What a Fool Believes

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Anderson

The logo for No Taste Like Home, designed by Alan Muskat and drawn by Daniela Molnar and Forrest Wilkinson, is based in part on The Wizard of Oz. It is also based on the first card in the tarot deck, The Fool. Here is The Fool in The Rider Waite Tarot, alongside a version from The World Sprit Tarot, the guide to which Alan co-authored with Jessica Godino in 2001.

Our organization is named “No Taste Like Home” because our mission is to help people to answer the question, where is home? In the context of foraging, the question becomes, “is it really foolish to venture into wild foods, i.e., into the wild?” Adventuring and finding home – wherever you are – are one in the same. Both require risk-taking, and both involve seeing the beauty in life, not just the danger.

In this rendition of The Fool, Dorothy (which means “gift of God”) holds a poppy. Poppies, as in the Oz story, are toxic. But things don’t have to be edible to feed us.

Like the song says, “fools fall in love.” But like Ram Dass teaches, the secret to life has two parts. One is realizing that you’ve just jumped out of an airplane without a parachute. The second is knowing that there’s no ground to slam into.

We are always falling, always coming home.