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Letter from the Publishers
As the days get shorter and a little cooler, I find myself looking forward to getting in the holiday spirit. It’s going to be fun to get out the boxes of decorations, remember when we first held them and decide which we are going to use this year. I think we are going to put up a real tree again this year. Don’t know whether it will be pine or spruce. Along with the holiday activities, we will be working hard to get the January issue of Natural Awakenings ready for an early printing.
We also are planning some down time. Some of it will be planned because I find that in this business if we don’t plan something then other things crowd it out. Some of it will be spontaneous putting things on pause for a few minutes or for the rest of the day because the weather is too nice to be glued to the keyboard and the basenjis could use a good run.
I realize that for many the holidays are a stressful or even sad and lonely time. There is some of that for us too. I remember one of the object lessons from the Boy Scout’s Order of the Arrow. As part of the ordeal experience new candidates would be given some honey and bitter baker’s chocolate. If you ate them separately the honey was too sweet and the chocolate was too bitter to eat but if you mixed them, it made a pleasant and welcomed treat after hours of irksome tasks. The lesson was to take the bitter with the sweet and that lesson is useful this time of year too. Take things as they are. Accept the sweetness and the bitterness as it comes.
While you are reading the articles in this month’s Natural Awakenings, be sure to also look at our advertiser’s holiday offerings. There is something for everyone whether you are looking for a special gift, a break from the hustle and bustle or something more. Be sure to mention that you heard about them in Natural Awakenings and thank them for making this little magazine possible.
Mike & Cindy Hart
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GEORGE HARRISON TRIBUTE CONCERT ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 9TH
New York author Joshua Greene and guitarist/vocalist Godfrey Townsend will appear in Houston to offer a special musical and multi-media tribute to George Harrison of the Beatles on Friday, December 9th at ISKCON's Gauranga Hall, 1320 West 34th Street, Houston, 77018.
The program includes a vegan dinner from 6:30-7:30 pm and the musical tribute begins at 7:30 pm.
Greene, author of Here Comes the Sun, the Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison and an Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker, met Harrison as a teenager and was inspired years later to write a book that examines the spiritual and musical influences in George's life. Godfrey Townsend has performed with rock artists John Entwistle, bassist of The Who; Jack Bruce of Cream, Dave Mason, guitar/vocalist of Traffic; and Alan Parsons.
Greene's multi-media presentation traces how Harrison’s musical and spiritual evolution was influenced by sitarist virtuoso Ravi Shankar, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Swami Vivekananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Townsend will sing Harrison classics such as “Here Comes the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Something” or “My Sweet Lord."
A theme that runs throughout is George Harrison’s spirit of devotion, his attempt to share spirituality with his fellow Beatles and the public, his vulnerability in doing so, and his willingness to give of himself and to inspire other rock stars to cooperate in projects such as the benefit concert for Bangladesh.
Greene, who helped record a Krishna conscious music album with Harrison at Apple Studios, will also discuss George's involvement in ISKCON. The tribute is part of a several-day celebration of ISKCON 50, the 50th anniversary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, beginning with a gala on Thurs. December 8th, the Harrison tribute on Friday the 9th, and Gita Jayanti--celebration of the appearance of the Bhagavad-gita--on Saturday, December 10th.
Tickets for the Harrison Tribute, including dinner, are $15. For more information on these events,
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