The past week has been quite summery. I’ve put in quite a bit of my garden; still have more to do, of course. This year’s growth experience is eggplant – I put three plants in last week. I hope it’s a more fruitful effort than the Brussels Sprouts from last year.
I misspelled the name of the young lady I requested energy for last month. Her name should be spelled Tami. Tami passed to the Summerland April 23. I had the privilege and responsibility of performing her memorial service. Tami left two children, her mother, and the fathers of her kids on this plane. Her patron goddess was Isis.
Our thanks to M-Taliesin, Wren, Raven's Moon Coven and friends for their rich celebration of the full moon and the blossoming of spring. Through their Five-fold Kiss and Charges of the Goddess and God, they helped us to appreciate and celebrate the powerful, sacred Feminine and Masculine within ourselves and one another. We were encouraged to go forth and share Love with those dear to us. Have you?
The May Open Full Moon will be on Friday, May 12, 2000, 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 Southwynde. (He warned you that he’d be doing a ritual if we didn’t get officiants!) His theme will be Light.
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!
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, 2000
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.
4th annual MountainHome Pagan Retreat and Festival
Join us in the Colorado Mountains June 16-17-18, 2000 as we celebrate the Summer Solstice.
3 days of workshops, rituals, music and more!
by Ken Cannon
'If only the Lady could see us or hear us, I'd say to her: "Your Ladyship, all we want is light and water: just clean water and plain daylight, better than any jewels, begging your pardon." But it's a long way to Lórien.' – Samwise Gamgee – The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
As the weather warms, we start spending more time outdoors, often with family members. Many of us take part in "city" activities like sports, walking in the parks, and picnics. But most of us have other, wilder, options that we don't often think about. Even when we can get away to the mountains for a day, we usually play volleyball or softball and picnic.
Why not leave the city in the city, and do wilderness activities, especially with our children? Let them learn about wild things with us. And if we can't go to the mountains, most of us live near one greenbelt or another, where we can find some pretty wildish places. Wildlife abounds around us, and we can see (and hear) a lot more of it than we generally are aware of. Here are some tips for successful wildlife watching.
A] First and foremost, if you think of nothing else, think about Looking.
B] Leave your dog at home. (Well, Duh!)
C] Don't use perfumes, flowery-smelling shampoos, deodorants, etc. when looking for wildlife.
D] For better vision, shade your eyes with a cap or hat. Take binoculars, a scope, or a camera. Be sure all straps are silent.
E] Best Times: Dawn & Dusk; Just after Storms, Mating seasons
F] Best Places: Edges--of forests or streams
G] Camouflage Techniques:
H] Be quiet. Talk sparingly in a soft voice. Walk quietly, but don't "sneak".
I] Find signs that animals use the area – tracks or scat.
J] Slow down. Stop and look for several minutes. Sit down and use all your senses. Listen for movement and calls. Catch the smells of your surroundings.
K] To sit in one place and wait, flatten yourself against a tree or rock and try to blend in. Sit with your back to the sun in a place where there is cover for wildlife. Wildlife rarely cross a big, open space.
L] Watch for movement, or colors and shapes that seem out of place.
M] When close to rushing water, look both upstream and down. The sounds of flowing water may be enough to cover your noise, so animals may not know you're there.
N] When you spot an animal, freeze.
O] If an animal sees you but doesn't flee, avert your eyes. "Staring" is a threatening gesture to most wildlife, so glance out of the corner of your eye. A camera in front of your eyes often serves the same purpose of avoiding eye contact.
The Lost Wallet: Use this routine if you want to get closer to a wild animal. Once you've spotted a critter, zigzag slowly and quietly back and forth with eyes downcast, as though searching for a lost wallet, gradually approaching the animal. Don't try to sneak up on the animal. It most likely already knows you are there, so it's best to approach it in a nonthreatening manner, without trying to make eye contact.
Happy hunting, and don't hesitate to take the kids. I have found that kids, especially 4 to 10 year olds, love seeing wildlife, and will be still for that when they might not for anything else. It's a great experience for them. And for you.
Summer reminder: Do something good for Mom and good for us. Reduce fuel consumption by doing one or more of the following:
These things will reduce air pollution and make your fuel dollars go further. Well worth a bit of time and effort.
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Next ECO Pagans meeting: Saturday, May 13, 10:30 am at Wings.
Folks, after making about four false starts on this article I realized that it’s such a good recipe, no story I might tell can stand up to the reality of it. I will tell you this much: the first stage of preparation is closely based on a recipe from Lora Brody’s PLUGGED IN and I am very grateful to her for it. (As if she’d ever read this….) And I’ll tell you not to be fooled by the wintry seeming nature of this recipe. We make it at least every other week, because it’s satisfying, it’s delicious, and it doesn’t heat up the kitchen.
This is a two recipe dish. The first should be made at least a day in advance of the second.
There will be leftovers from this first step. Save them (they can be frozen) to add to other soups and stews or to use next time you want to make this.
Put everything in a slow cooker, cover, turn it to low, and leave it entirely alone for at least 8, preferably 12 to 24 hours. (Brody swears it’s impossible to overcook this. I haven’t had a problem yet so it looks like she’s right.) I will sometimes stir them after 8 hours, and check the color. You’re looking for a deep brown color to the onions.
CARAMELIZED ONION POT ROAST
Serves the 3 of us rather nicely with a lunch’s worth left over.
Throw this all into the slow cooker. If you don’t have room for it all, you can cut the meat into chunks and call it caramelized onion stew. (The wine and vinegar are optional ingredients, but I find they add a depth to the flavor.) Be aware that seasonings (in this case, salt and pepper) will fade over the long cooking period and test for them later in the process. Cook on high for one to two hours, then reduce heat to low and ignore it for about two more hours.
If I might make a suggestion, if you have any leftovers, freeze them. They will travel well and Dragonfest is approaching. But I doubt you’ll have much in the way of leftovers.
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