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Quick Question: What are We Celebrating Today?

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson

It’s the 4th of July!  A big holiday, with most people not working, with lots of us going on picnics, parties, and maybe even going to watch some fireworks tonight: Awesome!!!  Woo-hoo!!!  Which is all good.  But in case you want to know why we as a country celebrate the 4th of July, take a moment to read the following quote from one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, to realize what we are REALLY celebrating.  Or should I say, what we should be celebrating.  It all became effective 238 years ago today.  And it almost seems as if it is time for some new form of government, or at least that is how I feel after reading the compelling quote below.  Do you have the same feeling too?

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
~Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

Happy 4th of July!


Sadhvi’s Bishop Weed

Sadhvi Asks: What Would You Miss the Most?

SadhviTime Magazine is just about the only magazine I read.  And while it does look more and more like a comic book these days since there aren’t many long articles and there are a lot of short factoids and cartoons, I’m not complaining since that is about all I have time for.

This week though, I read the entire cover story: A WORLD WITHOUT BEES: THE PRICE WE’LL PAY IF WE DON’T FIGURE OUT WHAT’S KILLING THE HONEYBEE, written by a young man named Bryan Walsh.

It’s not only disturbing, it’s alarming really, because many of my favorite foods are going to be disappearing if there are no bees to pollinate those plants.

“There were just barely enough viable honeybees in the U.S. to service this spring’s vital almond pollination in California, putting a product worth nearly $4 billion at risk.  Almonds are a big deal – they’re the Golden State’s most valuable agricultural export, worth more than twice as much as its iconic wine grapes.  And almonds, totally dependent on honeybees, are a bellwether of the larger problem.  For fruits and vegetables as diverse as cantaloupes, cranberries and cucumbers, pollination can be a farmer’s only chance to increase maximum yield.  Eliminate the honeybee and agriculture would be permanently diminished.  “The take-home message is that we are very close to the edge,” says Jeff Pettis, the research leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Bee Research Laboratory. “It’s a roll of the dice now.”

Everyone wants to know why they are dying, but no on has even mentioned cell phone towers.  There seems to be a connection since the bees have been dying off only in last ten years or so, about the time when cell phone towers began to spring up all over the world.  Hmmm…I have to wonder if those towers have disrupted the honey bee’s instinctual sense of direction that makes them not go back to their hives?  Maybe the connection will never be investigated because god forbid we have to give up our smartphones!  There are other things that making them die, like mites and parasites, and chemicals.  It’s probably all of the above.

Or could it be the aluminum that is being sprayed from planes?  I wonder what happens when those chem-trails eventually dissipate and land on things, like flowers and places that bees land on, and maybe ingest?  Wait a minute, what about us?  Oh oh!  I better stop right now, because if the bees are getting affected by something, then maybe, so are we!

It might be that it is something that won’t be taken very seriously until it’s too late.

Let me just ask you, which food or crop will you miss the most?

With almonds being 100% dependent on pollination, apples, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, blueberries and onions are 90% dependent.  Cherries, cucumbers, and celery are 80%.  Plums/prunes and watermelon are 65% dependent on bee pollination, with tangerine, lemon, and the cotton industry also being affected.

I can tell you that I will miss almonds the most: I love them!  I especially like the almond butter from Living Tree in Berkeley, California.  I also like to make a Tuscan Biscotti that really won’t be the same without almonds.

I noticed that in an interview with the author of the Time article, Bryan Walsh (see below), it seemed like the young news reporter’s didn’t quite take the whole issue too seriously.

Hey, maybe future generations won’t even know that there were things to eat called almonds!

Ok, now that I’m sounding old and sentimental, I will end this post this week by saying that I hope you are enjoying this beautiful life and not taking it all for granted.



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Question of the Week: What Was Your First Rock Concert?


Okay, so this one will really date me!  My very first rock concert was the Beatles live in Baltimore on their first American tour, September 13, 1964, at the Civic Center.  I wasn’t even supposed to go because my mother thought I was too young to really enjoy it—since I was only in the fifth grade—but then, after reading more about how famous these four guys were becoming, she decided this might turn out to be something historic, so I should go along.  (My mother hadn’t liked the Beatles at first, but all that changed after she saw them on the Ed Sullivan Show.)   I’d heard the Beatles’ songs for months, since my sisters had been playing them over and over again on our record player in the basement.  I was  particularly thrilled, I remember, to hear “‘Till There Was You,” the love song from “The Music Man,” done by Paul McCartney.  My favorite line was “But I never saw them winging…” because it was so precious  how he pronounced it “sawr.”

The Poster for the Show

Here is what I remember about the concert:  girls screaming and pulling on their hair; the whole hall being so loud that you could barely hear them sing, but you could hear every word of “She Loves You,”  since it was so loud.  The crowd went crazy and sang along with the “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.”

Paul and the Gang
Check out the man and his son!

Most of all, I remember falling in love with Paul McCartney.  I wasn’t too young for that.  I thought he was the cutest boy I had ever seen in my whole life, and when he spoke in interviews on television, I thought I was going to die.  I hate to say it, but he still has that effect on me, even now, when he is pretending to be an old man.

Apparently, tickets cost $3.75 each.  And the Beatles stayed at the Holiday Inn!  I came home from that concert and joined the Beatles Fan Club—I still have my membership button!



Now it’s your turn!  Please, share a story of your first rock concert with us. 

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