i brought these linden leaves home because i liked their heart shapes. then i promptly cut them in half. so i made green hills. and then i have spent the remainder of the day mulling over my complicated feelings about ernest hemingway. as i get older, i have a harder and harder time separating the art (writing) from the man or woman who created it. i like his writing. i do not like the persona he embodied. i sometimes wonder how much of that public persona was actually him or the media’s insatiable appetite for a certain type of male hero. this subject is beautifully explored in an article i recently read in the paris review. “what do we do with the art of monstrous men.” https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/11/20/art-monstrous-men/
p.s. linden leaf is used for colds, stuffy nose, sore throat, breathing problems (bronchitis), headaches, fever, and to make it easier to bring up phlegm by coughing (as an expectorant).