I spent four days in Minneapolis with the Midwest Buddhist Association and took along a new guitar. This is Mary Rose, a handmade OO-size guitar handmade by Fabrizio Alberico. The guitar is soulfull and sweet both; I have rarely played a more mellow, expressive instrument. Her smaller body shape makes for comfortable playing, without reducing the volume. Click here for more photos.
Mary Rose has no pearl, no bling, or flash; all the appointments are wood, which allows the craftsmanship and a simple, natural beauty shine forth. A true Dharma-instrument!
Fabrizio Alberico and Mary Rose. (Louis, the monastery Giraffe approves!)
On Sunday, October 17, 2010, the speakers at the Vegsource.com Healthy Lifestyle Expo met on a Q&A panel to close out the weekend. Distinguished colleagues, to be sure! What a thrill to share the podium with some of my personal heroes: (From left) Dr. John McDougall, myself, Dr. Jeff Novick, Dr. Matt Lederman, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. and John Robbins! Rip Esselstyn and Dr. Joel Fuhrman left before the panel. These men tell the truth about diet and health; further, they embody their principles - - they look healthy! Stay tuned to Vegsource.com for video clips of the proceedings as they are edited and posted.
(From left: Jeff Nelson, Sabrina Nelson, myself, Dr. Jeff Novick.)
Ms Gwhyneth Chen gave a stellar piano performance yesterday in Ukiah, California, for 400 people at the Ukiah Community Concert Series. The program of Chopin, Strauss, and Bizet brought the audience to their feet over and over. For more information on Ms Chen, who blends her spiritual practice with her musical discipline, visit her website.
Over at the Fooducate blog they've posted a shocking behind-the-scenes article and photo of what you're eating when you consume processed meat-based food products, such as hotdogs, bologna, chicken nuggets, pepperoni, salami, jerky, and spam. I like their title: Guess What’s in The Picture [Foodlike Substance].
And I'm guessing you didn't recognize it as chicken meat. That's right, there is now a mechanized way to get ALL the meat of a chicken carcass, called "Advanced Meat Recovery."
Mmmmm! I'll bet you're licking your lips for a taste of that pink, fluffy, pasty, sof-serve creation, tell me I'm wrong! Well if you eat processed meat, the kind you buy in plastic bags at the drug store, or Walmart, the foodlike substances available at drive-ins and amusement parks, chances are you've downed pounds of the stuff. How many folks turn up their noses at white, wiggly tofu, but swallow this frankenfood as nuggets and pepperoni?
It's a free country, and our diet choices are making us the fattest (60% of Americans are now overweight) and the sickest nation on earth. But we have machines that turn chicken bones to paste so that we don't waste any of the meat that we could turn into profits buy adding it to stuff that we Americans buy for flavor.