Refugee Crisis: European Union Sues Own Member States Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary and Malta

The EU must remember that we all are responsible for refugees. People remember kindness, gentleness and compassion. We want peace in this world. Hugs, Barbara

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Photo: Screenshot Time Magazine 12 December 2015 Photo: Screenshot Time Magazine 12 December 2015

Misguided or not, the EU Commission stepped up pressure on Hungary, Italy, Croatia, Greece and Malta to register all migrants and refugees entering the EU and to follow European rules in dealing with asylum claims.
The European Commission announced on Thursday 10 December 2015 that it has launched legal proceedings in line with processing infringementsfor failing to fully transpose and implement the Common European Asylum System,” against Greece, Croatia, Italy, Malta and Hungary for inadequately documenting the arrival of refugees. Specifically, the Commission burdens Greece, Croatia and Italy for failing to implement the Eurodac Regulation, which requires fingerprinting refugees within 72 hours of their arrival. Now the Commission has issued letters of formal notice to the countries involved—the first step of its infringement procedure. In simple words, these three countries had fingerprinted significantly less refugees than the number…

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The Dedicated Blogger Award



Blogging, some say, is losing ground on the Internet.  Many people are now using Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram to convey their thoughts, leaving the more ‘old-fashioned’ blog behind.

But there are those who understand that, sometimes, a long form is best.  Who know that it takes time, and craft, and WORDS as well as images to convey a thought, and to start a conversation.


This Award is dedicated to those bloggers who consistently provide wisdom, inspiration, kindness, gentleness and truth to the world through their blogs.

This is a my “thank you” to you.  Please, pass it on!

  1. Dr. Rex
  2. Maxima
  3. seaangel4444
  4. Crowing Crone Joss
  5. Xena
  6. Michael Lai
  7. Sedge808
  8. Nataliescarberry
  9. john flanagan
  10. David
  11. Graham in Hats
  12. heartafire
  13. The V-Pub
  14. inavukic
  15. hurthealer



Hello, everyone.

We are approaching the Solstice, and here in the U.S. that means Paul Winter.

The annual concert is posted at National Public Radio (NPR), but if you click the links below you can here this beautiful music.  NPR’s write up follows below, as well.

Part 1

Part 2


For many, the sound of Paul Winter’s sax ringing out in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine has become an annual marker of the Winter Solstice and the holiday season. But this year’s Paul Winter Solstice Concert kicks off with the cuatro, a member of the mandolin family and the national instrument of Puerto Rico, played by Pachito Vega, as he performs with Danny Rivera, the man they call the national voice of Puerto Rico.

Rivera is Paul Winter’s special guest for the broadcast of the 35th annual Winter Solstice concert. The concert also features American gospel singer Theresa Thomason and the Forces of Nature percussion ensemble, with sounds from African, Caribbean and European traditions — the mix that formed the sound of the Americas. This concert will ring out across North America via an annual NPR broadcast with WNYCNew Sounds host John Schaefer. So settle in and join the global village for this year’s edition of Paul Winter’s Solstice Celebration.





Solstice is the shortest day of the year. The cycle of life keeps turning and each day becomes longer

Solstice is the shortest day of the year. The cycle of life keeps turning and each day becomes longer





Stonehenge at solstice

Stonehenge at solstice