Hi! My name is Jenn and I’m a 30-something woman living in New England. Mushrump is a space to showcase creative projects and patterns, ponder the natural world, and share tools and approaches to life that I find helpful—and you might, too.
“Mushrump” is an archaic word for mushroom. I don’t remember where I first heard it. It can be traced to a line in The Tempest, though I’m not sure if it was a common word or one coined by the Bard himself (“you whose pastime / Is to make midnight mushrumps”).
I named this blog “mushrump” because:
- I like the way it sounds.
- Mushrooms and other fungi are (usually) connected underground in networks called mycelia. What you see at the surface – individual mushrooms – are likely part of a much larger system. Fungi also help decompose dead plants and animals and turn them into lovely rich soil, which is in turn used by living plants and animals for nutrients and habitats (among other things). I’m a big fan of natural metaphors for life and society, and I guess this one feels particularly relevant to me.
- Mushrooms are cute and pretty.