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Still Living at Bankside Farm

Another week, another photo prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for Friday Fictioneers. The photo this week is courtesy of Janet Webb and you can see how others have interpreted the prompt here Still Living at Bankside Farm “I did find it mum, it’s a ruin though. Look. I took a photo for you.” She smiles up at me “I’ve found your old home, it’s a ruin.” She takes the photo and stares “My room looks out over the bottom meadow, towards the mill.” I sink down beside her, taking her ...

My, How The American Right Wing Has Changed!

Republicans and their Right Wing allies worked hard and diligently to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to The Constitution Of The United States and this meant the end of slavery in America. That was a good thing. That was a moral thing and that as a truly "Christian" thing. Now, in the present century, Conservatism and Radical Religious Reichtism is working hard in many states to pass restrictive voter ID laws which may have the effect of disenfranchising the vote of many ...

Thank You All: On Being Freshly Pressed…

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” David O. McKay Thank You All: On Being Freshly Pressed... A Thank You Bouquet to all of You! Do you remember the last time you got really exciting news? Where were you and what were you doing? I think it is human nature to capture a special moment, marinade in it and then lock it away for posterity. Today ...

Central VA Trailblazers / Bear’s Den Hostel & Harper’s Ferry Trip

We went up north this past weekend to Harper’s Ferry for some sightseeing and hiking. The weather was very accommodating and we took lots of photos. Here’s a look at the hike to Raven Rock and back. It is described as strenuous due to the 1500 ft. vertical gain and the very rocky trail on the AT. I was happy to discover that wicking materials really do work in the cool weather. Listening to the wind in the trees I often ...

The Virgin Traveler (part II)

Before I continue the story I want to recap and explain a couple of things. This was my first trip ever abroad. I had not before this been off of the North American continent and it was a wonderful opportunity that afforded me a month’s holiday traveling through Europe without the shackles of tour buses, scheduled itineraries, etc. I had spent my young life up to that point (nearly 30 years ago) traveling back and forth between the US and ...

Mieliemeel Bread (Corn Bread - Pao de Milho)

Ingredients: 1 cup Mielie Meel (Polenta, grits) 4 cups flour 1 x 10g instant dry yeast (that's 1 Tbsp) 1 Tbsp sugar 1/2 Tbsp salt 50g butter 250ml milk 2 eggs 3 tablespoons vegetable oil Method: Preheat oven at 220C In a large bowl mix the the dry ingredients together and stir well. Warm the milk and butter until butter is just melted. (don't boil). Add the oil.  Allow to cool for 3 minutes. Add the eggs and beat. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to form dough. Place the dough on ...

Going South

On the last travelogue post, we were in Andernach, Germany...So Many Castles, So Little Time. After spending the day in Andernach exploring we met up  with a group of "new" friends for a lovely dinner.  The group consisted of  a Brit, a German, a Canadian, and 3 Americans.  It was great fun comparing viewpoints on so may things. The one dinner companion that spoke German told us the server wanted us to be "aware" that a large party was coming in, ...

Fun Flower Facts: Pot Marigold (Calendula)

Pot Marigold or Calendula have bright yellow or orange daisy-like blossoms and long, narrow and hairy leaves. As attractive as the flowers are, some people find the strong scent of the leaves to be offensive. Calendula is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes asters, daisies and sunflowers. Plants grow to be 1-2 ft tall. The flowering period is from June until October. Pot marigold is one of the most popular and reliable annuals around! These bright flowers can be found ...

Alberta’s Wild Rose

I love our Wild Rose! The Alberta Wild Rose grows all over Alberta from north to south and even in the mountains. Producing delicate pink blooms from May to August, this bush adds a wild elegance to woods, fields & along the roadsides. I am lucky enough to live on a farm near Edmonton, Alberta and my property comes alive each spring with the glorious Wild Rose. The following pictures were taken this past summer on my farm. I found this bee enjoying ...

Fun Flower Facts: Ixia

English: Ixia, inflorescence Ixia (IK-see-a), also known as African Corn Lily or wand flower,  is a genus of about 50 flowering plants native to South Africa that belongs to the same family as irises and  gladioli. In the wild, they can be found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands and marshes. The plant produces clusters of star-shaped flowers and attractive grass-like foliage. The lightly-fragranced flowers come in rainbow of colours, including white, cream, pink, red, purple and orange and can be ...

Mini Pineapples

From the Bromeliaceae family, Dwarf pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay and carried by the Indians up through South and Central America to Mexico and the West Indies long before the arrival of Europeans.  Christopher Columbus saw the pineapple for the first time on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493 and then again in Panama in 1502.  Caribbean Indians placed pineapples or pineapple crowns outside the entrances to their dwellings as symbols of friendship and hospitality. With a wide ...

The History of the Shamrock and St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For as long as St. Patrick’s Day has been around, the shamrock, a three leaf clover, has become Ireland’s most celebrated and iconic symbol. But how did the shamrock become the symbol for St. Patrick’s Day? Long before the commercialization of St. Patrick’s Day, the shamrock was considered a sacred plant in Christianity. Legend has it that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the fundamental concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagans. He explained that just ...

Santa’s surprise for Piglet

Firstly, a belated happy New Year to my followers and a big thank you for all your comments and support during 2012. I’ve just returned from a family Christmas and New Year in England to discover Santa and his little Elves have left me a wonderful surprise in my absence! For those who have followed Piglet’s zucchini tales of woe over the last year will understand my excitement. (Don’t worry I’m easily pleased!) In desperation and determined to have one last try I ...

Hotel Give Guests Flowers

It has been said before and we’ll say it again: Flowers make things better! They bring smiles and joy to people. They bring colour and cheer to any decor. So it’s no surprise that fresh flower arrangements can be found everywhere, from apartments to hotels to restaurants. Having fresh flower arrangements in hotels isn’t anything new. Floral arrangements can be often found near the front entrances to welcome guests to the facility, adding beauty and colour to the decor. Nonetheless, at the ...

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RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar: Legendary Sitar Maestro…

“Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature.” Pandit Ravi Shankar

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RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar: Legendary Sitar Maestro…

Pandit Ravi ShankarRaga Asa Bhairav

Pandit Ravi Shankar & Anoushka ShankarRaga Anandi Kalyan

Pandit Ravi Shankar was a gifted musician and composer whose expertise on the sitar, and powerful, evocative music, brought him international recognition and well deserved accolades. He was often called the “Godfather of World Music ” as he cut across cultural boundaries to share his music globally. His genre was classical Indian music with a contemporary feel and his performances were long, inspiring musical feats that could make the spirit soar as if in deep meditation. In fact, I was exposed to his music during my ashram living years and that was the first way I got to learn about, and fall in love, with his body of work. I found his music both captivating and meditative and would listen to his performances and interviews on my CDs and TV/Radio for hours.

Over the years, Ravi Shankar traveled around the world performing his special brand of music which as time went by, included performances with his daughter Anoushka, a talented musician in her own right. The equally talented Norah Jones is his daughter. If you’ve never heard his music, I invite you to devote some time to sit back, listen, and let the sounds wash over your body and soothe your soul. His music came into my life at an important phase in my growth and I remain grateful for the exposure.  I’ve included a few more of my favorites musical pieces from his best work; Raga Parameshwari and Mishra Bhairav, below. More below!

“In our culture we have such respect for musical instruments, they are like part of God.” Pandit Ravi Shankar

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RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar: Legendary Sitar Maestro…

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RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar: Legendary Sitar Maestro… Ravi and Anoushka in concert 2005

Pandit Ravi Shankar Raga Parameshwari

Pandit Ravi Shankar Mishra Bhairav

We often hear about how the power of great instrumental music can draw us closer to the divine… While this might not be our daily experience, Ravi’s music spoke to something ancient and steady in the soul, and if you settled into listening to any of his long performances, a calm descended and transported one to a place of quiet contemplation. As India’s most esteemed musical Ambassador, he was in huge demand and collaborated with many notables including André Previn, Zubin Mehta, Philip Glass, and George Harrison.

Throughout his career, Ravi Shankar received many awards including three Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award nomination. Right up to and beyond his last concert on November 4, 2012, he remained a shining light and phenomenon in the world of classical Indian music. Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away on December 11th and is survived by his wife, Sukanya, daughters; Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, and other family members.  He was 92. RIP Maestro and Thank You for your musical contributions to the world…

Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? Are you familiar with Ravi Shankar’s music? Do you have any favorites on your playlist? Would you recommend some to my readers? Do share! Thank you.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Daily Prompt: Mix Tape. Put together a musical playlist of songs that describe your life, including what you hope your future entails.

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!

Positive Motivation Tip: Great Music has the power to heal and bring us closer to the divine. When we are caught in a web of worries,  we can turn to the sacred sounds of our favorite instrumental music for there is comfort and blessing there.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Ravi Shankar, Ravi Shankar 2009, Ravi and Anoushka,  via Wikipedia, Flickr and/or my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

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