Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Sunlight Of A Smile


Melon Carpaccio with Basil / Carpaccio de melon au basilic


Age-defying recipes - Recettes anti-âge

the melon is the most advisable fruit in case of heat wave because it is very refreshing and especially diuretic

here is an extremely simple way to prepare it to fully enjoy its freshness

Ingredients: (serves 4)

  1. Open the melon, remove its seeds and then cut into thin slices using a mandoline slicer.
  2. Divide the slices among four plates. Mix the lemon juice and oil and pour on  the melon.
  3. Add pepper and sprinkle with chopped basil. Serve chilled.

Why is it anti-aging?  In addition to being refreshing the melon is particularly rich in provitamin A (beta-carotene) with antioxidant properties. It is also a good source of vitamin C, and vitamins from group B. Regarding trace elements, it is rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and iodine. It is a…

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A Blessing For You

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2014 Year of the unMonastery

unMonastery embeds committed, skilled individuals within communities that could benefit from them, by opening a space within that locality as a base for those individuals  – an unMonastery site. The intent is to reproduce the best of the social functions of the traditional monastery: giving its members a greater purpose, a chance to develop deep relationships with one another through living and working together, and a degree of freedom from the need to generate personal income in order to live for the duration of their stay. Most of all, it exists to serve the community, providing what would benefit it most.

Communities with a prospective site can contact the project, sharing the details of the physical location itself, the needs and assets of the community, and what support can be offered. The location must accommodate at least 10 individuals and be minimally liveable, electricity, shelter, water and internet; but may be in need of work to improve it. Potential members are then matched to that offer based on availability and fit to the conditions, and the site can begin to become a reality.

Members commit to up to 18 months involvement, and each new unMonastery site begins by gaining an understanding of what the community needs. The running and conduct of internal and external activities is guided by best practice accrued by the unMonastery project network, but is ultimately autonomous, selected by the members in that location. Members can expect to work hard, experience long days and face many challenges in the course of their stay.

Activities are contingent on the location. They could include

  • Advice and support on repurposing community spaces
  • Building an Urban Garden and Permaculture Development
  • Community Mediation
  • Developing different methods of local exchange
  • Work Shopping technical skills based on skillsets of unMonastery residents

At the end of the run of the unMonastery, the local community is consulted as to what should happen next. Perhaps the activities begun will be continued in the hands of the local people alone, or new ideas have begun to develop for a new wave of activities.

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What an outstanding Role Model!

Happy Birthday Malala Yousafzai!


Pakistani schoolgirl, global role model and world hero Malala Yousafzai has addressed the United Nations as part of her campaign to ensure free compulsory education for every child.

She marked her 16th birthday by delivering the speech on Friday at the UN headquarters in New York.

Taliban gunmen shot Malala on her school bus last October following her campaign for girls’ rights.

“I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child,” she said.

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Customizing Imbalance 2: The Patterned Plate

The Blog

Imbalance 2 is a clean, modern, grid-based theme great for blogs, portfolios, and magazine-style sites — and one that easily transforms into a cheerful, mouthwatering food blog. Carrie of The Patterned Plate combined free theme options like a custom header, featured images, and footer widgets with font, color, and CSS upgrades to build a cook’s paradise that would make Martha Stewart drool:


Her site is welcoming but clean, and perfectly showcases her beautifully-styled dishes. Let’s see how she did it.

A custom header and footer widgets highlight her branding

Imbalance 2 has space for custom menus or widgets in its header; bloggers can also opt to include a logo image or a completely custom header, as Carrie’s done.  A full-width header of whimsical sketches — in a single color, to keep the overall look clean — instantly lets you know you’re in for foodie fun.

Her branding gets a callback…

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