Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Urgent Call Out For Submissions

So here's the thing: fall is busy. We've been busy, maybe you've been busy, and the result is that The Grind is running late again. Unfortunately, we've hardly received any submissions for the fourth issue. We've decided to push everything back a month, meaning submissions will close October 6th instead of September 6th, and the fourth issue will come out end of October. 

Now is when we really need to call on all of you! If you've ever thought about submitting something, please do so! If You know anyone who would be interested in writing for us, send them our way! 

There would be no Country Grind without all of you beautiful folks out there contributing, so send us in what you've got! 

Queer erotica? We love it, send it in.
Birth Stories? Babies rule, tell us about it.
Built your own stone wall? Rockin, teach us how.
You managed to grow veggies indoors during winter even though you don't have electricity, central heating or running water? Please let us know when you became a mad plant genius.
Wrote a poem about how you got frost bite on your nether regions by going for a run in -40C, and some old timer informed you to just "put a sock on it"? I am sure many people can relate to that.

These are all valuable contributions! I'm willing to bet you all have way more than that to share.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ending tshirt sales

Hey folks! I'm sad to say that effective immediately we are no longer selling Country Grind t-shirts. We are having the same old problem, they are just too damn popular, and I (Gretchen) do not have any extra free time to work on filling all those orders. I'd rather spend what little time I have working on making the magazine the best I can before I start working on extra stuff like t-shirt's and patches. Anyone who has already placed a t-shirt order will still have their order filled. Hopefully we can finish it up this weekend.

That being said, I'm sure that once winter comes and life calms down I'll be itching for extra projects. So they are not gone forever, just for the time being. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we undertake this epically awesome and seemingly impossible project.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Submissions Due September 6th!

Submissions for the fourth issue, the fall issue, close two weeks from today! September 6th! Get crackin' if you want to be published this time around. Thanks to those who have already submitted!
Send in your best stew recipes, canning ideas and other hunker down for the cold related things!

Big thanks,


Thursday, August 07, 2014

New Editor!!

Hello all, Cat here! Major update!

We have a new editor! I am taking over for Celeste and will be working with authors on editing from now on.

I am super excited to get to know all of the return writers and all of the new ones! I hope I can stand up to all the work Celeste has done with everyone, myself included. Many thanks to her and all the work she has done.

You can still send submissions to submissions@countrygrind.net and I will receive them- hurry up, though- submissions for the fourth issue close in a month!

Y'all better be writing me some nice things to read in the next couple weeks, I'll be out in Lutsel K'e and I don't want to be taking time out from scraping hides and picking berries if I'm not receiving some dang good articles!

Thanks for giving this a read- have a great dang day,
your new editor, cookin fishes

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Sneak Preview of the Summer 2014 Issue: A Leisurely Litha to You!

(We're working our butts off to get the next issue of The Grind together! It'll be ready soon, but until then, here's a delightful sample of what's to come, thanks to the wise and helpful Kat Callen. This article will be in the upcoming issue, as well as another of her contributions. Happy Solstice!)

21st of June 2014 - Leisurely Litha to You

Litha, or the Summer Solstice, has arrived. The Sun has reached the peak of power.  As our Earth Mother lounges lackadaisically in the heat, soaking up as much warmth as possible on this longest day of the year, She takes Her fill of the light. When She combines this with the frenzy of sacred play initiated at Beltane, She becomes sultry and swollen, increasing in lushness, moving towards the ripeness of Lammas and the abundance She provides.

Traditionally the young and young-at-heart leapt over the flames of the bonfire on Litha to ensure a plentiful harvest. The wise old womyn claimed “the higher the leaps, the taller the crops.” Naturally the leapers exerted themselves fully for the benefit of the crops and the village.
The Sun enters the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer today. But do not let the Water dampen the celebration for, being ruled by the Moon, it feeds our cultural roots. We can go with the flow as it nudges us to be receptive, increases our patience and intuitiveness, fosters our sensitivity and nurturing abilities, and frees our imaginations to soar to new heights.

As with last year’s Litha, we are being called home. To be with our families, both blood relations and the kindred spirits that we embrace as our tribe. To be with them, if not physically then in thought and spirit. Water can help us on this journey. We can water our gardens, our own ancestral roots, and our hopes and dreams. The nourishing water will hasten the growth and ripening of many things - feeding our heart, mind, body, and soul. While in the glow of the shimmering summer, we can dance and sing and laugh. We can make plans for actions that will allow us to create a vibrant and cooperative world where we can all be safe and happy and free. Then, come tomorrow, we will be prepared to leap into the waxing Dark as the Light is slowly overcome with the turning of the Great Wheel of Life.

The Moon sets the emotional tone as She transits through the zodiac signs, changing signs approximately every two and a half days. For Litha, the Moon is void-of-course most of the day until She moves into the Fixed Earth sign of Taurus at 22:03 CST. Void-of-course motion is when the Moon reaches near the end degrees of the zodiac sign that She has been traveling through. When the Moon makes Her last aspect, or energy connection, with another planet the void-of-course motion begins. This period of time is best for pondering and reflecting, for subjective avenues of involvement. It is best to avoid making major decisions, shopping, signing contracts and the like. Keeping this in mind you may be able to avoid difficult outcomes. Expect the unexpected.

The actual meaning of void-of-course is “nothing will come of it.” The Moon takes a break, allowing nourishment and revitalization to occur, before the energy changes and She moves along to the next zodiac sign. This can be likened to the actual shifting of gears in a vehicle. There is a period of time when the gears must move through neutral in the transition. The energy is not as grounded and centered at this time so those who are normally a bit on the spacey side may have a tendency to get ‘lost,’ and find themselves losing track of time and space.

As the Moon takes a break in her daily ruling of the planets, take a ‘time-out’ period for yourself. Just go with the flow to avoid frustrations, wasted time and effort, delays, and problems later on. You can certainly think things through and weigh your options on upcoming important tasks and events, just avoid making actual decisions or actively beginning projects. Relaxation and fun can be maximized. No doubt, you too will be rejuvenated to the point of exhilaration.

A mere two hours before midnight CST, the Moon enters the fixed Earth sign of Taurus. Then it is back to the senses as we are once again grounded. It is easier to sink into the moment, be in the body, and enjoy the delights of the five senses. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, which is the slow mover in the zodiac, allowing us the opportunity to savour everything thoroughly. Whatever you choose to do – whether that be dance and truly feel the groove of the music, languish in the Sun, run barefoot through the grass, practice a craft or hobby, share frolicsome intimacy in a cozy atmosphere, partake of a tasty meal, deal with practical matters, spend time in a studio with your musical instrument, or relax with an afternoon siesta – rest assured Taurus will insist that you draw out the enjoyment.

Since Taurus is a fixed sign, the grounding nature helps us to be focused. Our capacity to go at something fully, to really flesh it out, is heightened. Beginning a new project, experimenting with new ways of doing things, immersing yourself in learning, or stretching your body and your mind will all go favourably while the Moon is in Taurus.

As I bid you a Leisurely Litha, ponder this point on pronouncing the word leisure. Although it does not roll off the tongue quite as lusciously, try to pronounce it this way – lezh-er, rather than the more common lee-zher. Remember that lee-zher rhymes with seizure, but lezh-er rhymes with pleasure.

Go well as we move slowly into the Dark.

~ Kat

Thursday, May 15, 2014

T-shirts are now for sale!!!

You can now buy Country Grind t-shirts and t-shirt/subscription combos right here!! We are currently low on stock in some sizes, but are about to make another shirt order (which will include ladies sizes). If we are out of stock of your size we will ship your shirt as soon as we get more made (no more than a couple weeks).

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Moving Forward. Important information about continuing to receive The Country Grind.

Hey folks, Gretchen here, we’ve got some big news for y'all. The Country Grind has grown beyond my wildest dreams and expectations. I never thought we'd ever need to print more than 200 copies and here we just printed 1000 copies of issue #2 and the word is still spreading. The workload itself has become so great that I had to get help from my friends and now we are a six member collective running the show.

While this is great for us, and for you, our financial burden grows with every subscriber. In Canada we just had a huge increase in postage prices that cost us hundreds of dollars more in shipping costs. (Printing and shipping costs for issue #2 are already over $1,500.) With this and our huge increase in subscribers we are no longer able to offer The Country Grind Quarterly for free. Starting with our next issue (#3) we will be charging a small fee to rural punks. This fee is only covering our costs of printing and shipping The Grind.

We know that with the Indiegogo fundraiser we said that because we reached our goal we would make the next two issues free, and we are very sad to say that we cannot keep our promise. When we started the fundraiser we hadn’t yet sold out of issue #1 so we were still thinking that 500 copies would be enough for the next two issues. But we have come up with a plan for those of you who did donate to our campaign.

If you donated anything, even a dollar, to our Indiegogo fundraiser this past winter we will send you a free copy of our 3rd issue, if you donated $25 or more we will sign you up for a free one year subscription of The Country Grind, and if you were one of the five amazing folks who donated $100 or more you unknowingly bought yourself a lifetime subscription!!

And of course, if you have already bought a subscription nothing will change for you. You will continue to receive The Grind until your subscription runs out.

Our new pricing is as follows:

Rural Punks (Canada and USA):
One issue - $4ppd
1 year subscription - $12ppd

City Punks (Canada and USA):
1 year subscription - $18ppd

International Punks
One issue - $7 ppd
1 year subscription $25ppd

+Add a t-shirt, patch and sticker to a subscription for $10 (plus shipping)

(ppd=postage paid/we pay postage)
You can buy a copy or subscription of The Grind on our website at http://www.countrygrind.net/p/subscribe.html.

We have also set up an Etsy store at www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheCountryGrind where you can buy individual issues, subscriptions, as well as t-shirts, stickers, and patches.

If you want to avoid the internet you can always mail us cheques, money orders, or concealed cash to:

The Country Grind
Box 266
Ochre River, MB R0L 1K0

Make checks and MOs to: Gretchen Bonegardener

Also, one last thing while I have your attention. We’ve tried to get this message out to everyone who might want to know about this stuff, and we apologise if you didn’t want to receive this email. (If you don’t want to receive any more emails from us, you don’t need to do anything; this email list is confidential and temporary).  If you do want to be informed of important notices with The Grind (like this) you can join our email list here (we’ll try to never have more than one email a month):

Thank you for your time and your understanding. The Country Grind has turned into an amazing project and I’m so excited to be a part of it. It’s really nice to see so many people as excited about this as I am!

Up The Fucking Rural Punks!!

Collective member, editor, founder
The Country Grind