Pantry Profile: Chives {Allium schoenoprasum}

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With its bright green stalks and vibrant, lavender-pink and spiky blossoms, chives are a lovely ornamental plant and herb garden staple. Found fresh in the yard in summer and dried in cupboards in the cooler months of fall and winter, chives hold surprising medicinal and nutritional benefits. A member of the Amaryllidaceae family {Amaryllis}, which includes familiar alliums garlic and onions, chives have a mild and pleasant onion-garlic flavor.

Chives have played a role in medicine and protection for more than 5,000 years. The ancient Romans used chives to relieve sore throats, lower blood pressure, and increase urination, while Traditional Chinese Medicine turned to it for coughs, colds, and congestion. In the Middle Ages, it was a popular remedy for melancholy.

A traditional Romani custom was to use chives in fortune telling and to hang them in the home to ward off disease and evil influences. Planting chives in the…

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Home Gardening | The Art of Gardening For Beginners – Urban Moonshine

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Are you fantasizing about starting a garden this year but not sure where to begin? Not to worry! There are many ways to participate in the gardening resurgence even if you don’t know the first thing about soil science, pollinators, or the difference between the 50 tomatoes to choose from on the seed rack at your local gardening store. Here are a few tips to get you started on your gardening journey.

Depending on your access to gardening space (tiny apartment or sprawling country farmhouse), free time, and available resources (how much money do you want to spend on this new gardening hobby anyway), you may want to start small or dig up your whole front yard and join the Food Not Lawns movement. All gardeners are welcome to the gardening club. As a start, I’m a big fan of growing sprouts in the kitchen as well as a…

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Astrology | Sun in Gemini!

Sun is moved into Gemini yesterday, the third sign of the zodiac. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the messenger planet, who is also moved into Gemini. 💫

Gemini has the twin energy which is dual and airy energy. So now is a great time for communication and everything that has to do with speaking, writing and also marketing. 💫

Gemini does not like to be stuck in one place and like to move around a lot. Short trips, vehicles and electronic devices are also connected to Gemini. You might acquire new things of such nature now. This can also bring an energy of indecisiveness and multi-tasking, so take the time to slow down every once in a while. 💫

Gemini is also connected to social media and we can see more interest and activity in this area of life. Gemini is all about connecting and socializing which makes this month more extroverted.

Daily Words of the Buddha for May 21, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 21, 2020
vimutti — freedom, release, deliverance, emancipation, liberation

Na paresaṃ vilomāni,
na paresaṃ katākataṃ.
Attanova avekkheyya,
katāni akatāni ca.

Look not to the faults of others,
nor to their omissions and commissions.
But rather look to your own acts,
to what you have done and left undone.

Dhammapada 4.50
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Health Optimization and Adaptogens – An Effective Strategy Against Pathogens | DonnieYance.com

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Now more than ever, we need more sunshine, fresh air, clean water, and to nourish our cells with powerful phytonutrients that strengthen our ability to adapt and thrive as we are exposed to stress, toxins, and virulent pathogens in our environment. Did you know that being outside, getting sunshine, and breathing fresh air (particularly humid air) is one of the best medicines against acute respiratory viruses? Being in a hospital on a respirator, as much as it may be a necessity for some, is far from creating an optimal environment for healing. Speaking of fresh air, did you know that our environment is cleaning up like never imagined because of COVID-19? Yes!  It’s true. Los Angeles, which normally has some of the poorest air quality in the world, now has clean air, and on April 21st, 2020, it saw some of the cleanest air of any major city…

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Runeology | Daily Draw: Raido

Raido (Wheel)
Solar Chariot; Rhythm; Ride a Horse

Phonetic value: R

Esoteric interpretation of name: the solar wagon, and the chariot of Thorr.

Ideographic interpretations: a wheel under the chariot in the view; as a half of the solar wheel (see the S-rune).

Today’s message: You have access to “inner advice” which strengthens your ritual abilities and experience.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Jera

Jera (Earth)
Cycles, Right Action

Phonetic values: J (pronounced y as in “yard”). In the later ON period, after about 600 C.E., the initial J was lost in the West Norse dialects and thereafter the rune stood for A.

Esoteric interpretation of name: life cycle, cycle of the sun.

Ideographic interpretation: the holy marriage of heaven A and earth v, or the dynamic rotation of the summer-winter cycle.

Today’s message: Realize that you are part of the cyclical nature of the Universe, and you can work with this nature to manifest your material desires.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Algiz

Algiz (Elk)
Divine Protection; Sanctuary

Phonetic value: a final grammatical Z, which eventually developed into the final R of Old Norse.

Esoteric interpretation of name: protective force, valkyrjur.

Ideographic interpretation: the horns of the elk, the branches (and roots) of the tree, a swan in flight, or a splayed hand. COMMENTARY: This rune is historically perhaps the most complex of all from a symbological perspective. A unified ideological complex does rise to the surface once its secrets are penetrated.

Today’s Message: You are in a protected grove or enclosure dedicated to the gods. Feel the connection between the gods and all of humanity that allows you to trip the Light fantastic.

Lore of the Elder Futhark 49 The Proto-Germanic form algiz means “protection,” and its stave form is perhaps derived from the basic sign of defense and protection: the splayed hand. The concept of the valkyrjur also has been connected to this stave through the interpretation of the name as “swan.” The valkyrjur are protective, life-giving beings who often fly by means of magical cloaks made of swan feathers. These beings are protectors, power givers, and a mode by which 6dhinn communicates with his chosen heroes. the sign: t : is often found carved into spears for protection and victory. Elhaz, meaning “elk,” refers to the four cosmic harts that constantly bite at the needles of the world-tree. The yew again comes into the symbol complex of this rune with the Old Norse word i(h)war, which occurs only in runic inscriptions. This term means either “yew tree” or “yew bow” and is later rendered by the word yr and the stave form: -+-:. This form is an alternate of the usual: t : and in fact they are probably derived from a primal form: :t : found in the Futhark of Charnay. This oldest form displays the tree symbolism quite graphically. The Gothic word alhs (sanctuary) has been related to this rune as well. This is a protected grove or enclosure dedicated to the gods. The Z-rune contains an aspect of the protective power of the divine twins. Alcis, the name of the twins reported by Tacitus in the Germania, may indeed be related to the rune name. Ideographically, the divine twins were sometimes represented as being joined at the head, rather like the primal form of the rune (see Figure 2.3). In their aggressive, warlike aspect, the twins are visualized as harts, while in other aspects they are represented as horses (see E-rune). Elhaz is the power of human life and “spirit” striving toward the world of. the AEsir. Figure 2.3. Divine twins, from the rock carving of Rylandl Tanum. 123%65 / 174

Daily Words of the Buddha for May 14, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 14, 2020
mahāsantuṭṭha— the greatly contented one

Uddhaṃ, tiriyaṃ apācinaṃ,
yāvatā jagato gati
samavekkhitā va dhammānaṃ
khandhānaṃ udayabbayaṃ.

Above, across or back again,
wherever one goes in the world
let one carefully scrutinise
the rise and fall of compounded things.

Itivuttaka 4.111
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Runeology | Daily Draw: Hagalaz

Hagalaz (Air)
Transformation; Egg of Life; Hailstorm

Phonetic value: H

Esoteric interpretation of name: icy egg or seed of primal cosmic life and pattern.

Ideographic interpretations: the connection of two standing beams (realms of being) by a cross bar in half-timbered building technique (:H:) or the primal snowflake pattern (: * :).

Today’s message: There is a completeness and balance in your power. You are protected.

Daily Words of the Buddha for May 13, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 13, 2020
pabhā — light, radiance, shine

Sabbe tasanti daṇḍassa.
Sabbesaṃ jīvitaṃ piyaṃ.
Attānaṃ upamaṃ katvā;
na haneyya na ghātaye.

All tremble at punishment.
Life is dear to all.
Put yourself in the place of others;
kill none nor have another killed.

Dhammapada 10.130
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Idaho Dave’s Oven Fries

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We know a guy named Dave from Idaho who knows his way around a potato! His oven fries are pretty killer.

Ingredients:
Russet potatoes
High heat oil (such as corn oil)
Salt

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425. Cover a baking sheet with foil.

Carefully cut potatoes into fry sizes, being careful to make them all roughly the same size.

Rinse potatoes in a colander. Shake off excess water. Leaving potatoes in the colander, coat potatoes with oil, tossing to make sure they are completely coated.

Bake for 18-23 minutes, until potatoes are soft.

Leave potatoes in the oven. Turn oven to broil at 475. Check potatoes every two minutes to ensure they do not burn. When potatoes are sufficiently browned and crisped, remove from oven. About 8 minutes.

Salt liberally.

Enjoy!
~CPM

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“No Mow May” Campaign Asks Us to Leave the Lawn Alone Until June to Help Save Bees

Not mowing in May results in more flowers and nectar all summer long for struggling pollinators. Wildlife organization urges us to leave lawnmowers locked up until June. April showers bring May flowers, and if you like food, you should leave those flowers alone. Not mowing in May results in a […]

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