Archive for April, 2012

Garlic Mustard – Edible Wild Flower

Posted in Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2012 by Drogo

Alliaria petiolata, Jack-by-the-hedge, Jack-in-the-bush, Hedge Garlic, hedge-weed, fairy-weed, fairy-mint, Garlic Root, Sauce-alone, Penny-hedge, and Poor Man’s Mustard

Wild Garlic Mustard is a magical fairy-like green plant that grows in spring-time woodlands. It has a single stalk with roundish leaves, and small white flowers at the top. They grow like mugwort so you can easily pull them for weeding or harvest. Garlic Mustard can grow over 3 feet tall. People call it “invasive” because it came over from England in the 1800’s, and it is fairly aggressive in spreading its seed; however it is a very lovely plant that is more useful than most other unwanted plants that people bitch about, so I say to people “chill the fuck out, they are short-lived, pretty, flowering, and edible”. Garlic Mustard leaves can be used as the main ingredient in pesto, its roots can be substituted for horseradish, and its black seeds served as a condiment.

SCOD Therapy Roleplaying Characters

Posted in Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2012 by Drogo

Here are a set role-playing personalities for self-help Therapy. Since most people cannot afford a therapist, now you can spend time with any of 7 SCOD characters for free!

 

2 people could “play therapy”, or just one person can imagine what the character would say to help them (after studying them), and make their own Therapist to fit their own needs at the time. If all else fails simply imagine what actual people would say, study them so you can recreate simulations in your mind. The difference between creative people and schizophrenics is that creative people choose to imagine things as though they are real, and can have useful control over their “intentional delusions”.

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Seven SCOD Therapists

 

Madam Bouffont – psychic, clairvoyant

 

Dr. Cigar Fraud – psycho-analyst, combining Groucho Marx, Karl Marx, & Freud

 

Mrs. Sheila Grove – psycho-therapist, behaviorist

 

Chuck Wegman – psychedelic-therapist, hippie, humanist

 

Lady Shadow Vox – sex therapist, S&M, post-apoc theory

 

C3-TO – robot capable of 500 voice personalities, 300 methods, 100 theories

 

Zebbb – small alien visitor to this planet that uses a Socratic-like method of questions to find out about our planet and people.

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Celtic Magic Books

Posted in Book Reports, Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2012 by Drogo

Drogo’s Celtic Magic Bibliography

Basic books for Celtic Neo-Pagans (including Wiccans)

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Celtic Mythology 1996 – Proinsias Mac Cana

Celtic Mythology 1997 – Thomas Rolleston

Celtic Mythology 1999 – Arthur Cotterell

Celtic Mythology 2003 – Catherine Bernard

Celtic Mythology 2004 – John MacCulloch

Celtic Mythology 2007 – Corona Brezina

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Celtic Magic 1990 – DJ Conway
Celtic Shaman 1993 – John Matthews
Modern Celtic Shamanism 1995 – DJ Conway
Celtic Women 1998 – Edain McCoy
Taliesin 2002 – John Matthews
Advanced Celtic Shamanism 2004 – DJ Conway

Celtic Culture: History Encyclopedia 2006 – John Koch

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Druids: Origin and History 1995 – Lewis Spence

Druids 1998 – Peter Ellis

Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature 1999 – Jean Markale

Druids and Druidism 2003 – TD Kendrick

Druids 2006 – Morgan Llywelyn

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Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft 1986 (Wicca) – Raymond Buckland

Wicca: Solitary Guide 1989 – Scott Cunningham

Living Wicca 1993 – Scott Cunningham

Wicca Spellbook 1994 – Gerina Dunwich

Wicca: Complete Craft 2001 – DJ Conway

Wicca Handbook 2008 – Holland & Buckland

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Scorpion of SCOD

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , on April 19, 2012 by Drogo

I am going to tell you the story of a creative and energetic young man named Scorpi. He was a traveler, a homeless vagabond who journeyed from the Western Ocean to the Eastern Shores, and from New York to Texas, and eventually he hitch-hiked and walked from the Atlantic back to the Pacific again.

Scorpi was born January 23, 1983 in Seattle, Washington. He never knew his father, and his mother was a crack-addict so he went to foster care. He stayed in foster care until he was 18, and because that is the cut-off year for foster-care he found himself homeless.

2003 –  Scorpi came to town with 2 redneck hobos. We met at the Armory Pub, where we both worked washing dishes. He was so excited to find a friend that likes Red Dwarf, Monty Python, and Doctor Who that he insisted we get a place together the first day we met!

I showed him a place he could stay for free, and no one would bother him. He lived on the Mountain in a half-shell tent-wigwam we made for him during the summer. I taught him not to litter, and to clean up the forest. He was up there during the Hurricane. One day he was so excited about sharing his hash breakfast with me, that he brought it all the way down the mountain in the frying pan to me. It was one of the nicest things a friend has ever done for me. He was always willing to share whatever he had.

Scorpi tried sleeping on my porches and in a room on the 3rd Floor, but his addiction to tv, video games, and messiness became problems and he was asked to leave and he did.

2004 – Scorpi began living with Ken at his antique store downtown.

In January as the snow came down hard, Laughing Lion and I took Scorpi out for his 21st birthday drink at TGI Fridays

2005 – I helped Scorpi move out of Ken’s place downtown and into an Apartment in Bolivar. I joined the US Air Force.

I cosigned a $1,200 loan at the Bank for him, and in return he gave me a spare key to his place and the right to come visit anytime… which was useful for pressuring him to pay the loan payments on time… which he did! I interviewed him in a Youtube video.

2006 – We kept in touch while I was away on Military Duty, and I mailed him some gift packages. When I returned I helped him clean his apartment, and let him borrow my futon. He still maintained homeless habits of not showering, and leaving messes for too long that get worse quickly. I could not find a local social worker on the phone or in person for the State or anywhere to help him.

After he paid off the first loan on time, Winter slowed his cash again even though he was working two jobs (Coffee Mill and Anvil Restaurant), so we cosigned a second loan, this time for $2,000 and I got $200 of it for my social work on his behalf. He had a period of depression, but he made the payments on time, and paid off the second loan as well. He knew that was the last loan I would sign for him, and he would be on his own. To celebrate I designed his Scorpion Tattoo he wanted, and I took him to get it done.

2007 – I got married and moved to Frederick, so I was in town less, and did not visit Scorpi as much. However I did have him over to Frederick once, and took him to the movies a few times afterwards.

SCORPI INTERVIEWS   (1-3 video parts)

  1. Scorpi’s Travels    2. Scorpi’s Politics   3. Scorpi’s Advice

2008 – Scorpi was mugged and his wallet was taken on the back streets of Bolivar, so I bought him a new wallet for his birthday.

2009 – My father died, and Scorpi came to visit afterwards and help recycle thousands of magazines. Scorpi was evicted from his apartment and found a room in a house nearby with a room-mate.

2010 – I had a renter that was a convicted pedophile, and was busy dealing with how to handle him. Scorpi got in trouble at his new apartment on his roommates’ computer. He tried to deny it, but we lectured him for a few hours, and he decided it was time for him to move out of town, and hit the road again. So I spent one last day helping him move his stuff out into storage, and he helped me move some columns under the porch, and then I brought him to Frederick where we ate at McDonalds, and then I set him out on the Golden Mile to begin his trek West.

2011 – Scorpi made it to Las Vegas and lived there on the streets.

2012 – Scorpi made it to Salt Lake City, Utah and lived there sometimes in shelters, but mostly on the streets and in camps. He remains there to this day, and wants all his friends to know that he is ok having fun, and entertaining people with his signs to make them laugh. He earns enough panhandling to afford a phone with internet connection, and go to new movies at the theaters on opening-night!

2015 – Salt Lake City, Utah, home of conservative Mormons; has legally determined that helping and housing homeless people makes more financial and humanitarian sense than trying to push them away, or arrest them!?! They now say they are committed to giving every homeless person a home within 10 days, and appointing them a social-worker. Ironic but true, and the best ending for this story so far.

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Free Your Mint, Let It Go Wild!!!

Posted in Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2012 by Drogo

I suppose it is fair warning to tell people that Mints tend to want to take over a garden, just in case they do not want that. I however, am perfectly happy with my 7 types of mint taking over the whole lawn if they want; and they are welcome to leave my property and go visit other places if they so choose. Sure you can try to wall it in, or keep it in a pot, but I say let it go! Stop trying to control mint, when it is such a perfect plant, much better than lawn grass (or crab-grass). In fact it is my favorite type of plant because it is so independent, and edible, and gives us nice flowers to share with the bees and butterflies.

In the photos you can see how mint looks when it is given the freedom to explore a garden. The photo is taken after years of trying to control the mints. The year before the photos were taken, the entire garden was stacked with wood and burned in a bonfire. The mint regrew from their own roots. Years after the photos, trucks and bulldozers drove over the site crushing everything. However the mint is back…on its own!

You can clear areas of the mint to temporarily grow other things, like vegetables (see photos for a center crop of squash), and then when the veggies are done, the mint will close the gap again as only the strongest weeds can. Why fight such a beneficial and pleasant herb? I say, let the mint grow!!! Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemonbalm, Beebalm, and even the mighty Applemint. Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow. Go “mintal” and get “balmy”.

(photos taken at Odd Fellow Lodge Garden in Harpers Ferry, WV)

 

Velvet-leaf Indian-mallow Weed

Posted in Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2012 by Drogo

Name:  Velvet-leaf, Abutilon theophrasti Medic.

Other Names:  Elephant ear, Indian-mallow, Butter-print, Abuliton, Pir-marker, abutilon feuille de velours

Family: Mallow Family (Malvaceae)

General Description: Annual, reproducing only by seed. Resembles a small Sunflower plant, with very similar fury serrated leaves, but distinguished by  tiny yellow flowers and rotund seedpods. This weed is targeted by industrial farmers for annihilation. It usually grows less than 3 feet tall in gardens, but on farms has been know to grow over 6 feet tall.

Uses:  Cord can be made from dried stem fibers

 

(Large indian mallow-weed growing among corn in a farm field)

 

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Death Will Change Them

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Psychology with tags , , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by Drogo

There are some that will prey on the kindness of others, and in turn make them suffer, until death. Few things you say or do can change that. There are others that can change in many important ways with our help. It is our responsibility to determine who is who, and to rid ourselves of those who seriously hurt the community.

As much as change happens during a lifetime, there are some people that will never change in the ways that we would like, until they are dead. There are some psychos that need to either be medicated in an institution, exiled with force, or dead. For the rest of us, party on!

So for all those that will not change their evil ways, and deliberately increase suffering on those that do not deserve it, only death will change them. But death will come to them, and they will die. They must die, because we all die, so we know that they will die. Death will change them.