The Best Classic Meatloaf in the World

Roy's a great guy.  He's a farmer and high school math teacher, a father and retired officer.  His family ran the general store in a small town.  Here's Roy's Meatloaf from the Kelly Family General Store in Zena, OK as interpreted by a native Northern Californian who is very, very gluten free

To a stand mixer or large bowl, add:

6 pounds of ground meat, organic, ethically raised, or wild 

6 beaten eggs, vegetarian fed and free range or pasture raised

1 - 2 boxes of Herbes Fines from Spicely Organics (thyme, tarragon, and parsley, if you want to use fresh)

½ cup finely diced shallots

1 cup instant quinoa breakfast cereal from Ancient Grains (or, certified gluten free instant breakfast oatmeal, if you tolerate it well)

1 cup Knudsen organic veggie juice

Salt to taste

Mix thoroughly, and place into pans.

Cover with a generous layer of Organicville Ketchup. Place slices of Applegate bacon, pork or turkey, one inch apart on top of the ketchup.

Sprinkle on a half to whole packet of BBQ seasoning from Spicely Organics.

Place in the oven at 350. Cook time depends on the pan size and depth. Generally, the loaf is done when it pulls away from the edges of the pan and the bacon becomes a dark, molasses color around the edges.

Bake until cooked throughout at a safe temperature for the varieties of meats in the loaf. Mix and match meats, and always cook to the higher of the safe temperatures for each meat. Game meats are great to blend with pork or beef, and we also like pork with lamb.  We always use the dark meat when we choose to add turkey.

We make several loaves in smaller glass dishes with snap on lids so that they are easy to freeze.

Roy serves his original Zena style loaf with mashed potatoes and canned baked beans.

In CA, I serve my meatloaf with whole, dry roasted sweet potatoes, and I make my own beans as dedicated gluten free baked beans are nearly impossible to find!  I put soaked Northern Beans on the stove with Muir fire roasted tomatoes, honey, lots of Spicely Organics smoked Spanish paprika, the rest of the Spicely Organics BBQ packet, the rest of the bacon, and any leftover diced shallot. I let it all simmer for a couple hours.

This isn't a cheap meal to make, especially with organic or grass fed meats. I find that with the big flavors and nutrition of whole foods, I can feel very satiated with smaller California sized portions. 

Why No Tips?

We decline tips.

We would much rather have clients use that money to see us again.  Or, they may like to buy a gift certificate to share the Starshine experience. Even giving their tip money to a well researched charity is ok with us.

The truth is, the massage business is volatile, and the one way Starshine can to minimize the ups and downs is through repeat business. We just charge one reasonable rate for all our services without upgrades or memberships to offer each client the most effective treatment each visit.

We are committed to doing a great job for each client, and we are not judging anyone for not tipping because we just don't allow it. That means that we can approach each session with an open heart and clear energy for everyone. You aren't locked in by a contract, and our pricing is upfront.

Do we offer deals? Yes!

  • We offer $20 off to new clients.
  • We give a $20 credit for your referrals after they have their first appointment.
  • We offer a 10% discount when clients rebook when they checkout from their appointment.
  • We offer discounts for large gift certificate purchases. 
  • Gift certificates may be purchased in bulk at a discount for employee incentives, client appreciation, and more.

Do we offer Groupons?

Not often. These promotions tend to be one time only and very transactional. When we do offer this type of promotion, it is usually for our couples classes. These are a great way to build upon supportive relationships and introduce massage to those who may not be comfortable with a stranger.

Do we offer sliding scale?

For some clients, a sliding scale is the best way to ensure that they have access to massage therapy. We discuss this on a case by case basis, though we generally reserve sliding scale for those on a fixed income or making less than $40k a year.

Do we offer nonprofit, teacher, or nurse discounts?

From time to time, we have the opportunity to volunteer our services to the employees and clients of nonprofit or caregiving organizations. We try to offer Buy One, Gift One promotions so that our therapists can have a sustainable livelihood while doing this very important work. It helps us build community in a sustainable way. Let us know if you would like us to visit you!

For more on why the American tipping culture creates problems, check out this video from Adam. He ruins everything.

What is Your Relationship with Pain?

We are of the less is more school when it comes to massage and pain.  But, what is pain, any way?  And, when is it that a massage ought to be a little uncomfortable?  There isn't a one size fits most way to think about massage. Lymph massage is very light, but it can also make a client ill if they don't really need it!

In this short video, Thomas Myers from Anatomy Trains breaks down why massage (myofascial release therapy), exercise or any forms of structural integration therapy hurts. He gives some amazing insight on pain in general and why your perception of it might have more to do with that sensation.


In addition to regular, strategic massage, we recommend this CD set by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  His meditation method is taught by Susan at Starshine both online and in person.  The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) that she learned to facilitate has been taught at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Globally for over 30 years, with well designed and peer reviewed studies all the way.  The MBSR method is the basis for the vast majority of studies on mindfulness based medical and psychological interventions, and this has been used as a complementary therapy for high blood pressure, autoimmune disease, cancer, HIV, chronic pain, and anxiety disorders among many other conditions. Look for this title on our bookshelf.

Reorganizing the fibers of scar tissue will probably be unpleasant, and draining lymph when it isn't really necessary will probably make a client feel ill. Like lymph work, Myofascial therapy (MFT) and deep tissue massage are specific.  Check out this review one client gave after a couple MFT sessions.

I am 65 yrs old with two bad knees, and I play golf twice a week. I struggle to get out of bed after each round with those knees. I had a few surgical "clean outs", and I take Celebrex before and after I play. I met Susan, and her concern is my hamstrings, so off to work she goes. Four sessions later, I am not limping, according to my wife and business partner. I feel great, turning on the ball with full mobility and making some money in our Seniors golf group. My advice, check this acupressure out!  I tried meds, operations and physical therapy-- Starshine has been remarkable for me. 

Money Matters

We have seen a huge swell in the need for healing in the past few weeks, and we get it. I see the legitimate confusion and panic about a troubling spike in hate crimes, worry about loved ones or schoolmates being deported, and the deep disappointment in our democratic process many are feeling.

Money has been on my mind this week.  The last time we had a President of the United States without experience in elected office, the military, or as a legislator AND one party with majority control of all three branches of government was in 1928/1929. Within eight months of Hoover being sworn into office, the stock market crashed, and the US entered the Great Depression.


Am I looking at my portfolio and biting my nails?  Hell. No. I used Spencer Sherman's workbook, The Cure for Money Madness, a couple years ago, and I was (mostly) cured of my money anxiety and the urge to make financial moves based on scary news and speculation. I was able to look at my money without the baggage of shame or the emotional power that money had come to represent for me. I was no longer afraid to take off my blinders and really see what was going on with my money. Since then, I have also watched several wonderful films like Inside Job, Inequality for All, Boom Bust Boom, and The Long Short. And, I still feel pretty sane.

I came by my views on money honestly, the way we all do: growing up around adults who had inherited their own money madness. Is there a way to pass on my newly found money sanity to the kids in my life?

When I was introduced to Ron Lieber at an event, I was really impressed with his practical strategies for helping kids learn to work with money. He likes to use three big categories: give, save, and spend. I asked him about a category for investing. This, for him, is like teaching kids to gamble. 

I never liked to gamble with real money, not even pennies. I'm more of a crockpot investor. So, before I move my money into lower risk investments, I have to ask myself What am I betting on? In one scene from The Big Short this really came home for me. Brad Pitt's character admonishes the young investors who just won big on the real estate crash of 2008 to consider the implications their celebratory tone. They just won a bet against the American Dream.

Here is another thing I learned from Spencer: invest in the future you want to see. Investing in causes and companies I care about is better than a Kickstarter because when I get my money back, I can do good all over again. Our money can be the change. This is also one of my most treasured puns, and that makes me happy. Right now, my bet is that you're smiling.

These books and other timely titles on anxiety for adults and kids are available for purchase on our bookshelf.

Doggy Deodorant, Upholstery Freshener, and Bug Repellant

My very cute and somewhat stinky half Blue Heeler, and half Shiba Inu.

My very cute and somewhat stinky half Blue Heeler, and half Shiba Inu.

I really like the Fall.  The flavors of the season are amazing, and Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. What I can do without is the stuffy house! Especially with a dog, the house smells can get to be a bit much. I like to open windows when I can, though the air is getting a bit too chilly for that. My dog also gets the chills easily if her fur is damp from a bath, so I bathe her less in the cold months.

I was researching plants for our yard that would be drought resistant, insect repellant, and be non-toxic to the puppy (just in case she decided to eat all my landscaping). I used the ASPCA database of toxic and non-toxic plants and various gardening websites to make the nerdiest spreadsheet I could muster. Some of them were culinary, and if the dog runs through my garden, she will at least smell good!

I was also using commercial, chemical, and heavily fragranced products to freshen our rugs and upholstery. I was wondering if I could use essential oils to make a dog-safe version with all of the water saving, bug repelling, non-toxic qualities of my garden plants. The short answer is YES!

One thing I learned is that dogs have smaller organs than we do. So, using the amount of essential oil that I would for a baby, even if the essential oil is non-toxic to dogs, is the best approach. The essential oils have physiological effects, and smaller bodies can only take small amounts. I look up the oils every time I make this just in case the database was updated with new information.

The next thing I learned is that a tablespoon of baking soda in a spray bottle makes a very effective deodorizer for the home and dog. The baking soda acts as a dispersant, helping the essential oils mix with the water.  

A little apple cider vinegar is great for a between grooming refresher, and the essential oils help to balance the vinegar smell. I only use this for deodorizing the dog. It is gluten free (for me), and I always have it on hand.

24 oz of water
2 tablespoons of baking soda
5 - 15 drops of organic essential oils (optional)
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (optional)
In the spray bottle, mix the oils with the baking soda and then slowly mix in the first 2 oz of water. Close and shake vigorously. Then, top off with the remaining water.

Finally, some dogs (and cats!) have had unpleasant experiences with spray bottles. I like to spray an old wash cloth and then wipe down my dog's fur. This is much more like being pet, and for anyone who lives with a breed that disapproves of water like mine, this is just much more fun for everyone. I have also been spraying her bed and the bottom of the couch, where most of the stink lingers.

  1. Check the ASPCA database for dog, cat, and horse toxicity every time

  2. Thoroughly wash and reuse a spray bottle, or get a reusable one

  3. Use baby amounts of essential oils

  4. Baking soda makes the all the magic happen

  5. Spray onto a recycled washcloth to wipe onto fur


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Join us for an online class that directly and practically addresses healthy communication and boundaries just in time for the holidays. The class is called What About Me? Learning to Love Ourselves First.

In this six-week class, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Set clear intentions and learn to ask for what you want as you honor yourself and maintain your personal integrity.
  • Give yourself permission to make use of and celebrate the full range of your emotions.
  • Learn to detach with love as you stop living other people’s lives and stay on your own path.
  • Build healthy relationships where boundaries are respected and feelings are honored.

Where: Zoom, where we're visible to each other on video. It's like Skype but easier to use. You will need a computer with a video camera and high speed internet (5mg or faster).

When: 6 Mondays, November 14– December 19th 5:00–6:30pm, Pacific time – the early time accommodates our East Coast friends.

Cost: There is no cost, and donations are gratefully accepted.

To register: email and include your phone number.  She will limit the class to 10 people.

Facilitated by: Katherine Revoir

Mindful Parents. Mindful kids?

We have recently made an effort to curate a few books that we love and share them with clients. We included titles by authors like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Spencer Sherman, Elliott Dacher, and Dan Siegel. As meditation teachers, we are familiar with several great books for adults and many books about parenting. We started to wonder about what was new for the children in our lives.


With the holidays coming, this is a great time to think about fun gifts and teaching gifts for children. As we ordered and reviewed picture books, CDs, and workbooks for kids, we became really optimistic!

We wanted to buy and carry everything we saw. Our space is limited, of course. Some of our materials are new, some are recycled. We hope to have something at every reading level and life stage from fun emotional intelligence playing cards for teens to workbooks that parents can share with their children to picture books for preschoolers. 

These are a few titles that you can find floating around the shop.  Feel free to pick one up and enjoy a child's mind awareness the next time you come by for a massage or class.



The Hunt for Great Massage Products


We have tried a lot of massage products from pure oils to creams and lotions. We found that some didn't come out of our linens, making our sheets smell like a fast food fryer. Others contained phytoestrogens, common allergens, irritated the skin, or were not natural. Some absorbed too quickly, and yet others left clients feeling like they just swam out of an oil spill. Along the way, we also learned that having organic ingredients is not the same as being USDA Certified Organic. We were looking for therapeutic balms without petrochemicals, and it was not looking good.

When we tried Sacred Earth, we were really happy! Without nut oils, gluten, soy, or parabens, we thought oh, this isn't going to have the utility of the chemical containing stuff. What we found out was that Sacred Earth makes an ethical, healthy, and wonderful to use line of products that meet the needs of a wide range of clients.


The Sacred Earth Organic Massage Gel is our most versatile go-to product. In very small amounts, it is excellent for deep tissue and myofascial therapy. Just a tiny bit more works well for Swedish. Where we would use an ounce or so for a full body treatment, we only need less than half of this gel. Where we would buy two gallons of massage lotion, we only need a half gallon of the Sacred Earth Gel. The gel works well on all skin types, even those that quickly absorb lotions and cremes. Clients leave feeling that they are wearing a luxurious and organic body butter, and the gel comes out of fabrics easily.

For lighter pressure applications like light Swedish massage, the Sacred Earth Organic Massage Oil works well. The unscented oil and gel are both great with our aromatherapy essential oils, and we can tailor to the needs of each client without having a dozen blends sitting on our shelves going stale or pumped full of preservatives.

We like the Sacred Earth Warming lotion for hot stone work. The cinnamon and menthol crystals add the right amount of warming without skin irritation. We also love that we found something like other classic muscle balms that wasn't made with a petrochemical base!  With the heat of a stone, the Sacred Earth lotion only requires one application.  Less is more!

When couples come for massage lessons from one of our therapists, they take home with a free sample kit from Sacred Earth.