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Beneath The Breeze November 17, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, Music & Dance, Magick & Mystery, Poetry.

_0001cOne night, I saw beneath the breeze

Beyond the leaves
To an ocean of shimmering cells within

Another world revealed

Nothing stagnant
Everything vibrant and alive

Awake and aware

Dancing to the beat of the Eternal Now

Aah . . . that’s better!

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

~ Lao Tzu

Gold Dust or Bust! October 5, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Music & Dance.

The Island Community Center Drama Camp performed “Gold Dust or Bust” at the Island Playhouse this summer.

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This year’s production was a musical revue which transported the audience back to the heydey of the California Gold Rush of 1848.

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The Gold Rush began on January 24, 1848 when James W. Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma California.

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After hearing of the find, 300,000 men, women, and children headed west hoping to strike it rich.

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While visions of gold tiaras danced in their heads.

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The play entertained with fun songs and humor, while sharing facts and figures about how California and the US changed as a result of the Gold Rush.

Mark Twain made an appearance, declaring that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated.

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As in prior years, the kids filled their costumes and the Island Playhouse with ample enthusiasm.

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As they sang, danced, and swung shovels and pick axes.

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All too soon, the campers took a final bow.

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Bringing down the house.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Setting The Bar LOW September 7, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Music & Dance, Exercise & Fitness.

Donald-DirectorIt’s easier to meet and even exceed expectations when the bar is set LOW.



Except, of course, when dancing the LIMBO after drinking a Jumbo Jamba Juice.

Or when skating under 39 cars like a human pancake.

Aah . . . that’s better!

That’s Greek To Me April 29, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Music & Dance, Food & Drink.

A few weeks ago, we attended a Greek Glendi Festival at Saint Barbara’s Church in Sarasota.

We toured the church to learn the history of its vibrant Byzantine icons:

Byzantine art combines the classical respect for material form with the capacity of the abstract style to suggest the transcendental.  In this way it is able to present a pictorial world in which the historical and the metahistorical, the temporal and the eternal intersect.

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We gazed up at the decorous dome which revealed Christ surrounded by evangelists, prophets, and angels.

For a Virtual Tour of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, click HERE.

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Returning to the massive festival tent, we enjoyed Greek Music, Greek Folk Dancing, and Greek Food.

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The distinctive sound of the bouzouki bounced around the tent as we ate.

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Spanakopita, Tyropita, Greek Salad, Loukoumathes, and Baklava Cheesecake!

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OPA! ~> a joyous reminder to stop and celebrate life where you are.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Symphony On The Sand November 20, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Music & Dance, Food & Drink, Art & Photography.

Last weekend, we went down to Coquina Beach for Symphony on the Sand.

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Despite gray overcast skies and steady drizzle, the audience enjoyed the show.

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Those who had ordered the $100 a plate dinner had to eat it with one hand while holding an umbrella over their head with the other.

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Since we hadn’t ordered dinner, we didn’t feel too crabby about the weather’s lack of cooperation.

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Especially since sunny skies tend to be rather prevalent here.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

A Change Would Do You Good November 13, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Happiness, Music & Dance, Mindfulness.

Take a minute to look around your life.

What’s working?  What needs fine tuning?  What would benefit from a complete overhaul?

* Maybe you have the perfect job, but your finances or relationships are in shambles.

* Maybe you have hobbies you enjoy, but you never find time to enjoy them.

* Maybe your life is picture perfect, except for a job that is sucking the life out of you week after week.

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. ~ J. Pierpont Morgan

Once you know where you are, think about where you want to go.  List a few tweaks and fixes needed to move you closer to living the life of your dreams:

* Get finances in order
* Have More FUN!!!!
* Find a new job in an inspiring field
* Learn to cook healthier meals

Once you’ve identified a few items in need of fine tuning, create an action plan for making the transformation from where you are to where you want to be.

* If you choose to focus on your finances, some actions steps might be:  calculate net worth, record every expenditure for a month, set up a budget, balance the checkbook, cut up credit cards, stop buying shoes, bring lunch to work, no more take out coffee, research tips on money management, open up a savings account, start an IRA, etc.

* If you desire to have more fun, some action steps might be:  call a friend and invite them for dinner, buy a book you’ve always wanted to read, check out the paper for current shows and exhibits, sign up for a pottery class at the local community college, spend 30 minutes a day pursuing a favorite hobby, audition for the local play, go to the park and swing on the swings, limit TV time, etc.

* If you decide to focus on switching careers, some action steps might be: do an on-line search of jobs in fields of interest, update resume, attend a job fair, contact alumni services about placement assistance, etc.

IMGP3562b* If you want to learn to cook healthier meals, some action steps might be:  search recipes on line, find a cooking blog to follow, look through cookbooks for healthier recipes, research nutritional guidelines, visit a farmer’s market, create menus featuring fruits and veggies, ask friends for favorite recipes, etc.

Now that you’ve got some action steps identified, pick one and do it.  Don’t worry about which one to pick first.  Just pick one and do it.

Then pick another action step and do it.  Then another.  And another.

As you start moving from where you are to where you want to be, keep your eyes and ears open to winks, whispers, and nudges from the Universe.  If something appears on your radar screen, add it to your list of action steps:

* Call Sally and ask her for the recipe for stuffed zucchini.
* Ask George how he paid off his credit card debt.
* Call last employer and see if he’ll act as a reference.

As you focus on where you are and where you want to be, don’t worry about what you wanted out of life 20 years ago.

What do you want right NOW?

And don’t worry about what others want you to do.  What do YOU want to do?

The more we look within for guidance about what we want, the more clarity we gain about who we are.

And once we know who we are TODAY, we no longer need to analyze who we were YESTERDAY.

Step by step, the  past loosens its hold on us.

By embracing this moment, we find that we no longer need to rewrite or overcome the past to move forward in life.

All we have to do is let it go.

Aah . . . that’s better!

If you’re not actively involved in getting what you want, you don’t really want it.

Action is the antidote to dis-ease.

Festivals of India September 9, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance, Food & Drink.

On Saturday, we enjoyed Indian Dancing, Music, Costumes and Food in air-conditioned comfort at India Fest 2014.

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The theme of the festival focused on eight major festivals in India:

Uttarayan ~ kite flying and rooftop picnics to celebrate winter’s end
Baisakhi ~ celebrated in different ways by Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists
Pongal ~ celebrants greet milk boiling over with shouts of “Pongalo Pongal”
Holi ~ marking the first full moon in Spring with clouds of colored powder
Ganesh Chaturthi ~ celebrating the birth day of Lord Ganesha
Onam ~ festival of rain, flowers, and rice harvest
Navratri ~ celebrated over nine nights around harvest time in October
Diwali ~ festival of lights illuminating the country with brilliance

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After a brief history of each festival, lithe and limber dancers in elaborate and elegant costumes performed traditional dances to traditional music.

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Each dance ended amid appreciative applause.

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After the dancing and music, all performers returned to the stage for the singing of India’s national anthem.

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A bejeweled Lord Ganesh watched over the festival.

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POLICE watched over Lord Ganesh and his jewels.

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After the music and dancing, attendees wandered the food stalls and the bazaar, stopping to gape at colorful plumage.

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We  sampled Spring Rolls, Samosas, and Bhel Puri (a favorite street food in Mumbai featuring puffed rice, peanuts, tomatoes, tamarind sauce, potatoes, mint, cilantro chutney, onions, cumin, chili powder, lemon juice, chaat masala, sel, papdis, etc.).

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Before leaving we stopped for a photo op with that gorgeous peacock we spied earlier ~> his plumage matched my skirt!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Oh, When The Cows Come Marching In July 20, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, Music & Dance, Animals.

An impromptu Jazz concert on a Jersey hillside for a bunch of Jerseys.

No cows were harmed in the filming of this video.

Aah . . . that’s better!

This Is Brilliant! July 11, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Music & Dance.

I clicked on this without expecting much in the way of entertainment value:


Aah . . . that’s better!

What did you think about the sound of that Carrot Clarinet?

Clap Along June 19, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Music & Dance, Gratitude.

I double dog dare you to listen to this without cracking a smile:

Lion-Side-ProfileHaving faith in whatever life offers brings greater joy and engagement with less fear, hesitation, and aversion.  Accepting life’s inherent uncertainty allows [us] to experience more awe toward the mysteries of life and less concern.

~ Lama Surya Das

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  Happy! (Pix / Under The Oaks)


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