Hey everyone. Its been a while so I thought I would spend some time here. I am so happy with those of you following my personal posts… it just feels more… intimate than other social networks alone. I am hopeful that folks who find me from places like FB, twitter or instagram take a minute to sign up here as well. Thank you in advance
I’ve been asked many times over the years if I had any tips or insights on staying healthy. What are some of the things that mean the most to me 🙂 — that make me happy and keep me healthy, centered and as stress free as possible in this day and age…
Well I think a lot. I read a lot. I ask a lot of questions. I always have. I’ve always followed only those things that made sense to me…. never been a big trend follower for example. I prefer to cut a new path and explore… that’s the kind of thing that jazzes me. I have a friend that said this about me (and made me laugh… so I guess the shoe fits). “If we’re all going out for a swim… maybe to get some sun and meet for lunch at a specified time…. Gregory will not be there until hours later… and when he does come back, he will have some interesting story to tell about a new kind of turtle he found or how he discovered a path that leads to the best swimming hole ever”. “How do you think we found this place!”
I’m no expert but I’m a big believer in good nutrition and taking care of yourself. The women in my life have always been more on the ball with this overall… (taking care of themselves I mean). My male friends could do better. I’ve learned a lot from my travels to different cultures… and from my own study…… and trial and error. I thought I would pass some tidbits on health and nutrition to you from time to time. You can use them (or not) as you see fit. So here’s… ta da
Abbott’s Amusing Health Tip #1EAT BLUEBERRIES. I eat a lot of blueberries…. just–plain–raw BB’s. Why Greg? (ha ha) They have one of the highest antioxidant abilities of all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Huh… come again? (wink)
Blueberries are a whole body antioxidant. Antioxidants are essential to combat free radicals… the process in the body that ages you. And BB’s are pretty much good for everything. As a phyto-nutrient they’re good for stress, the nervous system, the brain and memory, the cardiovascular system and they are a low glycemic food. (more on that later). This is probably the only sweet that I eat. But don’t take my word… for more blueberry info than you can possibly handle, heres’s a link
I finished a short 3 minute film called “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters”. It’s a self-help poem that we filmed and turned into a “graphic novel” type of animation. Some of you may know that I quoted this in the liner notes of my CD “Eyes Whispers, Rhythm Sex…”. It’s a story or metaphor about learning from your mistakes. It’s a powerful message that many self-help organizations use. I’ve always loved the poem and thought it might be cool to animate it. I’ve been trying to figure out where and how to present it so folks don’t think its a music video! It’s not. If you have any ideas let me know… and if you think this can help someone you love or care about, by all means pass it on. Here is a private link.
Some of you are aware that I am an enthusiastic supporter of respecting the environment (the seas and the trees mostly). Nature is an essential part of my being. It brings me peace and helps me stay creative. There’s nothing like walking through the woods with the light shimmering through the trees to start me creating a new song… the water does this to me too. Global Cooperation Day 2014 is on October 4th and I want to encourage you to read up on the movement…..
I have also joined in the support of an organization called the “Alliance for Boys and Men of Color”. In California the demographic of people is 70%. That is “seventy percent of people living in California identify themselves as “people of color”. Unfortunately the ones most in trouble are our young boys and men. Our culture depends on its young people having a fair chance to thrive and succeed and that’s what this program is all about; improving their chances for a better life. A major focus is to keep these young men in school. I wish they could grow up like I did but they do not have the opportunity….
Quoting from Robert K. Ross he states: “I know that when we help our sons, we’re building future fathers, colleagues and productive members of society. When we help our sons, we help our daughters and everyone”.
The more I travel through this comedy we call life, the more I come to appreciate the value of simplicity. A lot of the complexities in life simply aren’t necessary and quite often have to do with some other person or group wanting you to do something that they want you to do…… good for them… not necessarily good for you. But not only that, as I move through life I also appreciate how short it is and I’ve come up with the brilliant notion (yeah right) that the more efficient we can be, the more of it we can live and enjoy! I love being alive and I want to live life to the fullest. I find that so many things that I have owned I really didn’t need and after discarding or giving them away, I never missed them and that the path of my life became clearer, cleaner and more fun. This also applies to people, problem organizations, and affiliations of any kind.
So my advice would be to treat your life like you would your beautiful garden…. prune regularly and nourish and water your favorite plants (people) they are your treasure.
My quote for this session:
Giving up on a goal because of a setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat……
Welcome to all the new followers to my blog. I thank you for taking the time out to join.
Lastly, I am grateful to all of you who asked about myself and my family regarding the 6.0 earthquake in Napa here in Northern California. We are fine. Although I haven’t heard back from everyone; most of those I have reached out to have positive reports – that is to say no one was hurt (thank goodness).
RIP Robin Williams
Until next time…. I am musically yours, Gregory
It is an initiative by Liz Greenwell and Adam Greenwell called ForestNATION (some of the Greenpeace folks) in hopes that people around the world will cooperate in GLOBAL TREE PLANTING. All you have to do it plant a seedling. You can plant it any where you want. Doesn’t matter where you live in the world. It is both an actual and symbolic act to help us re-connect with nature. You can register your tree at the link below and it could be featured in a documentary called ‘Watering the Fields of Humanity’.
Global Cooperation Day Simulcast airs at 12pm NZ, Midnight UK, 4pm PST, 7pm EST
Some of my music will be featured and celebrities around the world (as well as myself) will be doing voice overs for the simulcast. PLEASE PLANT A TREE if you can.
I will also be doing an interview on Blog Talk Radio with Mary LaLuna on this topic. She’s the host of ArtSees Diner Radio and she is also Ambassador to ForestNATION. Her show’s called “Imagine You Imagine Me, Musicians 4 Global Cooperation Day 10/04”. I look forward to speaking with her. Highlights will be featured on Friday during the show, and the full length interview will be on Saturday 8pm CENTRAL TIME. (I wrote that big so you would notice lol)
Hope you can check us out.
Trees… the ocean… nature…. the health of both the planet and ourselves… these things mean a lot to me. And I hope to you as well.
I wrote a song about the environment called “For Come Ya” (before we came here). It reflects how it may be to our benefit to begin respecting life as traditional people used to… Native peoples looked at the choices they made from a distance of seven generations… That is- they did not make decisions based on themselves alone. I’ve always loved this concept. They based it on what will this mean to to us “seven generations from now”. I believe that forward vision is something sorely lacking today.
I hope you can join me in the celebration.
Here’s a beautiful love poem written by Jo Lynne Wood… But its also about what life would be without trees…..
Two trees near to each other stood
When they were young and life was new.
Their limbs reach out and their branches entwine
And thus together they grew.
Their roots spread out down under the ground
Joining one with the other,
So, from the top in the sky to the heart
In the earth-the two were joined together.
Thru days when the sun was bright and warm
And the winds were tempermental
When a laughing breeze rustled the leave,
Or when the rain was soft and gentle.
Thru days when the clouds were dark and gray
And cold and fierce the weather
The two stood firm and faced the storms
Because they stood together.
On a cold dark day one tree fell
And the branches that were so entwined
Were all torn apart and down in the heart
Roots were broken and undermined.
Bruised and scarred, left standing alone
To meet the wind and strife
The one that was left still stood on,
But lived only half a life.
Peace to you all. As always I am,
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