Inner Peace


Hello, everyone

First, thank you for all your prayers for my friend, Sandy.  I appreciate, as always, the outpouring of love and support from all my WordPress family.

Things will be back to normal soon, I hope, but in the meantime, I have another TED Talk to share, this one from the Dalai Lama.

I’ve written about the Dalai Lama before, how this wonderful man escaped Tibet as a child and has spent his life in exile from his home, preaching peace and love.

Here he is, in his own words:

The Non-Violent Way


I have talked many times about ending violence, and breaking the cycle of violence in many situations.

 

Today, I wanted to share another TED Talk, this one from Peace Activist Scilla  Elsworthy, so you can hear another voice explain the path of non-violence when fighting back.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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A Request for Prayers


Hello, everyone.

I am sorry there is not much of a blog today, but I spent the day in a hospital waiting room.

A very dear friend of mine, Sandy G, underwent extensive, major surgery to combat Stage 4 cancer, and it was a very long day – 9 1/2 hours of surgery.

Please send your prayers to her — Sandy is the sweetest, most generous and loving person I know, and her husband is every bit as wonderful.

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts.

Namaste,

Barbara

Canberra – the Australian wine region you need to know


Originally posted on The Wine Wankers:

As Australia’s capital, Canberra may have a high proportion of public servants and politicians, but when it comes to food and wine, it is anything but boring. Thanks to top class Australian wineries as Clonakilla (Shiraz Viognier) and Helm (Premium Riesling), our nation’s capital has justifiably taken its place alongside Australia’s best growing regions for wine. But two wineries does not a region make, as the Wine Wankers recently discovered when we visited Australia’s Capital of Wine.

Wine has been produced in Canberra for more than 160 years, but it’s only in the past 40 years the region has truly shined. If cool climate, food friendly styles are what you crave, you’ve come to the right place. Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and of course Shiraz Viognier blends all shine.

Yes – Canberra wine is exciting.

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Mother Earth is Giving Us a Wake-up Call


We are getting a wake-up call from Mother Earth. It is called climate change. The number of Polar bears is declining by forty percent. This was determined by a study linking the Polar bear population and climate change.

Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. Polar bears rely on ice to have access to the seals which are their main food source. They move from ice flow to ice flow. Ice is also used for resting and breeding. The problem is that the ice is melting. As ice melts, we must understand that it becomes more and more difficult to find ice.

 

So, realistically, the polar bears are finding less ice to feed from, to breed on and to rest on. This is why the polar bear population is declining rather rapidly. As of 2010, according to an article published in Ecological Applications, there are now only 900 polar bears. It is such a sad thing.

 

Polar Bear cubs need our help with climate change.

Polar Bear cubs need our help with climate change.

We have an urgent call to fix climate control. It is the main reason we are losing our polar bears. Close your eyes, now imagine a world without bears, without any of our wild animals. No bears, big cats, elephants, kangaroos, antelope, or rhinos. We are getting way to close to this being our reality. Now, we need to speak up and demand global action.

 

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Now, on the other hand, we are making some success in slowing the decline of our tiger population. We have had success even where tiger habitats span national boundaries. India and Nepal have worked together with WWF, World Wildlife Fund, to increase the population of tigers. Their goal is to double the population by 2022.

 

They are using camera trap images to confirm that tigers use three forested wildlife corridors that provide vital links between protected areas across both sides of the international borders.

 

Bangladesh has hosted the Second Conference of the Global Tiger Recovery Program. They will do a population count in 2016. So this news is good but there is much to do. You could go overseas and help. You could join the WWF and donate money to save the wild animals. You could work within your own communities to improve climate change. Action is needed. Voices need to be raised to our elected officials here in America.

 

This world belongs to each and everyone of us. That includes you and I. It also includes our neighbors and our communities.  And it includes the animals we share the planet with.

 

 

Wild Tigers at Play

Wild Tigers at Play

No Good War: No Bad Peace


IdealisticRebel:

Never has there been a truer statement. Hugs, Barbara

Originally posted on Counter Information:

By Eric Margolis

November 15, 2014 “ICH” – A full century after World War I we still cannot understand how generals sent so many soldiers to be slaughtered. Ten million soldiers died on all sides; millions more were left maimed or shell shocked. Seven million civilians died. 20 million horses died.

The image we have of hapless soldiers being forced to climb out of their sodden trenches and attack across a hellish no-man’s land pock-marked by water-filled shell holes, deep mud, thickets of barbed wire and rotten bodies is quite accurate for the Western Front. Waiting for them were quick-firing guns, heavy artillery, the greatest killer or all – machine guns – and, later, poison or burning gases, and flamethrowers.

How could the generals of that era have been stupid enough to send waves and waves of their soldiers to almost certain death? Trench warfare in the West…

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