Geeky Wedding Cakes

June 24, 2011

Now, for a little comic relief, check out the geeky wedding cakes at bewelldogood.blogspot.com

 

 

I wonder how one could make these gluten-free and sugar free and food-color-free….

My favorite:

 

 

hat tip:  @juliaroy

 

 

An Anthem for Our Time

January 12, 2011

Out of Many is an anthem for our time with a hope that we can all find common ground to work together.

I co-wrote the song with Thomasina Levy and it has been recorded over the past 2 years.  An extraordinary group of musicians gave their talent and time to help this project come to life. They include David Darling, a 2010 Grammy winning cellist and Nammy winner Joseph Firecrow. We believe a song can help unite us. We are giving this song away for people to enjoy, to be inspired and to help bring our country together.

Thomasina: “Our country is at a transition point, and transitions are difficult and anxiety-provoking, perhaps this song will help make the transition easier.”

Joanie: “I hope that people will want to sing it and make it their own. Maybe it can remind us of what we truly want in our lives. I hope it makes these times easier and more full of community.”

http://www.outofmanysong.com

Facebook: OutOfManySong  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Out-of-Many-We-Are-One/129854830400933

Fear of the Future? Who me?

November 27, 2010

The wisdom of Spotted Eagle is always welcome for me. The re-post today on Steel-toedmoccasin.com is timely on Thanksgiving weekend when I, at least, am a bit confronted with family “tradition”, myths and behaviors. Jennie Marlow writes that we must admit that  “we are resisting what has already been created; there is an uncertainty we cannot accept; and this uncertainty cannot be changed or controlled. We must further admit that the one thing we are most able to change is our thinking. If we do not start here, addressing the mythology of the Mind, then what we can and should do in the present moment will be hidden from us.”

Here is what Spotted Eagle says:

The Gifts of a Willing Heart

April 30th, 2010 by jenniemarlow

“Many of you have a habit of allowing your Mind to drag you off into its fearful imaginings about the future. Notice that you are very willing to believe in the terrors you imagine even though most of them never come to pass. Notice that the more traumatic your early life was, the more you believe in a terrible future. Depending upon your personality, you will either believe that you can control the future, or believe that the future will overwhelm you. Notice that this story of what will happen is your personal mythology, based on your conditioning, your history and your beliefs. Notice that it has nothing to do with your possibilities to experience essence in the now.”

— Spotted Eagle

Shooting Star

August 13, 2010

03 Shooting Star song by Joan Spear

It’s that time of year for the Perseids meteor shower which occurs when the earth passes through the  by debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. Every 133 years the huge comet swings through the inner solar system and leaves behind a trail of dust and gravel. The debris, specks of comet-stuff hit the atmosphere at 140,000 mph and disintegrate in flashes of light. These meteors are called Perseids because they fly out of the constellation Perseus.  Late night watching is best, don’t try to focus, just let your eyes be relaxed and take in the western sky!

Via:Redorbit.com

Crystal Ball for 2010

December 31, 2009

New Year’s Eve in Times Square- millions of people all over the world watch the crystal ball drop to mark the new year. The lowering of the ball has been a tradition since 1907 barring ’42 and ’43 for wartime “dimming out”.

The first New Year’s Eve Ball, made of iron and wood and adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds.

(Above) New Year’s Eve Ball, 1978. Photo credit: The New York Times.

We’ve come a long way from what was, at the time, a brilliant and marvelous sight. The ball this year is a Waterford Crystal. “WATERFORD CRYSTAL created an exclusive “Let There Be Joy” design for the crystal triangles on the new Ball. Designed and crafted by Waterford artisans in Ireland, “Let There Be Joy” features the design of an angel with arms uplifted welcoming the New Year on each of the 1,728 new crystals.  The remaining 960 triangles are last year’s “Let There Be Light” design of a stylized radiating starburst.”

And here is the part I love: Capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million colors and billions of possible patterns, the 32,256 Philips Luxeon LEDs in this year’s Ball represent more than three times the number of LEDS used last year, to deliver a brighter and more beautiful New Year’s experience than ever before. And this year’s Ball is 10-20% more energy efficient than last year’s already energy-efficient Ball, consuming only the same amount of energy per hour as it would take to operate two traditional home ovens.

For those who are New Year’s Eve aficionados check out this youtube featuring every drop from ’78 to ’07.

Although the crystal ball does no predicting, we all are looking for JOY in every possible way. Here’s to a JOYFUL 2010.

via:  www.timessquarenyc.org (check out the photos of this year’s ball)

Thank you to KJ for her exuberance over New Year’s Eve Celebrations that she has experienced all over the world.