Tuesday, May 25, 2010


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Sodalite is named in reference to the sodium content it has. It is found in light to dark pure blue color and is well known in the semi-precious stone world. It is the only feldspathoid which contains chlorine.

Sodalite balances the mental and emotional bodies. It cleanses the aura, soothes and calms inflammations. It fuels a person's creative processes and also enhances wisdom. It helps to make clear and rational decisions. It builds self-confidence, helps fight lymphatic cancer and also boost the immune system.



Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa, is situated on a hillside overlooking a natural waterhole. Each of the eight luxurious glass-fronted suites, complete with their own sundeck and heated rock plunge pool offer superb views of the African bush and beyond. At Leopard Hills each day is different, as you explore the endless fascination of Africa's wildlife in an open Land Rover. Leopards on the hunt, lions roar at twilight, hippos wallowing in the river, crocodiles basking on a sandy bank and overhead majestic eagles keep watch.

The suites at the Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve are generously spacious and immense in stature. The breath-taking romantic bathrooms, which include double indoor and outdoor showers, have windows which open to a glorious view of the passing cavalcade below. A special touch to each suite is the perfection of final touches provided from weathered notes and African poems, to a fine array of bath salts and other bathroom amenities. Savor the day, either in your hammock or pool lounger outside, whilst listening to the tranquil sound of the surrounding African wildlife. Aspects of nature have been incorporated into the suites, to provide the ultimate in luxury while experiencing Africa at its best.



There are no accidents!

It was Carl Jung who coined the term “synchronicity” for those odd, haunting, amazing coincidences or events which we all have experienced. These moments seem to tell us to pay attention, to perhaps change, to look harder and/ or to remember who we really are. The feeling of wonder and joy of these little moments is our connection to the universe and each other. It assures us, moves us forward, and makes us feel human and touchable. Synchronicity has always been there.
We find that our lives are intertwined and more meaningful than we thought. We find ourselves
sharing these tidbits of experiences with family and friends even strangers saying, “it’s a small world” or “can you believe this?” Notice the next time it happens to you. You’ll find yourself smiling and feeling light-hearted! The true measure of miracles is how it makes us feel connected.

The term synchronicity is coined by Jung to express a concept that belongs to him. It is about a causal connection of two or more psycho-physic phenomena. This concept was inspired to him by a patient's case that was in situation of impasse in treatment. Her exaggerate rationalism (animus inflation) was holding her back from assimilating unconscious materials. One night, the patient dreamt a golden scarab - cetonia aurata. The next day, during the psychotherapy session, a real insect this time, hit against the Jung's cabinet window. Jung caught it and discovered surprisingly that it was a golden scarab; a very rare presence for that climate.

So, the idea is all about coincidence: in this case, between the scarab dreamt by the patient and its appearance in reality, in the psychotherapy cabinet. But this coincidence is not senseless, a simple coincidence. By using the amplification method, Jung associates in connection with the scarab and comes to the concept of death and rebirth from the esoteric philosophy of antiquity, a process that, in a symbolic way, the patient should experience for a renewal and vitalization of her unilateral personality, the cause of the neurosis she was suffering from.

Thus, a significant coincidence of physical and psychological phenomena that are acausal connected.



Paulette did an amazing job transforming the space into a stylish, warm dining room, using many recycled materials. Beautiful old beams from a barn and the whitewashed floor creates a farmhouse effect that matches the market-driven menu.

Local artists made the ceramic plates and the bread and dessert dishes and the silverware are antique. Placemats and menus come from 100% recycled paper and our coasters are squares of cardboard from shipping boxes.

Lois Freedman and James Liakakos have been doing a great job training the front-of-house staff to be as warm and inviting as the ambiance. We want this restaurant to reflect the farm-to-table experience with a casual and convivial atmosphere and the servers have made diners feel very much at home. We’ve even found some of the front-of-the-house staff uniforms at local thrift stores in the spirit of the recycling.

In this elegant, comfortable dining room, we serve market-driven dishes made with the freshest organic and local ingredients possible. Even the cocktails devised by Bernie Sun, my beverage director, are made with local, organic liquors and juices. I especially love the tarragon-infused Green Kitchen and sparkly Blood Orange Bellini. An extensive list of biodynamic wines and local beers accompany the mixed drinks.



Hug your morning wood…

Machines have a reputation for being cold and impersonal, except of course if you rely on your laptop’s hard drive to be your second (sometimes better) brain. But it’s not everyday that designers create things that tune into your emotions like the funky moon rings our sister used to wear in the Seventies.

Emerging from the wildly innovative art school Bezalel in Jerusalem is Heart-Beans, a coffee grinder which when you hold it close to your body, like a baby, grinds coffee based on the rhythm of your heart. (Check out the cute guy demonstrating how it works.)

According to our friend Ziva, who plucked this gem from the blogosphere, Heart-Beans uses natural wood and high-tech lasers to detect your heart rate. It’s this pulse which “inspires” the machine to grind.
It was designed by a team of students at Bezalel during a course called ‘Food for Thought’; the coffee grinder is a statement on our culture’s of consumption, it speaks to our obsession with objects, and it caters to the way we worship technology. The designers say:
“To use this object, you must caress it and hug it, much like as a baby is held, the user inevitably bonds with it, emotionally.”

Currently in prototype stages, Ziva at Designist Dream remarks:
It’s pretty cool. It’s pretty smart. Everyone loves coffee - ‘cept for those snooty tea drinkers. And it’s technology with heart as you can see in the video below... It’s the robot that fulfills your innermost desire. In this case, coffee. Deep, rich and dark, from the bottom of your heart (beat). Ground with love - or whatever else you’ve got brewing inside.

Designer: Adi Navwany, Michal Shamsian, Itamar Paloge & Danielle Ram



• 1 (1 pound) package frozen edamame (green soybeans), thawed
• 1/4 cup water
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 green onion, chopped
• 1 clove garlic, chopped
• 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
• 1 dash hot sauce
• 2 (12 ounce) packages small won ton wrappers
• 6 cups water
• 4 cubes chicken bouillon


1. Bring a large pot of lightly-salted water to a boil. Add edamame and boil for 10 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water.
2. Place edamame in a food processor; turn processor on to low. Drizzle in 1/4 cup water and olive oil while continuing to process until combined. Turn off the food processor and add the sour cream, salt, pepper, green onion, garlic, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Process until mixture is smooth.
3. Place 1 teaspoon of the mixture in the center of each won ton wrapper. Bring 2 opposite corners of the wrapper together to form a triangle; pinch the edges closed. Bring farthest corners of the triangle together and overlap one another. Use a little bit of water on the corners and pinch them together to ensure they stay together.
4. Stir together 6 cups water and the bouillon cubes in a large, deep skillet over medium heat; bring to a gentle boil. Lay the wontons in the water, assuring they don't touch one another; cook until tender, about 5 minutes; plate. Ladle broth from skillet over won tons to serve.



Hindi Name: Mithun
Date of Birth: 22nd May to 21st June
Ruling Planet: Buddha
Nakshatras: Mrigshira, Aadra, Punarvasu
Lucky Numbers: 2,3,5,6
Lucky Days: Wednesday, Friday
Lucky Colors: Green, White, Yellow
Lucky Stones: Emerald, Onyx, Sapphire

Basic Characteristics Profile

The sun enters Gemini from May 21 to June 20 every year. This is the first air sign of the zodiac and also the first sign of communication and music. Gemini individuals are basically known for their dual nature. They usually behave younger than their chronological age and are regarded as prince of the zodiac.

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