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Reflecting on who I am...what is important to me...and the gifts I offer the world, I have reorganized this PhotoSchmoozer blog into separate pages for your viewing. I am about so much...people - relationships - drums and rhythms and especially photography...and I realize that although separate, they are all so INTEGRATED into the Whole of who I am!! It's a very peaceful thought and I am thankful for the intuitive gift to see the connections and the relationships. Enjoy the journey through the blog...and WELCOME. Contemplative photography is about being totally present and seeing exactly what is before you, without filters or judgment. It is about seeing with your heart.Doesn't everyone see what is before them? Not really. You may see a candle on a table. Do you also see the shadows it creates? Or the reflections that the light casts on it? Or it's underlying shape and form?
Totally outstanding. I can't say it enough. It's coming to the point that it is a challenge to go out to find a restaurant that can offer meals like we can make at home!! They aren't necessarily gourmet with fancy sauces, but then again, we don't like that anyhow. They are good food - food that is in season - food that tastes good - and food that we like! What more could be ask for. Today I met my friend Lois at the Whole Foods in Princeton. It is one of our favorite meeting places - Whole Foods either here or in Marlton. We ate such a totally healthy lunch - black quinoa and cabbage; brown rice and French lentils; other veggies and some fruit for Lois. Then we began to wander and explore and today we found treasures!! We have been exploring how it feels when we eat wheat and the gluten too that comes as a part of the product. Then we decided to go exploring to find out what we could discover that is gluten free. They are getting more products all of the time. One that I especially discovered was gluten free pizza crust mix by Namaste. One package made two pizzas of at least 14". There was only one package left, so you know how I feel about synchronicity - it was meant to be for me. I bought roasted tomatoes and knew everything else was at home. We added aspargus, goat cheese and mushrooms to accompany the crust. We thought that the crust tasted rather like mochi - not coincidental when you see that the first ingredient in the crust is brown rice flour. Followed the directions except that our pizza pan was only 12" and the directions said no smaller than 14" so we decided to make it rectangular. Made it we did and enjoyed it so much! Have to continue going there and just exploring to find the products that have the potential to make our lives really terrific!! Sharing a picture of the pizza and we stil have half left for tomorrow!!!
Bill and I are making drums - they are beautiful and sound terrific!!We will consider selling some of them, so contact us and let's talk!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Baby Drums: They are For Sale!!!
These are for the little ones - sit on the floor and play-alone or with someone else. Find your rhythm and have FUN!!
What fun to make Homemade Drums!
In September, 2010, I attended the Remo drum company's HealthRHYTHMS training. It was a fantastic 2 1/2 day event - learning about hand drumming and drum circles and the variety of ways that these activities are beneficial to people. Dr. Barry Bittman shared some of the exciting research that he has done that provides evidence of the benefits to participants - team building, stress reduction, FUN, spirit, communication and... Christine Stevens was our co-facilitator - an open free spirit who guided us in drum circle facilitation and then Alyssa Janney shared all of the ins and outs of the business/marketing piece for Certified HealthRHYHTMS facilitators. That I am after the training and fun...and meaningful it is. Call me to talk about scheduling a training event or a series for your friends, co-workers or community: 856-256-8380. At the training, I talked with Roy and he shared how he had made drums (so had Julie...and a few others) They sent us info about sonotubes and how to make drums. The rest has been persistent exploration from my curious husband (with my helping hands) and then my sense of fun in decorating them!! People are beginning to ask to buy them. Why not?!?
This one makes me think of Spring and all of the flowers that bloom in our garden.
Love the colors of this fish drum!!
Subtle yet Expressive
Different colors for African fabric - subtle but beautiful!
This fabric came from Africa. A guy travels there and brings it back to Sam's Fabric Outlet in the Berlin,NJ Farmer's market
Bright and Bountiful
The colors on this drum are so vivid! I am definitely attracted to BRIGHT!!
Beaded Hippie Drum
This one is Anne Marie's favorite. She calls it the Hippie Drum with the batik fabric and the beads.
Out of Africa
Another of the fabrics that have come to Sam's from Africa. I love the vibrancy of the colors I use on the drums!!
Fiery Red Flames
I love the vibrancy of this drum - looks like flamesand the buttons just pop out to add just a bit more color!!
Why This?? Why Now??
Welcome Each Day With a Sense of Purpose!! I have been reading several interesting books on Aging: lessons from other cultures - The Blue Zone and Healthy at 100 by John Robbins. Each tells how important it is to wake up each day with a sense of purpose. When I saw this at the Rt. 13 Flea Market in DE recently, I knew this was a SYNCHRONICITY and a message to share with my friends all over the world! Take it to heart and ENJOY!!
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