Catherine here. Looks like I’ll be covering the Hearthstone newsletter for a while.
Spring has hit with a bang (or is that a bucket?). We spent 30 hours this weekend without power. The most notable thing about the time without electricity was the profound silence throughout our house. At one point, I spent several minutes looking to see what was making that odd buzzing noise in the living room, only to find that it was the battery-operated clock on a shelf. This reminded me how wonderful the silence can be. During this weekend, while we complained of e-mail withdrawal, and no radio, I was able to finish re-reading the Count of Monte Cristo, and really relax for the first time in weeks.
Just a thought, but maybe this is something I should try more often.
May’s Open Full Moon Ritual, on Friday, May 16, will be presented by Trevor Stone.
Tens of thousands of years ago, humans gathered together for ritual. They could not speak and their capacity for symbolism was weak at best. But they danced, they acted, they told stories of the world and honored the spirits. 80,000 years ago, ritual meant survival. Our minds have changed drastically in the past 50,000 years, but the power of nonverbal ritual remains. This month, explore what can happen when we don't use words.
This ritual will have enough familiar elements to give you a grounding point, but it will probably feel very different from what you're used to. We will share performance mythology, give you a chance to explore human nonverbal capacity, and celebrate with dancing. Past participants in nonverbal rituals have treasured the experience and built close bonds with new friends. I hope you join us in this unique experience of mime, expression, and primal noise.
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to the BPA Drum Circle who presented a Spring Equinox OFM with a focus on Balance. A haunting didgeradoo called us into spiritual space. We moved though Earth, the winds of Change, and the fire of Transformation, to arrive at the waters of Balance. We experienced each element of the journey with live music and dancers swirling around us. We considered the 7 Virtues and the 7 Deadly Sins, examining what enhances balance, and what throws us off balance. Thank you for this enjoyable and thought-provoking ritual.
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Thistledown Keep and their first-year students who presented our April rite. We had a great time doing the Hokey Pokey to shake off unwanted energies, and we each received an "egg" with a surprise inside. The chant was "Momma helps those who help Momma." Thank you, Kestrel and Lee and students for sharing this springtime celebration with the Hearthstone community!
We have determined that our break-even point is about $4 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 4 to 7 dollars per person. (The extra is to cover the pagans that are unable to donate.) 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.
Thank you to everyone who has helped the Food Bank stay in business. We do have a few areas that need some replenishing. Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to give. Remember, if you do not want to do the shopping, you may donate cash at the front counter at Wings (44th and Lowell in West Denver). The donated money will be used to buy items that are needed.
These are the items/areas we need:
Items not really needed:
Again, thank you for any help that you supply to keep the Food Bank up and running.
Caretaker of the Food Bank
Well, I'm working again. In the state with the second worst unemployment rate in the nation (this week, at any rate) that's quite an accomplishment. (In case you're curious, Alaska has the worst unemployment rate, and Washington has the third worst. I sense a trend, don't you?)
However, in these hard times, you take your jobs where you can. Normally I would never have sought work so far away from home. But the job is pretty nearly what I wanted, even though it is over twenty five miles from my front door. So I commute. Some days I drive and on those days I get home before 6 PM. Most days, however, I take mass transit, and on those days I get home closer to 7 PM.
Granted, it's a lovely drive and if it weren't for the wasted fuel I'd drive it more often. Imagine, if you will, driving to work each day through the forest primeval. The blind hairpin curves at 6:30 AM are a little intimidating, especially up here where it stays dark pretty late in the morning during the winter, but there are stretches of road where I can imagine myself driving to and from Dragonfest, or some other festival. The forest sings. The mountains may not be majestic but they're very present and very solid. On a good day, I can smell the salt ocean on the breeze. Other days I can smell snow which is falling over fifty miles away. Come summer I'll have my pick of roadside fruit and vegetable stands along the route, including the island containing my favorite nude beach. But it's a fifty five mile round trip and I can't justify driving that alone more than one or two times a week. Most days I take two buses and a train to get to work and home again. I have become dear friends with my slow cooker. There is nothing better than walking in the door after spending two hours on buses and trains, and finding a hot dinner already ready. I've started to get pretty inventive, too, and have created some really lovely soups and stews. Here is one of the soups that I've made twice, once for company where it received rave reviews. One hint I strongly urge slow cooker users to pay attention to is add herbs and spices in the last hour or so of cooking. The long cooking process drains them of their flavor.
GYPSY'S BLACK BEAN AND ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP
Heat the slow cooker on high for about 10 minutes. Add oil, then add onion, garlic, celery, and green pepper. Stir and cover slow cooker. After another 10 minutes, crumble and add the sausage, stir, and cover slow cooker again. After another ten minutes, add remaining ingredients, adding enough water to bring to top of slow cooker insert. Cover, reduce slow cooker heat to low, and leave undisturbed for 8-12 hours. An hour before serving, stir in marjoram, rosemary, and black pepper. Serve topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste. Accompany with crusty bread if desired. Leftovers keep well and this is very tasty when reheated.
A site brought to you by the U.S. Naval Observatory that declares: "You can obtain the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, along with information on the Moon's phase..."
Example of what you’ll get:
following information is provided for Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio
(longitude W83.6,latitude N41.7):
28 April 2003 Eastern Daylight Time
Begin civil twilight 6:06 a.m.
Sunrise 6:35 a.m.
Sun transit 1:32 p.m.
Sunset 8:29 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:59 p.m.
Moonset 4:51 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 5:41 a.m.
Moon transit 11:41 a.m.
Moonset 5:52 p.m.
Moonrise 6:01 a.m. on following day
Phase of the Moon on 28 April: waning crescent with 7% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated. New Moon on 1 May 2003 at 8:15 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Why is this site cool? Because you can set it to your specific area, put in your state and your city and get very specific information. You can also go worldwide. It’s very nifty, so put in the date and get started. Check out that sun and moon info or check out the rest of the Observatory’s site. Enjoy.
New Mama Aylah proudly presents:
Sydney Rose 3 lbs. 1.5 oz./15.75"
Sophie Blue 3 lbs. 4.5 oz./16.5"
Our due date was March
21st was the day
Because spring begins
And we wanted to play
But then we decided
"Oh what the heck!
Let's get there early
And make Mama a wreck!"
So on Super Bowl Sunday (Jan 26)
We thought we'd arrive
And thought it best to be there
So at 9:22 and at 9:23
P.M. of course--it had to be
Came Sydney and Sophie
In that order you see
And Mama doesn't need sleep now
Until we are THREE!
Can anyone lend me a hand? (or a chainsaw, or lawnmower, or pickup truck...) I had much damage to my trees in last month's blizzard. Lots of big and little branches came down, and three trees needed to be removed. (I own 2/3 of an acre in southwest Denver with two little houses on it and lots of trees.) I hired workers to saw the worst of it, but can't afford to pay for it all. If anyone can help me rake, mow, cut up, bundle or haul away debris, please let me know! Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be able to help.
Small amounts of work (an hour or two) could be scheduled at your convenience. For the bulk of the project, I would like to schedule two half-day work parties in May - Sunday, May 4th, 1pm to 6pm (or any portion of that afternoon); and Saturday, May 17th, 9am to 2pm
In addition, Vella Rose has given me a freezer that I need to move immediately from Littleton to south Denver. It's an upright freezer, standard size. I need to borrow the use of a pickup truck and 2 or 3 strong-backed movers to get it from her place to mine. In any of these situations, please call if you can help. Many thanks and many blessings, Jackie Weller.
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August 15 (changed from the 8th)
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