Issue 244 In this issue May 14th, 2011

Editors Corner

Here we are at issue #14 since we began this MC2020 journey. We are still working out the kinks. Last week we heard from some of you that you were having various technical difficulties. Links weren't working and some of you had to scroll form side to side to read the newsletter. We appreciate you letting us know anytime you have any kind of problem. Ben has made the proper adjustments and we should be good to go. But, please don't hesitate to let us know if you have problems in the future.

The MC2020 newsletter is beginning to feel more like a two way conversation. Teri Simpson had so many questions and feedback emails about her UG cooking article last week she is addressing them this week in a follow-up article. Click here.

It was great to hear your overwhelming applause for Ken Brown's Whale Story. It was a deeply personal story to him. Click here if you missed it. I am so pleased that you honored his storytelling with your response.
This week we are sharing another extraordinary story by Suzanne Nichols. Click here. Originally it was featured in SuperConsciousness Magazine, but I was so touched by her courage and determination, I thought it was worth retelling.
MastersConnection2020 invites you to share your extraordinary experiences with us, too.
Click here to share your extraordinary experiences.

We would also like to shine the spotlight on a local master of gardening, art and pen, Suzanne Wood. We have been reading her website for some time and wanted to let you in on this great secret. She is sharing her latest gardening article with us in this issue. Kick start your garden with Suzanne's sage advice. Click here.

Be sure to check out Something Worth Knowing column this week. If you haven't thought of securing your propane tank in the event of an earthquake, etc-- you probably ought to. Never fear, our friends Bruce and Trish Palmer have solved the problem with an ingenious invention.

We want to welcome Pizzeria La Gitana, as a new advertiser to the MC2020. If you haven't experienced La Gitana, put it on your to do list. We did. The food is fresh, and tastes spectacular. It's authentic Italian. Even the atmosphere will transport you to Italy. For an evening that feels like you are a million miles away from Yelm–try Pizzeria La Gitana. Click here.

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Thank you for reading our newsletter and thank you for sharing it with your friends. Try canning some pickled eggs this week and let me know if they taste good with red wine.

Article of the Week
Cooking in UG's part 2
Written by Teri Simpson of Optimum Preparedness


Well, I sure got a lot of feedback on my last article about using stoves in underground shelters. Enough that I would like to answer some of the issues it brought up.

I spoke about methanol alcohol, propane and butane being short chain carbon molecules and said they give off only carbon dioxide and water when they combust completely.

So then we need to look at the method of delivery of the fuel to the point that it will be lit and create the fire to cook with (this would be the burner). We need to look at this because, while the FIRE is not giving off poisonous gases as the fuel is consumed in flame, the fumes from fuel itself can be a huge issue.

In the last article, I spoke mainly about the alcohol stoves and butane stove, and didn't go into propane stoves for use in undergrounds. That was not because I think anything is wrong with using propane in a confined space. However, there are issues that arise when using propane that don't arise when using the butane stove. We'll get into that later in this article.

So, we want to look at options that do not allow any of the fumes or vapors from the fuel to evaporate into the airspace of a shelter, because in a closed environment like an underground a whole different set of rules apply than if you are camping in the open air, or on a boat or even in a regular kitchen that has doors, windows and exhaust fans.

Click Here for the Full Article
An Extraordinary Experience
An Amazing Story of Flying Zero-G with James Cameron
Author: Suzanne Nichols
Photographer: Zero G Foundation

By popular demand. . . last week you let us know how much you loved Ken Brown's Whale Story and how uplifting it was to hear about other master's extraordinary experiences. I was reminded of another story that captivated me as well when I first read it in the SuperConsciousness Magazine. It is a different kind of adventure story, but the common thread is applying determined focus to something you truly wanted to get extraordinary results. Enjoy Suzanne's masterful story.
If you have had an extraordinary experience, share it with us at

Since late 2004, I have had an interest in the evolution of the X-Prize, the first of which was named Ansari and awarded to Paul Allen’s team for their experimental spaceplane, SpaceShipOne. So it came as no surprise when an email appeared in my Inbox from the X-Prize Foundation announcing that a seat on a ZeroG flight, co-hosted by James Cameron, would be auctioned off on eBay two weeks later. What was surprising was my response: I wanted to be on that flight! Telling no one about my intent, I began to apply my focus in all earnestness to that end.

The last time I saw Cameron’s film, Avatar, I was onboard the Alaska Marine Highway ferry and traveling to Petersberg to fish for salmon and halibut. It was my fifth time seeing the film, and the first time that I didn’t emotionally react to the Unobtainiumseeking Earthlings, or cry when HomeTree fell. What has been so compelling about this movie for me was that, at long last, I experienced images that beautifully and respectfully portrayed the nature of some of my most important, private experiences. The final scene in Avatar when Jake fully transfers his awareness to his Na’vi body was a profound expression of a personal truth: we are all enigmatic, transient beings, capable of inhabiting numerous forms and living in many worlds. It was and is for this portrayal that I remain deeply grateful to James Cameron, and it is why I was so compelled to be on the ZeroG flight with the man who made the film.

Click for the full article

This story originally appeared in the WINTER 2010-2011 Issue of SuperConsciousness Magazine.

Fun & Games
Test your Focus

Speaking of Geniuses. . . our own Ben Mann has created the most fun, simple way to test your focus skills on a deck of cards. It is an automated program that allows you to focus on a blank card, and then select the suit and number. After it reveals the face of the card it keeps score for you. It tracks your percentage of correct suits and numbers. It is very fun. Click here to have some fun and help Ben beta- test this ingenious program. If you like it–let us know by sending us an email at
Something Worth Knowing
Secure Your Propane Tanks!

I have been pondering how to secure my 1000 gallon above ground propane tank in case of earthquakes, high winds, etc. I got my runner when I visited my friends, Trish and Bruce. They had come up with a brilliant, practical idea for a bracing apparatus to secure their propane tanks. I asked them to share instructions on how to recreate the brace. Thanks Bruce and Trish! I love it that I have such smart friends!

Hi Jan ,
    here is a photo of the 500 gallon propane tank protection.
- Four 4 x 4 x 6 foot treated posts
- 4 lengths of 1/2 inch All-thread with nuts and washers
- 4 bags of concrete mix

Posts are buried 2 foot in ground and concreted into ground.
Posts are drilled and joined with All-thread, nuts and bolts.
Use 4 x 4 x 8 foot posts for 1000 gallon tanks.

Invented by Bruce and Trish Palmer.
You can contact Bruce at
Hot Topics

The community of masters around the world is the most resourceful and talented pool of brainpower. Another great example is my good friend, Suzanne Wood. She is an amazing artist, author, naturalist, and organic gardener. Since we have had 4 full days of sunshine recently, our thoughts have turned to gardening. We asked Suzanne to share her gardening wisdom with us. Ready, set, plant.

We are now in the prime time to seed our gardens. Soil temperature is the main consideration for spring seeding. We do, of course, consider the danger of frost. Here is a planting guide for May and early June.

Arugula, soil temperatures of 50 to 60 degrees

Bush Beans, in June and July depending on your weather, soil temps of 50-60 degrees

Pole Beans, in June and July, soil temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees

Beets, May through July, soil temps of 65 to 75 degrees

Carrots, May and June soil temps of 45 to 85 degrees

Swiss Chard, May through July with soil temps of 55 to 80 degrees

Lettuce, May and early June, soil temperatures of 55 to 65 degrees

Chives, May and June, soil temps of 75 to 85 degrees

Parsley, May and June, soil temps 60 to 65 degrees

Cilantro, June, soil temps of 50 to 75 degrees

Summer and Winter squash, June soil temps 65 to 85 degrees.

As you can see direct seeding depends not so much on the month as on the temperatures. Soil temperature gages are not expensive and are available at your local garden store. Our springtime temperatures have become cooler in recent years so we are planting later in our area.

Our Pacific Northwest temperatures have been cool enough that if we haven't already planted our early crops like peas and onions, we can still do it. We have just planted starts of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.

Be sure to wait on warmer weather crops like basil and cucumber.

Suzanne has a wonderful website . Her website features the gorgeous book she wrote about winter gardening and is filled with insightful articles from quantum physics to canning pickled eggs. You will see in the recipe of the week we borrowed that great idea, too.

Recipes of the Week

Canned Cheese - What a smart idea. I am constantly looking for ways to preserve and store more sources of protein. This recipe was forwarded to me 4 or 5 generations from its source. Thank you to everyone that passed it along.

I have canned mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, so far, both with good results. Canning cheese is, so far, kind of an experimental trial; you won't find it in any books that I know of. Being a high acid food (lactic acid), it is fairly safe to play around with. If it goes bad, it simply goes moldy. You won't get food poisoning from cheese.

The way I can cheese is to cut the cheese into about one inch squares and place them in a wide mouthed pint jar sitting in a pan of water on the stove. As the cheese heats, it melts and I can add more cheese. I do this until the cheese is about 1/2 an inch from the top of the jar. I'm careful not to get cheese on the rim of the jar because any grease or oil on it can cause lids to fail to seal.

After the jars are as full as I wish, I carefully wipe the rim of the jar clean with a hot, damp cloth. Then I place a hot, previously simmered lid on the jar and screw the ring down firmly tight. The jars are processed for 25 minutes in a boiling water bath canner, making sure that you begin to count the time from when the canner comes to a full rolling boil after you have added the jars. Also make sure that the water covers the jars by at least an inch.

To remove a cheese from the jar, after storage, again place it in a pan of water and heat it until the outside of the cheese is just beginning to melt. Then run a knife around it and gently pry the cheese out onto a plate. Once opened, this cheese must be refrigerated like any other cheese, to avoid molding.

Canned Pickled Eggs - By Suzanne Wood
We use good organic eggs from our neighbor to can. Canning eggs is a great way to store extra eggs. They have a shelf life of at least 2 years. Actually they taste better the longer they sit. We hard boil 5 dozen at a time. Shell the eggs and pack them into hot quart size mason jars.

We add to each jar:
- 1/2 cup of vinegar,
- 1 T of pickling salt,
- a dash of cayenne pepper,
- 1 T of dill,
- 2 large cloves of diced garlic.
Then fill the rest of the jar with boiling water to 1/4 inch of the top of jar. Seal with hot lids and hot water bath for 20 minutes.

They are ready to eat after a couple of months of marinating. We like them sliced on our lettuce salads.

Suzanne Wood

Making the Connection
Masters on the March

Jenise Mugler has asked us to pass along a really big thank you for all of the donations that you have so generously given to the overseas students. She is fully stocked with so many things. Items needed now are bicycles, gardening gloves and gardening tools, dishes (no plastic please). All of the dishes donated this past week have found new homes. Also needed are small pots and pans for small stoves (trailer type stoves). We still need rain boots (sizes 6 - 7.5 for women and sizes 7 - 8 mens).
Her home is open Monday thru Friday from 9AM until noon for overseas students to come and pick-up any of these items. Jenise is asking host families to call her at 360-458-3606 to make arrangements to bring their sponsored family by to gather items they may need. She has fresh produce and non-perishable food items as well.

Garden Space Available
Maybe you have found shelter but do you have a garden space yet? For those who have left your past and are now making your home in Yelm you can consider part of our garden yours to use:
Free use of enormous organic garden space. You can grow food and flowers for yourself and/or profit. Located between Yelm and Rainier. Rich soil ready to be planted, fenced, hoses with timers, compost, sturdy poles in place to support peas, beans or berries, shed for tool storage or a chicken coop. Quiet, beautiful farm. if you are seriously interested contact Jan at

Donation Cars Requested
Calling all students with old/redundant vehicles that may have a fault/flaw, haven't been used for a long time or are non-runners. If you are interested in donating them to the relocating overseas students, please contact us. We will assess and repair them for the students.
Call Mike@360-446-0441
Or Email

If you want to submit a new request or offering, please email us with the information at

Community Calendar

We do love to hear from you especially about community events that you think our readers ought to know about. So, thanks and keep the info flowing.
Click here to send us your community event.

May 14th: SPECIAL SCREENING! I AM The Documentary
SPECIAL SCREENING! I AM The Documentary at Yelm Cinemas May 14! Register at the door. Ticket sales 8-9AM with the movie starting at 9AM
Click Here for Details

May 14th: Survival Skills Family Day
You are invited to the very first annual Survival Workshop Family Day sponsered by Phoenix Rising School. Come learn about plants, edibles, compass navigation, fire building, hut building and solar distilling.
10am - 4:30pm
Click Here for Details

May 14th: Document Shredding Service
Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Sound Center, 711 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E. Lacey.
Truck will be parked between Kohl's and Famous Footwear near Pacific Ave.

May 14th & 15th: Huge Yardsale
Starting at 9:00am
Lots of tools: hand tools, electric tools. Beautiful garden cart.
Food stuff: 5 gallon buckets nitrogen packed, jars, cans
Camping gear: backpacks, sleeping bag, coleman propane stove, camping fuel.
Kitchen stuff. Books. Mens clothes. Tapes & CD's.
Too much to mention!
Lawrence Lake 15048 Agate St SE Look for signs

May 16th: You Are Cordially Invited To
A Meeting in Support of the Children Solution Foundation
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Bella House
14850 91st Avenue SE
Yelm, WA 98597
For more information, please contact:
Edilma Angel: or 360-960-8614
Joyce Smith: or 360-458-2003

May 18th: Food Storage & Emergency Preparedness Class
May Class at Healthy Harvest
Taught by Jan LeBaron and guest
Class Fee $5.00
Must pre-register for for this class at least 24 hours in advance.
Healthy Harvest – 2903 NE 109th Ave. Ste. H
Vancouver, WA. 98682
Phone: (888)311-8940 or (360)891-4408

May 21st: Spiral's ‘Last Chance’ Auction Dance 6pm-1am
Due to the cost of various permits, licenses & upgrades to this historical building, Spiral Café has not yet been able to open. In addition, having to pay a high rent while not being able to make any revenue has made it impossible to go on past the month of May. For all who have come to enjoy having a cultural center that provides private meeting space, community theater and classes of all kinds including English classes for the Japanese students, please join us in showing your support to keep Spiral Café here and available for all of us to enjoy in the future!
Tickets for this event are $25 and can be purchased by calling 360 400-2233 OR email
Come one come all, together we create the infinite Spiral.
Tamborine Borrelli - Spiral Cafe~ - Arts & Well Being Studio
201 E Yelm Ave 1st Floor -360 400-CAFE (2233)

May 28th: Potluck & Raffle in the Park
There will be a Potluck & Raffle held in Yelm Park (SR 507 & Mosman Avenue/ Across from JZ Rose) to welcome home those brave souls who have travelled from afar to call Yelm their home.
Just bring a yummy dish or non-alcoholic beverages. Concession stand available to heat up food. Serving begins at 11:30 am, please arrive at 10:00 am to help set up.
If you wish (optional), you may contribute a gift that will be raffled off to our Guests, those who have relocated.

Your Feedback

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Wow, another wave of overseas students ... what you are doing is amazing. Thanks for paving the way for so many! MC

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Phoenix Rising School
Survivor, Yelm: Part II

“I am 1,000 percent behind this school.” - Ramtha

The Phoenix Rising School survival workshop continued last week as students and parents learned how to create the parts of a bow drill and – presto! – actually used them to create fire without matches. The kids enjoyed honing their whittling skills and everyone is looking forward to part three, our all day Survival Skills Family Day, which will take place on Saturday, May 14th on our newly purchased 51 acre property on the shores of Lake Lawrence. There, sessions on hut building, edible plants, compass navigation and solar water distillation will be happening all day, followed by a BYOB (B as in beef) barbecue starting at 3:30. For more information about the workshop, click on the link: We are fortunate in this community to have so many knowledgeable, skilled and experienced people willing to share what they know.

Weekly Remote View
Last weeks remote view was this picture of a blue bird.

This week in a C.R.E.A.T.E. session, all of the students focused on a picture. Can you remote view what they were focusing on? Send your answers to

Ramtha quote copyright 2011 JZ Knight. Used with permission.
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