I will find my own way out…

Sunday I saw my first Dave & Tim show… the Dave Matthews fans out there know what a treat that is, especially in a year that the full band is not touring. 

I’ve downloaded, and purchased, several live shows of Dave Matthews playing with Tim Reynolds so I knew it would be a bit milder than the 13 DMB concerts (yes, I realize that’s nothing to a true fan) that I’ve seen but it was really more than I expected. 

At a DMB concert I get lost in the music. There is absolutely nothing like it to me. 

I don’t know if it’s because Dave’s gotten me through so many difficult times in my life… And so many happy ones. My best memories are associated with Dave Matthews songs as are all my major relationships over the last 15 years… the one who died… the rebound man… the man who gave me my daughter… the man who tried to be a father to my daughter and failed… the man who tried to be my friend but I wouldn’t trust him… 

So many memories… so much time… so melodic a life…

Dave really is writing the soundtrack to my life. I’ve often felt connected to his music, both his words and melodies. Grey St and 41 and Dancing Nancies in particular…

“All the colors mix to grey…” 

and “I’ll go in this way and find my own way out…” 

and “Could I have been anyone other than me?”

When Leroy died and the band came out with the tribute album… and I listened to Dave put into words the grief and sadness he felt over his friend and mentor’s accidental death, I finally felt someone understood me. Not just about Dennis but about all the things I’ve lost of myself due to circumstances and coincidences of life. 

So last Sunday was magical. And more powerful than I expected of a Dave & Tim show especially with the line up of special guests who joined them on stage including Ben the Sax Guy… who held his own little concert after the show as concert goers walked to their cars and ubers.

I danced for almost three hours, barefoot in the grass, eyes closed, enjoying the sounds and smells so prominent when you are at a Dave concert… feeling the aches and pains that often accompany a night of unabashed abandon both in dancing and walking… the old friends you go with and the new friends you meet… it was, is, and will always be a spiritual mecca for me… 

For I will go in this way and find my own way out… always…

Set list from the show šŸ˜‰

Spin-Spun Cotton Candy

So I’m not usually a cotton candy type of person but last night we found this place called Spin-Spun at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD and I’m in love!

Not only did it come spun on a souvenir light saber like stick that has seven different settings, including pulsing lights, but it was the best cotton candy I’ve ever tasted.Ā  I remember being a kid and begging my parents to buy me cotton candy at every fair and event I saw it. As I grew older my childhood taste for the air spun sugar that I so loved dissipated… Until last night.

I would have bought the cotton candy just for the awesome light stick but when I bit into the lightly sugared sweetness I instantly wanted more. It wasn’t the overpowering and overly sweet taste I remembered from the last time I’d had cotton candy but simply a nice light sweetness.

This is because it is 100% dairy-free organic sugar… So not only is it super yummy but it is VEGAN!

It is also less than 100 calories per serving, fat free, gluten free, nut free, has no artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives, uses all Kosher (pareve) ingredients, no pesticides, no GMOs, and is fair trade certified.

I’m pretty sure that covers everything!

Anyway, if you’re ever in the Baltimore area be sure to check out Spin-Spun! You won’t be sorry!

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Paleofied Desserts by Lauren Pope

I have recently been reviewing ebooks and products on Amazon.com and I wanted to share this recipe book that I recently found on one of my review sites. It is calledĀ “Paleofied Desserts” by Lauren PopeĀ and it is Fantastic!

Some of you already know that over the last few years I have been cutting meat and meat products out of my diet and my life and that I have switched to mainly non processed or raw foods. In part due to my personal health issues but mainly because the factory farming industry has turned us into environment destroying and sentient being torturing monsters. But that is a discussion for another day, I just want to share this wonderful recipe book that I found because I think many of you will love the recipes!

Although I don’t follow a Paleo dietĀ it does have a lot in common with a raw vegan diet includingĀ no dairy, no soy, no processed foods, and an emphasis on greens. Since the paleo diet still consists of a large amount of meat products most of the Paleo cookbooks would not work for me but this one is different. As both diets eliminate dairy there is a good chance you will find something in this book that will work for you if you are vegan or raw vegan or just have problems digesting dairy.

There is also a whole section in the beginning of the book that gives some common substitutions like Ghee for Dairy Butter and Coconut Milk for Dairy Milk. This is exceptionally handy because you will be able to use this book to convert your favorite dessert (and some other) recipes so that you can stick to your paleo or raw vegan diet.

I can’t wait to try out the recipes in this book and I will be sure to post updates as I do and let you know how they turned out but for now, here‘s the link to the book on Amazon!