Sooryagayathri- A Mesmerizing Child Singer

Last week a friend introduced me to a child singer, Sooryagayathri from Kerala, India and I have been listening to her sing almost every day since then. I think her voice is exquisite, even divine.

Her teacher, Kuldeep Pai from Chennai, is planning to release her songs only through Facebook and YouTube. He said:

I don’t wish to make any monetary profit from these video series, so they won’t be released as CDs. I just want people to appreciate Sooryagayathri’s talent, and want other children to get inspired by her. I am delighted at the responses I have been getting so far. Some of them see her as a prodigy and some, as goddess Saraswathi herself.

There are many videos in her series and every one I’ve heard has been beautiful. I’ve picked three to share with you. I believe she was nine when the first one was released and either nine or ten in the others. In Ganesha Pancharatnam she is singing along with her teacher; she sings alone in the other two. I hope you enjoy listening to her as much as I do.

The Story Behind the Spiral Garden

In March of 2013, I attended an “Introduction to Permaculture” class taught by Netsah Zelinsky, a certified Permaculture Instructor. As part of the class, we built a spiral herb garden in the front yard of one of the participants. I was interested, but had no plans to make one anytime soon, if ever.

I woke up during the night, however, with a drive to build one, right away. I must have done so much planning in my sleep, because when I woke up in the morning, I knew exactly how I would build it. It was important to me that it was an inexpensive project, so I had decided I would use pieces of broken concrete. Continue reading “The Story Behind the Spiral Garden”