Tuesday, September 09, 2014

5% of CD sales to the following animal charities for Early August

For the first handful of shows in Canada during August I gave 5% of my CD sales to the following animal charities. Please check out the good work they are doing to help our animal friends.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Green Mood Booster Juice

Some of you know that I have battled with pretty serious depression since my early 20's. With a lot of hard work and life changes I have been able to get it to a manageable level over the past few years but I still have some pretty tough days. One of the things I believe is that a healthy diet can do wonders for the mind. I did a lot of research on this topic and came to the conclusion that a diet high in raw and uncooked foods can be really beneficial for people who suffer from depression and mood disorders, especially people with bipolar and ADD because of how the brain chemistry works. 

Over the past few months I began to eat a lot more uncooked foods, then smoothies and now I juice as much as I can. A lot of people scoff at this but I can tell you that for me when my diet is loaded with fresh fruit and veg, it really makes a difference to my mood. It's such a shame that when you go to the doctor for depression the first thing they usually do is push pills on you, pills that cause side effects loaded with chemicals that we have no idea how we will be affected by 20 years down the line. Don't get me wrong, sometimes a person is in such a bad state that they need a little help short term for their own safety, but this should only be used if there is no other option and more safe, logical and healthy options should also be advised by the doctor. A friend recently told me that doctors only have a few days of training in nutrition as part of their training which for me is crazy. I think it's important they know more about nutrition and how the body and mind works in relation to this. But if they can't arm us with the knowledge to help ourselves, then we need to take matters into our own hands and educate ourselves. 

So if you're feeling a bit down try this for a few days. Even if you don't have a juicer you can make do with a big salad bowl, a giant strainer or sieve and a wooden spoon to push the juice through the pulp. Honestly, it only takes 15 min of your time and how long would you spend cooking a delicious meal? 15 min to improve your mood and supply you with lots of vitamins and minerals that will help your body every day doesn't seem like a lot now does it? 

Healthy Boosting!

Green Mood Booster Juice

1 cup spinach or nettle 
1 pear
big slice of yellow watermelon
1/2 lime
big chunk of ginger
small handful of lemon balm
half cucumber
1 apple
little water to help it blend

Change the amounts to your liking and tastes. Blend for a few minutes, pour into sieve and strain, compost the little pulp left over, drink and reap the benefits.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Dear Maya Angelou.

Thank you for your beautiful words, hope and wisdom. Thank you for your endless light, energy and fierce strength. Thank you for fighting for and giving voices to African American women and men for over 50 years and countless others. I've been reading your poetry and books since I was teenager and 'I know why the caged bird sings' never failed to give me comfort when I felt alone, hurt and lost. Thank you for giving me the seeds in learning to believe in myself. You will not be forgotten. R.I.P

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

Maya Angelou

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I just wanted give a shout out to everyone this past week who helped organize a gig for us, gave us a bed, cooked us a meal, showed us around their town and came to a show. Lukas Creswell-Rost and I had a lovely time in Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Germany are very grateful. Thanks and see you again. Oh and for those of you who wanted to know more about Luke. You can find him here: www.facebook.com/lukascreswellrostmusic and listen to his newest track at soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lukascreswellrost
I took this photo in a field on the mountain in Feldkirch Austria. Such a beautiful spot.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

And 5% of CD sales from April shows go to...

I raised a little money from my CD sales in April for the following animal charities in Germany and Austria. Please check them out when you have a chance as they really need your help! https://www.facebook.com/StadttaubenprojektFrankfurt

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On the way to see Tori!

Tori Amos Tonight in Berlin!

That moment when you're a teenage girl, lost and trying to find your own voice and you first hear Precious Things by Tori Amos and you're like, YES! YES! you understand me and I understand you. You're fierce, yet delicate and you're not afraid to show us your heart, your pain and you have no shame. Not anymore. It's been over 20 years Tori. Thanks so much for helping me through the darkness. See you tonight!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Kind Life

I'm trying so hard to be a better human being because I don't want to hurt anything or anyone. I'm not perfect but choosing to be vegan, starting a little garden and buying cruelty free is my own personal big step in the right direction. Every day I hope I can learn something new to live a kinder, more aware, and gentle life. A life I can be proud of. I urge everyone to avoid supporting companies that test on animals and watch this beautiful video to remind us all how dogs deserve to live; with grass under their paws, playing and jumping in the sunshine. Not locked up in cages in dark rooms being tested on so people can have their lipstick and washing detergent. We all have the power to make beautiful changes in the little choices we make each and every day. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/beagle-rescue-delivers-nine-dogs-from-the-lab-to-loving-homes-video/

Friday, May 02, 2014

Anti Capitalism - Fight it with every day choices and with your veggie garden!

Yesterday I went to Kreuzberg in Berlin and saw a march against capitalism. For me it seemed a little ironic that many people in the parade were wearing clothing brands that are known to exploit their workers and take advantage of people in poorer nations so that we can have cool sneakers. 

I know that no one is perfect and it's really difficult to live in our society without it affecting someone, somewhere in a negative way. That's how governments and corporations have set up the system to work but hey, here's an idea. Why don't we start our own little revolution at home by planting a little garden in our yard or on our windowsills or balconies? Some things are relatively easy to grow such as lettuce, tomatoes and herbs and there is nothing more powerful or satisfying than picking and eating your own produce. How much more anti capitalist can you get? 

And to take things further we could waste less food by sharing it with our neighbours and friends through www.foodsharing.de or other online or face to face avenues. We could buy local, supporting people in our own backyard, encouraging small, handmade businesses, folk who enjoy what they do and put time and love into what they create. 

We can trade our skills with other people. I make some soap and you trade me some of your delicious veggie curry. Reduce the use of money! Like my music and want to trade some handmade CD's for a handmade scarf or a couple of jars of Dandelion Honey? Awesome. I would love to! There is so much we can do at home to fight against capitalism, living our lives more responsibly, connecting with people and making things more beautiful. Please feel free to share your ideas here too!

Photo taken from http://www.myclimatechangegarden.com/blog/uk’s-five-million-flats-offer-600-acres-of-growing-space

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

5% of CD sales from shows this past weekend donated to shelters near Dilsberg, Saarbr├╝cken and Trier

This past weekend I donated 5% of CD sales to local animal charities where I played in the areas of Dilsberg, Saarbr├╝cken and Trier. Check them out if you're in any of theses areas as they all desperately need donations of food, blankets, supplies as well as money. You can also foster or adopt a new friend as well!