Volume 2 Issue 28
Wickering The Demons: Yes indeed, it is Burning Man time again with the event kicking off yesterday and continuing to September 4th. Don’t expect to have any last-minute luck at procuring tickets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t honour the burner traditions in your own back yard. Put on your ceremonials and get out and dance like it’s Black Rock, wherever you are.
Of Questionable Nature: Nano Researcher Tony Pantalleresco recently spoke with NHC about the evolution of the food chain and the smoke-screen marketing that surrounds the industry. A fascinating timeline that everyone should understand. Click the seed to have a listen.
Dust To Dust: We live busy—with empty anti-social media coercing us into posting banal moments of existence to herd us into dependency. The reason the NHC article The Art Of The Broom was so popular was because it reminded us that not everything needs to be technologized, not everything requires a motor, and life can be beautiful far far way from digital life, in fact more so. Have a read, and be prepared to sweep.
Sound Of The Conch: Liz Diaz, founder of the popular Conscious Dance Parties, is returning from her personal hiatus, revived and inspired and ready to serve up more events, beginning on September 14th. Movement, music and community are the focus, and she’s encouraging others to learn the ropes of facilitating with a series of workshops that began in July and are continuing into late August. Read more about the plans at the transforming icon.
War Is Over: Bob Dylan is overly associated with 60s-era social awakening, and people often forget that he was neither the first nor the most profound of singer/songwriters. Guitars were as prevalent as cell phones at the time and everyone held a tune in their heart. Where Dylan capitalized on the the anti-establishment sentiment of the time, Phil Ochs passionately opposed the war machine and wrote accordingly, and bravely, with very little support from the hype machine. Here’s a sample of Phil doing his thing.
One for the Goddesses: The Rock Store, having relocated to Harbord Street in Toronto, continues their good work of energy healing and reconnection to the vital spirit with The Abundance Ritual, happening on August 31st. It’s led by Lady Samantha, and the dress code is all black, to encourage focus. It’s also for women only, so do respect their space. Click the cauldron.
Within The Lines: A lot of people ask about those colouring books we promoted last year, so we will give you another look at the story and maybe you can source one for yourself. David Rankine’s mandalas, based on Celtic weaves, are beautiful to behold and heavily steeped in symbology. For those who still have their Laurentians handy, it’s a great way to spend the cooling days of late summer. Read more at the icon.
Cows are incredibly affectionate and devoted mothers who bellow frantically as they search for days, even weeks, for their calves who have been snatched away, destined to be slaughtered for veal or enslaved into factory dairies. To maintain milk production, dairy cows are subjected to a brutal cycle of pregnancy and intensive confinement, often with swollen and infected udders (mastitis) while repeatedly having their calves torn away from them so the milk can be stolen away. If we haven’t entirely ruined your appetite, you can read more and shed a tear.
Staff Of Life: That’s what the Depanneur people are doing with the Newcomer Kitchen Project, giving life to staff. Here’s an NHC Minute featuring Len Senater talking about the concept and what it’s doing to help relocate families.
Moonies: And, since you didn’t ask but are of a very curious nature and need to know what’s going on with that barren rock hovering over the earth every day, we can tell you that it is the night of the Waxing Crescent. That’s also 403,244.49 km away from the earth, in case you were thinking of doing some astral traveling. Not enough info?… well, take a trip over to Moon Giant and they can provide you with everything you need to know.
Inspiration: The customized musical instrument has a long tradition that equals the making of music itself. Pearl inlays, engraving, lettering and surface painting turn these items into cherished heirlooms that reflect the style of the musician. Janet McLeod-Wortel wrote our feature NHC article this week and it gives us some insight into the art of the luthier…with a painterly twist and a tip of the hat to group (of seven) collaboration.