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Tunisia Gains Independence from France (1956)

Over the centuries, many nations have fought over, won, and lost the African country of Tunisia. It was under Ottoman rule from 1574 until the late 19th century, when France, England, and Italy contended for it. France emerged the victor. In 1955, it granted Tunisia complete internal self-government. Full independence came in 1956. A year later, the monarchy was abolished and Tunisia became a republic. Prior to the 2011 revolution, how many presidents had Tunisia had since gaining independence? More… Discuss


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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Antonín Dvořák – Slavonic Dances, Op. 46

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Farrer

Antonín Dvořák – Slavonic Dances, Op. 46
1. No.1 in C major 4’00
2. No.2 in E minor 6’00
3. No.3 in A flat major 5’22
4. No.4 in F major 7’59
5. No.5 in A major 3’16
6. No.6 in D major 5’15
7. No.7 in C minor 3’34
8. No.8 in G minot 4’05
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*Breathing Techniques* (Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation, Stress, Cancer, Blood Pressure) Kapalbhati

*Breathing Techniques* (Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation, Stress, Cancer, Blood Pressure) Kapalbhati

Free Teachings: 
Spiritual Retreats & Classes:

Acharya Shree Yogeesh conducts his first online video tutorial which covers a breathing technique called kapalbhati. He describes kapalbhati’s history, purpose, and benefits of this ancient yogic breathing technique, and teaches you how to do it.

= About Acharya Shree Yogeesh =
Acharya Shree Yogeesh is a living enlightened master of this era and founder of the Siddhayatan Tirth and Spiritual Retreat, a unique 200+ acre spiritual pilgrimage site and meditation park in North America providing the perfect atmosphere for spiritual learning, community, and soul awakening to help truth seekers advance spiritually. Acharya Shree Yogeesh is also the founder of the Yogeesh Ashram near Los Angeles, California, Yogeesh Ashram International in New Delhi, India, and the Acharya Yogeesh Primary & Higher Secondary School in Haryana, India.

As an inspiring revolutionary spiritual leader and in-demand speaker worldwide, for over forty years Acharya Shree Yogeesh has dedicated his life to helping guide hundreds of thousands of people on their spiritual journey of self-improvement and self-realization. 

It is Acharya Shree Yogeesh’s mission to spread the message of nonviolence, vegetarianism, oneness, and total transformation. 

= Connect with Acharya Shree Yogeesh =
Spiritual Retreats:

= Connect with Sadhvi Siddhali Shree =
Free Book:

Other resources: (Awaken Chakras, Activate Kundalini) (Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, Spiritual Blog) (Siddhayatan Spiritual Retreat and Ashram) (Spiritual Children’s Camp)


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There’s nothing like a debate to teach one quickness.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

Tart Cherries for Insomnia |

Tart Cherries for Insomnia |


From The Blog – Huff Post Green- Danielle Nierenberg – 11 Chefs Changing the Food System….(but don’t just take my word for it: check it out for yourselves!)

From The Blog - huff Post Green- Danielle Nierenberg - 11 Chefs Changing the Food System

From The Blog – Huff Post Green- Danielle Nierenberg – 11 Chefs Changing the Food System (click to access story….Of forever regret that your didn’t… :(  )


Scan-pics_ bad Android! -1

Scan-pics_ bad Android! -1 (Don’t rug your eyes!)

 Scan-pics_ bad Android! -2.jpg

Scan-pics_ bad Android! -2.jpg (bad android, good scans!)

If I can stop Whatever’s in this Box getting out, ….The question of the hours is who’s got the Pandorica? ( DRINK KEFIR!)

If I can stop Whatever's in this Box getting out, .... (see pic 2)

If I can stop Whatever’s in this Box getting out, ….
(see pic 2)

Lifeway Organic -2- Kefir - Yeah!

From pic 1…..The question of the hours is who’s got the Pandorica?

Regina Spektor – Samson

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of wonder bread, and went right back to bed
And history books forgot about us and the Bible didn’t mention us
And the Bible didn’t mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came fallin’ on our heads
But they’re just old light, they’re just old light
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful, and came into my bed
Oh, I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
And he told me that I’d done alright
And kissed me till the mornin’ light, the mornin’ light
And he kissed me till the mornin’ light

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
Ate a slice of wonder bread, and went right back to bed
Oh, we couldn’t bring the columns down
Yeah, we couldn’t destroy a single one
And history books forgot about us
And the Bible didn’t mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first

Find more amazing compositions by Regina Spektor here

Regina Spektor “Samson” Directed by Peter Sluszka

Regina’s new album ‘What We Saw from the Cheap Seats‘ is available now:

For more Regina:

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor (Photo credit: Man Alive!)

World Health Organisation says has found new SARS-like virus (via Reuters)


World Health Organisation says has found new SARS-like virus (From Reuters)

World Health Organisation says has found new SARS-like virus (From Reuters) (click to access report)

(Reuters) – A new virus belonging to the same family as the SARS virus that killed 800 people in 2002 has been identified in Britain in a man who had recently been in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday.  More

Virus classification
Group: Group IV ((+)ssRNA)
Order: Nidovirales
Family: Coronaviridae
Genus: Coronavirus
Species: SARS coronavirus

The SARS coronavirus, sometimes shortened to SARS-CoV, is the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).[1] On April 16, 2003, following the outbreak of SARS in Asia and secondary cases elsewhere in the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a press release stating that the coronavirus identified by a number of laboratories was the official cause of SARS. Samples of the virus are being held in laboratories in New YorkSan FranciscoManilaHong Kong, and Toronto.

On April 12, 2003, scientists working at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia finished mapping thegenetic sequence of a coronavirus believed to be linked to SARS. The team was led by Dr. Marco Marra and worked in collaboration with theBritish Columbia Centre for Disease Control and the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, using samples from infected patients in Toronto. The map, hailed by the WHO as an important step forward in fighting SARS, is shared with scientists worldwide via the GSC website (see below).

Dr. Donald Low of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto described the discovery as having been made with “unprecedented speed.”[2]

The sequence of the SARS coronavirus has since been confirmed by other independent groups. More


Yacón Tea and glycemic index ( there may be natural rememedies out there, worth trying)

Yacón Tea is a tea that is made from the leaves of the Yacón plant which is indigenous to the Andes.

A healthy yacon plant.

A healthy yacon plant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The leaves have been used by ancient civilizations in South America for centuries and it has been introduced recently to western societies. The tea is used by many diabetics since the tea reduces blood sugar level. Research has been done about this property of the Yacon leaves in Argentina and it showed that a normal dose of tea (three servings per day) over a 30 day period actually reduced glucose levels, increased plasma insulin and other body characteristics improved such as body weight, and renal parameters. Because of this sugar reducer property, the product is becoming popular among people with diabetes and dieters.

More about yacon (from Wikipedia):

The Yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolius, Syn.: Polymnia edulis, P. sonchifolia) is a perennial plant traditionally grown in the Northern and Central Andes from Ecuador to Argentina for its crisp, sweet-tasting tuberous roots. The texture and flavour are very similar to jicama mainly differing in that yacon has some slightly sweet resinous and floral (similar to violet) undertones to its flavor. This flavoring is probably due to a sweet substance called inulin, as replicates the sweet taste found in the roots of elecampane, which also contains this substance. Another name for the yacón is Peruvian ground apple. The tuber is composed mostly of water and fructo-oligosaccharides.

Commonly called “jicama” in Ecuador, yacón is sometimes confused with this unrelated plant. Yacón is actually a close relative of the sunflower and Jerusalem artichoke. The plants produces a perennial rhizome to which the edible succulent storage roots are attached, the principal economic product of the plant. The rhizome develops just under the soil surface and produces continuously the aerial shoots. Dry and/or cold seasons cause the aerial shoots to die back, but the plant re-sprouts from the rhizome in favourable conditions of temperature and moisture. The edible storage tubers are large and typically weigh a few hundred grams to one kg.

These edible tubers contain fructooligosaccharides, an indigestible polysaccharide made up of fructose. Fructooligosaccharides taste sweet, but pass the human digestive tract unmetabolised and hence have very low caloric value. Moreover, fructooligosaccharides have prebiotic effect, meaning that they are used by “friendly” bacteria that favor colon health and digestion.

Yacón plants can grow to over 2 meters in height and produce small, yellow inconspicuous flowers at the end of the growing season. Unlike many other root vegetables domesticated by the Indigenous Peoples of the Andes (ulluco, oca) and mashua, yacón is not photoperiod sensitive, and can produce a commercial yield also in the subtropics.

Yacón storage roots are traditionally used by farmers at mid-elevations in the eastern slopes of the Andes that descend toward the Amazon. Yacon is grown occasionally along field borders where the juicy roots provide a welcome source of refreshment during field work. Until as late as the early 2000s, yacon was hardly known outside of its limited native range, and was not available from urban markets, however press reports of its use in Japan for its purported anti-hyperglycemic properties made the crop more widely known in Lima and other Peruvian cities. Companies have also developed novel products such as yacón syrup and yacón tea. Both products are popular among diabetic people and dieters.

Brazil indigenous Guarani leader Nisio Gomes killed (from BBC)

Brazil indigenous Guarani leader Nisio Gomes killed (from BBC) (click here to read the article at BBC)

Brazil indigenous Guarani leader Nisio Gomes killed

Nisio Gomes in a photo taken two days before his deathMr Gomes was also a religious leader or shaman

An indigenous leader in western Brazil has been shot dead in front of his community, officials say.

Nisio Gomes, 59, was part of a Guarani Kaiowa group that returned to their ancestral land at the start of this month after being evicted by ranchers.

He was killed by a group of around 40 masked gunmen who burst into the camp. (Source:



7 Ways to Increase Metabolism-via Livestrong

7 Ways to Increase Metabolism-via Livestrong

7 Ways to Increase Metabolism-via Livestrong (click to read the article at LiveStrong)

Yerba Mate-Rosamonte – My Digital Oil Pictures

Yerba Mate-Rosamonte_My Digital Oil Paintings Series

Yerba Mate-Rosamonte©_My Digital Oil Paintings Series

Network: Where do you get your yerba mate?

One of my readers asked where can she reconnect with yerba mate, here in Southern California around the cities of Long Beach and Lakewood. The place I buy mine is:

Luis Meat Market _ Yerba Mate

Luis Meat Market _ Yerba Mate

Luis Meat Market
9071 Imperial Hwy, Downey, CA  90242 (at Rose Street)
Tel: (562) 622-1188
They have a new place:

Luis Meat Market Bellflower
10308 Artesia Blvd., Bellflower CA  90706
Tel: (562) 461-1111

They have large variety of products from Argentina, Paraqguai, Uruguai, and “mucho mas” (much more). My  brands are Tarragui, Cruz de Malta, Rasamonte, but there are at least 5 other brands to choose from: In the end they are all the same plant- Ilex paraguariensis (Synonyms:I. paraguensis, I. mate, I. domestica, I. sorbilis )
I enjoy the natural dried (not smoke dried), and “sin palo” (without twigs), but some are into “con palo” (with twigs) and smoke dried. Most important thing about this tea: Do not boil, do not add to boiling water, but rather let the water cool for a minute (160-180°F is best for preparing.)

Another thing is: You can buy tea bags, or loose (by the kilogram -2.2 lb), or both (that’s what I do, so I can make tea at work. I make a good quantity of tea green tea, and yerba mate tea, in my 12 cup coffeemaker (perfect temperature interval). The truth is: I drink green tea like water, and it helps control my blood sugar, cholesterol, and appetite.

But daily workout is crucial for a healthy life, at any age. In two generations we changed our traditional lifestyle so much, and what we eat, and how. Two generations back sugar was in many households a Sunday treat, while today it is added to every processed food, making it impossible to avoid.  Like many others I believe that food needs to be natural, instead of  processed.

I’ll leave you with a question: Where do you buy your yerba mate? 

Diabetes on the Rise via The Lancet

Diabetes onthe Rise _ At the Antipode of Starvation
Diabetes on the Rise _ At the Antipode of Starvation

(Click o the picture to read the story at “The Lancet”)

Daily Workout (one hour of brisk walking for example), preferably outdoors, will contribute to your wellness both physical and mental. If you can walk four miles in one hour, you are at a good pace. 

Yerba Mate – Friends Share: Did you have your cup of mate today?

Teenagers share drinking mate on a parkbench
Teenagers share drinking mate on a park bench

Never  late to try a cup of Yerba Mate:
Start today!

You’re Invited To a Cup of Tea: (Not the Five O’clock? Well, have a cup of tea anyway!)

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