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Gnusletter October 2022

Happy All Hallows, friends & fiends!

We have a new membership program! Over the 2 years of running our Maecenas patron program, a pattern emerged — different folks want different perqs! If you'd like to keep the patron pledge you already have to use specifically for advance event reservations, feel free. For all else (or if you'd like a more curated experience), consider switching over to an Omni Membership, each with a different focus 

Please spread the word and join us for our 1st arts fair, featuring 20 vendors, many from the Tea Travellers communitea!
Sunday, November 13, 1-3pm
the indoor Arcade behind Pamela's Tea Room in Garden Grove, CA

This is it, the remainder of available events for 2022! If you don't see one you wanted to attend, chances are it's sold out

Saturday, November 19 - Clued Upp ALICE IN WONDERLAND geo-smart-phone game in Long Beach, CA $10 - email TeaTravellersSocietea@gmail.com if you'd like to attend. 7 guests max

Sunday, December 4 - Holiday Harp Sugar Plum Tea at the Four Seasons Tea Room in Sierra Madre, CA

Saturday, December 17 - A Christmas Story tea at McKenna's Tea Cottage in Seal Beach, CA

Friday, December 9 - Tea Trek to Ye Olde King's Head

Sunday, December 18 - Five Crowns holiday dinner for Club 11:11 members

Wednesday, December 21 - Solstice witch event at Dream Come True in Long Beach, CA (more info to come)


As mentioned last month, our fairy tale anthology Fabulae ex Elementis will launch at a sold-out partea on November 13. If you're not attending, you still may support the contributors by ordering the book and asking one of the local authors to sign it. They'll be at Omnifete *hint hint* 

#15 in Pete Drake's Omni Tale
A Winning Combination
is available now to members of the Bibiliothefairies Guild 
Will be available to the public for presale next month
Read Books ~ Win Prizes!
Omnopoly game now available to Bibliothefairy members for #15 A Winning Combination

Did you know our YouTube channel has more than 500 videos posted? More than 300 are available for public viewing. (The rest are part of membership perqs). See the channel's playlists for ridiculous Omnicast news, silly Tips, book Commentaries, Naturim language tutorials, Course info, and all manner of twaddle

Sweet Potato Pie
Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 1 hrs 40 mins Total Time: 1 hrs 55 mins

  • 1 (1 pound) sweet potato, with skin 1⁄2 cup butter, soened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Step 1
  • Place whole sweet potato in pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Boil until tender when pierced with a fork, 40 to 50 minutes.
Step 2
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 3
  • Remove sweet potato from the pot and run under cold water. Remove and discard skin.
Step 4
  • Break sweet potato flesh apart and place in a bowl. Add butter and mix with an electric mixer until well combined. Add sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla; beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust.
Step 5
  • Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes.
Step 6
  • Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.

Pie will be puffed up like a soufflé when you remove it from the oven, but will deflate as it cools.

Nutrition Facts
Per serving: 389 calories; total fat 21g; saturated fat 10g; cholesterol 78mg; sodium 254mg; total carbohydrate 48g; dietary fiber 3g; total sugars 28g; protein 5g; vitamin c 1mg; calcium 49mg; iron 1mg; potassium 251mg

Continental shift

Did you feel that?

The big foundational shift we just made to our patron program? In short, it's gone! After getting your feedback (thanks to all who responded), I've scrapped the patron program and in its stead have come up with a set of membership subscriptions designed to meet specific interests.

Details to note: All annual patron pledges have been stopped, so if you were paying annually you won't be paying again. Additionally, you may still have access to the same rewards through the duration of your most recent annual payment. OR you may apply your annual patronage to one of our new memberships. Just write to me and let me know what you'd like to do, and I'll try my best to make it happen.

All monthly patron pledges will be stopped in November, and you'll have until the end of November to use the applicable perqs. 

Below are screenshots that show the categories of the new Omni Memberships. All will be available as monthly subscriptions which you may cancel at any time. Click on any of them to be taken to the page where you can sign up if/when you'd like a more customized experience. 

Gift memberships available now and kick in December 1st. 

Gnusletter - September 2022



Saturday 08 October - 
MASKED Evening Surprise Excursion - Reservations now available to Omni Patrons - SOLD OUT

🎃 Saturday 15 October, evening - The Nightmare Before Christmas ... with Carolers! - McKenna's Tea Cottage, in their new courtyard - PLENTY OF SEATS LEFT

🔎 Saturday 22 October, 11am - Annual Brass Rubbing & Tea at St Luke in Long Beach - open now for reservations

🎃 Saturday 22 October, 6pm - Witches & Warlocks at the Howe-Waffle House in Santa Ana - SOLD OUT


Fabulae Ex Elementis
our 6th annual anthology
launches November 13
with a tea at Pamela's Tea Room in Garden Grove

Read Books ~ Win Prizes!
Omnopoly games now available for #14 Omni Tales

Our first mini arts faire, OMNNIFETE, will debut Sunday November 13 in the arcade behind Pamela's Tea Room. We'll have a dozen artists and vendors at this first go-round, with hopes of doubling that number next year. Come shop for fun seasonal goodies and support some of your creative friends. (Afternoon tea served at book launch preceding)

Our goal for 2023 is to seek out and support nonprofit events, especially teas! If you are involved with or know of any such experiences, please let us know so we can add them to the calendar!

Super Simple Mango Chutney

Acting opportunity ... and scene!

Anyone itching to try their hand at ACTING? Our Oracles choose-your-path video experience provides a simple and quick for you to scratch that itch

The following contains info on being a performer. And here's a link to the show's website if you'd like to learn more. 

God creative goodies? We'll purvey them for you at no charge

Looking for 4-6 ARTISTS ~ CRAFTERS ~ ARTISANS to feature at our mini arts fair this fall. You get a small table for your goodies. There is no charge. And if you're out of the area (the event will be in SoCal), just ship the stuff and we'll set everything up to your specifications.

There is no fee, and all proceeds go to you.

Thereafter you will be eligible to be featured on our upcoming vendor page where viewers will be able to purchase your goods directly from you.

If you or a loved one are interested, simply email your local plenipotentiary at JSDJ.omni@gmail.com

Let there be art, and let it begin with you! 

Tell your tale in the 2022 anthology

It's that time of year, folks. Time for the ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY! This year's theme is ORIGINAL & TWEAKED FAIRY TALES based on the elements. The idea is you write a fairy tale of your own or re-work an existing tale, including one of the elements in it (the elements being fire, earth, wood, water, air, metal, soul-spirit)

You may submit a poem, a short story, a blurb, memory, or musing.

Examples: An original short ditty about an earthworm with wanderlust who goes on an adventure and learns there's no place like home ... or an upside down adaptation of Red Riding Hood where the wolf is the victim and the woods are carnivorous (... I'm guessing somebody's already done a reverse RRH, but since there's nothing new under the sun, just put your own spin on things) 

As usual, the compilation will come out mid-November. All proceeds (we usually net about $10 wooohooo) go to our Lyle Dagnen scholarship fund for neophyte writers and dragon riders. So far this year we've gifted more than $30K to artists, so your generous contributions to the anthologies are helping others make art! ❤


  • August 15 - Your intended topic. (You'll then have 6+weeks to write it. You can do it!) 
  • September 30 - Your finished edited piece, proofread by at least 1 other person. (Rough, non-edited submissions will not be usable) 
  • November 13 - Launch partea in SoCal followed by an arts fair


  • Microsoft Word or Google Docs 
  • Feel free to add bold and italics, but please, no fancy formatting 
  • Please do not ALL CAPS words to add emphasis, but do capitalize the personal pronoun "I" 
  • Please keep exclamation marks to one!!!
  • Word Count: haiku length - 3500 words

CONTACT: email to CestLaVieSirene@gmail.com

Can't wait to see what you come up with. Thanks and cheers! 😃

Gnusletter - July 2022

Events & Entertainment

Briefly, here's what we've got coming up through the next coupla months. To that end, our FestiviTeas page will be getting an overhaul this week!

July 30 Saturday - Patron Appreciation ParTea weeee

Aug 13 Saturday - Surprise Excursion (info to be posted this week)

Aug 27 Saturday - The Deep with Charles Spratley from Illusions of the Past 

Sept 10 Saturday - Book Club - Tea Rose Garden, Pasadena

Sept 17 Saturday - Spooky Season Suprise Excursion (high ticket)

Sept 25 Friday - Brews & Brooms Craft ParTea - McKenna’s, Seal Beach

Shared Treasure Hunt starts TODAY, so make sure you and your krewe are ready to engage in some altruistic hijinx! 

Did you know that your Maecenas patronage ensures more than 50 artists and musicians a combined $300+ monthly? Thanks for all you do to support the arts! 

This month, if you share The Deep on social media and tag us in it, you'll be in a drawing for a free spot at the August 27 show 

Blackberry & Goat Cheese Salad

  • 5 oz arugula
  • 3-4 oz chèvre goat cheese
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, shelled
  • honey mustard dressing (see below)
Instructions - Toss the arugula, goat cheese, blackberries and pistachios with the honey mustard dressing, and serve

  • 2 tbsp stone-ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small shallot, minced (2 tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
Instructions - Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl until the oil and vinegar emulsify. If you own an immersion blender, you can pulse the dressing a few times to make it creamier. Don't pulse to much or you will lose the integrity of the mustard seeds.

All Aboard the Sponsor Ship

A galleon of thanks to those who have reached out us to become sponsors of our Shared Treasure Hunt pirate-themed kids-helping-kids activity. 

That means you: 

O.E. Kelly . Jim Canty ~ State Farm . DJ Piper . Paris In A Cup Online . Pamela's Tea Room . Rhonda Rae . Illusions of the Past . Tess Moore . Positive News Media . Whimsicalidocious . JSD Johnston 

If you'd like to join our maiden voyage as well, select the sponsor ship that's right for you and your krewe

$125 - Sea Bandit 
Name on website

$250 - Brigand
Name on website
Name on thank-you page of promo kit

$500 - Privateer
Name on website
Name on thank-you page of promo kit
Name on social media

$1000 - Buccaneer
Name on website
Name on thank-you page of promo kit
Name on social media
Name in printed program for local kickoff events
Name in press release
Mention in 7 podcast episodes 

$2500 - Corsair
Name/logo on front page website
Name/logo on first page of promo kit
Name on social media
Name in printed program for local kickoff events
Name in press release
Mention in 11 podcast episodes 

$5000 - Legend
Name/logo in Shared Treasure Hunt banner
Name/logo on front page website
Name/logo on first page of promo kit
Name on social media
Name in printed program for local kickoff events
Name in press release
Mention in 11 podcast episodes 
Name in podcast written credits (21 times)

Email STH.Whimsy@gmail.com to request sponsorship

🛟 SOS ... or rather, SOPP (save our pirate picnic)

No kidlets required!
Our pirate ship is in danger of sinking, and we need all the assistance we can get to stay afloat.

What does this mean in plain English? It means WE NEED PEOPLE AT OUR UPCOMING PIRATE PICNIC ON JULY 9 from 10am-12noon IN LONG BEACH, CA. If you live in SoCal or know someone who does, please invite them to join us. We are sorely low on attendees and can use as much help as possible to get this no-charge event out to sea.

While the party celebrates the advent of Shared Treasure Hunt—our kids-helping-kids philanthropy event—YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE ANY KIDS IN TOW TO ATTEND. We just need a few enthusiastic folk to show up and stir the waters, preferably in pirate garb.

So if you were once a kid (or still act like one), do please come and whoop it up with us. A krewe of privateer re-enactors will be on hand to regale us with piratical entertainment and sea shanties. And attendees will have the opportunity to be photographed in preparation of next year's promotional campaign.

Pirate cake, bilge water punch, and anti-scurvy oranges to be served

Event takes place at picturesque Mother's Beach park on Appian Way in Naples, Long Beach.

Simply reply to this email if you'd like to join in the festivities.  


From Cooking is Elemental - Terris edition: Seven-or-so Layer Bean Dip


What’s in a number, anyway?

Seven is such a randomly chosen number. This bean dip could have one layer (possibly the refried beans), or it could have one hundred layers – if you have a large enough container. Mix and match, or compare and contrast layers to your heart’s content. Extra points awarded for creating vertical layers.

For stimulating cocktail hour conversation, substitute the Shredded cheese with String theory cheese.

And don’t forget to save the cocktail napkins you write your epiphanies on. They’ll be needed later when you finesse your calculations for inter-dimensional time travel.

—DJ Piper

This amount of ingredients makes a ‘big’ batch in a 9x13-inch pan. The ingredients may be halved for a ‘small’ batch in an 8x8-inch pan.


  • 30 ounces can refried beans
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 24-ounce jar Pace's Medium Chunky Salsa (drained)
  • 2 cups Mexican Style (4-cheese blend) shredded cheese
  • 4 ounce can diced jalapeños (drained)
  • 2.25 ounce can chopped black olives
  • 2 diced avocados


  1. Layer ingredients (except avocados) in the dish in the order listed: beans, sour cream, salsa, cheese, jalapeños, olives.
  2. Refrigerate. (No cooking.)
  3. Add the chopped avocados on top just before serving so they don’t turn brown.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or soft taco-size tortillas (for small bean burritos).


The bean dip is best if it’s made the day before, or at least chilled for several hours before serving.

This is a great party appetizer but can also be a vegetarian main dish if vegetarian (no lard) beans are used.

Use a glass baking dish or clear plastic container to show off the layers.

Adjust the spiciness level to your preference by choosing milder or hotter ingredients. Add, subtract, or substitute ingredients as you wish.