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If you're interested in living a long, healthy life, you may really want to give David Sandoval a listen, if for no other reason than to find out what's really in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte! I've edited out all of the commercials in this interview for your listening enjoyment.
Here's more info on David:
I got involved in a great discussion of various cars and bikes at Eric Peters' wonderful site Eric Peters Autos, and it inspired to me to dig up this old photo of yours truly on my Suzuki GT750 "Water Buffalo", knee down in full leathers, enjoying a little "wreckless driving", ha!
Eat your hearts out, all you wannabe chefs* - Trader Joe's will be featuring my "capresedilla" recipe as their demo item this Friday and Saturday (prime time, booyah! <--do they still say that? LOL). Anyhow, the big party goes down at the Garnet Avenue location in Pacific Beach - so stop in as many times as you can get away with it (keep an eye out for shift changes) - oh and give them my name and you may get a blank stare in return. But who gives a shit, right? LOL
1. Take an organic flour tortilla, slice up some New Zealand grass fed white cheddar on one half, and put it in the toaster over on broil
2. While the cheese is melting, slice up one half an avocado, one half a tomato (heirlooms are best), and about six large leaves of fresh basil
3. Pull the tortilla out when the cheese is melty
4. Put the other stuff on top, sprinkle on some (pink himalayan) salt and black pepper
5. Fold in half and enjoy the delicious fresh flavors!
For a little extra zest, spread a little pesto on the other side of the tortilla before closing her up, yummmm!
(Sorry, I only had pics of my mom's amazing homegrown heriloom tomatos. Make up the rest in your mind, it will work, I promise!)
* A little jab at all the amazing chefs I know - you know who you are!
You don't have to be a fourth generation San Diegan like yours truly to appreciate what Tony Gwynn, Sr. did in his lifetime. He was a local legend both on and off the baseball diamond, with an unmistakeable laugh that was full of joy and a love of life. I'm sure I share my favorite T. Gwynn moment with many other San Diegans - the second deck home run he nailed in Yankee Stadium during the 1998 World Series; quite a feat for an aging player who was better known for rapping out singles and doubles like a Gattling gun.
Unless you followed his career from beginning to end, you may be surprised to see old photos of him as a fleet young outfielder. He was better known later in his career as baseball's "Jolly Fat Man" of the late 20th century, picking up where Babe Ruth left off in the first half of the century. He was carrying a lot of extra weight around by the time he passed 3,000 hits late in his career, making any talk of him surpassing 4,000 hits a pipe dream for only the most wishful of thinkers.
As Tony's career was winding down I was really getting into surfing, and I started paying more attention to my own health and what I was putting into my body. The more I learned, the more I came to realize that despite Tony's amazing achievements on the diamond, we were all missing out on the truly amazing potential of this great athlete and local icon. I was amazed by the story of Theo Ratliff, another pro athlete who faced health issues in his career but overcame them with diet and a strategic supplementation program. Granted, Theo's health issues manifested themselves differently - he had joint issues instead of weight problems - but the root cause was the same: a lack of the nutrients needed to maintain a high level of performance. Chances are, if Tony had gone to the NBA instead of playing baseball (he would have been quite an effective NBA point guard based on his college career), the rigors of basketball would have kept his weight at bay, but his body would have broken down in other ways. As Raymond Francis says "There really is only disease (cellular malfunction) with two causes (deficiency and toxicity).
During Tony's career he made his love of "soul food" well known. In the video below, Milton Mills, MD takes on the topic of "soul food" head on. It is encouraging to see people discussing health from a fresh perspective, exposing the propaganda of the AMA/FDA/ACA/Big Pharma/Big Agra crowd, and using cooperation, reason, and compassion to solve the real world problems caused by the "Health Care" Cartel.
American society is slowing waking up from the bad dream caused by too much "easy living" via fast food and disposable "pop" culture. It is time to expose the beast system and let it wither and die, so that it can no longer take away our best and brightest before their time. To that I say, "RIGHT ON!"
Here is one of the best interviews regarding hemp you've ever heard on a nationally syndicated talk radio show:
Click to listen -> Power Hour Radio Show - May 16, 2014 (hour 3)
If you don't own any artworks by Katherine Brannock, you may want to buy an original while they're still within your grasp - or at least a signed and framed print. Put it on the wall, sit back, and let your mind go wherever her incredible imagination and boundless talent takes you. Try to decipher what was going through her mind during each drawing session. Was there one continual flow of inspiration based on a preconceived concept, or did the composition take new twists and turns at each sitting?
There is a quantitative brilliance to a highly evolved technique such as Kathy's. Her best works come to life with grace, intrigue, and nuance as she wills them into existence with her dashing left hand. I know for a fact that she puts many, many hours into her art, and it shows. The results truly reflect what Mark Passio so clearly and simply defines as 'wisdom' in this video - namely, that it is the synthesis of intelligence1 and action.
Little has been put in writing about what fuels Kathy's amazing abilities, an intelligence honed by a highly inquisitive mind and countless hours of reading, study, and practice at her craft. She draws from a deep well of knowledge of a diverse range of subjects, including ancient history, mythology, symbolism, the mathematics of attraction (fibonacci, golden ratio, so on), and the science of color theory, to name but a few. The interviews I've seen with her have (unfortunately) largely overlooked these deeper influences, and have really missed out on a golden opportunity to bring the reader inside Kathy's world and explore what makes her tick. Perhaps yours truly will pick up that ball and run with it soon.
Regardless of subject matter, I am always engaged by art this technically brilliant. I see dedication to one's craft as essential to any true work of art. One could argue that Pollock had technical brilliance. I think that's an affront to true talent, but hey, that's just me. For an excellent exposé on this topic, watch this thought provoking 30 minute video, and be sure to support Jan Irvin's excellent website here (there is some penetrating discourse on the topic in the comments section once you have logged in).
Kathy recently finished a nearly two year apprenticeship at Guru Tattoo in San Diego. While I'm personally not a big fan of tattooing - I find the human form to be a finely crafted work of art unto itself - it would not surprise me in the least to see her soon become one of the most sought after tattoo artists in the world. She has also been commissioned for an upcoming fall show at La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles. Click here for more on Kathy's rising career. I understand she has a children's book planned, and it will surely be a highly prized addition to the bookshelves of many inquisitive young people with discerning parents.
Last of all, if you found any of the above links interesting, here is another brilliant presentation by Gavan Kearney2 that covers some of these subjects in greater detail.
Duotone Triptych by Katherine Brannock, part of the author's collection
1 a byproduct of intellect and imagination, more from Passio here
2 Kearney's synopsis:
Part one ("State Of The Art") is largely concerned with the process by which to the "content" (the actual work of Art) has been all but dismissed at the expense of the "context" (what the work is supposedly about), contrasting content- rich work (Mallarme. Verlaine, Debussy) to that which is all but devoid of content (Martin Creed, Michael Craig Martin). I believe the Symbolist movement to be of crucial importance to the development of Modern Art (though it has largely been overshadowed by the "realist" line; Impressionism, Expressionism, Abstraction etc) and how, through it's use of Nuance and suggestion, and it's concerns with the mythological, spiritual and even occult (Huysmans, Wilde), provided a final, if majestic, resistance to the cult of utilitarianism, materialism and, essentially- anti imaginative. I also examine how the cult of personality has been employed (with Van Gogh as an example) to present a notion of Great Art (and "true" expression) as being almost entirely painful and alienating and how this has lead to the sham anti- Art of The Turner prize fiasco and the insults of Tate Modern.