Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Hedgebrier, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 01-07
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Some of the Highlights of this Past Year:
As we look forward to the upcoming New Year, we also  look back to those events that shaped last.  There were events both in Heathfield and allied and friendly realms.  In January Jodis Njall took first place and Lancely Caster tied with another in the Devonshires Tournament. The kingdom of Kildare was retaken and is now ruled by King Leoric MacLarkin, with his brother, Gaidan, as Regent.  The rebuilding has progressed to where all its citizens have shelter and food for the winter months.  This is due to the help of the three Realms, Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor and Innis Daingneach.

In March, the realm was hit by a major blizzard that lasted four days. When the snow stopped falling, the winds continued to cause dangerous whiteouts and drifts for several more days. There were many trapped in their homes.  In spite of much damage to homes and buildings, there were few deaths.

In April our King and Queen were blessed with the birth of a daughter, Princess Lydia.  Alexander McDonough, champion of Marcella McGuire, was named Grand Champion of the Telarus Tournament.   There was a May Day Celebration with wee faes and sprites and during the Annual Fishing Contest, Kitavari Sol Griffin caught the legendary Ole One Eye.  She released him back into the Lake for another year where he'll try once again to avoid the hooks of many fishermen.

A rare hurricane came ashore in June, again causing much damage.  Two ships were sunk with many lives lost, though there were also many saved.  It took a valiant effort of our knights and townspeople to rescue those trapped in the water. The clean up from the storm lasted for weeks.

There was a Grand Rapids Canoe Race held in July with many people coming from other realms to enjoy the fun.  July also marked the opening of the Casino that has become a popular landmark in Heathfield. In August, several of our citizens journeyed to Solurius to join in a their Tournament.  Sir Aiden Collins and Sir Lancely Caster tied for third in archery, Jaelysa tied for second in hand to hand, while Velvet MacShire dealt with a Minotaur who has become a favorite at all events.  Michael and Joseph McAndrews competed in the Fishing event.  Sir Lancely Caster and Sir Aiden Collins competed in the Horse Race and in Jousting, with Sir Aiden taking first place and Sir Lancely, third.

As summer was replaced by fall, the harvest proved yet again to be a good one. There were plenty of crops to share with Kildare, as well as to feed our own people.    In October, Castle Events were held.  There was a Samhain Masked Ball in Orkney, Scarecrow Contest in Ravenwood  and a Telarus Fright Night.  Continuing into November, another Canoe Race was held in Heathfield with Allan Cleary and Devon Winters, the only ones to complete the course. Devonshires held a Turkey Shoot, Salaria a Harvest Ball and Solurius a Turkey Shoot and a Hay Ride.  Also in November the King and Queen announced the engagement of Crown Prince, Andrew James Barrett MacNeil to Lady Noirin Morgane.

The new shops that opened last year included the  Private Eyes under Joseph McDonough, MacGrath's Furniture, McKnight Veterinary Clinic, Frasier Signs, Sweet & Sassy Candy Shop, Certain Somethings Shop, Northstar Dairy and a glass maker's shop.  Herbal Delights was moved to Barrington Hospital.   There were five births, three marriages, two citizens returning to Heathfield and 23 new citizens.  --submitted by the Abigail Frasier.

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Yule Ball:
The Grand Ballroom of Heathfield castle became a winter wonderland on the night of December  19th when the Annual Yule Ball was held.  It was open to those of the Five Kingdoms as well as to our allies.  As the guests arrived they found the driveway lit with luminaries leading up to the castle where candles greeted them from in every window.  Inside draperies of white and silver, a shining marble floor and sparkling snowflake decorations made the ballroom look quite lovely.

A large tree was decorated all over with snowflakes. Each guest was allowed to pick one to win a prize.  A basket of goodies was sent home with each guest.  There was a secret judge to observe dancers as well.  Winners were: Queen Victoria of Devonshires and her stocking partner taking the grand prize of a horse drawn sleigh, large blanket and winter basket of cheer. Second place went to Lady Loli and Alexandra, each given a singing tree and last but not least Aly and Chrum McDraven took third and a winter basket of cheer.  Sleigh rides were  available both during and after the ball.  The night had a magical quality to it as all enjoyed the festivities, a feeling that lasted long after everyone had gone home. --submitted by Sarah McDonough


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Healer's Touch
by Samantha Golden

HONEY AND CINNAMON - It is found that mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most of the diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Ayurvedic as well as Yunani medicine have been using honey as a vital medicine for centuries. Scientists of today also accept honey as a "Ram Ban" (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Following is list of diseases that can be cured by Honey and Cinnamon.

HEART DISEASES : Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, chappati, or other bread, instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heartbeat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as age the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalizes the arteries and veins.

ARTHRITIS: Take one part honey to two parts of lukewarm water and add a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body slowly. It is noticed that the pain recedes within a minute or two. Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.

HAIR LOSS: Those suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath and keep it for approx. 15 min. and then wash the hair. It was found to be effective even if kept on for 5 minutes.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

TOOTHACHE: Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be applied 3 times a day till the tooth stops aching.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. As per information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complains of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.

INFERTILITY: Yunani and Ayurvedic Medicine have been using honey for thousands of years to strengthen the semen of men. If impotent men regularly take two tablespoon of honey before going to sleep, their problem will be solved. In China, Japan and Far-East countries, women, who do not conceive and need to strengthen the uterus, have been taking cinnamon powder for centuries. Women who cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon powder in half teaspoon of honey and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and enters the body.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomachache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India & Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas. 

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food, relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient, which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu. 

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly arrests the ravages of old age. Take 4 spoons of honey, 1 spoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4cup, 3 to 4 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increases and even a 100 years old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of Honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning 1/2hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one-cup water. If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has reveled that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month 3 times a day.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon power in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton who has done research says that half tablespoon honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3.00 p.m. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, first thing in the morning gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water. So their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder taken in equal parts restore hearing.  --Taken from Medicinal Properties of Honey and Cinnamon


Life Around Here

The first real snows of the season have arrived, allowing children -- of all ages -- to partake in the fun. Drifts piled high allow for easy access to the powdery substance for making snowballs to toss at one another, as well as good places to duck and hide. Several playful snowball fights have already broken out amongst residents, adding to the holiday spirit of the season. Preparations continue for the coming winter months. Huskies and sleds are available either from the McDonough Ranch in Heathfield, or from the McAndrews Kennels in Ballicastle. Cabins are located on topographic maps of the kingdoms in case one gets stranded during a snow squall, shelter can be found. They are stocked with food staples along with extra clothing and blankets.

The lighthouse once again has a keeper, the position recently filled graciously by Miss Jessamine Saxton, just in time for the coming winter storms. Many a ship's captain are undoubtedly grateful to her acceptance of the position.

A small group gathered together again this year to decorate the Thistle Tavern as well as offer decorations and food baskets to those who were in need of them. Thanks to the knights for hanging the mistletoe -- in more correct places this time -- and for cutting down and bringing in the main tree. The festivities included a surprise of finding two turtledoves who had nested in the tree. A sign of good luck for the coming year we hope. Thank you to everyone who donated decorations and came to participate, helping add the Christmas spirit to the places we all visit most.

Another festive event took place when several from both Heathfield and Ballicastle joined in the house warming and decorating of the North Star Dairy's new manor. Decorations for the tree and rest of the house were brought and hung while singing carols, tours of the manor were given and everyone enjoyed a good gathering of friends and family. The rest of the Dairy should be ready for business in early spring by current estimates.

Lastly, we are pleased to report the safe return of Carlotta Basinstoke to Heathfield after a long and unexpected absence. The reason for her departure and equally mysterious return are as yet undisclosed. If anyone has any information, please contact Maurice McDonough. But whatever the reasons, we are delighted to have her back home for the holidays. --submitted by Devon Winters and Isolde Kilpatrick


Births: None this month. Marriages: None this month.. Engagements: Rory Michael McDonough and Kiana Monahan.  Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: None this Month.


Temporary Setback -- look for Dear Kizzie in next month's issue. Send in questions you need some advice on to Kizzie Cohen


New Years Superstitions
by Athalia Doe Edan

Empty pockets or empty cupboards on New Years Eve portend a year of poverty. If the first person to cross the threshold of a house after midnight on New Years is a dark-haird man and he carries a shovel full of coal, then a year of good luck will follow. Its bad luck to let a fire go out on New Year's Eve. You could ensure yourself good fortune by draining the last dregs from a bottle of drink on New Years! The Weather: If the wind blows from the south, there will be fine weather and prosperous times in the year ahead. If it comes from the north, it will be a year of bad weather. The wind blowing from the east brings famine and calamities.

If the wind blows from the west, the year will witness plentiful supplies of milk and fish but will also see the death of a very important person. If there's no wind at all, a joyful and prosperous year may be expected by all. Loud Noise: Make as much noise as possible at midnight to scare away evil spirits. Letting the Old Year Out: At midnight, all the doors of a house must be opened to let the old year escape unimpeded. He must leave before the New Year can come in, says popular wisdom, so doors are flung open to assist him in finding his way out. To dance in the open air, especially round a tree, on New Year's Day is declared to ensure luck in love and prosperity and freedom from ill health during the coming twelve months. Children born on New Year's Day bring great fortune and prosperity to all the household. On New Year's Day if, on rising, a girl should look out of her bedroom window and see a man passing by, she may reckon to be married before the year is finished. Clocks should be wound up immediately the New Year begins in order to endow the house with good fortune, while all daily cleaning and dusting should be completed early in the day of December 31 in order to avoid the danger of sweeping good luck from the house. Breakage: Avoid breaking things on that first day lest wreckage be part of your year. Also, avoid crying on the first day of the year lest that activity set the tone for the next twelve months. Money: Do not pay back loans or lend money or other precious items on New Year's Day. To do so is to guarantee you'll be paying out all year.

New Clothes: Wear something new on January 1 to increase the likelihood of your receiving more new garments during the year to follow. Work: Make sure to do -- and be successful at -- something related to your work on the first day of the year, even if you don't go near your place of employment that day. Limit your activity to a token amount, though, because to engage in a serious work project on that day is very unlucky. A person who lives alone might place a lucky item or two in a basket that has a string tied to it, and then place the basket just outside the front door before midnight. After midnight, the lone celebrant hauls in his catch, being careful to bring the item across the doorjamb by pulling the string rather than by reaching out to retrieve it and thus breaking the plane of the threshold. Nothing Goes Out: Nothing -- absolutely nothing, not even garbage -- is to leave the house on the first day of the year. If you have presents to deliver on New Year's Day, leave them in the car overnight. Don't so much as shake out a rug or take the empties to the recycle bin. Some people soften this rule by saying it's okay to remove things from the home on New Year's Day, provided that something else has been brought in first. Just as the clock strikes twelve the head of the house should open the door in order to allow the Old Year to pass out and the New Year to come in. Kissing at midnight: To ensure that those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. To not do this would be to set the stage for a year of coldness. Stocking Up: The New Year must not be seen in with bare cupboards, lest that be the way of things for the year. Larders must be topped up and plenty of money must be placed in every wallet in the place to guarantee a prosperous year.

Paying Off Bills: The new year should not be begun with the household in debt, so checks should be written and mailed off prior to January 1st. Likewise, personal debts should be settled before the New Year arrives. First Footing: The first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will influence the year you're about to have. Ideally, he should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt. Blonde and redhead first footers bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before they bring disaster down on the household. First Footing: The first footer should knock and be let in rather than just using a key. After greeting those in the house and dropping off whatever small tokens of luck he has brought with him, he should make his way through the house and leave by a different door than the one through which he entered. No one should leave the premises before the first footer arrives -- the first traffic across the threshold must be headed in rather than striking out. First footers must not be cross-eyed or have flat feet or eyebrows that meet in the middle Squint-eyed, flat-footed, or red-haired men bring bad luck If they are first-footers, and so does a woman. But a man with a high instep, or one who comes on a horse, is considered particularly lucky.


OTHER LIFE FORMS

Unicorns -- Revered for centuries as one of the most magical of all creatures, the unicorn is perhaps best known for its healing qualities. The touch of a Unicorn will cure disease and purify liquids. For this reason, unicorns were hunted and slain. Cups, plates and utensils that could render poison harmless were carved from unicorn horns. Shoes and belts of unicorn hide cured fevers and the grown up liver of a unicorn was believed to heal leprosy. Even the powder of the horn was believed to cure a myriad of illnesses.

Named for the single, twisting horn on their brows, unicorns have slender, deer-like bodies, long necks, and tails that end in a puff of fur. Unicorns are solitary creatures, each one staking out a large tract of land and meeting only for the purpose of mating.

Despite their beneficent nature, unicorns are formidable when cornered. They are exceedingly fast and their horns are very sharp, making them a match for lions and even dragons. It has been written that unicorns will lie down for maiden girls. This is not the case and it is dangerous for anyone to approach a unicorn. Unicorns will only befriend those people of great innocence and purity of spirit. The creature seems to be able to communicate through the horn wit a form of extrasensory telepathy.   -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier - from Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Everyone should have one!


January

New Year Resolutions

At the end of a year and the start of a new one, it became traditional for ones to make new year resolutions. Taking from the previous year or years that which they want to change to start off the new one in a better way and the hope that by doing so it would be better than the last. It became a way of self improvement from minor resolutions to major. Some making a list of all the things they wanted to change or should change. Not all resolutions, even with the best intentions, are easy to accomplish. It is suggested to make resolutions that are obtainable even not overly easy to do. A resolution that would be almost impossible should be made with that in mind that it may not be accomplished, greater the reward if it can be but not to belittle yourself for not accomplishing it. It is always good to try but not make things worse. --submitted by Velvet MacShire.

January is named for Janus the god of the doorway and beginnings in Roman mythology, where the Latin word for door (iuana) comes from - January is the door to the year. Various Christian feast dates were used for the New Year in Europe in the Middle Ages, including March 25 and December 25. However, mediaeval calendars were displayed in the Roman fashion of twelve columns from January to December. Beginning in the 16th century, European countries began officially making January 1the start of the New Year once again ó sometimes called Circumcision Style because this was the date of the Feast of the Circumcision, being the 8th day from December 25. Historical names for January include its original Roman designation, Ianuarius, the Saxon term Wulf-monath (meaning wolf month) and Charlemagne's designation Wintarmanoth (winter / cold month). In Finnish, the month is called tammikuu, meaning month of the oak. This month is in Czech called leden, meaning ice month. --submitted by Kizzie Cohen.


January

Now is here --
A fine new start
For a whole new year.

The snow comes down
In the dark of night.
When we awake
The world is white.

In January
When there's snow,
We get our sleds
And away we go.

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New Year

This night of all the nights
is the year's last.
All, all the other nights
are gone, are past...
After the evening, with
its fading light,
put the lid on the hour
and close it tight.
Close up your tired eye;
close up the day.
Bid the old year
Goodbye, and come away.
- Jean Kenward

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Did You Know?

Fault Zones - Above some fault zones, various minerals and rocks have been violently mixed together, causing magnetic and electrical anomalies, and even measurable variations in gravity. Far from being fixed, gravity, magnetism and the direction of true north on a compass may vary at points on the surface of the earth. For example the type of metallic ore in rock determines its magnetic properties while the thickness of the earth's crust or the altitude at a certain site can influence the gravitational force measurable there. Under tectonic pressure, fault zones can show changing energy fields too. Some researchers suggest that fault zones might possibly cause altered states of consciousness in susceptible people. Around the world, sacred sites are time and again found to be positioned on fault lines. In the Americas lies an ancient Anasazi site, Wupatki Pueblo, built over blowholes that inhale and exhale air over six-hour periods. These blowholes are openings in the earth that are connected to vast underground geological fault systems. The Anasazi and other American Indians of the southwest dug holes in the floors of their kivas (circular subterranean ceremonial chambers), possibly with the intention of forming entrances to the sacred underworld. At Wupatki Pueblo these holes connect directly to the blowholes beneath, which may indicate that fault systems played an essential part in Anasazi ceremonies.

Light Phenomena - Some researchers believe that ancient peoples positioned sacred sites on fault lines to make use of the dramatic light effects that seem to occur at such areas. At Carnac in Brittany, for example, the thousands of standing stones, arranged in rows, are hemmed in by faults. The presence of strange lights are often reported here. In Britain large balls of white light were seen over Castlerigg circle. One of the areas that has had the most thorough earth light study is the Barmouth Harlech region near Dyffryn, Wales. Here the crucial geological factor is the Mochras fault, a deep rooted feature that virtually links Barmouth and Harlech. There were reports of columns of light issuing from the ground in this area and recent research has shown that not only did most of these events occur close to the fault but also that the incidence increased with proximity to the fault. An outbreak of light balls was reported around Nevern, a hamlet near the foot of magnetic Carn Ingli in Dyfed, Wales. Nevern folk spoke of green colored lightballs as bigas a pot. In the lore of the day these were known as corpse candles and were thought to foretell an imminent death in the village. Such earth lights or spook lights are commonly reported appearing around ancient sacred sites and geologically faulted terrain that such sites frequently occupy.

Powerful Places - The power of the earth's sacred places has been known to inspire a variety of strange occurrences at the sites. Often inexplicable these incidents reportedly include electric shocks, visions, out of body experiences, dizziness and other odd sensations. A British local official had a strange experience that illustrates this phenomenon. He was walking alone through the stone circle called Long Meg and Her Daughters in Cumbria in the north of England. He suddenly felt as if he were not really there, not really in the same time. Feeling dizzy he leaned against one of the stones and received what felt like a powerful electric shock from it. To anecdotes like this must be added the testimony of folklore. For generations farmers and others living in the English countryside have claimed that prehistoric standing stones possess mysterious powers -- there are many stories about groups of stones that can move, heal, emit a variety of strange sounds and lights, harbor fairies and other elemental beings and even attract lightning. -- submitted by Samantha Golden (taken from the book Earth's Mysterious Places, Reader's Digest)


RECIPES of the MONTH

CINNAMON ROLLS

1 loaf frozen white bread dough, thawed in refrigerator
Flour, for dusting surface. Filling: 1 cup packed brown sugar * 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon * 2/3 stick butter, softened. Icing: 1 stick unsalted butter, softened * 1 cup powdered sugar * 1/3 cup cream cheese * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to form a 15 by 7-inch rectangle. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. Spread 2/3 cup softened butter over dough and then evenly sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Starting at the long edge, roll up dough as for a jelly roll. Cut roll into 16 slices and then set aside in a warm place and allow dough to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Divide rolls among 2 lightly buttered round baking pans. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden on top. While the rolls are baking, combine the icing ingredients with an electric mixer until fluffy. Frost the warm rolls with the icing. Serve warm.

BREAKFAST POTATOES

4 medium-sized potatoes * 1/3 cup olive oil * 1 onion, chopped * 1 teaspoon sea salt * 1/4 teaspoon black pepper * 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme * 1 cup chopped green onions

Slice potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut each half in 1/4-inch half-moon slices. Heat oil in skillet and saute onions for 2 minutes. Place potato slices on top of onions and cook on medium to low heat, partially covered, for 10 - 12 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and thyme, and stir mixture so as to slightly brown both sides of potatoes. Partially cover and cook another 10 minutes. Remove cover, and stir to brown and cook until potatoes are soft. Remove from heat and stir in green onions. Serve hot. Serves 6.  Helpful hint: You can reduce the cooking time by using leftover baked or boiled potatoes.

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Job Finder

Contact Draven MacShire for: Music Store Proprietor wanted. Donut Cafe, proprietor to open shop. Bounty Hunters, Chimney Sweeps. Cobbler store position available.

Contact Malcolm Douglas for: Dentist needed to set up office. Butcher to take over established shop. Another Bower needed.

Thanks to Job finder: Jessamine Saxton took over as Light House Keeper. Adam Callihan became Eastside Harbor Master while Adrian Frasier became Westside Harbor Master.

Any questions contact Draven MacShire or Malcolm Douglas.


Lost And Found
~ Of all the things I've lost in life .... I miss my mind the most ~

Lost: One normal voice that was substituted with a croaking frog's. If found please return to Kizzie Cohen asap.

Found: A red hat trimmed with white fur and bells.  Can be claimed at the Thistle.  See Alex for more information.


Thoughts for the Month

January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow.
- Edgar Fawcett -- submitted by Sara Devonshire
 
Indecision may or may not be my problem -- unknown -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier
 
Experience is what you get, when you didnít get what you wanted -- unknown -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier
 
Tact, (n): The unsaid part of what you are thinking -- unknown -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier
 
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. -Mark Twain -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier

Advertisements

Winter Colored and Scented Candles are specially priced for the season. Fill your home with invigorating scents to compliment the month's celebrations. Ask for Kathleen Frasier or Samantha Golden at the Candle Shop.

Winter Arrangements Special: Carnations with frosted tree branches in silver and blue with sparkles, at Lisette's Floral Shop. Wedding bouquets, anniversaries or any occasion.

Benzaiten Imports has received a new shipment of tapestries and rugs as well as a shipment of brass items from India, large and small. Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk. We are located in the warehouse district. Owners:  Alexander McDonough and Garath MacShire

The Needle and Spool Clothier:  Winter  is knocking at the doors and it is time to bundle up soon.  Imported fabrics have been acquired for the balls and dances.  From a velvet gown to a wool tailored suit.  Any pre-made clothing for Winter will be on sale with half off the asked price.

The BookStop: Things are ready for the freeze up.  Stop on by to get the Almanac pamphlets as well as any books that can give pointers on winter sports and how to keep warm.  Time to cover any flower bulb beds with leaves and other mulch.

Heathfield Orphanage: Gifts, food, winter clothing and monetary offerings are greatly appreciated. Toys for Christmas.  School supplies needed for the coming months.  Inquire with Henna Barrett Suex with any questions.

McKnight Veterinary Clinic is now open at the McKnight estate in Heathfield. Donovan McKnight, DVM, and Katherine McKnight. We are trained in the treatment and care of all domestic and most exotic animals.  The estates are located just outside of Heathfield near Barrington Hospital. Free check up of your pet for the first visit to get acquainted. Emergency service.

Certain Somethings Shop.  Special this month are woolen scarves, and cloaks.  We carry accessories needed to complete every outfit.  Shoes, gloves and purses can be made or dyed to match.  Hats of all types are coming in every day.  Our items are made by artisans from the Realms and we also carry imported items.

Glassworks shop: Glass ornaments now available for the holidays from the Glassworks Shop. Also available; glasswares, vases, stained glass windows, and glass figurines. Samples now available, and orders for specific items can be taken. Contact Isolde Fitzpatrick or stop by the shop.

Herbal Delights, located in Barrington Hospital, has teas and tinctures available to fight off all manner of winter ailments.  Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk, with special openings as needed.

Sweet and Sassy Candy shop, located just off the marketplace is having a half price sale on all Christmas Candy.

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??? Question Corner ???

1. Would you give up half of what you owned for a pill that would permanently change you so that one hour of sleep each day would fully refresh you?

2. If you knew you would devote yourself to any single occupation -- music, writing, acting, business, politics, medicine, etc. -- and be among the best and most successful in the world at it, what would you choose? If you knew you only had a 10 percent chance of being so successful, would you still put in the effort?

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Monthly Horoscope

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan 20) --It is not too late. You would be surprised how early it is. The past is certainly an important reference point in life, and it has especially been so lately. But recently, you've pulled free of the gravity of a certain mental entanglement, and it would serve you to live as if that were true. Your mind may still have a tendency to get hung up on the ways in which you're getting the short end of certain power-sharing arrangements, and the effects of how you were disempowered in the past. You have every reason to question that reality, and your awareness alone offers you a dimension of power that is rare to experience. Indeed, there may have never been a time when you needed other people less. There are awesome developments unfolding in the psychic region of your self-sufficiency and financial independence. These will not take you further from other people, as our culture so often insists, only closer. It's not too late. -- submitted by Sassy Golden  See Planet Waves for other months.

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Where To Find It - Services Offered

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Flowers - Lisette McTiel Frasier, Heathfield Commons.
Lumber - Jon McAndrews Lumber Mill, Ballicastle.
Wines - Mike McAndrews Vineyards, Heathfield;  Darren McCullen Vineyards, Ballicastle.

Leather, Beef, Horses - Maurice, Joseph and Rory McDonough, McDonough Ranch Heathfield.
Wool, Yarn & Cloth - McCormick Sheep Ranch, Heathfield.
Cider, Flour, Grains, Apples, Milk, Eggs, Vegetables - Draven MacShire, Ravanna of Heathfield.
Potcheen - Sean DeBurgh, Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire of Heathfield.
Baked Goods - Teri's Sweets Shoppe, Ballicastle.
Shipping, Trips by Sea - Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire, or Bovee Shipping, Heathfield.
Kennels  - Meadowland Kennels, Patrick and Edward McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Pottery  - Devon DeWinter, Heathfield.
Shipwrights  - Collin McAndrews and Thomas Douglas, Heathfield Port.
Exotic Imports - Xandar McDonough and Garath MacShire, Heathfield Port.
Linen and Lingerie - Marcy McGuire, Heathfield Commons.
Candles and Crystals - Kathleen Cleary Frasier and Samantha Golden, Heathfield Commons.
Tea House - Iwakura Sachiko, Heathfield Commons.
Clothing - Seamstress - Acacia Sterling, Heathfield Commons.
Fortune Teller - Nataliya Andree, Heathfield Commons.
Barrington Hospital - Gates Barrington, Sara Devonshire, Heathfield.
Clocks - Aleric and Niklas Traugott, Heathfield Commons.
Blacksmiths; Horse Shoeing, Swords, Daggers - Lochlan Kearney, Ballicastle; Brian McAndrews, Heathfield Commons.
Leatherwork and Sheaths - Moncha McAndrews, Heathfield Commons.
Surveyor - Robert Frasier, Ballicastle.
Herbs Shop - Sara Devonshire, Barrington Hospital Lobby.
Book Shop - Mariah McCormick, Heathfield Commons.
Orphanage - Henna Barrett Suex, Heathfield.
Archeologist - Kitavari Griffin, Heathfield.
Apothecary - Sinead NiAhearne Frasier and Aislin NiFaelen, Heathfield.
Raw Ores - Joseph McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Smelter - Eddie McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Private Investigators - Joseph McDonough, Jacob Anderson, Mercy LaCorte and Clark Davis, Heathfield.
Furniture - Sean MacGrath.
Veterinarians - Donovan and Katherine McKnight.
Frasier Signs - Kyle Frasier, Heathfield Commons and Ballicastle.
Sweet and Sassy Candy Shop- Carienn and Corina Turlough, Heathfield Commons.
Certain Somethings Shop - Sorcha Beirne, Heathfield Commons.
Leather Goods:  Jaelysa
Strawberries and Grains: Sagewood Farms run by Keefe Braidy
Dairy Products: NorthStar Dairy run by Allan Cleary
Glass Maker: Isolde Fitzpatrick, Heathfield Commons

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Gossip from the Wharf
"If you believe these - I have lands in Rhydin to sell you"
by The Wharf Crones - Matty and Pearl

All gossip that comes in through the port, and places least expected,  you can be sure that Matty and Pearl know every little tidbit and then some added. Embellishing is a way of life to make the tale far more colorful. If something is not certain nor clear, it is easy to fill in those gaps; there is nothing like assuming. They will make sure all gossip gets around come rain or shine and the sharing of a tea biscuit. There is a place for Drama Queens.


**Out with the old and in with the new isn't always what is done with a year. Old leather, new leather as such a shop was handed down to a lass. Will she captivate and lure certain ones to that back room? The one full of leather straps and whatnot, gives me and Pearl chills just thinking on all the possibilities. Maybe we should buddy up with the oddity from another place. She might fit in with us.

**The next new shop on our list deals with glass. We've been wondering if the one makes glass slippers in a size thirteen. I could happen to lose it on the steps of Kildare castle and ship the other to Innis Daingneach. Take my chances of catching a king. If a prince should befall the trap, no hesitation or turning back. I'll take what I can and willing to share with my friend. Will she make herself glass slipper and leave it for a king's man to find?

**Something works as one particular Prince Regent became smitten with a candy lass. Maybe that is the secret, chocolate. Now there is a medium we could work with or in for that matter. We'll leave chocolate drops all the way to our door and the last that'll ever been seen of them, like a vacuum. Or was it the snow and frolicking through the drifting flakes that caused it? We want to know. We'll even bottle it and make ourselves a small fortune.

**Oh there's been one little Indian brave sneaking around and waking up an Indian maiden to whisper sweet words of nothing. The one twin seems to be taken in with the other Indian lass so that leaves one unoccupied. We'll have to do some trapping. No pelts needed, Pearl and myself can take on the call of the wild. I can be a spiritual inspiration.

**The mistletoe culprits have been caught but owned up to it so no waves made. What could a lass say? I'd not complain even on the wee man brigade. I'd only be afraid of accidentally sitting on one to his demise. I can't see past my bust to my feet, let alone one so short. Me and Pearl would run the gauntlet to get to those two knightly hunks. The kissy lass has a swing to her fist, maybe she was hoping to knock out the one and drag him away, unfortunate for reflexes. No knight sweat for her.

**A glimpse was caught of the king and queen frolicking in the blustery winter air, will there be more heirs?

**There has been a lot of frolicking in the snow with the kissy lass and one particular knight. We still wonder will it only be cold face washes in snow given by her for her possible preferences or will there be a regular attraction? We've also caught her erotic dancing for the marquis. Maybe she should practice knight moves  Knightly one and all. Who could pass up a bod like that? And that smile just sends my heart a pitter patter and such thoughts to follow would melt all the snows to come. Maybe Pearl and I should take up kissing cheeks to see where it leads. He has a buddy, I have a buddy, we can double date.

**Shall we touch upon all the king's men again? One is still away on an extended honeymoon, we await the day they return to notice if her figure has changed by the time they get back. Another we've not seen much hide nor hair of since he got married. The two remaining left single are having a field day. Wind and sea together are causing a few whirlwinds and leaving some lasses in a pitter patter. They are like honeybees or is that hornybees, going from one flower to another leaving each feeling they are special. They are, are they not? Although it can cause whiplash when more than a few flowers are all collected in a room together. Will any seriously capture their hearts? Two down and two to go. I'll get my bid in, wind or sea. I've got tea biscuits to offer.

**Has the kissing lass found a prince charming that will make her life better? Or will she be added to the list of admirers of blond Adonis? Will he come through in helping her with her vocation, one that involves children? Will Shalom become Sha-BAM? Such had me and Peal go .. hmmmm. Although we are still wondering on her preferences as a lot of time has been spent with a bosom buddy of the same persuasion.

**Speaking of blond Adonis, one has been kissing under the mistletoe in a way this season we wonder if he's next on the list for engagement. That will only leave a few up for grabs. Grabbing is good, something we could practice into an art. We're waiting for the one to come down from the mountains. The ship captain hasn't been seen in some time. The singing prince shows up from time to time, making it hard to trap that one.

**The lighttower lass has attracted a few to her domain, perhaps it is the view? Perhaps not. She has been keeping herself scarce but having not gone unnoticed. There or at the tavern where she's been seen with the mysterious man under the Druid Prince. We're keeping an eye on more than just the light.

**Our little barrister was found in a pickle, disheveled, dirty and wandering lost in her own world of forgetfulness. Luckily two brothers, handsome both, had come across her and rescued her back home to heal. So the hope of knights in shining armor to the rescue is not in vain.

**There was a nice Christmas bash at the dariyman's manor. Pearl and I didn't get an invitation but when has that ever stopped us from at least snooping? The forest king was there and even with clothes on he's a hunk. He is the kind dreams are made of as we watched those biceps bunch as he lifted the heavy stone fountain gift. Oh to be a goldfish in his pond or better the shirt worn on that chest!

**It had been a while since any of the Egyptians have been seen nor those of the Ahearne family, both emerged. Who will be next? It would seem the younger two Egyptians have an attraction we are keeping an eye on. Young love, I can hardly remember, why I need to watch to be reminded.

**There was also the amusing incident of a strange but cute little creature resembling a raccoon that invaded the candy shop. At first it got intense or there the possibility but the charm of the nymph over the lad may well have started muskrat love. I swear he was smitten as I nudged Pearl but all I could get out of her was how unorthodox. The prince might have some competition after all.

**One never knows what the sea will give up to her shores and the last giving took me and Pearl's breath away. Tall. Dark. Handsome. And most of all single. It is said things come in pairs and in this case it proved right. Right here in our harbor now we have the harbor masters. I'll be your slave any day and call you master if you'd only consider me down on me knees in front of you. Yes, we're both drooling especially since the shipwrights are taken. We are betting they will have a few hearts thundering.

**Let us not forget the green eyed devil with his smooth charm, charming the ladies newly arrived and those around a long time equally. Smooth wicked tongue that makes Pearl sigh, now I know who she favors. I have to drag her away from the window before we're discovered when he's around. He too is single but a nice package deal with a son and daughter.


WANTED

500 Gold Pieces Offered on Captain "Blood Bath" Black ... Dead or alive.

Crimes: High treason against England and Spain, Murder, Plundering and pillaging innocents, Thievery, Arson, Kidnapping, and Rape.  Reward is high for any who brings this scoundrel to justice.


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