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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

January/February January Moons
5, 1st Qtr;  12, Full;
19 Last Qtr; 27, New
16th is MLK Day
February Moons
 3, 1st Qtr; 10, Full
18, Last Qtr; 26 New
V Day is the 14th

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

Here we are at the end of the year. We are more than ready to see 2016 in the rear view mirror, but have severe reservations about 2017 being any kind of improvement. We are believers in kindness, tolerance, science, helping the environment, facts over propaganda, great horned owlgenerosity, inclusion, and the increase of rights, not the diminishment of them. Which means the year to come is going to demand constant vigilance and activism. We've fought in the culture wars before, and it looks like we are going to go to battle against the forces of racism, sexism, misogyny, contempt for science and learning, and kindness toward those less better off all over again.
One of the latest wildlife rehabs we did was with a great horned owl. Steve rescued it from the poultry netting it was tangled in--that took fifteen minutes, cutting dozens of strands one by one. We had it a couple days, giving it meds and applying antibiotic salve to its feet and legs. Then it went down to Jean Soprano for more care and flight and prey testing. It came back late last week, and was taken back to where it came from. This was the biggest female we--or Jean had ever seen. The only pic is of it in a crate, it was too dark, and she moved too fast, to get any of release.

Delilah with polar bearHappy New Year from Sue-Ryn                                
 
      Long before I became a wildlife rehabilitator, and long before I became an herbal healer, I became part of a community of north country women. Many in that diverse group were not from the north country, though many of us still live in this region. Those women came together to share a growing desire to make changes. Among other things, we started the first Women's Shelter in Saint Lawrence county, ran a women's newsletter for several years, had wonderful potluck dinners, and helped each other learn an amazing set of skills and grow in many different ways. I will always be grateful for their love and support, though I rarely cross paths with many of them anymore.
     As 2016 comes to an end and a new political regime is waiting in the wings I am hopeful that women will once again find each other and create a network of sustaining friendships. I am not comfortable with some of the directions the new regime seems to want to take. In the past I always felt that though we all hold many differing perspectives on a variety of life choices our government had and supported the laws in place to keep us all on safe and somewhat equal footing.
      Currently I have friends who voted on both sides of the last election. as well as friends who just could not make the a choice. They are all dear to me. Though I wish the outcome had been different, I am not willing to believe things are over....there's just more work to do.
       I hope people will still be willing to make stands for very important human rights for everyone. Years ago I made countless hand silk screened posters and t-shirts for an assortment of causes and carried signs in countless protests and marches. I wish I could be part of the Women's March on Washington January 21 2017. Since I can't, I have made several “pussyhats” to share with women who will be there. If you are interested in a creative show of support for sisters, friends, mothers, and daughters, please go to pussyhatproject.com and get involved.

Sue-Ryn's next show is in February. Next shows are:
Syracuse Psychic Festival February 18 & 19 Holiday Inn Liverpool NY
Canastota Psychic Fair April 1 & 2 Greystone castle Canastota NY

You can get more timely wiidlife updates by visiting the Wellesley Island Wildlife page on Facebook.

Our 800 number provider left the biz--but we got a new provider.

Our Bug Repellent Oil and Spray now contain Geranium and Lemon Eucalyptus to help repel ticks. These oils have not been added to Bug Stix.

BeatriceBlame it on the animals....
        The testimonial contest that started some time last winter took off like a lead balloon. Then, baby season hit with a vengeance. Between feeding, cleaning, transporting and releasing critters, doing elder care and trying to keep Bay House Artisans stocked, things got a bit chaotic. The One and only testimonial we received was a friend of Corbie Mitleid who lives in England and raises main coon cats...so she is the winner!

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!!!


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

 

Festivael




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 Baby

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.                 

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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