I’d been noticing the hint of fall for a few weeks now. A few colored leaves; the scent of autumn in the air; my zucchini had stopped producing; my pumpkins are becoming brightly colored… Today, Sunday, left no doubt. It was a gray, drizzly, cool, fall day. And I reveled in it! I’m just not a child of summer. I was ready for the cooler weather and the change in seasons. Although I guess I’ll have to start wearing some other kind of shoe to work – I don’t think Tevas would be comfortable year-round in the Denver area.
Enjoy the turning of the seasons. Remember what you used to do in the fall, and compare it to what you do now. Watch the world turn. Blessed Be!
Hearthstone extends congratulations to our church secretary. Catherine Mock and Joe Dellea were wed on August 8 in a lovely ritual performed by Anie and “Grandpa” Curtis. Bright Blessings upon the two of you.
In July, we were treated to a ritual by the Pagan Studies Group of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder (We Gotta Get a Shorter Name!). who shared with us the personas of 40 different goddesses. We heard from many goddesses in a ritual filled with love, laughter, and calisthenics.
In August, Sandy and her group helped us to remember that words are not negative by nature, and to remember what uses “negative” emotions have for us and why we have them. It was a thoughtful and enjoyable ritual.
My heartfelt thanks to both groups.
The September Open Full Moon will be on Friday, September 24, 1999, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO. The doors of the church open at 7:00.
Oak Haven Coven will present the September OFM. This serious ritual will explore issues involving the passing of time and the changes wrought thereby. Please join us.
We have determined that our break-even point is about $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 – if you can afford more, we’d be delighted to accept it.
Smiles. Kisses. Hugs. All "little things" in the flow of our lives. Or are they?
Most of us seem to be juggling so many things now. Careers that have changed greatly over the past decade, and seem to promise yet more change in the coming years. Schooling to help adults and youngsters prepare for those work-place changes. Activities and hobbies of varying kinds. Political candidates, causes, rallies. Non-profit work.
All these things, and more, have a valid claim on our time.
But, let us not allow the clutter of the modern world to obscure that which is truly important to us.
People do need some form of entertainment, an emotional relief-valve of sorts. For a large number of us, that entertainment happens to be football. I admit to feeling delighted when "we" win. Losses are not so enjoyable.
However, thinking back over games I've watched on television or heard on the radio, I realized something. What I remember most vividly, most fondly, aren't the spectacular plays. In the long run, what are most important are the memories of my friends & loved ones who were with me. We gave each other high-fives and cheers when our team won, and consolation when we lost.
It was the sharing that I now recall most warmly.
The smiles, the kisses, the hugs. The little things.
How many little things have you shared with your loved ones today?
I have long been fascinated by waterfalls. There is something amazing, beautiful and soothing about the way water cascades down from the side of a cliff. Despite the inherent violence in such a scene, it is inevitably peaceful.
We had decided to visit a long stretch of state highway well known for its waterfalls. At the end of the road there was one of the most gorgeous waterfalls I’d ever seen. It apparently struck a lot of other folks the same way because there was a big parking lot, a paved walkway with a stone bridge over the midpoint of the falls, and a restaurant and a snack bar at the foot of the falls, not to mention a souvenir shop. At first I was horrified and was ready to insist that we go back to one of the other waterfalls and forego lunch.
Then I looked again. The other falls were nice. This one was.... I can’t think of the word for it, but I did not want to leave. I couldn’t leave. I was rooted to the spot.
Luckily, Aaron was paying more attention and he got me out of the path of the motor home that wanted the parking space I was spacing out in....
We ate at the restaurant at the foot of the falls. This was our view during a very nice dinner that included an excellent bread made with sunflower seeds. I was unable to get the recipe, but the following (which is intended for an automatic bread machine, but can be adapted for hand baking if that is your preference) is a good sunflower seed bread, too.
Multnomah Falls (photograph by Aaron)
Sunflower Seed Bread (1 ˝ lb loaf)
Add to pan in order specified by the manufacturer. Adjust flour and water as needed to make a soft, semi-moist dough. Add sunflower seeds at beep, if your machine has such a cycle, or at the second kneading.
by Ken Cannon
Quotes below are from THE GARBAGE PRIMER. The League of Women Voters. Lyons and Burford, NYC. 1993.
"1388--English Parliament bans waste disposal in public waterways and ditches." p 12
"1400--Garbage piles up so high outside Paris gates that it interferes with the city's defenses." p 14
"1842--A report in England links disease to filthy environmental conditions, and helps launch the 'age of sanitation'." p 17
"1889--Washington, D.C. Health Officer reports that, 'Appropriate places for [refuse] are becoming scarcer year by year...'." p 37
"1894--Harper's Weekly reports that '...the garbage problem is the one question of sanitation that is uppermost in the minds of local authorities'." p 39
"1911--In Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, citizens produce about 4.6 pounds of refuse each day. Yearly collections per capita include 141 pounds of wet garbage, 1443 pounds of ash, and 88 pounds of dry rubbish." p 64
"1984--During the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, athletes, trainers, coaches, and spectators produce 6.5 million pounds of trash in 22 days, more than 6 lb. per person per day (vs. the national average of 3.6 lbs. per day)." p 122
We certainly know how to foul the nest, don't we? And there are more and more of us every day. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the world population passed the 6 billion mark last month. UN estimates say it will happen next month. For an interesting website about population, check out the Census Bureau's. You can look at a "real time" census count and watch the world population figure jump by 3 or 4 every few seconds. See it at http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html.
Now, looking at something like that can be discouraging, if not depressing, but remember the ants I talk about from time to time? Each of us doing just a little bit every day can help to heal Mother Earth. Can you recycle one aluminum can each day? That's a great place to start, because each one recycled saves enough gas to half fill that can.
Next month I'll sketch a sort of history of what we've tried to do with all that trash.
The inside back cover of the ECO Pagan Songbook has the quote below formatted into a circle, which I'm too lazy to do here, so you'll have to imagine the circle part. The original exists as a 2-foot circle at the center of Wells Cathedral, Wells, England.
"If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter and floating a few feet above a field somewhere, people would come circle around it, marveling at its large pools of water, at its little pools, and all the water flowing between the pools. ~ They would marvel at the very thin layer of special gases surrounding it, and at all the water suspended within the gases. ~ People would marvel at all the many creatures walking about the surface of the ball, and also the many more creatures in the waters. ~ The people would then declare the ball supremely precious because it was the only one they would ever have, and they would protect it, so that it would never be harmed. ~ The ball would be the greatest wonder known, and people would come to behold it, be healed by it, to gain from its knowledge, to feel its beauty and to wonder how it could be. ~ People would love it, and defend it with their very lives, because they would each somehow realize that their lives, their own roundness could not exist without it. ~If Earth were only a few feet in diameter."
In other words, we would be able to see it as the gem it is, much as the astronauts have seen it (and been changed by the seeing).
ECO Pagans is sponsoring an herb walk Sunday, Sept. 26 at Stone House Park, which is in south Lakewood at Estes and Yale. We'll start from the parking lot around 11 am. Come swat some mosquitoes and learn about some herbs.
Next ECO Pagans meeting: Saturday, October 9 (Leif Erikson Day - just discovered that from my wall calendar) from 10 am to noon at Wings.
Sacred Voice Circle meets third Saturdays at 7 pm, at Wings
Guest Columnist, anyone?? There are other writers out there, some better than I am (Duh!), and some of you have some ecological things to say. How about saying them here?
Please don't make me beg, ok?
(Too late, Ken – Ed.)
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