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Monday, December 8, 2014

David Liebovitz Gift Guide

Including this vintage and reissued (temporarily) Le Crueset Raymond Loewy Coquelle, you will find wonderful gifts - mostly for the kitchen - one for travel and one for charity - at David Liebovitz!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Belinda Oakley, Christmas Song

Sung by Belinda Oakley
When we first heard this rendition of The Christmas Song, sung by Belinda Oakley - so beautiful and soulful - we thought we would post it closer to the 25th. Today, we needed a bit of Christmas and decided to publish it. Why delay when you can listen to this lovely song, sung by a talented artist - each and every day?
Learn more about Belinda Oakley… and see our earlier posting, here.
The Christmas Song was written by the extraordinary singer, Mel Torme and his writing partner, Bob Wells. Learn more about how the song developed at Performing Songwritier - Be Heard!

Foodie Gift!

Foodie Gifts from Food52
Looking for a "hand-crafted oyster and clam knife" or kits to make your own hot sauce or hand-made creations? Look no further - check out Food52… another blog on our reading list.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gifts that Give Back

Charitable Gifts that Give Back
This season, give a gift that gives back. Send a girl to school, provide support for veterans injured in the line of duty, support the battle to end aids, adopt an African Elephant, etc. Worthwhile gift-giving at its best!

Shop Big

From scarves to flip books to Solar System Lollipops to puzzles and more. Creative gift ideas from our reading list:
The Collossal Shop
Above, New York by Night Scarf
From Collosal:
The design team at Slow Factory created this magnificent silk scarf using a 400 millimeter image of New York City taken from space by a member of Expedition 35 aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. The glowing network of city lights creates a pattern of chaotic beauty across this flowing 52" scarf, outlining easily identifiable landmarks such as Central Park and Manhattan in stunning luminescence. 
Made in Italy with a combination of silk and modal (Modal is a processed bio-based textile made from reconstituted cellulose from beech trees.)

Slow Factory products are fair trade and made with eco-friendly ink.
Dimensions: 52" (132cm)
Weight: 6 ounces
Materials: Modal, Silk
Ships in 2-3 days
About Slow Factory
Inspired by NASA’s open data images from satellites and telescopes, Celine Semaan Vernon founded Slow Factory as a place to explore the connections between people and their world. Slow Factory believes in creating timeless essentials that last. While their sustainable products explore the cosmos, they're designed and produced with the health of this planet in mind.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas from Fine Dining Lovers! As we find lists of holiday gifts from our reading list websites, we'll post them here and lead you to there. Fine Dining Lovers posted a gift list for those of us who enjoy cooking and great food. From knife sharpening cutting boards, to Pantone coffee pots, to beautiful Japanese cookware… just follow the link!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mirabai Devi

From Buddha at the Gas Pump
Our category, "Conscoiusness", is an important part of our site. Without tuning into our silent presence, we cannot find inspiration. Inspiration comes through us - not only from our own inner resources, but also from Source. Form blends with Self and out of this mix, artisty, innovation, invention appear.
For more than a year, I've watched video interviews by Rick Archer on his site, Buddha at the Gas Pump.  Each interview is a gem of intelligence and information. Recently, I was introduced to Mirabai Devi at BATGAP... Please visit Mr. Archer's site and enjoy this and so many more interviews.
Mirabai Devi is an international spiritual teacher, facilitator for healer, author, and the founder of the Mirabai Devi Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to her mission of raising world consciousness through the awakening and healing of humanity.Mirabai Devi is a new paradigm spiritual teacher. Her teachings emphasize the importance of spiritual practice for self-realization, combined with a commitment to personal growth. She recognizes the importance of people working through their patterns and issues by means of self-reflection with the aim of becoming impeccable. As a conduit for the Divine Feminine, Mirabai’s approach is receptive and inclusive, rather than dogmatic. She favors interaction, rather than hierarchy.

What Wednesday Holds

Trays, so elegantly simple - and with handles tucked beneath - awaiting human touch and use.
Vases, composed of visually stunning elements with no need for flowers.
More vases - sculpturally resembling mushroom caps, needing no adornment. Inserting a small fern might add a touch of something extra.
Layered containers of wood may be topped with greenery or presented as they are.
For your visual pleasure, four functional objects of fine design. Enjoy!

Maple trays by Urbancase

Matthew Chamber's concentric, layered ceramic sculptures
as seen on Colossal

SCAPE vase collection as seen on Contemporist

Haldane Martin's Tuber Planters as seen on Contemporist

Friday, November 7, 2014

All Food Friday

I sit at my desk, satiated from having eaten a Salami, Manchego and Arugula Baguette Sandwich from Proof Bakery in Atwater Village. (I can still taste all the fresh ingredients and feel the gentle crunch of the bread.) Wondering what I would post today, I performed a search, thinking I might include a cornucopia of topics. Then, I thought, "Baguette Sandwich", "Manchego", "Salami" - how about an all food day? Lightbulb moment!
So, that's where my lunch took me.
Saveur Magazine has now posted their awards for BEST FOOD BLOGS 2014 and below we include three of the winners.
First up, Pen + Palate - Best Writing. Post title, Conspicuous Consumption, October 2, 2014
Next, I Am a Food Blog - Blog of the Year. Post title, Pumpkin Ricotta Pancake Recipe
Finally, Hortus - Vegetarian Cooking from an Italian Garden, Best New Blog. Post title, Chocolate and Pear Ricotta Cheesecake.
Be sure to go to Saveur - to find out about all the other 2014 winners! Bon Appetite!
Pen + Palate - A Culinary Journal

I Am A Food Blog - Celebrating the Awesomeness of Food

Hortus - Vegetarian Cooking from an Italian Garden
Photo: Valentina Sofrini

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Paramahansa Yogananda, came to the west in the middle of last century, bringing with him methods of Yoga, meditation and enlightenment. In this new documentary, we learn about the man and his spiritual journey, his philosophy and teachings.
His book, Autogiography of a Yogi, was the only book, Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, placed in his iPad! His was a living movement that continues into this very day.
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