Borneo – the ongoing massacre of Orang-utans. : Opher’s World


Orang-utans are kind gentle creatures. They are harmless. The last place they have now is Borneo. Yet since 1990 100,000 of these poor gentle creatures have been mindlessly killed – over 50% of them are gone.

 

Source: Borneo – the ongoing massacre of Orang-utans. : Opher’s World

~Christmas Customs Around Europe~


Life Plan

Christmas is a unique time of the year. You understand it right when you spend these festive days in a European city. Each country has its own traditions and is a good time to travel to different parts of the old continent. The cities are decorated with every Christmas details the human mind has captured, while we are full of emotions.

December 25th is the most Christmas day and is surrounded by great religiousness. Both family and social or religious customs imposed by the time can lead you a step closer to God, to a festive meal, to a song, and a variety of other commonplace activities for some places. With the sound of the festive bells ringing in our ears, we will travel to the European countries with the most interesting Christmas customs.

The customs of  Netherlands

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The great Christmas enthusiasm of the Dutch revolves around Santa Claus and…

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Yeah, it’s a potty in the U.S.A.


A view of things to come or is it, for over the last 40-50 years many inventions have been showcased but do they ever come to reality. If they do would they be in the price range of the average consumer, whoever they may be.

Although it is good to have aspirations, but then you have to have a realistic outlook and dream of what may be.

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I have seen the future of the American toilet, my friends, and let me tell you it is spectacular.

Heated seats, remote controls, touchless flushing, night lighted lids…oh my!

I only stopped in the Kohler Design Center Monday afternoon because my niece wanted me to join her and she’s very cute.

Until I walked through those showroom doors, my previous interest in bathroom plumbing only involved toilet paper and whether enough of it remained on the roll. I recently ordered a kitchen faucet because ours broke, and I also once watched the fascinating (and expensive) process of a plumber yanking a Fisher-Price little person out of our tub drain.

That, and potty training four children, pretty much sums up my command of the commode community.

Until now.

I saw things beyond my imagination (and, I’m sure,  beyond, the capabilities of our circa 1931 pipes).

An infinity bathtub fed by a…

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The Inconvenient Truth | Live simply, travel lightly, love passionately & don’t forget to breathe


TAGS: Cyclone : Cyclone Winston : Elena Levon : Fiji : Fiji Government : Life : longreads : news : Peace Corps : photography : travel : Waya Island : writing : Yalobi Village

Source: The Inconvenient Truth | Live simply, travel lightly, love passionately & don’t forget to breathe

let the sunshine in


Setting The Barre

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“Good things always happen when artists come together to shake off the winter blues” -there’s no better way to describe my Sunday afternoon with Andrew Mariner.  I had been anxious for another collaboration with Andrew ever since our downtown photoshoot back in November, so of course jumped at the first non-freezing Sunday of this new season to get together.  He is just so talented and down-to-earth, a genuinely cool guy.  The above photo is a behind-the-scenes snap by my friend Brenna (who also got in on the photoshoot action), but I can’t wait to share some of Andy’s gorgeous photos here soon, along with a few more details about our day. photo 1

Also, the lovely creators of Danseuse Balletwear (more info on them coming soon), featured me and the contents of my dance bag on their blog today…head over here to check it out, if you’d like…

For now, I’m off for…

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A Grieving Mother’s Kindness Helps Other Parents In a Heartbreakingly Beautiful Way


Kindness Blog

While the birth of a child is a joyous occasion for most, some parents’ experiences are shadowed with deep sorrow. When babies are born with terminal illnesses, the parents may only have days, sometimes hours, to spend time with their child. The heartbreak is unimaginable, leaving a void that can never be filled, not even with memories.

To help ease the pain of these families, and to help them heal, one organization is creating memories of the children’s short lives to celebrate their legacies.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep connects volunteer photographers with the parents of terminally ill babies.

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The photographers, each of whom have been trained to handle the delicate circumstances professionally, capture the families’ last times together in poignant and beautiful images.

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Now I Lay Me Down To SleepLogan Bostrom with his parents (top) and father (above).

The photography services are completely free for the families. The organization believes that having the…

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