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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
PLEASE HELP SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES

June/July June Moons
4 New; 12, 1st Qtr;
20, Full; 27 Last Qtr
The 20th is Summer Solstice
July Moons
 4 New; 11, 1st Qtr;
 19, Full: 26, Last Qtr
Keep pets safe from heat!

Updated Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Easy access to show listings in Northern and central NY, along with the
occasional article by Sue-Ryn: The Metaphysical Times


Iris and pond

 Flowering iris at the edge of our pond, the apple blossoms nearly gone, finding volunteer collard plants popping up al over one of our gardens. Spring has remained hit-or miss, but it's shifting into a higher gear now. We have as well, Trying to get containers and beds and gardens prepped--a bit of a chore because we haven't had rain for a couple weeks and the ground is hard as concrete. But some stuff has gone in, and we covered the dog kennel we used for duck housing last year with plastic, turning it into a rough sort of greenhouse. Lots of stuff coming up in the flats in there. We tend to plant late because later harvests are easier for us to deal with; the stuff to be canned/frozen/dried coming in as baby season is winding down. We have seven new chicks who will join the laying flock later this summer, and a lot of seeds just waiting to get planted. We'll get it done, one bit at a time.

Flying squirrelWe've had and passed, adopted out, or released a dozen squirrels, five woodchucks, a wood duck, a couple seagulls, and three batches of starlings. At present we have the baby flying squirrel pictured at left, 3 finches, a juvenile robin, a swallow recovering from a wing injury, another half-dozen starlings, two juvenile crows, a baby mink, and a deeply traumatized chipmunk. A just-released grackle and some starlings keep coming around for food. More stuff is sure to come. The yard  has been busy with humming birds, a couple pairs of orioles, a couple pairs of rose-breasted grosbeaks, nesting cardinals, along with the usual chickadees, goldfinches, purple and house finches, waxwings, robins, catbirds, flycatchers, swallows, wrens, and other local fauna. The green heron we raised the year before last has come back to visit, as have a few other birds we raised in the past.

Our dear friend Coleen Gorman died on Easter. Click here to read a few thoughts from Sue-Ryn about Colleen.


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


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

 

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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.
www.saveamericaspostalservice.org
www.savethepostoffice.com
www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73508.html

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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