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Navratri Celebrations – 2017

We recently celebrated the Indian autumn festival of Navratri – a ten-day, nine-night festival celebrated every year between September – October.  Navratri is observed in various ways depending on what region of India one is from and is the most important Indian festival only second to Diwali. Navratri symbolizes the victory of positive energy over negativity

What is Navratri?

Navratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav meaning Nine and Ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, the three forms of the goddess are invoked — Durga (the goddess of strength/ Mother earth/positive energy), Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and purity) and Saraswathi (goddess of wisdom, music, arts and knowledge). Navratri is at its core an art festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. Women and girls take a central stage at this festival, as this is a celebration of famine qualities such as dance, music, arts, nature and nurture.

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Happy Father’s Day!

On this day that celebrates Dads I thought I would share a few quotes from Fathers about being a great Father.

Thoughts From Fathers on Being a Great Father:

The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.  Reed Markham

I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more. Gordon Brown

To me, having kids is the ultimate job in life. I want to be most successful at being a good father. Nick Lachey

I would say my greatest achievement in life right now – my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it – is to be a wonderful father to my kids. Bo Jackson

A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father. Frank Abagnale

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful ladies out there!! Hope you have a fun and relaxing day doing exactly what makes you happy.

Last year I posted a couple of articles on Moms – both were poignant and sentimental. Mom was about the strong women who played a huge role in my life and Happy Mother’s Day! had some heartfelt poems about Moms.

This year I thought I would keep it lighthearted and share with you four cartoons about Moms. I bought this boxed set of greeting cards a while back, which had cartoons about Moms from The New Yorker magazine, and they are very funny. Enjoy!

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What I Want For Mother’s Day

Every year my family asks the same question around Mother’s Day. What do I want for Mother’s Day?  What menu would I like? What do I want to do? Where do I want to go? Which restaurant can they make reservations at for dinner? Every year I tell them the same ten things.  This is what I want for Mother’s Day. Continue reading What I Want For Mother’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! An Italian-inspired Vegetarian Manu Celebrating Love.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year – Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.  Kids have school, everyone is at work, but it is Valentine’s Day and no matter what day it falls on, it’s great to make this day that celebrates love, feel special for everyone.

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Celebrating the Indian Harvest Festival of Shankranthi. A harvest inspired vegetarian feast.

After days and weeks of solid good rain here in Northern California, we finally see some sunshine 😊🌞.  It seriously feels like spring – Not! Birds are chirping as if it is spring, little do they know that rain and cool temperatures are coming back very soon – within a few days 🌧.

But as far as celebrating weather goes, it is the perfect warm weekend here to celebrate a farming harvest festival called Shankranthi which is observed all over India on January 14th. Continue reading Celebrating the Indian Harvest Festival of Shankranthi. A harvest inspired vegetarian feast.