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Sadhvi Sez: Take the Time for Something Good


My partner is going through all his thousands and thousands of songs on his beloved iThingee.  It’s kind of funny, because I will be passing through and hear something that is really good, and I will find out that it’s a song that I haven’t heard in years.  Or the one that is so good, that I have to stop whatever it is I am doing, and lay down and listen to it: like that one from Mozart that I had never heard before that completely blew me away.  I wish I could tell you what it was, but since I didn’t write it down on a “stickie”, or ask “Siri” to help me remember it, I don’t recall!

I said, “You have to make me a copy of that song!”, to which he says, “I can’t”.

“OK then, can you put it in your “favorite” folder for later, or put a little red flag next to it?”

“No, sorry, but I can’t…the program that I’m using doesn’t let me.”

Which, by the way, is why technology always leaves me feeling unsatisfied: it just doesn’t do what it logically should.

In case you love music as much as I do, you will want to listen to Heart’s rendition of “Stairway to Heaven” (see clip below).  I didn’t really like the group, Heart, when I was growing up, but really, I have to say that their performance is better than the original.

I have heard that song by Led Zeppelin a million times, the first time being when my older brother, Fred, bought the album and he called me over to listen to it in its entirety – side A and then side B.  He put the album on the record player, and ever so gingerly put the needle to the vinyl of the first song.  I was 13 1/2 years old in the fall of 1971, and I do believe that the reason why I never did more than one acid trip was because I didn’t need to – the music of that time period was incredible in that I could feel whatever it was that those rock stars were on.  I loved that album.  Forty two minutes and twenty five seconds of being transported to some other place.

Yeah, those were the days when there was no internet, no twitter, no email, no texting, no sharing on FB, no pinterest, and no “share this” buttons on anything.  One didn’t have the illusion that we were all connected, or had to share everything.  I swear, if I go out to eat one more time and pictures of my food are taken by someone with their “smartphone” to share on FB, I am going to start to get mad!

There was something called “time” though, remember that?  No one seems to have that now.  Everyone is rushing around, out of breath, not able to talk in full sentences, or speaking so fast that I honestly don’t catch what they are saying.  Or if I talk, I’m cut off because the person I am talking too has to run, take that call, or is in the middle of doing something.  Geez, it’s as if everyone has the agenda of someone important, like the president of America!  Yes, being “connected” has done that for each and every one of us – how does it feel to be connected these days?  Do you long for the days when you didn’t have to check your email, or your voice messages, or type short messages on a small keypad to a close relative?  Or have to read all the events that are happening on FB from people or pages that you don’t know or care about?  If so, you are not alone.  More and more people that I talk to are getting fed up with it all.  Yes, we’ve come a long way, baby!  Feeling so overwhelmed that we can’t recharge easily any more.

Maybe it’s time to “Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out”, but not with acid but going inside?

So just in case you feel like hearing something really good, take the time to see the performance of Heart at the Kennedy Center, which made Robert Plant cry – yeah, it’s that good!


Sadhvi Sez: Feeling the Spirit in this Wonderland


Attention!!! It’s one of those days where everyone is going to be sitting up straighter and maybe even acting a bit more kind and more aware of how they treat each other because today could be the last day of the world. Exciting, isn’t it?

I’m baking an easy and simple cookie recipe today called “Chocolate Crinkles” that I’ve made for years. It’s online everywhere, with slight variations. The one I use is from Betty Crocker, and the only thing I do differently is to add some ground almonds and maybe a bit more vanilla. If you click here, you will have it.


What else? I’ve made 24 jars of “Marroni Creme”, which is really “Chestnut Jam” (chestnuts, sugar, and vanilla – yum!). I love to make it because no one makes it anymore.

Marroni Creme

I used to buy it when I lived in Switzerland, because it was available in the grocery stores there.
I think you can get it online, but if you’re married to a chestnut roaster, you probably just want to make it yourself, because it really is simple to make.

My husband has a few regular folks that ask for it at his chestnut roasting stand, and they are usually older people from Europe who remember, or  the children of those older people who know that it makes them happy.

And lastly, here’s a video that I took from the Dicken’s Festival at the Biltmore Village a few weeks ago. It’s one where my favorite girl singer’s are performing “Walking in the Winter Wonderland”. Enjoy!

I guess this is my last post IF the world ends. If so, tt’s been a wonderful life, and I’ve had a good time.

If it is still spinning after today, well, until next time.


SadhviSez: 9.9.2011: Make me an Angel from Montgomery


I know some folks who have had everything taken away from them recently.  They live in Pennsylvania.  Where there was an earthquake, a tropical storm, and now heavy rains and flooding that has hit their area in the last couple of weeks.  It’s unreal.

I know a young family who live in Japan.  Dealing moment to moment with the reality of nuclear contamination in their food system, their water, and themselves.

I don’t watch TV.  But I cannot help be connected to people.  People that I care about.  And sometimes, it just gets to me.

I’ve always loved music.  From playing the flute to singing hymns in church to Christmas carols, music has always taken me away.  During these days when things seem intense and topsy-turvy, singing is a good thing.  And singing along to a song that you love is exactly what is the cure for what I got.  I leave you with one of my favorite songs written by one of my favorite songwriters, John Prine.  This one is sung by Bonnie Raitt with Jackson Browne (By the way Mr. Browne, my marriage proposal still stands).