Friday, September 30, 2016

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GRACEFUL GOURDS,
SEXY SQUASH

The variety of squash and gourds
at the farmers market
is a lesson in grace,
color and design.

Such a beautilful harvest.

(They're giving pumpkins
a "run for their money.")

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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 THE GRADUAL COLORS
OF AUTUMN

Days are brighter,
 cooler, quite brisk.

And the the world is 
changing color.

Fall tones and hues.
 Muted, more subtle.

Love the transition.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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THEY'RE NOT JUST PUMPKINS
ANYMORE

They are works of art!

(Orange is the new yesterday.)


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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SQUEEZING 
THE SHRUTI BOX

Well known to forms of Indian classical music,
the "shruti box" is a bellows instrument
modified after a harmonium
to provide a harmonic background drone
for a variety of traditional and new world music.

The shruti features a squeeze bellows
and movable keys to produce minor drones
to accompany various instruments.

Thom Pallozola (Thom Dawg) who performs
locally and nationally with his handmade shruti
and ukulele ('30s to modern tunes),
and pedals the bellows by foot.

Amazing musician,
and world class wood worker.

(fleabittendawgs.com)

Monday, September 26, 2016

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FAVORITE STOPS
AT "CRYSTAL FEST"

This year's Midwest Crystal Fest
was a huge success,
with "something for everyone."

. . . energy workers, metaphysical healing,
    meditation circles, yoga, scavenger hunts, 
   live music, jewelry, and amazing crystals!

     These are some of our favorite people . . .
 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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 THE ALLURE OF CRYSTALS

This is the weekend for the
2016 Midwest Crystal Fest.

Metaphysical & crystal vendors,
energy workers, crystal medicine,
readers, interpretive spiritualists,
meditation circles, live music
and perfect weather.

This festival has grown and
attracted a very serious audience.
Interesting, attractive, spiritual.

 I love alternative solutions.
(Returning today,
to learn more.)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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FEAST PUBLISHER
PUTS ON A FEAST

Feast Magazine publisher,
Catherine Neville, 
stepped into the kitchen
with Kaldi's Culinary Director,
Frank McGinty,
to prepare a one-of-a-kind 
globally inspired gourmet dinner
made with locally raised ingredients, 
while sharing anecdotes from her life
as a traveling food journalist.

It was a sensational culinary
event for 33 lucky attendees
at last night's pop-up dinner.

Yum.
 

Friday, September 23, 2016

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SUNNY LAZY DAYS
OF AUTUMN

You can see it in the
softer tones and colors,
feel it in the warm dry air,
hear it in the rustling leaves.

The gentle scenes and sounds
of autumn are here.

I love the smells.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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 ROASTING CHESTNUTS

". . . on an open fire . . ."
It seems early to hear that
unmistakable holiday lyric,
but fresh chestnuts are now in season.

And they do need to be roasted to enjoy.

If you see some at your local market,
why not give it a try?

It's easy.   Here's how . . . .

Wash some chestnuts, and dry.
Cut an X in the top of each nut
(to keep them from exploding),
place in an iron skillet or
heavy baking sheet,
and place in a hot oven (375˚)
until golden brown.
Or you can place the skillet
"on an open fire",
and move the nuts briskly around.

Let cool.
And definitely serve with a mug
of holiday punch.

Don't wait for Jack Frost to nip at your nose.

(P.S.  Today is the first day of autumn.)