Monthly Archives: February 2012

Kasama-Yaki (Made in Kasama)

Follow the life of two potters Katsuji and Shigeko Kokubo and how they and the people of Japan have been affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear radiation disasters in this beautiful documentary filmed by their talented daughter, Yuki Kokubo. Please share with your friends and also consider making a donation by clicking on this link:

by March 31, 2012 so that she can receive additional funding through to complete her project. – Fay Meling


The triple disasters of March 11, 2011, shook Japan to its core. It claimed over 18,000 lives, with 3,000 still missing. Many thousands were displaced by the tsunami, and those who lived near the Fukushima nuclear reactors will probably never return home. It has been a year since the disasters but the people of Japan are still coping with the emotional trauma of that day. The disasters brought forth many truths about the power of nature, the limitations of the government, and the unpredictable nature of life. “Kasama-Yaki” is an intimate portrait of two potters, Katsuji and Shigeko Kokubo, filmed by their daughter, Yuki. Heartfelt conversational interviews are woven throughout the film, as they reflect on life, death, family, and art. The film is a journey into the minds of two individuals whose outlooks were inevitably touched by the disasters, and a glimpse into the heart of Japan.


Leapin’ Leap Frogs! It’s a Leap Year!

There’s something special about a day that only comes once every four years…

My mother’s birthday falls on March 1…so that means every four years, she has to wait one extra day to see her special day arrive. And since this year marks a special entry into a new decade for her, this means that her daughters get one extra day to plan the festivities!

And what about those special people who can officially only celebrate a February 29th birthday every four years? Now I consider them especially lucky. Who else gets to technically call themselves 24 when they are actually 96?!!  Lucky either way, I suppose if they’re living to 96 🙂

If you’ve read my very first post on my blog, you will know that I’m one of those people who definintely benefits from special days which motivate me to start something new. New Year’s Day on January 1st, the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dragon on January 23rd, and the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, ‘TibetanLosar’ on February 22nd of this year, have all come and gone. Luckily, I managed to start some of my pet projects by Losar. But having this one extra day does seem to push a few other projects to the fore today. Will this be the day we each transform our bodies, our minds to conquer our daily challenges, and take our long wished- for dreams, and our new found passions and turn them into a tangible reality?

Divine Chocolate Mint Mousse

Photo: Healthy Voyager

Breaking news from my daily news feed from EcoStiletto’s Blog:

A real vegan dessert that’s sure to impress your guests! This one replaces cream with avocado. Delicous and nutritious. Now this I have to try!

“This vegan dessert recipe is from Carolyn Scott-Hamilton of The Healthy Voyager, whose new cookbook, Global Kitchen: Plant-Based Recipes From Around the World is on shelves now.

Chocolate Mint Mousse

1 pitted and peeled avocado
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract flavoring
1/2 cup water (add small amounts incrementally if more is necessary to blend)
Fresh organic strawberries, washed and sliced
5 to 6 fresh mint leaves

In a blender, mix all of the ingredients until creamy, no chunks. Scoop into serving bowls and garnish with fresh strawberry slices and mint leaves. Enjoy! You can also freeze the mousse for later for a deliciously divine frozen delight.” -Ecostiletto, February 28, 2012.


The Gift of Welcome

My daughter started a new class yesterday. What a strange adventure the last few weeks have been! While the challenges of kindergarten may seem trivial to some from the outside, those who have children or have experience dealing with ‘little people’ know how truly devastating an on-going, non-positive experience in a child’s first year of school can be. It can be made even worse if a child is not given the proper support right away to address such a situation. Thankfully, my husband and I finally took the bull by its horns and pushed through (with a mama bear perseverence that truly shone this time), until we saw some clear and constructive action.

While it would’ve been nice for everything to get sorted out and have my daughter carry on in the same class for the last four months of the school year, it seems that getting to this point and then having her switch into a new class was truly a blessing in disguise.

On  her first day, the new teacher handed me a note which I opened up at home. Boy, did she ever get the showers going! I was so pleasantly surprised by her kind words of welcome and also of her sense of understanding about what emotions we were experiencing, that I could not stop crying. Her words and actions have truly made such a difference. If only such actions were truly contagious…I think the world would become a much better place, much faster.  I am truly very thankful to this lovely person who has entered our lives.

May this story send you the positive vibrations that my family and I are experiencing right now.


Acupuncture Awareness Week February 27-March 04, 2012

Acupuncture Awareness Week February 27-March 04, 2012

“The first ever Acupuncture Awareness Week in the UK, supported by the British Acupuncture Council, aims to dispel the myths surrounding acupuncture, what conditions it can help and give members of the public/you all the information you need about treatment.

If you have a burning question about acupuncture you will find here a host of independent expert advice and answers including: Ask the Experts and video testimonials” – Acupuncture Awareness Week website

Milkshake anyone? The Amazing Chocolate Milk Adventure

Had any gravity defying experiences lately? My daughter’s chocolate milkshake sure did!

Last week, as we were driving home from our Ontario-mandated Family Day Weekend in Ottawa (which I fully aprove of, btw!!), we made a much needed lunch stop in Brockville. About an hour after, one of my lovely little daughters needed to make an extra stop. So we pulled over at the next rest station, got out to tend with business, and low and behold, what did my husband find? Perched above the roof of our car, looking ever so innocent with both straws and an open spout was my daughter’s unfinished chocolate milk drink from lunch! How the chocolate milk managed to stay steady on its feet while we traversed Hwy 401 at speeds that dared to go close to the legal  limit (mentioned ‘close to’ so as not to risk incriminating myself!), is beyond me. What was even more incredible was my dear husband who was clearly not concerned about what the chocolate milk had just been through and was considering drinking it still! Those Scots!

Have a wonderful day!

a poem for Sun Day

seeking truth at the very core

what was so effortlessly created at seed could with one dark and silent frosty breath, be wilting, retracting, writhing.

a new day.  

heavy rains come pouring down to offer needed drink

floods of light stream down to the Little One from a sun that warms unconditionally.

They have come to save what they helped create.

a rainbow – muted yet fully present in the greys and whites appears

new growth begin at the stems with hesitant unfolding

a thankful pause

and then a sudden delightful shoot appears

reaching ever further but always remaining grounded at the root, hands held up to the skies

so happy for this love.