It's still warm and dry very dry. My garden is nearly complete, and should be planted with the early spring items by the time you read this newsletter.
Arynne has done some calculations. Last month, 64 people attended, including the officers of the church and the officiants. The total offering collected was $113.45, for an average offering of $1.77 per person. Arynne has also calculated that our break-even point is $3 per person.
We aren't going to start collecting at the door, and no one will be turned away for not having a donation. However, we would like to suggest a donation of 3 to 5 dollars per person. (The extra is to cover the pagans that can't swing $3.) If you can't afford it, you are still welcome &151; if you can afford more, we'd be delighted to accept it.
THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT
Our thanks to Stephen and Marian, who provided us with a reminder of our roots and the easy life we have now. The meditation was very vivid and was well-received.<
MARCH OPEN FULL MOON
The March Open Full Moon will be on Friday, March 26, 1998, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO.
This ritual is based on Ostara. It will consist of a Dragon tradition opening and closing with an Ostara setting for children of all ages. Please come and join "Dragon'sTide" for this occasion. Young children will be invited to participate in a story telling setting as part of the ritual. Therefore, those with small children are strongly encouraged to attend, and bring their children.
KITCHEN WITCH SOWS SOME WILD ZUCCHINI?
It's getting to be that time of year, when being in the garden is more important than sitting in front of a keyboard. It's not the really warm season yet, and Colorado can still be threatened with snow for a few more weeks. For that matter, the Portland long-range forecast says this beautiful weather is only for a few days, then we're back into the overcast-and-rainy-with-sunbreaks-if-we're-lucky cycle.
But for the moment I'm looking fondly at my seedlings. I was hoping for a really magnificent garden this year, but space restrictions are limiting me to just a few things. Tomatoes are a requirement, of course. So is zucchini. I'm trying my hand at two new things this year: lettuce and peas. The goal here is to, at some point in July or August, have an entire salad that came from my garden.
That, of course, means I'd better grow some herbs. The trouble is, I have had horrible luck with growing herbs. Well, that's not entirely true. I managed to keep a scrawny oregano alive in a pot over the winter, and a rosemary bush I planted in a large pot has survived, but is certainly not flourishing. The chives in the pot by the kitchen window haven't died yet, for what that's worth. And I got some basil and some chamomile to start from seed, but they're not exactly flourishing. So I think I'll resign myself to making my salad dressings from purchased, dried herbs.
There are several different styles of salad dressings. Some people swear by the creamy kind, like Ranch or Bleu Cheese. But when I look at those little baby seedlings, I can't imagine drowning them in a thick, creamy dressing. In a few weeks, when the sprouts and baby greens will be ready to be thinned and made into an early spring salad, they'll want a vinagrette style dressing. I'll wait on the creamy dressings until later in the summer, when all those little veggies don't look quite so fragile anymore.
GREEK SALAD DRESSING
Whisk together until completely combined. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator.
LEMON BASIL DRESSING
(I found this on the Internet, with no credit for inventor. S/he should be lauded!)
Mince garlic, add basil and pulse in Cuisinart until fine. Add remainder and pulse a few times until well blended.
THE FIVE R'S
by Ken Cannon
The BUFFALO CREEK TREE PLANTING is still scheduled for Saturday, April 10. ECO Pagans is putting together a crew of Pagans to help with that. You don't have to be a member of ECO Pagans to participate. If you'd like to go or simply want more info, please let me know.
"1800CE Patent for paper using deinked waste paper as part of its fiber source is issued in London." THE GARBAGE PRIMER. The League of Women Voters, Lyons and Burford, NYC. 1993. p 16
MUSINGS I find I don't have much to say this month. I recently started a new and very demanding job. That, along with coordinating the Buffalo Creek tree planting and my "normal" activities, has kept me overly busy. So this month I'm going to let others do most of the talking. I did hear a couple of appalling things about Colorado in the past couple of weeks, both of which surprised me. I guess I thought I lived in a modern, if not progressive state. I'm a little shocked to discover my adopted state is becoming a backwater.
Colorado ranks 49th of the fifty states in the amount of money per student spent on education. In the long run, that will have effects on the environment as well as many other things.
Colorado ranks only 36th in recycling. I like to use this column to emphasize reducing the amount of stress we cause the environment, and recycling, while a good thing to do, is one of the least effective things we can do. More effective ways include refusing to buy products which are not biodegradable or which are overly packaged, reusing many things, reducing the amount of limited resources we use up, etc.
One of the reasons I've chosen to emphasize other ecological tactics is that recycling gets plenty of press. Or so I thought. I could have guessed that Colorado wouldn't rank among the top 5 states in recycling, because our state and local governments give little more than lip service to any of the Rs. But to find out we are this low is somewhat distressing.
In hopes that we can do something about that low ranking, let me point you to The Colorado Recycling Guide, a city-by-city listing of places to recycle various items. Colorado Recycles, a non-profit educational organization, publishes the Guide every June with the Denver Post. They also publish the Guide on their website, which is fast, easy to use, and very informative. Check it out. You'll find it quite useful.
You can also phone Colorado Recycles at 303/231-9972. (THANKS to Valerie for sending me that URL.)
Aren't you glad I didn't have much to say this month??
From The Lost World of the Kalahari, by Laurens van der Post:
"...I lay on my back in the bottom of the canoe, looking deeply up into the blue channel of the sky, framed by the trembling reed-tips above me, with my heart and mind still very much in the scene with the buffalo. I felt that the encounter had, for a moment, made me immediate, and had all too briefly closed a dark time gap in myself. With our 20th century selves, we have forgotten the importance of being truly and openly primitive. We have forgotten the art of our legitimate beginnings. We no longer know how to close the gap between the far past and the immediate present in ourselves.
"We need primitive nature, the First Man in ourselves, it seems, as the lungs need air and the body food and water. I thought finally that of all the nostalgias that haunt the human heart, the greatest of them all, for me, is an everlasting longing to bring what is youngest home to what it oldest in us all."
A friend of mine sent me that quote, and I liked it made me want to read the book. How about sending me one of your favorite ecological quotes. Help me build my files -- I'm a lazy man.
"Simplify, simplify, simplify." &151; Thoreau
Nightblind Pagan needs ride to OFMs and other events. Also seeks quiet apt. in the SW Denver area.
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