Happy Vernal Equinox 2014

What a winter!! Enough said.

I know all you goddesses are firmly rooted in your goddessness now and ready to “spring forward” to the next big thing. For me that is my new work with the #TransitionTown movement , which seeks to lower the carbon footprint of your town and build resilience to interruptions due to climate change. I invite you to check out the Facebook page I have created for my town….

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Exeter-NH-Transition-Town/1423428207887567

….. and I invite you to begin one in your town! The goddesses are needed for this important work to help Mother Nature regain her balance. I thank you!

RM Allen

Author, NH Goddess Chronicles series

Lily, rose, and daffodil float in the frozen Squamscott River on the vernal equinox 2014. Welcome Spring!!
Lily, rose, and daffodil float in the frozen Squamscott River on the vernal equinox 2014. Welcome Spring!!

Goddess in the Gap

Goddess in the Gap

January 2014

RM Allen, author of NH Goddess Chronicles series

Dear readers,

I have been absent from this blog for a while. Why?  You know when you wish for something really big and then you get it? Wow! Fantastic! Orgasmagical! But it also can throw you off a bit as you try to catch up to your new life.  In order to stay calm, I am deliberately waiting in the gap, resting peacefully and observing, until the various aspects of my new life begin to shift together naturally. These various new aspects include getting married, changing my job to online & part-time, and committing to live in two places in two different states. Three biggies all at once!! Oh, and did I mention riding the menopause merry-go-round?

So, I wait, checking in every once in a while, and watching the signs. Here is a recent dream: “I put my hand to my mouth and take it away, and in my palm is my tongue. I am alarmed. I look in the mirror and see that I have another very thin and shiny tongue growing already, (like when you lose a toenail), and I think that is great!” This dream certainly seems telling to me.

It is January again so I am working on my annual word-of-the-year, which is a repeat of my word from last year: Gracious. I have never done a repeat word, but I feel that there is more work for me to do on Gracious. Last year I approached it from a “non-violent communication” aspect. This year I am working a different angle as I wait in the gap between single and married mindset, full-time employment and free-lance lifestyle, mother and crone. I think I am studying Gracious this year as a function of time, a patience with imperfection.

I promise you I will be back on regular schedule soon, whatever that new schedule may manifest as. I have a whole bunch of ideas thrown into the crock-pot and they are stewing and will be ready in time. What fun!

So, my goddess sisters, what was the wish that I wished for and got? For an entire year a while back I asked my friends the grandmother-trees to send me a “healthy, green, and spiritual superstar” to be my partner in life.  I almost didn’t recognize him because he was packaged differently than I assumed, and I already had known him casually for years. But, how could I have missed him, when the license plate on his car reads “ Zeus”?

God/dess is really a state of mind!

Mrs. Zeus……… aka The Green Goddess of New Hampshire (and now Maine too)

Mr & Mrs Zeus, married in Kauai,  Jan 2014
Mr & Mrs Zeus, married in Kauai, Jan 2014

Should a Goddess Divest?

Should a Goddess Divest?

by RM Allen, 10/22/2013

The scene:

The prep school has a 1.1 billion dollar endowment fund. Tom Steyer, an alum from 1975 (who is worth 1.4 billion) visited one morning to speak to students and trustees to ask them to divest from fossil fuels. Tom said “climate change is the biggest issue of our times”, and “we are being kicked around by the fossil fuel companies.” That night the school hosted a panel discussion.

The players:

On the panel were: a trustee, the student council president, two activists from 350.org, and an environmental lawyer. The school president moderated. Many students and teachers attended. The panelists spoke for and against divestment for 45 minutes, then audience questions were taken. I brought my notebook.

The viewpoints:

Trustee: He has presided over many green projects at the school and in personal life. Feels same as Harvard “endowments should be used towards the mission of educating the students, not as social leverage”.  They have 28 funds with average yield of 8%. He does not believe they can find 28 fossil-free funds, and that the yield would drop if they did. A large part of endowment is specifically designated to fund financial aid, thus would impact students.

Student Council President: Feels it a moral imperative to do something. A financial aid recipient herself. Does not want financial aid impacted. Feels school should affect change through other pursuits such as funding clean energy projects.

350.org Reps: Ask trustees for freeze on further fossil fuel investments. Ask to divest over a period of five years. Divestment goal not for the financial impact to fossil fuel companies, but part of a broader strategy of creating a social movement to affect political change. Rogue industry has outrageous business model and must be stopped. Risks of inaction may be catastrophic, this is the moral thing to do.

Environmental Lawyer: Must begin transition to clean energy, we are all consumers. Industry is not paying for their externalities. Industry lobbyists undermine, erode, or squelch every law and bill via deep pockets. Divestment is a small but shrewd blow to the industry, eroding its credibility and removing its social license.

Students and Teachers: Why teach us to be moral citizens, funded by possibly immoral activities? Tom said this morning we could get similar yields from other funds. Can school prepare report on exactly how much invested in fossil fuels for later discussion?

Bottom-line: What Should a Goddess Do?

My Goddess sisters, there are many valid points in this debate. But Mother Nature says DIVEST, and she says it in the form of weather and crops. Begin now. Look into sustainable funds like PAX and transition your life to carbon-neutral in five years. Stand up for your inner Goddess. Your grandchildren will thank you.

Mother Nature says DIVEST from fossil fuels
Mother Nature says DIVEST from fossil fuels

A Goddess Goes to the “Common Ground” Fair

Orgasmagical Note: Sept COMMON GROUND Fair edition

 

SIMPLY: Green, Artsy, & Spiritual fun

 September 2013: COMMON GROUND Fair Edition

Happy Autumn Equinox my goddess sisters!

Green: Any Goddess within 200 miles of Unity, Maine must attend the annual MOGFA.org  “Common Ground” Fair in September at the equinox featuring: Herb Tent, Political Action Tent, Solar Zone, Livestock Zone, Farmer’s Market Zone, Fiber Zone, and way more! Here is the map/website http://www.mofga.org/TheFair/Areas/tabid/105/Default.aspx. So packed with crowds on Saturday, try going on a Friday instead in 2014.

Artsy: Most beautiful fruit at the fair was the Moon and Stars Watermelon. Van Gogh would be thrilled! Pictured here.http://parkseed.com/moon-stars-watermelon-seeds/p/05481-PK-P1/  I am going to try to grow some next summer.

Spiritual: September 22 begins our descent into the darker, more restful days when you can get a lot of spiritual reading done by the warming fires. After we finish up the harvest that is!! Yesterday I cleared off the tomato plants, and took many green ones too. I got a whole red wagon full!  Summer ends, the harvest begins to be pickled and canned, and extras  given away. Zeus and I went to a great Fermentation/ Kraut workshop at the fair by kraut guru Sandor Ellix Katz. Here is his wildly popular website and  book. http://www.wildfermentation.com/

wagon donation to food pantry 2013

CAPTION: Wagon load of extra veggies donated to food pantry!

Keep on growing, goddesses!! 

RM Allen, author of NH Goddess Chronicles series

 

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Solstice Moves the Goddess Forward

Solstice Moves the Goddess Forward

 By RM Allen, author of the NH Goddess Chronicles series, 2013

aug 2017 solar eclipse in LeoHappy Solstice my goddess sisters!

My usual Orgasmaical newsletter is being pre-empted by a special blog posting for the summer solstice:

This weekend, at the summer solstice, is the perfect time to commit to make a life change that will move you forward. According to the Mayan calendar, the world ended on the winter solstice 2012. Six months later, we are still alive and well and approach the next cosmic marker: the summer solstice 2013. Where do you find yourself in this post-Mayan world?

In those past six months some of my goddess sisters have taken their first steps forward into a new world of their own making. One goddess has flown to a South American country to investigate retirement real-estate options, another has become (finally) pregnant at 39, another  took court action to evict a bum roommate, another enrolled in a six-month life-design program, one just quit a job she hated but paid extremely well, and still another is adopting a six-year old child single-handedly. You go my goddess sisters! It is time to live in the kind of world which you most desire.

As for myself, I am taking the plunge and officially moving into the next phase of a very committed relationship. This is big step for me as a divorced woman, who is once-bitten and now twice-shy. But I am feeling very orgasmagical these days! The bulleted list that follows and the paraphrased paragraph after it is from a book I am reading  The Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Heifetz, Grashow, and Linsky, 2009. It takes Darwinism and lends that to organizational or life changes.  Life is always in flux. Think of one spot where you are stuck or stale and just want to let that go. Move forward by pondering the following formula in relation to your vision of the world you want to live in, while you enjoy the longest day of the year!

Good luck goddess,

RM Allen

  • ·        Adaptive Leadership is about change that enables the capacity to thrive.
  • ·        Successful adaptive changes build on the past rather than jettison it.
  • ·        Organizational adaptation occurs through experimentation.
  • ·        Adaptation relies on diversity.
  • ·        New adaptations significantly displace, reregulate, and rearrange old DNA.
  • ·        Adaption takes time.

(Paraphrased from book) Secretly, in some aspect, you like your company/family/self dysfunction, because it would be too bothersome to change it. Tough choices, losses, and uncertainty would have to be dealt with. Start with baby steps if you have to, or do something larger if you have already been baby-stepping for a while and are ready to really move forward. Imagine yourself in the balcony, overlooking you on the dance floor of life interacting with others. Make unbiased observations. Notice what is NOT being said, but runs as an undercurrent of values. Make several guesses as to why. Make some outlandish guesses as well, just to open your eyes wider. Intervention time! This intervention must be phrased as a “shared purpose” i.e. what both parties want, win-win, etc. (This holds true even if “both parties” are your conflicted self!)  You must first be very clear with yourself about what your underlying values are and what your compelling larger purpose/life vision is. Prepare several scenarios both inside and outside your comfort zone before you begin the dialogue. In the dialogue, experiment and take risks smartly. Say what is in your heart, and discern what is in their heart to find the common ground. Defining a common ground/shared purpose, or seeking your own true north, can be challenging and/or painful but is a valuable corrective.

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A “Green” Sequin of Kindness

Banner Green Sequin Mosaic Glitter Sparkle Glow.My friend Barbara P has created a very positive cable TV show out of Lowell, MA called “A Sequin of Kindness”. (A sequin is small, but it reflects a lot of light, just like a small act of kindness.) She interviews people about kind acts they have done, like donating a kidney. It is kind of a pay-it-forward show. In episode 3, she interviewed me about being kind to the environment. I talk about local food, recycling bins, fossil fuel divestment, and more. She is a great host, see her there in the red jacket? I am the one wearing a green shirt with fringe that shakes likes leaves on a tree (of course). See the clips or the whole episode on her  Sequin of Kindness YouTube channel now.

 

Listening Like a Goddess

Listening Like A Goddess

By RM Allen   ( “Listening” was my word-of-the-year for 2012)

The goddess in you is ready to impart some wisdom to you.  Be quiet and listen. She begins. No sound is made, but you feel her words vibrate in your heartstrings.

…………..My dear, to truly Listen one needs to get out of their head and into their heart. Listening is vastly different than hearing. The cells that listen are in the heart, not in the ears, nor in the myriad filters of the mind. In listening, either to yourself or to another, you will glean only two basic things: a need that has been met, or a need that is unmet. This is a simple reflection of the two states of humanity: happy or unhappy.

One could surmise that listening correlates directly to needs. The more needs a person has the more they listen so that they may find ways to meet those needs.  As humans we are always “doing” to attempt to move from unhappy towards happy.  Ah, but the definition of happy is a fleeting thing, and the definition of insanity is doing that same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. Rarely do people find themselves at the eventide and just “being” instead of “doing.”

But my dear, in a funny kind of puzzle, as the goddess climbs higher up the levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs pyramid she finds she listens more but needs less. The less needs she has, the less she feels she should be “doing” and the more she resides in simply “being.” “Being,” with an open heart which listens more  – but reacts less.  This is the heart that entrains others to a higher vibration.

Can you hear this resonate inside your own heart? Good. Here we go, my lovely one, we are coming right down to the bottom line now. Ascending Maslow’s pyramid has little to do with money or health, and everything to do with love:

Listening is an act of Love  – self-love, love of others, and love of the Universe. Listen and ascend………..

 

buddha gave a sermon where he simply held up a flower

All Kale the Goddess

All Kale the Goddess

Dec 2012 by RM Allen, author of The NH Goddess Chronicles series

kale salad recipe goddessKale. What is that weird cousin of lettuce, all gnarly and rubbery and atomic green? Tracey Miller knows. Last summer, Tracey gave me a big bundle of fresh kale and said it was super good for me. I am not much of a cook, and this was the first time I ever held raw kale in my hands. How should I prepare it?  I looked up a recipe for kale chips online, and made them. I was addicted. They tasted and crunched like a bag of thin chips. But they are really good for you. Imagine that, guilt-free chips!

I ate the whole bundle in one sitting. It was like eating the whole bag of chips, which I have always wanted to do.

Last month, Tracey invited me to sit in on a cooking class she and Kathy Gallant were giving at Kathy’s all local food restaurant, the Blue Moon Evolution in Exeter. (Last time I was in a cooking class was in Home-Economics at Essex Elementary in the 1970’s.)  Posters around town had notified me that Tracey was running a cooking series for moms this fall as part of her FoodAndHealthForum.com series. I didn’t know quite what that night’s class was about or how skilled the attendees were supposed to be. So I wore my apron there, to at least look like I had a clue coming through the door. It turns out I didn’t have to actually cook, just watch. And eat. Yay! One of the dishes was a kale salad. All dressed up and delicious. All hail the goddess Kale!!

The next cooking class in Tracey’s Food and Health Forum is about eating healthy for the holidays and is on December 3rd, 2012 at the Blue Moon Evolution. You can still sign up. This year she ran all cooking classes in the forum. Last year she and Kathy brought in national speakers for the forum, who spoke on topics like food GMO, monoculture farming, and the local food movement. The speakers present, and afterwards you all eat a locavore meal together and chat. I attended the one by Ben Hewitt, author of The Town That Food Saved, and I was particularly struck by his words about raw milk. One of the best parts about attending any of the events in the forum is the people that you meet there. Tracey and Kathy are providing a forum for like minded people to get together and exchange ideas around holistic wellness; personal, societal, and global. Rock on sister goddesses, I salute you!

Recently I have been purchasing kale at Market Basket from the same company I buy my bags of baby spinach from. Actually, Olivia’s brand comes in a large plastic tub, and she now offers baby kale. Baby kale is a lot easier for the average person to understand. It is small and flexible, and attractive – kind of cute actually. You can eat it raw in salads, roast it into chips, or throw a handful in your soup. My favorite preparation so far is something easy that I bring for lunch at work sometimes: steamed chopped asparagus (cold) on a bed of baby kale, drizzled with Annie’ brand Goddess dressing (with tahini) and crisp organic smoked bacon crumbled over the top. The kale is hardier that lettuce or spinach, and can stand up to being dressed for hours without wilting too much.

Tracey and Kathy will bring next to their Food and Health Forum  a class on eating healthy for the holidays on Dec. 3rd. Check this website here to see, or to get health tips, or watch a video on how to make kale chips. All kale the goddess!

HMS Goddess

Remember when I made this video of a community garden in a seaside town in New Jersey? Today, that beautiful garden that my friend and I sat in one peaceful summer afternoon is now located in a disaster zone, created by Hurricane Sandy, the frankenstorm.

Today Exxon and Shell, only two of the many fossil fuel companies, announced that they made 16 billion dollars in profit in the last quarter.

Look at this awesome picture I snapped with my cell phone in July in Newburyport, MA. I am in love with this tall ship, a 1960 replica of the HMS Bounty. I saw her in three different ports over the last two years, what a beauty! She sank on Monday in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” off the Carolinas in Hurricane Sandy, the frankenstorm.

As of today, over $150 million has been spent to influence this year’s election by the fossil fuel frankenindustry* .

Can you connect the dots? Can you do the math? (Had you noticed that in over 270 minutes of presidential debates, the words “Climate Change” were not mentioned once?)

Goddesses, can you hear what Mother Earth is saying? Can you see our “conspicuous consumption”? (If you and your house and stuff were plopped down in the middle of Africa, would that help you to see better?)

What to do?

Try local, try natural, try simple, try solar,…… try ignoring the dang Joneses.

As a modern goddess, you are probably already trying. I salute you! Let us not go down with the ship, my sisters, just give us a full moon to steer by and we can change the course. We can. (Full moons and other whisperings of Mother Earth can be learned at herbal conferences like this one: Rosemary Gladstar’s Annual Women’s Herbal Conference. )

Goddess-speed to you!

* all math from 350.org

The Whey of the Goddess

The Whey of the Goddess

by RM Allen, www.nhgoddess.com   10/1/2012

“Little Miss Muffet, sat on a tuffet (a stool), eating her curds and whey.” We have all heard this nursery rhyme from 1805. Why would they let the poor little thing eat spoiled, stinky, curdled milk? The thought always made me gag. Thanks to the Dr. Weston A. Price.org food foundation, I have a better understanding of this now.

She was eating raw milk, not pasteurized. Live milk, not dead. Dead things stink. Live milk is still loaded with live pro-biotics, and a lot of them. Modern goddesses know that certain yogurts have pro-biotics added back into them, and we look for them in the market. Here is a general Wikipedia notation on the most common pro-biotic *:

Lactobacillus acidophilus (Latin meaning acid-loving milk-bacterium) is a species in the genus LactobacillusL. acidophilus is a homo-fermentative species, fermenting sugars into lactic acid, and grows readily at low pH values (below pH 5.0) and has an optimum growth temperature of around  99 °F.[1] L. acidophilus occurs naturally in the human and animal gastrointestinal tractmouth, and vagina.[2]

If this good gut pro-biotic bacterium occurs naturally in us, then why do we need more? Because we have killed them off with bad-gut guys in these days of processed foods and anti-biotic drugs. There is a war in your belly, and insidiously it crawls like a spider to other places and pops up in many disguises, like auto-immune and inflammation. It would seem that food is the root cause. But never fear, because we goddess have the mega-goddess Miss Muffet and her secret weapon: whey. Go Miss Muffet!

How can you get whey, and what will you do with it? Simple! Here is how I do it.

Go to a health food store, or even the organic aisle of the market, and get some raw yogurt. Get a small funnel, line it with a cone shaped coffee filter, and rest it in a deep coffee cup or jar. Spoon in raw yogurt, and cover with a loose lid of sorts. Leave in your fridge for a night or two. In the morning, you have curds and whey. Curds? Think Chobani, think cheesecake, think yum. Fold this thick curd out of the coffee filter and spoon some fresh fruit or real maple syrup over it. Or put it in a bowl and mix it with garlic or bacon bits for a cracker spread. Yum.

But even better is the liquid whey left in the cup. There are hundreds of uses!   In In this cup in your fridge, is an elixir of health known by all traditional peoples for thousands of years for lacto-fermenting food. Do not be afraid of the word ferment (I was). Here is what Wikipedia says in general:

Food fermentation has been said to serve five main purposes:[11]

  • Enrichment of the diet through development of a diversity of flavors, aromas, and textures in food substrates
  • Preservation of substantial amounts of food through lactic acidalcoholacetic acid, and alkaline fermentations
  • Biological enrichment of food substrates with protein, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, and vitamins
  • Elimination of anti-nutrients
  • A decrease in cooking time and fuel requirement

Naturally preserve, enrich, and detox your food with this innocent looking whey you now have in a cup! (Simple – and y’all know I love Simple.)

It is powerful simple science for you and your family. Soak grains in water with 2 T whey overnight to remove anti-nutrients that contribute to Celiac’s and make the grains more easily digestible and bio-available. Same with legumes. Add a splash to soups to draw out nutrients. Preserve carrots, krauts, beets and more. Conjure up cordials and spirits. There is a deep spirituality in your relationship with food. Honor, cherish, and obey. It is the Whey of the Goddess.

*(When you are ready for a wealth of documented scientific info, begin here at WAPF:  http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/enjoying-little-miss-muffets-curds-and-whey  )

RM Allen is the author of the New Hampshire Goddess Chronicles, a fun and informative series of goddess guidebooks swirling spirituality, simplicity, and sustainability back into women’s bodies  – one goddess at a time. http://www.nhgoddess.com