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"Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons."
---Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and gave an amazing speech at the U.N. on her 16th birth
day-and won a Nobel Prize.

"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." Eleanor Roosevelt

May/June May Moons
 6 New; 13, 1st Qtr;
 21, Full: 29, Last Qtr
Mothers Day the 8th
June Moons
4 New; 12, 1st Qtr;
20, Full; 27 Last Qtr
The 20th is Summer Solstice

Updated Sunday, May 1, 2016
Easy access to show listings in Northern and central NY, along with the
occasional article by Sue-Ryn: The Metaphysical Times

Colleen and Sue-RynWe start with some sad news from last month, keeping it up here on top in case you missed it.
We regret to tell you all that our friend Colleen Gorman passed away Easter Sunday after a brief, terrible issue with her health. This was Colleen who helped us back at the Faire, and at many of Sue-Ryn's shows--as pictured at left, on the left.
It all happened fast. She had come up here just two weekends before to go see 'Quilting, The Musical'. We had a nice dinner at home, she and Sue-Ryn went to the show, and had a glass or two of wine afterward. The next morning they went out to breakfast. After that Colleen headed home. Four days later she was in the hospital, her condition steadily getting worse, and ending up on life support. The end was quick and painless for her--not so much for her many friends. Click here to read a few thoughts from Sue-Ryn about Colleen.Great Horned

 Spring has been hit-or miss, with some warm days, and snow just a week ago. We've had the wood stove going most nights for the past week. We want to be able to stop using it because when we do a small cube fridge sits atop of it for the summer and a lot of fall, that fridge where we store food, formulas, and meds for wildlife.

We've had and passed on such creatures as the baby great horned owl at left, a barred owl that went down to Kindred Kingdoms and then returned for release, and a red tail hawk that didn't make it. For a while we were up to 12 squirrels, but six reds got passed on to another Black squirrelrehab person downstate who really wanted some squirrels. The first one to come in was the small black squirrel at left, who came in cold, hungry, and with a bloody nose from falling from her nest. Then a few days later we had 11 come in at one. At present we have the one at left, 2 grays, 2  near-release reds, and one red whose eyes haven't opened yet. We had an injured robin come in, but it had been mauled pretty badly and succumbed to what was probably internal injuries.
We know that there will be more to come.

We have been hearing frogs most nights. The kingfishers, towhees, swallows and several other summer birds have returned. Now we have to get into gear getting ready to prep and plant gardens at the end of the month.


BeatriceAlso we're running a Catnip
--and other products-- Testimonial Contest!

We want your written testimonial about the magical effect Hillwoman Catnip toys has on cats, or about your other favorite Hillwoman product. Send a short, 100 word or so song of praise about that Party Animal, Magic Carpet, or Sardini Snake. If you want to send a picture along too, that's great, but what we're really looking for is that written customer review. The contest will be open through May 31, and the writers of the winning testimonials will get a $25 Gift Certificate.  Send your entry to Sue-Ryn or via snail mail. Good luck! All testimonials will become property of Hill Woman, and used in print and online.

Next show coming up in April:
Clayton Psychic Fair May April 7&8 Clayton Opera House, Clayton NY

This year's mail order catalog got mailed out the day before T-Day. Those who get it will notice a nice little note from our printer, noting that this was the 31st year he had printed it for us, and the day we picked it up he took us to lunch. Thanks, Gale. We count on you, we trust you, and we love you dearly. He runs the sort of business we aspire to be, one that is honest and helpful and thoughtful. A business relationship that becomes a friendship. Don't get the catalog and want to read Sue-Ryn'a annual letter to her customers? Here it is.

One thing of note. A few years ago we were called on to ship corn warmers to Antarctica. Yes, Antarctica. Well, earlier this month we heard from one of the recipients of those warmers. Here's what she had to say:

Hi Sue Ryn,

I received one of your corn warmers while working for 6 mos in Antarctica.  The endless nights that I crawled into a nice warm bed because of your lovely handmade gift brought me endless *SMILES* on the coldest continent on earth!!!  I will continue to buy corn warmers for all of my friends!!  You're a master of your craft!  THANK YOU!!!

DelilahMiss Delilah, our  new rescue dog, pictured above contemplating her growing  art  collection, continues to do well.   Loves car rides, hates being  left home, is learning  to beg, and quite  often greets us at the door with  her stuffed Donkey (from Shrek) and a full-on tail wag. We've learned she is terrified of thunder,  and  if she hears shots from duck/goose hunting early in the morning she comes up and  hides under the bed. We were delighted to get our hands on the St. Lawrence County Spay/Neuter Now 2016 calendar . . . . she's Miss January!

Bay House re-opens for the season Mothers Day weekend.

Need 'therapeutic quality' pure essential oils at reasonable prices without climbing a MLM pyramid? Check out http://www.rockymountainoils.com
We will once again mention here something you will find elsewhere on the site, and as a sticker 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 nuts. Or more nuts. Also bad news for some fans: the incense blend Rendezvous is now  extinct--but  stay tuned for a new scent going  on sale later this month.

Naked HunchLongtime 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.

He 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 Shore



Or you can try his bent fantasy novel Festivael. Want to know more? Click on the cover or the earlier link. It is available from Amazon for $2.99.

Blood and BreadA third novel of Amazon resurgence titled Blood and Bread is out there.
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.

Also available at Amazon for a measly $2.99 is another Stephen L. Burns Kindle e-book, the rollicking, satirical SF novel Zero Day Baby.

Zero Day BabyA 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 Hill Woman's suppliers send what has been ordered via mail. We pay our bills 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.

Book coverSue-Ryn's book 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 http://www.energy-light.com 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' edition.  Want to check them out? Go to the Catnip Goodies Page There are also some new pictures of cats with their Party Animals  and Mr. Sardini Snakes on the Party Animals page.

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 troll@hillwoman.com for possible inclusion.

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 if I knew a few different people who claimed to be 'apprentices' or 'students' of mine.
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 encouragement,
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.



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