Ethiopia Cancels Anti-Gay Rally and Drops Proposed Bill

This is the way it should be!! Keep religion and government out of the private lives of law-abiding citizens!!


By Cathy Kristofferson, April 16, 2014

rainbowethiopiaThe AP is reporting plans to hold a mass anti-gay rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have been cancelled. The two religious groups planning the rally announced last week it would be held on April 26th. The government-affiliated Addis Ababa Youth Forum and a religious group associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church reported an alarming increased rate of ‘homosexual acts’ had caused the need for the rally.

Chairman of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church group the Weyiniye Abune Tekelehaimanot Association, Dereje Negash, had previously told reporters at a press conference:

“Children are being raped by gay people in this country. …  All in all, gay acts are against health, the law, religion and our culture, so we should break the silence and create awareness about it.”

Today, Negash said the cancellation is the result of people inside the church asking the government to prevent the rally.

Currently, same-sex acts are punishable…

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One of a kind romance …. Sun and Moon!

~~April 16, 2014~~

The Romance of the Sun and the Moon

The moon was alone one evening, shining in the midnight sky. Although she was surrounded by myriads of tiny, sparkly stars, she felt as if there was no one to understand her. She eagerly searched the skies for a friend, perhaps a meteor, with whom to discuss the joys and sorrows of her life. But there was nobody.

On the other side of the world, the sun yawned and awoke to shine his light upon the blue-green temples of God. He heard the call to worship, and saw the waves of people bowing and praying. He felt full of good will and charity towards the masses of God’s servitors. Perhaps they were not holy, but at least they were faithful.

The moon stayed alone, suspended in the sky with none to touch her. A tiny star whispered to her of a great being, the sun, who brought joy and light to the world. She listened with interest, for it seemed that once, a long time ago, she had seen a being such as this. Beautiful as he was, the sun seemed always just beyond her reach. She would visit the places where he had been, and would always find that he had just left. Those who knew him spoke of his wonder and his glory, and she felt unworthy to be in his presence.

Now the sun was unaware of her yearning, for he was too busy making the crops grow and warming the world. Those who wished his light had only to look upward to heaven and he was there, beaming down upon them.

The moon continued to follow the sun, always coming nearer to him, always hearing that he had just left that portion of the sky, or was just over the next mountain range. Where before there was despair, now she was ever more hopeful, for she knew that she was approaching his presence.

She came closer and closer, until one glorious day came when she stood before him, naked and unafraid. The world looked up and saw only blackness – in the middle of the day. But the moon stood mid-way between the sun and the earth, and all of his glory was for her.

His light blotted out all of her loneliness, all of her pain, all of her past. She stood bathed in wonder before him, and his light filled her soul.

She passed away from him full of light and joy, and though his light was too bright to remember, it was also too powerful to forget. She was dizzy with wonder. As time passed, it seemed that she once had been a being full of light, yet it was so long ago…

Such is the soul of man, dear one. It yearns for the glorious light of Truth, which destroys all loneliness and memory. The many lives of man are as many times as the moon sees the sun – after each, nothing remains but a vague idea of a beauty once seen. And there is always the longing, and always the return.

~~Full Read/Credit/Story~~


We ALL are connected through NATURE!! 

~Sleeping Sun~

Listening to this this song, we hear the moon talking to her love … the sun.



The sun is sleeping quietly
Once upon a century
Wistful oceans calm and red
Ardent caresses laid to rest

For my dreams I hold my life
For wishes I behold my nights
The truth at the end of time
Losing faith makes a crime

I wish for this night time
to last for a life-time
The darkness around me
Shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
With you

Sorrow has a human heart
From my god it will depart
I’d sail before a thousand moons
Never finding where to go

Two hundred twenty-two days of light
Will be desired by a night
A moment for the poet’s play
Until there’s nothing left to say

I wish for this night-time to last for a lifetime
The darkness around me
Shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
With you

I wish for this night-time to last for a lifetime
The darkness around me
Shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
With you ….

We ALL are ONE!!


There is never a reason for killing a wild animal unless it’s charging at you! How can they not be around? We are invading their wilderness!!

Walking with the Alligators

A Florida Black Bear Cub
Picture credit:  FWC

Today with heavy and trouble heart,  I am imploring you to do something for an animal that you do not know.

This week has been nearly impossible to get through for those of us who live in Central Florida.

As of this writing,  SEVEN Black Bears have been killed here in the greater Orlando area.

What is  mind-boggling is this, FWC  say that they have no way to know if any of them is the one who hurt the woman, as DNA tests take time to get back.

Their  second explanation, or reason for continuing the killings, is that the Bears are showing  “no fear of humans.”

Let’s see, Bears comes into a neighborhood, bordering right up to where they live and these kind humans leave it something to eat and enjoy the sight.

Bear thinks, Human good!

Result, no fear!

If you remember,  the last time,  a woman taking out her trash with her dog was bitten…

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“Silent Spring” …. Rachel Carson!

~~April 16, 2014~~


Silent Spring is an environmental science book written by Rachel Carson and published by Houghton Mifflin on September 27, 1962. The book documented the detrimental effects of indiscriminate use of pesticides on the environment, particularly on birds. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting industry claims unquestioningly.

Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people.

Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT for agricultural uses, and it inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

~Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” – Published Fifty Years Ago~

By: Mark Stoll, Environment and Society Portal

~A noisy half century~

In her new book Rachel Carson tries to scare the living daylights out of us and, in large measure, succeeds. Her work tingles with anger, outrage and protest. It is a 20th-century “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

— Walter Sullivan, “Books of the Times,” New York Times, 27 September 1962, p. 35

The history books say that the American environmental movement began on 16 June 1962, the date of the New Yorker magazine that contained the first of three excerpts from Rachel Carson’s new book, Silent Spring. Controversy ignited immediately. Just five weeks later, before the book was even out, a 22 July headline in theNew York Times declared, “‘Silent Spring’ Is Now Noisy Summer.” Houghton Mifflin released Silent Spring on 27 September. It sold hundreds of thousands of copies and stayed on the best seller list for thirty-one months.

New York Times headline "'Silent Spring' Is Now Noisy Summer," with portrait of Rachel Carson

Reviewer Walter Sullivan was only the first of many to compare Silent Spring to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the most controversial American book of the nineteenth century. Silent Spring inspired immediate outrage and opposition. Chemical and agricultural spokesmen loudly attacked both the book and its author. They alleged ignorance, hysteria, misstatements, cultism, and communist sympathies.

Yet Silent Spring also galvanized conservationists, ecologists, biologists, social critics, reformers, and organic farmers to join in the American environmental movement. Carson’s sensational best seller helped transform and broaden the older conservation movement into more comprehensive and ecologically informed environmentalism. Moreover, through dozens of translations, Silent Spring affected events abroad and prepared the way for the rise of environmental and Green movements worldwide.

Half a century later, Silent Spring continues to outrage many conservatives and inspire environmentalists.

Quiet, reserved, and very private, Silent Spring’s author was no radical rabble-rouser. Carson was born on 27 May 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. From an early age she aspired to be a writer but at college she switched her major from English to biology.

Carson earned a masters’ degree in zoology from Johns Hopkins University in 1932 but interrupted her doctoral studies due to financial problems during the Great Depression. She took a job as a biologist with the US Bureau of Fisheries — later the US Fish and Wildlife Service — and wrote and edited informational materials for the public.

In her spare time Carson wrote Under the Sea-Wind, published in 1941. Her second book, The Sea Around Us, was a fantastic success. It zoomed to the top of the best seller list in 1952 and remained there for a record eighty-six weeks. A new edition of Under the Sea-Wind joined it there. Success enabled Carson to resign from her job and write full time. In 1955 her third book, The Edge of the Sea, reached the best seller lists, too.

Carson then turned her attention to a problem that had concerned her for at least a decade: the use and abuse of dangerous new chemicals in agriculture and pest control.

She tried to get other authors interested in the topic, but in the end she found that she had to write the book herself — Silent Spring.

Rachel Carson, “the gentle storm center,” as Life magazine called her, poses in her study with Silent Spring.

Unfortunately, Carson would only see the beginnings of the revolution she helped start. Halfway through the research and writing of Silent Spring she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Wearing a wig and sometimes moving with difficulty, she hid her illness from the public while she defended her book on television, at congressional hearings, and before many audiences.

On 14 April 1964, Carson died at her home in Silver Spring, Maryland, at age fifty-six.

There’s and exhibition which presents the global reception and impact of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. On one side are the attacks that began even before a word was printed, as well as the vilification of the present day. On the other is found the equally persistent admiration and support for Carson and her book from scientists, policymakers, activists, and the general public.

Portions of the exhibition rely on quite thorough and extensive documentation, particularly for the United States, where Silent Spring had its earliest and greatest impact. Other sections go beyond previous accounts to emphasize popular culture, music, literature, and the arts. They also give equal weight to the book’s international legacy.

Elixirs of Death,” “Needless Havoc,” “And No Birds Sing,” “Rivers of Death,” “Beyond the Dreams of the Borgias”:Silent Spring’s chapter titles seem to promise a lurid muckraker. The text, however, is impassioned but scrupulously scientific. Critics called the book inaccurate and exaggerated but they could never name specific examples of errors. The most telling criticism was that it one-sidedly omitted any positive benefits of chemicals. Rachel Carson’s defenders responded that the chemical industry’s promotion efforts had already done that quite well.

Other writers had written on overuse and misuse of chemical pesticides and herbicides and hardly anyone noticed. Why was Silent Spring so different? The most important reason was Carson herself, the most popular nature writer of the 1950s, with three recent best sellers. As the latest book by Carson, Silent Spring had a ready public who looked forward to it with keen interest.


Second was the quality of the writing itself. Surely no one but Carson had the literary skills to write an international best seller about chlorinated hydrocarbons. Decades of writing science for the public prepared her to present complex science to the general public in ways that both made it readily understandable and drew the reader in.

Finally, recent events and health scares had prepared the American public to hear and respond to the frightening message of Silent Spring. Most dramatic was the worrisome spread of radioactive substances across the globe from a spree of open-air tests of nuclear weapons. Carson explicitly compared pesticides to radiation: both were invisible, unavoidable, and threatening. Her explicit comparisons to now well-known health dangers from radiation made her task much easier to explain the very similar threats from dangerous agricultural chemicals.

Rachel Carson testifying before the Senate Government Operations subcommittee studying pesticide spraying (June 4, 1963)
Rachel Carson testifying before the Senate Government Operations subcommittee studying pesticide spraying (June 4, 1963)

Silent Spring prompted Congressional hearings.

On 4 April 1963, the day after a CBS documentary on the book aired, Connecticut senator Abraham Ribicoff announced hearings on pollution, including federal regulation of pesticides. Hearings started on 16 May, serendipitously one day after PSAC released its report. On 4 June, Carson testified. Echoing Abraham Lincoln’s famous greeting of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ribicoff welcomed her with the words, “You are the lady who started all this.”


After Silent Spring, Congress revised the regulation of chemicals. Prior to 1962, the government regulated pesticides mainly to ensure that chemical preparations were effective and not fraudulent. The Insecticide Act of 1910 and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act of 1947 (FIFRA) served these goals. A 1952 amendment to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act established a procedure for setting tolerances for chemical residues in food, feed, and fiber, but not for regulation of chemical use itself. Now Congress amended FIFRA to include attention to safety considerations in pesticide labeling.

Repeated environmental crises during the 1960’s, including major events like the Santa Barbara, California, oil well blowout and the Cuyahoga River fire in Cleveland, Ohio, kept environmental issues in the headlines.

The astonishing success of the first Earth Day in April of 1970 put tremendous pressure on politicians to act. The Nixon Administration established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970 and gave it authority to set tolerances for chemical residues. Congress amended FIFRA in 1972 to transfer pesticide regulation to the EPA and mandated protection of public and environment health. The EPA ceased licensing DDT in 1972.

The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 was Silent Spring’s greatest legal vindication. It directed the EPA to protect the public from “unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.” Under its authority, the EPA acted to ban or severely restrict all six compounds indicted in Silent Spring — DDT, chlordane, heptachlor, dieldrin, aldrin, and endrin—and assumed responsibility for testing new chemicals.


We ALL are connected through NATURE!! 

~~Rachel Carson, author of The Silent Spring~~

~~Uploaded on Apr 5, 2011~~

The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was an explosive book when first published in 1962. It challenged the belief commonly held by scientists at the time, that man can control the balance of nature.


In my humble opinion, she foresaw the future that awaited us as a species. She foretold of the effects of introducing chemicals into Nature. She describe 50 years ago what is exactly happening in our times … both the effects on Nature and the adverse, as well as the extremely biased response from the big chemical companies.

I wonder what Monsanto, Dupont, Sygenta, Dow, Bayer, BASF would do if Rachel would be alive today. 

“On one side are the attacks that began even before a word was printed, as well as the vilification of the present day. On the other is found the equally persistent admiration and support for Carson and her book from scientists, policymakers, activists, and the general public.”


We ALL are ONE!! 

“Let Go, Keep it Simple, Move Quickly” – Secrets to Being a Productive …

~~April 16, 2014~~

I found these graphics as I was surfing the net this morning. Even thought it’s aimed at being a better entrepreneur, I think that this may apply to many things in life. Good healthy habits to help one become a better _______.

(You fill in the blank.)

To be a a more productive ____ , let  go of old habits and focus on becoming more efficient.

From figuring out the perfect sleep temperature to dumping the clutter from your desk and learning how to let go of “perfect,” streamlining everyday tasks can lead to a more productive lifestyle, according to San Francisco-based startup organization Funders and Founders.


Related: Get it Done: 35 Habits of the Most Productive People (Infographic)

Want to know more ways to become more productive?

Check out the series of infographics below.



Happiness Is 50% Genetics 10% Circumstances 40% Our intention
Source: "The How Of Happiness" by Sonja Lyubomirsky

We ALL are connected through HUMANITY!! 

We ALL are ONE!!

Amazing Blogger: Chris!

Very interesting blog … he’s got!! Check it out!!


Every week I want to share an amazing blogger with you all, so you can check out their blogs and maybe make some new friends!

All of these bloggers have amazed me with their art, kind heart, friendship and skills.

You ready? Here we go!


Meet Chris (I so adore this profile pic he uses! lol)

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A little about Chris

My literature Hero is Terry Pratchett who, in one of his Science of Discworld books, postulated that Homo Sapiens Sapiens survived all the pitfalls that made other Homo Sapiens species become extinct, by being story telling apes.

If this is the case, then in order to be effective, for every story telling ape there had to be a story listening ape.

I am descended from them, except I read stories instead of listening to them; and author’s are the tellers of the stories I read.

I don’t…

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10 things you need to know today: April 16, 2014

Here you have it. Today’s summary ….

The Fifth Column

Rescue helicopters fly over the sinking ferry. Rescue helicopters fly over the sinking ferry. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

The Week

A South Korean ferry sinks, a bomb scare disrupts the Boston Marathon bombing anniversary, and more

1. Ferry sinks off South Korean coast
At least four people died and 295 were missing Wednesday after a South Korean passenger ferry carrying 450 people capsized and sank off the country’s south coast. About 320 of the people on board were high-school students traveling with teachers to the resort island of Jeju. Search vessels and helicopters hurried to the scene to pluck people from the stricken ship. Authorities said they could not immediately determine what went wrong. [CNNThe Guardian]


2. Boston Marathon finish line evacuated over bomb scare
Police evacuated the finish line of next week’s Boston Marathon on Tuesday, the anniversary of the bombing at the race’s finish last year, when a man chanting “Boston strong!”…

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To start the day …. random thoughts!

~~April 16, 2014~~

A pebble dropped into a pond reverberates in ways that are hundreds of times bigger than the pebble itself.  From the point of entry into the water, ripples emerge, and extend outwards.  Fish dart in the direction of the sinking pebble in the hope of obtaining a bit of food.  A duck feels a small disturbance and turns. And when the pebble lands on the pond’s floor, it displaces tiny grains of sand as it settles in.

All this happens, just from one tiny pebble.

The slogan “Keep it simple” reminds you to avoid complications and over-analysis so you can stay focused on the present moment.  But, it also reminds you of the importance of performing simple acts of kindness for others. Things you might not even think about because they are so small may turn a person’s day for the better.  When you allow someone to go through a door before you, offer to pour a cup of coffee for another, or smile at a stranger, you are not saving hundreds of lives, but perhaps, like the pebble in the pond, your simple actions will have profound and positive repercussions in the life of another.

Source (modified):  Morning Light: A Book of Meditations to Begin Your Day | Amy E. Dean | Hazelden Meditations

Give a stranger one of your smiles today.

It might be the only sunshine he or she sees all day.

~Author Unknown~


~~Karunesh. Zen Breakfast~~

~~Published on Oct 15, 2012~~

Flight from earth to heaven

We ALL are connected to HUMANITY!!

We ALL are ONE!!