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Bettina’s Box of Shame

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

 

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Bettina’s Box of Shame is for those who violate their own propaganda and policies and whose violations hurt the rest of us.  Three times in “Bettina’s Box of Shame” lands you on “Bettina’s Hall of Shame.”

Earning its way into “Bettina’s Box of Shame” today is WHOLE FOODS MARKET.
Imagine our surprise, while shopping and looking for frozen, organic spinach we find Whole Foods only carries its own brand and the product comes from CHINA.  When we saw that we totally understood why the Federal Trade Commission sued Whole Foods to keep them from buying Wild Oats Company because they (the FTC) claimed it would be negative and a major loss for smaller organic foods companies because Whole Foods would replace them, as much as possible, with its own brand to the detriment of the organic foods industry.
Sure enough, here we have the beginnings of the truth of the Federal Trade Commissions logic.
It was a shocker to see the only frozen organic spinach in the refrigerated cases at Whole Foods was its own brand and ALL OF IT FROM CHINA.  That was quite a juxtaposition against their many signs around the store about knowing your farm and farmer – buying local – etc.
Given all the problems we have read about lately from China made me leave the frozen organic spinach on the shelf and buy it from another store where they carried frozen organic spinach from several companies as a “product of U.S.A.” giving me a choice including one from American farms not far from my home.
Keep that up WHOLE FOODS and not only will small American organic food companies be replaced, but so will organic products from large American Companies.
SHAME!! SHAME!! SHAME ON YOU WHOLE FOODS!!!
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LIFE

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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The part of the journey we call life is a movement through time.
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Nuller and VanSlyck in Concert

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

copyright by Bettina Network 2009                       New School of Music

Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 3pm                              25 Lowell Street
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Margarita Nuller, a graduate of St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia and Trudi Van Slyck, co-founder of the New School of Music, played an amazing concert.  It was a concert you want to retain in your memory and replay many times.
Some comments from guests on hearing Nuller play “it was like listening to Rachmaninoff”, I wonder if others (in the audience) know the incredible virtuoso they are hearing,” “it is rare to hear such a performance.”
The order of the program was genius.  In the middle of the program Trudi Van Slyck played ‘Wintertime I and II by Robt. Shumann, following which Van Slyck and Nuller played a two piano piece by Nicholas Van Slyck entitled “Winter-Time” for two pianos (in memoriam, Robt. Shumann).  It was an especially powerful moment when you knew that Trudi Van Slyck is the widow of Nicholas Van Slyck, the composer.  In addition, it was powerfully played.
Nuller’s Beethoven Sonata in Eb Major, Op. 27 #1 is rarely heard at the level at which she played.  Her interpretation seemed to come from the fact that she had totally internalized the piece.  It was not the loud, overreaching, rushing to the end interpretation that one gets used to, it was played so that you knew and felt why Beethoven is such a giant.
My favorite was the Chopin “Sonata in B minor, Op. 58” – a piece I’ve loved since childhood.  To hear it played with such technical perfection and beauty at the same time was an experience I won’t soon forget.
When the audience had eaten and left and only a handful of us remained, the treat of the evening was an encore Ms. Nuller played from Franz Liszt.  A piece you won’t hear often because it is one of the virtuoso pieces Liszt wrote knowing that only a few would be able to play it.  Nuller played it to perfection and note perfect.
All in all a wonderful afternoon and evening of truly exceptional music.
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