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FINDING JOY! ~ FRIDAY INSPIRATION

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Simple secrets to a happy life . . . What a special treat to find another truly inspiring video from Simple Truths – “Finding Joy ~ Simple Secrets To A Happy Life” ~ sublime!!!  Naturally I want to share it with all of you.

When life brings complications, it helps to remember that happiness is simple. With its beautiful pictures, uplifting quotations, and inspiring tone, ‘Finding Joy: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life’ will put a smile on your face when you need it most. So, today, take three short minutes to watch this movie. Your heart will thank you for it.  Music – “Capture The Moment” by David London, uploaded on Jan 5, 2009 by Hafiz.

A difficult choice to make, but the following are a few of my favorites:

PHOTOPAD OCEAN VIEW ROCKS3Nothing happens …but first a dream.



~ Carl Sandburg


PHOTOPAD RED LEAVESThe heart that gives, gathers.

 
 

~ Marianne Moore

PHOTOPAD SUNBEAM WATER FORESTChange your thoughts and change your world.
 
 

~ Norman Vincent Peale

PHOTOPAD AUTUMN MOUNTAIN WATERThe only things that stand between a person and what they want in life are the will to try it and the faith to believe it’s possible.

~ Rick Devos

PHOTOPAD BOATSometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction.
 
 

~ Author unknown

PHOTOPAD PINK SUNSETJoy is the light that fills you with Hope, Faith and Love.
 
 

~ Author unknown

PHOTOPAD YELLOW ROSE NEWTo love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
 
 

David Viscott

Link to Simple Truths site where you’ll find an impressive selection of inspiring books.  Many of these books also have an accompanying video which you can preview.  Simple Truths offers frequent book sales.  This may be the next one I order for gift-giving.

http://www.simpletruths.com/canada/

Once again I hope that you enjoyed the video and will find joyful inspiration in many of the quotes, and of course share with others.   Have a great weekend everyone.

REMEMBRANCE DAY – NEVER AGAIN!!!

“In a war, everyone suffers…

 never let it happen again.”

Music played an important role in the lives of Canadian soldiers. It also plays an integral part of The War Amps military heritage documentaries.

Accompanied by archival war footage and period photographs, several well-known Canadian musicians have used their talents to create beautiful and touching songs. The songs recall the sadness of families separated during wartime, as well as the courage and heroism of the Canadian troops who volunteered to go off to war.

“War is not heroics nor is it pride
It’s a shame to lose all those precious lives
Life is too short. We could love for so long
                                 Where’s the glory? NEVER AGAIN!”
Please see below for composer’s photo and short bio. 

YouTube video, “Never Again / The War Amps / Les Amputés de guerre”, uploaded by  on Nov 4, 2007, To Donate / Pour Faire un Don allez sur
http://www.waramps.ca

Sun Media photographer Pete Fisher presents a video tribute to our fallen Canadian soldiers ~ uploaded by on Jan 1, 2009.   It warms my heart to see that 351,228 viewers have watched this video. 

I, along with thousands of other Canadian families, suffered the loss of loved ones during WWI.  My father served in WW1 and was gassed in the Battle of Ypres, France.  He died as a direct result years later.  (See footnote with details of this battle).  It’s so very heart warming to witness the obvious heartfelt gratitude and thanks expressed for fallen members of our Canadian Military as people turn out by the thousands to honor our fallen as they make their journey home, along the Highway of Heroes, to their final resting place.

YouTube video, “Highway of Heroes Tribute” ~

Links ~

http://www.waramps.ca/military/resource_kit.html 

Robin Moir is the composer of the song in the video, “Never Again”.  Robin is a writer, producer, director who began her career as a singer/songwriter spending many years performing concerts across Canada and the USA. In 1967 she performed for Queen Elizabeth II on July 1st during Canada’s centennial celebrations on Parliament Hill. In the late 1970s, she was nominated for a Juno Award for Best New Female Vocalist.  We were very fortunate to have Robin sing her memorable song at our Remembrance Day Service at church a number of years ago with my choir.

This is a time of grateful remembering. We are grateful for the privilege of living in this great country of ours complete with its many freedoms. We remember with grateful hearts, those who fought so valiantly so that we might enjoy these freedoms and live at peace. Many paid the supreme sacrifice for our freedom. To them we say “Thank you. We will never forget you.” To the families of those who fought and lost, please know that we will forever keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

I leave you with a very moving video/music uploaded to YouTube by on Oct 26, 2010, “Remembrance Day Canada (‘Soldiers Cry’ by Roland Majeau)”.

Please read the story behind the video on YouTube.

Footnote ~ Information from Wikipaedia ~  (In the First Battle of Ypres (12 October to 11 November 1914), the Allies captured the town from the Germans. The Germans had used tear gas at the Battle of Bolimov on 3 January 1915. Their use of poison gas for the first time the on 22 April 1915 marked the beginning of the Second Battle of Ypres, which continued until 25 May 1915. They captured high ground east of the town. The first gas attack occurred against Canadian, British, and French soldiers; including both metropolitan French soldiers as well as Senegalese and Algerian tirailleurs (light infantry) from French Africa. The gas used was chlorine. Mustard gas, also called Yperite from the name of this city, was also used for the first time near Ypres, in the autumn of 1917.   Ruins of Ypres -1919.  Of the battles, the largest, best-known, and most costly in human suffering was the Third Battle of Ypres (21 July to 6 November 1917, also known as the Battle of Passchendaele), in which the British, Canadians, ANZAC, and French forces recaptured the Passchendaele Ridge east of the city at a terrible cost of lives. After months of fighting, this battle resulted in nearly half a million casualties to all sides, and only a few miles of ground won by Allied forces. During the course of the war the town was all but obliterated by the artillery fire.)

CORAL REEF ALLIANCE PHOTO CONTEST

Whether or not you are a photographer, I think you will be impressed with the mission of the Coral Reef Alliance non-profit organization and you will also appreciate seeing the stunning photography submitted by former contest winners.

If you think your photography can equal or surpass some of the amazing entries seen below then definitely you should be interested in submitting your ‘winning’ photo to the ongoing Coral Reef Alliance Photo Contest.

Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet’s coral reefs. We provide tools, education, and inspiration to residents of coral reef destinations to support local projects that benefit both reefs and people. We currently work in Hawaii, Mexico, Honduras, Fiji, and Indonesia.

Enter your favorite coral reef photographs in CORAL’s ongoing E-Current Contest for a chance to win a copy of Reef ~ a gorgeous coffee table book featuring beautiful coral reef photographs.

NOVEMBER CONTEST DEADLINE: October 15, 2012

Each winning photograph will be featured in an edition of E-Current, CORAL’s free electronic newsletter. The names of winning photographers will also be posted on the CORAL website with their photographs, which will be available for download as desktop wallpaper. All entrants will receive a subscription to E-Current.

Some of my favorites are:

 Winner of the May 2011 E-Current Photo Contest: Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) in Laha, Ambon, Indonesia by Christopher J. Crowley

 Winner of the January 2009 E-Current Photo Contest: Southern stingray (Dasyatis americana), Grand Cayman Island, by Jeremy Ellis 

Winner of the May 2010 E-Current Photo Contest: Spine-Cheek Anemone fish (Premnas biaculeatus), Wakatobi, Indonesia, by Matt Grace

Links ~

Site for previous winning photographs ~ http://www.coral.org/wallpaper

Photo Contest .pdf document ~

http://www.coral.org/files/pdf/photo-contest-flier.pdf

Enter contest ~

http://www.coral.org/node/3965

We hope you enjoyed your visit with us today and if you are a photographer ~ we wish you the best of luck! 
Keep your comments coming ~ we love hearing from and learning about our readers.

AMAZING SHAMU ~ INCREDIBLE MOVIE!!!

The Story of “Believe” centers on a boy and his amazing connection to a Killer Whale. For the first time in the  history of Sea World, an original score was produced specifically for a Shamu show - biggest production of Sea World’s history- Uploaded by Marciodisney on Apr 7, 2011.

What I find to be so amazing and incredibly moving is the fact that humans can interact so successfully to the point of ‘being as one’ with 9,000 pound (one is actually 12,00 lbs.!) killer whales who are the top predators in the world, killing and eating anything they want at any time.  The absolute devotion and love the trainers have for these Orcas is overwhelmingly beautiful.  What magnificent and majestic animals they are!!!

Here is a quote from the video, “Behind the Scenes – Beautiful”.  “Each of us in our world, in our own right has a moment in our life where something happens to us and everything that’s happened before comes into focus and we are changed from that moment on.”  ~ Don Franz, Producer/Creative Director in the video, ‘Making of Believe’

The relationship between trainer and whale is based on trust, positive reinforcement and love and the animals thrive.  Laura Surovik, Assistant Curator for Animal Training, has worked with the orcas for 21 years and her favorite  ~ “ there’s always that one…her name is Katina, she started it all in 1985 when she had her first baby and I love her like a person. I feel she’s taught me how to be a better mom, a better wife, a better a better friend, just a better human being.”

I must say that I can’t remember when I’ve been so moved watching a movie and I hope that you will find it to be as well.   These lyrics from the song, ‘Believe’ say it all: “A single moment, our eyes open wide, anything is possible.  And in that magic moment, somewhere deep inside, all that was impossible is possible.

Of course it goes without saying that this is ‘one of the best’ to share with your family and friends. 

Don’t you just want to experience the thrill of being able to hug one of these majestic animals – I DO!!!

 

TGIF ~ ALL THINGS WHITE AND ADORABLE

Once again I can give thanks for the internet, e-mail and wonderful friends who include me in their cyber mailings and so share with you the following awesome Powerpoint presentation, “Exuberancia de Branco”.  

Luis Godinho Ramos, United Kingdom uploaded this presentation to AUTHORSTREAM and I downloaded it from YouTube ~ Luis Godinho Correia Ramos, originally from Brazil is now a freelancer web developer living in London England.

From what I was able to find on the internet the term “A EXUBERANCIA DE BRANCO” means ‘the exuberance of white’ ~ a translation from Galicean ~ a language that I’ve never heard of until now.

I was curious enough to search the internet for some interesting information about the language spoken in Brazil:

Galician /ɡəˈlɪʃən/ (galego IPA: [ɡaˈleɣo]) is a language of the Western Ibero-Romance branch. It is mainly spoken in Galicia, an autonomous community located in northwestern Spain, where it is co-official with Castilian. The language is also spoken in some border zones of the neighbouring Spanish regions of Asturias and Castile and León, as well as Galician immigrant communities in Latin America.

Galician is closest in relation to the Portuguese language, the two splitting from the former Galician-Portuguese language after Portugal became an independent kingdom. Due to the Celtic identity of the Galician people, the language features many words of Celtic and Proto-Celtic origin.

START YOUR WEEKEND WITH A RELAXING VIDEO ~

ENJOY and SHARE!

CANADA’S TAR SANDS ~ CATASTROPHIC DESTRUCTION!!!

Right now, Canadian premiers are in Halifax discussing the fate of a mega-pipeline that would traffic Alberta‘s dirty tar oil to the Pacific Coast.  But BC Premier Christy Clark knows that the hugely unpopular deal could cost her party critical election votes.   Her firm opposition could delay the project and even kill it for good. Hold Christy’s feet to the fire by signing Avaaz.org’s petition. 
 

Please click on the link below to see 9 photos taken by Luc Bourgeois of the Alberta tar sands area ~ you’ll be shocked at the unthinkable devastation of our once renowned incredibly picturesque land.  Luc refers to the new barren and toxic desert area as “Alberta’s Boreal Desert”, and refers to the containment lakes where 500 dead ducks were found in the toxic sludge. 
You can listen to George Poitras speaking in Montreal of “Life and Death Downstream ~ audio update March 17, 2011. 

~ http://www.lucbourgeoisphoto.org/tarsands.html

Avaaz is a world renowned non-profit organization dedicated to righting wrongs world wide that affect each and every one of us.  Please read and sign the petition ~ your vote can REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Pressure on Christy Clark is mounting ~ as the head of the province where the pipe will end, she has tremendous power to put the brakes on this reckless deal. Call on her to reject the Northern Gateway pipeline by signing the petition below and forward it to everyone. When we reach 50,000 signatures, it’ll be delivered straight to the meeting in Halifax ~

The meeting is happening now ~ let’s come together to place the spotlight on Clark and demand that she keeps Alberta’s deadly tar oil at bay. Sign here and forward to all your friends and family:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/24_hours_to_landlock_the_tar_sands/?blTFScb&v=16574

Sources ~

Gateway pipeline risks exceed rewards, B.C. Premier says (Globe and Mail)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/gateway-pipeline-risks-exceed-rewards-bc-premier-says/article4435145/

Feds propose $3.7M penalty for Mich. oil spill (Salon.com)
http://www.salon.com/2012/07/02/feds_propose_3_7m_penalty_for_mich_oil_spill/singleton/

The Anatomy of Enbridge’s Once and Future Oil Spills (NWF)
http://nwcoastenergynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/NWF_EnbridgeOilSpill_LoResRevised.pdf

B.C. Premier Sets Conditions for Tar Sands Pipelines (Environment News Service)
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jul2012/2012-07-23-01.html

We thank all of you for your support ~ this is far too important to ignore!