As Winter seems to be finally bowing out and allowing Spring to come forth, folks are celebrating by spending as much time outdoors as possible. Just drive by any of the local health food stores, parks, or coffee houses and you will see shiny, happy people making the most of the sunny weekend. I count myself lucky that I happened to be one of those shiny, happy people yesterday over at the Honeysuckle Tea House in the idyllic Chapel Hill back country.
The Tea House re-open
So much has happened this week, eh? (How many of you looked at the Canadian immigration website? Come on, be honest...) Without getting into gory details, let me just say that I felt my share of shock, denial, despair, confusion, fear over the future, etc. All of these feelings served as a great impetus to ask questions, read more, talk to people, to reach out and see how they were feeling, to comfort, in short, to connect. Regardless of the impetus, the result of connecting
For those who missed the grand announcement on Instagram (@rangadevidasi) and Facebook, this past Friday Govinda's Catering passed our inspection from the NC Department of Agriculture. This is a hugely important step. It is one thing to sell meals as we have been doing, "among friends." Yet, I would not be able to approach any coffee house, tea house, farmers' market, or any other food establishment about carrying our delectables, without having that written piece of paper in
Adventures in writing. Or perhaps it is more accurate to say adventures caused by writing. That was the theme of my personal life this week. Twice I had the opportunity to deal in person with discussions stimulated by something I had written in this blog. The first was when the person who was the stimulus for my piece a couple weeks ago on anger, suddenly turned to me and asked, "So what was it that you were angry about in your blog?" "What blog?" Oh... Yeah... No, he hadn't
Earlier in the week I planned to meet a friend of mine for dinner on Saturday. I figured we would go to Sage Vegetarian Cafe in Chapel Hill, since I had never been there. I know. That statement is sheer craziness. How is it possible that I have been a vegetarian for twenty-three years, lived in the Triangle for twenty years, and been a caterer and vegan food blogger for the last three of those twenty, and have still never visited Sage Cafe? Yesterday I righted my wrong, humbl
My weekend was wild and wacky and full of adventure. Fortunately it was the good kind of wacky and wild that includes a lot of singing. It is funny how even unconsciously, we operate in rhythm cycles. Exactly two months ago, I wrote this newsletter talking about how I had sung for two kirtan events in one weekend. Both weekends included a car trip, where I was lucky enough to be a passenger (let's go car nap!) to a city in Southern NC. I had even used the same photo at the b
This evening I attended a lecture by my teacher, Bir Krishna Goswami, on a fascinating topic - that of the archetype of the hero and his or her journey from a mundane situation, through an adventure of unknown lands and experiences, only to return to the world of the familiar, a changed person, equipped with boons that benefit the world at large. This journey was codified by Joseph Campbell, the world-renowned mythologist, who combed the mythologies of the world's great cultu