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28 December 2011

God and the Spider

I am having some down time this winter to work on things, so I am going to re-visit some of my blogg posts from my Multiply site.  I am starting with a favorite story of mine, I hope you enjoy.

God and the Spider

During World War II, a US Paiute marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, "Creator, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you."

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, "Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one." Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

"Hah, he thought. "What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor."

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while.

"Creator, forgive me," prayed the young Paiute Indian. "I had forgotten that in you a spider's web is stronger than a brick wall."

We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways. We must be reminded that in the Creator of All Things we will have success!"

And remember: Whatever is happening in your life, in the Great Mystery, a mere spider's web becomes a brick wall of protection.

16 December 2011

Grandmother Cedar ~ Winter Herb Studies

She is a good 40 feet tall

I thought my herbal studies were done for the season, but they don't call Him the Great Mystery for nothing... Last year I suffered Greatly from Non-Allergic Rhinitis for 9 months out of the year, only 3 summer months of relief before it began again this Fall.  I tried about Everything suggested to No avail.  I would use the over the counter Nose Spray for relief at night so that I could breathe and therefore sleep, waking in the early hours with major Sneezing Fits that led to more congestion to start my day.  Anyone that has taken said Nose Spray knows that you are only suppose to take it for about 3 days because it can cause symptoms to worsen.  So this year we happen to be in a campground with many Red Cedar Trees (Juniperus virginiana).  I did recall from the summer studies reading something about Juniper berries, so I looked it up.  Well I read that it was burned and inhaled for Respiratory ailments and I did just that.  The Huge Grandmother tree that we are set up near has been shedding tufts of her leaves and berry clusters.  I smudged the camper and inhaled the dried smoldering leaves.  This was 4 days ago and I have Not used the nose spray to breathe at night yet!! Praise the Great Spirit!!

She has shed her tufts of leaves and berries down for me to reach

I had also collected enough berries from the various trees to make a small tub of Juniper Berry Ointment.  This is good for wounds, itches, scars from burns, festering sores and the like, also psoriasis.  Please visit this very informational page on making herbal ointments and salves:   http://earthnotes.tripod.com/ckbk_o.htm

I left an offering of Tobacco in the designated place

The "tufts" of leaves and berries

Following was taken from a .pdf file located here: http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_juvi.pdf
The Blackfeet made a tea from the berries of the red cedar to stop vomiting (Kindscher 1992). A blackfeet remedy for arthritis and rheumatism was to boil red cedar leaves in water, add one-half teaspoon of turpentine, and when cooled, rub the mixture on affected parts. The Blackfeet also drank a tea made from red cedar root as a general tonic; mixed with
Populus leaves this root tea became a liniment for stiff backs or backache (McClintock 1909, Johnston 1970, Hellson 1974).

The Cheyenne steeped the leaves of the red cedar and drank the resulting tea to relieve persistent coughing or a tickling in the throat. It was also believed to produce sedative effects that were especially useful for calming a hyperactive person. Cheyenne women drank the red cedar tea to speed delivery during childbirth (Grinnell 1962). The Cheyenne, along with the Flathead, Nez Perce, Kutenai, and Sioux, made a tea from red cedar boughs, branches, and fleshy cones, which they drank for colds, fevers, tonsillitis, and pneumonia (Hart 1976).

As a cure for asthma, the Gros Ventres ate whole red cedar berries or pulverized them and boiled them to make a tea. They also made a preparation from the leaves mixed with the root, which they applied topically to control bleeding (Kroeber 1908). The Crows drank this medicinal tea to check diarrhea and to stop lung or nasal hemorrhage. Crow women drank it after childbirth for cleansing and healing (Hart 1976).

The young leafy twigs of the red cedar were officially listed in the
U.S. Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1894 as a diuretic (Kindscher 1992). The distilled oil of the red cedar has been officially listed as a reagent in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia since 1916 (ibid.).

05 December 2011

2011 Family Fun Festival

This coming Saturday we will be doing a Craft Show and Fun Festival at the Catholic Church!  Just in time to get some Great Handmae Gifts for anyone left on your Christmas List.  It will be at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 700 Kingsland Drive - Folkston, GA 31357 ~ Saturday 10 December 2011 Starting at 10 am.  There will be Games for kids, Lots of Food, Crafts and Family Fun for ALL ages!  Craft and Food Vendor spots are still available contact Karen at Karen@stfrancisfolkston.com for details. 

**The poll for the music player on the 2012 Pow wow page is coming to an end and I have re-arraged the blog widgets.  Please be sure to check out the newest one, for Show schedules and maps on Arvel Bird! 

There is still plenty of time to get some Great Handcrafted items mail ordered in time for Christmas.  Visit the shop via the "Shop Window" on the right side of the blog to see some of the Awesome items we have made.  I am caught up with my special orders for now, so if you have a special request be sure to get it in soon!

On a Personal note that I have prayed on

I had sold a special order beaded Bear necklace to a friend back in June, and now 6 months later, after a Facebook Incident,  it was reported to me that it was a "Less than Perfect Bear" and shall be returned to me in March.  Above was the Only picture I had taken of it.  As with all Handcrafted items, each one is unique in its own way and I Make NO claims at being Perfect.  In Fact the Policies section in shop states: I am very proud of my feedback and strive for 100% customer satisfaction.  Items are described in great detail ~ we produce hand made items with their own uniqueness. In the unlikely event that a return is requested, all returns must include: all original items undamaged and be in re-saleable condition. Shipping fees are not refundable.
I had not stated a time limit on returns, however, as you all know most retail stores have a 90 day return limit. 

My point is that YES, I am Less than Perfect, for the ONLY perfect one is the Great Spirit who Created us.  From this point on ALL Bears I make will be Less than Perfect on purpose, with a spirit bead, that will be Prayers sent for this person who I shall never publicly refer to again. 

As another year comes to a close, times are getting tougher to survive in for some of us.  Keep your Faith, Walk the Good walk, Provide for the people, Share, Help and Love one another... Even and Especially if you do not know the person... for they were created just as you were and the Love should be given until and unless it is cast aside, and then, and Only then you need to turn it over to God for his is the Final word.  He has just now shown me the words to conclude today's blogg with a section from St. Matthew 7:20...

"Wherefore by thier fruits ye shall know them"

Much Love and many Prayers

01 December 2011

Military DD-214's Online Now!

It's official! DD-214's are NOW Online.
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following
website for veterans to gain access totheir DD-214s online:

 This may be particularly helpful when a veteran need s a copy of his DD-214for
 employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with
 computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their
 military files.
 Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may
 now use a new online military personnel records system to request
 Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard
 Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the
 requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC toprocess
 the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for
 additional information will be minimized . The new web-based application was
 design ed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the
 records enters mailroom and processing time.
 Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know
 and their dependents.