Around the World in 10 Moments

Awesome moments in life …. captured by the camera!! News

Photographing the colors of the Holi festival in India

The Kolkata-based blogger at Know-All’s Box recently captured the faces of this year’s Holi festival:

Image by Know-All's Box Image by Know-All’s Box

Capturing a student in a classroom in Sierra Leone

Laura Cook, a photographer currently based in Sierra Leone, focuses on sport as education. Her job requires many visits to schools in the area; here’s a student portrait at a football academy in Tombo:

Image by Laura Cook Photography Image by Laura Cook Photography

Education is improving in Salone all the time but many schools still have overcrowded classrooms and a lack of qualified staff. It is also clear that for most, education is seen as the solution to many of the problems faced in this part of West Africa.

— Laura Cook

Covering the ongoing violence in Venezuela

Francisco Toro at Caracas Chronicles comments on the ongoing violence in Venezuela — and the international media’s (lack…

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National Agricultural Day … March 25, 2014!

~~March 26, 2014~~ 

National Agricultural Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by  agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

Official Website:


The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973.


~~Core Values~~

ACA believes that every American should:

  • Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
  • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
  • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
  • Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.


~~Key Initiatives~~

The primary focus of ACA is to conduct the National Agriculture Day Program which occurs in March of every year.


~~Strategic Priorities~~

ACA will:

  • Support and encourage programs and activities in observance of National Agriculture Day by organizations, companies and individuals.
  • Provide planning information and materials in support of National Agriculture Day programs and activities.
  • Inform trade and general media about National Agriculture Day and provide information to increase awareness.
  • Involve the agricultural public relations community in support of National Agriculture Day.



ACA is a not-for-profit (501-c-6) organization and maintains the ACA Education Foundation which is an educational foundation (501-c-3) organization. These organizations are supported through a management contract with the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).


To accomplish its purpose, the ACA receives funding from companies, associations, foundations and individuals. Contributions to the ACA are not tax deductible under the policies of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to the ACA Education Foundation may be tax-deductible. Contributors are encouraged to consult a tax advisor.



“It’s National Agriculture Day, March 25, 2014. We’d like to recognize farmer Jas Singh of God’s Little Acre Farm in Surrey BC. In 2011, God’s Little Acre was a 30 acre hay field. Leaving the corporate world behind, Jas Singh took on the challenge of turning a hay field into a potato field for those in need.

Following a vision, Jas undertook a farming venture for the needy. At the time he acquired the farm ($1) lease, he had $110 to his name and the only asset owned was a pick up truck which was broken down so he borrowed a vehicle from a friend.

With one working tractor and one clutchless one, he borrowed machinery from local farms, financed seed potato and acquired fertilizer that was picked up off the pavement at a loading facility. Gods Little Acre was born. Thank you Jas for all that you do!”


Visit and like his FB page: 


~~2014 National Ag Day Video Essay Contest Winner~~

~~Published on Feb 10, 2014~~

Video Essay Contest winner is Brackston McKnight of Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, TX.

We ALL are connected through AGRICULTURE!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 

To start the day ….


~~March 26, 2014~~

Another day has started. Another new beginning. Another opportunity to try again.

What would you do if you knew that you could not fail?

Great question. Thought provoking.

Think about it!! 

~~If I Were Brave~~

Jana Stanfield/Jimmy Scott

What would I do if I knew that I could not fail
If I believed would the wind always fill up my sail
How far would I go, what could I achieve /Trusting the hero in me

(Chorus) If I were brave I’d walk the razor’s edge
Where fools and dreamers dare to tread
Never lose faith, even when losing my way
What step would I take today if I were brave

(Channel) What would I do today if I were brave (4 times)

What if we’re all meant to do what we secretly dream
What would you ask if you knew you could have anything
Like the mighty oak sleeps in the heart of a seed
Are there miracles in you and me

(Repeat Chorus and Channel)

(Bridge) If I refuse to listen to the voice of fear
Would the voice of courage whisper in my ear

(Repeat Chorus and Channel out)

~~If I Were Brave~~

~~Uploaded on Oct 12, 2006~~

Video/Slideshow of the song “If I Were Brave”, written by Jimmy Scott and Jana Stanfield and sung by Jana Stanfield. http://www.jana


We ALL are united through DREAMS!! 


We ALL are ONE!! 

The Four Lettered Word

What a wonderful expression of what love is and all the feelings that arise bc of that four letter word!
I’m reblogging your post bc it’s a great one and others should benefit of its wisdom!!

A Shade Of Pen

Someone once told me(roughly), “You don’t fall in love once, you fall in love multiple times and everytime it is different”.

Would I let such a beautiful line go? No. I have incomprehensible amount of work left, but here I am typing a post because YES, WEIRDNESS LEVEL 99.

I found something that relates with the line.. and I feel like posting it here. Strangely, it is NOT poetry.


“L.O.V.E.- It is perhaps the strangest and the most complex of all four words.. You know WHY? Because it is the simplest complexity and the most complex simplicity together. There are a million LOVE stories that we never hear and some of them are so incredibly beautiful that it will put the TITANIC tale to shame, but these stories are NOT famous.. not like ROMEO and JULIET.. they die a death with the people who LOVED.. because some tales never get the medium……

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Secret Service agents on Obama detail sent home from Netherlands after night of drinking

Shane, shame, shame!! Tsk, tsk! IMHO … should be fired!! As a federal employee, this is a no-no!!

The Fifth Column

Barack Obama leaves after the closing session of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands on March 25, 2014. The episode comes after nearly two years of reflection and reform at the agency. | AP Photo

The fact that these people were assigned to protect the POTUS while overseas makes this a big deal.   So many people hate the President and I’m hoping those guys were not among the haters.   I’m hard-pressed to recall this happening to any of the other President in my lifetime…from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.  In my opinion, this is really scary…

The Washington Post

Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of them was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, the people said.

The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands after finding the unconscious…

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10 things you need to know today: March 26, 2014

Today’s summary!

The Fifth Column

Flowers are left near a demolished home where a woman's body was found.  Flowers are left near a demolished home where a woman’s body was found. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Week

Washington’s mudslide death toll continues to rise, some Americans get an ObamaCare deadline extension, and more

1. Likely death toll from mudslide rises to 24
Search crews recovered two more bodies Tuesday under the Washington state mudslide and believed they had located another eight, pushing the likely death toll to 24. Authorities expect it to rise further. As crews continued looking for signs of life on Wednesday, four days after the disaster, as many as 176 people remained missing. “We haven’t lost hope that there’s a possibility that we can find somebody alive in some pocket area,” said a local fire chief. [Fox News]

2. The Obama administration extends the health care enrollment deadline
With ObamaCare’s open enrollment ending in less than a week, the Obama administration is scheduled…

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At the end of the day …..


~~March 25, 2014~~

Prayer of Peace
Deep within the still center of my being, may I find peace.
Silently, within the quiet grove, may I cultivate peace.
Gently, within the greater circle of humankind, may I radiate peace.


~~Buddha Wisdoms~~

Namo Amitabha Buddha Relax Music


~~Uploaded on Jan 19, 2011~~

Buddha Wisdoms with Namo Amitabha Buddha Relax Music

We ALL are connected through PEACE!!


We ALL are ONE!! 




Hubble Telescope …. Launched 24 years ago in April 2014!


~~March 25, 2014~~

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was carried into orbit by a Space Shuttle in 1990 and remains in operation. A 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) aperture telescope in low Earth orbit, Hubble’s four main instruments observe in the near ultravioletvisible, and near infrared spectra. The telescope is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble.

Hubble’s orbit outside the distortion of Earth’s atmosphere allows it to take extremely high-resolution images with almost no background light. Hubble’s Deep Field has recorded some of the most detailed visible-light images ever, allowing a deep view into space and time. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe.

Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. The HST was built by the United States space agency NASA, with contributions from the European Space Agency, and is operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute. The HST is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Space telescopes were proposed as early as 1923. Hubble was funded in the 1970’s, with a proposed launch in 1983, but the project was beset by technical delays, budget problems, and the Challenger disaster. When finally launched in 1990, Hubble’s main mirror was found to have been ground incorrectly, compromising the telescope’s capabilities. The optics were corrected to their intended quality by a servicing mission in 1993.

This is an artist's rendition of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

Hubble is the only telescope designed to be serviced in space by astronauts. Between 1993 and 2002, four Space Shuttle missions repaired, upgraded, and replaced systems on the telescope; a fifth mission was canceled on safety grounds following the Columbia disaster. However, after spirited public discussion, NASA administrator Mike Griffin approved one final servicing mission, completed in 2009. The telescope is now expected to function until at least 2014, and possibly 2020. Its scientific successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is currently scheduled to be launched in 2018.

Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis, flying Servicing Mission 4 (STS-125), the fifth and latest human spaceflight to it.
General information
NSSDC ID 1990-037B
Organization NASA / ESA / STScI
Launch date April 24, 1990, 8:33:51 am EDT
Launch site Kennedy Space Center LC-39,Florida, U.S.
Launch vehicle Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31)
Mission length 23 years and 11 months elapsed
Deorbited estimated 2014–2021
Mass 11,110 kg (24,490 lb) at launch
Length 13.2 m (43 ft)
Type of orbit Near-circular low Earth orbit
Orbit height 559 km (347 mi)
Orbit period 96–97 minutes (14–15 periods per day)
Orbit velocity 7,500 m/s (25,000 ft/s)
Acceleration due to gravity 8.169 m/s2 (26.80 ft/s2)
Location Low Earth orbit
Telescope style Ritchey–Chrétien reflector
Wavelength visible lightultravioletnear-infrared
Diameter 2.4 m (7.9 ft)
Collecting area 4.5 m2 (48 sq ft)
Focal length 57.6 m (189 ft)
NICMOS infrared camera/spectrometer
ACS optical survey camera
(partially failed)
WFC3 wide field optical camera
COS ultraviolet spectrograph
STIS optical spectrometer/camera
FGS three fine guidance sensors

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 24 Years With a Great Wave

Full Credit/Article/Source: Alan Boyle

Astronomers have caught a cosmic wave to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch.

Anniversary pictures have become a yearly tradition for the telescope, which went into space on April 24, 1990, aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The latest picture, released Monday, March 24, 2014, reminds the Hubble team of “The Great Wave,” a 19th-century print by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.

This “wave” is a cosmic crest of hydrogen gas and dust in the Monkey Head Nebula, a star-forming region 6,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation Orion. Hubble’s infrared view shows how the dusty cloud is being sculpted by ultraviolet light from hot stars in the center of the nebula. Check out these images from Hokusai (and Hubble) to put the picture in perspective.



“The Great Wave Offshore of Kanagawa,” a 19th-century print by Katsushika Hokusai, shows a wave bearing down on boats with a view of Mount Fuji in the background.


These images show a visible-light and infrared view of the same small portion of the Monkey Head Nebula. The visible-light view at left was captured by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 in 2001. The infrared view at right comes from the newer Wide Field Camera 3.



This ground-based telescope image shows a wide-angle view of the Monkey Head Nebula, also known as NGC 2174. The nebula is so named because under the right conditions, the nebula looks like a monkey’s head facing left. In this image, Hubble’s infrared view takes in the area within the white-bordered box, where the monkey’s eye would be.




Where Did the Name Hubble Come From?

Hubble is named after an astronomer. His name was Edwin P. Hubble. An astronomer is someone who studies the planets, stars and space. Edwin P. Hubble made important discoveries in the early 1900’s. He found many galaxies in the universe. His work also led to the idea that the universe was getting bigger, as if from a big explosion. Scientists call this explosion the big bang. The explosion would have happened billions of years ago.


What Are Hubble’s Most Important Discoveries?

Hubble pictures have helped scientists guess the age and size of the universe. Scientists think the universe is about 13 or 14 billion years old. Hubble has also helped scientists understand how planets and galaxies form. A picture called “Hubble Ultra Deep Field” shows the farthest galaxies ever seen.

Hubble has spotted black holes. Black holes suck in everything around them, including light. Hubble has also helped to discover dark energy. Dark energy is a strange force that causes the universe to expand faster and faster as time goes on. And Hubble has helped scientists learn more about explosions that occur when huge stars die.


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A rose made of galaxies,  extreme star cluster, stellar nursery, infra-red view of the Horsehead nebula (23rd anniversary picture)

~~Best of Hubble – 22 Years of Incredible Images~~

~~Published on Jul 9, 2012~~

Visit my website at – this episode of Hubblecast celebrates the best Hubble Space Telescope pictures of the last 22 years.
Credit: NASA ESA Hubble

Just imagine what two more years could bring!


We ALL are connected through the UNIVERSE!! 


We ALL are ONE!!