We’re all aware of the fires in our state. Remember to take care of our Mother, and not do anything that might cause a fire. If you smoke, please smoke indoors or on pavement for a while. The state is tinder dry.
June's Open Full Moon Ritual, on Friday, June 21, will be a Conversation with the Gods, presented by Manea and Ellen. We meet at the First Unitarian Church on 14th and Lafayette in the Capitol Hill area. The church doors open at 7:00 pm and we start at 7:30 pm.
It's summer solstice!!! Ellen and Manea are presenting a conversation between the Sun God and Gaia. Bring an idea to manifest or an object to charge, or at the very least an open mind and heart. This will have lots of energy to reflect the time of year and the zenith of the Sun. Grounding and centering are recommended… Ellen and Manea use WIT (wing it tradition), a combination of role playing/channeling/improvisation, and a dash of Love & KISSes (Keep it simple silly!).
—Manea & Ellen
DISCLAIMER: Manea & Ellen’s Wing It Tradition is not the same as Alia, Stephen, and Marian’s Wing It Tradition. In fact, that’s part of the nature of the tradition. Any similarities can be explained by the fact that both traditions rely on Duct Tape to an amazing degree. Or Not.
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to the ritual group 9and3Quarters, who presented our May Open Full Moon to a large crowd, including many eager children. In a Harry Potter themed ritual, we took the train to Hogwarts, where the Hogwarts professors cast Circle, and we learned about magic mirrors from Hermione, Harry and Ron. We were each invited to look into the magic Mirror of Erised, learning through introspection and self-awareness. We came away with a sense of having been on an adventure, and we each had one Bertie Botts' Every Flavor Bean left for our next meditation! A big thanks to 9and3Quarters for taking us to Dumbledore's magical world!
**Updated March 2002**
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Try though I might, I can’t come up with a cheery column this month. The thought of all that beautiful forest land burning, land I may have once seen but will never see again—at least not looking as lovely it did the last time I laid eyes on it— and all those homes lost to people whose only desire was to live amidst the splendor of the mountains, is breaking my heart.
I hate to fall back on a cliché, but here is an excellent recipe for that most wondrous of comfort foods: Macaroni and Cheese. The recipe is from the New York Times, assuring that it is more sophisticated than necessary for such a basic dish. But at times when comfort is needed, comfort food needs to be its very best and this is one of the very best mac and cheese dishes I’ve eaten.
I hope and pray that the next time I write my column it will be cheerier and filled with happy news. In the meantime, I’ll keep trying to push the rain clouds southeast out of Portland and over the mountains to Denver.
Potluck Macaroni & Cheese
NY Times, article by Marian Burros
In a deep saucepan, cook onion in butter over low heat until onion is soft but not browned. Stir in flour. Remove pan from heat, and whisk in milk until thoroughly blended. Return to medium heat and cook, stirring, until mixture begins to thicken.
Remove from heat, and stir in mustard and 20 ounces Cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, nutmeg and hot pepper sauce.
Cook macaroni according to package directions until just al dente. Drain but do not rinse. Stir immediately into cheese sauce until well blended. Adjust seasonings.
Spoon mixture into two 9" x 13" baking dishes. Top with remaining Cheddar cheese and the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Refrigerate until needed.
To serve, allow dishes to return to room temperature. Heat oven to 400°F, and bake about 20 minutes, until mixture is hot, bubbling and golden.
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June 21 (summer Solstice)
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