|Life: An Evolving Adventure||
As the year and the decade draw to a close, I thought some deep wisdom (and humor) might be in order. So, here are a few true insights from my beautiful feline friend, Misty, who is now happily frisking around in heaven after spending 20 years blessing us with her sweet self. I would love to hear your feedback on Misty's marvelous advice, and perhaps you can contribute your own tips on how to live a better life, based on your experiences with our four-footed friends. Dogs may also apply :)
I watched this video clip from the Hubble Space telescope and found it so deeply affected me. It is images of ultra deep space and there are no words to really describe how incredible it is! Please watch, comment, share.
I just have to brag a bit about my fabulous voice students (and my lone piano student) and their recent performance in the Spring recital at The Village School. The students range in age from 8 to adult, and some are new to my studio this year, while others have been studying with me for 4 years now. I am extremely proud of each one, as they gathered their courage, overcame the nerves, and sang/played beautifully. The thrill for a teacher when the student presents the culmination of all those lessons in a song is really indescribable. Part elation, part sympathy terror (because I remember all too well my first performance experiences), followed by floods of relief and pride.
There were 10 performing in the recital on Monday, May 15th, and each one shined in his/her own way. Six of the group were participating in a recital for the very first time. I am especially proud of their efforts and give them highest praise! The progress this represents over the course of months and years totally rocks! They are all stars in my book! I feel blessed and very fortunate to be giving them a musical foundation which will hopefully bring them joy throughout their lives. I love my job!
If you are concerned about the safety and healthfulness of your family's food, you are not alone. Between the risks of eating genetically modified foods (GMO) and carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals on food, it really pays to know more about how to avoid these unhealthy, potentially lethal contaminants. The 6th annual Food Revolution Summit features cutting-edge information provided in an interview format with some of the world's leading experts in this crucial area. The summit was created by John Robbins and his son and business partner, Ocean Robbins. I've written about John Robbins and his contributions via his writing here on the blog many times. He is a well-respected authority on healthy food and healthy aging.
f you'd like to check out the free offerings, look at the bios of those participating or just refresh and test your own knowledge through a couple of online quizzes, here are the links to get started. The actual summit begins April 29th, so check it out now: www.foodrevolutionsummit.org
To try out your knowledge about GMOs, try this online quiz: www.gmoquiz.com
For the food cancer quiz, here's the link: www.foodcancerquiz.com
Hello friends! I haven't posted in quite a while. Too much insanity going on in life. But, today I decided that I have to find fun, a sense of balance and some joy in life wherever it may be. The song from the musical Sound of Music which recounts favorite things as a way of distraction from fear seems an appropriate theme. So, I'm sharing some of my favorite things in a pictorial gallery. Enjoy!
These are some of my favorite things. Now, I invite you to share yours!
"Security is mostly a superstition. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." – Helen Keller
Life feels dangerous. It feels exposed and vulnerable. And even knowing that security and, for that matter, control over life events is mostly an illusion -- something we humans make up to make us feel better -- the daring adventure of life often seems more like a carnival ride gone completely haywire. How do you cope when the adventure gets a little too daring? Stop the world, I want to get off!!
The bizarre juxtaposition between outrageous, unbelievably tasteless, crass and scary political antics on the US Presidential campaign trail and devastating, horrific terrorist attacks and refugee suffering leaves the mind spinning wildly, trying to find some sense in it. There isn't any to be found. It's easy to let the tide of negativity engulf and take us under. And yet, and yet...every morning there is a sunrise and every evening a stunning, unique sunset like the one I photographed above that soothe the soul and feed the spirit. Nature always does that for me. Just when I start to completely lose my way in the crush of the craziness, God paints another incredible sunset or rainbow on the sky, and I feel reassured, comforted.
This Earth Day, I am reaffirming my commitment to protect our beautiful planet. I've been doing so since I was a teenager, reading Thoreau's Walden and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. I'm letting go of the things I can't change and concentrating on having the biggest impact possible on those things which I can influence. Fighting some of the same battles to protect dolphins and whales, manatees (and panthers and elephants and turtles and wolves and wild horses) that were being fought 30 years ago. Meeting head-on the challenges of global climate change, striving to keep fossil fuels in the ground and create a safe, economically sound alternative clean energy grid. Working against the multinational corporate greed that's plundering our precious natural resources of food and water with no accountability. Promoting organic, sustainable agriculture. Educating, blogging, speaking, doing, changing -- one step at a time. Watching more sunsets to inspire hope and knowing at the heart level, the Earth is worth every ounce of protection we can offer. After all, good planets are hard to find. This is our only home. She needs our help as never before.
This is a very unusual, touchingly beautiful video presentation, featuring the singer, Sissel, singing Auld Lang Syne with a collage of stunning winter scenery and breathtaking mountain views combined with nature videography of animals in winter settings. Beautiful prayers for the new year begin and end this lovely tribute. Wishing all a Happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2016!
Enjoy some holiday musical cheer with the Twelve Days of Christmas a la the a cappella group, Straight No Chaser from Indiana University. Very creative performance with over 18 million views. Get ready to smile!
Last December, the day after Christmas, we said goodbye to our nearly 20-year-old wise kitty, Misty. We were bereft, since she was the last of the six cats who were such a beloved part of our family through the years and she had been with us since birth. Luckily, we did not allow ourselves to be "catless" for very long, since the house was so empty we couldn't stand it. We found these two simply amazing kittens at our local Humane Society and have been enjoying their lively, energetic kitten comics ever since. In a quirk of serendipity, they were each named and had the same coloring as two of our kitties who were gone over the Rainbow Bridge. We knew immediately upon seeing them piled together sleeping in the window, that they were ours.
They are without a doubt the most intelligent, inventive, playful, athletic and adventurous cats who have ever owned us! Our breakable plates, glasses and knickknacks have taken a pretty big hit, (six glasses, four cereal bowls, two cat food dishes, and a crystal basket so far) but we are so grateful that these furry felines have chosen to be with us for their life's adventure. Below, please enjoy their romp through the cushions. They can entertain themselves endlessly with pretty much anything: paper bags, boxes, a crack in the tile floor, their tails, each other. Here's to feline fun!
This new video features Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and many others singing a heartfelt love song to our Mother Earth. Beautiful!
I am a singer, a writer, a craftswoman, a student of life and of Spirit, a wife, a friend, an inquisitive adventurer on the learning path. Seeking, sensing, sifting and now connecting! Please join the fun by leaving a comment or passing on a favorite post via your social network. As you can tell from the category list, my interests are varied and somewhat eclectic. I am seeking all that brings joy & excitement to life, purpose & passion to our daily round. I am curious about pretty much everything.