Editress: Ginger Strivelli Well all us APAers found ourselves speechless…well almost speechless… in August. There were only 49 posts on the APA's yahoogroups list all month long…the lowest number of posts since Feb. of 2000! We even forgot a couple of our usual thrice monthly chat- night events which were suppose to be held on the 10th, 20th, and 30th, as they are every month. I guess I'll just have to start one of our infamous APA heated debates to get y'all talking again….so consider yourself warned! I'm dragging out the soapbox, dusting it off….and banishing any PCness that has snuck in when we weren't looking. ------------------------------------- FROM OUR BOOK OF SHADOWS: In honor of the first Harvest Lammas holiday…bake some bread Y'all! Here's one of my favorite recipes. __ Tsalagi Wadulisi Selu Gadu (English translation; 'Cherokee Honey Corn bread') __ 4 cups of yellow cornmeal 1 cup self rising flour 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup honey 2 cups whole cut corn 2 eggs Mix all items together, Form doughy batter into little round (wooden spoon-sized)balls. Fry in butter or butter flavored shortening for about 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. (Note: originally bear fat would have been used instead of the butter, eggs, and milk.) ------------------------------------------------ SACRED SITES SECTION: ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- The flame that burned at the Athens Games was lit amid the ruins of the ancient sanctuary where the Olympics were started 2,780 years ago. In a ceremony held at an altar dedicated to the Goddess Hera, a Greek actress playing the role of a high priestess lighted the torch. She placed a silver torch inside a burnished-steel concave mirror for the sun's rays to ignite reciting the following prayer: "Today the Olympic flame will be reborn yet again to enfold the whole world in its light." Then they intoned a prayer to the God Apollo for the sun to shine; "Apollo, God of the sun and the idea of light, send your rays and light the sacred torch for the hospitable city of Athens," The Olympics began in Olympia in 776 BCE and were held every four years until the Roman Emperor Theodosius abolished them in the year 393 after Christianity took over and he ordered the Pagan Games stopped. A group led by Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France restarted them in 1896, and they returned to their ancient homeland this month for the 2004 summer games. Some events were even held in the ancient fields, where the games were held centuries ago.