Another Mercury Retrograde Has Begun

But there is no need to panic

The world may feel like it has turned upside down these days, from our social crisis to climate change, to fake news, and an upcoming election on top of it all. Sometimes it all feels backward. The only thing worse? Another Mercury retrograde has begun.

This happens to be the last of three Mercury retrograde for 2020. And like much of 2020, I look forward to putting both in my rear-view mirror.

What is a Mercury retrograde?

A Mercury retrograde is when it appears as if Mercury is traveling backward in its orbit through the night sky. This is, of course, an illusion, the planet does not physically spin backward. Yet according to astrology, retrograde periods can have their effect on our emotions.

The planet Mercury rules communication in all its forms; writing, reading, speaking, even listening. It has been characteristically thought during these periods, to be associated with confusion, errors, delays, frustrations, and miscommunications.

One might experience emails gone awry or mixed-up travel plans, or loving intentions unrequited. Often there seem to be more computer issues or mechanical problems than usual.

Because mercury rules all types of communication the best thing to do is to take a long, slow breath and try to remain patient and flexible. Double-checking your communications doesn’t hurt either. Give that email a second glance, allow extra time for travel, smile more at those around you. We are all in this particular experience together.

This is a good time to review new projects …..

Changing the World for the Better, One Meal at a Time

By MaryRose Denton

A recent Sunday evening, I find myself sitting next to my favorite guy, outside a local downtown Bellingham, WA, brewery. We are sipping our cool ales and enjoying the last rays of a waning sun. A feeling of peace and normalcy flutters around on the light breeze. What could make this delightful scene even better?

Dinner, from my favorite food truck!

Outside the brewery, the familiar green food truck with the fist logo is parked off to one side. This is Sage Against the Machine. Owners Tara and Nate Johnson have been inside all afternoon cooking and serving up their version of down-home vegan fare, with a flair! Come early, is the best advice, for even though their open hours list until 7pm, they typically sell out each evening.

How it all Began

Tara’s quest began seven years ago. She desired a healthier lifestyle, experimenting with various vegan recipes to find the ones her family would enjoy. Her love for cooking quickly turned into a passion. What she did not expect was to find love, community, and a sustainable small business. She took all her favorite recipes and turned them vegan. Now they are what’s for dinner on the menu.

She has been an off-and-on vegan for most of her life. As someone who loves to throw big dinner parties and feed people, opening a food truck seemed like a natural extension for her tasty talents.

It was her read of the book, Forks Over Knives by Gene Stone which changed her view on food. “I woke up to what is in our food and what is being done to it.”, Tara said. For this reason, she chose the name Sage Against the Machine, inspired by the ‘90s alternative rock band, Rage Against the Machine, whose music and lyrics spoke to action and revolutionary change. Tara and Nate hold the same intention, hoping to inspire positive change in the food industry. “Changing the world for the better, one meal at a time”.

Tara grew up in Oregon, moving around some before finding her way to Bellingham. Once she did, she knew this was her community. She was home.

Finding love, community, and a new adventure. It also led her to love…..

Do You Believe In Ghosts?

Five types of spirits which may haunt places you go.

Recently, a local publication assigned me to write a story on a historic hotel, built in 1889. But the focus of my story was not on the architecture or genealogy of the building. No, my angle honed in on the permanent residents of the hotel. The ones who never truly left, even after death.

I am referring to the ghosts who still haunt the hotel hallways.

Do you believe in ghosts?

Have you ever seen a shadow or possibly a silhouette, out of the corner of your eye only to look and have it vanish? Or maybe fell a sudden chill or breeze? perhaps you dismissed it as nothing there or a figment of your imagination. But a Harris poll shows 42 percent of Americans say they believe in ghosts and the possibility of spirits returning to previous places.

What is the first thing we do when we hear an eerie noise or experience and unexplainable sight? We try to rationalize it.

We seek some sort of logical explanation. It is how our brains are wired.

When we cannot find an explanation, the summation often comes up as the work of the supernatural.

Maybe you have felt a tap on your shoulder or a brush of your hair. Maybe you have been touched by a ghost. Only what kind of ghost?

The five types of ghosts.
The people in the know about ghosts have categorized five types of spirit encounters. Have you had one?

Edison, WA: Home of the infamous ‘Brewstillery’

OCTOBER 10, 2020

Head 90 miles north of Seattle, and you will find nestled in the open farmland of the Skagit Valley, the quirky town of Edison, WA. A creative hub inhabited by artisans and farmers alike, there is one place they both come together in synergy, a place called Terramar.

What is Terramar?

Overlooking the banks of the Edison slough, Terramar Brewstillery is as eclectic as this small town. Combining a brewpub, winery, pizzeria, and a newly opened distillery coins their now infamous phrase “brewstillery.”

Terramar is the brainchild of Chris and Jen Barker, who, after many starts, stops and life lessons, opened their big barn doors of the brewery in the summer of 2019. This year, on their first anniversary, they celebrated with the grand opening of their newly renovated distillery and speakeasy.(Image:Richard Schmitz)

Terramar is a local business that is doing it all, doing it very well, while keeping their commitment to sustaining a lighter footprint on the earth. Once an old slaughterhouse, the Barker’s revamped this withering structure into the lively, community gathering place it is today, all while maintaining the existing footprint and upcycling materials.

“Sustainability has been very important for us from the beginning,” Chris said. “Every decision made has that in mind.” Including their process for making libations. In keeping with their repurposing principles, they make beer and then use the wash from the brewery to make grain-based spirits like whiskey, vodka, and gin in their newly opened distillery.

Come inside for more on the modern day speakeasy….

How I Prepared a 10-day Meal Plan for Our Sailing Vacation

Cruising out of lockdown on a 36-foot sailboat.

I stand looking down at the piece of paper in my hand, on which I have scribbled my grocery list. I am in front of the potatoes in my local grocers produce aisle. I do not find potatoes on my list. Do we have potatoes? I don’t recall seeing any in the pantry.

Never enough potatoes, I announce to no one around, as I plop a 5 lb. bag into my cart.

A few months ago my partner Richard and I began discussing what it would look like to embark on an extended sailing trip. We had postponed all our previous travel due to Covid-19 restrictions, consequentially feeling a little landlocked.

But there is always sailing! An exciting, fun, and socially distancing activity.

The Vacation Plan

We live in the Pacific Northwest, near some of the region’s most beautiful waterways. With some vacation time coming up for him, we decided on a 10-day sail around the northern Puget Sound waters, circumnavigating Whidbey Island and ending in the archipelago of the San Juan Islands before completing our circle by returning to Bellingham Bay, where we moor the sailboat.

A few weeks ago, we began preparing for the trip. After a weekend sail, earlier in the month, with my son and his fiancee, we knew the sailboat needed to come out of the water for some clean-up and general up-keep maintenance. Richard spent a week cleaning, scrubbing, painting, and waxing the hull of the sailboat Selkie, getting her ready from bow to stern.

My main job was to ready the inside of the boat. Making sure all our supplies were in order from washed linens on the bed to toiletries, to well-stocked pantry shelves.

This brings me to standing in the grocery store, reviewing my lengthy list, and hoping I did not forget anything. Like potatoes.

Creating A 10-day Menu.……