At the end of the day …. on a musical note!!

~~April 8, 2014~~

Piano Guys visit another World Wonder, perform ‘How Great Thou Art’

The Piano Guys are back at it, and this time they’ve chosen two World Wonders as their backdrop. Performing “How Great Thou Art,” combined with “Gabriel’s Oboe,” The Piano Guys newest video shows them in Brazil near the statue Christ the Redeemer, one of the New7Wonders, and the Iguazu Falls, one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

This video, which was released Wednesday morning, April 2, 2014, is the group’s second featuring a World Wonder. Last October, 2013, The Piano Guys embarked on their journey to perform at each of the New7Wonders by filming on the Great Wall of China in “Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends.”

~~Story behind the video & song~~

We’ve set an ambitious goal to film in front of all Seven Wonders of the World. We started with the Great Wall of China.
As our tour of Brazil approached we set our sights on our next Wonder: Christ the Redeemer. This incredible piece of art soars 10 stories in the air, stretches 100 feet wide and weighs 1.4 million pounds (630,000 kg). But even more impressive is that it was built in the 1920’s on a peak of a sheer 2,300 ft. (700 meter) cliff overlooking Rio de Janeiro.

Not far from this inspiring statue are the Iguazu Falls — a natural Wonder of the World. Made up of 275 waterfalls that stretch across 1.7 miles (2.7 km), to match the amount of water that flows down these falls you would need 2 million people to each pour a quart of water every second.

As we considered what piece of music would be worthy of such incomparable locations we looked to songs that have been composed or used to praise Jesus Christ, for whom the statue was built and who billions believe created all the natural wonders of this world.

We wanted to combine the melody of the heartfelt hymn of praise “How Great Thou Art” with one of the most beautiful melodies ever written — the theme from the movie “The Mission” (“Gabriel’s Oboe.”)

The Mission” is a movie that powerfully depicts the lives of men that lay down their lives for others. It was also filmed at Iguazu Falls. “How Great Thou Art” praises God and all that He has done for His children on this Earth. The two harmonize so beautifully with each other, both musically and thematically. As we played these pieces in front of the Christ Statue and Iguazu Falls we felt an overwhelming sense of wonder, peace, and joy.

When considering which song the group should perform at this location, The Piano Guys were meticulous.


~~Full Read/Source/Article~~

The Mission/How Great Thou Art – ThePianoGuys (Wonder of The World 2 of 7)


This music video is not meant to exclude anyone that does not believe in God. We hope that it instead promotes spiritual feelings that can be felt by all — gratitude for a beautiful Earth, for life, and for joy.

A wise man once said, “If we thought of life as a gift, we might not demand nearly as much from it. And if we lived more graciously, giving of ourselves more freely to the well-being of others, many of our personal concerns would disappear, and life would become easier for all.”

We respect all beliefs and opinions, but we hope that in the comments everyone can set aside religious differences and instead focus on building each other up — through gratitude, inspiration, kindness and mutual respect.


We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 

What still pulls on your soul?

RUMI …. always soothes!!

Live & Learn


What in your life is calling you,
when all the noise is silenced,
the meetings adjourned,
the lists laid aside,
and the wild iris blooms by itself
in the dark forest,
what still pulls on your soul?

— Rumi

Poem Source: Stalwart Reader; Photograph – Athena by Thomas Dodd. See bio here.

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The Essential Wisdom of the Dalai Lama

Incredible human being. Never tire of reading his wisdom!!


The Dalai Lama is a very special person. He is the political and spiritual leader of Tibet which was taken from the Tibetan people by the Chinese. They say that having at one time owned Tibet, they do now also. I think it is kind of like Russia saying they own the Ukraine. Greed for land and minerals and egos are behind these actions. Tibet was invaded by the Chinese back in the fifties and a teenaged Dalai Lama was secreted out of the country and took refuge in India. Many Tibetan people left with the Dalai Lama and in the weeks and months thereafter. The Dalai Lama was the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. The temples were invaded and monks and nuns were tortured, raped and murdered. The world stood by and watched it happen. They really had nothing to make them valuable to the rest of…

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South African President Zuma Respects Uganda’s Jail the Gays


The counter-movement is getting stronger. We need to be aware!!


Zuma proves that he is a homophobe,  as he spits on the legacy of Madiba,  and this should be his demise!

By Melanie Nathan, April 09, 2014.

ugparade9South Africa has a Constitution that ensures equality for all, including LGBTI people. And now according to South Africa’s media, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday “South Africa respects Uganda’s anti-homosexual laws.”  And if he was ONLY referring to Uganda’s sovereignty, then he fails to note that the law is unjust and persecutory.

No wonder there is so much homophobia and violence against LGBTI people in South Africa – even President Zuma fails to recognize certain basic human rights, invoked by a  Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

Surely there is a duty on Zuma to remind his neighbors of what is right versus what is wrong, despite their sovereignty.

Anyone with the ability to read can see that the Anti-Homosexuality Act…

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Spread of Russian-Style Anti-Propaganda Laws

There’s a counter-wave to undo what has been done. Beware!!

Global Equality Today

Repost from Human Rights First

We saw what Putin can do to LGBT Russians while the international media was camped in Sochi covering the XXII Winter Olympiad. What kind of crackdown might happen when it’s all over?

Additionally, as the world watches what will transpire domestically, the international LGBT community waits to see if Russia’s brand of discriminatory legislation will take root elsewhere. The flagship piece of that legislation, the federal law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” may soon be Russia’s number one export. Since the propaganda law went into effect, in June, 2013, legislators from Eastern Europe to Central Asia have begun to emulate the Russian Duma by introducing nearly identical versions of the law in their legislative bodies.

Continue reading and find a link to the fact sheet here


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There is no back up planet!!

~~April 8, 2014~~ 

“You hear it every day.

“The ice caps are melting.”

“Two hundred species are going extinct every 24 hours.” 

“The rain forests are being DECIMATED at unthinkable rates.” 

“Genetically modified plants are spreading outside of their plots and entering our food supply with unknown consequences.”

We’re pillaging the planet of resources, killing the incredible beings that live here, poisoning the oceans, increasing global temperatures and jeopardizing our own livelihoods …

… and yet …



The last couple hundreds years have taken a toll on the planet. Mankind’s search for himself has transformed his relationship with the planet to a relationship with his Ego. The battle for power, control and money has led to poverty, depression, death, chaos, sadness and a planet that is dying. All we need is to do is look outside our window to see that the green, pure Earth that once was will be no longer if we do not change our attitudes.

Can we not see how alive the earth is?

That just like us her waterways are her veins; her inner core is her heart; her fertile soil is her skin; that every root underneath our feet is connected like a network.

klamathfishkillFree flowing rivers have been blocked by damns, blocking the life force of water to irrigate our crops turning our lands into deserts. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of fish that travel the waterways contributing to the maintenance of them.

Entire forests have been eradicated, killing off the very species that help to create it. Now skyscrapers and parking lots stand where once mighty Oaks lived.

Chemicals fall from the skies killing trees, animals, birds and ourselves.

Much needs to be done to heal the Earth, but choosing to stop supporting the holocaust of hundreds of thousands every day and the destruction of the Earth, can have a ripple effect that begins this healing process.

A plant-based diet would reap thousands of benefits on the planet and avoid damaging effects to the planet.

CAFO12Factory Farms or CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). Mans hunger and ego has led him to believe that he is above other species that live here. This has led to the maltreatment of humans and animals alike and large commercial operations of factory farming. Factory farms have a devastating effect on the environment for several reasons.

~~Full Read/Article/Source~~


~~She’s Alive … Beautiful … Finite … Hurting … Worth Dying for!~~

~~Uploaded on Jun 26, 2011~~

This is a non-commercial attempt from and… to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless ‘consumers’ are combining to destroy life on earth.

It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network ( 

Content credit: The principal source for the footage was Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s incredible film HOME The music was by Armand Amar. Thank you too Greenpeace and


We ALL are connected to MOTHER EARTH!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 




Horse Racing …. Drugs, deception and death!!

~~April 8, 2014~~

WARNING: May find pictures and video to be graphic!

~~Horse Racing Exposed: Drugs, Deception, and Death~~

Imagine being pushed beyond the point of exhaustion: the bones in your legs straining to hold up the weight of your body, your bleeding lungs incapable of taking in enough air, and you’re forced to keep running despite it all. This is what life is like for racehorses who are chronically drugged by trainers in order to mask their pain and enhance their performance.

As reported in The New York Times, for the first time ever, PETA has captured cruel standard industry practices on camera during an undercover investigation of leading thoroughbred trainer Steve Asmussen.


PETA’s investigator worked for Asmussen, who has won more races in the last decade than any other U.S. trainer, at two of the most famous racetracks in America: Churchill Downs in Louisville (home of the Kentucky Derby) and the Saratoga Race Course in New York.

Racehorses are given an aggressive, daily regimen of pain-masking drugs and treatments. 

These drugs don’t appear to be used for genuinely therapeutic purposes — they’re used to keep horses going when their legs and lungs are screaming “Stop!”

Horses in the racing industry are so routinely doped up that they have been labeled “chemical horses,” and their feet, bones, and bodies are progressively destroyed as a result. Our investigator documented some of the most commonly overused drugs and “treatments”:

  • Although it’s approved only as a prescription medication for horses with hypothyroidism, the drug thyroxine was being administered to many, if not all, horses in Asmussen’s New York stable, without any apparent testing or evidence of any thyroid condition. This drug was recklessly administered seemingly just to speed up metabolism — not for any therapeutic purpose.
  • Lasix — a controversial drug banned in Europe on race days — was injected into “basically all” of Asmussen’s horses who were being raced or timed in New York. A powerful drug meant to prevent pulmonary bleeding in the lungs during extreme exercise, Lasix is a diuretic that can serve as a masking agent for other drugs and also dehydrates horses to make them lose weight and run faster. One of New York State’s top horse-racing veterinarians admitted on camera to PETA’s investigator that Lasix is a performance-enhancing medication.
  • Horses’ legs showed multiple scars from being burned with liquid nitrogen ― a process called freeze-firing ― and burned with other irritating “blistering” chemicals, purportedly to stimulate blood flow to their sore legs.
  • Horses were also given muscle relaxants, sedatives, and other potent pharmaceuticals to be used for treating ailments such as ulcers, lameness, and inflammation, at times even when the animals had no apparent symptoms.

Stevea2Pushed beyond their limits, an average of 24 horses suffer fatal breakdowns at tracks across the country every week, due in part, according to a 2012 New York Times investigation, to the misuse of drugs that keep injured horses running, and 10,000 broken-down thoroughbreds are sent to slaughter every year.

Some horses were reportedly electro-shocked with concealed buzzers. One of Asmussen’s trainers, Scott Blasi, jokingly called his top jockey a “machine rider“― a nickname for riders who shock horses. And Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas laughed as he described how, at New Mexico’s Ruidoso Downs racetrack, it was like “a full-blown orchestra. Zzz. Zzz. Zzz. Zzz. Everybody had one.”


Valediction, a horse whose knee had been injected repeatedly, was claimed by another owner after a race, and Blasi exclaimed that he was so happy, apparently to be rid of the horse, that he “could do a f****** cartwheel.” Valediction reportedly had fractured a bone and could not walk to his new owner’s barn, and he had to have emergency surgery.

Blasi and the new owner’s trainer joked that the horse was a “rat”— what they call a horse who doesn’t win any money.


~~Held Together With Superglue~~

Nehro was a magnificent horse. He came in second in the 2011 Kentucky Derby, but what race enthusiasts and reporters never knew was that just a few years later, Nehro was racing and training on chronically painful hooves with holes in them. One of the hooves was, at one point, held together with superglue.

Nehro’s assistant trainer, Blasi, told PETA’s investigator, “I know the f***** hurts” ― yet Nehro was kept on the track and forced to participate in workouts. Just two years after that Derby finish, Nehro developed colic and went mad from pain. 

He was euthanized at Churchill Downs on the day of the 2013 Kentucky Derby.


“We witnessed a horse so sore it hurt him even to stand, thyroid medication dumped into horses’ daily feed, and horses who had been blistered with chemical paint in a bizarre attempt to stimulate healing.

Even at this top level of racing, the syringe is the top training aid, and if the horses get out alive, they’re broken.”


~~Horse Racing Exposed: Drugs and Death~~

~~Published on Mar 19, 2014~~

A PETA undercover investigation of leading thoroughbred trainer Steve Asmussen reveals chronic misuse of drugs, reportedly to enhance horses’ performance and mask their injuries.

The website the meat industry doesn’t want you to see:

We ALL are connected through NATURE!!


We ALL are ONE!! 


“Symphony of Science” …. have you heard about this?

~~April 8, 2014~~

The Symphony of Science is a music project created by Washington-based electronic musician John Boswell. The project seeks to “spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through musical remixes.” Boswell uses pitch-corrected audio and video samples from television programs featuring popular scientists and educators. The audio and video clips are mixed into digital mashups and scored with Boswell’s original compositions. Two of Boswell’s music videos, “A Glorious Dawn” and “We are All Connected“, feature appearances from Carl SaganRichard FeynmanNeil deGrasse TysonBill Nye, and Stephen Hawking.

The audio and video is sampled from popular science television shows including CosmosThe UniverseThe Eyes of NyeThe Elegant Universe, and Stephen Hawking’s Universe.


Unruly Media, a viral video tracking service, first charted “A Glorious Dawn” on September 21, 2009. A month later, the video had received more than a million views and was ranked in the music category on YouTube as one of the top rated videos of all time. On November 9, 2009, Third Man Records released a 7-inch single of “A Glorious Dawn” for the 75th anniversary of the birth of Carl Sagan.


~~John Boswell~~

Composer John Boswell had been experimenting with sampling and remixing for some time before creating his first YouTube videos. Boswell had worked with Auto-Tune in the past and thought people might be interested in hearing American astronomer Carl Sagan sing. He first saw Cosmos in 2004 and soon after bought the set of DVDs. Boswell looked through these episodes for “profound quotes” that lacked music in the background. Once he found these quotes, Boswell Auto-Tuned Sagan’s voice and picked from the best ones. After completing what became “A Glorious Dawn“, Boswell posted the video on YouTube in September 2009 and to his surprise, the video went viral within a week.

To date, the video has received more than seven million views and is ranked as one of the top rated videos of all time in the music category.

John Boswell

John Boswell attended Gonzaga Preparatory School and graduated from college with a degree in economics. Soon after, Boswell started Colorpulse, an electronica music project, and began to focus on production. He released an album in 2010, titled Escaping the Tangle, which included some of these productions. Boswell lives in Bellingham, Washington. His current music project, Symphony of Science, “aims to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through musical remixes” and to “deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form”.

After his first few videos, Boswell began seeking permission to use the clips he uses in his project. In addition to Symphony of Science, Boswell is also working on a project called Remixes for the Soul, which he works on, in addition to Symphony of Science, under the moniker of melodysheep.




There are many videos that you can watch at your leisure. In the meantime, I will

show you these, three of my favorites! 

Official Website:

Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking

~~(Symphony of Science)~~

~~Uploaded on Sep 17, 2009~~


My own musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn – Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Stephen Hawking’s Universe series.

RIP Dr. Sagan, you will be missed!!

~~Symphony of Science – ‘Our Place in the Cosmos’~~

(ft. Sagan, Dawkins, Kaku, Jastrow)

~~Uploaded on Nov 23, 2009~~


Our Place in the Cosmos“, the third video from the Symphony of Science, was crafted using samples from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Richard Dawkins’ Genius of Charles Darwin series, Dawkins’ TED Talk, Stephen Hawking’s Universe series, Michio Kaku’s interview on Physics and aliens, plus added visuals from Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi, History Channel’s Universe series, and IMAX Cosmic Voyage.

The themes present in this song are intended to explore our understanding of our origins within the universe, and to challenge the commonplace notion that humans have a superior or privleged position, both on our home planet and in the universe itself. 

RIP Dr. Sagan and Dr. Jastrow!

~~Symphony of Science – “Children of Africa” (The Story of Us)~~

~~Uploaded on Jul 6, 2011~~

A musical celebration of humanity, its origins, and achievements, contrasted with a somber look at our environmentally destructive tendencies and deep similarities with other primates. Featuring Jacob Bronowski, Alice Roberts, Carolyn Porco, Jane Goodall, Robert Sapolsky, Neil deGrasse Tyson and David Attenborough.

Children of Africa” is the tenth installment in the ongoing Symphony of Science music video series.


I encourage you to go to the official website and check all the videos that they have to offer. When I saw one for the first time, I thought: “If they’ve had this while I was in school, it would have been so much fun to learn science”. Enjoy!!

We ALL are connected through SCIENCE!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 


To start the day ….

~~April 8, 2014~~

What is religion? What is spirituality?

Those are questions that frequently come to mind. Some may agree, others will disagree. I believe that all opinions have value and all human beings’ beliefs should be respected and none push on anyone else.

Religion is a set of rules set forth by an “organization”. 

Spirituality is the feeling of knowing there’s something bigger and higher governing our reality. It’s a “knowing” of inter-connectedness. 


Religion refers to a set of variously organized beliefs about the relationship between natural and supernatural aspects of reality, and about the role of humans in this relationship. While religion is difficult to define, one standard model of religion, used in religious studies courses, was proposed by Clifford Geertz, who simply called it a “cultural system” (Clifford Geertz, Religion as a Cultural System, 1973). A critique of Geertz’s model by Talal Asad categorized religion as “an anthropological category.” (Talal Asad, The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category, 1982). Many religions have narrativessymbols, and sacred histories that are intended to explain the meaning of life and/or to explain the origin of life or the Universe. From their beliefs about the cosmos and human nature, people derive moralityethicsreligious laws or a preferred lifestyle.

According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world.

Many religions may have organized behaviorsclergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, holy places, and scriptures. The practice of a religion may also include ritualssermons, commemoration or veneration of a deitygods or goddessessacrificesfestivalsfeaststranceinitiationsfunerary servicesmatrimonial servicesmeditationprayermusicartdancepublic service or other aspects of human culture. Religions may also contain mythology.The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faithbelief system or sometimes set of duties; however, in the words of Émile Durkheim, religion differs from private belief in that it is “something eminently social”. A global 2012 poll reports that 59% of the world’s population is religious, and 36% are not religious, including 13% who are atheists, with a 9 percent decrease in religious belief from 2005. On average, women are more religious than men. Some people follow multiple religions or multiple religious principles at the same time, regardless of whether or not the religious principles they follow traditionally allow for syncretism.



The term “spirituality” lacks a definitive definition, although social scientists have defined spirituality as the search for “the sacred,” where “the sacred” is broadly defined as that which is set apart from the ordinary and worthy of veneration.

The use of the term “spirituality” has changed throughout the ages. In modern times, spirituality is often separated from Abrahamic religions, and connotes a blend of humanistic psychology with mystical and esoteric traditions and eastern religions aimed at personal well-being and personal development. The notion of “spiritual experience” plays an important role in modern spirituality, but has a relatively recent origin.

There is no single, widely-agreed definition of spirituality. Social scientists have defined spirituality as the search for the sacred, for that which is set apart from the ordinary and worthy of veneration, “a transcendent dimension within human experience … discovered in moments in which the individual questions the meaning of personal existence and attempts to place the self within a broader ontological context.”


According to Waaijman, the traditional meaning of spirituality is a process of re-formation which “aims to recover the original shape of man, the image of God. To accomplish this, the re-formation is oriented at a mold, which represents the original shape: in Judaism the Torah, in Christianity Christ, in Buddhism Buddha, in the Islam Muhammad.”

In modern times spirituality has come to mean the internal experience of the individual. It still denotes a process of transformation, but in a context separate from organized religious institutions: “spiritual but not religious.”Houtman and Aupers suggest that modern spirituality is a blend of humanistic psychology, mystical and esoteric traditions and eastern religions.

Waaijman points out that “spirituality” is only one term of a range of words which denote the praxis of spirituality. Some other terms are “Hasidism, contemplation, kabbala, asceticism, mysticism, perfection, devotion and piety”.

Spirituality can be sought not only through traditional organized religions, but also through movements such as liberalismfeminist theology, and green politics. Spirituality is also now associated with mental health, managing substance abusemarital functioning, parenting, and coping.

It has been suggested that spirituality also leads to finding purpose and meaning in life.



Where is the truth? Who has the answer? What is right? What is wrong?

The truth is inside the individual. We all have the answer. There is no right or wrong. 

Everyone has a set of core values and beliefs that serve as a compass to guide our travels in this life. All of us have the answers within. 

Stop and listen to what your spirit is telling you. 

That’s where the answer lies. There’s no need for outside rules. 

~~From a very good friend who is an Anglican Bishop~~

 I had a talk one day with a dear brother. One of the topics discussed was religion. With me being a leader of a faith group I’m in a bit of a rock and a hard place. Religion is what man says about God (collectively) … and I do not like organized religion because God always seems to be left out (I know my own cross to bare) … I keep God and Christ in my heart and do from there what needs to be done. So I do agree with the statement at the top of this post.

(Bows and leaves the pulpit).


Sometimes as I surf the web, I find many things that make me think, make me question what I believe. I found this video that expresses almost what my internal, core believes are to a “T”. This is articulating so clearly what I believe too!

I would like to share it with you.

~~What I Believe: Spiritual Living~~

~~Uploaded on Jun 3, 2010~~

This video is to help open the doorway of understanding about Spiritual Living. It doesn’t say it all … not even close … but if you are someone who considers themselves a member of Religious Science, Science of Mind, Agape or New Thought of some kind, this video is a great way to open the doorway or discussion.

Please feel free to use this video, if you agree with it and are moved to do so, to explain to others how you feel about your spirituality. I hope this video allows people who would normally avoid the conversation to open it instead.

Rev. Brian Akers

We ALL are connected through SPIRITUALITY!!

We ALL are ONE!!