” a new crown to replace the old, as though it had never been cut.
Peyote grows well anywhere if it is kept out of direct sunlight. With artificial lights on a timer maximal light cycles may be obtained without the burning effect that sunlight has on Peyote.
Buds broken or cut from the Mother plant should only be rooted when a warm climate can be maintained. They should be placed on a dry planting medium and misted rather that watered for several weeks. The cut Peyote tops will be producing new roots and are inclined to rot if they are allowed to sit in a mixture that is overly wet. Unhealthy or unrooted Peyote tops will feel light and appear soft. Once the plants start to grow, they gain weight and an appearance of vitality. The Peyote tops can be watered in earnest once roots show and the plants appear lively.
Peyote plants seem shriveled and look thirsty but have been getting plenty of water
Peyote loves being watered and fertilized during the hot weather, especially when it is planted in a well-drained planting mix. During the hot summer months, it can be watered twice a week and fertilized once or twice a month. Some commercial cactus growers mist their plants with plant food daily. The fine misting moistens the surface of the Peyote and their tiny stomata absorb the moisture and nutrients through the skin.
Peyote cultivation requires some skill and a lot of patience. The seedlings are very fragile. It takes six to twelve years to grow from seed to mature adult, but it grows faster in a controlled environment, rewarding the dedicated Peyotist with a miniature (1/4″ in diameter) version of the large buttons within a year or two. We have witnessed a few Peyote we started from seed bloom in 5 years. Adult Peyote plants thrive in temperatures within a range of 45-100 degrees (Fahrenheit). If soil is kept dry, it can survive temperatures as low as 30 degrees and as high as 110 degrees F. Frequent watering and a shade cloth will protect it from temperatures exceeding 120 degrees F. Peyote is very sensitive to frost or prolonged near freezing temperatures and is easily injured or killed by frost. It should be brought inside in locations where the temperatures may drop below 40 degrees F.
Like all of the processes involved in growing Peyote getting Peyote tops to root is more a matter of neglect. If you notice your plants looking healthy upon return from a vacation, you will know that you have been giving them too much attention! Leave cut buttons in a dry, shady place. You don’t need to put them in soil but placing them on the top of a dry planting medium in a greenhouse or near other growing Peyote can encourage them to put out rootlets. When the Peyote begins to put out little root shoots, they are ready for moderate watering, using only the mister until you see plumping and vigor in the tops. It may take months for the tops to start to look vital and happy.
The most harm to wild populations of Peyote are caused, not by Peyotist worshippers, but by poor Federal laws which are designed to destroy Peyote habitat. The commercial land use of Peyote habitat in the form of ranches, oil wells, and land development for housing also limit Peyote’s range. Improper harvesting in the wild is also a contributing factor in this precious plant’s decline. Harvesting the small ground dwelling Peyote plant is backbreaking work for little reimbursement. Fortunately, Peyoteros who once used shovels to collect Peyote tops have adapted a less damaging harvesting technique using machetes to cut the Peyote at the ground level.