For the next month, we can witness a rare celestial sight- five of our planets rising together in the pre-dawn skies!!
No matter what the weather is looking like this month, it’s definitely worth the trip outside to witness Mercury begin to crown over a (chilly) horizon. You’ve got a whole month to catch the show, so don’t fear some cloudy nights! During predawn, you’ll be able to trace an arc across the sky towards Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. Stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere should set their alarm clocks at least 45 minutes before sunrise to catch the middle of this daily spectacular show. Unfortunately, these are the only planets that can ever get together like this. Neptune and Pluto are too far away to ever be seen without a telescope, and Uranus can only sometimes be seen in the middle of a dark sky without any help. Making this really, really special event…!!
It’s been over 10 years since all the fab five planets have been together, so the time is NOW!!! These dazzling planets can be seen simultaneously from January 20th to February 20th. All five planets will be visible to the naked eye, but a telescope can add another dimension- how about being about to see Jupiter’s moons and Saturn’s rings? What a gorgeous sight!
Just so you know the celestial schedule: Jupiter will rise first in the evening; Mars makes its debut at midnight; and then Saturn, Venus, and Mercury appear respectively, according to EarthSky.org. Mercury, however, will be the hardest to view without the aid of (at least) binoculars until around Feb. 5th or 6th, but Jupiter and Venus will beam brightly throughout this month. If you’re having trouble tracing the course of this Twinkling Tango, you can also use the moon’s position to help guide you. It may also be useful to use a Sky Almanac– depending on your location, you can get a more accurate rising/setting time for the planets. http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/mrst.php
If you’re having trouble deciphering what is a planet vs. a twinkling star, simply close one eye, stretch your arm out and slowly pass your thumb over a bright dot in the sky. If the dot dies out slowly, then it’s a planet if it immediately blinks out- it’s a star!
So make sure you prepare for the show, and figure out when Mercury will rise near you using the United States Naval Observatory’s webpage. Hope for clear skies and bundle up because this may be the best view of the five planets aligned for quite some time….
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It’s taken me a few days to get back into a rhythm after attending the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas Nevada. With over 150,000 visitors flooding the hallways trying to get a glimpse into the future, it was an intense & inspirational experience. Not only did I have a chance to help my fiance’ as an exhibitor down in Eureka Park, but I was able to scope out, within 3 full days, a lot of exciting new technologies. Trying out everything from VR sets,4D Exercising machines, to smart tech devices that monitor your body’s H20 levels, there was an overwhelming introduction of technologies that will better human and non-human life. Everything from practical inventions that alert you if your infant stops breathing, to wearable tech devices that extend a quality of life for the aging. The future is about living a healthy life- Mind, Body & Soul!
Here’s an invention that completely blew me away….the NERVANA Headset…
The hand-held device from Florida-based NERVANA allows users to plug in a music player into a device and get the pleasurable signals delivered by its headphones.
Unique to any other product on the market, NERVANA lets you physically feel the music. Yes, you heard right….FEEL.MUSIC. I’m not talking about a solid bass drop, NERVANA stimulates nerves to magnify the pleasurable qualities of music. This new way to listen to your favorite song/playlist evokes sensations that stimulate your body to produce dopamine, the feel good chemical. Users simply plug in a music source, put in the NERVANA ear buds, and feel the gentle electrical signal dance to their favorite tunes. The settings can be easily customized with simple buttons and a sensitivity dial.
Which is pretty spot on. I tried on the headset, without any discomfort adjusting the headset’s power to 15. Something most certainly was happening. Right before I got up to give an interview on the experience, I began to feel a euphoria poor over me. Immediately I visualized the possibilities and shared them with the team. Treating depression, drug addictions, anxiety were just a few applications that I saw may have great potential.
“That’s where we’re going”
“NERVANA helps people enjoy themselves and break away from the stressors of daily life,” said Dr. Daniel J. Cartledge, co-founder and co-creator of NERVANA. “Everyone needs a change of pace, and we provide a natural way to transform the way people feel and experience the world.”
For the price tag of only $299, this is an incredible piece of technology. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more coming from NERVANA in the next few months.
To find out more about the science behind NERVANA visit http://experiencenervana.com/ for more information.
Jean-Pierre’s work is imaginative, powerful, brimming with colossal characters raging an endless battle with elegance and vitality. His crystalline images explore the vastness of nature with a vibrancy that leaves you feeling insignificant to the world he depicts. Jean-Pierre Roy describes his work as
“often associated with Science Fiction and The Post Apocalyptic. While the genre narratives, that create this continuity of ideas have had a huge impact on my visual memory, I have never really been that interested in the superficial signifiers of alien technology, space battles and blasted wastelands.”
Roy closely specifies the metaphysical in relation to his own experience of culture and the world. His pulsating lazer-techno-myth atmosphere is a fabulous one. With a shattered glass mirrored existentialism that hits you like a deep bass…dropping octaves below what our human ears can detect.
Have a look at the paintings below and experience it for yourself!
“There is no escape, the escape is both the end and the beginning”
Born in Santa Monica, California in 1974, Jean-Pierre Roy is a Brooklyn-based artist. Jean-Pierre received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2002 and was awarded a one-year fellowship from the school. Since 2003, Jean-Pierre has had five solo exhibitions in New York and abroad. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the US and Europe and has had solo museum exhibitions at the Torrence Museum of Art in Los Angeles and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, New American Painters, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Stranger, Hi- Fructose and many other publications. He is the co-creator of Single Fare, an annual NYC art event that has been covered by The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. His work is in the collections of Anita Zabludowicz, Jereann Cheney, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Jean Pigozzi, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bjorn Borg, amongst others. He currently teaches painting at the New York Academy of Art.
Don’t let the corny title fool you- this recipe is for the grown & ghoulish. It’s a classy concoction that’s sure to resurrect your spirit to a higher dimension.
Well, it is Pizza…..Healthy Pizza…you don’t need to be a Wizard to create this magic.
I can’t guarantee transcendency- but I’m pretty damn confident this combination comes close. I had a bit of an epiphany this afternoon while forging around the caldron- what better way to experience fall, then to feast your eyes and feed your tummy a visually vibrant Autumn meal. Mysterious oranges, mossy greens and earthy browns is what you need. This recipe will work great for a Haunted House party -so if you’re not already in the mood for Halloween, best get cookin’ witches!
For the Bewitched Salad
- 8 ounces whole baby bella mushrooms
- 1 bundle of organic Tuscan Kale
- 10 oz of colorful sweet potatoes- cut in small cubes (I recommend the brand Stahlbush Island Farms from WF)
- Fresh thyme
- 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp. siracha sauce
- 1/2 lemon
- Himalaya salt (to taste)
- cracked mixed peppercorns (to taste)
- 1 avocado
Begin by preheating your oven to 475degrees. Chop the kale and avocado and add it to a big bowl with your Siracha, salt, pepper and the juice from half a lemon. Mix with your hands! Get in there and start massaging the kale and blending the avocado until all is incorporated. Add the nutritional yeast and put the bowl aside.
In another bowl, throw your baby bellas, diced colorful sweets, fresh thyme & seasonings. Spread all the mixings out on a baking pan and chuck it in the oven.
Vampire Vegan Pizza
- 1-8 inch round frozen vegan pizza
- 4 oz sliced baby bellas
- chopped red onion (just enough to sprinkle over)
- 1/4 cup of Field Roast’s Sausage- diced into small pieces
- 1/2 avocado
- balsamic glaze
Take the frozen pizza, and add the fixin’s- in the order you see above. Place in the oven along with the roasting veggies for a total of 25mins or until the edges are bubbling golden brown.
Add an incantation for good measure.
Serve the kale salad in a spooky bowl then add the warm mushroom & potato hash on top.
Pizza can be sliced on rustic cutting board- add drops of balsamic glaze for an even more crimson/blood stained effect. Enjoy!!
Good morning all my friends-
whether we’ve met within our circle, virtual or kin.
A good morning if you’re reading this then,
your apart of the percent of class who could move mountains if ask-
yet believing you can’t.
We can agree you have the means to amend-
“but what do you mean there’s a need to transcend?”
My friend, there are mad-men that we must apprehend.
Not just one,
there is an army of them-
a farming of sense-
whose charming defense
has disarmed our senses without the slightest offense.
Comfort Food. We’ve all been there- it’s that guilty pleasure, that feeling of home, that “I’ll work out 2 times tomorrow” food. They call it “Comfort” Food for a reason folks. Let’s face it- there are few sacred moments in this life that can be compared to a hott plate of momma’s cookin’. But time’s have changed and I wont even get into the zillion reasons why comfort food has gotten a bad rep. I’m here to change that! This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie recipe is so good, so comforting, so damn delicious that I’ve been hesitant in even sharing it….Seriously…..
It’s my Go-To whenever I know we’re having guests over (I don’t even tell them it’s Vegan until after- love seeing their faces!) Don’t ask me how many people this recipe can serve, as my fiance’ and I have been known to clear quite a few plates of this pie in just one sitting…
So let’s get comfortable with what you’ll need 😉
- 11×7 Glass baking dish
- Pastry bag & pipe tip (optional)
- A BIG appetite;)
First rule: Don’t use the waxy, red potatoes for your mash. They just won’t break down enough nor do they absorb the liquid very well. Stick with Russets and Yukon Golds. Of the two, the Russet will give you the creamiest mash, but many people prefer the flavor and golden color of Yukon Golds.
- 5 pound bag of Yukon Gold Potatoes OR Russets (I usually leave out around 3-4 potatoes from the bag)
- Vegan Butter (I use Earth Balance, about 3 tbs., just add to taste)
- Himalaya Salt- (to taste)
- Crushed Mixed peppercorns (I love the pink and green)
- Splash of Almond milk/Cashew Milk
- 1 pound bag of Mixed Medley Frozen Vegetables (365 Brand from Whole Foods)
- 1 bag of Beyond Beef- Feisty Crumble
- 1 Can Vegan Chili
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 tbs. of vegan Worcester sauce
- 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast
- 1 heaping tablespoon of Just Mayo
- 2 tbs. your favorite BBQ Sauce
- 1 tbs. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1 tsp. Cumin
- salt & pepper to taste
- Start by putting the potatoes in a pot and fill with enough water to cover. Sprinkle a bit of salt in there to speed up the boiling. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain the potatoes and mash (blending works too) with the salt, pepper, almond milk and Earth Balance. Taste and add more seasonings or EB if needed. Make sure the potatoes stay firm (especially if you want to use a frosting bag, and pipe the potatoes- very pretty)
- While the potatoes are cooking, prepare your filling ingredients and preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Heat the coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onions with a pinch of salt, and cook for 3-4 minutes, until they become glazed and clear.
- Add the package of frozen mixed veggies
- Add the Beyond Meat crumbles and stir until defrosted and they begin to blend with the veggies. Add the can of chili, Just Mayo, Nutritional yeast, BBQ sauce and the rest of your dry spices. (Because this is a vegan recipe, you can taste as you go!)
- Pour the filling mixture into an 11×7 glass baking dish. I love to pipe out my mashed taters in little swirls OR you can use a rubber spatula, dolloping the potatoes over the top of the filling. Carefully spread the potatoes out over the filling, making sure to form a seal all around the edge of the baking dish to prevent the filling from bubbling over. Bake on the middle oven rack for 25 minutes, until the potatoes begin to turn golden brown. Let the pie cool for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
Get ready my fellow star gazers! This month, on the night of September 27-28th there will be a total eclipse of the moon- concluding the *Lunar Tetrad (*a series of four lunar eclipses spaced 6 months apart). Representing the fourth and final eclipse of the lunar tetrad- this months Harvest Moon will also be a Blood Moon- making it a Super Harvest Blood Moon. Looking back at how this Tetrad began, the first Blood Moon eclipse happened on the night of April 14-15, 2014. The second one took place on the night of October 7-8, 2014, and the third one (the shortest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century) came to pass on April 4, 2015. The fourth and final total lunar eclipse of this Lunar Tetrad will fall on the night of September 27-28. For my friends across North America- get ready for an awe-inspiring show!
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