GrannyMoons Weekly Feast 26 June 2022

For Jasper – RIP

“And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts
belongs to them. . . and always will.”

by Linda Barnes

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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Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
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Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON -NEW MOON

The beginning of a new cycle.

Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity.

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

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

The New Moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting.

Magickal Attributes: Invoking. Workings On This Day Are For Starting New Ventures, New Beginnings, Love, Romance, Health Or Job Hunting.

It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone.

VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. New Moon workings can be done from the day of the New Moon to three-and-a-half days after.

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Goddess Month of Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ June 10th to July 7th is Oak

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

What’s Happening in June/July

JUN. 25: Parvati Praise Day – Women’s Festival for Earth Mother
JUN. 27: Day of the Lares: Household Deities (/Roman) – honored and tended —cleanse/rededicate household – Altars/shrines.
JUN. 27: National Orange Blossom Day.
JUN. 27: National Indian Pudding Day.
JUN. 28. National Tapioca Day.
JUN. 29: NEW MOON in Cancer
JUN. 29: Shiva Day: Lord of the Dance invoked for blessings
JUN. 30: Sumerian Day of Aestas: Corn Goddess

JULY
JUL. 1: Crone Day – Kronia —honoring Kronos -Father Time and Rhea – Old Mother Nature.
JUL. 2: Roman Feast of Expectant Mothers.

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Face to Face Workshops with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones
Join us at https://www.meetup.com/Witchy-Wednesdays
WitchCrafting: 1 PM – 3PM – July 3
The Herbal Cauldron 1 PM – 3 PM – July 10
Reiki III and Advanced: 3 PM – 5PM – July 10
The Magick of Crystals: 12 PM – 2 PM – July 17

More Circles!
Women’s New Moon Circle

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Organized by Sway – $25.00
Sticks & Stones

Men’s Circle – Green Lion Ate the Sun
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Organized by Deige
Entrance fee: Donations Welcomed
Sticks & Stones

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High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
http://GoddessSchool.com

The entire course takes 15 months to complete (four levels). Tuition covers lessons, assignments and instructor feedback. In addition, students may download guided meditation exercises and be eligible for Sabbats, Esbats and retreats with the Sisterhood. The entire fee for each level is $120 (payment plan available), sixteen lessons in each level, except the last.

Ceremonial Cords and frame-able Completion Certificates are awarded as members complete each level.
Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord
Level II – Adept of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Red cord
Level III – Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Black cord
Level IV – High Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – Green cord

You Might Also Be Interested In:
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html
http://www.goddessschool.com/courses/natural/naturalwitch.html
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

There is so much to learn about herbs! In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and you will start your own personal Materia Medica, that we will build throughout the next levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!

During this course, in addition to the on-line lessons and hands-on projects that you do at home, I will be sending you articles, and information, as well as questions about your own personal use and research.

I look forward to walking this green journey with you! I love herbs and I hope that you do too or will learn to!

There are 10 lessons in each level and there is no time limit for completion. You may study at your own pace! There are no texts to purchase.

For more info or to join my class, click here!
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

The cost for Level 1 is $50.00 or $150.00 the entire Healing Arts Course (1-3) which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered at the same time!
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Earth Signs and Omens in Nature Course

Learn to read the mysteries of nature! The course covers signs and omens, communication, seasonal rites, trees and shrubs, flowers, plants and weeds, herbs, plant magick, the Guardians of Nature and much more.
http://goddessschool.com/courses/earthsigns/index.html

GrannyMoonsMail@yahoo.com

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The Goddess School Grimoire

http://www.lulu.com/shop/sotbb-Goddess-school/the-Goddess-school-grimoire/hardcover/product-762380.html
Hardcover: $39.45
Softback: $26.95
eBook (PDF): $6.25

The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School (GoddessSchool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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Spiritual Guidance for Summer

We are now entering the summer season, which represents fertility, inspiration and rebirth. This energy gives rise to colorful fruits, both out there in the world and in our inner worlds, which we will sow at the end of the summer. So, this time of the year is really an opportunity to renew, add zest and color to all areas of your life.

There could be a release of pressure, especially felt at your workplace or career endeavors. Those who have been dealing with financial issues will find solutions that are of long-term and stable nature.

This period will illuminate our consciousness and increase our ability to relate to what is foreign to us. It will bring talks about philosophy and higher knowledge of the world. We could see or hear foreign policies changing in some countries. Religion and higher learning could have new and much welcome influence in our lives.

The summer season is the only time period where the Sun is in its own sign (July 22 to August 22), which is a period of increased outdoors activities. Nature reaches full maturity and manifests all possibilities. The energy goes outward, toward the event and to the connection with life and with others. Thus, we see that we are the active agents of our expression in physical reality.
Summer and Love

Enjoying the sun, connecting with nature and being receptive to positive energy, is the best way to manifest desires this summer. The Sun will be shining bright in the sky and the universe will be supporting new friendships and love connections. For those that are currently single the energy will become more sensual and sexy. This summer is a particularly good time for change, to start new projects and to meet new people.

Love is on the horizon! With a summer full of passionate solar dances in the sky, the planets’ special celestial movements everything is in place for love to thrive and your troubles to go away.

Summer Blessings,
Cherokee Billie
https://cherokeebilliespiritualadvisor.com/

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Tarot for Connecting with Source Energy
JUNE 26, 2022 BY ASTREA TAYLOR

Whenever we connect with source energy, we can tap into a deeper meaning in life that transcends the day-to-day. “Source” can mean our higher selves, the gods, ancestors, spirit, or wisdom. This tarot reading gives you insights on connecting with it.

Hold a deck of tarot cards to your heart for a few breaths. Shuffle them, then choose five cards from the center.

Card 1: Where you are now
Card 2: How you get confused or disconnected
Card 3: What you do when you get confused/disconnected
Card 4: What’s holding you back from connecting with source
Card 5: What you have no control over and need to let go of

Write down the messages you receive from your reading in your Book of Shadows or journal. Choose one symbol that encompasses the most important insight. Draw it in seven places where you’ll see it every day and be reminded of it. If you have a dry-erase marker, mirrors and windows are especially great places. Whenever you see the symbol, honor its message.
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A Gazing Globe Spell
JUNE 25, 2022 BY JAMES KAMBOS

Originally, garden gazing globes had magical significance. They were placed in the garden to repel the evil eye or to reflect back the envious stare of a passerby. This spell will help you magically charge your gazing globe.

You’ll need some bottled spring water and a soft cloth. Moisten the cloth with the water. Gently wipe your gazing globe with the damp cloth as you speak this charm:

I bless you, gazing globe,
return all evil glares.
Protect my home, send back
all envious stares.

Try to place your globe so it can be seen from the street. Renew your magical charge once a year or more if you feel the need.
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Homes for House Spirits
JUNE 24, 2022 BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

Cultures from around the world acknowledge the presence of house spirits. Though they are called by different names, there’s a common theme throughout: if you want things in your home to be copacetic, then respecting the house spirits is crucial. If this is a new idea to you, it may help to build or provide a tiny home or space just for the spirits where you can interact with them. Possibilities include a small birdhouse, a little curio cabinet, or a snail shell—nothing with locks or seals, so they can come and go as they please. Decorate as you feel inspired, and place it near the center of your home, ideally tucked away, semiprivate (in a corner, on a shelf, on top of a mantel, etc.). Announce to them:

Spirits of this home,
creatures of this place,
I acknowledge your
presence in this space.
Just for you, this special
space I have made.
Please do protect and bless
this house in trade.

Be sure to keep the area around the spirit home clean and respected, and if you feel called to make additional offerings, you can do so at this spirit home.
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Shield of the Sun
JUNE 23, 2022 BY MELISSA TIPTON

This spell taps into the power of the sun, which is in the sign of Cancer today, to create loving boundaries that provide a safe space for emotional and ancestral healing to unfold. You can perform the spell at high noon, when the sun is at its full power, but any time during daylight hours is fine.

Sitting where you can feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, come into a light meditative state. Envision your aura around you, and see and feel the rays of the sun cleansing your energy field. Visualize the outermost layer of your aura glowing strong and bright, empowered with the sun’s rays, as you chant:

My aura shines with healing light,
And Cancer guards me with her might.
Safe from harm in sun’s embrace,
I’m whole,
I’m healed,
In sacred space.
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Paying the Ferryman
JUNE 22, 2022 BY NATALIE ZAMAN

On this day in 1978, Pluto’s moon Charon was discovered, so this is a good time to honor that archetype. In Greek and Roman mythology, Charon is the ferryman of the dead to whom souls paid a coin for passage into the next life.

What’s next for you? Find a penny—with this year’s date on it, if possible—and cleanse it with salt and water. If you can, pass it through the smoke of jasmine incense (which is good for dreaming). Place the coin under your bed (or between your mattress and box spring or in your pillowcase) with these words:

I’ve paid the toll. Show me what’s next.

Keep a journal by your bed so you can record what Charon reveals to you in your dreams.
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Sacred Prayer
JUNE 21, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

Here is a prayer for the summer solstice. Feel free to reword it as you wish.

I welcome the east, where energy rises;
call in the south, where the light
reaches; gather the west, where we seek
sacred rest; and greet the north, where
we sink into our roots. Hail above,
where our planetary parents Sun and
Moon reside, and below, where all
that has come before informs us.

Rise. Reach. Rest. Roots.
Above and below.

I place my hands on my heart and
know that as I stand in the bright
light of the summer solstice, I
celebrate mother and father, above
and below, day and night, sun and
moon. All of these live within me.

And as the sun stops and changes
direction, I too am called to shift my
trajectory, turning away from what
no longer works, releasing what no
longer serves, letting go of ancestral
trauma and inherited patterns.
Welcoming the radiant light of my
sacred parents, I stand solidly on Earth
and imagine new ways of being.

Blessed be.
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Who’s Your Muse?
JUNE 20, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

The daughters of Memory, the nine Greek muses, are as follows:

Clio: “fame-giver”
Euterpe: “joy-giver”
Thalia: “the festive”
Melpomene: “singing”
Terpsichore: “lover of dancing”
Erato: “awakener of desire”
Polyhymnia: “many hymns”
Urania: “heavenly”
Calliope: “beautiful voiced”

We honor the muses whenever we visit their home, the museum.

Poets, playwrights, and artists have always invoked their favorite muses. So why can’t ordinary people like us invoke them, too? Why can’t we appeal to the muse who most inspires us? Which muse will help us be better than we are, be more talented?

Consider what you enjoy, what you’re good at, what you want to do better. Read more about the muses and figure out who would best inspire you. When you’re ready, cast your circle and invoke your muse:

_ (Name of muse), I ask you to be present in my life. Help me find mentors and teachers. Remind me to practice what I learn And to be faithful to you. Gentle _ (Name of muse),
inspire me to be the best I can be.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1040 And Dine Upon Strawberries

Heartwings says, “Fresh picked berries taste best of all.”

Perhaps I am a heretic, yet I’ve never been a fan of strawberry shortcake. Who needs the biscuit? Strawberries, especial the local ones, are delicious just plain or with a little cream. They’re so heavenly sliced up on sorbet or ice cream, it almost seems a shame to cook them. They can of course be baked into muffins or pancakes. I make sauces of them, especially when they are very ripe and probably won’t keep for long. To do so I cut them up, cook them only briefly and add just a touch of sugar. This way they keep quite a while or can also be frozen for later.
Never wash strawberries until you are ready to use them, and if you can trust your source, try not to wash them at all. It removes some of the vitamin C. Also, I prefer not to refrigerate my strawberries. Like tomatoes, they lose some of their good taste when chilled. If you do refrigerate, be sure to take them out a half hour or so before eating so as to return them to room temperature

Strawberries can also be medicine: Mrs. Grieve, in A Modern Herbal, tells us that the brewed leaves are of great value as a mild laxative while the brewed root is astringent and can be used to treat diarrhea. Even more interesting is her information that fresh strawberries, rubbed on the gums, help keep them in good condition. This could be due to their high Vitamin C content. She also suggests that if strawberry juice is allowed to remain on the teeth for five minutes, and they are then brushed with baking soda, it will help whiten them.

A favorite source, Jeanne Rose’s Herbal, says that the leaves, brewed into tea, have alkaline properties and tend to neutralize excess acid in the stomach. She suggests you drink the tea for spongy gums. An old recipe for a face wash recommends “1-quart strawberries, some wild tansy, and three pints of new milk, distilled together over a soft fire.”

Sacred to the European fertility goddess, Freya, Strawberries are one of the few berries that have a reputation as an aphrodisiac. And, in the Middle Ages, pregnant women avoided them for fear of red birthmarks. Wild strawberries are said to be are the most desirable of all, however, any will do.

In the days when I had a garden, my mother gave me some European strawberry plants. They were perennial, so I enjoyed them every June. Their small, pointed berries were wonderfully sweet and tasty. I used to pick them and put them on my cereal of a summer morning. The birds and the chipmunks loved them too, as did the occasional young visitor to my spiral garden.

May your berries taste sweet whoever has picked them.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Have any strawberry tales to tell? Do please share, and I will be so happy to hear from you. Write to me at Tashahal@gmail.com, and check my web pages at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Beauty Day

Take the time today to really notice and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you.

Sometimes we go through whole days without really tuning in to the beauty of nature that surrounds us. We have a habit of seeing it without really taking it in, yet once we begin to notice it we treat ourselves to an exquisite realm of subtle, complex scents, miraculous forms, and ethereal light. The natural world enriches our entire being through the vehicles of our senses. When we are low, nature lifts our spirits. When we are tired, it rejuvenates us — if we pause long enough to drink from its beauty. If you have fallen out of the practice of taking time to observe the light as it filters through the leaves of a tree, or the concentric rings a raindrop makes as it plops into a puddle, you can retune yourself by dedicating a day to noticing the beauty in nature.

On this day, one possibility is to rise early enough to see the sunrise. Watching the sky change colors and the world emerge from darkness is an experience that will influence the whole rest of your day in ways that words cannot describe. Or simply observe the quality of the morning light as it infuses the world with its particular pale golden beauty. You may let the light play on your own hand, remembering that you are also part of the natural world. Let your intuition guide you to the elements of nature that call to you throughout the day, such as the sound of the wind as it shakes and sways a tree or the feeling of snowflakes landing on your warm eyelids and cheeks.

After you devote one day to opening your eyes more fully to the beauty of nature, you may want to make this part of your daily routine. Each day drink from the beauty all around you, and allow it to rejuvenate your entire being. All you have to do is pause, for just one minute, and really take it in, remembering to thank Mother Nature for her beauty.

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Ghost Hunting Theories
Real-Life Horror Movie Locations

You ever wonder about locations of horror movies and if they were a set, if the buildings are gone, or if you can drive by and take a pic? Well, here’s just some of the biggies that still exist –

“A Nightmare on Elm Street”
1428 North Genesee Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

“The Shining”
Timberline Lodge” at Mt. Hood, Oregon

“The Fog”
Point Reyes Lighthouse, CA

“Halloween”
Pasadena, CA
The Myers house was moved across the street

“The Amityville Horror”
18 Brooks Rd. Tom’s River, NJ. The owners have done some revisions on the windows to be less distinct.

“Night of the Living Dead”
The cemetery can be found in Evans City, PA not too far from Pittsburgh and it looks identical to the movie still. I couldn’t resist going and finding this headstone myself.

“30 Days of Night”
Barrow, Alaska

“The Haunting” (1963)
The film took place in New England, but was actually filmed in the UK. Five miles southeast of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire.

And, sometimes you find movie fans who can’t help but recreate the set of a horror movie –

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The Ripple Effect

Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters causing ripples to spread as they move outward.

In a world of six billion people, it’s easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. Each of us, however, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.

Should the opportunity arise, the recipient of a good deed will likely feel compelled to do a good deed for someone else. Someone feeling the effects of negative energy will be more likely to pass on that negative energy. One act of charity, one thoughtful deed, or even one positive thought can pass from individual to individual, snowballing until it becomes a group movement or the ray of hope that saves someone’s life. Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin. You must believe in your ability to be that point of origin if you want to use the ripples you create to spread goodness. Consider the effect of your thoughts and actions, and try to act graciously as much as possible.

A smile directed at a stranger, a compliment given to a friend, an attitude of laughter, or a thoughtful gesture can send ripples that spread among your loved ones and associates, out into your community, and finally throughout the world. You have the power to touch the lives of everyone you come into contact with and everyone those people come into contact with. The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples moves onward and outward. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of positivity.

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How To Use Aloe To Treat Burns & Bites

The gel extracted from the inside of aloe (Aloe vera) leaves is a cost-effective, natural way to treat a variety of summer ailments: it can be used topically for the treatment of sunburn, first and second degree burns, skin irritations or inflammation, mosquito bites, and rashes from poisonous plants.

This summer, it’s a good idea to keep a potted aloe plant in your kitchen. Slice open a leaf and apply the gel to the affected area or consider keeping a lotion (look for those with a high percentage of aloe gel and more natural ingredients) or a gel product in your first aid kit. Be aware that topical use can trigger rare allergic reactions and may delay surgical wound healing. Always seek evaluation from your primary care provider or local urgent care for burns with significant blistering for proper evaluation and care.

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Crispy Black Bean Tacos

Tortillas
Black Beans
Salsa
Taco Seasoning

TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes YIELD: 4 servings 1x

These vegetarian tacos have a deliciously satisfying black bean filling with fresh salsa and seasonings all tucked into a golden crispy tortilla and served alongside a cool and creamy cilantro lime sauce. YUM!

Crispy Black Bean Tacos
1 (14 ounce) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4-ish cup of your favorite salsa
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
small flour tortillas
olive oil or butter for frying

Cilantro Lime Sauce:
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
juice of 2 limes
1/2 cup sour cream (sub avocado to keep it dairy free / vegan)

INSTRUCTIONS
Blend all ingredients in the cilantro lime sauce until smooth-ish. Set aside.

In a food processor or chopper, blend the beans, salsa, and taco seasoning. Transfer to a skillet with a drizzle of oil and cook it up long enough to soften the flavors of the garlic and / or onions in the salsa. About 5 minutes is fine.

Spread a few tablespoons of black bean filling into a flour tortilla. Fold in half. Repeat until the filling is used up (about 6-8 tacos).

Heat some oil or butter in a skillet over medium heat. Fry in a skillet over medium heat, until crispy and golden brown. Dip in cilantro lime sauce. Serve with chips and salsa and a mid-week margarita. You’re welcome.

Serves 4
Calories Per Serving: 456
% DAILY VALUE
36%Total Fat 28.4g
6%Cholesterol 17mg
38%Sodium 876.2mg
16%Total Carbohydrate 44.6g
40%Dietary Fiber 11.1g
Sugars 3g
21%Protein 10.3g
7%Vitamin A 62.2µg
16%Vitamin C 14.1mg
16%Iron 2.9mg
12%Potassium 547.7mg
24%Phosphorus 302mg

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 17
by Stephen Halpert

Good news travels fast. By the following morning everyone was talking about Gilberto’s surprise faculty meeting. Helen Connor’s phone was jumping off the hook. Those who had chosen not to attend, immediately asked when the next meeting was scheduled.
“No idea,” Helen told them. “You’ll have to check with Gilberto. My guess is monthly but don’t go by me.” She chuckled. “After all I only work here.”
With that she stood, huffed and left her office for coffee. By the following morning what had been intended as a simple act of friendship on Gilberto’s part, had sparked confusion and doubt. By evening his gesture had become a source of deadly gossip.
His phone rang. It was Ramon. ” Has everyone been fired?”
“Whatever gave you that idea?”
“Just checking.”
“That’s crazy,” Gilberto said.
“That’s what I thought,” Ramon said. “But everyone’s uptight and confused. And fearful.”
“Why?” Gilberto said.
“Just too good to be true.” Ramon replied.
Gilberto huffed. “What a bunch of nitwits.”
“Listen,” Ramon said, “Ever since we got here, I’ve noticed people seem to be walking on eggs, fear getting pink slipped, or worse dumped for no reason. Unbeknownst to you and me, this has been the way Houndstooth has always operated.”
He shook his head and sighed, “That kind of behavior can break the spirit of the faculty. We’ll have to do some damage control.” He hung up, called Diana Rain and filled her in.
“On it,” she said. “Let me handle this. I’ve already got some ideas.” She hung up and Gilberto set down his phone with a sigh of relief.
Helen Conners came in and handed him a fancy envelope. “You’d best read this.”
He opened and scanned the impressive invitation. “We’ve been invited to the Secondary School Soccer Finals in Jamaica. All expenses paid.”
Helen grinned. “Maria will be thrilled. Time away in the Caribbean.”
Gilberto laughed. “You think? What an opportunity to scout talent.” He called Diana back and let her know the good news, then called Maria and told her. Her happiness came through the telephone very clearly. “When do we leave?”
“Saturday next.”
“That gives me time to buy a new bikini.”
He frowned. “You have some don’t you?”
She laughed. “Gilberto, a new bikini is a sign of the love and devotion a woman feels for her beloved.”
He huffed. “That last one cost you over a hundred dollars.”
“You wouldn’t want me to lose my top in the waves would you.”
He grinned but said nothing. “You’ve never lost a bikini in the ocean?”
“That’s because I make sure to buy a new one for occasions like this.”
“Sure,” he laughed. The thought of seeing her in a skimpy bikini stirred his blood. “Whatever you want,” he smiled. “Who am I to come between you and the Atlantic Ocean?” He grinned, envisioning her thrashing about with him in the wild frothy sea.
“Exactly,” she agreed. “And don’t worry you won’t be disappointed.”
And that night when he got home, he wasn’t, not in the least.
The next day Helen Connor made their reservations and presented Gilberto with their tickets and the itinerary. “I could get used to this,” Gilberto told her, as he thanked her. Quickly they set to work tidying up any loose ends and doing whatever necessary paperwork needed to keep Houndstooth running smoothly while he was away.
That Saturday Gilberto and Maria left for what promised to be a paid vacation. Joey, Mona and Boris the St. Bernard would be staying with Ramon and Rosa. As he walked out of their condo, he felt light hearted and happy, off with his lover to an island paradise.
They were at the airport when his phone rang. It was Diana Rain. “I’m sorry to bother you but I thought I’d best check in.”
“Everything ok?” He looked concerned.
“I hope so,” I’m here at the hospital.”
“What happened? Are you ok?”
“Oh, I’m fine. But I fear I dislocated Alvin’s collarbone. He was being terribly insistent and enough was enough. I told him several times to back off but all that seemed to do was to fan his enthusiasm. Finally, I was forced to take action. It was a momentary thing, over in seconds. He made me promise not to tell his wife. As far as Houndstooth is concerned he slipped.”
Gilberto chuckled. “But you’re fine?”
“Of course,” she chuckled. Gilberto please remember I survived the Gulf War. Alvin’s a chauvinist creep. Whatever I did, he more than deserved.”
Maria gave him a worried look. “Everything ok,” she asked?
Gilberto signed off and grinned. “No problem. Alvin was too friendly with Diana Rain, and she acted accordingly. Put him in the Emergency Room. All he told her was don’t tell my wife. What kind of a marriage is that?”
Maria nodded. “Good for Diana,” she said. “She’s my hero.”
The plane landed and as they stepped out, the heat was astounding. Gilberto was immediately drenched in sweat. His shirt clung against his skin. Then at the hotel, it was quite the opposite; the air conditioning ruled supreme, and he and Maria shivered from the relentless chill.
“So, in here we’re chilled or outside we fry,” Maria said. She slid out of her sundress and grinned at Gilberto. “How about a shower?”
“Sure,” he said. “I’ll never turn down a shower with you.”
“There’s a dinner at eight for visiting coaches and staff.”
“That’s us,” she grinned. “I hope they don’t stick us with chicken.”
“Please Maria, this is a five-star hotel.”
“Oh.” She grinned. “In that case they’ll give it a fancy Italian or French name.” They stepped into the large, gadget festooned shower and enjoyed the endless hot water and fancy soap.
“I’ll leave you to finish toweling off.” She said as she kissed him and left the luxurious bathroom.
He began drying himself with one of the thick towels. Suddenly he heard, a scream, “Gilberto, help!”
He panicked and rushed into the bedroom. Maria was standing against the mirrored closet door. She pointed to the bed. A large black snake moved lazily toward the pillow.”
To be continued

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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Growing Cat Grass and Catnip Indoors

Spring is here! With the grass turning greener and flowers in full bloom, it’s important to know what greenery is safe for your feline friends. For cats who are craving a taste of spring, we’re here to share how to create and cultivate a cat-friendly indoor garden.

Grass is Good
If you don’t know how to feel about your cat munching on grass, don’t be alarmed. Grass can actually provide a great deal of health benefits for your furry friends. Grass is a source of needed trace minerals, micronutrients, folic acid and vitamins A, B and D. It’s a healthy alternative to other potentially toxic plants, and adds fiber into their diet. However, eating too much grass might cause your cat to get sick — it acts as a natural laxative to rid your pet of things that may be causing digestive issues. Your cat will have a more regular gastrointestinal tract, fewer hair balls and less constipation.

Grass in Moderation
Cat grass and catnip are typically quite safe for your cat to have, but moderation is the name of the game. Cats don’t have the necessary digestive enzymes to process large quantities of grass, and overeating can result in excess vomiting. Like any other treat, cat grass should only take up to 10 percent of your cat’s total caloric intake a day in order to fully absorb all of its health benefits.

Catnip vs. Cat Grass
There’s two different types of plants for your feline friend to enjoy this season — catnip and cat grass. While catnip is a member of the mint family, cat grass is generally a combination of various types of grasses, rye, oat, barley or wheat grass that can be grown indoors. While both have health benefits for cats, they’re very different types of plants. Cat grass has a variety of health benefits as explained above, while catnip contains aromatic oils that relax your cat, such as nepetalactone. It stimulates their senses and has a soothing effect. Catnip excites many cats and may be useful as a form of positive reinforcement and encourages activity.

Grow Your Own Kitty Garden
You can bring the spring greenery inside for your cat to enjoy this season! Look for cat grass at your local pet store or try to grow your own using the following steps:

Sow your seeds. Sow cat grass seeds directly into your soil, about a quarter-inch deep. If you are planting in rows, ensure they are one inch apart. Cat grass can grow indoors all year round since there’s no threat of frost with the unpredictable spring weather.
Germinate. For indoor growing, keep your soil moist. Partially cover your planting pot in plastic wrap and place in a warm and dark place. After two to three days, your cat grass seedlings should start sprouting.
Provide direct sunlight. Cat grass will need plenty of sunlight while growing. Make sure your cat grass receives direct sunlight by placing it near a windowsill that can provide full sun exposure.
Firm the soil. Firm the soil lightly and keep it evenly moist. Be careful not to overwater, as it can ruin the roots.
Maintain and harvest. Use less water once the seeds have sprouted above the soil line. Once the grass has reached about three inches long, you can feed it to your cat. The roots will be solid enough to not be ripped out, and more will grow in its place.
If you are growing catnip, the steps are similar to growing your cat grass:

Plant your seeds. You’ll want to plant it somewhere where your cat can munch on it without damaging nearby house plants. Seeds should be placed about a foot apart, so likely in a longer container or pot, and in direct sunlight.
Water and feed when needed. When the first inch of soil dries up, water accordingly. You can encourage growth by using a water-soluble plant food.
Harvest. Once you catnip has grown to about 6-8 inches in length, it’s ready to be harvested. Hang upside down to dry. To prolong the enjoyment, dry some catnip in a window and sprinkle it on toys, cat scratching posts or other objects to encourage your cat to interact with it or even sprinkle it on the floor for them to roll in!
Cat grass and catnip are viable options for your cat to enjoy a little taste of the outdoors without the threat of poisonous plants during springtime. With added health benefits, your feline friends will have an extra spring in their step this season!

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope.
Beginning Sunday, 26 June 2022

All Signs
This week is about taking a practical, step-by-step approach toward securing our future, especially in terms of self-determination and personal freedom. Tuesday’s New Moon will boost this process because it is a great chance to make resolutions. How timely! Btw, it is not pointless to make resolutions – because our thoughts are the starting point of everything in our lives. It’s been said: First comes the thought, and from the thought springs the word. From the word springs the deed; and the deed soon becomes habit. Then habit eventually hardens into character. Therefore, we should watch our thoughts and make them loving and kind. I have a thought: “Time for a little nosh!”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
You begin this week with determined energy because your ruler Mars is in your sign, dancing with stern Saturn. This makes you methodical, careful and diligent. Whatever you do, you will do with care and precision. This is a good time to make plans. (But avoid power struggles at the end of the week around Friday.) Meanwhile, Tuesday’s New Moon is the perfect time to make resolutions about how you want to improve your home, as well as how you want to improve relations with family members. You’re prepared to set your sights high — as well you should while lucky Jupiter is in your sign! (Mom always liked you best.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
As this week begins, you’re prepared to work alone or behind the scenes to attain your goals. In fact, you will undergo self-denial and discomfort because your own self-gratification will be secondary to practical issues that are important to you. (I’m impressed.) Remember to apply this self-discipline and sense of reserve when dealing with others on Friday, when some power struggles might take place. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s New Moon is a wonderful opportunity for you to think about moneymaking ideas, as well as your style of communicating to others in general. In particular, you will be mindful of relations with siblings, relatives and neighbours. Are you a good communicator?

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Rally your troops on Monday and set them marching! If you plan to execute a particular routine or strategy, you can get others in line to help you, or follow your example. It’s an excellent time to accomplish what you want with the help of a group or a friend. Note: Whatever happens, don’t let this deteriorate into a nasty power struggle on Friday. Take the high road. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s New Moon takes place in your Money House. This means it’s the perfect time to make resolutions about how to handle your money, how to handle what you own, and how to boost your earnings. How well are you handling your assets? Moment of truth.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You’re very determined this week! You have strong ambitions about what you want to achieve. You will work with diligence — making careful plans. Most likely, bosses and parents will be impressed. Having said that, you might find yourself at odds with authority figures on Friday. (Perhaps by then, it’s best to zip thy lip.) Definitely – tread carefully. However, on Tuesday, the New Moon will interest you because of course, the Moon is your ruler. Furthermore, this particular New Moon is the only New Moon in your sign all year! (Holy Lunula!) This is the perfect time for you to think about the impression that you create on your world. How can you improve your image? Haircut? Clothes? Shoes? Hmmm?

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
As this week begins, you’re keen to make precise, travel plans or explore opportunities in publishing, the media or perhaps, medicine and the law? You might also strategize how to deal with someone from another culture or negotiate with someone in another country. Be careful of a situation breaking down by Friday and becoming a raw power struggle. Be mindful of this. Meanwhile, the New Moon on Tuesday is taking place in a hidden part of your chart, which means you are giving thought to your spiritual values and what makes your life tick at a subconscious level. Remind yourself again about the power of your thoughts by reading the All Signs above. Remember: You are your thoughts, which means be mindful of what you’re thinking about.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You will get a lot of work done at the beginning of the week, especially with taxes, debt, insurance issues and matters related to shared property. This also includes banking. Sometimes it’s easy to ignore and postpone these details, but right now, you feel the need to get on top of this, and get the complete picture. Smart! (When it comes to finances and assets – don’t be in the dark. Even bad news is better than no news.) By Friday, you might be at loggerheads with someone about one of these issues, perhaps an inheritance or how to share something? Fortunately, fair Venus is at the top of your chart, which bodes well for your influence with important people. Tuesday’s New Moon is all about friendship and the role that friends play in your life.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
On Monday, partners and friends will cooperate with you. Partnerships will be productive. You might make careful plans together, or figure out how to do something. Everyone will be on the same page. Nevertheless, be careful because something related to this same energy could get out of hand by Friday, when you might be at loggerheads with someone. (Patience will be your best recourse, then.) Meanwhile, Tuesday’s New Moon is the only New Moon to take place at the top of your chart all year. This offers you the perfect opportunity to think about your life direction in general. Where do you want to be five years from now? What does that picture look like? What do you have to do this year to make that a reality?

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’ll be productive on Monday because you want to work, and you want to get things done. It’s that simple. You’re prepared to make the necessary sacrifices, and you have the perseverance and drive to make it happen. Commendable! Do be careful because this drive might somehow morph into something so different, that by Friday, you have some serious, power struggles with someone. (Especially if you’re too bossy.) Meanwhile, financial advantages, gifts and goodies can come your way at the beginning of the week. This is an excellent time to resolve differences about inheritances and shared property. Tuesday’s New Moon might trigger exciting travel plans in your mind. You definitely want to do something to expand your world. What might that be?

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
On Monday, you might make serious vacation plans or plans for social outings, sports events or something to do with your kids. Or you might buckle down in a serious way on an artistic project. Whatever your choice, you have specific goals, and you intend to work hard to achieve them. Don’t push too hard because on Friday, someone might rebel. Meanwhile, the New Moon on Tuesday is in an interesting part of your chart. For starters, this is the best time all year for you to ask yourself what you can do to become a better person. And in the same vein, (probably a different arm), you will ponder how to improve your relationship with debt and shared property.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
At the beginning of this week, you will accomplish much at home because you’re determined to work hard. No question. Recently, increased activity or chaos on the home front has been challenging. On Monday, you want to tackle this and make some headway. And you will! You will be purposeful and efficient. That simple. But be reasonable about your goals to avoid power struggles by the end of the week, in case there’s a mutiny. (It was ever thus.) Tuesday’s New Moon is the only New Moon all year opposite your sign, which means it’s your chance to make resolutions about how to improve your closest relationships. Ideas?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Monday is a great day to study or make long-range plans because you’re in a careful, practical frame of mind. You will also be very convincing talking to others about what you intend to achieve, or what you hope they will achieve – either way. This is because you expect results! You’re willing to work and put duty before pleasure. And you’ll be convincing! Caution about being bullheaded about something because by Friday, you could be at odds with someone. A serious ego clash. (No fun.) Tuesday’s New Moon is a wonderful opportunity for you to think about how to improve your health, as well as improve your job.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
On Monday, you can use what you own to get work done; plus, you will work hard to boost your earnings. (This will be done carefully according to detailed planning.) Obviously, others will notice your efforts! Perhaps because of jealousy or resentment, or for some other reason, by Friday, you could be at odds with someone for financial reasons, or because they don’t agree with your decisions. (Stay chill.) Meanwhile, Tuesday’s New Moon urges you to think about the balance you have between work and play. Play and creative expression are so important. Value your creative talents. Make plans to socialize with others. It’s important.

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