Wednesday, December 17, 2008
My sister-in-law came up with the idea of 'The gift of time'. This year our family will pick a name out of a hat and spend time with that person. The time spent can be: going out to lunch, going to a movie, taking a hike, playing frisbee, volunteering in a soup kitchen, etc. What a great idea! Oh, and it must be no more than $25.00. Great idea, Mary!
When wrapping the gift that you do buy, remember to use recycled paper and ribbon. Another wrapping idea is using scarves. The Japanese have been using cloth as wrapping paper for centuries. Great idea!
May you all have a very Happy, Healthy and Positive Holiday!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This growing field of exploration is finding incredible research about the link between mental and physical health related to our attitudes about what we thank about. The old saying, 'Your attitude determines your altitude is now being scientificaly proven!
It is more important now than any other time in history to use our mental control and focus on the positive. Turn off the TV, radio or computer. Listen to the birds, feel the warm sunshine on your face, enjoy the autumn leaves. There is so much goodness in the world. Enjoy it! Amplify it!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I urge you to transmit positive news about your day to your friends and family. Everyday. Recall amusing and pleasant things you have experienced during the day. Let the unpleasant things lie dormant, don't add to that energy, unless you want more of it. Bring home sunlight everyday to your family. Look to see how you feel after a week on focusing on the positive. Let me know what happens!
This article was paraphrased from the book 'The Magic of Thinking Big', by David J. Schwartz. Chapter -'Make Your Attitudes Your Allies' pg.175
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Traditional Greek meals were prepared for all of us and the families friends which totaled about 40-50 people every night! Most of the villagers couldn't speak English and we all tried our best to speak a little Greek, but we could all feel the genuine connection between us. I can still picture in my mind little tan older faces with big smiles and missing teeth. But the love, the warm kindness was conveyed in such a pureness of heart, that I can't forget it.
Monday, August 18, 2008
"Yes" is a popular and widespread expression of joyful aggreement and hearty acceptance. Try saying "yes" through the present moment to the ever-changing, mysterious flow of life. Breathe mindfully for about a minute. Set your intention. For example:"May this practice give me happiness and energy." Notice and gently name the different experiences as they arise in this moment. As you name each one, simply add "Yes". For example, "Worried thoughts - yes." Ache in your back - yes". Gently whisper "yes" without intellectualizing or resisting. What do you notice?
All thoughts, emotions, and actions can become something beautiful when you are truly present and open to the possibilities available in the present moment. Through mindfulness, intention, and acting wholeheartedly, you can enjoy the love in your life in ways deeper and richer than you may ever have imagined.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
After Nate and I left Ghiradelli Square we turned down Van Ness Avenue going south. I said. "Naty, do you want to go down the crookedest street in the world?!" And of course what do you think a seven year old boy would say, "Yeahh, that would be cool!". "Alright, lets go!", I said as I turned upward onto Lombard Street. We both admired all the beautiful homes as we ascended, finally getting to the top of the hill. The view was crystal clear and we could see Mt. Diablo. The grid pattern of the San Francisco landscape rolled out below us like a tapestry. Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge and little neighborhoods were all in perfect alignment. Lombard Street had the blooming hydrangas in full force- light blues, pinks and purple bubble-like gum flowers. Nate was awed by this experience, he even commented on the pretty houses lining the street. He wanted to park and get out to walk the street. I explained that no one is allowed to stop on the crookest street in the world. When we got to the bottom Nate wanted to do it again, but I said we need to go to Chinatown to get some fish and vegetables.
We went directly to Montgomery Street into the heart of the real Chinatown. Not many tourists in this area. As we were driving there we passed alot of appartments that had clothes strung on ropes between houses just like a scene from Italy. "Auntie Kristi, look, theres somebodys' underwear", my little Nephew observed. And they were the biggest men's briefs I'd ever seen. We ended up parking at the top of a hill, I had to remember how to turn the tires into the curb correctly. Nate and I made our way through the heavy street population into the produce market. Since there is little sense of personal space we were upclose with the ladies haggeling over vegetables. It was somewhat easy keeping an eye on blond haired Nate. I gave him the lechee nuts, basil and lemon grass to carry as we made our way to the fish market. The first fish market we went into had crates of l big live snapping turtles, frogs and aquariums loaded with fish. The fish monger was yelling at a customer, it was hot and congested, so we left and went to the next fish store two doors down. The second store was much more pleasant, clean, air conditioned and calm. The fish in the tanks looked clean. Nate was amazed at all the tanks bubbling about. He loved the catfish in particular. I pointed to two striped bass I thought looked good. The fish man got his net and scooped them out, put them on the floor for my approval where Nate was standing. Then with my nod he grabbed the wooden club and wacked the fish on the head. Hopefully it was quick and painless for for our little friends. Nate was speechless. I personally think it is good for people to know where thier food comes from and some of the processes involved. Our over-sanititized American culture misses this point. The fish monger put the fish on the wooden chopping block and cleaned them. Nate had never wittnesed such an event so closely. He was impressed with all the fish guts at the back of the board. I've never known him to be so quiet for so long. We talked about this all the way home to the Bay Area hills. We ended up grilling the bass the next day at our Thai meal feast. When we asked Nate if he liked the fish, he said,"No, not really". Oh well, the experience was worth it.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
The Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base is a project close to Cassinelli's heart. She is a native of Monterey County (Soledad). Through the program , the Marines recieve full and queen-size bed coverings. "It makes their rooms look more like home, and it's just comforting to them to know that people are thinking about them and sending them large quilts to put on their beds", said Cassinelli. "Its great for their moral".
We are definately thinking of our Marines, our Heros and everyone else who help keep our country safe. Happy Fourth of July!!!
This positive news was adapted from the San Francisco Chronicle article written by Shelah Moody on June 29, 2008. For more information about the Community Quilts program, visit www.santarosaquiltguild.org.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Nate and I high tailed it straight to the chocolate factory. We looked at the vibrant picture menu of twenty different ice cream combinations. "Where is the Black n' Tan", I asked the cashier. She had never heard of it. "Its not on the menu, but you can have caramel sauce with the hot fudge sauce as well", she replied. We took one of those and Nate ordered the same with milk chocolate fudge sauce(another new twist to my suprise). We settled ourselves in front of the factory part of the restaurant and watched the giant wheels turning around to crush the cocao nibs on the granite stone. Our hot fudge sundaes'(Black n'Tans) arrived and they were more beautiful than I remembered from twenty years ago. Nate and I ate as much as we could, exactly half for each of us. We were in ice cream heaven. Then we proceeded to China Town, the authenic, locals only part of Stockon Street. That is another story to be continued in two weeks . . .
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Natural Gas Cars you can Recharge at Home
Electric and Hybrid Vechicles by Toyota and Honda
Greening up your home and businesses
Organic food(and samples) in the Great Green Market place
Celebrities: Ed Begley, Jr. and Will Durst
Drawings to win: $2,600 to win a Street Legal Electric Scooter from GreenEMotor
And much, much, more . . . Go to http://www.greenfairsiliconvalley.com/ for more information
Friday, May 2, 2008
A woman by the name of Nataha Boissier founded the nonprofit organization, North Berkeley Harvest, that gathers unwanted fruits, vegetables, herbs (produce) from peoples homes and donates it to Bay Area schools and soup kitchens. What a great idea!
If you would like to volunteer your time or produce and to learn more about this organization go to the website email@example.com or by phone 510/812-3369.
A similiar organization in the South Bay, Santa Clara County, is called Village Harvest. They are at http://www.villageharvest.org/ or by phone at 888/378-4841.
Happy Picking and Giving