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My Favorite Things – All That Jazz

In my next life I think I’ll be coming back as a jazz violist (and cartoonist, of course!)   I suppose I could dedicate myself to learning how to improvise on the viola in THIS lifetime; truth be told, by the time I’m finished with my music gigs for the day, I tend to want to “shelve the axe” and get on to other things (like creating silly illustrations and cartoons.) So to feed my love for jazz, I often end up resorting to just listening to it.  I’m a big fan of Stéphane Grappelli and Mark O’Connor and also recently came across this Gypsy Jazz Viola video that blew me away… How about you?  Do you like jazz?  Any artists or recordings I should check out? I’d love to expand my music library…

My Favorite Things – Recipes for Mindful Living

It’s actually that simple.  But if you’re like me and sometimes forget to do this most profound of mindfulness exercises, I recommend adding a few inspirational books to your mental “diet” as well. I loved, loved, (REALLY loved!) reading Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment by Ezra Bayda, and plan to reread it often.  I’ve also enjoyed listening to Ezra’s one hour talk on Love, Relationships and Spiritual Practice. The talk is conveniently divided up into four 15 minute segments – which makes it easier to absorb and process.  If you’re curious, take a look below: And these days I’m reading Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pemo Chodron.  Despite working to “wake up” quite a bit over the past year, I’ve discovered that old habits, thought patterns and fears still die hard, so a new perspective in how to tackle old issues is always welcome. Remember… “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron

My Favorite Things – A Triple Treat Day

We all know the saying “When it rains, it pours.”  But sometimes, GOOD things come in clumps, too!  Take today where: A new stove arrived to replace the old one which was leaking gas I had the free time to bake up a storm AND… I learned that yet another of my cartoons has been accepted for publication – this time by a magazine in the UK! In case you’re interested, I adapted the recipe for the pumpkin chocolate loaf (and muffins) from this Taste of Home recipe.  My substitutions were as follows: Instead of 3 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour, I used 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour + 3/4 cup almond flour + 1/4 cup coconut flour + 1 cup Cassava flour. Instead of 3 cups sugar, I used 1 1/3 cups coconut sugar + 1 cup protein powder Instead of 1 cup sliced almonds, I added in a handful of chopped crystallized ginger I don’t have two loaf pans, so I made one loaf and then divided the remaining batter between 12 …