The Sleeping Giant May Awaken Yet

Downtown copyright Larry Samson

  2010  has been an interesting year in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, USA. The TV film crews were here over 4th of July weekend filming the Restored Native Remnant Tallgrass Prairie which is dedicated as a Monarch Butterfly Habitat. Happy Tonics habitat creation will be featured on Discover Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Television starting on March 11, 2011. We won’t be the only ones. The Museum of Woodcarving across the street from the habitat will also be aired. Then there is the Shell Lake Art Center and the Washburn County Historical Museum and many more.

In November 2010 the movie film crews were in Shell Lake. Now this is significant. We who live here know how special this pristine environment and city of 1,260 citizens is. It may not be long before the rest of the country finds out about us at movie houses. The film is timely and about a virus infection that spreads very quickly. Only Shell Lake is safe. The virus ended when it came this far north. I am not giving it full credit because I am only watching the trailers. I haven’t seen the cast and crew simply because they are here into the night or early morning. We will keep you posted if it makes the movie houses.  You can view the trailer  at 

Oriental poppy growing in Shell Lake
Oriental poppy growing in Shell Lake

A few days ago, we published a post on the Shell Lake Art Center and how the producers promoted the quaintness of
community. It’s a very nice video at

Hope you enjoy learning about the work we do here as citizen environmentalists and entomologists. We’re just the seed planters who enjoy seeing things grow.


Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites November News

Excerpt from the Sisterhood’s newsletter by Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer.

White buffalo
White buffalo

As ambassador for the White Buffalo I am so happy to announce that the White Buffalo Family has finally found a stable and safe home for them in Bend, Oregon. This is the fourth time they have been moved since April of 2008. Cynthia of the Sacred World Peace Alliance has contracted with her landlord to purchase the land that she now rents so that the Buffalo can be with her and taken care of by people that have been with them since their births.

My Adopted New Town Music in the Air

Want to get to know us?  Check out this video for the Shell Lake Art Center. The video promotes the arts in Shell Lake and better yet shows you the heart beat of Shell Lake, Wisconsin . Enjoy!

Reuse and Recycle for Christmas

Loon by Marilyn Vig
Loon by Marilyn Vig

 Happy Tonics Visitors Center/Store at 25 Fifth Avenue, Shell Lake, WI, has some things to offer for free and many holiday gifts at very little cost. Look at donated art items such as the hand painted loon by Marilyn Vig, stained glass snowflakes and all kinds vintage jewelry.

 Check out women’s winter coats. This is Vintage Wear straight from Washington, DC. Is there a lady out there who has always dreamed of a cashmere coat? Maybe someone has always wanted to dress to the nines with mink trim.  If so Holly Day Saturday may be your day!  Come on in and try on coats. Sizes run from small to medium and the price is low compared to what they are selling on eBay for $99 – $179. If coats don’t sell on December 4, they will be sold in our online store for the going selling rate at

Check out in Shell Lake, WI, USA. Even auction houses are finding a new way to market reusable and recycled items such as antiques, home decor, clothing for infants and adults. The economic times have never been better for the thrifty minded individual. I went online yesterday and bid on a leather wood carrier and won the bid at $10. I will pick this item up and will not incur on shipping charge. Online auctions are a win, win for seller and buyer both.

Recyling is a global trend. Check out in England where they reuse and sell bike parts. Cyclerecycle is now following Happy Tonics Tweets on Twitter. Social networking is the fastest growing selling trend. According to some experts, sales from online stores have grown by 30 percent in 2010. On November 24, CNBC stated that 43.9 percent of comsumers will go online to shop this Christmas.  When Happy Tonics is not selling on Main Street the nonprofit is often fulfilling online orders. Check out our eBay store at

5R Processors Ltd. of Ladysmith, WI has been invited to speak at the December 1 Environmental Film Fest at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, 13466 Trepania Road, Hayward, WI, USA. The company is part of e-waste solutions in WI and TN.  5R has drastically reduced e-waste by reusing and recycling thus helping our country’s citizens, landfills, and environment. The company has an online store where the resell electronics also at

Vintage Raggedy Andy and Ann
Vintage Raggedy Andy and Ann

 The Visitors Center/Store at 25 Fifth Avenue is open on Holly Day Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Kids can enjoy free Disney films while parents shop. Check out our new and gently reused items. The Andy and Annie ceramic dolls are from the 1970s and look brand new outside of the natural patina.

Happy holidays!

Holly Day Saturday December 4, 2010 in Shell Lake, WI

Stained glass
Stained glass

Happy Tonics Visitors Center/Store is planning a splash of a day for shoppers and visitors on December 4, 2010. As our readers know the world is suffering in a global recession. Happy Tonics believes in homemade, homegrown, local arts and crafts. We are a nonprofit environmental education organization and public charity. People are generous and donate many items to help our cause including Ojibwa beaded butterfly pins and  framed art and photographs. We have two monarch butterfly habitats in Shell Lake that we implemented and maintain. 

By buying local, customers support their own community. We will offer savings to our guests so everyone can go home with something special to put under the Christmas tree.

Where’s the fun?

23 Fifth Avenue, Shell Lake, WI, Sarona Jewelry and My Favorite Things – Open all day. Retail store with educational toys, jewelry, Fenton glass and clothing. Refreshments to be served.

Meet Mary Ellen
Meet Mary Ellen

25 Fifth Avenue, Shell Lake, WI, Happy Tonics Visitors Center/Store – Kids Disney Movies to be shown 10 am – 2 pm

Refreshments to be served. There is indoor hall that goes between the two stores.

Happy Tonics offers new and gently used home decor, women’s clothing and books, books, books. The store sells new knitted socks, hats, shawls, sweaters both women’s and children. There are mittens, handkerchiefs, fine art, fiber art, quilted wall hangings and fabric bags from Mexico and textile vests and bags from Nepal. Check out the Ayurvedic soap from India and the dozens of butterfly gifts.

Julie Symond (My Favorite Things) and Mary Ellen (Happy Tonics Visitors Center/Store) look forward to seeing you.

Hissy the gardeners friend
Hissy the gardeners friend

Environmental Film Fest Features Web Film The Story of Stuff

  Environmental Film Fest

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College

Lac Courte Oreilles James “Pipe” Mustache Auditorium
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
FREE and Open to the Public

12:00 p.m. Potluck (please bring a dish to share & your own plate/utensils)
12:15 p.m. Guest Speaker – 5 R Processing, Inc. (invited)
12:30 p.m.  Film:  “Story of Stuff” and “George Carlin Talks about Stuff”
1:15 p.m.  Advocacy to Action! Why?

Visit Informational Booths Before and After Film

Local Foods, Recycling, and more!

The Story of Stuff Project was founded in June 2008 by Annie Leonard to leverage the remarkable success of The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute web-film that explores the often hidden environmental and social consequences of America’s love affair with its stuff. Less than two years after its release, the film had been viewed over 8.5 million times on-line and in thousands of schools, houses of worship, community centers and businesses around the world.

This event is sponsored by Happy Tonics, Inc., Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College and the Sustainable Living Institute. 

From One Extreme to Another

This Veteran’s Day I went to the Spooner, Wisconsin, Veteran’s Cemetery. I was there to honor my husband who walked on – July 4, 2010. It was a beautiful ceremony.

Now I am listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Crossfire.” This is how I am feeling today as I listen to the news about wars still ongoing and learn just how troubled our country is now for the little person. This is most of us. It is a waiting game to see just how we are all going to land on our feet in this national economic disaster  and political battle. I thought you might enjoy listening my favorite singer and guitar player performing “Crossfire”  at

Be well insectamonarca friends where ever you are.

Veterans Day Honors Peace and Healing of Mother Earth

Just in from Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer of the Bear Clan at Medicine Creek Metis.      

Dearest Brothers and Sisters:

Carol Bridges "Emergence" quilt honors Gulf of Mexico
Carol Bridges "Emergence" quilt honors Gulf of Mexico

 As a united gathered community of like-minds and hearts we will stand together across the world for Peace and Healing for our Mother this  date of 11/11/10…… we gather please vision a clean pristine Earth in all of her glory. We have the Star Nation People standing together with their blessings for our Earth and all of her children.

Together we will create a new light that will shine over our Mother. This light will be of pale to vibrant shades of lavender, it is a loving, healing light. As we have stepped into our powers, Dear Ones,  let us use these powers for the good of all that we are, all that is needed and all to be blessed for the future of many generations to come.

Let us not forget why we have come together…..we are a powerful team guided by the love and blessings of the Devine.

We ready ourselves to enter the new year and the beginning of new times and energies that will change our lives drastically.

We have the Ancient Water Ways Blessing Ceremony now, given to us from the ancient ones. Let us learn this. You may e-mail be about the process of receiving the rites to be A Keeper of the Water Ways Ceremony.

We are only gearing up for what is to come…it is beautiful and powerful…yes…we have stepped into our power as requested by the Grandmothers and now it is time to apply this to the healing knowledge and energies that we now carry in our Medicine Baskets….

Much Love, and Many Blessings, Grandmother Whitedeer

National Geographic Monarch Butterfly Video News

Jo Flanagan with monarch butterfly
Jo Flanagan with monarch butterfly

Hello there insectamonarca friends.

I was having lunch today at the Market and Grill in Spooner, Wisconsin. The popular restaurant serves mostly local and organic lunches. Otto Wiegand, Spooner Agriculture Research Station, and his lovely wife were there. They mentioned that National Geographic is having a TV series called The Great Migration on TV and there was a feature on the monarch butterfly. I just went online to view the stunning photography in slow motion. I though you might enjoy seeing the videos also. Here is to the monarch, the butterfly of transformation. Jo Flanagan is a board member of Happy Tonics in Oregon, Ohio. She has a close encounter with a monarch butterfly in this photo.

Lovely thoughts coming your way! 

Here is a link to the series at

New Tweet Feature on WordPress

This is just a test. It is supposed to be easy to insert a Tweet into a post on Woodpress. This is just a test.

Let me see if I can do this with Cuba’s Organic Food Movement at

Supposedly now WordPress will easily will display more than the link. Now we will wait and see.

November 9, I received this email from WordPress today re:

WordPressVideos (@wordpress_video) is now following your tweets (@happytonics) on Twitter.

This is the start of something. Frankly I am no computer wiz and will need to follow where it leads me. Hopefully it is relatively painless. Just thought I would pass this on.