Eradicate School Supply Lists Forever!

Those articles about excessive school supply lists

school-supply-list-2015-675x385It’s that time of year again, when the articles about school supply lists come out. They’re always in awe of how many things teachers ask for, and most of them acknowledge the lack of school funding. It’s the one time of year when parents acknowledge the amount of money underpaid teachers shell out for your precious darlings because your legislators are shortchanging the next generation.

The thing, though, that upsets me most about are the fact that these articles always come from some benevolent mother who is explaining that you MUST donate otherwise some poor kid will suffer OR the teacher will be stuck with the bill. The problem isn’t that teachers buy stuff for the classroom or that some students can’t afford the cost of supplies. It’s that people have become complaisant about this issue. Donating to your local school is like sticking your finger in the dam—you might help for now, but the flood is still imminent.

legislator_14How can you fix this problem? Rather than just give to a classroom, MAKE YOUR LEGISLATORS SUFFER. Seriously—get off your butt and call your legislators. Call them early and often. Send them videos of kids with no crayons and barren classrooms, much like Canadian teachers did when they decided to demonstrate how little the government actually provides. Make time every week to call and email. Keep a form letter to copy and paste, changing only a line or two to remind your legislator (who is getting campaign money and boilerplate legislation from foundations that do not have your best interests at heart) that this issue is important to you. Attend their town hall meetings and bring it up. Don’t let them shoot you down with platitudes. This is their job, and they work for YOU.

If enough of you do it often enough, you’ll see results. Squeaky wheels do get the grease. Use the power of your voice and the power of your vote. If they won’t adequately fund schools, send them packing. If Kansas can do it, anybody can. You’ll have to click your mouse instead of your heels, but you can do it.

Actions speak louder than words, and you need to make sure your actions—and words—reach the RIGHT ears.

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Women, Healing & Lore: Herbal Properties

 

I think we are all trying to go more green these days. If not for the environment, if not to go easier on our septic systems and land, then without a doubt, just  a chance to save a buck.

Not sure about the rest of you but I am a Self-Admitted – Cleaning – Product- Junkie. The big, fat amount of “Money Due” added to the end of my grocery bill each week, though, has broken me of that.  Pinching pennies where we can so we can save up to buy more land has made me more aware of what I can make and what I better not mess with. Plus, not sure if anyone else has noticed but while the price of products have gone up, their cleaning potential and once-alluring-power has went down. Way down. Not sure if Companies are diluting them or reworking recipes to cut costs, but either way, it sure has ruined what those products used to be able to do.

Below, you will find a list of Herbs — most are easy to find– and their beneficial properties. Some of these are real easy to come by. Some are special order but can be found online, or will take a trip to a Health Store or Herbal Shop. Some of you may grow them.

Use them to clean or work them into a tonic for healing.

HERB

PROPERTIES

Bay

Antibacterial

Bergamot

Antibiotic

Camphor

Antibacterial

Cardamom

Antibacterial

Chamomile

Antibiotic, Antibacterial

Cinnamon

Antiviral

Citronella

Antibacterial

Clove

Antibiotic, Antiviral

Cypress

Antibacterial

Eucalyptus

Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral

Ginger

Antibacterial

Hyssop

Antifungal, Antibacterial

Juniper

Antifungal, Antibacterial

Lavender

Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral

Lemon

Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral

Lemongrass

Antibacterial

Lemon Verbena

Antibacterial

Lime

Antibiotic, Antibacterial

Marjoram

Antibacterial

Myrtle

Antibiotic, Antifungal

Nutmeg

Antibiotic

Orange

Antibacterial

Oregano

Antibiotic, Antiviral

Patchouli

Antibiotic, Antifungal

Pine

Antibiotic, Antibacterial

Rosemary

Antibacterial

Sage

Antifungal, Antibacterial

Sandalwood

Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial

Savory

Antifungal

Spearmint

Antibacterial

Tea Tree

Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral

Thyme

Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral

Vervain

Antibacterial

Wintergreen

Antibacterial, be careful when handling

Sources: The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegal-Maier

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: August 10th, 11th, 12th: Old Calendar Lammas Eve, Opet and The Light of Isis

August 10th

The Ancient Egyptian Festival of Opet. “Secret Chamber” is the meaning given to “Opet”, which was when a statue of Amun was carried to Luxor from Karnak. Amun is unseen but Egyptians believed he was everywhere. He was the alpha creator and viewed as the wind.

August 11th

Interestingly enough, in many old Calendars, today is actually Lammas Eve,  the first Harvest of the Grain, when God is said to enter the earth, giving his life to become the Grain. He will rule the next several months as Lord of Shadow in the Underworld and like the Grain, which drops it’s seed into the Earth (Our Mother Goddess), he holds the promise of being reborn come Spring.

August 12th

Let the Lights of Isis shine for all on this day in Ancient Egypt, This observance represents Isis, who searched for the dismembered parts of her murdered husband, Osiris, at night by way of a torch.

Today also happens to be the Blessing of Boats, in Ancient Egyptian History.