The ‘Lady’ Goes Electronic

After celebrating the first anniversary of the presentation of my book, ‘The Lady’ goes electronic!

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant, by Lilibeth André

That’s right, I’ve completed the launch of The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant in electronic format to reach out to ebook readers.

So now, you can read about Izta, the Aztec Princess, and her followers, Xochitl, her life maiden; her wise but insecure advisor, Tochtli; and the brave Jaguar Knight Popoca who makes her heart leap, on Kindle, Vook, iTunes and other ebook formats.

The book is already available on Amazon, Vook, Barnes & Noble…and Apple will launch shortly.

The ebook includes the eight illustrations I created especially for the book. The original oil portrait illustrations of the main characters are on display at my studio and can be seen by appointment.

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant is a Young Adult novel suitable for third graders on up, although I  have had successful presentations from second grade on up. Read more on my book Page.

I’m always looking for feedback, story or otherwise, so please share what you think. And if you’re looking for a speaker, let me know. I’d be glad to tell you more.

Why Eat Local?

We know the economic benefits of eating local by supporting local farmers and resulting in a more sustainable economy. We also understand the environmental benefits of eating local and reducing the carbon footprint of the foods we consume.

What about the health benefits of eating local?

When Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” I am sure he did not intend for the additional processing of this food–genetic, chemical, or otherwise to preserve and ship it elsewhere. I am sure he meant foods that were local and organic — in other words, natural.

When we eat local foods we support good eating. Foods that have ripened before being picked have a higher flavor, nutritional and digestive value. Most store-bought foods are picked for shipping and not for flavor or eating. This means local foods can break down more easily and release their nutrients readily. Local foods have no need for chemical preservatives thus removing further, unnecessary additives or processing from the foods we eat.

The other health benefit of eating local is that we eat seasonal foods. Seasonal foods are the ideal supply of the nutrients we need most to fend best in that particular season. The benefits can be similar to those of eating local honey versus honey from imported sources.

The other source of good health is the relationship we develop with our favorite grower enhancing our connection and relatedness to our community.

So, go ahead and feel better about eating local because it’s good for you.

A Poem – Love and Peace

Earlier last year I was fortunate to have one of my poems broadcast. It was for Valentines Day actually. I wrote it in Spanish. I want to share with you the translation I recently completed.

Translating my own work allows me to focus beyond the literal translation. Being bilingual, I can bring the emotional meaning into the language although I usually prefer the poem in it’s original form.

I liked the broadcast recording of the poem because I believe it reflects the bubbly excitement the poem brings to me. I hope you enjoy the poem.

Love and Peace
by Lilibeth Andre (translation of the original Amor y Paz)

This year I have known love.

I felt how the heat tingled in my body,

Entering through my hands,

Growing in my belly.

This year I have known love.

It filled my body with heart, beating in acceleration,

Pumping power,

Beating rhythm.

This year I have known love.

It’s heat ignited me from the depth of my center,

It’s fire spreading through my veins.

I felt it skin deep,

Running from my breast,

Flowing from my face.

Filling my soul with hope once again.

This year I have known peace.

I felt how calm began to invade my body,

Covering me like a blanket,

Opening my eyes,

From the soul.

This year I have known peace.

It enveloped me in divine love filling me with calm.

Blooming of fragrances,

Sprouting beautiful colors.

This year I have known peace.

It’s unconditional love filled me completely.

Total acceptance flowed within me.

Happines emerged.

Laughter flowed.

It gave me back the confidence of knowing me master and possessed.

—— THE END ——-

Evolution or Revolution?

In my humble and individual opinion, we need to allow nature to work in our favor when looking at the world as it is today. This means we need to learn from those who have worked with the earth because they already possess the human knowledge of how to ‘allow’ nature without taxing natural processes. Nature can take care of itself but perhaps not in our lifetime or in a way that we are adapted to survive so working with nature can be most economic for us.

I think we have been quite spoiled to know nature in a fantastically favorable phase to us. We have adapted to most of its extremes and have propagated. But we have assumed earth is an endless source of resources and have taken advantage of its regenerative powers by eroding its various (eco)systems. And alas, we are an integral part of the system ourselves so the effects of imbalance reach us as well.

Rob Hopkins recently spoke in Houston about Transition. This group of folks is playing it by ear and taking action.

 I think that revolution (being from Mexico and hearing tales of Zapata in my family) is a tool. When a child wants to be heard and is continually ignored, the child resorts to screaming or acting up. I am not saying that revolution is a childish act. It is an example of a powerless being asserting its boundaries. I agree that it is a drastic act. An act to call attention to actions that must be faced. We live in a very comfortable social world and if lack does not affect us directly, we can easily live without looking it in the face. It doesn’t mean it goes away. It means we have grown blind to it. This can enable further push in the negative direction, until someone screams and people look and see what is happening. The next step is taking action. Action is difficult because it requires change and change is uncomfortable on various sides, namely emotional, physical, social, and economic.

 Awakening to a consciousness of love for the earth and the people in it allows us to see what is not good for all and what is inhibiting the good from happening without depletion of the source–earth. As you can see from the video, there is no perfect recipe. Each area, region or group has different needs and resources and therefore will evolve in finding their own solutions. Sharing our own successes helps us all grow exponentially in practice and experience as we move in a more benign way for all. To get there we need to trust. Trust that we will be OK with the change and not panic at the potential loss of what we have known because panic drives one to drastic measures on both extremes inhibiting benign evolution.


Sprouts – Part 3

Lilibeth Andre - Lentil sprouts - Day 3

Lilibeth Andre – Lentil sprouts – Day 3

Today is the third day of the vegetarian protein project. My job has been very simple: rinse and drain the sprouts twice, two times a day, and put them back on the window sill. Nature does the rest.

You’ll notice how much the legumes begin to grow and take up space in your jar. This is why you want to work with about 1/4 full jars. The roots grow beyond the length of the bean. You can also begin to see tiny leaves sprouting on the opposite end of the fruit. All this growth takes more space and the netting gets a little bulgy, especially in the lentil jar because I added a bit more than 1/4 full of lentils.

Lilibeth Andre - Bulging sprouts - Day 3

Lilibeth Andre – Bulging sprouts – Day 3

You can begin to harvest your sprouts and let the rest continue to grow if you want longer roots and more leave growth. Just open your jar and pull some of the sprouts out. They are clean and fresh, and ready to eat. Leaf growth uses up some of the sprout energy so this is a good time to get higher nutritional content. I harvested the lentils to make room for the rest of the sprouts. They were getting pretty tight in there.  I added them to my Greek salad for dinner.

Once you reach the stage of growth that you prefer you can refrigerate them to keep them fresh longer. I usually put them in the frig in their bottle to allow them to breathe through the netting. You want to use them fairly soon so they don’t dehydrate in the cooled air of your refrigerator. You can also put them in a sealed container to preserve them a bit more but try to eat them while still fresh for more nutritional value.

You’ll get a better feel for the quantity you need for your personal or family use after the first time you sprout a bean. You’ll see how it grows and expands. You can keep a healthy and fresh ration of sprouts growing cyclically to fulfill your needs. It only takes about three days to get a new batch.

Lilibeth Andre - Mung bean sprouts - Day 3

Lilibeth Andre – Mung bean sprouts – Day 3

So there you have it. Delicious sprouted legumes. Fresh, crunchy and a good source of easily digestible protein, just to name one of the great nutrients they provide. And they taste nutty great.


Sprouts – Part 2

Lilibeth Andre, Lentil sprouts - Day 2

Lilibeth Andre, Lentil sprouts – Day 2

This is the second day of the vegetarian protein project in progress. I’ve continued to rinse two times, twice a day — in the morning, and in the evening.

The sun, through photosynthesis, causes the sugars in the legumes to react and become more digestible. This is one of the reasons why fruits that are picked too early are harder to digest. If fruits have not ripened before being picked, they lack that chemical reaction that occurs naturally in fruits (legumes are the fruits of the plant) and facilitates digestion. Another  important factor to digesting sugars or carbohydrates better is working with our digestive process.

Lilibeth Andre - Mung bean sprouts - Day 2

Lilibeth Andre – Mung bean sprouts – Day 2

So how do you work with your digestive system? The first step of an effective digestive process is chewing. Chewing chops the food into smaller and smaller pieces as it coats it in saliva, a key essential element of our digestion process. Saliva provides the first phase to break down food elements that are further broken down in their separated elements in the stomach, and further more in the intestines. It is a natural chemical symphony of digestion!

Sprouted legumes provide us fruits that are ready for digestion.

Lilibeth Andre - Lentel sprouts peaking - Day 2

Lilibeth Andre – Lentel sprouts peaking – Day 2

You can see in the photographs, the lentils are the first to begin to sprout a tiny white root as early as the second day. The mung beans are close behind. You can see the roots peaking out through the netting.

They are ready to eat!

In this case, we will allow them to continue to grow.


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