Found an evocative article in the NYTimes about playing the oud, or arab lute, in Iraq, and the last of a musical lineage dating back hundreds of years. The musician is Salman Shukur, Iraq's last living traditional master of the oud.
The New York Times revealed yesterday that the watchdogs of public health, the Federal Drug Administration had ruled to "ban brains and spinal cords from older cows in all animal feed." Sounds like a wise move? Two sentences later we learn that "the rules are not as strict as those the agency proposed last year and never adopted, and critics promptly denounced them as inadequate."
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/05/health/05cow.html (October 5, 2005, by Donald G. McNeil Jr.)
Further, "The new proposal still allows chickens, pigs and other noncattle animals to be fed material that some scientists consider potentially infectious, including the brains and spinal cords of young animals, and the eyes, tonsils, intestines and nerves of older ones."
"Cows can potentially ingest that material because they can be given chicken feed and droppings swept up from the floors of poultry farms, scrapings from restaurant plates, and a calf milk replacement made from cow blood and fat. In the rules proposed in early 2004, poultry litter and plate waste would have been banned."
Gwhyneth Chen, world-reknowned concert pianist gave a benefit concert for Avatamsaka Monastery in Calgary. She performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest conductor Maestro Edmon Colomer, from Barcelona, Spain. Gwhyneth gave an outstanding performance, 1100 people attended, and Maestro Colomer lent his considerable skills and personal aura to the event.
A new booklet about vegans is about to be born.The same team that produced last year's booklet called "Kindness: A Vegetarian Poetry Anthology" has nearly completed a 48-page booklet called Whole Body Vegan Lifestyle.
Here's a preview of the cover. The book will be presented at the Vegsource.com Healthy Lifestyle Expo in Los Angeles this month. For a sneak preview of the essay, keep reading below