Burdock

Burdock is a wonderful wild plant, sometimes referred to as an herb, that is worth getting to know.  I planted some in my garden  this last year and got great results. All parts of  the plant  have wonderful health benefits.  The long root is known in Japan as Gobo.    It has a unique way …

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Heinrich Hofmann, another wonderful romantic composer whose music has been forgotten

Heinrich Hofmann  was a wonderful romantic composer whose music  has almost been completely forgotten since he died and deserves to be brought back to the concert stage  and more once again.  With some of the grants the Charles River Sinfonietta got for 2020 we hope to give some performances including Heinrich Hofmann’s  Serenade for flute,  …

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Franz Berwald. A Forgotten Composer Making A Comeback

  Franz Berwald  A Forgotten Composer Making A Comeback was a Swedish composer born in Stockholm in 1796.  His father was a German born violinist, and Franz, although he got some advice from his father, was mostly self taught..  At 16 he joined the Royal Opera Orchestra and started to compose.  His Septet for violin …

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Florian Leopold Gassmann(1729-1774), another composer who should be recognized

  Florian Leopold Gassmann is another composer whose music deserves to be more well known.  His early life remains mostly a mystery.  He was born in Brux, a small town  slightly northwest of Prague in 1729 and he learned violin, harp, and singing, studying with Johann Woborschil . However his father, a goldsmith,  was opposed  …

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Celery

  Celery may take a little more work to grow in the garden, but is  one of the healthiest plants to have in one’s diet and wonderful to have growing  in your back yard.   It does take a long time to grow, usually about 110 days, so it is good to start it indoors and …

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Chestnut Trees

Here in America the chestnut trees were around for 40 million years and it was a great form of food for billions of wildlife, people and livestock.   But around the beginning of  the 20th century a blight fungus started wiping out the close to 4 billion trees in the eastern half of the USA. …

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Mushrooms

For those with a green thumb, who love gardening. mushroom kits are worth pursuing, and for everyone it is certainly worth including mushrooms in one’s diet. For the health benefits of them are truly amazing.  For one to go searching for wild ones in the forest, one should be very careful that they know what they’re …

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LOTUS

LOTUS  The Lotus plant is really an amazing plant, It grows mostly in warm tropical climates and is. native to southern China and India.  I saw it often  in relation to  yoga and meditation classes I used to take and in macrobiotic cookbooks I often saw the lotus root mentioned.  I used to find it …

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