Published February 28, 2017
books , culture
Tags: books, children, culture
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Lydia Monks
Once upon a farm lived a ladybird,
And these are the things that she saw and heard:
The cow in her shed, the horse in his stall,
The cats who purred on the garden wall,
The barn full of straw, the field full of sheep,
The kennel where the dog lay fast asleep,
The fish in the pond, the drake and the duck,
The hive of bees and the heap of muck,
The hog in his sty, the goose in her pen,
And the coop which was home to the fat red hen.
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The best way to get what we want from life is to first know what we want. If we haven’t taken the time to really understand and identify what would truly make us happy, we won’t be able to ask for it from those around us or from the universe. We may not even be able to recognize it once it arrives. Once we are clear about what we want, we can communicate it to those around us. When we can be honest about who we are and what we want, there is no need to demand, be rude or aggressive, or manipulate others that are involved in helping us get what we want. Instead, we know that we are transmitting a signal on the right frequency to bring all that we desire into our experience.
As the world evolves, humanity is learning to work from the heart. We may have been taught that the way to get what we want is to follow certain rules, play particular games, or even engage in acts that use less than our highest integrity. The only rules we need to apply are those of intention and connection. In terms of energy, we can see that it takes a lot of energy to keep up a false front or act in a way that is counter to our true nature, but much less energy is expended when we can just be and enjoy connections that energize us in return. Then our energy can be directed toward living the life we want right now.
Society has certain expectations of behavior and the roles each of us should play, but as spiritual beings we are not bound by these superficial structures unless we choose to accept them. Instead, we can listen to our hearts and follow what we know to be true and meaningful for us. In doing so, we will find others who have chosen the same path. It can be easy to get caught up in following goals that appear to be what we want, but when we pursue the underlying value, we are certain to stay on our right path and continue to feed our soul.
Published February 24, 2017
food , health , life
Tags: food, health, life, recipes, vegetarian
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
1 tsp Nando’s Peri-peri Rub
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
2 carrots, cut into chunks
1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
200g dried red lentils
1 vegetable stock pot
400g can chopped tomatoes
400g can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 spring onions, chopped
Several coriander leaves
1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and fry for a few minutes. Stir in the peri-peri rub, cumin and paprika. Add the carrots, pepper, celery and garlic, and cook for 2 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, put the lentils into another pan and cover with boiling salted water. Simmer for 15 minutes until tender.
3. Combine the stock pot with 600ml boiling water and pour over the vegetables. Add the tomatoes and black beans and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Drain the lentils and add to the vegetables for the final 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with spring onions and coriander leaves.
Published February 23, 2017
art , culture , history , learning , movies , music
Tags: art, classical, creativity, culture, history, learning, movies, music, soundtracks
With the bestselling success of the Titanic soundtrack, film music has never been more popular. Michael Scott Rohan hails an end to snobbery about film scores.
Two bands played on while Titanic sank – one on the ship, the other on the soundtrack. It’s this second band which really drives home the drama. Alfred Hitchcock once described an innocuous scene of people chatting in a sunny room – and its total transformation when the audience discovered there was a corpse behind the door. Music can subtly subvert that innocent atmosphere even before the audience knows anything – ‘reaching out’, as Bernard Herrmann once said, ‘and enveloping all into one single experience’.
This is no mean art to command; and yet over the last half-century the musical establishment has constantly undervalued film scoring. As recently as the late 1960s an otherwise go-ahead young music lecturer informed me that the Sinfonia Antarctica couldn’t be a real symphony because it was just ‘cobbled-together film music’. Where did this kind of blindness come from? In considering the answer we can restore credit to some, at least, of cinema’s underrated musical giants.
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