GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 25 June-2 July

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The aspiring Mountains and the winding Streams,
Empress of Night! are gladdened by thy beams;
A look of thine the wilderness pervades,
And penetrates the forest’s inmost shades;

– William Wordsworth, “To The Moon.”

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Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed.
~GrannyMoon

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Goddess Month of Month of Rosea begins 6/13 – 7/10

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Celtic Tree Calendar: Duir (Oak) June 10 to July 7

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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon: Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona

Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom.

Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).

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GrannyMoon is Founder and Mother High Priestess of GoddessSchool, Sisters of the Burning Branch, dedicated to the Feminine Divine. Living in the Washington, DC suburbs, she attended LDS Seminary, Former staff member and student of the Esoteric Theological Seminary, is an ordained Metaphysical Interfaith minister with doctoral degrees in Theology and Divinity, since 1999. She is a current board member of the Northern Virginia Pagan Pride Day, charter member and former counsel and board member of The Order of the White Moon. A scholar of ancient mysteries, Doula, Reiki Master, Herbalist and Lifetime Member of Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. and former VA State Representative A.R.E.N. Alternative Religions Educational Network. She has dedicated her life to the study and teaching of the Esoteric.

Join us! GrannyMoon@goddessschool.com http://goddessschool.com GrannyMoon occasionally teaches classes here, and on the last Saturday of the month she hosts the Most Excellent Order of the Black Hat – open to all – a group of solitaires who celebrate the wheel of the year.

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and
women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing,
emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals,
women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female
partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Incense: Myrtle
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Candle: White
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and Goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
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Hail Tyr! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tyr’s or Tiu’s Day – the day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz,
Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars,
whose Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and
protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated
with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power.
Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on
Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to
achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing
energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good
to be cautious-especially while traveling.
Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical
Strength
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
Candle: Red
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Hail Odin! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s or Odin’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,
Eloquence
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
Candle: Purple
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day Hail Thor!
Energy: Male, Ruler: Jupiter – Rules growth, expansion, generosity – Use
for magick involving growth, expansion, prosperity, money, business,
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,
Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters
Thursday – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in
rituals.
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba
Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
Candle: Blue
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
quarrels today!
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise, ruby, emerald or cat’s eye.
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Candle: Green
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions. Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Demeter
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Myrrh
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
Candle: Black
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GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day
Energy: Male
Ruler: The Sun
Rule health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunna, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
Izanami, Ochumare
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,
Myrrh
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Candle: Yellow

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Llewellyn’s Spell a Day

Honeybee Magic
Spell Date: Monday, June 25, 2018

Colony collapse disorder is causing an alarming loss of honeybee populations. We depend on honeybees to pollinate food-bearing plants, especially fruit trees. Bees have been important to humans for millennia and are intimately entwined with human history. Honey is a superfood and a natural antimicrobial agent. We can attract honeybees to pollinate in our gardens and encourage the healthy proliferation of these important insects.

Plant a variety of annuals in pots or in a small garden bed, and place a small bowl of water or a birdbath there, too. Annuals that attract bees include borage, sunflowers, cosmos, cornflowers, calendula, and asters. Some of these can be planted from seed earlier in spring, and many are available from your local garden shop.

Honeybees are gentle and will not sting unless their lives are in danger (as stinging kills them). Sit in your garden and watch them busily pollinate your flowers. Maybe they’ll inspire you to be more industrious!
This post was written by Peg Aloi on June 25, 2018
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Ultimate Grounding Experience
Spell Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018

This spell will help ground you and give you a good, strong connection to Mother Earth. If you don’t own your own property that you can dig on, you will need an aluminum roasting pan or something of a similar size and shape, along with a bag of potting soil. Outside, fill the pan with soil and add water, stirring well until it’s a gooey consistency. If you can dig into the earth, do so and add water until you have the same consistency.

Submerge at least your feet into the mud. If you can dig an actual mud pit, that’s even better! Feel the mud squish between your toes. Meditate on what you are doing. Think about the ways our ancestors used mud. We tend to shy away from mud these days, but for many people it was an integral part of their culture. Rub it on your legs, arms, and face. Feel the connection with Mother Earth. Allow yourself to feel a part of Mother Earth.
This post was written by Kerri Connor on June 24, 2018
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Pyromancy
Spell Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Divination is a powerful tool, and by tapping into the energies associated with Hecate through the use of pyromancy, you can increase the power at your disposal. Pyromancy is the art of divination through the use of fire. To give your pyromancy a boost, you can connect with Hecate, who is associated with Saturdays and was often seen bearing a torch to light the path.

Create a sacred space that is free of distractions, and turn down the lights. Place a candle on your altar and light it. Concentrate on a question you have. Try to focus on what the flame is doing. Is it straight and unwavering, or does it flicker and pop? If it remains straight, with little flickering, you have a positive response to your question. If it flickers and pops, you may want to reevaluate the situation surrounding the question.
This post was written by Charlynn Walls on June 23, 2018
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A Grass Spell for Protection
Spell Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

In this spell, grasses are used to share their strength and ability to protect home and family. On a dry day, cut some tall grasses to fit in a jar or vase. These could be roadside weeds or ornamental grass. Place the grasses in your jar or vase, but don’t add water; you want them to dry. Hide the grasses—an attic would be ideal. Write the following charm and place it in the jar too:

“Grasses green and grasses grand,
Growing tall and noble in fields across the land,
I ask that you share your vitality
With those who share this home with me.
Protect all who call this home a place to dwell,
Through the year, keep us safe and keep us well.”

Next summer, compost the dried grasses and the written charm. Repeat the spell if you wish.
This post was written by James Kambos on June 22, 2018
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A Simple Litha Wish Spell
Spell Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018

The practice of floating a wish to the Goddess in the form of a rose on a body of flowing water is a time-honored tradition and a nice way to celebrate the summer solstice in a simple yet powerful rite. To do this, choose a place in nature that has meaning and beauty for you. Take a rose for each wish you would like to manifest (other flowers are fine, too, if roses are not affordable or available) and cast a simple circle at the edge of a lake, stream, river, or ocean. Hold each rose while visualizing your wish successfully and beautifully manifested. As you release the wish to the water, say:

“Now begins the season of fire.
May I be blessed with my desire.”

Be sure to float one flower to the Goddess with no wish attached, to say thank you for her blessings.
This post was written by Thuri Calafia on June 21, 2018
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Building a Victorian Flower Altar
Spell Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Today in 1837, Queen Victoria ascended the throne. During that era, all objects carried meaning and every variety of flower conveyed a message. Build a Victorian love altar for platonic, romantic, or familial love by placing a photo of you and yours at the center and surrounding it with the appropriate flowers in the shape of a heart:

Tulips invoke the courage to declare your love.

Celebrate fidelity with ivy.

The first blush of love isn’t pink, but purple and is hidden in the scent of lilacs.

Today, poppies are associated with the military, but before the First World War, patriotic love or love for someone in service was expressed by the nasturtium.

Daisies are an expression of innocent love. Surround images of the children you love with these flowers.

Affection begins with you. Show yourself some love with a narcissus.

And don’t forget roses—love’s essential, all-purpose flower!
This post was written by Natalie Zaman on June 20, 2018
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Stop That Troll!
Spell Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

It’s highly annoying to be pestered by trollish comments of wannabe “friends” on your Facebook page. The first thing to do is to delete every such comment and mark them as spam. If you own amber jewelry, wear it when you go online. Also keep at least one holey stone or piece of petrified wood nearby for added protection.

Now take stronger action. With Kali, Thor, and Nike on your altar, cast your circle and begin to visualize a tall oaken fence around your computer, tablet, or phone. Visualize aloe and other protective herbs growing along the fence. Hang agates on it.

Next, visualize divine action. Watch Kali eat parts of the troll and/or chase him away. Watch Thor cast thunder and lighting at him to paralyze him. Finally, invite Nike to stand beside you whenever you go online.

You can adapt this spell for use with all other social media.
This post was written by Barbara Ardinger on June 19, 2018

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The Full Moon’s Invitation
by thiscrookedcrown

This is a very adaptable spell. It’s used to increase the things you want more of in your life. So if you want love, you’ll add that component. If you want money, you add that. It’s used for what you want. Unlike the full moon or sun variations of this spell, this one can be used to invite things you do not currently possess into your life.
That being said, this can be a tricky spell to pull off in some people’s home environments. You need complete darkness on a new moon night.

Ingredients:
” Items you want to increase in your life
” Full Moon Water

Collect together items that represents the things you want in your life. You might have a handful of cash, a picture of a college diploma, a love letter written to a dream lover, or anything else. Think creatively and simply. If you want to travel to Aruba, put in a picture of Aruba. Don’t make things hard for yourself.
Once you have together your items, take them and place them on a table next to a window where no light will shine from outside on it. You can also leave it on the windowsill itself. Be smart about this. don’t leave a wad of cash on your windowsill and expect it to not get stolen if you live on the ground floor and leave the window open. Be as discreet as possible with your items but don’t cover them up.
Place a drop of full moon water on each item then leave them overnight. You can leave the items there until the full moon or you can take the items away immediately. You may wish to avoid spending any money used in this spell until after the full moon.
You can repeat this spell as often as you like.

Notes:
” If you’re charging water, crystals, or anything else by the new moon’s light, do this in a separate location than this spell.
” We avoid putting the items in a bag or container so the lack of moonlight can touch them. A good middle ground is a big glass mason jar.
Happy casting!
thiscrookedcrown

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Heartwings Love Notes 833: The Importance of Cherishing Myself

Heartwings says, “It is not necessarily selfish to think of yourself too.”

Because they don’t know much as yet about being an individual, young children are naturally unselfish. Once children learn to think of themselves as “me” most parents begin teaching them to share. “Sharing is caring” becomes a kind of guidance with which to approach both giving and doing. This is all very well until we begin to leave ourselves out of the sharing equation. It is vial to remember ourselves when we share. I am happier and more content when I include myself in my decisions and actions concerning others.

What can make us forget to do that is that often it feels better to give than to receive. Giving can even make us feel a bit superior to the recipient, a kind of pat on our head. It can also incline us to wish to be thanked or even to be given back to in some way. If or when we do not get a return on our gift, we may grow resentful. This then can create a feeling of martyrdom or even bitterness as in: “I did thus and such for them and got nothing back.”

If we cherish others at our own expense and forget to cherish ourselves, we do both the recipient and ourselves a disservice. It is not difficult to think of ways to cherish ourselves. However given that it may feel more virtuous to focus on others, it may be easier to do so. Yet small acts on our own behalf can make a big difference. For instance: remembering to buy and prepare a kind of tea I like along with the one that Stephen prefers starts my morning happily. Remembering to ask him to join me in doing tasks or walking enhances my day.

When I can I take the time to sit with my feet up and read a fun book for at least an hour a day. When I would like a new pair of socks or a pretty but unnecessary item of clothing, I no longer feel guilty buying it for myself. Sharing means giving equally, not depriving oneself. If I encounter any guilt when I do something for me, I remind myself that I deserve to be cherished, and I smile and tell myself, “I love you too.”

May you find good ways to cherish yourself and enjoy what you do.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha

P.S. How do you cherish yourself? What do you give to you? I’d love to hear! Your responses are precious to me and I greatly appreciate them.

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Defense Mechanisms
By Madisyn Taylor

Because we are spiritual beings, we have the ability to rise above habits and patterns to see the truth

We all have defense mechanisms that we’ve developed over time, often without being aware of it. In times of trouble, the behaviors that have worked to get us past challenges with the least amount of pain are the ones that we repeat; even when part of us knows they no longer work. Such behavior is a natural response from our mental and physical aspects. But because we are spiritual beings as well, we have the ability to rise above habits and patterns to see the truth that lay beyond. And from that moment on, we can make choices that allow us to work directly from that place of truth within us.

Most of our defense mechanisms were developed in childhood; from the moment that we realized crying would get us the attention we craved. Passive aggressive ways of communicating may have allowed us to get what we needed without being scolded, punished or laughed at, so we learned to avoid being direct and honest. Some of us may have taken refuge in the lives of others, discovering ways to direct attention away from ourselves entirely. Throwing ourselves into projects or rescuing others from themselves can be effective ways to avoid dealing with our own issues. And when people are truly helped by our actions, we get the added bonus of feeling heroic. But while defenses can keep away the things we fear, they can also work to keep our good from us.

When we can be honest with ourselves about what we truly desire, then we can connect our desires to the creative power of the spirit within us. Knowing that we are one with the energy of the universe allows us release any need for defense. Trusting that power, we know that we are exactly where we are meant to be, and that challenges bring gifts of growth and experience. When we can put down arms raised in defense, then we are free to use our hands, minds, hearts and spirits to mold and shape our abundant energy to create and live our lives.

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Powerful Herbal Pain Relief
by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the home of a gracious woman who deals in antiques. As I admired the many fine pieces displayed there, I came to realize that I, too, am something of a period piece a baby boomer who’s fundamentally sound but sporting the odd creaky hinge or two.
Fortunately, the herbal apothecary holds promise. Its medicines are good alternatives to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for chronic, mild to moderate aches and can reduce the need for prescription drugs.
More than 100 plants are known to have pain-relieving properties, but some are really outstanding. Reporting on herbal painkillers for arthritis, a review of clinical trials in the Clinical Journal of Pain says devil’s claw {Harpagophytum procumbens}, capsaicin from hot chiles {Capsicum spp.}, gamma-linolenic acid {GLA} from seed oils, and certain blended herbal extracts are especially good. Other studies indicate broader pain-relieving benefits from these as well as two traditional favorites, white willow {Salix spp.} and peppermint {Mentha x piperita}.
Herbal Rx: Devil’s Claw and Capsaicin.
Devil’s claw
Is a South African herb with medicinally active roots. This herb eases muscular tension or pain in the back, shoulders, and neck. A popular treatment for osteoarthritis pain, it may ease the rheumatoid arthritis pain as well. The herb’s active ingredients are harpagide and harpagoside, both iridoid glycosides with analgesic {pain-relieving} and anti-inflammatory actions. Devil’s claw extract has been shown to reduce osteoarthritic hip or knee pain by 25 percent and improve mobility within a few weeks. Rheumatoid arthritis pain may also be reduced and mobility enhanced within about two months. Devil’s claw extract is considered safe at the typical dosage of 750 mg {containing 3 percent iridoid glycosides} taken three times daily. It is also available as tincture {use 1 teaspoon up to three times daily} and tea. It should not be taken with blood-thinning medications and may not be safe during pregnancy or for young children, nursing mothers, and individuals with liver or kidney disease, or digestive system ulcers.
Capsaicin.
Puts the heat in hot peppers. It manipulates the body’s pain status by hindering pain perception, triggering the release of pain-relieving endorphins and providing analgesic action. Commercial capsaicin-containing creams such as Zostrix, Heat, and Capzasin-P are used topically for arthritis and nerve pain. Creams containing .025 percent capsaicin can significantly reduce osteoarthritic pain when applied to joints four times daily. A higher concentration of .075 percent works best for peripheral nerve pain such as that from diabetic nerve damage, HIV, and pain following cancer surgery. When using topical capsaicin products, be sure to avoid touching your eyes and other sensitive areas.
Capsaicin also can be taken internally to help with chronic digestive discomfort, or dyspepsia: A daily dose of 0.5 to 1 grams cayenne, divided and taken before meals, reduces pain, bloating and nausea over a few weeks. If you like to munch hot peppers, rest assured that they do not aggravate stomach ulcers as is commonly believed, and they actually might protect your stomach from prescription-drug damage.
Herbal Blends and Other Old Friends.
We’re also hearing more about commercial herbal mixtures for pain relief. Two apparently promising ones are avocado/soybean unsaponifiable and Phytodolor, both from Europe. Avocado/soybean unsaponifiable is a complex mix of sterols, pigments and other substances found in the oils, and initial trials suggest that a daily dose of 300 mg soothes hip and knee osteoarthritis pain by anti-inflammatory actions.
Phytodolor, with a 40-year history in Germany, is a liquid extract of European aspen {Populus tremula}, European ash {Fraxinus excelsior} and European goldenrod {Solidago virgaurea}. The extract helps muscle and joint conditions, including osteoarthritis; it contains salicin and other chemicals with anti-inflammatory and possibly antioxidant properties.
Don’t discount the psychological dimensions of pain in everyday aches. For instance, most headaches have psychogenic causes {such as anxiety, depression, and stress}, rather than vascular causes {dilated or distended blood vessels in the brain}. Psychogenic headaches tend to be diffuse, often feeling more like pressure than pain, and often are accompanied by muscular tension. Vascular headaches, including migraines, respond more readily to painkillers, whereas emotionally induced ones might benefit more from herbs with calming or sedative properties, such as lavender {Lavandula angustifolia}, chamomile {Matricaria recutita} or valerian {Valeriana officinalis}.
It shouldn’t be surprising that pain is multidimensional, and our tools for combating it need to be also. When you’re suffering from creakiness or another discomfort, consider the possible causes-disease, physical strain, nutrient deficiency, chemical sensitivities, allergies or emotional stress. Then you can access the herbal apothecary effectively and appropriately, to fully restore your well-being.
Chamomile
Aromatherapists use chamomile essential oil to promote relaxation and pain relief.
Herbs and Liver Damage.
Herb expert James Duke, PhD., points out that many more herbs protect the liver than harm it. In fact, one of America’s favorite over-the-counter drugs, acetaminophen {Tylenol and other brands}, is riskier than most herbs. Although safe within recommended dosages, acetaminophen overdoses {some of which occur among people simply trying to relieve their pain} are the main cause of acute liver failure, and contribute to 500 American deaths a year.
That said, the following herbs should be avoided, particularly in people with the known liver disease, heavy drinkers {or recreational drugs}, and those taking liver-taxing drugs, such as acetaminophen {Tylenol}, aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories {such as ibuprofen}, corticosteroids, statins, tetracyclines and others.
Herbs that contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids:
comfrey, coltsfoot, Senecio, borage leaf, and germander. Comfrey has gotten the most media attention for its connection to liver injury. In 2001, the Food and Drug Administration advised manufacturers to remove from the market comfrey products intended for internal use. Because this herb is a good wound healer, it’s often an ingredient in first-aid salves. Another PA-containing herb, butterbur, is available as a PA-free extract {Petadolex} for the prevention of migraine headaches and hay fever.
Kava {Piper methysticum}
For many years, people of the South Pacific have consumed kava beverages with the single side effect of a scaly, yellowish skin condition with excessive use. Research showing concentrated kava extracts reduced anxiety spurred its widespread popularity. Although human studies didn’t register liver toxicity, cases of liver injury {some severe} cropped up several years ago. Most involved ingestion of kava extracts made with acetone or alcohol, and often along with alcohol or drugs that can be hard on the liver.
Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, says, “no convincing proof of an inherent toxicity of kava exists,” despite ongoing research. And, while he believes kava to be relatively safe, “the jury is still out as whether kava might cause liver injury, particularly in susceptible individuals.”
Steven Dentali, PhD., Chief Science Officer for the American Herbal Products Association, adds, “Considering the widespread consumption of kava beverages and the long history of apparent safe use, any toxic liver reactions are of course serious, but extremely rare.”
A general guideline:
Don’t take herbs that have even a suspicion of harming the liver if you already have liver disease or regularly drink alcohol or use recreational drugs. Also, avoid herbs if you take a medication that can be toxic to the liver.
Consult your health-care provider if you are unsure.

Compress For Bruising and Anti-Bruising Oil
A wet compress can relieve some of the pain of a bruise and help the healing process. This simple formula will have you feeling better in no time and for very little money.

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup witch hazel or cider vinegar
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops peppermint or juniper essential oil

1. In a bowl, mix the water, witch hazel or vinegar, and the essential oils. Soak a flannel cloth in the liquid, wring it out until nearly dry, and then place over the injured area.
2. Cover with plastic wrap so the skin absorbs the essential oils and cover the whole thing with a towel. Apply the compress for 30 minutes up to three times daily.

Healing Ointment

You can have this ointment on hand to treat everyday cuts and scrapes as they arise, just as you would a tube of pricey commercial antiseptic.
1-1 1/2 ounces grated beeswax
1 cup olive oil or almond oil
2 capsules vitamin E, 400 IU
30 drops tea tree essential oil
20 drops spike lavender or French lavender essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil
10 drops fir essential oil

1. In the top of a double boiler over low heat, melt the beeswax. Stir in the olive or almond oil. Remove from the heat. Pierce each vitamin E capsule with a needle and squeeze the contents into the mixture. Then stir in the essential oils.
2. Pour into a small sterilized jar with a tight-fitting lid and store in a cool, dark place. Use as needed on wounds. Should last a year.

Cleansing Soap
Here is an antiseptic soap you can trust to clean out wounds properly and stave off infections. It smells good and costs very little.

Liquid Castile soap
Lavender essential oil
Rosemary essential oil
Tea tree essential oil

1. To the Castile soap, add lavender, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils {10 drops total per 2 ounces of soap}. Dilute with more soap if the skin is especially sensitive to any of the essential oils.
2. Use to clean off cuts and abrasions.

First-Aid Antiseptic
Here is an all-natural solution with germ-killing properties that will help soothe a minor cut or abrasion. Be sure to wash the affected area well before applying it.

2 ounces Calendula Ointment {recipe below}
40 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil

1. In a small sterile jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the calendula ointment with the essential oils, mixing thoroughly.
2. Apply a small amount to the cleaned injury. Keep the remainder in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks.

Calendula-teaCalendula Ointment.

Use the old-fashioned calendula flower {Calendula officinalis} for this therapeutic salve that has many uses.
3 tablespoons fresh calendula petals
1/3 cup light olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped beeswax
1 capsule vitamin E, 400 IU

1. Put the calendula petals in a double boiler and crush slightly with the back of a spoon. Add the olive oil and simmer for two hours over low heat.
2. Strain the liquid into a bowl, pressing against the strainer with the back of a spoon to extract all the oils.
3. Return the liquid to the double boiler. Over medium heat, add the chopped beeswax and stir until it melts. Remove from the double boiler and beat the mixture until it cools and becomes creamy and thick. Pierce the vitamin E capsule with a needle, squeeze in the contents and mix.
4. Spoon into a sterilized 4 1/2-ounce jar with a tight top, seal, and keep in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks.
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Gardener’s Hand Cream

This hand cream is especially beneficial for those hard-working hands. Because you are using unpreserved vegetable oils, if you don’t have a cool, dark place to store the hand cream or a friend to share with, consider making only half this recipe at a time. To make calendula tea, pour a cup of boiling water over half a teaspoon of dried calendula flower petals and let it steep until cool.

3 tablespoons beeswax, grated or shaved
1/2 cup sesame oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons calendula tea
3 drops lavender essential oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix all the ingredients. Set the microwave to a medium heat and cook 30 seconds or until beeswax is melted. Remove from the oven with hot pads and allow to cool.
2. Pour mixture into a wide mouth, sterilized jar with a tight top. Store in a cool, dark place until ready to use.

Calendula Ointment

Use the old-fashioned calendula flower {Calendula officinalis} for this therapeutic salve that has many uses.

3 tablespoons fresh calendula petals
1/3 cup light olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped beeswax
1 capsule vitamin E, 400 IU

1. Put the calendula petals in a double boiler and crush slightly with the back of a spoon. Add the olive oil and simmer for two hours over low heat.
2. Strain the liquid into a bowl, pressing against the strainer with the back of a spoon to extract all the oils.
3. Return the liquid to the double boiler. Over medium heat, add the chopped beeswax and stir until it melts. Remove from the double boiler and beat the mixture until it cools and becomes creamy and thick. Pierce the vitamin E capsule with a needle, squeeze in the contents and mix.
4. Spoon into a sterilized 4 1/2-ounce jar with a tight top, seal, and keep in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks.

Refreshing Mouthwash’s
For just a few cents you can cook up a potful of this rinse that tastes good and can be safely used as often as you like. Unlike more expensive commercial mouthwashes, it has no alcohol.

1 cup water
2 tablespoons angelica seeds
Dash of peppermint oil or lemon verbena

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the angelica seeds and peppermint oil or lemon verbena. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Strain off and discard the solids.

2. Store the liquid in a clean, covered container in the refrigerator and use every day. It should keep indefinitely.

Spicy, Minty Mouthwash.
This simple recipe offers a kick that will make your mouth feel wonderful for hours. Use as often as you like it’s very inexpensive and doesn’t burn like commercial mouthwashes with alcohol in them.

1 cup water
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 teaspoons parsley

1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Remove the pan from the stove and stir in the cloves, cinnamon, peppermint extract, and parsley. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes. Strain off the solids.
2. Pour the liquid into a clean, tightly covered container and store in the refrigerator, where it will keep indefinitely. Use as a gargle and mouthwash.

Bacteria – Fighting Citrus Mouthwash.
Fight the damaging bacteria that dwell in your mouth with this lemon-tasting mouthwash with an alcohol base that acts as a disinfectant. It is as effective as any mouthwash you can buy and much less expensive.
Rinse and swish or gargle, but don’t swallow the liquid.

3/4 cup vodka
30 drops lemon essential oil
25 drops bergamot essential oil
1 1/4 cups distilled water

1. Place the vodka and the lemon and bergamot essential oils in a sterilized 16-ounce glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Shake the mixture vigorously to combine.
2. Add the distilled water and shake until well blended. Leave in the refrigerator for 1 week to mature, shaking from time to time.

3. To use, shake the bottle and mix 1 part of the mixture with 3 parts lukewarm distilled water in a small drinking glass. Rinse, but do not swallow the mouthwash.

Herbal First Aid Kit: What To Buy

Being prepared with my favorite remedies gives me peace of mind on the road or trail, and keeps me from having to search out herbal products in an unfamiliar town — or from having to resort to padding my heels with mullein leaves to ease the agony of a broken blister while on a backpacking trip.

I’ve had plenty of opportunities to put my first-aid kit to use, from treating blisters and bug bites to motion sickness and colds. I choose simple, multipurpose remedies and store them in a small padded nylon lunch box that’s always ready to toss into the car. For backpacking trips, I pare my kit down to arnica gel, echinacea, peppermint and chamomile tea bags, crystallized ginger, insect repellant, a tin of herbal salve, a tiny bottle of lavender essential oil, and an assortment of bandages and moleskin.

With the following herbs and essential oils, you should be able to treat just about any common condition you are likely to encounter in your travels.

The Herbal First Aid Kit: What to Buy

These are my favorite remedies — the ones I consider indispensable for a travel first-aid kit. All of the remedies are available at any well-stocked health-food store and by mail-order. Be sure to buy pure essential oils, not fragrance oils. To prevent breakage, wrap glass bottles in small pieces of thick flannel.

• Aloe vera gel: Cooling and healing, aloe vera (Aloe vera) soothe the inflammation of sunburn and common kitchen scalds and burns.

• Arnica gel or cream: Arnica (Arnica montana) flowers have anti-inflammatory and circulation-stimulating properties; the gel or cream is excellent for sore muscles, sprains, strains, and bruises. Do not apply arnica to broken skin.

• Calendula-comfrey salve: The bright yellow-orange blossoms of calendula (Calendula officinalis) have astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) contains allantoin, a compound that stimulates the growth of new tissue and helps heal wounds.

• Chamomile tea bags: With its delicious distinctive flavor, chamomile (Matricaria recutita) makes a tasty tea. Gentle enough for children, chamomile has mild sedative, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It promotes relaxation, relieves indigestion and, when applied topically, soothes skin irritations.

• Citronella-based insect repellant: Most herbal repellants contain citronella, a pungent citrus-scented essential oil distilled from an aromatic grass that grows in southern Asia. Herbal insect repellants work well, as long as they’re applied liberally and frequently (as often as every two hours).

• Echinacea liquid extract: Rich in immune-stimulating chemicals, echinacea (Echinacea spp.) can be used for any type of infection. Liquid extracts are the most versatile because they can be used both internally and externally.

• Elderberry capsules or liquid extract: Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is essential for stopping a cold or flu from ruining your vacation. The berries contain compounds that prevent cold and flu viruses from invading and infecting cells. If you’re flying or otherwise potentially exposed to viruses, taking elderberry is a good preventive. If you do come down with a cold or flu, taking elderberry can hasten your recovery time.

• Eleuthero standardized extract: An excellent adaptogen, eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) can help prevent jet lag; it was even used by Soviet cosmonauts to help them adjust to space travel. Standardized extracts guarantee that you’re getting sufficient amounts of eleuthero sides, which herbalists consider to be the herb’s active compounds.

• Eucalyptus essential oil: A potent antibiotic and antiviral, eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) are excellent for treating colds, flu, and sinus infections when used as a steam inhalation. Dilute with oil or witch hazel extract before applying to the skin, and do not take internally.

• Ginger capsules, tea bags, and crystallized ginger: The antispasmodic and gas-relieving properties of ginger (Zingiber officinale) soothe digestive upsets. Ginger also has been proven to relieve motion sickness better than Dramamine, the conventional drug treatment.

• Goldenseal capsules or powder: A powerful antimicrobial, goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis) is effective against a variety of microorganisms that cause traveler’s diarrhea. The powder has antiseptic properties and can be sprinkled onto cuts or wounds to stop bleeding. Do not take goldenseal internally during pregnancy.

• Grindelia poison oak/ivy tincture or spray: Grindelia (Grindelia camporum), also known as gumweed, contains resins and tannins that help to relieve the pain and itching of plant rashes. It’s available as a tincture and also as a spray specifically for treating poison oak/poison ivy rashes.

• Lavender essential oil: Virtually an all-purpose remedy, lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has sedative, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It’s helpful for anxiety, insomnia, headaches, wounds and burns. For most people, lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin. Do not take more than 1 to 2 drops internally.

• Laxative herbal tea bags: Travel constipation is a common complaint. Most herbal laxative teas rely on senna (Cassia senna), which contains compounds called anthraquinones that stimulate intestinal activity. Because senna has a bitter, unpleasant flavor, it’s often combined with tasty herbs such as cinnamon, fennel, licorice, and ginger.

• Peppermint essential oil and tea bags: With its high concentration of menthol, peppermint (Mentha xpiperita) soothes an upset stomach, clears sinuses and curbs itching from insect bites. If you have sensitive skin, dilute peppermint oil before applying. Taken internally, peppermint may aggravate heartburn.

• Valerian tincture: The sedative properties of valerian (Valeriana officinalis) make it useful for relieving anxiety, insomnia, and tension; it’s also a mild pain reliever.

• Witch hazel extract: Distilled witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) has mild astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful for insect bites and skin irritations. It’s also an excellent base for diluting essential oils for a variety of simple, topical herbal first-aid remedies. Do not take it internally.
Additional First-Aid Essentials

• Adhesive bandage strips: Various sizes, including butterfly closure bandages.

• Alcohol: Small plastic bottle for removing poison oak/ivy oils from the skin.

• Bandage materials: Sterile gauze pads, a roll of gauze, adhesive bandage tape.

• Cosmetic clay: With drying and drawing properties, clay is useful for healing skin rashes and insect bites. Store in a small plastic container.

• Elastic bandage: For sprains or strains.

• Electrolyte replacement: Powdered drink packets such as Emergen-C.

• Moleskin: Blister treatment.

• Scissors: Small pair for cutting bandages, adhesive tape, moleskin.

• Thermometer: Instant-read type.

• Tweezers: For removing ticks and splinters.

• Waterless hand sanitizer: Travel-size bottle.
Quick Natural Remedies for Common Conditions

Anxiety:
• Drink chamomile tea, 3 cups a day.
• Take valerian tincture, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to 3 times daily.
• Take a bath with 10 drops of lavender essential oil or place a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and inhale as desired.

Blisters:
• To dry a blister, soak a gauze pad in witch hazel, lay it over the blister and cover with an adhesive bandage. After blister has broken, wash with a mixture of echinacea extract diluted with an equal part of water. Finally, apply calendula-comfrey salve and cover with an adhesive bandage.

Bruises:
• Immediately apply ice to relieve pain and swelling.
• Apply arnica cream or gel twice daily.

Burns:
• Immediately immerse the affected area in cold water until the burning sensation subsides. Then apply aloe vera gel mixed with lavender essential oil (5 drops of lavender oil mixed with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel).
• For sunburn, soak in a cool bath with 10 drops of lavender essential oil.

Colds and Flu:
• Take 1 dropper full of echinacea extract four times a day until symptoms subside.
• Take 1 dropper full of elderberry extract four times a day until symptoms subside.
• To relieve congestion and soothe a sore throat, drink hot ginger tea with honey.
• To ease congestion, add 2 drops each of eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils to hot water; inhale the steam vapors.
• Add 1 dropper full of echinacea extract to 1/2 cup of water as an antiseptic wash.
• To stop bleeding, sprinkle goldenseal powder directly into the wound and apply pressure with a clean cloth.
• Apply a salve made from calendula-comfrey — only after a scab has formed, to prevent trapping bacteria.

Diarrhea:
• Replenish lost fluids and soothe the digestive tract with chamomile or ginger tea.
• For diarrhea caused by infectious microorganisms, take 1 capsule of goldenseal three times daily for up to two weeks.
• To boost immunity and fight infection, take 1 dropper full of echinacea four times daily.

Headache:
• Drink chamomile tea as often as desired.
• For more severe headaches, take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of valerian root extract; repeat every two hours until pain abates.
• Take a warm bath with 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
• Massage 2 drops of diluted peppermint essential oil onto temples, forehead, and neck. Keep away from eyes.

Indigestion:
• Sip warm chamomile, peppermint or ginger tea.
• Chew on a piece of crystallized (candied) ginger.

Insect bites and stings:
• Cleanse the bite with echinacea extract.
• Apply a drop of undiluted peppermint or lavender oil to relieve itching and as an antiseptic.
• Mix clay with enough water to make a paste, and apply to the bites to relieve itching and draw out toxins.

Insomnia:
• Drink a cup of warm chamomile tea.
• For stronger sedative action, take up to 1 teaspoon of valerian tincture before bed.
• Take a warm bath with 10 drops of lavender essential oil.

Jet lag:
• Take eleuthero (100 mg of standardized extract) three times daily for one week or more before traveling and for one week or longer following the flight.

Nausea:
• Take 1 to 2 capsules of dried ginger every 15 minutes until symptoms abate.
• To prevent motion sickness, take 6 to 8 capsules of powdered ginger about 45 minutes before departing.
• To calm a queasy stomach, chew on a piece of crystallized ginger.

Poison oak/ivy:
• Immediately wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and cool water, or sponge with alcohol to remove the oily resin.
• If a rash occurs, spray with grindelia extract several times a day.

Strains and sprains:
• Immediately elevate and apply an ice pack to the affected area to reduce swelling and inflammation. After 24 hours, apply hot compresses to increase circulation and speed healing.
• Soak in a hot bath with 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
• Apply arnica cream or gel to the affected area three times daily.

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Stephen Halpert
Harry and Bessie At Proud Snout
Part 1 The Invitation

Several days after returning from their visit to California Bessie read her email. She whirled around in her chair, a big smile on her face. “Harry we’ve been invited to attend a new member’s visit at Proud Snout.”
“Oh you mean that pricey retirement living complex between Beverly and Gloucester.”
Bessie nodded. “Then you’ve heard of it. ”
“I put in a bid to sell them mattresses. Never heard back.”
“Well we’ve been invited to a get acquainted dinner and seminar. Then if we like it we can sign up at a low initial rate. In a few months we can move into our own cottage.”
Harry seemed perplexed. “What’s the rush? All we’ve seen was an expensive brochure. You’re sure this is something you want?” He fiddled with his shrimp scampi, spearing a slither of garlic.
“Oh yes,” she urged. “Harry we’ve been homeowners for close to thirty years. I think it’s time we sold the house and moved into a retirement community. And from everything I’ve heard Proud Snout rates five stars in every way. Think of it Harry. You can play golf; they’ve an indoor pool; I won’t have to cook. You’ll meet guys to play poker with. Besides we’ve friends already considering living there: my sister Lucile, Lisa and Cy Rackatansky, my friend Jerome Rance and his wife, plus other patrons from the salon. I hope you’re as excited about this possibility as I am.”
He toyed with his fork. “Not especially. I like it here. This is our home.”
“Oh Harry I know how resistant you can be to change. But you’ll love it. I just know you will,” she motored on. “Plus once we’ve sold the house we’ll have some extra income so we can do more traveling. All we have to do is to decide what to keep and what to sell at an estate sale.”
She put her hand over his and looked at him with love and excitement. “Personally I’d love all new furniture.”
He gulped. “What for?”
“Change, Harry. Getting away from the same old same old. Taking bold actions like that keeps us young.”
He sighed. “I like our furniture. It’s comfortable. It’s us. It’s got our personalities ingrained into the fabric. When I sit down and watch a ballgame I know I’m sitting in my leather chair. Why spend money on something new when what we have works in every way?”
She put her hands on her hips and frowned. “You want to keep that leather chair with the worn out seat? It’s all tattered and some of the stuffing is coming out underneath. Besides Lucille told me it was passé.”
Harry made a face. “Lucille’s passé. She knows nothing about furniture of classic quality.”
“Then you can put it in the basement room they’ll give us for storage.”
Harry’s mouth dropped open. He shut it again, then stood up and said: “You mean if I want to sit on my leather chair I’ll have to go into the storage space? That doesn’t seem fair.”
Bessie was adamant. “Well I certainly wouldn’t want it in the living room. I wouldn’t want our new friends to think we’re vagrants.”
Harry sighed.
Bessie wound up and let him have it. “And furthermore,” she said with determination, “our furniture is shabby, I want us to look up to date like everybody else. That way we’ll fit in better. Remember when we first got married how much fun it was buying new furniture?”
He nodded and sat back down. His shoulders slumped. “That’s because we didn’t have any. Now it’s different.”
“Well what I remember is you liked buying unusual chairs from all over the world. Then nobody ever wanted to sit in them because they were afraid they’d throw out their backs. I’d rather we learned from our mistakes and didn’t repeat ourselves.”
Harry straightened his shoulders and took a deep breath. His words came out loud and clear. “So I’ve got to get rid of my favorite chair just so we can fit in better. I don’t need to fit in at all. I’m too old to worry about things like that.”
Bessie to could be persistent. “Harry I read on line that bulky overstuffed chairs can be a special threat to longevity. And I want us both to last. If you’re not so used to where you’re sitting then it will be easier for you to strand on your own two feet more.”
He shook his head and pushed away his plate. “So I have to stand on principal just so you can fit in?” His voice dropped and he shook his head. “Bessie why do you care if you fit in or not? What difference does something trivial like that make to you?”
Her lips made a thin line in her pretty face. “A lot.” her words came out flat and dropped like stones into the quiet room.” Believe me Harry you have to be just right to fit into the proper clique at Proud Snout. Otherwise you’ll never have a decent bridge partner. That’s why the women there use the same salon and shop in the same trendy boutiques.”
He shook his head and sighed loudly. “And these are supposed to be our golden years. Who needs fitting in? Right now we can afford whatever we want. We could even book a flight to Mars or the Moon if we wanted to.”
Bessie’s face fell and she blinked her eyes. “Please Harry say things like that. It sounds way too peculiar. You’ll scare people, especially if they can’t afford to keep up with us.”
his voice fell. “I was just kidding,” he said.
“Oh Harry you men just don’t understand how life really works. You’re too busy at the store and going to furniture and mattress conventions to know what’s going on in the real world.”
to be continued

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Decorating Life
By Madisyn Taylor

Just as we consciously create an environment within our homes, we can consciously choose to decorate life itself with our particular energy
There are few things more thrilling than having a new house or an empty room to decorate. Our imaginations soar as we consider the many possibilities. In the same way, our lives offer us the opportunity to express ourselves within various contexts, to ask ourselves questions about what we want to see as we move through our days and how we want things to flow. Some people do this instinctively, moving through the various environments they inhabit and shifting the energy with their presence. These people have a knack for decorating life. This can be as simple as the way they dress, the way they speak, or the fact that they always bring a bouquet of wildflowers when they come for a visit.

As we move through the world, we make a statement, whether we intend to or not. We shift the energy one way when we enter a room dressed elegantly and simply, and another when we show up in bright, cheerful colors and a floppy hat. One is not better than the other. It is simply a question of the mood we wish to create. What we wear is just one choice we can focus on. The way we speak to people, or touch them, shifts the energy more profoundly than almost anything else. The words we speak and the tone in which we say them are the music we choose to play in the world that is our home. Some of us fill the space with passionate arias, others with healing hymns. Again, one is not better than the other. We are all called to contribute.

Just as we consciously create an environment within our homes, we can consciously choose to decorate life itself with our particular energy. Ideally, in doing so, we express our deeper selves, so that the adornments we add to the world make it more meaningful, more beautiful, and as welcoming as a beloved home.

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2nd Annual Maryland Paranormal Conference A event for those curious or serious about the paranormal.

Six well known professional speakers in the field of the paranormal will be giving presentations along with having vendor tables. See them live and in person as well as being able to talk to them and seek out their services, buy their books, etc at their vendor tables .
Pre-register via Eventbrite cost is $39.95 If not pre-registered the cost is $50.00 at the door No one under 16 yrs of age will be admitted. .
Saturday August 4, 2018 Gambrills, MD
Doors Open at 09:00 a.m. Program starts at 10:00 a.m. Ends at 5:30 P.M.

Speakers :
TIM SCULLION : Presentation: The Ghostographer – (Ghost Photography) SANDY & JIM YOUNG : Presentation: Beyond The Veil ROB GUTRO: Presentation: Ghosts of England: A Medium’s Vacation Encounters UMA BEEPAT : Presentation: Spirit Communication 101 DAVID SALISBURY : Presentation: Don’t Blame the Witch HIRAM HENDERSON : Presentation: Ghosts, Poltergeists & Hauntings For more info about each speaker and their presentations and/or to buy tickets go to https://mdparaconf.eventbrite.com

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