Religious roots of Buddha’s birthplace traced back 2,600 years – NBC


Religious roots of Buddha's birthplace traced back 2,600 years - NBC


How fascinating!

I think it’s wonderful that we are still able to find any kind of ancient construction or artifacts in this day and age.

Reading about discoveries made around the world and how up-to-date conclusions are then formed based on this new and more complete research never ceases to fill me with wonder and amazement.

I envision that one day we may finally be able to have the complete and accurate history of our human civilization and of our interconnecting roots as well as an absolute timeline of the universe’s progression (minus any theories or hypotheses) .  One can dream right? You never know.. 

Article:   Religious roots of Buddha’s birthplace traced back 2,600 years – NBC

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It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Time !!


Ah, it’s here ! It has arrived ! 

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé !

Georges Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau

Created in France, in the province of Beaujolais (Burgundy region), this affordable red wine is released around the world on a yearly basis, always on the third Thursday in November.  Knowing when something new is about to be released always generates some anticipation and excitement. In fact, it’s become a family tradition of sorts!

( “Have you tried it yet?”  “No, not yet! But I heard it was a good year, something about the grapes not freezing! Going to run over to the liquor store and grab a few bottles ! Some for tasting now and some to bring over for Thanksgiving!”  “OK honey, but don’t taste too many at once!”) 

It’s also always fun to see the new labels as they are redesigned each year. I then transition from self-proclaimed sommelier into self-proclaimed professional art critic and discuss how pretty the label is this year and what a terrific use of color they utilized. (Note: I’m pretty sure my wine rating, label analysis and color interpretation sound more and more professional and knowledgeable with each glass of wine tried :). )

Trying the Beaujolais Nouveau always makes for a merry time, though I may need to go to France for its launch one year. The region hosts a five day festival called Les Sarmentelles.  Five days of drinking wine and winning prizes? Now that sounds like a great time to be had !

Enjoy your glass of the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau ! Cheers! Sante!  अच्छी सेहत के लिए! Salud ! 乾杯!  Budem zdorovy! 干杯! Skå l!   (I hope these all say “cheers“!)

Have a great day all !

Great Beaujolais links:


Trend: Saggy Pants



You’ve seen them everywhere, on both, men and women. Mostly, (it seems) under the age of 50.  I’m talking about the saggy pants look – those jeans and pants that hang wwaaayyy low.

Personally, I saw the trend emerge in the early 1990’s. I remember walking around the mall with a group of friends, and this guy Rob (who I had a crush on at the time) was wearing jeans that hung so very low that his boxers were showing. I had never seen this strange look and my curiosity was piqued.  I thought perhaps this was just some silly fad, and at the time, thought it looked kind of funny and ridiculous.  And so, I did the unthinkable.

What’s the best way to flirt with your crush? Right, embarrass him.

He was walking a few steps in front of me and I launched, no, catapulted myself forward, grabbed either side of his loose-fitting jeans, and — yanked downwards with all my might! Jeans around his ankles, (thank goodness the boxers were still intact!)  Rob glared at me and was NOT amused. In fact, that was the end of what could have been the whirlwind romance of my teenage daydreams!

It is now 20 years later and this look is still going strong.  Yes, I was wrong (again!).  The saggy pants look was not a fad. Perhaps a trend, but not a fad. In fact, since this look has permeated our social culture, aren’t you curious to know how it started?

Apparently, there are a few differing of opinions on how the look began.  Prison garb (either from having to hand your belt over to corrections officers or to show other inmates your “availability”)  vs. snowboard look vs. fashion wear .  Times have changed since the 90’s though, so be careful if you do wear your pants this way.. you can now GO to jail for doing so.

Click on all the links in the above post for some interesting articles and pictures.

Here is a great article on the history of sagging pants….

Some pictures below: