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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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If You Could Change the World

I was thinking last night about how much I love to talk to women my age–or close to my age–because they have “been there, done that” and usually have something definite to say about it! I was also fretting about different things:  my children, a sick friend, the state of things in our country, our planet–and thinking how much I would love to get a bunch of women together at a big table just to talk about things, tackle problems head-on.  I’m thinking we could probably work out a lot of the world’s problems if we gathered up the women in the world and gave them free rein!

When I got up this morning to do my blog post, I decided to ask our readers about their opinions on things.  I would love to hear your thoughts, your ideas.  I want to hear what you all think about the problems in the world–which got me to thinking:  why not just ask you?


That’s a pretty broad question, so you can narrow it down, if you would like:  WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE DONE DIFFERENTLY TO MAKE THINGS START MOVING MORE QUICKLY TOWARD REAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE WORLD?  And this can be something small and practical, such as my idea of making car ads illegal on television.  Or, it can be something big and overarching–and it doesn’t matter if there is no way in the world that anyone could ever really put it in place–such as my fantasy that one day, after the Internet finally makes us into one ginormous country, with no borders separating us, there will be one female leader who sits everyone down and says, “Okay, now it’s time for World Peace.  We’ve tried all those other ideas, and they obviously didn’t work, so we’re going to try this one–and that means there will absolutely be no more war, no more guns, no more weapons of any kind, especially not of mass destruction, and no more bickering!  Eat your spinach!”  And, when all the people gathered at the table bitch and moan and complain and say, “WHY?”, the great mother-leader of us all will answer, calmly, “Because I said so!”

Well, I know that many of our readers–most of you–hate to write comments in public.  (You send them to us by email; you tell them to us on Facebook.) But, please, humor me this once and add them below, so that I can see them all in one place (since I forget to check my email for days at a time!) and so that other people can see them and participate in the conversation.  In case you don’t know how to add a comment: click on COMMENTS at the end of this post and fill in the information.  You don’t even have to leave your real name, if you don’t want to (you can make one up!), but you do have to enter a real email, or the site won’t accept your comment.  I promise you that no one will see your email–and no one will send you SPAM or JUNKMAIL as a result!

I hope a lot of you will participate!  I would love to hear your thoughts!  And, no , this isn’t a blatant attempt to build up comments on our site–we’ve given up on that, since we realize that most of you are just not public commenters, and that’s okay with us.  We like you just the way you are!  I’d just like to see what’s in those minds out there of all you women over fifty who have lived long enough not to care about public opinion, or, as my grandfather used to say, to tell everyone else “to go down below.”

Sadhvi Asks: Who is behind Maxine?


Maxine can still crack me up.  Like her, there was always someone around in the family who called a spade a spade.  In the “politically correct” times we’ve been living in, and now, where EVERYTHING IS AWESOME, I can appreciate Maxine’s character even more.  Because most of the people who used to be like her are gone.  And I know I should watch Jon Stewart, but I don’t have a TV.

The other day while at the market, I saw a young girl, maybe 11 or 12 years old, hugging a colorful book to her chest.  I asked her if I could see the title of the book.  It was, The Book of Awesome.  Her mother was behind her, and I asked what the book was about?  She said that every kid is reading it, and her daughter just loves it.  Nothing wrong with love, but this book even has its own Wikipedia page.  Now how weird is that?  What a peculiar thing, that there is a book written for people to read, about things like:

Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket and Other Simple, Brilliant Things

I wonder what Maxine is gonna have to say about it?

Hey, I might actually read this New York Times bestseller and start to wear a t-shirt with the cover on the front, and start carrying the book around, hugging it!

So who is the person behind Maxine’s character?  The following is taken from the Hallmark website:

John Wagner, Hallmark artist since 1970, says Maxine was inspired by his mother, his maiden aunts and his grandmother, the woman who bought him art lessons when “fill in the pumpkins” was about the extent of his art classes at St. John ‘s Catholic School in Leonia, New Jersey.

When Hallmark launched the Shoebox card line back in 1986, nobody knew that the crabby character gracing the covers of a few cards would become a celebrity.  It didn’t take long for Maxine’s irreverent quips about aging, the workplace, retirement, political correctness, and of course sex (or the lack of it) had struck a cord.


“If Maxine can get a laugh out of someone who feels lonely or someone who is getting older and hates the thought of another birthday, or if she can make someone chuckle about stressful interpersonal relationships, then I’m happy.  Putting a smile on someone’s face is what it’s all about.”

Why the name ‘Maxine’?

“People at Shoebox started referring to the character as “John Wagner’s old lady”, and I knew that would get me into trouble with my wife,” John says.  So the Shoebox team had a contest among themselves to name the character and three of the approximately 30 entries suggested “Maxine”.   John says the name is perfect.  He’s also humbled by such acceptance of Maxine, and admits he’s proud of her.

So now you know!




Sadhvi Sez: Mercury is Retrograde!


Ok, for the last couple of days, Mercury has been retrograde.  Personally speaking, if it gets any more intense in the heavens, I might have to join the “Baptists who Believe and Want Rapture to Happen Yesterday” (BBWRHY) church down the street.  A friend recently told me about a quote he read…something about “Nothing can be done.  And, nothing matters.”  I think it was from Osho.  I like it.  And I find myself repeating it to myself throughout the day.  You might want to do the same…just find something you like and resonate with.

Here are some suggestions to get you thinking:

“Don’t Worry, be Happy.”

“Everything is OK unless you think about it.”

“Through Chaos Stars are Born”

You get the idea, right?

What does mercury retro mean to you and me?  Well, here is what my favorite astrologers at StarIQ have to say about it:

“Mercury, the planet of communication, short trips and details, appears to stop dead in its tracks on August 2 at 1 degree of Virgo. The planet then turns backwards in its apparent path through the zodiac. It stops again on August 26, then turns to resume its direct motion at 18 degrees of Leo.

Mercury turns retrograde three times a year, spending a bit more than three weeks in “reverse” gear each time. The retrograde cycle is due to the fact that we are viewing the planets from a moving platform, the Earth. The planets, in fact, do not actually change direction, but appear to do so from our perspective. This geocentric, or earth-centered, point of view is the basis for astrological measurements. In a sense, what you see is what you get.

What Does It Mean?

A retrograde planet is generally considered more introverted than when it’s in the normal direct motion mode. Astrologers have traditionally considered Mercury retrograde to be a time of difficulty in Mercury related endeavors like communication, travel and matters of detail. Some counsel the avoidance of launching new projects or signing contracts at this time. Glitches are considered more commonplace now, as are misunderstood or poorly delivered messages.

There are, fortunately, more optimistic views of what Mercury retrograde means. Rather than hunkering down in your bunker, this is a positive time to tie up loose ends, reconnect with people from the past, make mechanical repairs and get systems in order. This can also be a productive period for psychological review as new information can be gleaned from old experiences.

How Long Does It Last?

Mercury, the planet of communication, short trips and details, appears to stop dead in its tracks on August 2 at 1 degree of Virgo. The planet then turns backwards in its apparent path through the zodiac. It stops again on August 26, then turns to resume its direct motion at 18 degrees of Leo.

I hope you are enjoying what is,



Sadhvi Sez: Stay Cool with Clara’s Italian Ice!


It’s been really hot on the eastern side of the US.  Or maybe it’s just a long hot flash?  Either way, I haven’t felt like doing much cooking lately.  I try to take it easy and make simple things for dinner, like cold beet salad (I LOVE BEETS!) with fresh goat cheese and something from the garden, like dill.  I have a feeling that everyone has their own recipe with their own memories from their grandma or mother making it, so I won’t post mine.  You do know that I really don’t follow any recipes anyways, right?  And that it’s too hot for me to prepare dinner AND write down what I’m doing?

Oh, and by the way, if you happen to be living on the western coast of the States, where it’s been cold, well, you can still make fresh steamed or juiced beets – beets are so good for you.  Didn’t Dr. Oz talk about them recently?

But here is a recipe from Clara, who is almost taking the place of Oprah.  I find this woman fascinating!  She’s lived through the depression, and she looks good and has a lot of energy, still. She has her own website, and her own book.  Maybe everyone but me knows about Clara, but if you are not familiar with her, take a few moments to watch her in action.  I think you’ll agree, she’s a treasure.

P.S. Thanks Garima for sharing.

Stay Cool,