Where does the time go? Alyria starts Kindergarten in a week and a half. Iím suddenly scrambling to get ready for Dragonfest. (I swear, it was just April a couple of minutes ago!) The summer is drawing to a close, and my lettuce all bolted while I was on vacation on the 4th of July week. All of a sudden I have zucchini coming out my ears, and I only planted one plant! I have a wandering pumpkin that would love to take over my entire 8 foot by 16 foot large plant area (machete time! I donít need 100 pumpkins.)
And for those of you worried about it, the Brussels Sprouts are doing fine.
On a church note, last month we deposited over $172. Thank you so much for helping the church pay for itself!
Our thanks to the folks from the Pagan Rainbow Network and their friends, for their ďcontrarianĒ ritual and the wonderfully intense meditation.
The July Open Full Moon will be on Friday, July 23, 1999, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO.
This month's OFM will be presented by the Pagan Studies Group of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder (We Gotta Get a Shorter Name!). This will be their first time presenting and they are extremely excited about it. The ritual is titled "Voices of the Goddess" and is a celebration of the many facets of the Goddess as She has appeared in various cultures throughout time and around the world. They will be asking for participation from many of the people in attendance, so please, bring your willingness to be a part of Her praise and worship. They would like to note that it is their tradition to include announcements and community business as part of the ritual during cakes and wine, so please be aware that these items will happen a little later in the schedule than usual, but they will happen. They invite all of you to come out and make their first OFM experience a memorable one, for them, and hopefully, for you, too.
We have determined that our break-even point is about $3 per person.
We arenít 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 canít swing $3.) If you canít afford it, you are still welcome Ė if you can afford more, weíd be delighted to accept it.
When I first started thinking about what to write for this monthís column, I was helping weed Sylviaís front lawn. Mind you, one of the weeds we were supposed to be pulling was grass. She doesnít have a lawn, per se, but a front garden full of wonderful things like a rosemary bush the size of a small tree, and coneflowers that have started to self-propagate. She never meant to have grass in her lawn, but a few seeds hitchhiked in along with some of the herbs and flowers she had planted, and grass is a most intrusive weed. The roots go so deep I thought I was being inspired to write about Chinese food.
But my own garden has its own way of inspiring me. You see, I live in a house with a huge backyard. The yard is circled by a high fence, which is itself ringed with so many different plants we canít keep track. Along with the various rhododendron, foxglove, rose, peony, and unidentifiable flora, there are two cherry trees, one smack in the middle of the yard, and that is what creates the greatest challenge to the home gardener. Cherry trees take up a lot of vertical space. Ours is an old tree, producing beautiful blood-red cherries, and providing shade for almost the entire yard. On hot, sunny days (yes, even here in the Pacific Northwest we get those) the shade is a welcome relief. But from the point of view of growing vegetables and herbs, it is a nightmare.
Aaron, for many years the undisputed king of backyard tomatoes (in my estimation, at any rate) judged there was no way to plant tomatoes in this yard unless we put them out front (which, I suspect, would not have gone over too well with the neighbors.) We put two small seedlings into pots and are hoping for the best, but are prepared for the worst. At HerbFest99 in Hillsboro (about which I probably should write an entire article someday) I picked up a whole bunch of culinary herbs, including three kinds of basil and a mild orangey mint. These, too, are in pots. There are a number of reasons why we planted everything in pots when we have this huge yard.The most important reason is that the entire perimeter of the yard is already planted with things I donít want to lose. Putting the garden in the middle of the yard would place it right inside the permanent shade ring created by the cherry tree. So we put everything into various sized pots and spend about fifteen to twenty minutes each day (more on weekends) hauling them around the yard to catch as much sun as possible.
Is it worth all this work? Well, having fresh pesto to put on my freshly baked focaccia reminds me that the Goddess is in everything. Here is the recipe Iíve come up with that uses whatever is on hand. Feel free to improvise on your own.
In a blender or food processor finely chop the garlic. Add the herbs, nuts, cheese, salt, pepper and oil and process until smooth. Pesto will keep stored in a airtight container and refrigerated for up to a week. Pesto can also be frozen, and theoretically should be used within a month. (Iíve kept it up to three without obvious harm, but Iím not an expert.)
Combine basil pesto with bottled ranch salad dressing for something remarkably like the Spaghetti Factoryís house dressing. (Approx. 2 Tb pesto to 1 standard bottle dressing works best for me.)
by ken Cannon
This month's quote (a famous one):
"The earth does not belong to Man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected, like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life. He is but a small strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." -- attributed to Chief Seattle .
That seemed like a good way to start a pre-Dragonfest column. Many of us are already planning and preparing for the festival, and I hear that nearly 700 people are registered for this year. I'm glad the festival is held at a site which is already a high-use area. Still, I'd like to encourage everyone to tread lightly, so I'm putting in the basic Leave No Trace principles below.
They're really designed for low-use and wilderness areas, so I've edited them to apply better to Dragonfest. View them as guidelines rather than rules that must be followed.
Another thing I'd like to encourage you to do is a bit of extra cleanup around your campsite. Those of us who have gone before know how messy those campsites can be when we arrive. I make it a habit to pick up OPT (Other People's Trash) around our camp all during the festival, a bit now and a bit later. By the time we leave, our site is much cleaner than when we arrived. I also stick a plastic grocery bag in my pocket when I go for a hike, and use it to collect whatever trash I happen upon.
I know many of you do similar things. If all 700 of us do, we'll make a big difference, and maybe that will encourage some of the people who use the site after us. I know that last year was the third year in a row that our group had used the same spot, and for the first time it was nearly clean when we got there. People do notice.
Now for the Leave No Trace Principles, as edited for Dragonfest. (You can read the full version on the web at http://www.lnt.org/ or I'll furnish you a copy via email or hardcopy.) Remember: These are guidelines, not rules.
~~~~~~TAKE NOTHING BUT MEMORIES~~~~~~
~~~~~LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS~~~~~
Camp and Travel on Durable Surfaces (sand, rock, snow, dry grass, pine needles)
Pack It In, Pack It Out Dispose of trash and garbage properly (Dfest staff collect trash each evening) Watch for small litter such as twist ties and cigarette butts.
Properly Dispose of What You Can't Pack Out Cooking Waste (Bag with other trash and place for pickup) Waste from washing (minimize soap use, rinse 200' from water sources)
Leave What You Find Minimize Site Alterations (choose sites that do not require trenches around tents, avoid leaving structures such as chairs, lean-tos, benches) Avoid Damaging Live Trees and Plants (use stout branches, not nails, to hang things, Take only edibles that are abundant, leave plenty for others) Leave Natural and Cultural Artifacts (do not remove any artifacts, horns, petrified wood, shells, bones, etc. If everyone took just one...)
Minimize Use and Impact of Fires Know Regulations and Weather Conditions (fire danger, fire prohibitions) Control Firewood Selection and Gathering (Use only dead and downed wood, wrist size or smaller. Dfest furnishes large chunks of firewood, but you may want your own kindling) Care and Feeding of Your Fire (break wood into short lengths as needed, burn all wood to fine ashes) Fires in High-use Areas (use existing, legal fire rings)
Information courtesy of Leave No Trace, a private, non-profit corp., via ECO Pagans. Feel free to copy and distribute.
~~ECO pagans will be distributing "Lammas Loaves" to homeless people on August 1. If you would like to contribute, bring a loaf of good, nutritious bread or a small jar of peanut butter to Wings no earlier than July 31, and no later than noon, Aug. 1. You are welcome to come along, too.
~~Sacred Voice Circle meets the third Saturday of each month, 7 PM, at Wings (now defunct)
~~ECO Pagans is planning an open picnic and ritual for Sunday, September 12. Stay tuned for more info.
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