I have been playing down in Yorkville for the past two
weekends, the music wafting through the warm Summer afternoon and the light
upon the trees and shadows of the alcove on Cumberland Street. In Old Toronto (1826) this area was known as the woods, the southeastern corner
becoming Yorkville as the city grew northwards. Not too far away at Yonge Street and Bloor Street was Potters Field
that was closed in 1855. The Free Song Downloads are now available for Rebecca Anne Banks: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue . . . If you like the songs and would like to
send me a remittance, whatever you can afford, your gift would help fund the next Tea at
Tympani Lane Records recording project. There is new poetry on the web site, The War of the Roses a
poem based on the civil war of England of the same name, as well as a French translation of Drinking Ginger Root (En un verre de Ginger Root). Watch Poets Corner for more poetry offerings. As Summer blooms gloriously in front of us I am reminded of the
state of love. It is important to be mentored and discerned in marriage.The relationship needs to work well between both of you and be
endorsed by your families and by the community. In a world that exists with a book as large as Emily Posts book of etiquette you can be assured that there are probably just as many unwritten rules about love and life. All thoughts, code of ethics on
love and life comes with points of reference in Community. Often it is easy to be misguided by the mass media but there are standard norms for conduct within the Community that are meant to keep
people from becoming too wounded. Peace within good love relationships and Community defies fear and anger, fractured love lives promote chaos, oblivion and war. War carries with it an objectification of others that legitimizes acting out fear and anger in a destructive way, the heart of darkness. War creates enemity, grief, sorrow and anger that reflects in negative energy, and negative karma when innocents are murdered or raped. It is important to help each other in the Spirit
of illumination so that peace is woven within Community. Having great psychic ability and often experiencing visualizations that sometimes are foreshadowing I find
it important to create good energy around sometimes negative thoughts. Sometimes it is easy to slip into daymares, a state of mind where one visualizes a negative occurrence, it is important to say a prayer of peace
after such occurrences (visualizing a dove with an olive branch often helps), creating good energy. This way any negative energy around the visualization is dissipated. It is important to keep thoughts based in the positive, it keeps you in a good frame of mind and creates good energy and good karma,
influencing speech and actions. Purity in thought, word
and deed. Keeping on good terms with friends and neighbours because although enemies may exist,
who would ever really have an enemy.
The following is an adaptation of the recipe for Congi, a breakfast staple in Asia, a breakfast that helps fuel the manufacturing economy. David Smiley at Smileys Bed and Breakfast on Toronto Island served it to me of a Saturday morning and it is very hearty, warm and full of energy. I find myself craving it for dinner as well.
Prepare a quantity of cooked rice ( 1 cup of rice per 2 and 1/4 cups water = approximately 4 servings)
3/4 cup of fruit (raisins)
1/4 cup of diced onion
1/2 cup of cooked seafood (smoked mussels, fish etc.)
1 clove of garlic minced
3/4 cup of Soya Milk (or whole milk)
1/8 cup of fruit juice (orange or apple)
Cook slowly over low heat for 1/2 an hour.
I am fascinated by foods and offerings from Asia, Lichee nuts are like grapes kissed by the Lotus flower and Cumquats are small spicy oranges that make great marmalade (recipe coming soon). Walking through the Asian market looking for new and wonderful offerings on a quiet morning is a great way to celebrate the city.