Cassey writes to Lynn and John:

Hello Lynn and John and – Gudrun, is it?

Cassandra here! 🙂

I got a hold of Mi-Shell’s laptop! 🙂 I have never written a letter and am glad there is a spell check.

I am named after a character in the stories from local author Kelley Armstrong, Cassandra the 300 year old vampire.

I know, I know! It was just because I bit Mi-Shell, when I was little. I did not know, where the wiener sausage ended and her finger started and now I am stuck with that name.

Luckily everyone now calls me Cassey 🙂 > toothy smile! <


I wanted to say thank you, for giving Peter that Spruce Grouse! It was DELICIOUS!!!!

Of course Mi-Shell had plucked it for me.

She is weird. She makes all kinds of things out of feathers, old bones, Snake vertebra and sometimes even picks old Wolf pooooop apart to get the small bones that are in there. She then cleans them, drills them and sows them onto Medicine Pouches. She has clients in England and France that pay extra for that….. Shamans and shamanic practitioners are a weird bunch.

The sad thing is, once she found a Wolf poooop that was only all fur, very fine fur, Raccoon baby fur. It was the baby of my sister Hope, who can never quite keep track of all her kids. Last year she lost 4 out of 5!

I did better, I only had 3 and 2 grew up. Mako is still with me, but I have not seen Musu since last fall, maybe she took of to find her own territory. Probably Skitter got her pregnant! That rascal!

He got me pregnant too!

THAT is, why I am always sooooooo hungry these days. We all came out of hibernation last month and there just was not anything to eat anywhere, while the snow was still sooo deep.

The Wolves are doing all right though: There are all kinds of Deer carcasses thawing out of the snow and so they are all fat! So is that blooooooody Fisher, who ate all of Hope’s kids and my poor Maki!

He also is the reason we three, Skitter, Mako and me have hibernated together. Skitter is useless as a husband and father, but he is laaaaaarge and strong and the Fisher is not messing with him…..

During the day yesterday the snow had melted enough, so that we could manage to get to the house.

Mi-Shell and Peter always put out some cheap dog food for us.

Honestly: It tastes like a mixture of cardboard and Beaver shittttt!

But with nothing else around anywhere – we have to make due.

I wish, they would buy the nice dog food. The one Mi-shell’s shamanism students sometimes buy for us – as Medicine Gifts for the Spirits of the Land! 🙂

But that stuff is expensive and Peter has to watch the money and spend it on car insurance and long sheets of Sterling Silver, that they need to make jewellery out of.


I could smell right away, that there was something VERY GOOOOOOOD waiting for us on the upper deck (-so the Bear does not steal it first!)

Luckily Skitter is sloooow and lazy and by the time he smelled it I was waaaay ahead of him and ran up the narrow plank to the deck and grabbed the grouse and growled as good as I could. Skitter was hard on my heels and so I had to risk it all and jump down into the snow below with my prize. Skitter would not do that, as I said, toooo lazy. He rather scratches on the sliding door until Mi-Shell hears him and then he gets a large cookie – or 2.

Mako, my son from last year, he is low on our rank list and gets what Skitter and I leave behind, He sometimes squeals like a baby to appeal on my mother instinct, but that one tells me, that it is time for me to chase him away, because in a few weeks there will be little ones…..

Anyway: I ate the whooooole Grouse and it was DELICIOUS!!

Thank you soooooo much!

If ever again you come across something like that, think of me and Skitter and Hope and – well, Mi-Shell as well.

Yours truly! Cassandra Longtooth

Resident Raccoon at Echo Creek



Peter feeds Skitter




Cassey and Skitter

Iffffff you want to find out who Lynn and John are and what delicious yams they make, check out this link:

If you want to find out, what Mi-Shell will make from these feathers, here is an idea:

Grouse tail smudging fan

Grouse tail smudging fan





Burning Incense Is Psychoactive:

This may be an older article, but I am glad, that science is FINALLLLLY catching up to ancient – and shamanic knowledge 🙂

Article from Science Daily:

Burning Incense Is Psychoactive: New Class Of Antidepressants Might Be Right Under Our Noses

May 20, 2008
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses.
incense burner in Nepal.

incense burner in Nepal.

Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses.

“In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Bosweilla had not been investigated for psychoactivity,” said Raphael Mechoulam, one of the research study’s co-authors. “We found that incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes antidepressive-like behavior. Apparently, most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning.”

To determine incense’s psychoactive effects, the researchers administered incensole acetate to mice. They found that the compound significantly affected areas in brain areas known to be involved in emotions as well as in nerve circuits that are affected by current anxiety and depression drugs. Specifically, incensole acetate activated a protein called TRPV3, which is present in mammalian brains and also known to play a role in the perception of warmth of the skin. When mice bred without this protein were exposed to incensole acetate, the compound had no effect on their brains.

“Perhaps Marx wasn’t too wrong when he called religion the opium of the people: morphine comes from poppies, cannabinoids from marijuana, and LSD from mushrooms; each of these has been used in one or another religious ceremony.” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Studies of how those psychoactive drugs work have helped us understand modern neurobiology. The discovery of how incensole acetate, purified from frankincense, works on specific targets in the brain should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. This study also provides a biological explanation for millennia-old spiritual practices that have persisted across time, distance, culture, language, and religion–burning incense really does make you feel warm and tingly all over!”

According to the National Institutes of Health, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States for people ages 15–44, affecting approximately 14.8 million American adults. A less severe form of depression, dysthymic disorder, affects approximately 3.3 million American adults. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million American adults, and frequently co-occur with depressive disorders.