Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, September 19, 2020 



Would you like to adopt two adorable 
young sweetie pies? This gray tabby/white winsome twosome definitely will delight! Both are 
super sweet and are good with being pet. Archie is very friendly and playful, but would also 
enjoy being held all day! His sister, Tess, works up her courage while looking at Archie for 
security, but she is gaining on him. They get along purr-fectly with each other, and would 
complement almost any home. They are even fine with getting into a carrier. Adopt them 
together, purr-ty please, and get two “fur” one for $125! As with all of our Lifeline cats, they 
will come already current on vaccines and health exams, spayed/neutered, and microchipped-
-a great deal! Visit our website’s Young Cats page at for adoption 
information. Good news: Stanley, Simba, Kali & Tex, Ollie & Sasha, have all been adopted.


[Nyerges is the author of a dozen books, including “Guide to Wild Foods and Useful 
Plants,” “How to Survive Anywhere,” “Extreme Simplicity,” and more. He has 
led ethnobotany expeditions since 1974. He can be reached at Box 41834, Eagle 
Rock, CA 90041, or]

"If you brew your coffee with precise intent, you can alchemically transmute 
those com¬mon grounds into a veritable elixir." 

 Educator Timothy Hall


Continuing from last week, here are a few guidelines if you'd like to begin alchemi¬cally 
changing "a cup of coffee" to "wonderful elixir." This is the procedure that Timothy Hall was 
taught by his mentor, R. E. White of WTI in the mid-1970s.

Begin with meticulously clean utensils. Stainless steel, French porcelain, glass, or copper are 
preferred; softer metals (e.g., aluminum) should not be used.

First, measure the needed amount of water (spring water is better than the chlorine and fluoride-
laden city tap water) and set on the stove to boil.

Next, prepare your filter. An ideal filter is a simple cloth bag sewed into a cone, using the densest 
cotton flannel. These are reusable indefinitely -- far superior to commercial paper filters. 
The bag is suspended over your cup, or a second pot; the coffee grounds are measured into the 
bag (a fine grind works best).

Another ideal system is a French ceramic pot with a ceramic cone that fits into the top, and a 
gold-plated reusable filter. You measure your grounds into the filter.

When the water has boiled, stand squarely and strongly on both legs; breathe deeply; then, 
slowly pour the water in a clockwise circular motion over the grounds. While pouring, visualize 
and fell the energy of Love flowing from your heart, down your arm, and into the beverage. 

We call this “chi,” and much has been written about this “chi’ energy in books on Chinese healing 
and martial arts. You may need to "imagine" the feeling at first, but with practice you will 
find it easy. It sometimes feels like a mild electric shock.

If you wish to add anything to the resultant beverage, try raw honey and raw cream. 

One of the main problems with extensive coffee ingestion is that it either removes or destroys 
the B-vitamins from the body, resulting in a slowly cumulative degeneration of the sheaths 
of the body's nerve fibres. This is what causes the "nervousness" with heavy coffee-drinkers. 
Honey, cream, and B-vitamins added to the diet, help to offset any harmful effects.

When the above process is done thoughtfully and lovingly, the process is somewhat analogous 
to the Japan¬ese tea ceremo¬ny. And it CAN result in a truly fine elixir.

Please try this method of "elixir-making" in your own Alchemi¬cal Chamber (aka "kitchen") 
and let us know your results.


So is coffee “good” or “bad”? As always, it depends on the way you interact with it. 

Coffee says: "As you care for me, and as you treat my fruits, so shall I be able to provide sustenance 
to you, my dear humans. Ignore me, and I have nothing, or little, to offer but "cheap 
thrills" of your lower aspects of autonomic nervous system."

Coffee also says: "Compromise and/or adulterate me and you'll not only have something of 
little value, but your choice to exploit/adulterate me will change my potential beneficence into 
an exploitation/adulteration of your own body and brain."

As is nearly always the case with such matter of “health,” ALL is choice, Choice, and CHOICE, 
and consequence of choice.

Pet of the Week

Sally has been described by her foster parent as one 
of the most loving and sweet dogs you will ever meet. 
This two-year-old dog is young and likes to play with 
toys, but most of the time she's very calm and just 
wants to snuggle up with her head in your lap. She's 
very well-behaved, does great on walks and in the car, 
and is even great with kids. Sally has been a wonderful 
companion and work-from-home buddy for her foster 
parent during quarantine, and is ready to bring that 
same energy to a forever home. The adoption fee for 
dogs is $140. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, 
microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

 New adopters will receive a complimentary health-
and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with 
information about how to care for your pet.

 View photos of adoptable pets at and make an appointment 
for a virtual adoption consultation. Adoptions are by appointment only.

 Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by 
phone calls or email.



Smokey is a 4-year-old blue American Pit 
Bull terrier that came to us from a homeless 

At first, he was a bit nervous and scared. 
Since his arrival at the San Gabriel Valley 
Humane Society, Smokey has improved 
tremendously. He is now a more social, 
happy dog that loves to be pet, play fetch 
and go on long walks. He hasn’t shown any 
further signs of discomfort toward our staff 
since working with him. 

Smokey would do well as the only dog 
in the home. His adoption fee is $145, which includes neuter surgery, microchip, first 
vaccinations and a free wellness check-up at a participating veterinarian. 

Call the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society 626-286-1159 to schedule a “Meet and 
Greet” appointment with Smokey. Website:


Dr. Jennifer Freeman, DVM, PetSmart resident veterinarian and pet care

1. Ensure your pets are safely contained. Consider getting a pet carrier if you don’t already 
have one and practicing crate training in advance to avoid extra stress in the face of an emergency. 
For fish or turtles, it’s a good idea to have buckets or plastic bins with a lid on hand in 
the event you need to evacuate them. This is a safer alternative to transporting these pets in 
glass bowls or aquariums.

2. Make sure your pet has identification. Countless pets go missing after storms, wildfires and 
other natural disasters. Proper ID on your pet is the best assurance that you and your pet are 
reunited in the event you are separated. “Consider microchip identification for your pets, as 
this is a permanent way to identify them and is used universally by animal shelters and veterinarians,” 
Freeman said.

3. Look for pet-friendly housing options for your pet should you need to evacuate your home. 
Ensure your pet is up to date on vaccinations, which are often needed for boarding, and that 
you have a supply of your pet’s medication.

- Ask friends, relatives and others outside of your immediate area whether they could 
shelter your animals.

- Prepare a list of animal shelters, boarding facilities and veterinarian offices that could 
shelter animals during an emergency and include 24-hour phone numbers.

- If you plan to take your pet with you, seek out pet-friendly hotels that are along possible 
evacuation routes in advance so that you are not caught without a place to stay for the night.

4. Assemble a pet emergency supply kit. Pet emergency kits do not need to be big but should 
include the following, in an easy-to-carry waterproof container that can be taken in the event 
of an evacuation.

- Portable food and water bowls, along with a one-week supply of food and fresh water

- Vaccination records

 An extra supply of medication including heartworm and flea/tick prevention (if refrigeration 
is necessary, have easy access to a small, insulated bag or cooler)

- Pet First-Aid items such as antiseptic spray, antibacterial ointment, and bandage material. 
These are easy solutions that can deliver quick first-aid care in the event of a pet injury.

- A list of regional pet-friendly hotels

- A bed, carrier and leash and harness for each animal

- Pet waste bags

- Cat litter, litter box and scoop

- Current photos of your pets, in case they get lost

5. Provide comfort. Severe weather or leaving home can be frightening to pets. Provide 
your dog or cat with a familiar toy or blanket or try aids like calming sprays, collars, chews, 
supplements, anti-anxiety medications, or a ThunderShirt™ to help ease anxiety.

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