Don't dream it, be it!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

8:06PM - Pratt Ice Cream Social

If you've ever wanted to climb the Witch's Hat Tower, pictured in my icon, this Friday is the day to do it.

The Tower will be open from 5 pm to 8 pm. Be prepared to wait - there is usually a long line. Bring a camera if you want  - the view is incredible.

The Pratt Ice Cream Social is also Friday, 5:30-8:30, at Pratt School, 66 SE Malcolm Ave, Minneapolis. There will be ice cream and cake, and other food, games for kids, a plant sale, and a silent auction to benefit the Pratt PTA.

For more information go to:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

11:09AM - Sasquan membership

Last August, in a fit of faanishness, we bought two memberships to Sasquan. We realize now that it will take more than that to attend - the cost of hotel and transport and meals, plus the spoons I don't seem to have these days. We definitely have one to sell at $170, perhaps both. Let me know if you are interested or talk to me at Minicon.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

7:23PM - The saga of the clock

A couple of months ago, I knocked the clock off my bedside table. It was an old clock, and the jolt caused it to develop an awful noise, which made it unsuitable for the bedroom. (Martin and I are both light sleepers.) I dug out a digital clock radio I picked up some years ago, used for a while, then abandoned. It works okay, except it's too big for the table, and has a variety of sounds that can be triggered by touching it the wrong way. Also, and even more important, it's a DIGITAL. In the middle of the night, I cannot always parse a digital read-out. I learned to tell time on a clock-face. Time is circular, and expressed by hands on a dial; anything else has to be translated in my head, which I can't always do in the wee hours.

So the search began for another clock.

All the stores I checked had nothing but digital clocks. Finding a dial clock was difficult. I made the mistake of buying the first one I did find, which turned out to be battery operated, and IT TICKED. OMG I hate ticking clocks. There are clocks online, but I couldn't tell if they ticked. Or had a dial that could be seen at night, but wasn't too bright.

I found one today, at Flamingos, an antique store on Cedar Avenue. It's an old Timex. Just what I wanted. Cheaper than anything new, and probably better. The light is dim, but enough to read the time. And it's a nice little dial clock. This made my day, and maybe my week.

By the way, is there anyone local who could use a small electric clock? I lost the receipt to the battery clock. It just needs one AA battery.

Current mood: happy

Monday, April 28, 2014


Happy Birthday pegkerr!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

11:52AM - Prodea Cookbook

It's available through Amazon now!

Also, mrissa was kind enough to review it -

Monday, April 7, 2014

11:02AM - Wild Rice Pudding

This season's maple syrup is coming into the stores, so here is a maple sweetened recipe from The Prodea Cookbook. I still have plenty of copies, and they are available at: Eye of Horus, and Magus Books as well as directly from Lulu.

Cinnamon Wild Rice PuddingCollapse )

Saturday, March 29, 2014

1:23PM - Animated Shorts at the Riverview

Using the Betty Boop icon because this is all about animation. Which I am a fan of, if you don't know already.

I just came back from the Oscar Nominated animated shorts at the Riverview Theater. They will be shown again tomorrow at 10:45 am. Three really excellent, a couple of good, and couple of, well, meh.

"Get a Horse" brings Micky Mouse into the 21st century by breaking the 4th wall and is hillarious. It starts as an old cartoon, but at one point, Mickey is catapulted through a hole in the screen into the "theater" which is in color, and has to get back to rescue Minnie from Pegleg Pete. Edited to add: the cartoon is new, but the creators use archival footage of Walt voicing Micky for the audio.

"Possessions" is Japanese, based on the idea that when objects are around long enough, they become embued with spirit, and react to being discarded or mistreated. A traveling fix-it man is caught in a rainstorm, and takes shelter in a hut which turns out to be filled with discarded umbrellas, cloth, and other things that must be dealt with.

And the third and best, the Oscar winner, is "Mr. Hublot", about a man and his robot pet. The artwork is some of the best steampunk illustration I have seen, and it's short and sweet.

I didn't like "Feral" because I found both the artwork and the plot unappealing. ""Room on the Broom" was a Witch story I really wanted to like, but it was too juvenile and too long for the amount of plot. It's from kid's book, and despite the cast, I found it tedious.

"The Missing Scarf" was narrated by George Takei, and was, I think, a parody of moralistic kiddie cartoons. I'd seen "The Blue Umbrella" before, but it was fine to see again.

Really, if you like animation, or any of these sound appealing, go.  After tomorrow, they'll be gone.

Edited to add: all of these have Wikipedia entries, if you want more information.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

11:29AM - Announcement

The Prodea Cookbook: Good Food and Traditions from Paganistan's Oldest Coven
By Steven Posch and Magenta Griffith
ISBN: 978-1-312-00845-8

    You won't find any eye of newt or toe of frog in these witches' kitchens. What you will find is a collection, more than three decades in the making, of seasonal and regional foods for celebration and mindful eating from the Land of Sky Waters: Cinnamon Wild Rice Pudding, Pesto delle Streghe ("the pesto of the witches"), and what may well be the world's oldest Yule recipe. Plus tales and wisdom from living Midwest pagan tradition, including a breathtaking repertoire of natural dyestocks for the most beautiful Ostara eggs ever.
    Steve and I are two of the founders of Prodea, perhaps the oldest coven in Minnesota. Paganistan is the Secret Witch Name of Minneapolis-St Paul and the 13 surrounding counties. (But don't tell anyone we told you so.)

It's $15 online; we will be selling it at Paganicon this weekend for a special introductory price of $13.

To order go to:;jsessionid=3505F272DCFAF0923710B712D43DD2C0

We hope to have it available through Amazon in a few weeks.

Here's the cover:
cookbook front cover

Sunday, February 23, 2014

9:04AM - Book Review

Just finished an excellent and interesting book: One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life by Mitch Horowitz. It's a history of the New Thought movement, from whence comes a lot of New Age thought, and everything from Christian Science to The Secret. The first seven chapters are an excellent history of a number of interlocking movements, including a number I was not familiar with, like Jewish Science, a rabbi's reaction to and interpretation of Christian Science. The last long chapter is entitled "Does it work?" and has an examination of under what circumstances positive thinking is useful, when it is not, and something of the ethics of this group of ideas. I recommend it to anyone interested in the whole idea of positive thinking or any related philosophies. The author doesn't refute anything so much as points out strengths and weaknesses and what is useful, and not, about these ideas.

Monday, December 9, 2013


Happy birthday lsanderson!

Friday, November 22, 2013

12:39PM - I remember where I was

I was in junior high English, just outside of Washington, D.C. I think we were studying "As You Like It". One student had gotten permission to have a radio with an earphone (what we'd call an earbud now) because President Kennedy was going to make a major speech in Dallas. All of a sudden, he took out the plug, and we could all hear the radio, with the announcer saying "The president has been shot... we have no further information". The teacher quieted us down, and went in the hall to see if anyone else knew anything. Soon after, the bell rang, and we went to our next class, quite subdues, but not sure of what was happening. About 15 minutes into the class - for me it was home ec - the vice-principal came on the PA, and announced that the President was dead, and asked for a minute of silence. He then said class was dismissed in 5 minutes, and the buses would be there as soon as possible. I walked home, crying, wondering what would happen next. It was just over a year since the Cuban Missile Crisis, when we thought the world might be blown up that weekend. When I got home, my mother had the TV on, which was unheard of during the day, and was crying. We spent the weekend glued to the TV. I don't think I actually saw Oswald getting shot, but my brother, and a lot of other people did. I asked my mother about going to the funeral, but she pointed out that everyone would try to get downtown. I remember the picture of John Jr saluting the procession. And most of all, I remember Herblock's cartoon:

lincoln weeping

Monday, November 11, 2013

7:18AM - Lest we forget

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

Nearly 100 years. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

12:22PM - JASNA 2013

The Jane Austen Society of North American Annual General Meeting 2013

I wentCollapse )

Sunday, September 22, 2013

9:38PM - Penuche or Caramel Frosting

Because DDB asked at the MnStf Meeting yesterday.

Caramel Frosting

1 stick butter

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan and add brown sugar. Over medium-low heat bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly. Boil for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in milk. Return to heat and bring back to boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Stir in vanilla and stir in powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. Spread onto cake while still workable.

Friday, August 23, 2013

7:19PM - Elise is having a sale!

It's her birthday (well, yesterday) and she has a bunch of new stuff up for all to see.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2:28PM - Repairs needed

Does anyone know a good handyperson of any gender in the Twin Cities? I need repairs on the roof that a contractor suggested I use a "handyman" for, plus I have a number of little jobs, like replacing a doorknob.

Monday, June 24, 2013

11:33AM - I'm back

We have internet again, or rather, we have USI, instead of using the old computer with dial-up.
We still have branches on the roof, but the one on the phone line has been removed. There is a little damage to the roof, but I think just torn shingles.
We were without electricity for 16 hrs. I realized just how used to it I am. We need better emergency preparation.

Monday, February 4, 2013

7:10PM - Party? You decide

I am thinking of having a Pampered Chef party in early March, after Marscon, but before Paganicon. I want to know if anyone is interested in attending, or even buying something from the catalog. Pampered Chef is fancy cookware, and some food. Or I could have a Tupperware party, if I could find a good Tupperware person. Or do you rate this sort of event only slightly better than a root canal?

Would you come to a party?

Pampered Chef
Some other product
No way in hell

Thursday, January 31, 2013

11:03AM - change in law about credit cards

This is true, checked out on Snopes, and got this email from my credit union:

We want you to know that some stores and businesses may begin charging you more when you use your credit card to make purchases.

Beginning January 27, stores and online businesses were given the ability to charge a “checkout fee” for every purchase consumers make when using their credit card. This fee was designed to help businesses recoup the processing cost of each credit card transaction, which ranges from 1.5 percent to 3 percent of the total purchase price. The checkout fee is capped at 4 percent of the total purchase price

Learn if the places you make purchases are charging the checkout fee by looking for signs posted on doors and sales counters, and printed on receipts. Additionally, online businesses are responsible for putting a notice on their homepage. If you don’t see any signs, the store is likely not going to charge you a checkout fee, but if you have any questions, make sure you ask.

The new checkout fees only apply to credit cards. You will avoid excess fees altogether if you use alternative forms of payment such as your debit card, reloadable prepaid card, checks, or cash.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

8:15PM - today's challenge

Is the Up-Goer Five Text Editor Some people are doing their job description, but I did my favorite poem.

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we don't use our powers well:
Little we see in the green world that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, because they are too heavy!
The great water who bares herself to the sky;
The winds that will be crying at all hours,
Are picked up now like little roses;
For this, for everything, we follow not the music;
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A person of the Old Ways of thought;
So might I, standing on this beautiful field,
See sights that would make me far less sad;
Have sight of the water god coming from his water;
Or hear his son make loud music with his mouth.

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