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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

October/November October Moons
 4, Last Qtr; 13 New;
20, 1st Qtr; 27, Full
Halloween is coming!
November Moons
 3, Last Qtr; 11 New;
19, 1st Qtr; 25, Full
Cranberries--threat or menace?

Updated Thursday, October 1, 2015
Easy access to show listings in Northern and central NY, along with the
occasional article by Sue-Ryn: The Metaphysical Times

Leaving some of the dog stuff up because folks keep asking . . .

As many of you know, the last week of July we lost both our old lady catnip quality tester Lovey, and our faithful of friend and companion, our rescue dog Chloe--both within 24 hours of each other.  Both were quite old, but we weren't really ready to lose either of them.

After a while we both secretly started looking at dog porn: listings from local SPCAs and rescue groups. We came out to each other, agonized. We ready for another dog? Was it too soon?

As wildlife rehabilitators we have cages in our back yard hold birds learning to self-feed and fly in a safe, controlled environment, and mammals learning the same--minus the flying.
Our dog has to be special kind of dog--one who won't bark at, stalk, harass, or otherwise trouble such critters. Not every dog can deal with 6 foot cube cages of squirrels--or woodchucks or crows--on their turf. Chloe could. She understood that it was okay to chase rabbits out of the yard, but that if an animal was in a cage it was her job to defend it.
So a new dog would have to be pretty special. We knew what we were looking for: someone young, but not too young, a year or two old; something with some Border Collie in her, that meant brains, trainability, and a herd instinct we could use to get her defending our strange flock; and he or she should be a bit smaller than Chloe was because we're get up there a bit and bigger dogs are hard to handle.

We knew what we were looking for. What we found was Delilah.

DelilahThe dog room of our favorite shelter was utter chaos. Barking, howling, jumping. The one dog we had come to look at--part Red Heeler--was in a barking, leaping frenzy. All the dogs were going nuts--all except one. This big brown female who just sat there quietly watching us with sad, thoughtful eyes. The canine hysteria all around her had nothing to do with her. She found it mildly embarrassing.
We kept being drawn back to look at this quiet, grounded dog. So we took her for a walk. She barely turned her head when we went by kennels of barking dogs. Didn't pull on the leash. Just enjoyed her walk with us. On the ride home we kept talking about how neither of us had ever seen a dog that was so . . . calm. And we kept thinking: if dad and the kids went to to that pound she was never going to get picked.
We were going to look at a female Border Collie at  Delilahanother shelter, but the waiting list for her built up fast, and we kept thinking--and talking--about that calm dog Delilah. Who was nothing like what we were looking for. She's as big as Chloe--not a small dog. She's 8 years old, and if anything there's Boxer or maybe Great Dane--or even Pit Bull--in her puppy woodpile.

So the last weekend pf July we went back and got her.  It's been a bit strange. She doesn't bark much--almost never. She does howl in anguish if we are out of sight too long. Doesn't beg for food, doesn't lunge Squirrels!at the door, asks permission before getting up on the furniture, has a cast iron bladder. Is allowed near the squirrel/duck cages only under supervision so far, but no lunging or barking so the indicators are good.  We're in love. And maybe later we'll get another cat.

No great moral here, but a simple message that bears repeating: rescue dogs are the best dogs, and being open to what you find instead of being fixated on what you think you want can lead you to finding a hidden gem.

Wildlife rehab has kept us busy--we had 20 squirrels for a while, but are down to four now, and they should be released within a week. We also have Duckster the domestic duck, who whould go to his new home this weekend, and a chipmunk with an eye injury that should get set free soon as well. The decreased load is a relief--and  now time that had gone to feeding is being redirected to trying to get things from our gardens and fruit trees harvested, frozen, canned, dried, or otherwise out by.

As mentioned on the home page, the gallery/gift shop Sue-Ryn helped found and run has re-opened for the season.  Summer hours are 10-6 Sunday-Thursday,  10-9 Friday & Saturday. A good amount of Hill Woman stuff will be there--along with  lots of other great stuff!

Mail order remains steady, and we'll 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.

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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