Music from Finland – Rajaton

fabulous music. enjoy everyone

World Music - the Music Journey

Rajaton is a Finnish a cappella ensemble, founded in Helsinki in 1997. The Finnish word Rajaton means limitless, which has both the breadth of their repertoire of sacred and popular music as well as the way to express yourself on the ensemble of the musical approaches.

Here is their song “Dobbins Flowery vale”

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Spirituality and Science

the wisdom of spirit.

Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

Man’s scientific and spiritual achievements are the conscious inspiration-light and aspiration-might of the Divine’s urge toward two goals: the realization of the body’s countless necessities and infinite capacities, and the manifestation of the soul’s transcendental vision of the Beyond here on earth, in the heart and immediacy of today.

Science is that precious thing on earth which is pushed forward by a glowing imagination and pulled forward by its own growing experience. Spirituality is that precious thing on earth which is carried within by fulfilling aspiration and later brought to the fore, where it can become consciously one with God the Field of Experience, God the Experience and God the Experiencer.

Within our living memory, we have seen science advancing very fast, while human happiness has been receding at an alarming rate. Today’s world is seeing a flickering candle flame of spirituality, but tomorrow’s world will be flooded with the…

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Government shutdown ….. Day 3!

It Is What It Is

Republicans rip White House in shutdown counter-attack

Washington (AFP) – Republicans launched an angry counter-attack Friday as the USgovernment shutdown dragged deep into a fourth day, with House Speaker John Boehner fuming: “This isn’t some damn game.”

President Barack Obama meanwhile digested an embarrassing blow to his foreign policy and the US image abroad after he was forced to cancel plans to jet to Asia for a pair of diplomatic summits.

Boehner jumped at the chance to seize the high ground by citing an unnamed official who was quoted speaking dismissively of the shutdown, which has sent hundreds of thousands home without pay.

Summoning outrage at a news conference, Boehner said: “This morning, I get the Wall Street Journal out and it says, ‘well, we don’t care how long this lasts, because we’re winning.’

“This isn’t some damn game. The American people don’t want their government shut…

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Christians Questioning the Morality of the US Government

The Firewall

Humans can’t sustain willing suspension of disbelief indefinitely; More Christians are awakening to the reality of what their government has become:

…this government has been failing in what you deem its “biblical role.” Rather than supporting the poor to economic self-sufficiency, this government has been enslaving the most desperate to a system of never ending dependency. This government has been giving the super wealthy and mega-corporations a pass, while the middle class is held with a proverbial (sometimes literal) gun to its head through guilt and manipulation to give what little it has earned to those “less fortunate.” This government has been terrorizing people around the world who do not live like us. This government has been encouraging would be parents, especially poor African American women, to murder their unborn children. This government has encouraged the ongoing racial tension in our nation for political expedience. This government has been on…

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Know : List of All Noble Prize Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners


Nobel_PrizeThe Nobel Prizes (Swedish: Nobelpriset, Norwegian: Nobelprisen) are awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Academy, the Karolinska Institute, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee to individuals and organizations who make outstanding contributions in the fields of chemistry, physics, literature, peace, and physiology or medicine. They were established by the 1895 will of Alfred Nobel, which dictates that the awards should be administered by the Nobel Foundation. Each recipient, or “laureate”, receives a gold medal, a diploma, and a sum of money, which is decided by the Nobel Foundation, yearly. Another prize, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, was established in 1968 by the Sveriges Riksbank, the central bank of Sweden, for contributors to the field of economics.

555 Nobel Prizes!

Between 1901 and 2012, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 555 times.

Nobel PrizeNumber of PrizesNumber of Laureates

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Domestic Violence is a Crime

Purple ribbons signify that we do not accept Domestic Violence

Purple ribbons signify that we do not accept Domestic Violence

Pregnant women get beaten often.

Pregnant women get beaten often.

You can’t tell by looking if that guy who is so sweet and kind to you is also an abuser. He could begin battering you on you wedding night, Everything could be wonderful until you get pregnant.The loving man you married could begin battering your pregnant belly. Where is that wonderful guy you married? Everything could be all right until he doesn’t get his first promotion.

Violence in the home is a crime. That never changed.

Violence in the home is a crime. That never changed.

Is it your fault? No. How can I be sure? Abusers will always blame their behavior on anyone but themselves.  You will find that he is never pleased with what you do. Dinner isn’t on the table when he comes home. Or the children are too noisy when he comes home. Or you stopped at the store on the way home from work.  A man was looking at you at a party. Your family wants to come and visit you for the Holidays. One of the children needs to go to football practice and needs his father to give him a ride.  You ran out of milk and need to go out. He always looks at events as your failure to meet his standards.

So what is the difference between a guy being upset with you and living with the batterer? If your significant other, boyfriend, spouse or teen-age son punches, hit, pushes,  or slaps, you he is abusing you. If he shoves you face into dinner, or punches a hole in a wall, he is a batterer. You Can’t Change Him!

There is no specific time you can expect abuse to start.

There is no specific time you can expect abuse to start.

Physical abuse most often is accompanied by emotional abuse.  If you are being called a pig, stupid, a whore, a bitch, lazy, a lousy cook, fat slob, you are in an abusive relationship. The truth is that it isn’t your fault. And you have millions of sisters who are hearing the same words and are feeling the same fists. After the first incident, he will often cry, swear it will never happen again. He will also tell you he loves you more than life. This is the honeymoon aspect of the cycle of violence. It won’t last. Even if you call the police and he spends the night in jail, he will abuse you again.   Unless you leave and get to a shelter or someplace else that is safe, you will be expected, when he comes home,  to sleep with the enemy. To lie down in bed next to the man who spit on you, pulled your hair, called you a whore in front of your children and then punched you over and over. Lie down with the man that you love and who sent you to the Emergency Room. Female victims are the only victims of a violent  crime who often must sleep with the person who hurt her.

The cycle of violence

The cycle of violence

If you are in a violent relationship, begin to squirrel money away, and medications for you and the children. Hide a fully packed suitcase so that if you and the children need to flee in the night you can quietly get out. Any taxi driver or bus driver can take you to a shelter. The only thing the shelter will ask of you is not to reveal its address. Abusers coming to the door is not good. I can remember a night an abuser showed up to teach us a lesson. He had a gun. I called the police and they hauled him away. Every woman and child in the shelter must be kept safe.

Advocates across the nation work together to keep women and children safe. Over the years, Domestic Violence advocates have gathered to light candles and mourn those who lost their lives to an abuser. We also celebrate those who are alive and no longer living in fear with the person who hurts them. In October 1987, we observed the very first Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Disarm Domestic Violence

Disarm Domestic Violence

Ending violence in the home requires national vigilance and dedication from every sector of our country. Everyone in America must stand with advocates, the first responders, victim service providers and our criminal justice system to protect those who Live with the Enemy. Women and children need the basics of food, shelter, warm clothes. They need counseling, financial assistance so she doesn’t have to return to the man who beat her face to a bloody pulp. She needs help to find a place to live without fear.

I commend every woman who has worked in Domestic Violence. I began in the 70’s and saving lives was my motivation.  Shelter workers are some of the bravest people I have ever known. If you have some time, call your communities hotline and volunteer or volunteer at a shelter.

You can help. We can do it together.