I feel like my 20-something year old, music-obsessed fan self again. Can't get enough Arcade Fire. Now, the other three albums rock, no lie--each one is fabulous. And as this fourth came out, I wondered if they could keep it up? Yowzah, they can. Whoop! They shine live so here's a taste:
The thing that just gets me over and over is how versatile each member of the band is--how many instruments they play, their rolls in writing, recording and producing music, their vast array of odd past training that makes them who they are. You have all "sorts" of student artists among them (film, contemporary dance, orchestra, literature, religion), and they end up a great indie rock band. There's amazing fusion in their work. I think synthesis is one of my greatest joys in the arts (and really anything) so when Regine pulls out a hurdy gurdy I just get excited. When the bassist becomes the drummer or a violinist switches to keyboards, I get excited.
Their video for Reflektor (the title track) is pretty interesting given all those thoughtful lyrics.
And they've been doing SNL appearances too.
If you haven't had the pleasure of the former work, check out some of their live shows:
I found out Oct 30th that I'd have to drastically change my diet if I wanted to deal with a host of problems that seem to pop up. Psoriasis was my main reason for seeing my naturopath, but I do still get heartburn and other issues here and there. Because those digestive things pale in comparison with a former ulcer and diseased gall bladder, I never thought much of them. It's like when I was told I needed stitches for a cut on my knee that I considered a "scratch" (since compared to child birthing, it didn't do much to me).
So I'm sensitive to wheat/gluten, dairy and tomatoes. There goes a lot of the foods I traditionally enjoy and eat (which could explain becoming sensitive to them as allergies go). For ten days, I have avoided them faithfully. Tonight I unwittingly wound up with some since we ate out (and you just can't trust people to make sure unless you deal with managers/owners and threaten 911, ha!). My otherwise-safe salmon was marinated in a tomato-pepper vinaigrette which I didn't realize until the end of my meal.
So, my entire abdomen is swollen, my nasal stuff is swollen and I can now tell I'm reacting to something. I've been feeling so good for the last ten days or so that I now have something decent to compare the reactions to. Wow. I feel horrible, and I wouldn't have noticed this before now.
I'm also avoiding all sugars, carbs and even fruit for the month to get my candida under control. I'm pretty sure that balsamic vinaigrette had some sugar (even though it was homemade). I did ask the waitress, but I'm starting to feel like you have to be such a proactive advocate for your health EVERYWHERE that it's almost easier to bring your own stuff to restaurants or just not eat out.
Avoiding these foods means I have to be very intentional and creative about my meals. But it also means I'm getting great nutrition, like it or not, and that I'm beyond those cravings I used to get. It's quite wonderful. I really do just eat a meal and move on--I feel full until I actually need to replenish. I don't have the lulls, needs, snacks etc. So I actually don't plan to reintroduce the sensitive foods one by one anytime soon.
I also wonder if gluten is partly to blame tonight since they make so many pizzas in the restaurant we went to? My wheat sensitivity is likely the strongest given its connection to autoimmune disorders like my psoriasis. Seven in ten people are gluten sensitive at least and have no idea. Only severe celiac folks really know and come to grips usually since the testing has been poor. When I was tested a year or two ago, you had to be in a state where your villi are so beaten down and essentially gone for it to show up. More recently, they're working on tests now that show sensitivities earlier on so we can potentially avoid that level of danger and illness. Naturopaths have their own tests, though, if you trust them (which I do given research I've already seen long ahead about their methods--otherwise, I probably would've thought mine was doing quackery).
There is a great book on food allergies called "The Virgin Diet" by JJ Virgin. Of course you have to have "diet" in the content to sell books, but her book and other body of work are great for isolating where offending foods are hidden and then possible substitutions for things you like and would miss by eliminating typical allergens. My friend, Lindsay Wilson, does a 21-day program of elimination to help people's health in general. Wheat Belly is another great book (that I've already mentioned here) on the subject of gluten. Dr. Tom O'Bryan is doing a free Gluten Summit this next week where he interviews the top doctors and researchers on the topic.
There is a North Georgia Heirloom Squash that seems to have no name that our CSA gave us. It's somewhere between a butternut squash and pumpkin. I roasted in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and maple syrup. Then I added a wild rice mixture that incorporated a lot of other CSA offerings, too much of the oil (tee hee) and a few grocery-gotten items. From our CSA: parsnips, red bell pepper, various eggplants, shitake mushrooms Grocery store: sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, pecans (which I soaked and roasted prior).
If you are feeling a little uninspired about incorporating more art into life with young kids, Jean Van't Hul has a great resource available (aside from her already wonderful blog www.theartfulparent.com): The Artful Parent.
I have earmarked the heck out of that book, and we've hardly gotten started. Her ideas aren't absolutely crazy-out-there, but they are things we just don't think of on a regular basis. I really like that she also addressed how to talk about kids' art with them and how to display their work. I made a pretty long list of either the projects or materials she referenced that we'd like to incorporate. Her book also made me feel affirmed in terms of some of the things we are already trying to include.
We also have three of her four e-books that are seasonable. Summer is the only one we haven't downloaded. The other three have fabulous ideas. I was encouraged to see that the physical book is definitely far from a repeat of either her site in general or the ebooks. I'm sure there is some common information, but it was still worth it to me to have purchased the book as well as those ebooks before.
I also recently took time to reread Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. The contents are ever like a balm to our days. I've considered buying several copies to just have on hand for gifts as friends and families have sweet babies or even when those great conversations that reference the book and where I feel like I can't say or explain enough as well as his book does.
One of these days, I'll get around to his new book on Whole Child Sports. I had the good fortune of being part of his Soul of Discipline course online (for 0-9 years). As a parent and teacher, I'll likely do his course for older kids too. I'm contemplating in the long run trying to do the group leader training for Simplicity Parenting and starting a little group around here. I think we all need this kind of encouragement. The idea of simplifying resonates so much in our complicated world anyway, and I'm sure Eric and I aren't the only parents who are concerned for our children's systems and hyper paces.
We decided on our main gift for the girls: play stands. There are many ways to use them--it's a truly open-ended "toy" that doesn't have to even be stored in its full form. I've wanted to get these for a long time. I think some grandparents might get a silk for the top.
Finances are often a taboo topic in our culture, and I
decided that since I’m not comfortable with money per se that I ought to spend
some time with it educationally and intellectually to get stronger bearings on
my own relationship to it. Confronting
fears is healthy.
I’ve mentioned in a previous entry that a conscious economy
(Ben Hewitt’s term) will replace the unconscious myth of separateness. Our current systems are doomed to fail. Continuous growth is no longer sustainable on
our planet. 90% of what we make we throwaway (except there is no “away”…). We
have serious survival reasons to adapt more sustainable practices, communities
and mindsets. We must evolve or cease
and desist, as it were.
Saved: How I Quit Worrying about Money and Became theRichest Guy in the World (Ben Hewitt) is a book that interests me greatly. Ben Hewitt is a writer that I keep up with books and blog-wise,
and he has a straight-forward manner of addressing issues like food
safety/autonomy, local movements, sustainable living, authentic living
etc. I keep looking for that silver
bullet idea in the book, that insight that would change everything. I don’t think there is one even though the
gist is that we need to shift to a conscious economy since our current system
poisons us and the Earth. The book does
examine the lifestyle of someone living off of what we can’t imagine and living
what he considers a rich life. But he’s
detached from what most of us are still plugged into. (Next I’d like to read Sacred Economics:Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition.)
We need to have real value to offer the world regardless of
inspired motives for change. Generally, our
lives become compromises of ideals to live whichever we deem authentic or full. The main guy, Erik, depends on the generosity
of many people. There’s nothing wrong
with interdependence (since he obviously inspires and gives of himself in many
ways), but many of the people assisting him in his detached life earn money
from within our current system. So no
one is truly detached. The cast-offs
that he finds in dumpsters were also made in this system. So while Hewitt and his subject offer a
wildly different perspective and way of living, I can’t imagine it working for
EVERYONE. If everyone unplugged, there
wouldn’t be sources to pad those tough choices (with autonomy still in place)--no
wasted resources to find in dumpsters, no cars to borrow and what-not.
a book that is supposed to give insight into generating more
wealth. There is an unflinching idea
that while he regrets the gap between the haves and have-nots, it’s due to an
unenlightened, crowd-following, misinformed flock. I have some news for him: if the flock were
hip to his jive, he wouldn’t have the microphone (or any song for that matter). Corporate maneuvers and “smarter” financial choices
and loopholes still work out to cost people somewhere. Perhaps those externalized costs don’t keep
him up at night, but I’m afraid my conscience does not escape them. To be sure, only a few can
be rich the way he advocates being rich—letting money work for you, being
smarter not working harder, being the great employer rather than the employee. Resources on our earth and people’s lives
(via our time and efforts) are very real even if what our currency represents
is _not_ given the eradication of the Gold Standard.
And yet I banter with myself. So often I feel connected to negative thoughts and judgments. I'm not sure I'll effect the world for good Marching AGAINST Monsanto and launching campaigns with the Badass Teacher's Association (both of which I'm generally a part). Those types of group (and the type of thinking that disregards our current financial system) are in essence negative or reactive. We educate the public in many instances; but once we/others have some education, what do we do with all that rancor?
What I did take away, still, was that mindsets about assets
and liabilities vary for middle class and wealthy folks. That was an interesting notion to ponder, and
ponder it I will. I don’t regret wanting
to be more savvy with money. Wanting to
be in the proper flow of wealth gives much to many; and as Wayne Dyer says,
“you will never be sick enough to heal the sick.” Essentially guilt does not help people out of
predicaments. But innovation, ah, the
creative spirit: humans are amazing this way!
I’d like to go on record to say that I can’t imagine
concrete socialism either. Given our
current state of evolution, such ventures seem bound to fail. But what if humans are changing? What if we do manage to save our skins and
really have a go at sustainable communities?
Perhaps we will emerge different.
What if people really tapped into their deepest Source and united?
Another thing worth noting is the importance of sales/marketing whatever special thing you have to offer. Too often we feel this is beneath us, but Kiyosaki points out that it's necessary to reach more people. I also took away the idea that your own learning and growth
are ultimately more important than (a false sense, really, of) security. That’s pretty powerful, regardless of our
views about systems, finance and the world’s progress. To keep learning in a huge variety of areas is essential for his view of success.
Good reads even if I was still left without a more concrete
“solution” from either book.
I want to mention a resource as much as to talk about one of the books I've finished recently. Originally, I thought about just putting my normal book reflections here; but the ideas are woven with others that are highly valuable.
The Child Whisperer is a fantastic book about raising kids and looks deeply at four energy types and how they think (at various ages) with lots of examples. I THINK I have it down to Zoë being a 4 (not sure about secondary) and Eleni as a 3 (secondary 2). I need to study their faces more because the energy types are traceable in our features even. (Here are videos that help with that.) There was a lot of discussion in this book about how to support our kids true to their type and needs. It made me think a lot about various expectations we have that might or might not be necessary but because we were raised this way we assume it's good for all kids etc. It's interesting. Lots to ponder.
First, I should talk about who Carol Tuttle is. She is an energy healer and a spiritual teacher. In her grounding beliefs, we see a lot of familiarity since she's a Christian and is very interested in serving God. I think she's a perfect bridge for a lot of people who worry about dabbling in the uncomfortable. I first heard of her because of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or "Tapping," as it is called) which is a wonderful way to sort of hit the resent button on your nervous system (very helpful as regards stress). (There are many sources for EFT, but The Tapping Solution stuff by Nick Ortner is where I started. He holds a tapping summit each year where you can hear talks and practice tapping for free.) Then I realized she had her own very comprehensive body of work.
She offers quite a lot free online--I did the Energy Profiling tutorial stuff for free and found where I fit very easily. It's harder for me to nail where my girls fit, but I'm getting a clearer picture these days. The energy typing is different from personality types etc. It's about the type of movement you have/express more than personal quirks so much. (I'm a Type 2, by the way.) Her book on the subject is called It's Just My Nature.
Then I explored her Dressing Your Truth work which has free components too. It might be odd that I took any plunges there and actually spent money since I can be low on the frill factor this way, but I did. I did the tutorials there and have guides/info. I'm sorry to say I haven't read that accompanying book (yet) and did pass it on. One day I'll probably revise things that way. This program is so very freeing--to understand beauty as part of your natural expression rather than trying to fit with all the fads, fashions and body imaging world. I'm not sure if this is true for me, but many of the women I see who dress according to their energy types look much younger.
It feels so much easier to put together my outfits for work, and that has all become a lot of fun for me. (I confess that I'm lazy about it at home.) She has club nights that are recorded each month so we get to learn new stuff as we go along. There is all kinds of support--even down to hairstyles and accessories that seem to jive with types. The Carol Blog is a good resource for a lot of her material and different areas too.
They have other programs too, but these are the ones I am familiar with. Her reach and that of her team is pretty prolific, and I think she is so successful because so much of what she teaches is necessary these days. So many of us are very wounded and out of balance. I'm curious to read her earlier book Remembering Wholeness. I'll get to that one probably next.