How Life Feels When You Blossom

–Thanks to Antonio Vivaldi– Antonio Vivaldi was born on this day in 1678. His music has put many of us into a much better state of mind. He managed to convey how life feels when you blossom. I am grateful to his birth, I am grateful to his work, and I am enjoying the blossomingContinue reading “How Life Feels When You Blossom”

Born On This Day: Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi was born on this day in 1678, in Venice. His music is exuberance, clarity and celebration, like the sun that warms the air and highlights all that is beautiful, even tickles the grumpy to an inner smile. A non-practising priest (yeah), he praised creation through his fingers. He took pride in completing hisContinue reading “Born On This Day: Antonio Vivaldi”

Wangari Maathai Day / Africa Environment Day

“For me, one of the major reasons to move beyond just the planting of trees was that I have a tendency to look at the causes of a problem. We often preoccupy ourselves with the symptoms, whereas if we went to the root cause of the problems, we would be able to overcome the problemsContinue reading “Wangari Maathai Day / Africa Environment Day”

Herb And Citrus Infused Vinegar

I use citrus peel infused vinegar at home for cleaning. I have found out that chamomile infused vinegar also makes an amazing cleaning agent. Since it is almost spring–spring is in the air, though perhaps not yet in the land–, you might find herb (or peel) infused vinegar a great tonic for this season. ItContinue reading “Herb And Citrus Infused Vinegar”

Discomfort About The Truth, Or Comfort In Truth?

Sometimes people know that they have to change their lives if they fully embrace the truth. And because a big change of routines is not on their agenda, they pretend that they didn’t hear, didn’t see, that they don’t know. So they push it out of their minds, even disconnect from the messengers. Yet changeContinue reading “Discomfort About The Truth, Or Comfort In Truth?”

Kindness Is A Love Language

It is the small gestures of kindness that arrive on time and that suit and soothe the situation that restore faith in humanity. It is the small gestures of kindness that let you know what love is. That love between people is real, palpable and alive — and a lot more than a dream orContinue reading “Kindness Is A Love Language”

Culture Makers and Cultural Unifyers: Food and Music

The most effective, and perhaps least recognized, peacemakers in our world, are food and music. If you like it even a little bit, music and food will connect you in a way that all debates will not. Food or music are the mark of a culture. Food and music keep people in a space longContinue reading “Culture Makers and Cultural Unifyers: Food and Music”

Itchy Green Fingers

$100 spent on seeds can feed a family and provide hours of bliss while you take care of your plants. Do not skimp on the earth. Get the best quality soil. The sun shines on everything. But rich, healthy, alive earth is the key for magic and goodness. I am not talking symbolically, though youContinue reading “Itchy Green Fingers”

Fulfilment Is The Sustained Habit Of Aliveness.

Guidance informs us every single day. All our dislikes and likes are part of the inner GPS that signal to us the whole spectrum from cold (“get away!”) to lukewarm (“hm?”) to hot (“why aren’t you here when all your energy is right here”?). It is us who decide to ignore those signals — our guidance. UntilContinue reading “Fulfilment Is The Sustained Habit Of Aliveness.”

Leading With Love:

Affirm Yourself Without Expectations On Others There are steps that you make out of self-love and self-respect or to reduce garbage and toxicity. Those actions may appear strict or weird to others. But you are doing them in order to maintain or create a higher level of health and to live in alignment with yourContinue reading “Leading With Love:”

Happy Birthday To Buffy Sainte-Marie.

What is not to love about this large-hearted lady in music? Long before the term “fusion” was coined, Buffy wrote and performed it. She helped Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell to become household names. Buffy Sainte-Marie was the first indigenous musician to win an Oscar — for her song “Up Where We Belong” — , the first visible indigenousContinue reading “Happy Birthday To Buffy Sainte-Marie.”

Happy Birthday To Randy Crawford.

Randy Crawford grew up with five siblings who all sang at home, at church and at events, encouraged by music loving parents. In conversation, she revealed that she inherited her exquisite voice from her mother, who wanted her daughter to have a shot at a career in music. So Randy started to sing in nightContinue reading “Happy Birthday To Randy Crawford.”

Happy Birthday to Irma Thomas.

The spunky singer and fond New Orleanian celebrates her 80th birthday today. Her contribution to music is enormous. How someone can be so magnanimous and so approachable is a mystery to me that I want to know more about. My hunch is that Irma is a deeply spiritual person. As a teenage waitress, Irma gotContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Irma Thomas.”

Develop That Gift!

Once the interest is there, the aptitude can be developed. And it feels like play. The question is not why so many don’t, because the answer is obvious; the question is how will you prioritize your interest. So many people get caught up in consumerism, addictions, habits that distract them from the pain of havingContinue reading “Develop That Gift!”