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August, 2006

Blueberry-Lemon Jam

1 lemon peeled, seeded and finely chopped 1  ½  pint frozen or fresh blueberries 3 cups sugar 1/2 cup water Place all ingredients in large sauce pan, bring to a boil, stirring constantly until blueberries pop and sugar dissolves. Boil gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 30 min. Pour into hot sterilized jars. Process in boiling water bath for …Continue reading →

Stone Fruit Chutney

4 apricots 3 peaches 2 nectarines 4 plums ½ tsp cinnamon 2 tsp garlic, minced 2 tsp ginger, minced 1 tsp salt ½ tsp white pepper ¼ cup cider vinegar Peel all fruit and cut into medium-sized chunks. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, until the fruit is tender, about 15 minutes. Lower heat, add spices, and heat …Continue reading →

The Ethics of Wicca

The first, and sometimes only, ethic found in Wicca is the last two lines of the Rede: An It Harm None, Do What Ye Will. “Rede” is an old word meaning, “counsel or advise.” The word “an” means “if.” The Rede advises us that “If it harms none, do what you want.” In this sense, the Rede echoes the Buddhist …Continue reading →

Interreligious Group Proposes Steps Toward Peace

The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions has been consistent in upholding its mission statement and in providing a forum for these kinds of interactions to occur, proving that indeed there are non-violent methods of conflict resolution; it works. Let peace begin. So be it. *     *     *     *     *     *     * Four steps toward lasting peace in …Continue reading →


Etymology: Middle English frend, from Old English frEond; akin to Old High German friunt friend, Old English frEon to love, frEo free 1 a : one attached to another by affection or esteem b : Acquaintance 2 a : one that is not hostile b : one that is of the same nation, party, or group 3 : one that …Continue reading →

Incredible Night

Last night John and I celebrated his birthday (which was in May) by going to see Nickel Creek at Marymoor Park. He picked me up from work early because we know from past experience that it can take 3 hours to get from Seattle to Redmond (thats not even 20 miles, folks. Traffic is incredibly awful up here). We were …Continue reading →

Lammas Harvests

Tonight the class joined JaguarMoon and we celerbated the firs of the three harvests: Lammas, the slaying of the Green Man. My tradition believes that our ancestors saw grain as a manifestation of the Divine and personified it as the Green Man. Growing sturdy and strong through spring into summer, He is cut down by the sacred scythe and sleeps …Continue reading →