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A New Woman on the Honours List

Aunty-Phylis I wrote this song in 1979, and if you want an idea of what she looks like, download the song lyric sheet under this post.

What woman would you nominating for The Honey & the Star award? No doubt you’ve several in mind. In “Comments’, Tell us a little about those special women – we can’t wait to read about them!

The Honey & the Star

Do ya wanna hear a picture of a walking inspiration?
She’s an open invitation to a heart that needs to love
She makes you sing and smile. She’s a honey, free and wild
She’s the warmest lady, aunty, grandma, mother, loyal friend

She’s all around the country – her home is everywhere
She has a place for everyone. Everyone has a place for her
She wraps her arms around you, you never want to leave
Her belly laugh is so relaxed, her life a summer breeze

Yes, lovely lady, I’m talking about you
Singing all your praises – the country, it should too
And give you a medal – how wonderful you are!
In my honours list you’ve won The Honey & The Star

Friends, she’s got a certain style – it’s sort of ‘universal’
You know when she’s around coz there’s a smile everywhere
I cannot put my finger on what it is about her
It’s a privilege to know her – it’s a buzz to have her near
Yes, lovely lady …

She has so much to teach you that you cannot find in writing
And you feel she is inviting you to a party or to tea
She’s clear & quite uncluttered – though her list is overflowing
That reminds me, time is going. It’s another new year’s eve

Well if this song is pretty it is just a spark of her beauty
Such an awesome woman – a treasure I have found
Her love will shine forever. Take a moment to remember
To express a little thank you – she won’t always be around

The Honey & the Star– Free Download Song Lyrics

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Deep_&_Meaningluls I didn’t have a clue what it was like to break up when I sang that old ‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do, song, way back when. I heard it recently on the radio and for the first time, actually thought about it’s quaint old lyrics, and the painful break-ups we experience along love’s way.

When life is bustling and family and friends are planning happy get-togethers, what if you can’t get together with the one you love?  What if you recently broke up, and everyone’s trying to cheer you up? … and it makes you feel even more down? – like they don’t really ‘see’ you.  Would that my song, in some small way, help see you through …

More Love

Two hearts beating as one – that’s how it seemed to be
Suddenly you’re breaking up. It’s hard, and hard to believe
You thought alike, or so you thought, then a rift began to show
Now you’re drifting poles apart
From a soul you hardly know

When do you sing your own song? How can you cross the sea?
When do you give up hope that things could change if only …
Letting go is hard, I know. You lie awake in the dark
Still the tears fall. You gave your all
You got so much love in your heart

You got more love, much more love to give
You got more life, much more life to live
Through the grieving, and the lows,
Keep believing in yourself. I can’t help feeling
You got more love tomorrow to receive
More love

In times gone by we found a mate and gave ourselves away
Our hearts could break only once
And if they did, they had to stay that way
These days life is kinder – we can find ourselves again
You would say to me, I know
So I say, beautiful friend

You got more love, much more love to give
You got more life, much more life to live
Through the grieving, and the lows
Keep believing in yourself – I can’t help feeling
You got more love tomorrow to receive
Hang on in there, there’s more love to receive
More love … in it’s own time,  more love

© 2012 Radha Sahar

More Love – free download lyrics

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A Happy Ending

Quotes: the world is full of them. Facebook, Twitter, your email inbox, probably chokka … sometimes it’s all a bit tooooo inspiring!

But once or twice in a lifetime a quote stops you in your tracks. The words turn in your mind, arriving at a perfect juncture – a gift  from someone you’ll probably never meet. Here’s one that changed me recently …

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning. But anyone can start today and make a new ending’ – Maria Robinson.

Maria! There will be people creating new endings all over the place! Who knows what will happen? A new ending is opening up for me already! A new home in a new town. Fantastic soil in which to grow organic veges. New friends to make. New songs to write and musos to jam with… A life-changing, happy ending every day.

A Happy Ending
(c) Radha Sahar

Someone wrote a quote on the wall in the mall café
Says, ‘You can’t go back and make a new beginning
But anyone can start today – and make a new ending’
“That’s it!” you smile at me and say

Here we are. Here and now
Everything will fall into place somehow
Lucky star, brand new ground
Here’s to starting a happy ending now!

New direction, gift in the moment, every day
Over the same old same old, embracing the unknown way
Snap decision every minute
I’ll smile at you and say “Here we are …

Thanks, whoever wrote that quote originally
Never met you, but you changed my life. Surely you must be
A source of wisdom, a force, a fountain
Giving to all and all for free

Here we are. Here and now
Everything will fall into place somehow
Lucky star, brand new ground
Happy ever after, bliss or blues, tears or laughter
And this song’s starting a happy ending now!

 

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Good Bob Dylan Karma!

There you are, wandering through the mall in wonder: you’ve a few spare minutes – the recession not driving you spare for now. The fast lane giving way to memory lane, wonderful, timeless melodies swirl in your happy little heart …  Bob Dylan is lifting your spirits yet again and you sing along in your mind, gliding through the isles in  shoppers’ trance …  ‘Hey Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me …  as you pass the music shop,  ‘I shall be released …’ as a billboard promises you lower mortgage rates, and ‘  ‘Forever young …’  as you confidently sweep past three stands of useless, overpriced skin care products.

Pretty well all baby boomers love Bob Dylan – his lyrics, his melodies.  For many, he and Leonard Cohen rank as the lyricists & songwriters of the era along with Joni Mitchell.  So why would Baby Boomer Girl trumpet their glories instead of her own upcoming, stunning album? …  The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind … or maybe in the bath tub – something to do with a plug …

Yep. I’m plugging Bob Dylan this time, and in particualr the new album, Kids Sing Bob Dylan.  And yes, to be honest, I did have a hand in producing it. The good karma aspect? Mine was to be involved – to work with such talent as the kids have – unbelievable!  And to enjoy a deep satisfaction and pride in the result. This is what it looks like on iTunes, Amazon and many other MP3 Download sites. If you’re into your iPod, it’s all there.

We’ve released it in plastic too! – so I’m going to give a little plug about physical CDs … you can give ‘the gift of music’, with a professional-looking package. Who would give the gift of music on a home-burned CD, the title almost illegible in someone’s handwritten scrawl? Sadly, the ‘gift of music’ is in danger of dying out because of this. With a physical CD you have a lovely package; a lasting gift with all the lyrics, who did what on the album, and where your best mate can get one. Plus, would you believe it, physical CDs are sometimes cheaper to purchase than on some download sites in certain countries. Keep you local record shop, and the gift of music, alive!

And your good Bob Dylan karma? To buy it of course! To see the kids in your extended family discovering the Dylan magic – the legacy being passed on.  Say no more. Let the music speak for itself … (click Listen to these Samples)

Happy festive season!

Footnote
Writing and recording children’s music has been Baby Boomer Girl’s primary occupation for the past 25 years. Working creatively with business partner and friend, David Antony Clark, she has produced many award-winning albums.  Do take a look at them and their terrific website full to the brim with great kids’ albums, free books, and articles. And spread the word; your good karma will triple!

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Yummy Food Avatar Style and Losing Weight!

Free Food ImageApologies for the looooooooong silence: it has taken me a year to find out how to really attain a ‘Body Like an Avatar Alien’. (see x2 past posts on this all-engrossing topic 🙂 ). I’m well on the way now, having discovered the secret I’d been searching for this past 12 months. It was right in front of my eyes: Plants! Plant-based Wholefood nutrition is the key. I’ve shed 8 kilos without trying, and I’m singing like a million dollars. When I’m down another 3 or 4, I’ll post a skite pic and a new song to go with it …

Meanwhile,  let’s journey back to Pandora, and see exactly how those Navi Aliens maintain perfect health and their slim, blue waists.

What is Plant-based Wholefood Nutrition?
It is eating a balanced diet of plants and unprocessed, plant-based foods: that’s all they eat there on Pandora. And it’s what our human ancestors ate way back in our primate days.

Meeting up with all those gorgeous Aliens munching vegetation, I asked them “You’re not Vegan are you?”
They told me that, in common with vegans on Planet Earth, they don’t eat animal foods. Like vegans they eat plant foods. But they are horrified at what can constitute ‘plant foods’ here on Earth: highly processed foods such as white flour, sugar and oil. The Navi won’t touch those, as they are not whole foods.  Like vegans they have compassion for animals and so don’t eat them. But the Navi Plant-based heritage is centred primarily on health.

Why don’t they eat Oils?
The Navi tell me that ‘healthy oils’ are the oils inherent in whole foods themselves. There is no need to eat that refined oil stuff we have on Earth: it is far healthier to not eat it. While oil is essential to their health, all the oil they need can be adequately sourced from plants – even the omegas. That goes for we humans too, they said.

Do the Aliens only eat Raw Foods?
So far they seemed to have no particular emphasis on raw, though they eat lots of it!  But they eat cooked too.  They told me that this enables them to get more balanced nutrition, and better protein levels. The foods they cook are mainly those either not healthy or not easy to eat raw – e.g. potatoes, soy, dhal & beans, grains (yes, they love those foods up there on Pandora too!). Together with greens, these provide the Navi with complete protein, and billions of micro nutrients. They prefer including legumes & grains to the high intake of nuts & seeds, dried fruit and rare superfoods needed in a dedicated raw food regime.

Did this Way of Eating Originate on Planet Pandora?
It did. but it also did on Planet Earth at the same time – amazing eh!  With their extra-terrestrial powers, the Navi have been able to watch us down here on planet Earth. They were happy that plant-based wholefood nutrition formed the predominant content of the human diet for millennia. They knew that peoples such as the Inuit, the Tibetans, and others in cold climates evolved to eat animals; – they had no other choice – not many plants grew there!). Humans have always eaten some form of animal food, which would’ve been necessary to get Vit B12. But aside from the wealthy elite, they ate much smaller quantities than we do today. The Navi are so evolved they even synthesize their own B12 – they reckon we’ll evolve to that too!

Well, thanks guys! I’m sold. I’ve been vegetarian for forty years, all the time struggling somewhat with my weight. Hey – I wasn’t gross, but I did need to get into that good BMI level. The secret for me was taking those extra few steps – cutting out animal foods, oil, sugar and processed food. I have never felt better!  Charles & I will be giving a presentation on it on Tuesday (23rd Aug), via the Transition Town movement. Venue: Alicetown Community Centre, Victoria St, Lower Hutt. Time: 7.30pm. Gold coin donation on the door.
Meanwhile , the following  ‘Earthly’ credits are due …

The contemporary plant-based whole-food movement, where no animal protein is eaten, grew from research done by several American nutritionists, doctors and scientists. At the core are Dr T Colin Campbell, (Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry & Nutrition, Cornell University), Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, (heart surgeon, Cleveland Clinic), Drs Dean Ornish & John McDougall, John Robbins. (see the bios in the last section of the Presentation Folder).  Find out more on the T Colin Campbell Foundation website.

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A Body Like an Avatar Alien, part 2

Here it is!!! – my new Avatar body – not bad eh!

Now before you elaborate on the finer differences between me and the Navi Babe in part 1, realise we are on another planet. Here on Pandora there is no way you would learn about food in terms of slimming; that is such an unheard of idea!

Here on Pandora your body is simply a result of an attitude of gratitude for what little un-poisonous food there is around. Food does not come neatly processed and stacked on supermarket shelves. You have to hunt and gather.

You skip through the forest collecting ripe treats here and there. It’s tempting to graze but you learn that food is actually precious. The protocol is gathering and hunting for the whole family – none of this individual indulgence stuff. You will get what you need and no more – no private pigging out! Anorexia? Bulimia? Obesity? – such diseases of ‘civilisation’ do not occur here.  Meanwhile, your morning hunt has taken all morning; what happened to breakfast?

Panic. Everyone on Earth insisted on eating breakfast. Will you die if you skip it? There’s plenty of pure water, and the Avatar Tea in your hunting pouch sports a little milk; just enough protein to keep you going. By midday you experience a new feeling – hunger!!! You realise what you used to call hunger was just your stomach rumbling around in digestion mode. Real hunger feels different – primal and healthy. It only occurs in waves every four to six daylight hours. The Navi explain that they still observe the ancient ways; the ancestors ate according to the sparse cycle of hunger –  if there was food to go around.

So much for all the slimming tips and recipes you had secretly hoped to pick up during your training! Evidently the apex of your induction has just been reached. You aimed, you fired and you’re on target. You now have the knowledge you need to get a body like an Avatar Alien:  be active & eat healthy food in small amounts when you’re genuinely hungry, period. Back to Earth … Galump!

Oh well, there are zillions of books on what foods are healthy, whole plant foods topping the list, so ignorance won’t be a problem.  Gratitude, healthy choices and sharing look like being the big lessons; not taking more than we need is easier said than done. As mother used to say “Give thanks”, “Eat your greens” and “Think of all the starving children.” Indeed.

All your extra indulgences now go into the food bank trolley at the supermarket – lots of struggling families now, what with the recession and all … You tune into the old body, or the young body, whatever you happen to be blessed with, and find you’re gradually turning a rather triumphant shade of blue …

🙂 Thank you, readers, in anticipation!

Supporting each other to reach ‘the goal’, I think we’re going to need a good number of comments below. What tips do you have on taking only enough of the foods that keep you healthy and fit?


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Free Food

Free Food ImageThanks for your feedback on Have a Body Like an Avatar Alien … Evidently all the food on planet Pandora is Plant-Based and free! That got me thinking …

Life is for living. Love is for giving, stirring us into acts of humanity, like donating food to the poor and eating less so others can have more. This magnanimous gesture will help you attain your Avatar body faster too! I’m inspired: the Na’vi want me to write a ‘Free Food’ song  … Time to get my pen …

Free Food – download the lyrics

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