Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jack LaLanne

"Anything in life is possible if you make it happen" Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne, Fitness and Nutrition Guru, passed away this past Sunday at the age of 96.
His simple message that 'If God didn't make it, People shouldn't eat it' helped to make him an American legend. There are many YouTube videos available from his exercise show. I just got into watching them.. Fun. He has a very straightforward direct approach that you've gotta love him for! Here are a few.. Enjoy!

This is my favorite!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Super Ti

This is a bottle of Tea. I am up to my old tricks again.. and happy to re-realize how wonderful this one is. The tea recipe started with one from David Wolfe -  Chuchuasi bark, Pau D'Arco, Cats Claw - those are typical, Maybe Chanca Piedra .. Everytime I get into making this tea, it changes.. I Love playing with herbs!  This batch had Slippery Elm and Nettle, some Horsetail and Damiana - a happy herb, Hey, its winter in Canada!!

You have to be careful with herbs, its true.. but years ago I spent lots and lots of time studying them and I feel like I have a pretty good feel for them. For myself I am comfortable to go between that and intuitive - in selecting, but I always check it out to make sure before using.

Its kind of like a game for me.. choose a bunch of herbs.. then go look them up (if I don't know) and sense the combined effect. I think I get pretty close. Really it's like medicine though.. so you have to be careful what you combine. I like analyzing ..but really its the intuition that I trust.

So the process is this. Mix handfuls of herbs in a big bowl (after feeling very secure about them & the combination) I kind of intuit the many handfuls and bunches of each.. but then mix them all together well in a big bowl. Then I steep a handful of the mixture in water in a big pot on the stove, its about all I use my stove for, but you dont need to .. if you've given your stove up (the way of the dinosaurs and all.. relics ; ) you can just pour hot water over them in the bowl.. Let steep. Then I fill 1 or 2 glass bottles, dependingon how much I've made, refridgerate and then use this as the 'water' part of my green smoothies.. which consists of at least half of my diet these days. I usually make enough for 4-7 days, so I dont have to make it every day, just pour from the fridge.

Oh, I put Ginger and Goji Berries in also. 

above pic: from a couple days ago.. below: from a year or so ago, like I said old trick. But a good one!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kelp Diving

As in Fore-gone days, I'm sharing my adventure with you, this time we're Kelp Diving. 
I was invited a few days ago:

Kelpo Ti!
..We must soon go way down, into the bubbles and the leafy green phantom shadows. Blue green and aquamarine!
The fulgent tidal urges tickle us with surging strands and strings and passing sea bass, and we
breathe calmly and deliberately,  preciously blissing on the pressure of our suits under the surf zone's crystal thickets.
Falls and rises in the bush create a center of neutral bouyancy. Flexible stems can erogenously wind on our legs, so resist urgent struggling and soothe smoothly through the canopy, and finally up into vertical sun Keep your flippers together and drink the light.

Race ya!
Emerald forest

Because of the shadows formed by the canopy, the lower part of the undergrowth is thin, it contains many passages and edges.Possibility of interaction between them, as well as predation outside the forest, allows the existence of more than 800 species of organisms.
Among the branches can be seen scurrying river crabs, Terpugov, sea bass, groupers and sea ruffs. Predators such as barracuda and yellowtail are patrolling the edges of thickets. In the thickets of kelp can often come across a sea lion or seal, flying like a rocket. At the bottom of the base of live patir, brittle stars, crabs and sea urchins, which feed on fallen leaves.

translated & pics from here

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Italian Light Butterflies

During the Milan International Led Light Festival, which ends on Monday, Chiara Lampugnani Design created an installation called Light Butterflies on Paolo Sarpi Street and Canonica Street. If you’re in the area this weekend, check it out.

Inspired by the Butterflies Oasis based in Palestro Street in Milan, the light butterflies by Chiara Lampugnani are an homage to the beauty of nature through the splendor and magic of light. They are a message to the city of Milan to slow down and think about the simple things in life as if through the eyes of a child.

Article from Design-Milk  

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Farmers Story - The Interconnection of Life

Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.

- Anonymous

& now, a Story..

There was a farmer who grew superior quality and award-winning corn.
Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won honour and prizes.
One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it.
The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field.
If my neighbors grow inferior, sub-standard and poor quality corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn.
If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours grow good corn."

The farmer gave a superb insight into the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbour's corn also improves.
So it is in other dimensions! Those who choose to be at harmony must help their neighbours and colleagues to be at peace,
 those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches.

And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

If we are to grow good quality corn, we must help our neighbors grow good quality corn too..

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Happy 2011 - All over the World

The new 2011 tower 'Space Needle', Seattle, USA

Zurich, Switzerland

Champs Elysees, Paris

London, England

Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Town of Narlai, India

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tokyo, Japan

Karada, India

Ahmedaban, India

Vienna, Austria

Times Square, Hong Kong, China

Tehran, Iran

Bangalore, India

Manila, Philippines

Karachi, Pakistan

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

Beirut. Lebanon

New mexico, USA

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -above and below

Port au Prince, Haiti

Davos, Switzerland

Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)

Waikiki Beach, Honalulu, Hawaii

Edinburg, Scotland

I think if you concentrate and think of extending your energy to hug the whole world, you can do it.  Happy New year to the whole World!
Each and every one of us are 1.
Peace, Joy and Love to all of us in 2011!!

Thanks to for photos!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Festive Pizza Tradition

I have gotten into a Holiday tradition.. every year when it gets close to Christmas I have been making an abundance of pizza crusts, about 8 crusts and keeping them in the fridge until its time to eat them.  It started 3 Christmases ago, I was moving to where I live now within a week before Christmas. & the guys who were helping me move were raw, or mostly, or at least into eating raw foods.. So it started with that, thinking if I have this all pre-prepared, it will be easy. & it was. Not to mention that Pizza is great moving food!  Its often tradition when moving to have lots of beer & pizza for the movers, in my case that would be Pizza and Kombucha, or as close as possible.   So that year I had Pizza crusts, Cashew Cheese and a Pizza-Marinara Sauce and the morning of moving day I only had to spread a few crusts with cheese, sauce and toppings and put them in the dehydrator just before the move. It was great.
& Then with the rush of everything else that goes on at Christmas, it was an easy Christmas Eve dinner. And the highlight.  3 years in a row now. 

This year I had a raw potluck to go to between Christmas and New Years and when my friend mentioned me making pizzas, that started it again. ..& I just realized as I finish off the last of the pizzas, that this was the 3rd year in a row. Definitely a tradition starting I think!!

Here is a pic of the pizzas boxed and getting ready to go to the pot luck. They fit in perfectly and it all went great. Maybe I should set up delivery service? ; )