Murray Hill’s Brenda Star Walker could hang your wallpaper, give you a massage, help you plant a garden, tell you about the 28 Grateful Dead shows she’s been to in three years, sew a new creation for you, teach you how to stand up. your head in a yoga pose while discussing his philosophy and quoting the Dali Lama: “My religion is loving kindness.
Star Walker has lived in San Marco for many years and currently resides in a bungalow built in 1920 at Murray Hill. She graduated from Forrest High School (now Westside) and studied business at Jones Business College (which was once on the corner of Edgewood and Roosevelt), worked at the Barnett Building in the city center until she left for devote himself to the education of his son and daughter. She even served on the board of trustees of the Jacksonville Children’s Museum – now MOSH. As part of Jacksonville’s story, his father was toll booth on the Matthews Bridge during the time when there were toll booths to cross the river.
Star Walker grew up in a traditional home and attended Cedar Hills Baptist Church. She said, “I have always been skeptical. so I started to learn about Buddhism. After attending an ashram in Massachusetts at the age of forty, she took Buddhist vows in accordance with “do no harm” principles. She started teaching yoga and said, “When I was fifty I started to stand on my head and dyed my hair purple. She said with a laugh that she was responsible for the colored hair of musician Gina Marinelli. “I put a bottle of purple on her porch and the rest is history!”
It was Star Walker’s epiphany after an accident and divorce in 2003 from Landon Walker, the former local Metro radio host, when she thought, “Universe, I want a job with heart and soul. meaning. Her neighbor opened a massage school and Star Walker found her niche teaching yoga and giving massages. She worked at Edgewood Christian Center doing rocking chair yoga, offered free classes at Memorial Park where she taught what she calls Practice World Peace for 27 years with some of the same faithful people in attendance.
Dedicated to well-being, at 50, she became a vegetarian convinced that “the way we eat determines our health. I juice a head of celery every morning. Celery comes from the abundance of edible plants in his small garden. She belongs to the Jacksonville Permaculture Guild which has a more natural approach to gardening, and although she says she is still learning after five years, her knowledge of edible and medicinal plants and cultivation techniques is encyclopedic. Her “garden” as she calls it, started with 15 fruit trees that she planted and then planned a “tree guild” around each of oregano, beans, tomatoes, eggplants, greens, nasturtiums and more. of vegetation that the quote “You cannot see the forest for the trees” can be interpreted as “you cannot see his house for the forest. Generous with her generosity, she encouraged several neighbors to also cultivate their small gardens.
Star Walker said she was blessed that her son and daughter live in Jacksonville. She has four grandchildren and spends a lot of time with the younger ones, Owen and Koah. She said, “Being a grandmother is the deepest thing. I barely remember my grandparents, so I love spending time with mine. All I really want to be is a grandmother. At 71, this seemingly inexhaustible woman (called Star Mom by her grown-ups) finds joy and peace in gardening, yoga, works on a YouTube channel, designs a friendly organic hemp house, jumps on a trampoline with the grandchildren. , take advantage of her Peter Max and Jerry Garcia art collections and plan for the 26th year of the China Cat Sunflower Festival that she founded to celebrate Jerry Garcia.
All with a philosophy of “What I want to know is, are you nice?” This attitude is reflected in her daily life as a grandmother, teacher, gardener and protector of the earth.
By Peggy Harrell Jennings
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