The weather has been sunny, cool and crisp here in the mountain, the kind of fall weather that one thinks of for New England. The maples are turning orange and red, the gingkoes are yellow and the oaks are tinged with gold and orange. In-between are the deep green pines and yellow birches. The willows are still waving their green hair in the wind.
The dominant flower at the moment is purple aster, the goldenrods and echinacea are still about, but starting to fade.
After the summer somnolence folks are getting active, as always happens this time of year. One of the signs of this has been a renewed interest in political activity. Even as Congress shamefully threatens to shut down and refuses to do the people’s business, the rest of us are picking up steam.
Here are some actions that you too can be a part of;
There is a mini boycott going on of Lowe’s and Home Depot because they are still selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants that are pre-sprayed with bee killing poisons. You can go to their Facebook pages and tell them what you think about that;
The specter of fracking has raised its ugly head in Britain and Druids have taken notice. I was privileged to do this small action back here in the USA, at noon on September 28, in a public park. I think this rolling protest can easily continue and be worked into public gatherings everywhere.
Meanwhile the campaign to stop the display of human remains at the new Stonehenge visitor’s center continues, I just got this rather pathetic press release from English Heritage regarding the display of dead people at the Stonehenge visitors center. Why they can’t make plastic replicas is beyond me.
STATEMENT: DISPLAY OF HUMAN REMAINS AT NEW STONEHENGE VISITOR CENTRE
After careful consideration English Heritage Commissioners have today endorsed the proposal to display the remains of three human burials as part of the permanent display at the new Stonehenge visitor centre. There is strong consensus that English Heritage has a public duty to communicate all the key narratives and archaeological findings to the public.
Our proposal is consistent with current museum practice across the UK. Their presentation, treatment and storage will follow strict guidelines set out by the UK government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Visitors will be made aware of the display before they enter the exhibition. Visitor research also shows that the vast majority of museum visitors are comfortable with, and often expect to see, human remains as part of displays.
Stonehenge is the focus of a ceremonial and ritual landscape shaped by prehistoric people for over 1,500 years. The exhibition puts at its centre the people associated with it and as such, the remains have a rightful place in the exhibition.
KEY FACT: The three sets of human remains on display have been in the care of scholarly institutions for at least 10 years and do not include any freshly excavated material. Two were excavated over 50 years ago and the third was uncovered during road improvement works in 2001. If English Heritage was not displaying them, they would remain in the collections of the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum and the Duckworth Collection, University of Cambridge.
Issued by English Heritage Communications
11 September 2013
You can write to EH here.
My newest herbal blog post HAG’S TAPERS FOR HALLOWEEN (an herbal monograph on how to use Mullein)
This is a victory for everyone who wrote letters, signed a petition or made a phone call. The Monsanto Protection Act is being cancelled!
Here are some places I will be speaking in the coming months;
- CHANGING TIMES CHANGING WORLDS
Nov 8-9, Crown Plaza Cromwell
(near Hartford, CT)
- HERBAL HEALING CLASS
A Six month intensive with Ellen Evert Hopman M.Ed. ~ Professional Herbalist AHG, Author of :
- “Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore“
- “A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year“
- “A Druid’s Herbal – Of Sacred Tree Medicine“
- “The Secret Medicines of Your Kitchen”
- “Walking the World in Wonder – A Children’s Herbal”
and other books and DVDs
October 19, 2013 – April, 2014
Two Saturdays a month, 1-5 PM
Near Amherst, MA
COST: $1,000.00 (includes a $100.00 non-refundable Xeroxing fee)
A six month intensive. Covers Western herbal Materia Medica, formula making, case taking, Chinese Five Element Theory, Homeopathic First Aid, Flower Essence Counseling, plant identification, ethno botany, and hands on herbal techniques such as poultices, tinctures, salves etc. An herb walk outdoors, slide shows of plants and hands on preparations are included.
Over 400 pages of handouts are included with the course. A certificate of completion is offered at the end.
MA NURSES CAN GET CEUS BY TAKING THIS COURSE
*Remember – you can buy my books and DVDs right from this site! – Get a signed copy and a personal note from the author*
Here is a roundup of the past Moonth’s news. Enjoy!
- German Celtic grave of a princess
- Hill of Tara, high resolution video (video)
- Tara of the West?
- Ground radar uncovers a new monument close to Newgrange
The first passage-tomb to be discovered in the Boyne Valley in 200 years has been identified by archaeologists using new sophisticated imaging techniques…
- The tale of an Irish lunula
- Iron Age trumpets played together for the first time – in 2000 years
- A recreated Anglo-Saxon village
- An Iron Age Roundhouse found in Scotland
- A Pictish grave uncovered
- A Bronze Age sheepskin found in Scotland
- A Scottish Loch Village uncovered
- A circular fort discovered in Kells
- Our currently peaceful Solar cycle
- The environmental cost of the Colorado floods
- Otters who juggle (video)
- A pod of orcas, video filmed in Canada (video)
- Animals have consciousness, say scientists (well..duh)
- Juniper berries – how to use them in food and medicine
- Devil’s Claw, a good herb to know and the green pods are edible!
- Irish Wildflowers
- Salacia may benefit pre-diabetes
- Cinnamon may help lower blood pressure (and blood sugar)
- Red Ginseng for sleep
- Herbs for mental performance and memory
- Red Rice Yeast – lowers cholesterol, study finds
- Goldenrod corn muffins
- Herbs that will fight antibacterial resistance
- Boswellia/Frankincense – a possible cancer cure?
- Braised wild lobster mushroom with Lamb’s Quarters
- Chicken of the Woods (I like to sauté it with garlic, butter, olive oil, sea salt and parsley)
- Man and dog go foraging in Colorado (video
- Green tea prevents memory loss
- Eating whole fruits (but not drinking the juice) may help prevent diabetes
- Resveratrol (found in grapes, wine, and also Japanese Knotweed but they don’t mention that) may help diabetics
- The removal of lead from gasoline cause a drop in crime (it wasn’t more guns on the streets as the NRA claims)
- FDA admits there is a link between antibiotics given to animals and human deaths
- Alzheimer’s may be result of too much sanitation
- Chicken meat and arsenic (this is why I eat free-range organic hens)
- Why GMO foods are bad for health
- US approves non-GMO labeling for meat, eggs
- The world’s most efficient health care (hint – not the USA)
- Radiation leak at Fukushima worse than once thought
- Pope Francis is an improvement (but he still shuts the door firmly in the face of women becoming priests)
Related: Pope speaks out against economic inequality (but not against inequality for female clergy in the church)
- Darshan with Shiva – Hinduism teaches tolerance and plurality
- Triskel or Triskellion – the Druid’s sacred symbol
- The Kelpie statues near completion in Scotland
- JK Rowling is set to pen a new script based in the world of Harry Potter (yay!)
- Irish teenagers. Amazing! (video)
- Henri the Cat gets Sat (video)
- The disappearing Middle Class
- The Monsanto Protection act is dead
- Why we need Obamacare
- An African-American University of Alabama student from a prominent family was denied admission to all-white sororities on campus, due in part to alumnae intervention and threats to withdraw financial support.
- Guns in America – the inevitable has happened.
- Angelina Jolie – walking the talk
- Colorado governor; ”No one wants fracking”
- Is Obama the grand chess master? I hope so.
- Jews helping Syrians
- Now that guns are legal in national parks, the predictable has happened
- Indiana anti-Union bill declared unconstitutional
- Bayer sues Europe for banning bee-killing pesticides
- A nuke is scheduled to shut down in VT, finally. Related articles:
- Bady: What killed the beast?
- Vermont Yankee decommissioning could be a long process
- At Issue: Vermont Yankee Decommissioning
- Old nuclear reactors seen as growth opportunity
- Labor Day Protest At Sagamore Bridge Will Target Pilgrim Nuclear Plant
- Left Voices
- Fukushima firm sends reassurance message ahead of 2020 vote
NEWS YOU CAN USE
- Download a PDF that explains how neo-nicotinoids are killing the bees and learn which pesticides and products to avoid
- The “All Things local Store” in Amherst, MA is scheduled to open this fall. It is a model that communities everywhere can use! (video)
- How to make compost
May everyone who reads this have a blessed Samhain/Halloween season. All blessings of the holy dark be yours!