Well, it’s been a fertile and blooming spring, so my allergies inform me. I’ve enjoyed watching the changes of the Earth as time passes. I was happy to see the snow; it might make driving interesting for a while, but we needed the moisture.
I have a prayer/energy request to pass on; there is a young lady named Tammy who is currently on a respirator at Aurora Medical Center South. She is quite ill. Her family has requested that any and all varieties of prayer and/or healing energy be sent her way. Please include her in your healing works if possible. (-Ed note: Tami passed on to the Summerland. I was honored to show her the path and then perform her funeral. --A)
We have a few notices and requests this time; I’m simply making them a column of the newsletter. Please do read the notices, as they are quite varied and have something of interest for almost everyone.
Thanks to Steven Clark, Marian O’Brien-Clark and friends for their meditative Eostar ritual journey from darkness to light. Their novel usage of the church space was effective!
The April Open Full Moon will be on Friday, April 14, 1999, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO. The doors of the church open at 7:00. We like to begin at 7:30.
This month’s Open Full Moon will be presented by Wren and M-Taliesin. I did not receive a description from them for this ritual, but I know that it will celebrate Beltane, and should be the excellent ritual we have come to expect from these two.
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.
NOTE: Hearthstone is a church and your donations to Hearthstone are tax deductible. If you would like to write a check so you can keep track of your donations, we can certainly handle that as well. And if it simpler to write a check occasionally rather than come up with a few bucks every month, believe me, we understand!
How nice it is to have families, not just adults, participating in Open Full Moons. The children participate well. I like it that the OFMs give pagan children the opportunity to "go to church" like their friends do. I'm gratified seeing parents openly rearing their children in our path of worship of the Goddess and God.
—Arynne, Hearthstone Board/Treasurer
Like to Garden? Need Room to Grow?
I have a 1.36-acre property in Lakewood, which I can't take care of by myself. There is a small orchard, and the property already has an abundance of goodies - apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, cherries, raspberries, crabapples, etc. I'm interested in a barter-type situation. In exchange for doing some basic yard work, you can harvest our orchard, grape vines, and whatever you plant. If you love to sow, hoe, and grow, please let me know:
Tenth Annual Magickal May Festival
Saturday, May 20th,
11am to 5pm
Maypole dancing, live music, belly dancing, merchants and artisans, psychic readers, food sales.
At the First Universalist Church, 4101 E. Hampden Ave., Denver. (west of I-25 at Colorado Blvd.)
GAS, HOT AIR, AND HIGH PRICES
Summer's acomin', and gas prices are going to be high for all our vacations. That's a bummer for some of us, and I recently got an email urging me to demand that Congress do something to reduce the price. Unfortunately, I can't do that. I don't believe in it.
I believe we should be paying more, not less, for gasoline, like most of the rest of the world. We have spoiled ourselves much too long, and our fossil fuels are finite resources. Using them up is much like living off the principal rather than the interest, except that this principal cannot be replaced. Yet we are not even making industry pay for what it takes. Instead, we subsidize their operations. You and I hand our tax dollars to Exxon, et al, to help them deplete our resources. That means that the price we pay at the pump is only a portion of the true costs, making it impossible for us to know what the true costs are.
Instead, I think we should adopt policies which reflect all the costs of mining fossil fuels. We should stop subsidizing the oil and gas companies--no more tax write-offs, no more low or no cost access to public lands and resources. Let's make it much harder for costs to be camouflaged or kept off the corporate books. Let's face the true costs every time we fill our gas tanks or pay our utility bills. We'll be paying the same amount, but we'll be doing it over the counter, not under it. And once we begin to see the true costs, we can decide whether we want to pay them or whether we want to put our money into other technologies. Maybe then we can begin to walk a bit lighter on the earth.
It'll never happen, you say? You may be right, unless we can achieve some fundamental changes in our political system--changes which will not occur as long as our politicians are representatives of big money rather than of the people. (We have gradually, and largely unaware that we were doing so, sold our governments to industry and others with megabucks.)
In this election year, I would like you to think about the environment as you are choosing among the candidates at all levels of government; but more importantly, try to find candidates who will commit themselves to campaign finance reform. Finance reform is the most basic issue our political system faces, and without changes there, changes in environmental policy will be hard to come by. But let's go farther than that, for reform is not enough. Simply outlawing "soft" money or any other portion of campaign finance is not enough, because it will be like the tax laws: loopholes will exist and be exploited.
More than just "reforming" campaign finance, we need to replace it. We need to eliminate the use of private money in all political campaigns and to use our tax dollars instead. Expensive, you think? I think our current system is much more expensive than we know or can see. Nor do I buy that such a move would violate the right to free speech, although it would certainly play havoc with very expensive speech.
Until we can remove the influence of big money on our politicians, they will not represent us. So question the candidates whenever you can. Find out where they stand. Let them know you expect them to represent you. Push them to change the campaign finance system to one of strictly public funding. In the long run, it'll cost us far less.
A great book to read about the true costs of industry: The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken. (Thanks, Valerie, and I agree this should be required reading, but for all voters.)
And here are some tools to help you with learning about and contacting your representatives:
http://www.vote-smart.org/ With a 9 digit zip code, this site will tell you who your current Representatives are and provide you with information on their voting records. If you don't know your 9 digits, check your address on your phone bill.
http://congress.org/elecmail.html Find your congressman online.
http://congress.org/search.html Find your state representative online.
Next ECO Pagans meeting: Saturday, May 13, 10:30 am at Wings.
Every once in a while I come across a recipe that goes beyond simply being of no interest to me and succeeds in making my teeth chatter just to think about it. Such a recipe is the following, found in the pages of MR FOOD’S EASY COOKING magazine:
Spam Sandwich Spread
Grind all ingredients together. Spread on bread from which crusts have been removed and cut into finger sandwiches.
What frightens me is not that this recipe exists at all, nor even that the person who contributed it to the magazine thought it was a good recipe. What frightens me is that I can imagine this being served at a proper British-style tea.
There is a little teashop near the library in downtown Portland. The proprietress is Irish, her staff is mostly from the British Isles (with the exception of the little Goth from Akron, OH…) and the décor and atmosphere are very obviously imported with care from a working class London tearoom. (In other words, those are not damask tablecloths and the teacups don’t all match the rest of the tableware but the food is really good.) One of their specialties is a brandy-laced paté that is served on a hearty, whole grain bread. This is my lunch of choice on the days I eat there, and I looked for months for a recipe that duplicated it.
The following turned up in a little British recipe pamphlet I picked up in a local bookstore. It isn’t the exact paté but it’s darned close.
GRAND MARNIER PATÉ
1. Heat butter in a large heavy-based pan. Add livers, onion, garlic, and Grand Marnier. Stir over a medium heat until livers are almost cooked and onion is soft. Bring to the boil, simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
2. Place mixture in food processor bowl. Using pulse action, press button for 30 seconds or until mixture is smooth. Add cream and herbs; process for a further 15 seconds.
3. Pour mixture into a 3-cup capacity ramekin*, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 6 hours, until firm. Serve with Melba toast or crackers.
* Ramekin = a fancy name for any bowl you’re willing to let guests see.
Serve this on a really good whole grain bread studded with wheat berries and you have an idea what lunch is like at this tea shop. I will grant that an authentic teatime paté sandwich would normally be served on crustless white bread, but I don’t want to confuse my wonderful paté with Spam.
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