Homebrew Recipe – Beòir nan Brìde Dandelion Gruit

In all my making, I’ve recently gotten more into home brewing (in the sense of beer), and I want to be able to share tasting notes as well as the recipes online.


The first I’ll share is a Dandelion Gruit.

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The Lanterne Rouge – a narrative about cycling

This was an article that I submitted to Paved Magazine about my first experience in a bike race of appreciable length. Because Paved is no longer publishing, and I didn’t feel like trying to shop this out to any other mags (hey, they probably weren’t going to pick it up at Paved, anyway), I’m releasing it here for you. Enjoy.

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Well, that went swell

So much for a continuing podcast about writing. Pagan’s Pen will return, but it must be revivified and in a new form.

Why did Pagan’s Pen fail?
I think it was the structure. Sometimes beauty flourishes in structure (a la bonsai), but sometimes that structure kills it. I wanted so much for PP to be a beautiful, thoughtful podcast with great production quality, and I think the first (read: only) episode was better on that end than any first episode of which I have ever been a part.
However, “The perfect is the enemy of the good,” and I failed to deliver the good in the face of wanting to deliver the perfect.
So, from now on, I will strive only for “the good.” Sorry, Perfection, you’re too… what’s the word? Oh, “perfect.”

So, what will PP become?
Well, what it always should have been, a forum for me to share my thoughts about the two “Crafts” that fill my life: Writing and Wizardry.
It will probably be a blog more than a podcast. Oh, well, you can handle that, can’t you? But I will throw in some audio as well, especially when I want to share something for the sound it creates when read aloud.

Blessings to all of you. May Mercury inspire your words.

Help me help my humane society

The Randolph County (WV) Humane Society is planning to make and sell cookbooks as a fundraiser. Unfortunately, the deadline for recipe submissions is fast approaching (Friday, May 22! Yikes!) and they have yet to receive very many recipes. So, get out your culinary thinking caps and send your ideas in.

Click here for more information (http://www.rchs-pets.org/recipecontandcookbook.pdf)

Earth Day!

It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of cow flesh, whereas it takes about 180 gallons of water to make 1 pound of whole wheat flour.

-Marcia Kreith, “Water Inputs in California Food Production,” Water Education Foundation 27 Sept. 1991.

Read more about environmental vegetarianism at the EtsyVeg Blog: http://etsyveg.blogspot.com/2009/04/environmental-vegetarianism_22.html

Small Random Acts of Animal Kindness – March

Re-blogged from: Small Random Acts of Animal Kindness – http://smallrandomactsofanimalkindness.blogspot.com/

March’s Selection – Grace the chihuahua

The first fur baby targeted for small random acts of animal kindness is Grace. She is a chihuahua who was rescued from a breeder. You can click on her link to see her – she’s smiling. I wish I could take her home. You can use the following link to see Grace, sponsor Grace, and even copy and paste it to pass it on.

Commit a small random act of animal kindness. Sponsor Grace
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I commit small random acts of animal kindness and so can you. Sponsor Grace
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A quote for today

From one of my favorite authors, Mr. Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much… the wheel, New York, wars, and so one, while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphin believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reason.

Solio Solar Charger

So I got my Solio solar charger from BuyGreen.com… Here’s my review.

The charger comes with a bunch of adaptors, so it’ll work with many of the popular cell phone brands. It comes with a mini-USB adaptor that works with my Motorola Slvr, but the best thing is that it comes with a female USB plug adaptor, which lets you use it to charge anything that can charge from a USB port, like an iPod. So there are my two small electronics, my phone and my iPod. That’s all I have that I would charge from it, and my iPod has gotten most of the use from it. Btw, it also has an attachment that works with my wife’s Samsung phone…

The sky was cloudy the first week that I had it, and it just wouldn’t charge in shade, so I tried out the charge by USB function. I figured, I have a computer running most of the day anyway, so I might as well use it to charge the Solio while I’m at it. It charges pretty quickly with USB. Maybe a bit over an hour. Then it charges my iPod in about the same time.

More recently, I’ve gotten the chance to try it out in the sun. Here’s the big problem: the device comes with a suction cup to attach it to a window, but the suction cup only holds it for about a half hour. So, I had to find a place that it could sit in the sun without needing to be stuck to a window, which is a little tough at my place, and impossible at work (since I don’t have windows, even, let alone sun). It takes much longer to charge up with solar power; all day to get most of the way full, but the sun is free and awesome.

So, overall, I like it. I listen to my iPod almost constantly, and rarely take the time to charge it at the computer (because I’m listening to it when I’m awake and my comp is off when I’m asleep), so I’ve carried a little battery-powered charger for a long time. This will replace that. It’s easy to use, and its rechargable nature is fantastic. It’s a little large, but I can leave it in the sun and not pay for the power it provides… so all in all four stars out of five.

Get yours at BuyGreen.com

Message from the Handmade Toy Alliance

What: We need your vote again at Change.org!

How: Vote here

When: Now!

Thank you so much for your support of the Handmade Toy Alliance. Our membership numbers continue to grow and we have been receiving many positive press responses. We have issued letters to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, responding to the agencies requests for comments on the CPSIA. Many of us have contacted our Congress People, hoping for their support in changing the law.

Currently, we are in the running to have our issue presented to President-elect Obama, but we need your help to make this happen. Please vote to save small businesses from the CPSIA at www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia.

The Handmade Toy Alliance remains grateful to all of you, your trust in our products and your ability to work with us to make a positive change in this legislation.

Click here to go to HandmadeToyAlliance.org