Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Hedgebrier, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 12-07

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It is with great pleasure to announce the upcoming birth in June of a Royal Heir to the Crown of Heathfield. Noirin, wife of the Crown Prince Andrew MacNeil, has found she is with child. It is on great authority that the child will be a boy. He will be named Valandil in an honored request for his Father and Grandfather. There was told of great expectations  following in his father's footsteps for the welfare of all those in Heathfield and sister castles in a future yet to be written.  --submitted by Lahoneee

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On the 15th of November, the final race for the Jewel of the Sea regatta was held in Telarus.  Captain Joseph Walsh and his crew took part in the sloop, Gypsy Queen and won second place in race that was very exciting.  His crew during the Inaugural Season of the races consisted of  Brendan O'Sionna, Flynn Harkness and Jodis Njall.  The Cup can be seen at the Thistle during the month of December.

On November 20th,  Salaria held a ball that included two contests:  a spear throwing contest as well as a grape stomping contest.  Our own lovely Princess, Henna Barrett Suex, as well as Niklas Traugott and Amory Randall took part.   To his surprise, Amory Randall won both contests.  He receive two lovely Egyptian chairs found in the ancient tomb of a Pharaoh as prizes for the events.   Niklas came in second in the grape stomping and won a replica of a Pharaoh's sarcophagus.  Henna took third and won a game called Senet with the board and pieces also found in the tomb.  The chairs are on loan and may be seen in the Heathfield Museum.    Amory, as the over all winner, was also given a surprise prize.  A camel named Clyde can be seen at the Heathfield stables where he is enjoying the attention of being a unique animal.   He's also the first to be donated in what is hoped to become a grand zoo for the people of our realm.

The final event was a  Steeplechase held in Telarus.  During the final race, a lovely black Arabian Thoroughbred named Blue Lightning was entered by Brogan Frasier.  Though he started out strong, he tied for last. This was Blue's first race so we're sure to see more of him.

Congratulations to all participants and winners of these events.  --submitted by Amory Randall


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Healer's Touch
by Samantha Golden

Black Cohosh - Long known among the Algonquian Indians as a treatment for gynecological complaints. This herb was named black because of its dark medicinal roots. Cohosh is Algonquian for rough, another reference to its roots. The Indians boiled black cohosh's gnarled roots in water and drank the decoction for fatigue, sore throat, arthritis and rattlesnake bite - hence one popular name for this herb - snakeroot. But black cohosh was used primarily by Indian women for gynecological problems and childbirth. It grows most profusely in the Ohio River Valley.

Healing with Black Cohosh: When used safely, this herb may play a role in healing. Because of its possible side effects, however, it should be used only with the approval and supervision of your physician. Several studies show its early advocates may have been about the herbs' potential to treat gynecological problems.

Menstrual Discomforts: Black cohosh has estrogenic effects, meaning it acts like the female sex hormone estrogen. The herb's estrogenic action may lend support to its traditional use for menstrual complaints. Estrogenic herbs must be used carefully, however. Estrogen is a key ingredient in birth control pills. Any woman whose physician advises her not to take the Pill may have to avoid using this herb as well. She should discuss black cohosh's estrogenic activity with her doctor before using this herb.

Menopausal Discomforts: Estrogen is also prescribed for menopausal symptoms, and herbs with estrogenic action can be expected to have a similar effect on these symptoms. Today in Germany where herbal healing is more mainstream than it is in other places, black cohosh is a main ingredient in three drugs prescribed for discomforts of menopause. When used to treat menopausal discomforts, estrogen by itself may increase a woman's risk of uterine cancer. Taking another female sex hormone, progesterone, minimizes this risk. Any woman considering using black cohosh for menopause should consult her physician about using the herb by itself or in conjunction with progesterone.

Prostate Cancer: Female sex hormones slow the growth of prostate tumors. Physicians often prescribe hormones similar to estrogen for men with prostate cancer. Black cohosh's estrogenic action may help manage this cancer, but men with prostate cancer should consult their physicians before using it.

High Blood Pressure: A study published in Nature shows black cohosh reduces blood pressure by opening the blood vessels in the limbs (peripheral vasodilation). The herb may help manage high blood pressure, but consult your physician before using it for this purpose.

Intriguing Possibilities: One study shows black cohosh has anti-inflammatory activity, possibly explaining its Indian use as a treatment for arthritis. Another report shows it reduces animal blood sugar levels, suggesting possible value in controlling diabetes. More study needs to be done to determine whether the herb will prove useful in treating these conditions. Other preliminary animal findings point to possible antibiotic, sedative, and stomach soothing action.

The Safety Factor: Black cohosh overdose may cause dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, visual dimness, headache, tremors, joint pains, and depressed heart rate. For some, these effects may develop at relatively low doses. In addition, the estrogen-like component of this herb may act just like estrogen itself and contribute to liver problems and abnormal blood clotting as well promote the development of certain types of breast tumors. Pregnant women should not use estrogenic herbs. Black cohosh's possible effects on the heart are most worrisome. Anyone with heart disease, especially congestive heart failure, should not use it. Black cohosh is a potentially hazardous herb that should be used cautiously. Otherwise healthy nonpregnant, nonnursing adults who do not have heart disease or estrogen dependent cancers and are not taking sedatives, blood pressure medication, birth control pills, or postmenopausal estrogen, may use it for short periods in amounts typically recommended -- but only with a physican's consent. If any of the side effects listed above develop, use less or stop using it. Consult your physician.  --Taken from The Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman


One Year at a Time
by Portia DeLanyea

A year can seem so short when we reach the end.  The memories flood us with things that we said and did.  We recall those good times with fondness and scowl over the bad, trying to work how we should have attempted them.   It doesn't matter what we did.  We always think back at this time of year.

To the moment we vowed our hearts to the woman or man that swept us away.  Ready to forge into the world as a bonded soul.  Or if we asked to take a heart.  To make a promise that we swear to keep.  The birth of a 

child, or two, when we reaped so much heartache through life or built a shield of stoic materials around us.  Always the first year seems the grandest.  With nary a second of it forgotten and etched into our beings for all time.

Sometimes, we are not bound into that first year but, the line of many.  Be it ten years, twenty-five, or two.  The cycle of time that draws a margin around us all is marked in anniversaries and birthdays that are with us.  One year at a time.

I have been away from my love, the paper, to further my experience and bring the people of Heathfield my all.  I have new stories of myself that only increase the sympathy, joyfulness, and hope that might come across in an article that another would read.  In my absence, Heathfield garnered another year of memories.  The highlights that will echo are the marriage of Andrew and his fair Lady Noir.  The birth of twins to Julia and Vincent.  And then the marriage of Thomas Douglas, to a woman that had captured his gaze and heart for quite some time, Serafina.

Beyond the borders of Heathfield, more happened that would carve memories.  Kildare is being controlled more and more each day, to a state of greatness.  Saved from the reign of horror.  The whispers of Hedgebrier being salvaged from the fall of holdings and the scum that roam, no doubt, will be run away.  Another year to make those tracks and reach goals in life.

To all the readers, remember your years fondly.  Remember even the bad moments, to learn and laugh if they so call for it.  And take it all, one year at a time.


Life Around Here

'Tis the season to be jolly!  And so it is in Heathfield and its sister Realms.  Decorations are beginning to appear on the doors and in the windows of homes and shops all over.  With the fresh snowfall we've been having, sleighs are appearing, decorated with merrily jingling bells and some even with sprigs of fresh greens.  Many carriages are also decorated to take part in the season.  The snow is giving reason for sledding runs to be planned.  This year it seems there were be more than one or two for sledders to try.    In homes, youngsters are beginning to anticipate the arrival of Father Christmas, St. Nicholas, the Wise Men or le petit Jesu.  Some may dread the giving of coal!  Candles are lit in windows to welcome the weary travelers and give a hint of warmth and cheer.

As always, gifts were taken to those who are in need.  There will be plenty of treats for the children at the Orphanage, as well as for those who may be spending Yule in the hospital.  All the fixings for meals will be also delivered to those who have little in each realm.   The lands are a mix of many traditions and holidays and to each of you, we wish you the most Joyous Christmas, Yule and Hanukkah as well as the best New Year to come. --submitted by Sara Devonshire


Births: None this month. Marriages: None this month. Engagements: None this Month. Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: None this Month.


Superstitions
by Athalia Doe Edan

Marry on December third for all the grief you ever heard. A Christmas pudding should be made with 13 ingredients to represent jesus and His Disciples and every member of the family should take turns to stir the pudding with a wooden spoon, in honor of the Wise Men. If you take a candle to church at Christmas, don't bring it home.  Blow it out and leave it there for the vicar for good luck. On Christmas Eve all animals can speak. However, it is bad luck to test this superstition. The child born on Christmas Day will have special fortune. A mild December precedes a cold snap.

A clear star-filled sky on Christmas Eve will bring good crops in the summer. If the sun shines through the apple trees upon Christmas Day, when autumn comes they will a load of fruit display. Snow on Christmas means Easter will be green. If Christmas day be bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year. The nearer the New Moon to Christmas Day, the harder the Winter.

If New Year's Eve night-wind blows south,
It betokeneth warmth and growth
If west, much milk, and fish in the sea;
If north, cold and storms there will be;
If east, the trees will bear much fruit;
If north-east, flee it, man and brute.


From the Cauldron...
by Aislin NiFaelen

Speakers of Fate - Common methods used of fortune telling include astromancy, cartomancy (fortune telling with cards), tarot card reading, crystallomancy (reading of a crystal sphere), and cheiromancy (palmistry, reading of the palms). The latter three have traditional associations in the popular mind with the Roma and Sinti people (often called "gypsies"). Various forms of fortune-telling appear throughout the world. Typical topics that fortune-tellers make predictions on include future romantic, financial, and childbearing prospects.

This is not to be mistaken with prophets.

The concept of a prophet is an old one, and is important in numerous religions. The Greek oracles were inherited from autochthonous sacred sites that preceded the Greeks' arrival in the Aegean. The Bible refers to prophets of Yahweh, Baal, and other regional deities. Christians refer to John the Baptist as a prophet of the Christian God, and Muslim's refer to Muhammad as the Prophet, the last and greatest of the prophets of Allah, or God.

The role of spokesperson for the gods is an archaic one in the Hellenic world. However, the word prophet itself derives from the Greeks, who used the word προφήτης to refer to an interpreter or spokesperson of a deity, who "utters forth." In Greek religion the interpreters of Zeus, Apollo, and other gods were the oracles, at numerous ancient sites, where the god or goddess spoke through women, sometimes identified as sibyls and the utterances, in classical times, were interpreted by men. In various Greek legends, oracles (particularly Apollo's at Delphi) spoke cryptically of the future, and their meaning was frequently misunderstood. In The Iliad the Trojan princess Cassandra warns of upcoming events, but has been cursed such that no one believes her prophecies. (Adopted the piece from various articles of information.)


OTHER LIFE FORMS

Dragons -- Formidable predators, dragons (also known as wyrns and drakes) are massive in size with fearsome teeth, deadly breath, vicious claws, and hides like stone. Dragons generally make their home in caves and mountains, far from humankind, but when they com close to people, their huge appetite is generally a source of conflict. Dragons are fond of penned livestock; in particular they love to scrape the udders of cows and drink the milk. Milk accelerates the rate of dragon's growth to an alarming degree. Their diet also includes large mammals and even big fish such as sharks. Occasionally, if driven by hunger, they will eat humans as well and have known to lay siege to whole villages.

The last recorded dragon slaying was in the eight century by the knight Sir Garrot. At that time, there were particular indicators that people used to determine if dragons were in the vicinity. These signs are still useful to keep in mind. They include a thick, poisonous vapor in the air and water that stings the throat of those who drink it or burns the skin of those who bathe in it. Dragons exude poison and this poison seeps into everything they touch. Like the snake, the dragon reproduces through laying vast quantities of eggs, few of which will hatch. Even fewer offspring live to adulthood. Dragons are solitary creatures and it is unusual to encounter more than two adults together. Baby dragons can be small enough to sit in the palm of a human hand. When young, dragons act more like animals, but as they grow, the develop the ability to speak and to reason.

Dragons spend a great deal of their lives sleeping. Like great cats, they can appear lazy when not hunting. When moving with a purpose, however, dragons are swift, both on the ground and in the air. Common the world over but especially throughout Asia and Europe, some dragons are known for their great wisdom, but reports of their guile are far more common.  -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier - from Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Everyone should have one!


December - Yuletide

December  is the twelfth and final month of the Gregorian calendar and the first month of winter.  It derives it's name from the Latin word decem, meaning ten, as December was the tenth month of the oldest Roman calendar.  The Latin name is derived from Decima, the middle Goddess of the Three Fates who personifies the present.

Facts from Encarta Encyclopedia:  "December is the last and most festive month in the Gregorian calendar.  It has 31 days. December was the tenth month (Latin decem,"ten") in the Roman calendar, but the name was retained in the present reckoning. The Christmas season, culminating on December 25, has taken on some of the festal nature of the Saturnalia, a Roman holiday celebrated at this time of year, honoring the god Saturn. Kwanzaa, an African American festival and the Jewish holiday Hanukkah (in most years) also occur in December."

In ancient times, both Druids and Romans hung sprigs of mistletoe in their homes and places of celebration to bring good fortune, peace and love. Yule, is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day.  Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb.  Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were "wassailed" with toasts of spiced cider.

The birth of the Persian hero and sun-god Mithra was celebrated on December 25th. The myth tells that he sprang up full-grown from a rock, armed with a knife and carrying a torch.  Shepherds watched his miraculous appearance and hurried to greet him with their first fruits and their flocks and their harvests. His cult spread throughout Roman lands during the 2nd century. In 274, the Emperor Aurelian declared December 25th the Birthday of Sol Invictus (the Unconquerable Sun) in Rome.

The Holly King, represents the Death aspect of the God at this time of year; and the Oak King, represents the opposite aspect of Rebirth (these roles are reversed at Midsummer).  This can be likened to the Divine Child's birth. The myth of the Holly King/Oak King probably originated from the Druids to whom these two trees were highly sacred.  The Oak King (God of the Waxing Year) kills the Holly King (God of the Waning Year) at Yule (the Winter Solstice).  The Oak King then reigns supreme until Litha (the Summer Solstice) when the two battle again, this time with the Holly King victorious.  Examples of the Holly King's image can be seen in our modern Santa Claus. (http://www.egreenway.com/months/) --submitted by Mary Colleen McAndrews


I Heard a Bird Sing
by Oliver Herford

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.

'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.

--submitted by Mary Colleen McAndrews

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A Prayer
by Philip Appleman

O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie,
gimme a break before I die:
grant me wisdom, will, & wit,
purity, probity, pluck, & grit.
Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind,
gimme great abs & a steel-trap mind,
and forgive, Ye Gods, some humble advice-
these little blessings would suffice
to beget an earthly paradise:
make the bad people good-
and the good people nice;
and before our world goes over the brink,
teach the believers how to think.

--submitted by Brogan Frasier

Merry Christmas
by Demitri Shostakovich

May you walk among the stars of morning,
Eden waiting silent for the dawn,
Ready to unravel without warning,
Restless with the urge to be reborn.
Years of longing pale into beauty;
Christmas is a never-realized dream.
However much devoted to your duty,
Remember that the flow is not the stream.
In my heart you wear a crown of glory
So radiant that time must turn away.
The vision rises from the untold story
More lovely than what sees the light of day.
As you can never know just who you are,
So let my love become your eastern star.

--submitted by Aelia Lascaris

A Christmas Wish for all My Friends
by Winifred Sackville Stoner Jr.

While Christmas bells are chiming, oh, may there come to you
A dear little fairy, who's always good and true;
The little happy fairy, who drives away dull care,
And makes all things upon the earth seem ever bright and fair.

She'll whisper to good Santa to bring what you most wish;
So if you have been longing for a fine pudding dish,
She will not, as in by-gone years, forget and bring to you
Something that you do not want, though beautiful and new.

--submitted by Laoise McAndrews


Did You Know?

As in Heaven, so on Earth - The Quechua Indians of Peru have oriented their village to reflect the movements of the Milky Way as it rotates above them, making an imaginary X across the night sky. The Indians of this region are the direct descendants of the Incas. Like their ancestors, they see the Milky Way as the most important feature of the night sky and believe that the activities of the Milky Way rule earthly phenomena such as rain, water and even fertility.

The Heavenly Cross - From any fixed point in the Southern Hemisphere the night sky appears to be in constant motion overhead. Above Misminay, the Milky Way appears to rotate so that its southern and northern end rise alternately every 12 hours from the southeast and northeast, respectively. In a 24 hour period, this apparent rotation seems to make two lines across the sky that intersect directly overhead. Cruz Calvario (Cross of Calvary) is the name of the point where they intersect. This way of perceiving the night sky goes back at least to Inca times. It is reflected on the earth below in the layout of Misminay: two footpaths and irrigation canals running side by side from an X-shaped cross. Their intersection is called Crucero (crossing) and its position is marked by a church. This corresponds to the crossing point of the Milky Way, Calvario, in the sky directly overhead. The Quechuas recognize some constellations that are made up of chains of bright stars, but most of their constellations are seen as dark areas in the sky. They appear like silhouettes against the brighter background of the Milky Way. These dark constellations are closely observed by the Quechuas in order to predict when it will rain, so they will know when to plant their crops. As the start of the rainy season nears, the dark clouds in the Milky Way gradually become more and more indistinct as increased moisture in the air reduces the visibility of the skies. The people of Misminay call the Milky Way Mayu which means river. For them it is a heavenly version of the Vilcanota River, which flows from southeast to northwest near their village. Their myths say that the waters of the river flow over the edge of the earth into the encircling void of the heavens and are collected in the northwest by the Milky Way. The Milky Way then carries them underground before rising in the east. As the waters are carried overhead, some of the moisture falls to earth again as rain. The celestial and terrestrial rivers thus linked in a mythical recycling of the waters, fertilizing land and sky.

Looking out from the Center - Crucero is the spot in Misminay from which the village and the horizon beyond is divided into four quarters. The Quechuas, like the Incas before them, use the intercardinal directions: southwest, southeast, northeast and northwest. Each direction has its own mythic significance, reflected in house groupings in the village and in the sacred peaks beyond. The northwest-northeast quarter, for example, is associated with the ancestors; the holy mountain visible on the distant horizon is called Apu Wanumarka (Stonehouse of the Dead).  -- submitted by Samantha Golden (taken from Earth's Mysterious Places, Reader's Digest)


RECIPES of the MONTH

Hummingbird Cake

2 cups flour * 2 cups sugar * 2 bananas, mashed * cup chopped nuts * cup vegetable oil * 8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained * 3 eggs, beaten * 1 tsp vanilla * tsp cinnamon * 1 tsp baking soda * 1 tsp salt

Mix together all ingredients using a whisk or hand beater. Transfer batter into a greased ring or bundt pan. Bake for 50 minutes at 350F. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar drizzle with icing or serve plain. -- submitted by Sarah McDonough (from Cooks.com)

Butter and Jam Thumbprints

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature * 1 cup sugar * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract * 3 1/2 cups flour * 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt * 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash * 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut * Raspberry and/or apricot jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until just combined, and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. (If you have a scale, they should each weigh 1-ounce.) Dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in coconut. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Drop 1/4 teaspoon of jam into each indentation. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the coconut is a golden brown. Cool and serve. -- submitted by Aelia Lascaris

Holiday Punch

1 quart cranberry juice * 1 c. sugar * 2 c. orange juice * 1 c. pineapple juice * 3/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed * 2 c. chilled ginger ale * 1 pint rainbow sherbet

In a large drink container, blend cranberry juice, sugar, and other fruit juices. Refrigerate until ready to serve. At serving time, stir in the rainbow sherbet and ginger ale. Variation: If your crowd is over 21, you can stir in 1 c. vodka or gin for the cocktail hour. Add sugar to taste. You can make ice cubes in advance out of any fruit juice thinned with water (3 parts fruit juice to one part water) which you have on hand. -- submitted by Abigail Frasier (from Cooks.com)

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Gingerbread Dough - Cookies/Houses

  8 cups unsifted flour * 2 tsp ground cinnamon * 2 tsp ground ginger * 1/2 tsp salt * 1 3/4 cups dark corn syrup * 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar * 3/4 cup butter

In a large bowl combine flour, cinnamon, ginger and salt. In 2 qt saucepan combine corn syrup, brown sugar, margarine over medium heat stirring occasionally until ingredients are well blended. Stir corn syrup mixture into flour mixture until well blended. Knead dough with your hands until it is smooth and even in color. Divide dough into 4 equal parts and wrap each in plastic wrap until ready to roll out. -- Submitted by Teri MacKenzie Douglas

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Job Finder

Contact Draven MacShire for: Barrister needed. Chimney Sweeps. Cobbler store position available. Beauty Salon available. Chiropractor needed to set up shop. Consular needed. Martial Arts Instructor needed. Dentist needed to set up office. Barber shop available. Dance Instructor needed. Tattoo Parlor proprietor wanted. Zoo Keeper for upcoming zoo. Men's Tailor needed.

Thanks to Job finder: Many positions are found every day from the needs of sailors and dock workers to shops and streamlined services. Any questions contact Draven MacShire

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Thoughts for the Month

God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December. -   J. M. Barrie

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; 
The spirit of Christmas which is peace; 
The heart of Christmas which is love. 
-   Ada V. Hendricks 

-- submitted by Sara Devonshire

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Knock, knock  Who's there?
Arch.  Arch who?
Bless you!

Knock, knock Who's there?
Little old lady. Little old lady who?
Hey, I didn't know you could yodel!

-- submitted by Lei McAndrews
 
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Advertisements

Winter Scented and Hued Candles -  bayberry in red, minty-pine in green are specially priced to welcome winter. Fill your home with these invigorating scents for a good uplift. 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 - receives new shipments weekly. Special this month: All items are on sale for the holidays.  Something for everyone..  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 - The blossom of poinsettias and the brilliance of mistletoe is all around.  All red and green, pre-made attire, is half off.  Any orders for ball gowns and tailored suits must be received, no later, than two weeks in advanced.

The BookStop -  Snow is falling and everyone needs a good book to curl up with.  Yuletide tales and almanac's are aplenty.  Not to mention books for children as a perfect stocking stuffer.  For Christmas, make a stop for a book.

Heathfield Orphanage - Gifts, food,  winter clothing and monetary offerings are greatly appreciated. Books in good shape are needed.  Inquire with Henna Barrett Suex with any questions.

McKnight Veterinary Clinic - 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.

Certain Somethings Shop - Special this month:  Fur lined gloves, fur muffs and matching hats, and pashimas. Lovely wool cloaks have arrived for the colder weather.  Our items are made by artisans from the Realms and we also carry imported items.  Hours are from nine until four.

Herbal Delights - located in Barrington Hospital, has teas and tinctures available to fight off all manner of ailments. Specials this month are tinctures to fight off colds and prevent influenza.  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 specials on chocolate Santas, hard candy and peppermint candy canes.  Haypenny candy available.

Leather Shop -  Special this month: Leather coats with.choice of linings.   Free pair of wool lined gloves with each coat.

Deli Delights - Bring your sweetheart in for a slice of pie. Two for the price of one when you mention this ad. Kizzie Cohen

Butcher Shop - A pound at roast for half price when you mention this ad at the Butcher Shop. Open from Monday to Saturday from 9am til dusk. Ask for Ham Frasier.

Ceol m'anama (Music is my soul) Music shop - Carrying musical instruments, sheet music and more.  All Christmas and Yule sheet music on sale. Special this month:  All harps.

Blue Marlin Inn and Tavern - is running a special on turkey dinners throughout this whole month. Reduce rate includes a tankard of ale or a glass of wine. Marlana Cherill proprietor.

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

Lost: Lost, string of gold carriage bells. Contact Sara Devonshire if found.

Found: Blue and green stocking cap and scarf.. See Athalia Edan to claim.


??? Question Corner ???

1. If you found that a good friend had leprosy, would you avoid him? What if your brother or sister had it?

2. Would you be willing to give up sex for one year if you knew it would give you a much better sense of peace than you have now?

**If you would like to reply and have it published in next month's issue, please submit the question with your answer to Lahoneee.**


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.


Where To Find It - Services Offered

Want to better your business?    Place a listing here!

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
Dairy Products: NorthStar Dairy run by Allan Cleary
Glass Maker: Isolde Fitzpatrick, Heathfield Commons
Blue Marlin Inn and Tavern: Marlana Cherill Proprietor, Barrett's Bay
Ceol m'anama (Music is my soul) Music Shop: Lorelei Barre, Heathfield Commons

Many thanks to those who contribute to this newspaper. Any additions, corrections or wishing to run an ad please contact Lahoneee.


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.


**Pearl and I have been thinking, yes, that can be a scary thought, but maybe we should become more intriguing. We could weasel, more like threaten, some noteworthy information from some of the sailors that come into port. There is an advantage to being big. We could then hideaway with it so those two bounty hunters would come looking and we'll be waiting! There is more than one way to catch a man.

**Love seems to happen around here long before spring comes around again and leaves us with curious questions. We still wonder if Egyptian love is the same as any other? What would it be like to be with a foreign lover? Will one ever find the right chord with the harp player? Can a kingsman trip up in a flower bed? Will he stop to smell the roses? Will there ever be a man for each of us? Pearl gets all goose bumpy when I bring that up!

**We've noticed of late a few strange things happening around that very kingsman. Devil horns and gusts of wind, one near gave us away while at a window to peek in and it flew open, giving us near a heart attack. We may have to go fairy trapping or better, find one of those leprechauns and be granted a wish or three. We might consider using our savings to buy some colorful silks if we thought it would help.

**The Italian studs are on the loose again. Be still my heart for they bring with them food! A piece of heaven would be one of those handsome gents and all the food one could eat. Maybe Pearl doesn't agree but that would be ideal for me. Oh, to have been chosen on such a date to accompany the harpist, lucky lass, too bad she is not interested in men. I wonder if we could persuade her to change places any given date!

**Oh, to be young again, we'd have a fine choice of strapping lads. Sea captains, blacksmith and a mercantile shipper too. There was a day when men actually looked our way. Although we didn't always get a second look our way but who needs to be greedy? One is enough. Anyway, we've noticed some very fine specimens out and about and not that many younger lasses.

**We may have to keep an eye on the sculptress too along with the harpist. Seems she had come out of her shell and attracting certain attention too. Maybe that's another craft we should take up, chiseling stone into men. We could fashion our own men. I hear Pearl giggling again but a point brought up well made too, they would be cold in bed. We'd need a lot of heated bricks or just heat up the stone!

**We've been making notes of a few things, like new faces in town that only means competition, not that they know of it. There is also who blushes around who and which males have more a silver tongue. Some don't need any for just their presence have certain ladies turning cheeks to rose petals. I wonder if a man could get me to blush. More aptly I'm liable to get him to blush and I grab him up and run off with him. Well, more like walk, not for his weight but mine. Maybe I should lose a few pounds. I could give some to Pearl.

**I haven't forgotten either, I still want to waylay a certain sea captain! Aarrgh, burn me barnacles and shiver me thimbles, full bedsheet ahead when I gots him in me sights! All right, Pearl is roaring now. Methinks she likes pirate talk.

**We've also noticed a few faces that had been missing for a while or we are getting sloppy in our determined profession. Sometimes I wonder when one of those hunks go missing, if someone overheard my idea of cave woman style courting. Big club will travel hitting a few noggins, one falls, carter off and never seen from again! We got ourselves a man! The cry would go up that would be heard all the way to Kildare.

**The knights are back and we got our eye on the two left single. Maybe we should let it all hang loose and go berserk! Sailor cave-woman style, whatever works! Or get us some tick-tock clocks with a man attached, another way of going cuckoo. Pearl thinks I'm silly as she giggles again so I know she really likes the idea! There is also the kingly matter to consider.

**With the winter sports coming up, I'm trying to convince Pearl to join me in making a sleigh. Largest one ever seen so we can tuck a few bundled up men inside and no one will know the difference. I'll learn to yodel to cover up any protesting. Pearl can giggle, we know she does that well already.

**Will a few relationship that had grown distant be revived or will there be more men for us to consider? Will distance have the heart grow fonder or forgetful? We want to know. Oh yes, we're keeping an eye on them. We're practicing our pouncing techniques. More like splat so far. No matter, we'll be ready if we get the opportunity. We like to keep our options way open in considering all eligible bachelors that way none can get put out.

**Watch out for the three musketeers.


WANTED

500 Gold Coins Offered on Black Doom, Black Beard, Stirling Scourge each ... Dead or alive. If all are brought in, a bonus of 500 will be added making it 2000

Crimes:  Murder, Plundering and pillaging innocents, Thievery, Arson, Kidnapping, and Rape. Slavery.  Reward is high for any who brings these scoundrels to justice.

WANTED

Wanted Alive: Two Highwaymen known as Murph and Billy. 50 Gold Coins Reward for information that leads to their whereabouts. 200 Gold Coins for their capture.

Crimes:  Thievery and harassment. 


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