About Friendship, Books and adventure


This is a wonderful adventure ….. feel as if I was there with you, Martin!! TY ….

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Today I had the pleasure of being able to meet a friend for the first time in real life. I know this friend through these blogs and facebook and in the short time we know each other she has become very dear to me.

Today I went to Den Haag (the Hague) to meet Patty van Delft. You might know Patty from the blog Petite Magique where she posts stories, poetry and poetrics. Since a little while Patty can call herself a published author as well. Recently she has released “My Wings”(see for sales and other info my sidebar) which is a collection of dark (her dark wings)  and light (her light wings obviously) poetry.,

Today, Patty had the official presentation of her latest achievement. The fantasy novel Drägan Duma: Zij die hoort (Drägan Duma: She who hears). I had promised to be there. Like I said, I consider…

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The People Speak Out!


No to Keystone XL …. no!!!!

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The People Speak Out!

NO! to the Keystone XL pipeline. On April 22, 2014, a large group of farmers, ranchers and tribal community members will arrive on horseback in Washington, D.C. That group, called the Cowboy Indian Alliance, will be bringing a message to President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Their message is called “Reject and Protect.” They are concerned about the impact that pipeline would have on sensitive waterways if there is a pipeline break, such as happened in Arkansas and several other states last year. They are also concerned that the transmission of the toxic tar sands oil, destined for southern refineries and shipment to foreign markets, will have a significant negative impact on our national economy, our land and the well-being of future generations. More information about this unusual Alliance, their message, and their concerns can be found at http://www.greenpeaceblogs.org. It takes such alliances, with people speaking out…

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Ugandan Embassy in D.C. Targeted for Homophobia


Excellent post!! Word needs to get out!!

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By Cathy Kristofferson, April 19, 2014

ugemb419cToday, demonstrators, with a mural of eight posters, reminded the Ugandan Embassy in Washington D.C. that their country’s state sponsored homophobia has not been forgotten. As Martin Luther King said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The injustice that is the Anti-Homosexuality Act and the persecution the LGBTI community of Uganda is facing because of it, will be an issue for the worldwide community until Uganda repeals their unjust draconian scapegoating law.

Already there are reports regarding the first court date for Ugandan citizens arrested and to be tried under the Anti-Homosexuality Act. They face life imprisonment if convicted. This is not some bill enacted into law simply to placate a rabid electorate. This is a tool for a homophobic administration to utilize in the persecution of a minority of Ugandan citizens, as means of deflecting attention from the real woes of the country.

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The Wounded Warrior Project


Excellent post! I need to share!!

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For a pacifist, dealing with the concept of soldiers is difficult. When I was young  and protesting the Vietnam War, I learned that though I object to war it is not the fault of the soldiers. We abandoned the Vietnam soldiers when they came home. We didn’t get what they had gone through and that they were doing the best they could in the circumstances. When Bush Sr. began the Gulf War, I sat on the floor in front of the TV crying. I was crying for all of the innocent people who would be victims of this war. I cried about all sons and daughters who would give their lives. All the parents who would be devastated.

Now, I see our children coming home and I see the damage that has been done to them. I can’t think about the purpose of these wars. I now know that we…

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A Giant Voice Stilled


Awesome human being …. Incredible life! TY for the post!!

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A Giant Voice Stilled

Gabriel Garcia Marquez passed from life during this past week. He was an author of remarkable talent. This quote means a lot to me as age creeps up and some dreams seem dimmer. “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old. They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” Would that aging might be as William Wordsworth so poignantly put it: “O Man! that from thy fair and shining youth Age might but take the things Youth needed not!” from “The Small Celadine”, 1807 We all need dreams to keep us in pursuit of the force of life itself. When we quit dreaming, we wither and fade away. Thank you Marquez and Wordsworth for your insights. May you always be remembered.

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Tribute to animal rescuers ….. EVOLVE! Campaigns …


~~April 19, 2014~~

An animal rescue group or animal rescue organization is dedicated to pet adoption. These groups take unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets and attempt to find suitable homes for them. Many rescue groups are created by and run by volunteers, who take the animals into their homes and care for them — including training, playing, handling medical issues, and solving behavior problems — until a suitable permanent home can be found.

Rescue groups exist for most pet types (reptile rescue, rabbit rescue or bird rescue), but are most common for dogs and cats. For animals with many breeds, rescue groups may specialize in specific breeds or groups of breeds. For example, there might be localLabrador Retriever rescue groups, hunting dog rescue groups, large-dog rescue groups, as well as general dog rescue groups.

Widely recognized as an umbrella organization for animal rescue groups, Petfinder.org is an online, searchable database of more than 13,000 shelters and adoption agencies across the United StatesCanada and Mexico. The American Kennel Club maintains a list of contacts, primarily within breed clubs, with information on breed rescue groups for purebred dogs in the United States.

Animal shelters often work closely with rescue groups, because shelters that have difficulty placing otherwise healthy and pet-worthy animals would usually rather have the animal placed in a home than euthanized; while shelters might run out of room, rescue groups can often find volunteers with space in their homes for temporary placement. Some organizations (such as Old Dog Haven) work with older animals whose age would likely cause them to be euthanized in county pounds. Each year, approximately 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters due to overcrowding and a shortage of foster homes.

In the United Kingdom, both shelter and rescue organizations are described using the blanket term rescue, whether they have their own premises, buy in accommodation from commercial kennels, or operate a network of foster homes, where volunteers keep the animals in their homes until adoption.

Kennels that have a council contract to take in stray dogs are usually referred to as dog pounds. Some dog pounds also carry out rescue and re-homing work and are effectively rescue groups that operate a pound service. Some rescue groups work with pounds to move dogs to rescues. By law, a dog handed in as a stray to a UK pound must be held for seven days before it can be re-homed or euthanized.

In the USA, there are three classifications for pet rescue:

  • municipal shelter is a facility that houses stray and abandoned animals, as well as animals that people can no longer care for, on behalf of local governments
  • no-kill shelter is a usually private organization whose policies include the specification that no healthy, pet-worthy animal be euthanized
  • Not-for-profit rescue organizations typically operate through a network of volunteer foster homes. These rescue organizations are also committed to a no-kill policy.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_rescue_group

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~~In The Arms Of An Angel~~

A Tribute To Animal Rescuers by EVOLVE! Campaigns

~~Uploaded on Apr 5, 2010~~

This video was created in gratitude to all the animals rescuers, no-kill shelters, sanctuaries and kind hearted souls who have given loving homes to animals in need. You are the guardian angels of the exploited, neglected and unwanted and your work to ease suffering and give life back to those who have lost hope is truly appreciated. http://www.evolvecampaigns.org.uk

We ALL are connected through NATURE!! 

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Freedom! 130 Bears to Be Rescued From Chinese Bile Farm


“Freedom! 130 Bears to Be Rescued From Chinese Bile Farm” …..

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Freedom! 130 Bears to Be Rescued From Chinese Bile Farm

The bears spend their lives in cramped cages being tapped for their bile, which is then dried and sold as a traditional medicine.

Bears to Be Rescued From Chinese Bile Farm
(Photo: Reuters)

April 16, 2014

More than 130 bears living in miserable conditions at a Chinese bile-extraction farm will soon get a significant lifestyle upgrade.

After a yearlong negotiation, Animals Asia Foundation has struck a deal to rescue all of the Asiatic black bears living at Flower World, a state-owned horticulture and landscaping company based in Nanning.

Next month the 28 sickest bears will be making a 745-mile journey to the organization’s sanctuary in Chengdu. After that, the foundation plans to convert the Flower World farm into a sanctuary for the remaining bears, a process that will take two years and cost $5 million. That price will also cover the first…

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NaPoWriMo day 19: A poem for bloggers for peace


Love it!! So perfect …. Earth Day is soon! Love the graphic!

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Every month I make a post for Bloggers for Peace.Just to take a moment to think about the importance of it.

 If you want to join Bloggers for Peace, please click the logo.

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This world we call home

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Feed the starving with indifference

Shelter the homeless with lies

Hunt the ones that break the silence

In this world of broken dreams

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Raise the children with violence

Cure the sick with poison

Common sense is out of balance

In this world that flourishes on greed

 

Comfort the cold with blankets of misguidance

Unburden the poor by taking their money

Eagerly destroying all the innocence

In this world of thieves

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Build an empire with impatience

Wash your hands with blood of lambs

Don’t care what happens in the distance

In this world driven by hate

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Living a life in blissful ignorance

Killing our own freedom

Spoiled by our…

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10 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photos And Their Stories …. simply amazing!!


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~~April 19, 2014~~

I find photography amazing. I find history enthralling. I was researching for history behind “The Kiss of Life” and found the following information.

I would like to share it with you. 

~~Full Credit/Information and Photography~~

http://listverse.com/2013/01/22/10-pulitzer-prize-winning-photos-and-their-stories/

~~FLAME HORSE JANUARY 22, 2013~~

The Pulitzer Prize for Photography was established in 1942, and has been awarded to some of the most poignant and recognizable photos in recent history. Since 1967 it has been split into two categories: the prize for feature photography, and the prize for breaking news photography.

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~~GRAPHICS SOURCE~~

http://www.listverse.com

DISCLAIMER

I do not own these images.

No intention of taking credit.

If anyone knows the owner of any, please advise and it will be corrected immediately.

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Here are ten of the most remarkable photos, and the stories behind them.

 ~~NUMBER TEN~~

American Soldiers Dragging Viet Cong
Kyoichi Sawada, 19 August 1966

This picture was taken in South Vietnam in the aftermath of the Battle of Long Tan. The Viet Cong were repelled after launching a night attack on Australian forces, and the Viet Cong soldier in the picture is one of the casualties.

This photograph shows the indifference toward brutality that marks many of those who spend too long in a war zone. The publicity of the photo was a significant blow to Western pro-war sentiment and morale.

 ~~NUMBER NINE~~ 

Serious Steps
Paul Vathis, 1962

President John F. Kennedy and former president Dwight D. Eisenhower are having a wintertime walk at Camp David in winter. Kennedy has just asked Eisenhower what he thinks of the botched Bay of Pigs Invasion. Vathis claims that immediately before the question, both men had been holding their heads high.

~~NUMBER EIGHT~~

The Johnny Bright Incident
Don Ultang and John Robinson, 20 October 1951

While the referee chose to interpret several violent (and ultimately jaw-breaking) tackles as merely part of the game, these photos proved otherwise. The sequence of six photos show that the rival player did it deliberately. The motive is obvious and odious enough, but what is truly atrocious is the lack of response from the rival player’s university, Oklahoma A & M. The offending player was never punished in any way, despite the national attention the photos drew to the incident.

~~NUMBER SEVEN~~

Fatal Hollywood Drama
Anthony Roberts, 1973

Roberts was walking through a Hollywood parking lot in the afternoon when he heard the screams of a woman. He found a man on top of her, attempting to subdue her with punches and slaps. Roberts was unarmed except for his camera, and so he shouted to the man that his picture had just been taken.

The man shouted back that he didn’t care—and continued to beat the woman as Roberts watched helplessly. This commotion finally brought a security guard, who told the man to stop — but when he continued wrestling with the woman, who was screaming for her life, the security guard leveled his pistol across the roof of a car and shot the man in the head, killing him. Roberts’ final photograph shows the instant before the guard pulled the trigger.

~~NUMBER SIX~~

Lone Jewish Woman
Oded Balilty, 1 February 2006

This photograph was taken in Amona, in Israel’s West Bank. Israel’s government considered Amona to be a camp of illegal settlers — whether Israeli citizens or not —and 10,000 policemen were ordered to forcibly remove its inhabitants.

A single Jewish woman stands in angry defiance against an army of police officers dressed in full riot uniforms. They are attempting to shove her out of the way in order to set up demolition charges on the houses behind her. She was finally pushed over backward and nearly trampled as they passed. Balilty claims that the woman then grappled momentarily with some of the men before chasing after them, shouting curses in Hebrew.

~~NUMBER FIVE~~

The Shooting of James Meredith
Jack Thornell, 6 June 1966

James Meredith, a prominent civil rights activist, was leading a march when he was sprayed in his back with birdshot. The shooter was a man called Aubrey Norvell, who had reportedly shouted, “I just want James Meredith!”

Miraculously, none of the sixty-three birdshot pellets struck a vital organ or broke Meredith’s spine, even though the pattern wounded him from head to buttocks.

In the picture, Meredith is lying on the street in agony. He cried out, “Isn’t anyone going to help me?” No one did, but the photographer Thornell shouted that he should stay calm, and that an ambulance was on its way. Meredith was taken to a hospital where the pellets were extracted, and he healed well enough in two days to finish the march before it reached Jackson. Norvell pled guilty, and spent his time in prison regretting that he had not used buckshot.

~~NUMBER FOUR~~

Saigon Execution
Eddie Adams, 1968

This is one of the most infamous photographs ever taken. The photographer Eddie Adams would later regret being on the scene at the time, because his photograph would go on to destroy the lives of the gunman and his family. He is Nguyễn Ngọc Loan, a Major General in the South Vietnamese Army, and the National Chief of Police.

What you don’t see in the photograph is the reason Loan was executing the prisoner. That man is believed to be Nguyễn Văn Lém, a local Viet Cong officer who had been operating a gang of murderers bent on killing all the local police officers in that area of Saigon. He was responsible for arranging the drive-by shootings or hit-and-runs of dozens of policemen—and if they themselves could not be attacked, he targeted and murdered their families instead.

So when he was finally caught and brought before Loan, the Chief of Police calmly unholstered his revolver and shot Lém in the temple, killing him instantly. Adams had no idea what he was about to photograph. He claimed that this picture destroyed all American pro-war sentiment.

~~NUMBER THREE~~

Ford Strikers Riot
Milton Brooks, 1941

In 1941, workers at the Ford Automobile Plant in Detroit, Michigan, went on strike. The workers wanted higher pay, but the plant had refused. A strikebreaker attempting to break up the crowd was beset on all sides by workers who beat him badly. He tried to protect himself by pulling his coat over his face.

Milton Brooks snapped the picture and then quickly hid his camera and ran away. He claimed that the strikers beat the man some more, and then shoved him away so that they could continue protesting.

~~NUMBER TWO~~

The Soiling of Old Glory
Stanley Forman, 5 April 1976

The desegregation of buses in Boston, Massachusetts, was ordered in 1965—and by 1974, protests against this reform had become a severe and widespread problem. In 1976, Stanley Forman took a photograph that summed up the entire crisis: it shows the black lawyer and civil rights activist Theodore Landsmark being attacked by a white teen named Joseph Rakes, who has armed himself with — of all things — an American flag.

~~NUMBER ONE~~

The Kiss of Life
Rocco Morabito, 1967


This photo shows two power linemen, Randall Champion and J. D. Thompson, at the top of a utility pole. They had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the high voltage lines at the very top. These are the lines that can be heard “singing” with electricity. Over 4000 volts entered Champion’s body and instantly stopped his heart (an electric chair uses about 2000 volts).

His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder. Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived, eventually making a full recovery.

BLine

These are all instants in life … they have been memorialized through the lens of a camera by the sharp eye of the photojournalist. They are in file for life. They represent what has happened and have created a reaction as they are spread world wide. With the advent of the web, these type of photos go viral.

For good or for bad?

They will always be available for us to have a glimpse in history!

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http://listverse.com/2013/01/22/10-pulitzer-prize-winning-photos-and-their-stories/

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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View of Tiflis by Ivan Aivazovsky


Awesome art!! Love it ….. TY for the post!!

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View of Tiflis by Ivan Aivazovsky View of Tiflis by Ivan Aivazovsky

Artist: Ivan Aivazovsky 29 July 1817 – 5 May 1900

Date: 1868

Style: Romanticism

Genre: Cityscape

Technique: Oil on canvas

This painting exemplifies the naturalism and realism for which the artist was so renowned. The detail in the foreground and the expanse of the view is almost as alluring as the clear blue sky. The painting illustrates the heart of a bustling city, complete with merchants on camelback, and ladies watching the crowd from their balconies, and sets it against the beautiful expanse of development throughout the valley below, from the hilltops and cliff faces, to the valley below. The tree leaves themselves look as if they might rustle in with a slight breeze. The play of light and shadow is also skillfully done, suggesting that the sun is growing low on the horizon.

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