Yeah, I get it…people are tired of hearing “Go Green”. That’s just too bad. Do you know why? Because if we humans don’t figure out how to be more responsible for the amount of waste we create and dump..this is what our home will look like.
When you twist the ties of your garbage and take it out to your magic can by the street and magic elves in the big rubbish truck come by on Tuesday to empty it for you..guess what? It doesn’t magically disappear into thin air. It gets moved around a lot..to a landfill, and then to a ship, and then…what do you think they do with it then? They dump it in our beautiful blue ocean. After our landfills are filled and when our ocean gets full.. then they will start dumping out in space..in fact..I think they already do! Disgusting isn’t it? We just don’t think about it..because well, ..it’s kinder and friendlier to believe the rubbish truck guys are magic elves.
Plastic is the biggest problem. Plastic is such a bad boy because we produce over 300million TONS of plastic each year. We have produced more in the last 10 years than we did in the entire 20th century. Geesh! That’s a problem. Why? Because plastic doesn’t just disappear magically when you throw it away..even if you ‘recycle’. Plastic is not biodegradable, it just tears down into smaller pieces and results in islands of floating plastic on our oceans. There are two large masses out there bigger than the state of Texas..They are named THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH. Check out this illustration;
Over 100k marine animals and 1million birds die every year from choking on our crappy plastic trash. Plastic is everywhere around us and it’s responsible for leaching harmful chemicals such as DDT into our soil and groundwater that are then consumed by humans and wildlife, causing illnesses and in some cases, death. Cut down on your plastic use..be aware of it in just ONE DAY of your life and you’ll see why we are ‘obsessed’ with plastic.
I bet you ask..”Why can’t we just burn the plastic to get rid of it?” well, the plastic emits a toxic gas which would make you and me really sick as well as finish destroying what we have left of our ozone layer. So..we have a conundrum here. Don’t think that making changes in your daily habits doesn’t have an effect..if everyone says that then NO change happens but if everyone becomes aware and makes even a small change like not purchasing a case of plastic water bottles…by using reusable bags at the grocery store..re-using ziplock bags, using tin foil instead of saran wrap..these changes DO help. Make it collective by mentioning it to your friends and relatives. Every grand change begins with a small one. Do something. Please.
Oh, and Happy Earth Day.
Most of us have heard that our Easter traditions originated from Europe, in particular the Germanic tradition of “Oster” which most likely came from the goddess Ostara and her hare. She and the bunny represented spring, rebirth, and fertility. As for the eggs, they could have been brought in by the tradition of Jewish Passover ending on Easter and thus the eggs were a treat to once again be allowed to eat. Egg hunts are rumored to have come from Martin-Luther the German church reformer who made a game for the children to go out on easter morning to search for eggs that he had hidden.In any case of origination, the tradition has been withstanding for centuries.
The dying and decorating of eggs is also an age-old tradition. The Ukrainian tradition of painting eggs has produced some of the most intricate and beautifully decorated eggs ever seen. This art is known as Pysanky – the art of decorating hollowed out eggs by drawing a pattern on the eggs with a Kistka and beeswax which shields theses areas from the ink and is then melted away.
Whatever the origin of such traditions is, they have created memories for all of us to remember. For me, easter egg hunting and the surprise of an easter basket left by the easter bunny were second only to the jolly man in red’s surprises on Christmas morning. One must only hope that these traditions didn’t cloud the reason such holidays are celebrated. Happy Easter everyone!
The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy by George W. Bush.
Who knew he was an artist outside of the political canvas? His personal works will be on exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas through June 3rd, 2014. One must give him good credit for only finding his talent since 2012. He could be our era’s Van Gogh…. with a little more dough.
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Twelve-year-old Luka suffers from muscular dystrophy – a cruel degenerative disease which confines him to a wheelchair and will make him weaker and weaker over time. But with these beautiful pictures, entitled ‘The Little Prince’, friend and photographer Matej Peljhan has allowed him to explore an imaginary world where he can shoot a basketball, climb stairs and even perform a handstand.
Amazingly, the images did not require any digital trickery, Matej simply used colored sheets and carefully placed objects and took the pictures from above.
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You can be Naughty.
You can be Nice.
You might think Christmas is about giving, sharing and loving. You might think everyone deserves presents under the tree. But wait! What about the naughty folks? Not everybody deserves the gifts of their wishes. Back in the day, the ‘Ole Jolly Saint Nicolaus was in a conundrum…what to do with the naughty?
Then he thought of Krampus!
Krampus is the son of Hel from Norse mythology and he inherited the job of dealing with the naughty. The legend of Saint Nick and Krampus began in Germanic folklore back in the olden days/BCE (Before Christian Era).Saint Nikolaus would travel village to village with a bag of gifts to reward those that had been nice all year-long and for the naughty…he brought along his nemesis Krampus (also know as) Schmutzli, Pelznickel, or Black Peter. Krampus is scary, hairy, stinky and mean.
He knows all the bad stuff you’ve done and he reminds you about them just before he pulls you along switching and swatting your hinny with his tree limbs. He looks like the devil himself with horns, yellow pointed teeth, pukey green eyes, and cloven feet. Krampus is covered in long matted hair and wears chains to represent his imprisonment to hell. On his middle resides large bells that accompany his chains used to make the regrettable noise of his approach. The early folklore actually told of the Krampus chucking the naughty into a sack he carried on his back to be taken back to purgatory. I don’t know about you, but I would have been an angel all year just to avoid this schlump coming for me during Christmas. Maybe that’s why people tend to behave better over there …for the fear of Krampus!
YOU are MORE beautiful than you THINK.
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At the Beauty Inc 2013 Awards Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches won the title of the Ad Campaign of the Year.
Dove’s campaign revealed that many women are actually their worst critic. Gil Zamora, a trained FBI forensic artist drew sketches of seven women based on their descriptions and other based on strangers descriptions who spent just a short period of time with them.The video it’s very moving seeing the reactions of the seven women when they see their sketches through the eyes of their mind and the sketches made after the descriptions of strangers which are far more flattering.
A month after its launch in April 2013 the video was a total success with more than 170 million views in 110 different countries and more than four million shares.
“Some people say, ‘What does this have to do with selling soap?’” Gina Boswell, executive vice president…
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Yes. This is supposed to be a fashion blog but staying true to my name…I like to change things up occasionally.
Auburn University and University of Alabama. Yesterday was the annual IRON BOWL and #1 ranked Alabama played #4 ranked Auburn. It was a game for the National Nail-Biters Hall of Fame. A game of missed field goals, passing, running, rushing, blocking, and daredevil down the line push-throughs. To the last minute of play..tied at 28..it was anybodies game.
Fourth quarter and Alabama had 1 second left. Saban brought in Adam Griffith who performed no better than his other kicker Cade Foster. The Tide missed yet another field goal attempt and it was caught by Auburn’s Chris Davis who ran it 109 yards for a final second touch down win for Auburn. Chills and Thrills people. A year of miracles for new coach Malzahn and his ‘fierce never give up’ Tigers. A dethroned defeat for No. 1 Alabama, 34-28. It was football at its finest!
I’m almost speechless…but I can manage a ….”War Eagle” baby!
This is how Chris Davis runs.
This is how Saban and Malzahn talk scrap.
This is how Auburn fans celebrate a victory.
What do you think about this “cow town” now Bear? Yep, that’s what I thought you’d say.