Summer is well and truly here. Seems like the rain is not evenly distributed at the moment, and wildfires are a real issue in many parts of the country, including the Colorado mountains. Be careful of the Earth as you travel and enjoy the summer!
Sunday, June 17, Channel 9 is sponsoring a food drive from 7 to 4 at the Channel 9 building and three other locations. Fewer people donate in the summer, as many think of the needy around the Christmas season. If you can, please contribute to this food drive. Need has no season.
Thanks to Southwynde for officiating at May’s Open Full Moon. And my apologies to Arynne, as I am working on this newsletter away from my own computer and do not have her review of the ritual. It will run in the next newsletter.
The June Open Full Moon will be on Friday, June 9, 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.
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!
by Ken Cannon
"Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten." -- Cree Indian Prophecy
Well, I followed my own advice the other night and went up to Red Rocks to do some wildlife watching. I dressed in drab, blend-in clothes and just walked quietly. Net result: two does at close range, 3 deer in silhouette on a hillside after dark, and two owl sightings--probably the same bird twice. It was a large one, too, but not a Great Horned. Maybe a Great Grey. A pleasant way to end a day.
I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, but this month I want to give you some information off an ECO Pagans handout. If any of you have not yet done your spring cleaning, you might find it particularly useful.
ECOLOGICAL HOUSEKEEPING: Recipes for cleaner living.
Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Baking Soda, Salt, Flour, Soap Flakes, Borax, Washing Soda, Liquid Soap, Powdered Soap, Corn Starch, Corn Meal, Garlic, Onion, Powdered Sugar, Elbow Grease.
All-Purpose Cleaner -- 2 tsp Borax & 1 tsp Soap Flakes to 1 qt. water.
Glass -- Use alcohol to remove window "cleaner" residues, then use a 1 to 1 mixture of Vinegar and water.
Floors-- 1/2 c. Vinegar to 1/2 gal. warm water.
Dishes -- Use liquid or powdered soap. For heavy soil, add 2-3 tsp vinegar.
Dishwasher -- 1 part Borax to 1 part Washing Soda. For hard water, increase the soda.
Oven -- Make a paste of Baking Soda, Salt, and Hot water. Apply with elbow grease.
Laundry -- Soap Flakes & Washing Soda. (Before washing clothes in a washer which has had detergent used in it, run it through a full cycle with soap flakes and washing soda, but no clothes. Detergent residues can react with the soap and soda to cause yellowing of your clothing.)
Toilet -- Soap and Borax, or sprinkle with Baking Soda, drizzle with Vinegar, then scour. For lime buildup, use vinegar.
Disinfectant-- 1/2 c. Borax in 1 gal. hot water.
Mold Removal-- Borax and water or Vinegar and water.
Mildew-- Lemon Juice (or vinegar) and water.
Drains -- Once a week, pour in 1/4 c. Baking Soda, then 1/2 c. Vinegar, close tightly until fizz stops, then flush with 1 gal. hot water.
Air Freshener-- 2 to 4 tbsp Vinegar or Baking Soda in open dishes.
Carpet Deodorizer -- 1 c. Baking Soda or 1 c. Corn Starch per medium sized room.
Area Insect Repellents -- Plant Basil to repel mosquitoes. Use citronella candles.
Summertime, and the livin' is easy. "Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour." -- from Benefits of Recycling.
"Every year some 45,000 tons of plastic waste are dumped into the world's oceans. One of the results of this is that up to one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals are killed each year by plastic trash such as fishing gear, six-pack yokes, sandwich bags, and Styrofoam cups." -- from Benefits of Recycling.
A reminder: I think our best, and maybe only, chance at getting real democracy is to replace private funding of political campaigns with public funding. Get in touch with your "representatives" and let them know your thoughts.
http://www.vote-smart.org/ With a 9 digit zip code, this site will tell you who your elected representatives are and provide you with info on their voting records. If you don't know your 9 digits, check your address on your phone bill. (Or, online, you can get your 9-digit ZIP code at http://www.framed.usps.com/ncsc/lookups/lookup_zip+4.html. –Alia)
http://congress.org/elecmail.html Find your congressman online.
http://congress.org/search.html Find your state representative online.
Next ECO Pagans meeting: Saturday, June 10, 10:30 am at Wings.
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