Its barely Spring and its still snowing – getting ready for the Beltaine Fires!

Does anyone besides me feel that they have fallen through a looking glass into some kind of weird mirror world? I am thinking about the current Republican effort to take the US backwards to what they imagine were “the good old days”. To the time when white men were in charge of practically everything, when blacks and women were discouraged from or denied the vote, when women were forced into lives of domesticity no matter how intelligent or well educated they might have been, because of a lack of family planning. A time when everyone was straight and probably Christian and if they weren’t they were “odd”.
Why any intelligent woman or person of color would back the Republicans in this absurd effort is beyond me.

The View from the Mountain

After a very warm and dry winter we suddenly had snow this morning on the mountain. I have been warning folks for months that we could still get another blizzard. The weather is so weird now that it seems anything is possible. It’s a strange time with the daffodils in full bloom and leaden skies dropping snow on everything. The cats won’t go out because of the cold and damp.

Canada Geese already have babies paddling around in the pond down the street. Last night I heard something really big like a bear or a moose crunching through the dry leaves behind the house at about midnight. I ran for my flashlight but by the time I got out there all I saw were a set of very yellow eyes glaring back at me. Probably a Coyote or a Coy-wolf.

After three months of severe water shortages the well finally got fracked. (It’s a gentle process, nothing like the fracking involved in gas drilling that is now causing earthquakes in the Midwest). Its glorious to be able to take a bath again and do dishes and laundry and make herbal brews to my hearts content.

By the end of this month I will be making Spring tonics with my herb students from Sassafras root and Birch twigs. You can see a small clip from my instructional video on herbalism here; (you can purchase the full version from this website – just go to my bookstore).

BOOK NEWS

UPCOMING SPEAKING EVENTS

  •  Book launch – Priestess of the Fire Temple
    Sunday, April 1 from noon – 2 pm.
    Inspirit Common
    219 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060
    413-585-1169
    I will sign books and answer questions about Druids and Celtic spirituality
    It’s a Sunday so parking is free!
    Monday, April 9, Awentree, Easthampton, MA
    Cost is $10
    102 Cottage St, Easthampton MA 01027, 413-527-3331
    From : 7:00pm To : 8:30pm
    Exploring Paganism and Earth Centered Spirituality at AwenTree
    April’s focus will be Celtic Traditions. I will teach an overview about Druid Traditions and sign books.
    Email : awentree@yahoo.com
    More info
    Thursday April 19, Huntington Library A lecture on Celtic Gods and Goddesses and sign books
    7 East Main Street, Huntington, MA. 01050 5:30 PM
    (413) 667-8847
    June 9, HERBSTALK Herbal Conference, Somerville, MA
    From 11 to 6 pm at Arts at the Armory, located at
    191 Highland Ave. in Somerville, MA.
    I will speak about sacred tree medicine.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

  •  And here are the moonths gleanings from the media for your reading pleasure;

 SCIENCE NEWS

Please go to www.wachters.com  where you can order seaweed tablets that can protect the body from the effects. Please tell them I sent you (my number is 6028)

RELIGION NEWS

DRUID NEWS

CELTIC NEWS

PAGAN NEWS

NATURE NEWS

ARCHEOLOGY NEWS

MUSIC

POETRY NEWS

MAGIC AND TRANSFORMATION

POLITICS/ETHICS

CHARITY

HELP A WESTERN MA CHILD WITH CANCER

Friends, family, co-workers and Valley residents are coming together to support four year old Amherst resident Sabir Douglas, his twelve year old sister Sahar, and his single mom, Heather Anderson. In January Sabir was diagnosed at Baystate Medical Center with a cancerous tumor.

Sabir is still in preschool while undergoing chemotherapy at the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care in Springfield. His treatment is expected to take about forty four weeks and he will eventually be moving to Boston with his mom for six weeks to undergo treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital and may later need surgery.

Insurance will cover most of the medical costs but will not cover travel expenses, lodging and food for Sabir and his mom while they stay in Boston. You can help!

The Anderson family is well known in the Valley for their work at Hope Church in Amherst where every member of the family has worked to better our local community for generations. Now we have the chance to help them in their time of need.

  • An account has been established at the UMass Five College Credit Union for donations. Please make checks out to
    Sabir’s Health Recovery Fund and mail to
    P.O.B 1078, Amherst, MA 01004.
    A website has been set up where you can follow Sabir’s progress www.lotsahelpinghands.com and find out about future events and fundraisers
    To request an invitation to the site please write to: saharandsabirsmom@gmail.com

May the fires of Spring shine brightly on all who read this!

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