Even though different …. there’s a “deja vu” for me …. the relationship of Puerto Rico (my country and the USA. Maybe I’m wrong … but it sure feels similar.
Thank you for the reminder, Penny …. reblog!!! 🙂
The “Willy” most of us don’t know. Today he’d be a prolific world class blogger for certain.
Everyone knows of him, the famous playwright who wrote timeless words.
But the real man behind the words – a different story. Looking at historical documents dated no later than 1635 (The Tudor English kept everything documented) and written comments of people who knew him, he was a “gentle” man who loved life and people. He was warm, friendly, and outgoing. He was also practical and highly intelligent!
He came to London during a time of great change in the world. Books were now available to the middle class (this was exciting and relatively new). In addition to books, Shakespeare’s London offered fresh and unique information and inspiration – people of many cultures from other lands – arriving daily.
It is easy to imagine that Shakespeare watched and learned from them…
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Paying the price when standing up for your beliefs!! Protecting Earth ….
448 ‘Dead Friends of the Earth’ in Brazil since 2002
Report reveals rising number of environment and land rights activists being killed worldwide
~~April 23, 2014~~
Bees pollinate our crops and give us honey. But there’s so much more to these buzzing insects than that.
1. THEIR STING HAS SOME BENEFITS
A toxin in bee venom called melittin may prevent HIV. Melittin can kill HIV by poking holes into the virus’s protective envelope. (Meanwhile, when mellitin hitches a ride on certain nanoparticles, it will just bounce off normal cells and leave them unharmed.) Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis hope the toxin can be used in preventative gels.
Bee stings may also ease pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo found that molecules in bee venom increase your body’s level of glucocorticoid, an anti-inflammatory hormone.
2. THEY WORK HARDER THAN YOU
During chillier seasons, worker bees can live for nine months. But in the summer, they rarely last longer than six weeks—they literally work themselves to death.
3. WHEN THEY CHANGE JOBS, THEY CHANGE THEIR BRAIN CHEMISTRY
Bees are hardwired to do certain jobs. Scout bees, which search for new sources of food, are wired for adventure. Soldier bees, discovered in 2012, work as security guards their whole life. One percent of all middle-aged bees become undertakers—a genetic brain pattern compels them to remove dead bees from the hive. But most amazingly, regular honeybees—which perform multiple jobs in their lifetime—will change their brain chemistrybefore taking up a new gig.
4. THEIR BRAINS DEFY TIME
When aging bees do jobs usually reserved for younger members, their brain stops aging. In fact, their brain ages in reverse. (Imagine if riding a tricycle didn’t just make you feel young—it actually made your brain tick like a younger person’s.) Scientists at Arizona State Universitybelieve the discovery can help us slow the onset of dementia.
5. THEY’RE CHANGING MEDICINE
To reinforce their hives, bees use a resin from poplar and evergreen trees called propolis. It’s basically beehive glue. Although bees use it as caulk, humans use it to fight off bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Research shows that propolis taken from a beehive may relieve cold sores, canker sores, herpes, sore throat, cavities, and even eczema.
6. THEY CAN RECOGNIZE HUMAN FACES
Honeybees make out faces the same way we do. They take parts—like eyebrows, lips, and ears—and cobble them together to make out the whole face. It’s called “configular processing,” and it might help computer scientists improve face recognition technology, the New York Times reports.
7. THEY HAVE PERSONALITIES
Even in beehives, there are workers and shirkers. Researchers at the University of Illinoisfound that not all bees are interchangeable drones. Some bees are thrill-seekers. Others are a bit more timid. A 2011 study even found that agitated honeybees can be pessimistic, showing that, to some extent, bees might have feelings.
8. THEY GET BUZZED FROM CAFFEINE AND COCAINE
Nature didn’t intend caffeine to be trapped inside an orange mocha frappucino. It’s actually a plant defense chemical that shoos harmful insects away and lures pollinators in. Scientists at Newcastle University found that nectar laced with caffeine helps bees remember where the flower is, increasing the chances of a return visit.
While caffeine makes bees work better, cocaine turns them into big fat liars. Bees “dance” to communicate—a way of giving fellow bees directions to good food. But high honeybees exaggerate their moves and overemphasize the food’s quality. They even exhibit withdrawal symptoms, helping scientists understand the nuances of addiction.
9. THEY HAVE VIKING-LIKE SUPERVISION
Bees use the sun as a compass. But when it’s cloudy, there’s a backup—they navigate bypolarized light, using special photoreceptors to find the sun’s place in the sky. The Vikings may have used a similar system: On sunny days, they navigated with sundials, but on cloudy days, sunstones—chunks of calcite that act like a Polaroid filter—helped them stay on course.
10. THEY CAN SOLVE HAIRY MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS
Pretend it’s the weekend, and it’s time to do errands. You have to visit six stores and they’re all at six separate locations. What’s the shortest distance you can travel while visiting all six? Mathematicians call this “traveling salesman problem,” and it can even stump some computers. But for bumblebees, it’s a snap. Researchers at Royal Holloway University in London found that bumblebees fly the shortest route possible between flowers. So far, they’re the only animals known to solve the problem.
11. THEY’RE NATURE’S MOST ECONOMICAL BUILDERS
In 36 BC, Marcus Terentius Varro argued that honeycombs were the most practical structures around. Centuries later, Greek mathematician Pappus solidified the “honeycomb conjecture” by making the same claim. Almost 2000 years later, Thomas Hales wrote a 19-page mathematical proof showing that, of all the possible structures, honeycombs use the least amount of wax. And not only are honeycombs the most efficient structures in nature—the walls meet at a precise 120-degree angle, a perfect hexagon.
12. THEY CAN HELP US CATCH SERIAL KILLERS
Serial killers behave like bees. They commit their crimes close to home, but far away enough that the neighbors don’t get suspicious. Similarly, bees collect pollen near their hive, but far enough that predators can’t find the hive. To understand how this “buffer zone” works, scientists studied bee behavior and wrote up a few algorithms. Their findings improved computer models police use to find felons.
13. THEY’RE JOB CREATORS
Americans consume about 285 million pounds of honey each year. On top of that, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that honeybees pollinate 80 percent of the country’s insect crops—meaning bees pollinate over $20 billion worth of crops each year.
~~Published on Apr 22, 2014~~
Greenbees – Save the bees, save the humans.
The Greenbees are mobilizing to protest against pesticides sold by agro chemical companies, which endanger not only their livelihood but also food production for the humans. One third of all food production relies on the pollinating role of bees.
Take action to save the bees and agriculture as part of Greenpeace’s international “Save The Bees” campaign.
Sign the #SaveTheBees petition today: http://po.st/SaveTheBees
Read more about why bees need our help at http://sos-bees.org/
We ALL are ONE!!
~~April 23, 2014~~
In spite of the current technology, the eBooks, the kindles, the readers, the tablets, in my humble opinion, there’s nothing like the feeling of a hardcover book in my hands. It will be a magic carpet ride that will take me to faraway places, cultures and adventures. For me, I still prefer the old way.
~~Celebrate National Library Week~~
Libraries and librarians have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of Americans on a daily basis. Their stories are key to communicating the value of libraries. National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell the story of how the library has changed their life.
~~School Library Month History~~
School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career.
The following is excerpted and adapted from “AASL Celebrates First National School Library Media Month,” which appeared in the Spring 1985 issue of School Library Media Quarterly (p. 83-84).The AASL efforts for a national School Library Month were spearheaded by Lucille Thomas, chair of the School Library Media Month Committee. Thomas was appointed by President Judy King in 1983.
Thomas and her committee gather ideas from previous state and local celebrations for school libraries, and compiled a fifty-two-page handbook for the first national observance. In April 1985, members of the committee were Edna Bayliss, Elsie Brainard, Winona Jones, Elizabeth Kenneson, Elinor McCloskey, and Virginia Moore.
The theme of the first national observance of School Library Month was “Where Learning Never Ends: The School Library Media Center.”
AASL officials, local and national dignitaries got the month off to a rousing start on April 1, 1985 with a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) delivered the keynote address. Moynihan told the school librarians in the audience, “I want to thank you for what you do. I hope you know how important your work is. You change lives for the better. You touch people while they can still be touched.”
In 2010, the name of the celebration was changed to School Library Month after the Board of Directors voted to readopt the professional title school librarian, from the former school library media specialist.
~~Copy of School Library Month~~
~~Published on Apr 11, 2013~~
We ALL are ONE!!
I found this interesting. Check it out!
~~Full Read/Graphic Source~~
~~April 23, 2014~~
Graphic Credits: https://www.facebook.com/lessonslearnedinlife
Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.
Various research groups, including positive psychology, endeavor to apply the scientific method to answer questions about what “happiness” is, and how it might be attained. It is of such fundamental importance to the human condition that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” were deemed to be unalienable rights by the United States Declaration of Independence.
Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this sense was used to translate the Greek Eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics.
It is my responsibility, my job and my duty to choose being happy. There is nothing outside of me that should have any control about how I feel.
The difficult events in life we take in stride. We are resilient.
I will not give up control of my happiness to anyone or any incident outside of me.
My smile, my worth and my smile are for me to control.
I am the KEEPER!!
And for that …..
~~Pharrell Williams – Happy~~
(Despicable Me 2 – Lyric Video)
~~~Published on Jun 18, 2013~~
It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do
… and so on!!
We ALL are ONE!!