"Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and
terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most
---Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt
and gave an amazing speech at the U.N. on her 16th birthday.
"We must be careful that the people who make $5000 a year are not
pitted against those who make $25,000 a year by those who make
$900,000 a year."
Barbara Milkulski, in a speech, 1974
"The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat."
PLEASE HELP SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES
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22 Last Qtr; 29, New
Earth Day the 22nd
7, 1st Qtr; 14, Full;
21 Last Qtr; 28, New
Mother's Day May 11!
Updated Monday, March 31, 2014
Easy access to show listings in Northern and central NY, along with
article by Sue-Ryn: The
has been . . . interesting.
The weather has, in short, sucked. Cold, snow, more cold, more snow,
the last the 6+ inches of heavy wet stuff we got Saturday
night/Sunday morning. Today, the last one of March, it got up into
the forties! With sunshine! We have pictures of the snow, but to
tell the truth we've seen enough of the damn stuff.
Over the last year there has been a stray/feral cat in our area. We
might see it once every two or three weeks, and it ran every time it
saw us. Well, after the holidays we started seeing it near our place
more often. Sue-Ryn kept
out food, and trying to set up places for it to get in out of the
weather. By early March the cat had started coming to a feeding
station out behind the rehab shed. Sometimes she'd see the cat, but
mostly not--at least at first. By later March she would let herself
be seen, but still stayed 30 feet away. Then about 10 days ago durng
the feeding ritual the cat came up to her. She took a chance and
tried to pick her up.
The cat went nuts, but in a good way, nuzzling and head-butting and
purring like crazy. So for the next couple
she'd feed the cat, and get in some pet time. Next she started
bringing the cat, which she called Callie, in for the night to stay
on our garage. Then last week we took her to the vet to be fixed and
get shots. The stitches come out Wednesday. Note the shot of her in
the middle. That's not Sue-Ryn's finger; Callie is missing half her
tail, with that naked nub sticking out. This is one tough little
cat; she survived a pretty nasty winter.
We don't know if she will stay with us, or get adopted.
cat we adopted earlier this winter, Lovey, and Callie would have to
get along, and we'd have to be sure she wasn't going to become a
menace to wildlife the way Mr. Monkeypants had been. If we can't
keep her, it shouldn't be hard to find a home for her, she's so
sweet and affectionate.
We still have two opossums, and for the last couple weeks have had
two red head ducks that came from Erie county. The rehab there was
overwhelmed with ducks and grebes that could not find open water,
many of them badly starved. Several rehabbers took some; we got the
two ducks and a scaup that did not make it. The ducks had to be
bathed a couple times a day to get them waterproof again. We were
able to release them this morning. You can see one on the right, the
disturbed water on the left was from the other one taking off into
the air far faster than we expected.
In case you missed the story, here's how we got Miss Lovey.
We had been dithering about getting another cat, but were pretty
particular about what would work for us. We wanted an older cat,
preferably female, one that would mostly be an inside cat. Because
of our wildlife rehab, we just could not
another Terminator cat like Monkeypants.
We thought we had one, but at the last moment, just before we headed
to the shelter in Watertown, we learned that she had already been
taken. We were bummed.
That night we went online and checked out the St. Lawrence County
shelter in Ogdensburg. There we saw three cats that looked
interesting. So the next day we made the trip, and came home with
Lovey. She's a bit over 8 years old, a bit tubby, and judging by her
name and behavior, was probably some older woman's cat. She loves
our big house, adores Sue-Ryn, is learning to trust Chloe, and is
blown away by the birds coming to our feeders. As you can see from
the pictures above, she's learning how to judge catnip Mousies,
Mats, and Mr. Sardini Snakes.
The Troll, aka Mr. Hillwoman, has a new Kindle eBook novel available
for your reading at
Amazon. Like the cover says, it's death and danger at a
Renaissance Faire--and a nudist camp, investigated by one of the
oddest law officers to ever pin on a badge, the one and only Sheriff
Abe Van Wynk. It's funny, fairly mysterious, and only $2.99!
Available soon is a Kindle edition of his novel Call From A Distant
Bay House Artisans, the co-op
store Sue-Ryn and some friends opened last year will be re-opening
in May, stay tuned for a solid date and time.
Show season starting soon. The next two shows Sue-Ryn will be at:
Syracuse Psychic Fair, February 15 & 16, Holiday Inn, Liverpool NY--that
one was missed because of the flu. Sorry if we missed you!
Canastota Psychic Fair, April 5 & 6, Greystone, Canastota NY
Shoppingtown Psychic Fair, April 26 & 27, Dewitt
Mail order remains steady, and we'll once again mention
here something you will find elsewhere on the site, and as a
on order forms. There is now a limit of 5 bundles per scent on
incense orders. We have some real fans out
there, and that's great,
but every so often we get orders so crazy big it wipes our entire
stock all at once, and makes it so no one else can get any. Our
incense is made by hand in small batches, and can take well over a
week to cure enough to be salable or shippable. You can still order
5 bundles each of your favorites, and we hope you do. But orders of
10 and 20 or more bundles of one scent had to stop before we went
Longtime Hill Woman friends and customers know that Sue-Ryn's
husband, the Computer & Incense Troll, is a writer with two novels
and dozens of short stories to his credit. Now he has begun putting
out some of his unpublished novels as Kindle ebooks.
First out is
the bent fantasy novel Festivael. Want
to know more? Click on the cover or the earlier link. It is
available from Amazon for $2.99.
Also now available at Amazon for a measly $2.99 is another Stephen
Burns Kindle e-book, the rollicking, satirical SF novel Zero Day
A third novel just came out, a novel of Amazon resurgence
titled Blood and Bread.
A most unlikely woman becomes the first Amazon warrior in over 2000
years--and ends up in the middle of a war with the men who wiped out
the Amazons the last time around.
A brief aside: we love the US Post Office and depend on the mail. We
ship our orders via mail, get many orders via mail, and even some of
Woman's suppliers send what has been ordered via mail. We pay
via mail, We have been through periods--once three weeks
long--when there was no power and sporadic phone, but dammit we got
mail long before any of that came back. The mail system was
created when this country was created, and attempts to kill it off
or 'privatize' it are ill-considered, short-sighted, and just plain
evil. So below are a couple links to Post Office saving sites, and
one to an op-ed piece by Bernie Sanders, one of the more vocal and
tireless defenders of the USPS.
A note for those herbal tea lovers out there! We discovered a lost
stash of copies of 'Herbal Teas-101 Nourishing Blends' by Kathleen
Brown and Jeanine Pollak. $14.00 a copy plus $1 S&H if ordered
alone, or make it part of your order and regular S&H charges will
apply. Supplies are limited!
Sue-Ryn's upcoming shows are below; click here
for the full listing.
is here! It has over 30 recipes for cooking, tea-sipping
and bathing blends, from Apple Spices and Baba Yaga's Tea, to Vapor
Bath and Venison Blend.
For more about the book, along with pricing, check the
page about it.
From Time to time I
have needed an Animal Communicator. I first met Sally Gewinner at a
small event in Fulton. At that time our old kitty Belle was showing
some odd behaviors. Sally helped confirm my suspicions and figure
out ways to help deal with belle's transition. Since then I
have called upon Sally for help with domestic pets and Wildlife too.
Her gentle healing wisdom has always proved supportive of the
animals in our care. Sally still works full time as a
teacher, but you can often find her at weekend psychic and holistic
fairs in the central NY region. You can find her on line at
or call her at 315.458.2430 if you need
faster help or an appointment.
And now available, Kitty Magic Carpets in
extra heavy-duty fabric--what we call the 'Sherman the Shredder'
Want to check them out?
Go to the Catnip Goodies Page There are
also some new pictures of cats with their Party
and Mr. Sardini Snakes on the Party Animals
Worth visiting is the
Pets Page, a listing of tips and resources and books and links for
the owner of animals
of every stripe, including information on fostering
animals for people in the service.
If you are looking for a pet, be it a dog or cat or whatever, you will
find a link on that page to http://www.petfinder.org
a place that can be a world of help. That's how we found our Chloe.
Give an animal in need a home!
What we really want is help making the page (pages, actually) even more
useful. Got useful info? Regular mail it to us or email it to
email@example.com for possible
Some more of the Troll's fiction is now available
as downloadable versions
(for a modest price) online at
Fictionwise. For more info, visit the Stephen
L. Burns page.
A personal note from Sue-Ryn:
I frequently joke with customers, saying, "Accept no substitutes,"
when asked if I am the Hill Womanwho has been around and selling herbs
and scents for over two decades. Last summer a few people asked
knew a few different people who claimed to be 'apprentices' or 'students'
While I know I have inspired and empowered many along their own herbal
and spiritual paths, I have
no apprentices, students (or acolytes, or
subjugated minions, for that matter).
Anyone who claims to a student or apprentice is not being completely
honest with you.
Feeling a bit isolated? Having a hard time
finding things to help feed your spiritual side?
Desperately Seeking Serenity is a page listing
some sources for books, music and more.
Check it out for a listing of catalogs and newsletters. Got suggestions
for listings? Drop
us a line and let us know, please. Knowledge is best when it's shared.
As always, I'm grateful to the many folks
who help keep Hill Woman grounded and growing;
the family and friends, the helpers both hired and volunteer.
I count such fine companions and co-conspirators as treasure.
Special thanks are due to each and every one of you who visits this
site or reads my
brochure and accords me the honor and pleasure of serving you. Your
kindness, and continuing support mean more to me than you will ever
know. And to
those who've visited, used, and complimented this site, the Computer
& Incense Troll
thanks you from the rubbly bottom of his black little heart.