Newsletter for May, 1998 ce

GREETINGS

If you think that you didn’t receive a newsletter last month, you’re right. Between taxes and dealing with a kid and dealing with the Federal Government on other matters, it was suddenly Wednesday and the newsletter wasn’t ready to go out. So I gave up for the month.

However, since I didn’t publish last month, we have a full complement of columns this month. Gypsy has returned to do a Kitchen Witch column (just as well – my specialty this month has been picking up food at the drive thru.) And Ken Cannon has begun an "occasional" column called "The Five R’s." I’ve also added some event listings and made that a separate page. We hope you enjoy the "new, improved" newsletter.

—Alia

 

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT

Thanks to George, Rhiannon, and Diana for their thoughtful March ritual about our amphibian brothers and sisters, and the danger to them from the damage to the Earth.

Alyria and I had a lovely time officiating at the April OFM. We hope everyone there enjoyed it as well. And thanks to Vanaheim for the regular donation of food for the Food bank!

—Alia


MAY OPEN FULL MOON

The May Open Full Moon will be on Friday, May 8, 1998, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO.

Earth Temple will be officiating for the May OFM, which means we get to celebrate Beltane with threescore or more of our closest friends. There will be a Maypole for dancing the ancient Rite of Spring, and, if space permits, a symbolic Belfire for leaping to spiritually cleanse oneself of whatever. Those who choose to participate in a more sedate fashion (watching rather than dancing or leaping) will be invited to learn a chant to support the dancers, who will be chanting in counterpoint. Drummers and pipers will also be most welcome. Let's raise a bounteous amount of energy and direct it to all positive growth! (Please, no PST! Let's start as close to 7:30 PM as we can.)

 

NEW OFFICERS

Please welcome our new officers!

Faye Colquhoun is Hearthstone’s new secretary. Faye has been active in the pagan community for many years. She is high priestess of LadySeed coven and also President and High Priestess of Earth Temple, the organization presenting dark moons and Sabbats at Wings. Faye is also head of Security for Dragonfest this year. She is a very active and busy lady.

Arynne is Hearthstone’s new treasurer. (Although I have not been able to contact her yet to notify her of this fact!) While Arynne does not often attend the Open Full Moons, she strongly believes in Hearthstone’s purpose, and has offered her organizational skills to the church (which makes me very, very, relieved!)

—Alia


HELP WANTED

We are always interested in contributions to the newsletter. We’re interested in art and columns, either regular or occasional. We do have a sort of "Guest editorial" column – if something’s on your mind, you are welcome to write about it. If you’d rather write about something else, we’d be happy to have that too. If you’d like to discuss your tradition, or muse about something that has you wondering, that would be great! Keep in mind that we wish to foster community, and tailor your writings toward that end.

—Alia

KITCHEN WITCH at LOW ALTITUDE

by gypsy

After three months in the humid northwest, I decided it’s time to start scribbling my column again. For one thing, I don’t want Denver to forget about me. For another, cooking at sea level (or at least under 100 feet elevation) is a peculiar experience for me. (Did you know you can bake a cake from a box mix without using the high altitude adjustment instructions and it’ll work here? Amazing!) And the regional specialties are completely different from those in Colorado. Colorado regional specialties are beef, peaches, and wheat. In Oregon, the specialties include pears, fish, and hazelnuts.

They use hazelnuts in just about every danged thing here. I’ve seen entire meals, from appetizer to dessert, in which hazelnuts were part of every single item except, perhaps, the water. I kid you not; here is one menu I recall: salad with a hazelnut vinaigrette dressing, beef seared in a hazelnut crust, pasta with a hazelnut-butter sauce, zucchini-broccoli-hazelnut bake, chocolate-hazelnut torte, and hazelnut coffee. (No, I didn’t eat all that. But I pieced the idea together from offerings on the menu…)

It’s not that I dislike hazelnut. In fact, it’s in my top three flavors for coffee (along with vanilla and amaretto. Not chocolate; I can’t see diluting perfectly good chocolate with coffee…) But too much of anything, even a good thing, is to be avoided.

So, why am I including a recipe (from the April 21, 1998, "Food Day" section of The Oregonian) for salmon in a hazelnut sauce? It’s because the other day I tasted flounder in a hazelnut crust sautéed in butter and served with an herbed pilaf. It was at a restaurant known for its innovative (some might even say wildly peculiar) cuisine. I’ve had some winning meals there, as well as some spectacular losers. This one was a winner. I think the following recipe, for which most Coloradans can get the ingredients easily enough, might just be another winner.

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NORTHWEST SALMON WITH HAZELNUT AND JUNIPER BERRY SAUCE

(Makes 4 servings)
4 salmon steaks (1 ½ pounds)
¼ C. hazelnuts, chopped
3 juniper berries, crushed
½ C. brandy
½ C. whipping cream
Salt to taste

In medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, sauté salmon 5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add hazelnuts, juniper berries, and brandy to the pan, then cook until mixture is reduced by half; add cream. Cook until thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Salt to taste. Pour over warm salmon steaks and serve.

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They take their food seriously in the Pacific Northwest. I realize they take their food seriously everywhere, but here folks just seem so much more dedicated about it. My first day on the job, the very first thing my boss told me was where the good restaurants are. (I might also point out that I spent tax season working for someone I describe as "an holistic accountant," and learned just how thoroughly some people can integrate their spiritual lives with their mundane lives, but that’s a whole ‘nother article…) When Aaron and I went on our excursion to find the metaphysical shops in town, one of the first concerns everyone seemed to have was where we could get lunch. (We ate at a little café downstairs from one of the nicest Craft and metaphysical shops we found. When I told my boss where we’d been, he told me we had eaten at an overpriced establishment and suggested three or four better places in the same neighborhood that we might investigate next time. His wife told me about a deli a few blocks further down. A client, overhearing us, mentioned a juice bar she was quite fond of. Another client, coming in at the tail end of the discussion, recommended someplace else entirely, plus pointed out the location of two gourmet grocery stores in the vicinity of the little shop. Did I mention that people around here seem to take food quite seriously?)

I’ll be honest. I miss Colorado and the sunny skies. At the moment, I’m staring out the window at a gray sky, puddles on the ground, and steady drizzle. Tesla (for those who don’t know about her, Tesla is my almost twelve-year-old dog) is really unimpressed by the wet ground she has to go out onto every once in a while. On the other hand, it is so intensely green here as to be almost blinding. And the roses grow wild. (I’m not talking about wild roses; these are someone’s domesticated roses that were allowed to grow wild and now line many public sidewalks.) There are trees over 100 feet high in our back yard. There are blackberry and raspberry bushes going great guns by the roadsides, and on my walk home from the bus I pass a veritable swamp. A few weeks ago, we drove to the coast through what can only be described as the forest primeval. It’s a trade-off. We exchanged sunny skies for gloomy and we got ecstatic growth thrown into the deal.

But none of this will ever replace friends, and I hope I never have to find something to replace all the friends I have in Colorado. You know (I hope) who you are, and you also know (I hope) that I’m thinking about you. I wish you could all be here, to enjoy all the green and the wild beauty. And I’ll try to share some of it from time to time, if Alia is willing to let me continue writing sporadic columns for her.

(Oh, they have great chocolate here, too. And excellent coffee. And wonderful berries of so many varieties. And, did I mention they seem to like hazelnuts?)

 

WISE WOMAN WAYS

by Deb Hoffman

Spring is officially here. Snow showers are gradually giving way to rain showers, and the earth is coming alive. In addition to the violets that I wrote of in March, my other favorite spring weed is making an appearance: dandelions! (There was a wonderful comic strip on equinox last year. Grampa was outside in the yard with his grandson and made the comment that he knew it was the first day of spring because "when you can put your foot on three dandelions at once, its spring!") I'm probably the only person on my block who gets excited about dandelions in my lawn, and the service that aerates and fertilizes my lawn each April knows that they are expressly forbidden to use Weed n Feed!

The botanical name for dandelion is Taraxacum officinale, which in Greek means "remedy for disorders", and that name certainly fits this sunny flower.

The greens, especially the tender spring shoots, can be eaten fresh in salads or steamed. The roasted root is a coffee substitute. The flowers can be made into a soothing, healing, oil. The tincture is a diuretic and liver tonic.

Let's start with the root…the livers best friend. Dandelion root is a wonderful and effective tonic for the liver and digestive system, as well as the kidneys. The liver is the major organ of detoxification in the body, and if it works well, you feel and look better. Dandelion root provides nutrients to strengthen, repair and nourish the liver tissue, and stimulates bile flow, which aids digestion and elimination. It also contains high amounts of iron, manganese, protein and vitamin A and is an excellent source of calcium. Dandelion root helps with menstrual cramps and premenstrual swelling. Be aware…she didn't acquire the nickname of "pissinbed" for nothing, for dandelion root is also a diuretic and is a great ally to help heal kidney and urinary problems. Also be aware that the root can also act as a laxative in large amounts.

Dandelion leaves, fresh and green, are nutritious (and FREE) food, a digestive bitter, and a blood and lymph mover. The leaves are full of carotenes, ascorbic acid, potassium and calcium, as well as iron and E vitamin complex. Believe it or not, the leaves are 19-32% protein! It is suggested that pregnant women eat the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy and all during lactation as they improve the quality of breast milk. As a digestive bitter, the leaves aid in digestion and elimination (a mild laxative). The leaves act as a "blood purifier" by increasing the water and blood waste eliminated through the kidneys and urine. Dandelion flowers can be used as a pain reliever, beautifier, and as Susun Weed says, "a friend to your heart." Steep fresh blossoms in a covered container of freshly boiled water for an hour, strain, reserving both flowers and liquid. Put the flowers on your face and lie down for ten minutes. Rinse off with the liquid. Splash the infusion on your face and skin before you go to sleep. A tea made from the flowers will ease a variety of aches and pains, and how can you feel down or depressed after drinking flowers? Even the sap is useful. Break a leaf, stem or piece of the root and place the white sap on warts, calluses, bee stings, blisters, or old wounds and they will heal and disappear in short order.

And of course, what can cause a lighter heart than blowing away the dried tops of a spent dandelion blossom, watching the little parachutes float away on the wind?

The dandelion grows in abundance, and I think that is her way of saying, "Use me! You need me! I am here for you!" If you really can't tolerate having dandelions in your lawn, at least harvest them root and all and accept their healing gifts rather than using herbicides.

Welcome, Sister Dandelion, little spots of sunshine in my lawn and garden, blessed healer and child of the Lady.

THE FIVE R’S

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replant, Remember

by Ken Cannon

However much I try to stay aware of the need to walk gently on the earth, I still forget, so I decided to add the fourth R to the traditional three. Then, last Saturday at the first EcoPagan meeting, someone pointed out what a good thing replanting is, so I added it, too. That still only makes five, not seven; ranting and raving will not be included here. (And I hope that if you catch me at it, someone will be kind enough to wring my tiny little neck—one of my dear departed Mother's favorite expressions, not to be taken literally, okay?)

So this space will be for ideas, tricks, and tips without guilt trips. We all have plenty to do without having to deal with guilt trips. Besides, guilt is painful, and who wants that…uh, never mind.

You can use this space, too. In fact, I hope you will. Send me your eco-logical tips, notes, etc., and I will include them, crediting you or not, as you wish.

If each of us adds only one item per month to our list of Five R's, well, you can do the math. It's like one of the EcoPagans said, "Each ant can carry only a grain of sand, but think of some of the ant hills you've seen. When you have a tip or trick you'd like to add, catch me at an OFM or email me. My email address is: kwikbeam@earthlink.net. Please realize that each month I plan to keep the topic rather narrow, so it may be awhile before your contribution fits. I also plan to keep it short, suggesting only three or four things per month. Those things will come in two categories: the sacred and the mundane. EcoPagans will be producing a list of 50 pagan ways to help the environment, and to begin with I will draw from that list for the sacred.

Other sources, besides you good folk, will be books and websites, but I don't have huge amounts of time for research, so if you discover something good, let me know. Right now, I'd like to recommend THE GREEN CONSUMER, by Elkington, et al, and Coop America's website: www.greenpages.org/, which can steer you to green businesses in your community.

Now to this month's tips and tricks. The Mundane: With vacation time nearing, and good weather having most of us driving more anyway, I wanted to start with things automotive for this month and next.

ITEM: Keep your tires inflated to at least the car manufacturer's recommendation. I have a Suzuki Sidekick, the cheapest 4WD made, and Suzuki tells me to put 24 psi in the tires because they're afraid I'll complain that it rides too hard if I make the tires harder. The side of the tire lists maximum pressure to be 44 psi. When I went from 24 to 30 psi, I went from 29 to 32 MPG. It will also mean much longer tire life. Nice for my pocket book, nice for our lungs, and nice for salamanders. So get a reasonably good tire gauge (the ones at gas stations shouldn't be trusted, partly because you probably use different ones from one time to the next) and set yourself a schedule you can Remember, whether that's once a fill-up or once a month. A few years back, the EPA estimated 70,000,000 American cars were running on under-inflated tires, reducing gas mileage by as much as 5%. My tires are going up to 35 psi. I'll Reduce gas consumption and Reduce tire wear, if I can Remember to do it.

ITEM: If you can afford to, have your oil changed for you. The basic quick-change franchises recycle it, which is much easier than trying to do it yourself. The Green Consumer points out that "…as little as a quart of oil, when completely dissolved or dispersed in water, can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of drinking water." Four quarts can form nearly eight acres of oil slick. Nice stuff.

ITEM: Reduce your driving.

Pick one, and Remember to do it. Or two… If it's something new to you, give yourself time to form the habit. If you can schedule it, it may be easier to Remember.

The Sacred: One of the top things on the EcoPagan list of 50 pagan ways to treat your mother will be to raise some energy on her behalf.

ITEM: At one o'clock PM each day, give one minute of prayer to the Goddess. Remember the anthills and imagine how many of us there are along the Front Range. One minute at One o'clock.


Standard Disclaimer:
Please note that information and opinions contained in the articles in this newsletter are the responsibility of the authors only. No endorsement by Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. is implied.

WHO TO CONTACT

Alia's phone number is 680-1741. Southwynde’s is 698-1066. If you would like to officiate at a future Open Full Moon, please contact Southwynde. For Pagan or Wiccan clergy, or for any other Hearthstone business, please contact Alia.

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Alia's email address is fnorky@earthlink.net, gypsy's address is suki_nova@hotmail.com, and Southwynde’s is Southwynde@yahoo.com.

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A Serenity Prayer for Internet Junkies

(like Alia)

Goddess, grant me the serenity to accept a post I cannot change, Courage to walk past the computer without turning it on when I am running late for work. And the wisdom to know the difference between "Come to bed now", meaning "Let's have some fun", and "Come to bed NOW!", meaning "The computer has to go!" --author unknown

 

CELEBRATION and EVENT DATES

 

1998 OPEN FULL MOON DATES

Mayfest is May 16!

EARTH TEMPLE DATES

Earth Temple is a non-profit organization offering open celebrations of the Olde Gods. We meet at Wings Metaphysical Book Store located on the NorthEast corner of 44th and Lowell. We gather at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise indicated, with ritual to begin at 7:15 PM. The following is the remainder of the schedule for the 9998 year and is subject to change. For up to the minute information contact Faye Colquhoun at (303) 455-8566. May the Olde Gods bless and keep you.

Esbat

May 29

Litha

June 22

Esbat

June 26

Esbat

July 24

Lughnasad

July 31

Esbat

August 28

Mabon

September 23

Esbat

October 30

Samhain

October 30

Esbat

November 2

Yule/Esbat

December 18

Events for Vanaheim Hof

Open Heathen Ritual; May 9, 7:00 PM at Herbs & Arts. In honor of Sumaral (summer time) Vanaheim Hof and Margvegr Kindred will be hosting a rite of trance divination known as Seidhr. The rite will begin promptly at 7:00 PM with an introductory workshop and will close with a potluck feast.

Pagan Blood and Food Drive; June 27, 12:00 noon at 717 Yosemite. Donors should eat a nutritious low-fat breakfast with no caffeine. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite Pagan t-shirts and jewelry.

Open Heathen Ritual; June 27 6:00 PM, Meet by North side of the Greek Temple in Cheeseman Park by the "Vanaheim" banner. Theme to be announced.


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If you have a public event that you would like to have listed here, please contact Alia. E-mail is simplest, because I can cut and paste. The information can be in the body of the E-mail or attached. I can handle just about any PC format and some of the Mac formats – I have Word ‘97, which can translate a lot of different files.


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