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…Favorite blogs.

I’m a little low energy this weekend and I got nothing accomplished. On Friday night I went to a birthday and took a tumble in The Mezz bar (Downtown Los Angeles) over a dark little step that wasn’t roped off or lit well. Long story short, I walked through the front door and while marveling at the old-style architecture, cornices, and other details, I failed to see the step/stage in the middle of the floor. Brandon pointed out that while he was looking at me the lights were right in my face and it made it almost impossible to see the step. Which I hit with my foot causing me to loudly and painfully fall right on my upper chest, hands, and arm.

I’m still in a good deal of pain but the second day isn’t as bad as the first. This week will be interesting as I attempt to do my normal routine. At this point getting out of bed is an interesting maneuver in avoiding pain while wiggling down to the edge to lean off the mattress and onto my feet. Bear with me, please. Send some healing (for my greater health and healing) if you would like. An harm none.

Any-who-who, I need to do a little shout out to some of the blogs I read, often. These are the blogs that give me some food for thought (listed alphabetically). On days like today they are essential reading. Homebound and sitting around a lot can get monotonous. It’s not like this world cup game is any entertaining.

Without further adieu…

Blogs.

101 Cookbooks

Heidi Swanson (aptly  named don’t ya think?) creates some of the most yummy looking and tasty dishes. Often simple, with natural whole grains, vegetables and good foods.

http://www.101cookbooks.com/

Chatishin “Life/Art/Life”

Chati Coronel brings art to us as a provocative spiritual practice. It’s breathy, inspiring, and transformative. Once our neighbor, Chati, her husband and Edber, and beautiful little daughter Mecha have moved but you can follow along and explore her latest journey through her blog.

I find her poetic process of creation most interesting.

http://chatishine.blogspot.com/

East Village Boys

Great photography, writing, and often some awesome beats to go along with the flavor of the week, East Village Boys has been the spotlight of all sorts of amazing creative folk. Sexy, funny, dirty, real, entertaining.

http://www.eastvillageboys.com/

Food Renegade

This is another new site for me, introduced by Carla Golden. The Food Renegade is not just about food on the “eating level” but what is IN your food, why it could be controversial and / or unhealthy and how to shift our perspective. From the site:

Everyone has an idea of what “healthy” food is. Vegans, vegetarians, Paleo dieters, Atkins-for-lifers. You. Me. For most of us, this food worldview takes shape unconsciously as we go about our lives absorbing the not-so subtle messages of food marketers.

Most of us grew up thinking fat was evil. Food manufacturers paraded a host of low-fat options in front of consumers. Margarine was supposed to be “healthier” than butter; skim milk was supposed to be better than whole milk. People picked up low-fat versions of their favorite junk foods and felt wise and healthy.  Saturated fats were the devil incarnate. Avoid red meat! Chicken is king! Cholesterol is bad; avoid eggs. But as a nation, we still grew more obese and sickly.

When the Atkins diet became the rage, breadmakers went out of business all across the country. Low-carb became our new mantra. Even if we didn’t jump on board the Atkins bandwagon, we still probably hold some residual low-carb prejudices.

The average person’s food worldview is a wild and often contradictory mix of popular nutritional mumbo-jumbo.We walk through the supermarket and are inundated with marketing messages left and right — all of which make some sort of health claims. We pick up on these hints, add them to our conflicted understanding of what is and is not good for us, and wait for the next nutritional expert to tell us how to eat.

But what we eat shouldn’t be determined by diet dictocrats. It should be determined by history, culture, and traditional cuisines.

We have lived for thousands of years on this planet. Every native community has a highly developed food culture — what food to eat when, how it should be prepared and eaten, what it should be eaten with, and what foods are taboo and should be avoided.

http://www.foodrenegade.com/

for the love of yum

Another great food blog. Although it isn’t always “vegi” I think that the food prepared and presented has been simply delicious. We’ve dipped into FtLoY a few times for parties, dinners and snacks. This blog, like many food blogs that I consider great, draws me in through the food, photography, and the personal stories that come around them.

http://fortheloveofyum.wordpress.com/

Herbivoracious

I think it was iHerb who turned me onto to Herbivoracious. I’ve only just started to receive the blog and recipe’s in my rss reader. So far, so good! From the blog, “Herbivoracious is all about reinvigorating vegetarian cuisine with modern techniques and bold, authentic flavors.”

http://fortheloveofyum.wordpress.com/

Runeworker

Christopher is a great and informative teacher of the Runes. His daily draws and explanation combine ancient verse and meaning for meditation on the Runes.

I have to say that his class over at Points of Light, in Long Beach, is AMAZING. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m glad I signed up.

http://blottytinesrunemagic.blogspot.com/

Strategic Sorcery

Hours of entertainment. This guy is a brain. His “ask me anything” blog has had me going ‘huh?’ a few times and caused several nose dives into books, research, and internet scavenging to learn more.

http://strategicsorcery.blogspot.com/

The Healthy Haven

The Healthy Haven is the iHerb.com blog. An informative read about foods, supplements, herbs, oils and uses. I picked up the Quinoa recipe through the Healthy Haven!

http://thehealthyhaven.wordpress.com/

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Here’s hoping you enjoy the reads and are having a good Sunday!

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As promised (if a little late), the Dream Gatherer, which I call Dream Circles. This exercise came out of Awakening to Shamanism, chapter 6 ~ Dreams.

In Awakening to Shamanism, the Path of Direct Revelation, Carol Proudfoot-Edgar:

“…We also construct “dream gatherers,” usually using natural materials in the landscape where we are meeting. Dreams are a doorway into another world, and the dream gatherer is the door. Think of the wreaths that people make Christmas (Yule, Winter Solstice ~Scott) and hang on their doors. There is a circle within the wreath. The dream gatherer is made from things from Nature and has a circle that represents the doorway into the dream world. These are then placed somewhere close to each dreamer and used to entice the dreamer and the dream spirits to join one another in mutual collaboration.”

I personally wanted to create a safe circle of communication for the dream work. This particular piece would be for two dreamers.

Dream Circles, by Scott K Smith. 12'' x 36'', Acrylic on Canvass, Paper Machete, organic materials (stones, vines picked respectfully).

"The Guardians" Spirit detail in "Dream Circles.

Aside from the obvious circles with the connecting pathway, there are three spirit guardians between the portals. The feathers are made from the under feathers of a Redtail Hawk, in blue, white, gold, and purple representing their protective and insightful energies while one journey’s in the dream. These guardians mind the pathway to and from the world of dreams, casting illuminating light on the message for the dreamer.

Dream Circles is one of the paintings that will be appearing in the August, 2010 show, downtown Los Angeles.

I hope to see you then.

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Scott K Smith
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Welcome back.

Remember our lovely friend Chati Coronel (see post “Chatishine”)? Well her work is finished and presented this July 9th at the Ground Floor Gallery, from 5:00pm – 10:00pm.

Join us for an exhibition of her latest work, “Primal Prayer”.

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Ground Floor Gallery

716 S. Los Angeles Street
*Ground Floor Gallery, you can’t miss it!*
Los Angeles, CA 90014

We’ll be open at 5:00 PM, we hope to see you there.

For more on Chati, visit her site Chatishine.
http://www.chatishine.blogspot.com/

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