April Blog 2017 Storms are brewing as Spring arrives

We are experiencing yet another round of snow storms on the last day of March as I type. Hungry crows were searching below the bird feeder this morning so I put out some popping corn for them. I have stopped putting out suet and sunflower seeds because I know from experience that this will only attract bears as they emerge from hibernation. My neighbor has a license and a gun and is just waiting to shoot a bear, I don’t want to abet that effort in any way. Last night as I came home there was a large raccoon in the driveway and the owls were talking. Despite the weather the crocuses are up and spring is definitely in the air.

I went to my first town hall recently, here in Massachusetts. I am pleased to say that our representatives were very quiet and polite and actually came to listen, not to tell us what they thought or to demand we shut up or sit down (as representatives in red states have done recently). I learned a few things, for example there are still seventy or so communities here with no broadband access which makes school work and job hunting very difficult.

There were impassioned pleas from farmers who said they depend on immigrants for farm labor. Local towns asked to remain “sanctuary cities” to protect immigrants. Quite a few people said they want single payer Medicare for all.

Here were my own talking points;

  1. Do not cut down our Massachusetts forests to produce energy. In a time of serious climate change we need old trees to sequester carbon. In fact more trees should be planted. DO NOT approve the cutting of trees for wood bio-mass. Farmers should be harvesting methane from cow manure in New England and solar panels should only be put up over parking lots, in vacant fields and already paved vacant lots in cities. Leave the trees standing! I also support turning the Quabbin into a national park where logging is prohibited.
  2. I FULLY SUPPORT SINGLE-PAYER MEDICARE FOR ALL which is the best, most rational and cost-effective option. Employees of existing insurance companies can be re-trained to manage Medicare for all and keep their jobs. I don’t care a fig about the CEOs who are skimming hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the national healthcare budget. Healthcare is a human right, not just a luxury for the rich.

I did not see any of the bitterness and rancor that have characterized other town halls across America. Maybe it’s because we are a Progressive state and Progressives tend to be more compassionate and thoughtful. Who knows.

Save the date: People’s climate march April 29, Washington DC (and hopefully in your own area)

Below you will find the usual roundup of the last Moonth’s archaeology, nature, religion, Celtic, Fairy and book news. Enjoy!

BOOK NEWS

*Reminder – you can buy signed books from this website!*

  • “Hunt The Gowk – April 1
    A “gowk” is a fool, from the Old Norse; “gaukr”. This is a day to play tricks, tell lies, and send people on foolish errands, but the jokes must stop by noon.
  • Tailie Day or Preen-Tail Day – April 2
    The day after Hunt the Gowk, paper tails are attached to a person’s backside as a joke. In past times butchers would save pig’s tails for the boys. Pierced with hooked pins, the tails were attached without anyone noticing.
  • Borrowing Day – April 3
    Anything borrowed on this day becomes the possession of the holder.
  • Whitsunday – Seventh Sunday after Easter
    Another Scottish legal quarter day when rents were once due.

From: SCOTTISH HERBS AND FAIRY LORE (Pendraig Publishing)

  • Last year my book SECRET MEDICINES FROM YOUR GARDEN won the annual Thomas DiBaggio award from the International Herb Association. That was my first award from a mainstream group and I felt highly honored.
  • Last Moonth I asked my readers to please vote for my book SECRET MEDICINES FROM YOUR GARDEN for a possible Council of Visionary Arts award. Many thanks to everyone who heeded the call! The book won!“COVR is pleased to announce the winners and finalists of the 2017 Visionary Book Awards.The top honor, 2017 Book of the Year, goes to G.W. Wilkins for Apollo the Misguided Missile, submitted by Satiama, LLC.Other winners are:
    • Autobiographical and Biographical Books: Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac, The God Molecule
    • Children’s and Teen’s Books: G.W. Wilkins, Apollo the Misguided Missile
    • Coloring Books: Donna DeNomme, Turtle Wisdom Playbook: A Motivational Coloring Adventure
    • Contemporary Spirituality Books: Klaire D. Roy, The Circle of Initiates – Past and Present
    • Divination Books: Toney Brooks & Holly Sierra, Chrysalis Tarot
    • *Health and Healing Books: Ellen Evert Hopman, Secret Medicines from Your Garden*
    • Iconic Books: Richard Singer, Eastern Wisdom Western Soul
    • Personal Growth and Self-Help Books: Barry Goldstein, The Secret Language of the Heart
    • Reincarnation, Death, and Dying Books: Jeffrey Long, M.D. with Paul Perry, God in the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience
    • Shamanism and Wicca Books: Christopher Penczak, The Casting of Spells
    • Visionary Fiction Books: Joan Pillen, Fork in the Road: Heroes, Healers and Happy Campers, Adventure Seekers Saga Series, Book Three
  • You can download a complete list of winners and finalists from the COVR website
  • And Druid Magazine just penned a review. On page 87 is a review of A DRUID’S HERBAL FOR THE SACRED EARTH YEAR. It’s kind of weird to see a review of such a classic old book!On page 28 is an excerpt from A LEGACY OF DRUIDS – CONVERSATIONS WITH DRUID LEADERS FROM BRITAIN, THE USA AND CANADA (Moon Books)

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

ARCHEOLOGY NEWS

HERB NEWS

HEALTH NEWS

CLIMATE AND NATURE NEWS

RELIGION NEWS

CELTIC NEWS

POLITICS AND ETHICS

 

February 2017 Blog – The American People Awake, Like a Phoenix from the Ashes

Poem for Trump

America is better than this
We do not want to turn away refugees from war torn lands
America is better than this
We do not turn our back on the Earth and her creatures
America is better than this
We affirm that all human beings deserve health and healing
America is better than this
We know that walls impede civilization and block human decency
America is better than this
We hold that every person has the right to sovereignty over their own body
America is better than this
We assert that women, children and men are equally deserving of respect
America is better than this
We believe that all races are deserving of respect
America is better than this
We know that clean water and healthy food sustain a people
America is better than this
We believe that children deserve an excellent free education – for they are the future of us all
America is better than this
We hold that every senior and disabled person should live without fear of poverty
America is better than this
We proclaim that every worker deserves a living wage
America is better than this
We affirm that every person merits a decent home
America is better than this
We want our leaders to work for peace, not conflict
America is better than this
We believe that no one creed or religion should dominate our affairs
America is better than this

BOOK NEWS

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • April 15, 2017
    Edible and Medicinal Plants of New England
    COST – $15 (includes $5 registration fee)
    Please contact The Bower Studio with any questions regarding payments & registration.
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    The Bower Studio: 378 Daniel Shays Hwy, Pelham, MA 01002
  • July 29-30
    Advanced case taking and formula making class with Ellen Evert Hopman, Herbalist AHG
    Learn Basic Five Element Theory; seasons, flavors, taste, voice tone, emotions
    Learn the basics of Facial Diagnosis; lines, colors, moles, blemishes
    And learn an advanced formula making technique to design individually crafted remedies for individuals developed by Master Herbalist William LeSassier, Ellen’s primary teacher.
    Ellen is the author of a number of herbals including “Secret Medicines from Your Garden”, “A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine”, “Tree Medicine Tree Magic” and other volumes. See Ellen’s books at www.elleneverthopman.com
    To register:
    Misty Meadows Herbal Center
    183 Wednesday Hill Road
    Lee, NH 03861
  • August 5-6, 2017
    Celtic Tree Medicine Workshop
    Saturday 9-5 / Sunday 9-2
    69 Porter Road Freedom, NH
    Rain or shine (there is a screen house)
    Will more than likely have a music fire circle at night.
    $100.00 per student for the Weekend
  • August 25-27
    New England Women’s Herbal Conference
    At Camp Wicosuta, Newfound Lake, New Hampshire

Below you will find the usual past Moonth’s gleanings of archeology, herbs, nature, religion and ethics news. *Reminder – you can purchase my books from this website and get a signed copy and a personal note! Please specify who you want the books signed to!*

Enjoy!

ARCHEOLOGY NEWS

HERB NEWS

HEALTH NEWS

CLIMATE AND  NATURE NEWS

RELIGION NEWS

PAGAN NEWS

CELTIC NEWS

POLITICS AND ETHICS