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Today's Dharma
Turning Problems into Possibilities

"The moment you notice it, take hold of that mental affliction with your attention and purposefully turn it into an aspiration. It's as though you see the mental affliction as raw material, the way a potter would view clay. You don't see clay as a problem; you see it as an opportunity to create something."

-Lama Kathy Wesley, " Your Mistakes Are Progress"

 
   
Ms Charming Presents
 
 
 
F rom The Cocktail Companion by Cheryl Charming
 
...For America, Prohibition officially started at one minute past midnight on January 17, 1920. However, it can be compared to a hurricane today in that you have plenty of warning before it hits, so large amounts of alcohol had previously been hoarded for years. When the supply ran out, alcohol was smuggled from Canada and Mexico, and bootleggers began making moonshine.  
 
It is believed that in New York City alone, there were over 100,000 speakeasies. 
 
All of this created a booming business for bootleggers, but it also created a booming business for a new dark world of organized crime called the Mafia, which spread to all the large cities with many gangs and gangsters. The Mafia made and sold "bathtub gin" to speakeasies (and to whoever wanted it) by purchasing moonshine from bootleggers, or legally through medical suppliers by infusing it with juniper berries and other herbs to get the smell and taste of pre-ban gin.  
 
They used large containers such as barrels-not bathtubs. After bottling, they would cut the moonshine with water by placing the bottles and jugs under bathtub faucets because they would not fit under a sink faucet...
 
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