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Issue 12 May  2001

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this amazing image by our LINK of the month.  James Christensen
Click here for a Slide Show Online Chap Book of This image and other poems. 

Anything we can't explain becomes 'magic'... when we don't understand it... 
and 'science' when we do. ---<--{© M Steed
Link for the Month
James Christensen Art
"The Responsible Woman"

If you want to marvel, learn, muse, or just sit back and smile, take a look at this gentleman's fantastic artwork.  He is both whimsical and in-depth.  I love his muse as much as his artwork.  I'll admit I'm not a big fan of sculpture, but it is definitely worth a few minutes to open yourself up to his whimsy and view of the world. 

His amazing book, Voyage of the Basset is a movie, suitable for families. 



Chantaclair's Musings

I know that when I was a girl, we danced around the May pole.  It was so much fun.  We had tissue paper flowers and   enjoyed giving them to friends and teachers and parents alike.  To me, this day represents a day to enjoy the more   sentient things of my life.  To be grateful for all of the beauties that are so succulent and lain out for our partaking. 

I've thought a lot about the senses, and my Monthly Muse page talks more about it, but I wanted to just mention here how keenly the observance of them has added to my life.  From the tangy smell of a lemon, to the pungent odor of fresh dirt;   From the soft silken feel of my cat's fur, to the sharp and alive feeling of the thorns on the roses I prune; I'm enjoying the gorgeous array of color and the tiny miracles of buds peeking forth.  Even the tastes of spring, cold salads and rich fresh fruits delight and amaze me. 

 Perhaps that is a toss back from the indulgences of the past, but truly it can be a time to deeply appreciate all of the wonders that are so abundant for each of us to enjoy, where ever we are, and in whatever condition we find ourselves. 

--<--{© 2001 Marsha Steed (Chantaclair Rose)


Tip for the Month
~For Your Car: 


For small scratches, take a crayon of the same color and rub into the scratch. 
Almost like new

Get bumper stickers or dealer stickers off with “Goo Away”. 
Great stuff you can find at a drug store, or try lighter fluid. 

Try washing your car with 1 c kerosene followed by a good buffing with soft cloths. 

It will need no rinsing and water will bead on the surface.  Prevents rust. 



Your Money
The Michael Medved Show
Michael Medved
Well, I thoroughly enjoyed Michael's Show today, and he recommended that in this market, in order to protect your retirement and your savings... that to buy GOLD was a wise move.  He said that Gold retains consistently a 20% return.  Sounds pretty good to me. SO that is YOUR MONEY for this month.



~Why is it that if someone tells you that there are 1 billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you a wall has wet paint you will have to  touch it to be sure? 

Quick and Easy
~Shepherd's Pie
A Steed ( and Dever ) family favorite

1 pound ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
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½ tsp salt
dash of pepper
1 16 oz can (2cups) green beans cut & drained
1 10 oz can condensed tomato soup
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5 medium potatoes, cooked
½ cup warm milk
1 beaten egg
½ cup shredded processed American cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cook meat and onion till meat is lightly browned and onion is tender.  Add salt and pepper.  Add drained beans and soup; pour into greased 1-1/2 quart casserole.  Mash potatoes while hot; add milk and egg.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon in mounds over casserole.  Sprinkle potatoes with cheese.  Bake in moderate over (350 degrees) for 25 to 30 minutes.  Makes 4-6 servings.  Serve with a green salad, tomatoes, fruit salad or Jell-O.


Quote for the Month

~"'But I must gather knots of flowers,
And buds and garlands gay,
   For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother,
 I'm to be Queen o' the May.' 
                            ~Alfred Lord Tennyson 

For Your Information

May Day
THe Maypole of Merry Mount - Nathaniel Hawthorne

For more information click above

May day, or May 1st, is celebrated worldwide as "International Workers' Day", except in the US, Canada and South Africa.  This is ironic, since it began in the 1880's with the labor unions fight for an eight hour work day. 

 The tradition was begun long before however.  "Less skilled workers "were more likely to establish a Knights of Labor local when they were employed in industries undergoing rapid mechanization, worked in local industries characterized by large factories, and lived in more urbanized [this means 'bigger,' and  is a rare bit of jargon] towns" (p. 159). Their organizations were also more likely to be established, or to survive, if there was a preexisting Knights assembly, particularly one recruiting skilled workers." ((Kim Voss. The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994. xv 290 pp. ))

In many cultures, May day is a significant part of their worship and religious observances.  In ancient Rome, the Floralia festival ran for five days.  It honored the goddess of flowers, Flora.  Such is our saying, "April Showers brings May flowers".  Maia, 'Goddess of Springtime, of Growth and Increase', and the mother of 'Mercury', the winged messenger of the Gods.  In Rome, the city would be decorated with flowers and maidens wore them in their hair.  Offerings of milk and honey were made on this day and the surrounding five days.

The Celtics and the earth calendar, celebrate May 1st as Beltane.  It is their festival of fertility and renewal. They often celebrate in grand fashion and elect a 'Queen of May' from the eligible maidens of the village.  This was accompanied by a "May Pole" dance, where the young girls awaiting marriage would dance around a tree that had colorful ribbons hanging from it, winding them in and out until the tree was decorated in the colorful finery. 

a-Maying." In the morning, they would emerge and the men would bring a live
         hawthorn tree to the village to make a maypole. Everyone from the
         highest-ranking official to the lowest peasant participated in the celebration as
         equals. The holiday evolved and now May Day, which once represented the
         beginning of summer, life, fertility and renewal, is now celebrated in most
         countries as International Labor Day. 

Our current tradition of beauty queens and pageants sprung from this practice.  The May Queen was to rule the crops and ensure that there would be great productivity... 


Victorian Conundrumn

"The conundrum is one of the most favored forms of amusement for the social circle; the answer to this style of riddle generally contains a pun, and the merriment occasioned can be better imagined than described. " 

~ Conundrums, Riddles, Puzzles and Games by Sarah J Cutter circa . 1896

~Why is the world like a slate? 

~ Who was the most successful financier mentioned in the Bible?

I'm a singular creature, pray tell me my name.
I partake of my countrymen's glory and fame;
I daily am old, and I daily am new,
I am praised, I am lame, I am false, I am true
I'm the talk of the nation while I'm in my prime,
but forgotten when once I've out lasted time.
In the morning no Miss is more courted than I,
In the evening you see me thrown carelessly by,
Take warning ye fair - I, like you, have my day;
But alas! you, like me, must grow old and decay. 
What am I?
Click HERE for answers. 


Comments from Readers

~ The readership is getting larger each month, thanks to all of you who share the Ezine with your friends and family.  I thought you would enjoy some of the comments I've gotten.  I know I have.  Thanks to all who take a moment to send me a note. ~ M Steed

"This is wonderful!  You are very gifted, indeed." ~jbf 

        "Always enjoy your Ezines.  They are fun and interesting. 
Thanks for continuing to bring a smile to my life"~ tcg

"Your "e-zine" was a delight to read through....I like your "faeries" link of 
the month....and....I was tickled to see you enjoyed the quote I'd sent to 
you a while back.   It was nice, wasn't it?   A keeper.... 

Thank you for sharing your creativity.... "DL
Notes - The background was created by Chantaclair's Designs
---<--{@ Marsha Rose

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