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Come on out tonight to Mr Smalls for the CD release party of Social Justice Disco premiere!! 6 pm doors open. Come on out, get down, let your voice be heard and boogie!!

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Jul 8, 2018 @ 02:28pm

Lion Adventure Travels will surpass all your expectations!!

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Jun 11, 2018 @ 02:21pm

As a former travel agent for many years we are looking forward to working on creating travel adventures for many people to special, unforgettable and life changing destinations.

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Jun 11, 2018 @ 02:20pm

Hey folks send me a request on Facebook and I'll be streaming my gig live from Sparta, NC this Friday evening. Much love to tall! #RAWK #williammasseymusic

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Apr 25, 2018 @ 02:00pm

Very enlightening, so many accomplishments for the world! Mazal Tov. I am extremely proud of you and One World Blue. May One World Blue reach the hearts and minds of people around the world. May you continue your holy endeavors one good deed at a time.

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Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:28am

One World Blue would like to acknowledge JDO Designs and Consulting for their exemplary work in computer maintenance and repair. They work with honesty and fair prices and they are the choice of our network for computer maintenance. They also work on computers remotely so you do not need to be in their area for them to access your laptop for many diagnostic and scanning services.

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Mar 5, 2018 @ 11:19am

This is a wonderful service to have available. Definitely will keep in mind as soon as I have a need.

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Mar 4, 2018 @ 10:54am

Happy Birthday my friend Sholom. When Hashem creates goodness He does it with Sholom. You have been a guiding Light in my life. May Hashem honor you for that.

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Mar 2, 2018 @ 04:44am

Thanks for all of the love everyone! Can't wait to contribute more!

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Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:59pm

Thanks!

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Feb 26, 2018 @ 07:59pm

Inspiring sound! Keep playing and lifting people up with your music. It is great to see you here

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Feb 25, 2018 @ 01:21pm

SO AWSOME THEO. YOU ARE AN AMAZING TALENTED ARTIST‼️EACH PAINTING IS SO INSPIRING😀😊😘

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Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:46am

your story really touches me! What dedication and strength.

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Feb 13, 2018 @ 09:47am

We need lots of motivation in today's world to do good.

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Feb 13, 2018 @ 09:45am

I like what you are doing.

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Feb 11, 2018 @ 10:34pm

interesting to many of us who care.

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Feb 5, 2018 @ 07:45am

Like how you relate to people with love.

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Feb 4, 2018 @ 10:18am

This is interesting how technology is being used to make the world smaller in some ways. Great!

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Jan 7, 2018 @ 05:56pm

Working together is the way to repair the world. I am all aboard!!

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Dec 25, 2017 @ 09:50pm

Latest Buzz

May 18, 2018 @ 03:06pm

Hey folks I'll be debuting a few new songs this evening on WKSK's "Live After 5" segment out of West Jefferson, NC. The show will be streamed live here: http://580wksk.com

Hope yall can tune in!

William #RAWK #williammasseymusic

Apr 29, 2018 @ 04:03pm

Hey folks check out my updated Spotlight page for a brand spankin new song! Hope yall enjoy!

William

Mar 15, 2018 @ 07:05am

"The Best Is Yet To Come"
The Best is Yet to Come is Progressive New Faith Fellowship Baptist Church book. With Overseer Davis and many of the outreach ministries as well as the look inside of our church and church family.
The book is on sale for $140.00 it has 132 pages of full color. Please order your book now and click fund to pay. Remember we are all trying to make a difference in this world by putting God first and being able to help someone along the way. Thank you in advance.

Feb 25, 2018 @ 12:15pm

Massey will perform at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Sunday, March 4th,as part of their songwriter round, web-link: https://www.muddycreekcafeandmusichall.com

Nov 19, 2017 @ 04:10pm

Tickets will be released tomorrow for the StarQuest Finals Night at Sunny Jims right here on Blupela. $20 General Admission. $30 VIP. Stay Tuned for the Ticket release tomorrow. Seats are limited. Finals will be held at Sunny Jims on December 16th, 2017.

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:39pm

Check out my daily video on Face Book at Online Community Church -- it's called "Convertible Conversations" and is a 4-7 minute discussion about encouraging spiritual topics!

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:37pm

My latest novel "Convertible Conversations" will be out the end of this month. Stay tuned for more information! Paul Gray

Nov 13, 2017 @ 02:33pm

The Project Ambassador Program is now available with One World Blue. Contact our office to find out how you may benefit from this program. Ambassador brochures are also available to order thru the Blupela campaign page. Join this winning team and start making a difference in the world today!!

Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:16pm

2016 Summer Program: Saturday July 2

We will meet from 6-8PM to print prayer flags. Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss will guide the children in meditation, chanting and stories in addition to the block printing. We will also have a potluck for snacks, so please bring something small to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Tempa Lama will be away traveling.

Jun 20, 2016 @ 06:07pm

Stand together to condemn hate and violence! Join us for an evening of solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in response to the tragedy in Orlando. Hear from leaders in the LGBT community, Jewish community, Muslim community, and others.

Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill

Levinson Hall

Thursday, June 23

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration not required

We are pleased share another opportunity to support the LGBT community as well:

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

12:45 pm

Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Congregation Beth Shalom

A Conversation with Evan Wolfson,

Director of Freedom to Marry

Mr. Wolfson is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Alderdice High School.

Shiur sponsored by:

Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee

This is a free event! Call 412.421.2288 x114 for more information.

Apr 13, 2016 @ 01:01pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28, 2016. Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Mar 12, 2016 @ 05:56pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28th, 2016 Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Feb 1, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Join us for our monthly Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show at the Hollywood Lanes (2961 West Liberty Ave. Dormont, Tonight, Monday night February 1st, from 7:30-8:30 pm. They are more than a bowling alley! This great venue owned by Jeffrey Parke is a multifaceted entertainment facility offering our Pittsburgh community a wide range of activities including: bowling, darts, live music, our sports talk TV show and much more!!! There will be food, drink and bowling specials during our show! NO COVER!

Jan 11, 2016 @ 03:45pm

Don't miss our First Atrias PNC Park Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show of 2016!!! We start filming at 7:30 PM tonight January 11, for our 60 minute TV show for our BPTV studio!

My co host Smokin' Jim Frazier and Allen Levine "The Talking Machine" are honored to be back. Enjoy great food, drinks, service, TV Sports talk entertainment, great guests and much more.

Ask about Valet parking and there is also FREE on street parking after 6 pm too!

Try "The Talking Machine" BIG MOUTH BURGER" (My favorite ;)) We are on VERIZON TV channel 32 everywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area Tuesday-Saturday 7-8 PM. ONLY COMCAST 7 in Bethel Park

Jan 8, 2016 @ 05:49am

Friday January 8, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday January 9, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Many of you requested that we offer a retreat on the ancient and powerful Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is part of the weekly Saturday morning practice at Olmo Ling. We are happy to be able to respond to this request! The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ features a hauntingly beautiful melody that is chanted and accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum (Damaru) and bell, together with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.

Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:45pm

Only 25 hours left to see our documentary just released of Chiropractic now for Free. So now it's time to open your last present, our latest documentary! It took Jim Chester and I two long years to bring it to completion and it's free to watch until New Year's Eve! So please give it a view and share it with your friends, especially to those who may not be in the best of health. Click the link on our Spotlight here on Blupela.com. Please also share with the media buttons on Facebook, Twitter and others and please spread the word. Only 25 hours left to see it now for Free.

Nov 9, 2015 @ 10:46pm

Join us for a joyful Welcome Back Party with Tempa Lama!

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Tuesday, November 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Please join us for a joyful Welcome Back Party with our resident teacher Tempa Lama. Food and beverages will be served. Please bring your family and friends – children are warmly welcome!

At the Welcome Back Party our executive director Susan Stringfellow will also share about exciting capacity-building efforts that are now underway.

In 2016, we are poised to develop dynamic efforts to disseminate the Bon wisdom teachings to an even wider audience by offering live streaming of retreats, empowerments and dharma talks; ecourses that provide an in-depth opportunity to study the ancient wisdom teachings at any pace, and more of the popular continuing education classes for professionals.

Nov 9, 2015 @ 04:58pm

You are cordially invited to an acoustic evening with:
Mike Stout and the Human Union
Saturday, November 14, 7:30pm
Point Breezeway Café, 7113 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA
Featuring:
Laura Daniels – Keyboard
Kevin McDonald – Guitar
Dave McLaughlin – Violin/Fiddle
Dan Schlegel – Bass

PRICE: Whatever you can afford /or feel like contributing

Come hear original songs spanning 16 CDs, of Pittsburgh History
And the men and women who made our world a little better

Aug 24, 2015 @ 04:28pm

The Project to End Human Trafficking:
Women and Children of Uganda Gallery Exhibition
Photography by Maranie Rae
Curated by Natalie Grandinetti
SEPTEMBER 10
LEARN MORE
6:00-9:00PM
Opening Reception
Square Café
1137 South Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Exhibition Duration:
August 29th - September 30th, 2015
The Project to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) has been working in Uganda for the past 5 years and will be returning in November 2015. Attendees of the Exhibition will have the opportunity to make a donation and purchase prints. All proceeds of this event will directly support ongoing projects and initiatives.

Jul 6, 2015 @ 04:16pm

On Sunday July 12 from 2-5 p.m., Glimpses of Humla, a fundraiser for the Humla Nursing Education Project, will be held at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh in Shadyside. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, and One World Blue LLC. The First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh is located at 605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213.

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*Technology

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If you hire or contract our company to be your transportation company, we are able to hire more Veterans to drive you to your next company event, airport, or just a night out on the town.
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About The Owner
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FSET can handle all of your executive car service needs in and around the Pittsburgh area. Terence will provide top service and safety for all of your transportation needs.
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Votes1 DateJul 19, 2018

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*Music

Cantor Victor Roth

Cantor Victor Roth
Cantor Roth
Heartfelt Experiences Through Prayer and Song
Call (720) 435-6460 to discuss your congregation'splans for the upcoming High Holydays.
I'm Cantor Roth, and this Spotlight is here to let you know a little bit more about me, and to give you the opportunity to listen to some of my music samples.
I invite you to please give me a call now, to find out more, and to check my availability for your shul's Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
Thank You,
Cantor Victor Roth
Quick Facts:
Experienced Professional Chazan
Excellent Trained Voice
Traditional Nusach (Either Ashkenaz or Sephard)
Modern Orthodox or Conservative Davening
Quality References Available Upon Request
Some of the places I have worked over the years are listed below. Please contact me for additional information.
Cantorial Services - Kohelet, Denver, CO
Led High Holy Days services during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Holidays, including chanting in Hebrew, and utilized knowledge of rituals and traditions.
Cantorial Services - Adas Israel, Duluth, MN
Led High Holy Days services during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Holidays, including chanting in Hebrew, and utilized knowledge of rituals and traditions.
References from Rabbis, community leaders, employers, and other Cantors are available upon request.
The best and fastest way to get a hold of me is by phone.
So please leave me a voice mail message, if I'm not home...
Cantor Roth
P.O. Box 48087
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 435-6460
Email: VictorRoth59@gmail .com

Votes3 DateJul 18, 2018

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*Healing

Personalized Genomics

Personalized Genomics


OUR STORY
Personalized Genomics (PGL) is a unique provider of pharmacogenomic, viral and bacterial detection, family history and non-invasive paternal genetics testing. PGL is unique in its approach to medicine in its focus on multi- specialty, polypharmacy and comorbid patient populations. PGL informs the most difficult clinical decisions in the most complex patient disease states.
THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE IS BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE.
SO IS GENOMICS,
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT CUES TO LOOK FOR.

Genomics Made Simple for Everyone
The clearest, most actionable genetic insights can improve your patient care. While many 'labs' have the ability to analyze clinical genetics, none are able to translate that information in simple terms that directly impact patient outcomes.
Introducing Personalized Genomics
PHARMACOGENOMICS | NIPT | MOLECULAR DISEASE | FAMILY HISTORY
For us, simple means life saving speed of accurate and actionable clincal data. Personalized Genomics creates better insights through:
Clinical Validation
Believing is seeing.
The science behind our tests and recommendations remain the most accurate and up-to-date.
Data Visualization
Seeing is believing.
We use design to transform highly scientific clinical data into easily actionable insights.
The Human Touch
Patients come fist.
Compassion and the patient journey are at the forefront of the services we provide.
Types of Tests
Pharmacogenomics is the practice of studying genetic variations that influence individual response to drugs. Knowing whether a patient carries any of these genetic variations can help prescribers individualize drug therapy, decrease the chance for adverse drug events, and increase the effectiveness of drugs. Pharmacogenomics combines traditional pharmaceutical sciences such as biochemistry with an understanding of common DNA variations in the human genome.
What We Do:
PGL Labs focuses on the pharmacogenomics of drug metabolizing enzymes and drug transporters, with a particular highlight of examples in which genetic variations in the metabolizing enzymes and transporters influence the pharmacokinetics and/or response of particular drugs.
Why We Test:
The US FDA has recommended PGx consideration or package-insert labeling for more than 120 drugs with relationships to greater than 50 genes. These drugs are commonly indicated in the treatments of cancers, and cardiovascular, infectious and psychiatric diseases.
What Makes Us Different:
PGL Labs differentiates its services by providing proprietary algorithms, data visualization science, and procedures and protocols that overcome the most difficult challenges in pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics (PGx) as a diagnostic tool in clinical practice. PGL’s system addresses environmental factors, such as diet and co-medications, which increases the complexity of replicating the biomarker functions in individual patients. These factors should be taken into consideration when conducting clinical validation experiments or prescribing the drug to patients.
WE PROVIDE GENOMIC INSIGHTS THAT IMMEDIATELY IMPACT PATIENT CARE AND IMPROVE OUTCOMES.
MANAGEMENT TEAM
Ravitej Reddy
President and Co-Founder
Past CEO Velocity Medical Services
Michael Kalnoski, MD
Medical Director
• HematopathologyBoard Certified -09/2003
• AP/CP Board Certified -09/2001
• Member of the Pierce County Medical Society, College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathology, Washington State Medical Association
AJ Greco, PharmD
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Chief Pharmacist
• Clinical Pharmacist
• Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
• Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA)
• American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
• American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
ADVISORY BOARD
Justin Bass- Market and Innovation Strategy
David Finegold, MD- Clinical Genomics
LAB INFORMATION
Lab Certifications
CMS Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA): 39D2109711
Contact Us
PERSONALIZED GENOMICS
607 College Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
info@pgllabs.com
Phone: (888) 855-9763
Fax: (888)- 855-9806
www.pgllabs.com

Votes1 DateJul 5, 2018

What would you do to heal or change the world?

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Our HOPE and COPE Wellness Initiative brings healing and wellness to all persons who wish to improve the quality of their lives in 6 primary areas of wellness: Attitudinal, Interpersonal,Financial, Physical, Emotional, and of course, Spiritual. We do this by focusing on working on the external wellness of the person toward healing their internal well-being. Our unique project: FREEDOM BIKES - Wheelin' and Healin' is one of our flagship programs, helping encourage, educate and find financial partners to get the "right bike for the right price" so that people can feel better, save money and be more effective in their professional and personal lives.

HOPE and COPE Wellness InitiativeJul 13, 2018 @ 01:39pmMore

I change the world around me with the light of Christ through stories, songs, and smiles.

msannegirlJun 27, 2018 @ 12:11pmMore

Make clean water available to all citizens of all nation's Globally.

Spring AquaHJun 1, 2018 @ 08:47pmMore

The world itself doesn’t need healed/changed, we the people can make a difference. Gratitude and intention go a long way.

True Blue Healing ArtsMay 17, 2018 @ 10:29pmMore

Let people know that what ever hurt they have is not forever and they have help available to them, they just need to know where to look. And look no farther than your own back yard because there are many people and organizations making a difference in the world!

Lollipops@PicklesMay 1, 2018 @ 05:41pmMore

Spread joy, smiles, and positivity.

Motivation ChampsApr 26, 2018 @ 06:10pmMore

Transforming the world through Community, Social Action and Awareness, Lionheart brings projects that Lift humanity and elevate the World.

Lionheart EnterprisesApr 10, 2018 @ 04:43amMore

Help people find a way out of the 'Financial Matrix' is the main thing that we do. Our company was also founded on Leadership principles that offer Continuing Education for CPA's. Corporate Training for individuals to use personally or to help train the staff they have in their businesses.

Financial FitnessApr 9, 2018 @ 06:57pmMore

To elevate the Physical to the Spiritual

Advisory Fund 138Mar 18, 2018 @ 11:55pmMore

To find treasures in antiquity and to treat them as such.

Crown AntiquesMar 18, 2018 @ 11:35pmMore

We have to focus on the most underprivileged human beings. Being Jewish we are focused on our Holy Land the land of Israel which G-d bestowed to the Jewish people and we come to the aid of the most vulnerable people in the Holy Land. These are the orphans and children at risk that we are taking under our wings at a young age and by the time they are adults they serve in the army and get married to build a beautiful home in Israel.

American Friends of Ohr SimchaMar 18, 2018 @ 12:10pmMore

Information and the Internet would be freely available 24/7/365 regardless of your age, race, location, or income (or lack thereof).

Jeremiah D. Ostrosky Sr.Mar 3, 2018 @ 11:08amMore

Since I began playing music and working as a teacher in 2009 all I've tried to do my best. My best at reaching kids. My best at writing and playing. If you twisted my arm for a more specific answer I'd say that by being a good person, friend, son, brother, colleague, and fellow musician is how I can contribute my little line to the story of the world. I feel like if more people focused on the positives in their lives (despite even experiencing or living in adverse conditions...easier said than done I know) then the world would begin to heal itself. When you think positively, and seek that out in your every day life, you will find it. We're surrounded by goodness; it's just a matter of knowing how to see it. It is my hope that through my music I'm able to offer people out there just a few minutes of goodness and happiness for their day or their evening. There are dozens of songs that when I first heard them I instantly knew they'd become part of my regular listening because of the way they made me feel. If I do a good enough job, maybe one day my music can serve that same purpose for someone else.

William Massey MusicMar 2, 2018 @ 05:40pmMore

Recycle and reuse as many products as possible without any waste and help to keep our Earth eco-friendly and clean.

YourTableCloth.comFeb 11, 2018 @ 03:56pmMore

As we look at the world today, healing starts with self. God created everything, therefore God is our healer and provider. It is in that where we create healing and change. We all have the fundamental desire to create an ideal world, where everyone is healthy, happy, and free of suffering. We have to educate more on healing and forgiving which gives the tools to help people move forward, learning the word of God and being able to create change among Christian's as walk more upright in to bring about positive change. The habitual tendency we all have is to look around us, find out what’s wrong with the world, and then try to “fix” it. This is what I consider to be a miracle. Every time I forgive myself, I create more space for love, happiness, and world change. While forgiving ourselves, on its own, won’t end global suffering or create world peace, creating peace within will better enable us to find and enact solutions to the larger problems we all face. Healing myself creates a ripple affect across the universe, allowing me to help others heal, creating a changed and healed world. I love outreach ministry, in that ministry I teach that we all have to work together to become one to bring about a change in our community, but we just cannot stop there. We have to learn to allow God to be God, spreading the gospel around the world as well as in our own neighborhood's. Are we our brothers and sisters keeper? YES WE ARE.

Overseer Dwight DavisJan 31, 2018 @ 06:04pmMore

I would tell people that you don’t have to follow the crowd. Do what makes you happy, and don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing. I believe too many people are stuck in a life they hate and regret not listening to their inner self.

Theo CaloyerDec 18, 2017 @ 03:38pmMore

We are working to create a soundtrack to uplift those who are already engaged in the pursuit of justice, as well as inspire those who have yet to commit themselves to the cause of equity for the Earth and all it's people. It is better to use words as our swords and music as our shield.

Social Justice DiscoNov 26, 2017 @ 07:37pmMore

Al-iksir E-Consulting can help individuals and businesses reach their full potential. We believe we can help change the world by supporting organizations and individuals who have social impact goals. Our grant writing skills can help your organization or initiative gain substantial funding. Let us write your story. Let us tell your story!

Al-iksir E-ConsultingNov 6, 2017 @ 01:14pmMore

Reaching out to orphans and widows to help provide a better life in Mwatate, Kenya.

Hope for a Kenya IncNov 1, 2017 @ 07:58amMore

I use my music to highlight that while we come from many backgrounds, we can still sing and dance together. Music is a healing energetic force and when we use it to celebrate our differences then all the Gods and Goddesses are pleased with the combined sounds of our earthly choirs.

Phat Man DeeOct 31, 2017 @ 02:13pmMore

In order to heal and affect change in the world, I want to expend my talents of expression through writing and performing inspirational music that touches the lives of others and create a community of healing for those experiencing life's challenges.

LaDaria RichardsonOct 24, 2017 @ 10:02pmMore

Help everyone know that God is not mad at them...He's MADLY IN LOVE WITH THEM! Help everyone know that God loves them unconditionally, included them, accepts them, has forgiven them and keeps NO RECORD OF WRONGS! Help everyone know that GOD IS FOR THEM!

Grace with Paul GrayOct 24, 2017 @ 02:35pmMore

To see a secure Israel where children can play and friends can meet without any threat to security. This will also help to hasten overall peace in our world and reveal G-dliness on all levels.

Hatzolah DaromOct 15, 2017 @ 02:31pmMore

What defines us is how well we rise after falling. Getting Up is the Key to Life: Down but Not Out - Slowed but Not Stopped - Bent but Not Broken: Strategy of success, CIA: Commitment, Integrity, and Attitude: There comes a time in your life when you finally get it ... When, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out "ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on." Then, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside and you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes. This is your awakening. Your Quickening, the receiving of all the power and knowledge another immortal has obtained throughout his/her life. It is like the receiving of a sacrament.

Brian P SwiftOct 14, 2017 @ 06:43pmMore

To see a world where Health Consciousness and Healthy Eating and Exercise are a way of life for All.

Jill Roxanne RogowskiOct 9, 2017 @ 12:58amMore

My vision to heal or change the world is to inform and inspire that having joy is more than happiness. Also, I would like to utilize my gift of encouragement to help people intentional;y focus on what can only really bring joy in one's life.

Donna TaylorOct 3, 2017 @ 09:39amMore

Make this world a dwelling for Hashem and bring His Shechina to full revelation on our Earth bringing G-dliness to all corners of the world.

Yaacov KleinSep 8, 2017 @ 02:43amMore

Our vision is to work diligently and hard with steadfast faith to bring alleviation of hunger and food scarcity for families and communities which will ultimately bring more peace and harmony in our world.

Federation of Jewish Communties of Central and Western UkraineSep 3, 2017 @ 12:42pmMore

I would put together a series of concert events and televise them around the world to gain support and volunteers for each location. This broadcast would feature video clips of the life changing outposts I have described. These broadcasts will have live phone banks to direct callers to the outpost initiative in their area to connect them. These "Families Feeding Families" Campaign Concerts can happen all over the world on a weekly or monthly basis and be avaiable for live streaming as well. It will be a "WORLD CONNECT EVENT" I also am founder of Solid Rock Ministries In Monrovia, Liberia. We have an accredited school as well as a church that serves hundreds of families. This initiative will help to build a brick and mortar school church and outpost that will sustain that community as well. (All buildings currently have dirt floors, woven mat walls and zinc roofs.)

MusiciansmissionofmercySep 1, 2017 @ 11:52amMore

The Noahide Code commands the establishment of courts of justice and prohibits idolatry, blasphemy, homicide, incestuous relations, theft, and eating meat taken from a live animal (cruelty to animals). By providing education about the Noahide Code and more channels for fellowship between communities that are living by its values, more people and more nations will accept that we are all united and bound by a common moral responsibility to our Creator. The peace and cooperation that result from this will accelerate the healing of our fractured world at all levels.

Ask Noah InternationalAug 17, 2017 @ 12:12pmMore

Most Recent Ending Soon Up & ComingActive Initiatives

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*Infrastructure

Miracles of Love

Bridges for Peace, Inc.
Every day at Bridges for Peace we see miracles, small and great. This year we are celebrating the miracle of Israel on her 70th birthday. For more than fifty years, we have been a part of that miracle! Through our projects, Christians from around the world have participated in God’s miraculous ingathering of the Jewish people, helping in many ways to show them that Christians are indeed their friends.
Bridges for Peace In Action
Miracles of Love
As one amazing example, the mayor of Karmiel came to see the bomb shelters that our Home Repair team had renovated. He was visibly moved to see the quality of work our skilled volunteers were doing. “I expected to see a little bit of paint splashed on the walls,” he commented. Instead he saw new plumbing, including toilets and showers, new tile, and––of course––new paint.
We have now totally renovated eight bomb shelters out of twenty-two. It was an urgent need, as the specter of war on the northern border is a real and present threat. The shelters were full of trash, in total disrepair and largely unusable.
Now, they are ready to be part of the life-saving effort for the city of Karmiel, who didn’t have the money to make these repairs. Our labors are saving the city of Karmiel one million shekels (US $288,000). That is a miracle for the city and her inhabitants.

Will You Be Part of the Miracle?
We do all this and more to serve the Lord by supporting His people in their time of need. We don’t expect a reward, doing it because of our love for the Lord and His people. When we see the gratitude on the faces of the people whose lives we impact, it is so precious.
PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING SUPPORT TODAY. ONLY TWO SIMPLE STEPS REQUIRED. FIRST, REGISTER YOUR NAME ON THIS NETWORK BY CLICKING THE REGISTER BUTTON IN THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER, AND SECOND MAKE YOUR PLEDGE THROUGH THE SPONSOR TAB ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE. PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING TODAY. IT WILL BENEFIT MANY TO BRING SAFETY AND SECURITY WHERE IT IS NEEDED IN ISRAEL. MAY THE ALMIGHTY BLESS YOU IN KIND
We are honored that you trust Bridges for Peace to be your hands to bless the people of Israel. Your gifts make it possible for us to bring “miracles” for those in need in Zion. We need your financial partnership to renovate the bomb shelters, do home repairs for the wounded, the elderly, and the needy, and to feed new immigrants, children and the elderly. Thank you for sending a generous gift today.
Blessings from Israel,
Rebecca J. Brimmer, International President and CEO
Mission Statement
Bridges for Peace: Christians supporting Israel and building relationships between Christians and Jews in Israel and around the world.
Expanded Vision
It is our desire to see Christians and Jews working side by side for better understanding and a more secure Israel.
Founded in 1976, Bridges for Peace seeks to be a ministry of hope and reconciliation. Through programs both in Israel and worldwide, we are giving Christians the opportunity to actively express their biblical responsibility before God to be faithful to Israel and the Jewish community.
For too long, Christians have been silent. For too long, the Jewish community has had to fight its battles alone. It is time Christian individuals and congregations speak up for the people who gave us the Bible.
To Learn more about Bridges for Peace and the work we are doing please visit:
https://www.bridgesforpeace.com/

Votes1 DateMay 23, 2018

Funded: 1 $54.00

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*Empowerment

Hope and Happiness Initiative

HOPE and COPE Wellness Initiative
THE HOPE AND HAPPINESS TRANSFORMATION PROCESS REALLY WORKS IN 6 SESSIONS OR LESS
Learn how to navigate and overcome your unique challenges, in both your personal and professional lives.
Your level of hope and happiness is not dependent upon others or your situation, rather how you perceive and interpret your situation.
Yaakov Rosenstein, CPC,
412-779-1661
Why we do what we do:
Because we really care about people and about God.
Because we really want to achieve our greatest potential and fulfillment of purpose.
We believe to work to heal, repair and complete this world made by God for the purpose of man and to prepare ourselves and others for its ultimate purpose and completion.
Our Values and Beliefs:
H: Health, Healing and Happiness
O: Optimism, Open-Minded, Organization
P: Purpose, Potential, Passion
E: Education, Energetic, Ethical
and
C: Creativity, Consideration, Collaboration
O: Overcoming Challenge, Opportunity, Optimal Living
P: Peace of Mind, Prioritization, Persistence
E: Empowerment, Empathy, Elevated Values
The Energy Leadership Development System
To thrive in our ever-changing world, while securing all you've worked for, we have created the Energy Leadership™ Development System.
Energy Leadership is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.
Leadership can be defined as how you interact with everyone, including yourself. We tend to think of them as business owners and CEO's and managers at various levels. However, EVERYONE is a leader - either by choice or by default. Leading is the way we help move people, including ourselves, into action. The question is not whether or not we are leaders, but how well we lead.
Therefore, the Energy Leadership Development System will help you to become your ideal leader and a happier, more accomplished person.
The Energy Leadership Development System is based upon the 7 Levels of Leadership, which will raise your energy and awareness to new levels of performance, which positively impacts all you encounter.
The Energy Leadership Index (E.L.I.) is a one-of-a-kind assessment that enables individuals to recognize how they "show up" in the world by understanding their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities. This unique assessment allows for a complete, clear, customized coaching program associated with it, called the Energy Leadership Development System. Each person, along with their coach, creates their personalized developmental roadmap to becoming more empowered in leading your life and affecting the life of others.
We offer attorneys (or other service professionals) a 90 day, money-back guarantee program, to measurably live with more success and less stress. This is based upon the CPA (Clarify, Prioritize and Actualize) Coaching Method and Energy Leadership Development System.
The Energy Leadership™ Development System
It consists of the foundational segments that help you know where you are, realize where you want to be, and recognize and break through any of the blocks that are in the way of your success.
The 8 Building Blocks of the Energetic Leader
The next 8 segments in your program provide the accelerated training needed to master the areas necessary to become an ideal leader.
• Emotional Intelligence
• Dynamic Communication
• Influencing and Engaging Others
• Problem Solving
• Productivity and Decision Making
• High Energy Relationships
• Health and Wellness
• Time Management and Balance
The Result of Energy Leadership? Less effort and stress, with more success and fulfillment!

My hiking Rocky Mtn Natl Park in end of June.
The Benefits:
Emotional Health: (comfort, peace of mind, emotional relief, hope, engagement)
Spiritual Wealth: (meaning, fulfillment, happiness, clarity from confusion, sense of purpose, motivation, faith)
Now is the time to find hope, joy and the courage to make a change and move your life forward toward new achievements and or simply learn how to deal with your struggles.
You can have more peace of mind, more personal freedom, more personal - professional balance, and simply, live a life that you will love.
The work we do is 100% private and confidential. It is enjoyable and leaves you feeling invigorated. It is something that you probably have never experienced, and is not like working with a psychologist, a consultant, a colleague or a friend.
It all starts with a strategic session, to explore and clarify your problems and desires. We create a customized action plan that will work for you, so that you can see clear, measurable results in only 30 days or less.
And best of all, if you don't feel happier and less stressed in 30 days of working together, we will gladly return your personal investment. So why wait, 'til it's too late?
Our CPA coaching process can work for you!
Clarify ◦Your Goals, Your Values, Your Stresses
Prioritize ◦Your Goals, Your Values, Your Priorities
Actualize​ ◦Your Goals, Your Priorities, Your Accomplishments
You don't need to remain stuck or overwhelmed. You can find hope, joy and personal freedom, at last!
No matter who or where you are in life, you can benefit from sound advice and practical strategies to reach your dreams. Our expertise and experience will help you turn potential problems into opportunities. You deserve to move forward and live with hope, happiness and fulfillment.
Meet Yaakov Rosenstein, CPC Certified Personal Coach
Hope and Happiness Hotline - Yaakov Rosenstein, PCP 412-779-1661
See front page Post Gazette article:
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/uncategorized/rabbi-makes-house-calls-with-lessons-486971/
We also have a Hope and Happiness Blog where we delve into various issues to help you.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES...
In order to achieve your goals and dreams, you need to be free from the negative, annoying, limiting emotional blocks, such as: stress, overwhelm, overload, self-doubt, fear, worry, guilt, frustration and anger.
IMAGINE YOURSELF FREE FROM EMOTIONAL BLOCKS...
If you could go beyond your limitations, to have more engagement with less emotional resistance, how interested would you be to learn a different way? This is what great coaching is all about.
IN CONCLUSION
This is what our institute is all about - to help people, to have more freedom, success, joy and passion.

Votes1 DateMay 18, 2018

Funded: 0 $0.00

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*Freedom

Peace in the World Campaign

One World Blue, LLC
I have a dream that the world would be better and a safe place to live.
Children should not be afraid to be without their parents. They should not be worried about being kidnapped. People should realize that they should not hurt anyone and try to understand what they are doing.
I think it is very meaningless to have war. It is senseless to fight and kill one another. God did not put people on Earth to fight, argue, or hurt each other.
Poverty is very harmful and cruel to people. It can sometimes kill a person. It would be nice if poor people did not have to go to bed hungry.
Robbery scares me a whole lot, and I am sure it scares alot of other people too. People are sometimes shot and killed because they protect their belongings. Probably if people had the things they needed, there would be no more robberies.
It is a shame people are so terrified about highjacks on a plane that they don't even go on them. I hope in the future people will be able to go on a plane without worrying about a highjack.
If people try and work together they can make this world a better one. I am willing to try, are you?
The Peace in the World Essay written by the founder and CEO of One World Blue when he was in elementary school may be ordered here online (Place order on Left Side of this Page under 'From the Heart').
Order comes with the Essay mounted on Filmboard with Photopaper Glaze (Size is 10" x 10 ") Shipping Included

Votes7 DateApr 23, 2018

Funded: 10 $780.00

Most Recent Up & ComingActive Culture Spotlights

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Asia

Bene Israel of India

Bernard Asper

Bene Israel traditions varies on it's origin. Some claim descent from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Others believe that their ancestors fled by sea the persecution of Antiochus Epiphanes of the Hanukkah story. The Bene Israel adopted Hindu names, and took up the profession of oil production. They were known in Marathi as shaniwar teli (“Saturday oil pressers”), because they abstained from work on the Jewish Sabbath.
A Jew named David Rahabi, appeared and discovering them taught them the practices of Judaism which they had previously mostly forgotten. The Jews of Cochin Indian origin acted as cantors, ritual slaughterers, and teachers for the Bene Israel. Many Bene Israel migrated toward Bombay (now Mumbai) during this period. The first of numerous Bene Israel synagogues, all following the Sefardic (Spanish) liturgy, was built in Bombay in 1796. Till this day the Bene Israel follow Sefardic Jewish practice adopted after having been instructed in it by the Cochin Jews.
When, in 1948, the state of Israel was established, many Bene Israel began to emigrate.
In 1964 the chief rabbinate of Israel after learning of the conditions of Bene Istael practises through the centuries declared the Bene Israel “full Jews in every respect” although instructing to investigate whether their marriages were in all cases legitimately performed in India due to their isolation from other Jews throughout the world.
Edited a lot from the article in them in the Encyclopedia Brittanica online.

Votes4 DateFeb 9, 2018

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Africa

Radio Taboo Sound Bite

Issa Nyaphaga
THE YUMMY SOUND SOUND BITE:
(Community Radio for Social Change)
- Don't miss this podcast Hmmmmm...! It was done in Paris on Radio Taboo last month - Bon Appétit!
http://en.rfi.fr/culture/20171007-Radio-Taboo-voice-voiceless

Votes1 DateNov 15, 2017

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North America

Maine Acadians

Bernard Asper
Maine's Franco-American heritage dates back to early French explorers, Acadian settlers and French missionaries. Today, Franco-Americans are Maine's largest ethnic group.
Maine's Acadian heritage can be traced to 1604 and a scrap of rock and timber in the St. Croix River—right between what is now Maine and New Brunswick. Tiny St. Croix Island held France’s first settlement in l'Acadie—Acadia in English—a colony on America’s North Atlantic coast. The St. Croix Island settlement didn’t last, but Acadia grew until it included much of today’s Atlantic Canada.
War ended the colony and exile scattered the Acadians. In 1785, 16 Acadian families fled Fredericton, New Brunswick—pushed out, ironically, by American Tories (American Loyalists) who’d fled the American Revolution. The Acadian families traveled up the St. John River and resettled in St. David, in northern Aroostook County.
There are a number of Acadian heritage sites throughout the St. John Valley. At The Acadian Village in Van Buren, you'll find 16 reconstructed buildings dating from 1785 to the early 1900s.
Edited from: https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/arts-and-culture/acadian-culture

Votes3 DateNov 9, 2017

Most Recent Up & ComingActive Planet Spotlights

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Wildlife

Animal Adapt to Cold Weather

Betty Smythe
As the days shorten and the weather gets colder, it’s easy for most of us humans to adapt. Simply break out the long underwear, dust off the winter coat and we’re pretty much ready to go, at least here in the Midwest. Now what about those animals out in the wild? While we’re all familiar with bears hibernating through the winter, birds migrating to warmer settings and other animals living off stored food that they’ve been saving up since the summer, how the heck do those animals who remain active not only brave the elements but function in these conditions, especially in the coldest regions of the world? Understanding the answer to this question requires an appreciation for the adaptability, resiliency and creativity of leatherback turtles, penguins, arctic foxes, golden-crowned kinglets and many other animals.
Around for more than 100 million years, the leatherback turtle has certainly evolved as a deep sea diver capable of surviving in the coldest, deepest waters. For these unique reptiles, it’s good to be big. Weighing up to 2,000 pounds, leatherbacks remain warm in cold water in large part to their mass and natural abilities to slow heat loss. Outgoing blood warms cool blood in the leatherback flippers before it reaches the body core, and a sphincter in these turtle’s throats shuts off blood flow to the lungs when diving, allowing these amazing creatures to conserve energy when needed. In the deepest waters, leatherbacks get plenty of sustenance from jellyfish, their favorite meal.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
For other warm-blooded mammals like whales, seals and walruses, it certainly helps to be big, as the larger the mammal, the lesser the surface area to lose heat. With that said, fur seals benefit not only from weighing roughly 600 pounds as adults but having thick under and overcoats that they shed once a year, and blubber under the skin that can range from one to six inches. For Beluga whales, five inches of blubber certainly helps, as do unique adaptations like a dorsal fin that can break through ice for attaining fresh air, a flexible neck that allows for more maneuverability while navigating cold waters during migration, and amazing endurance (these whales can cover 100 miles in one day). Eat your heart out, Michael Phelps.
Outside the water, land-based animals must be as adaptive to the perils of the Arctic tundra in order to ensure survival. What blubber is to keeping penguins, seals, whales and walruses warm, fur is to caribou, musk oxen and arctic wolves, with the last two examples having thick, long hair overcoats and supplemental undercoats of fleece and fur, respectively. In comparison to other wolves, arctic wolves have smaller, rounder ears and shorter muzzles and legs that help them reduce heat loss. For some animals like the arctic fox, snowshoe hare, collared lemming, and ermine (least weasel), their fur actually changes colors from brownish-gray to white during the winter, offering them not only a needed blanket but an advantageous form of camouflage that makes them hard to identify in the snow. Lemmings, which look like fat furry hamsters, and arctic ground squirrels (the only arctic animal to hibernate) also keep themselves warm by staying in tunnels under the snow (as Ben Folds Five once sang, “you can be happy underground”), while hundreds of arctic hare display another crafty way of generating heat by congregating and packing themselves close to each other.
Last but not least is the cool story of the golden-crowned kinglet, a tiny bird that resides in Canada and various parts of the United States, Central America and Mexico. Weighing less than a fifth of an ounce, this bird species is able to survive cold weathers via several intriguing adaptations. Researchers have found that the kinglets subsist on hibernating inchworms that reside in their stomachs, keep warm via their plentiful feathers that insulate their small bodies, provide further insulation by puffing out thier bodies (similar to many other birds), and huddle together at night for even more warmth.
Read more at http://www.momtastic.com/webecoist/2009/10/16/natures-cold-weather-warriors-14-resilient-adaptive-animals/#iIKJZAFBJjZphPJe.99

Votes4 DateDec 25, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Rat Assist Feline Recovery

Betty Smythe
A café in Brooklyn has become an unexpected center of diplomacy for two of nature's most adversarial animals: cats and rats.
In partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, the Brooklyn Cat Café in New York City typically houses about 20 cats that are up for adoption. Visitors can stop by for treats and to interact with the animals, some of which may end up finding new homes.
In one case, though, a kitten housed at the café was diagnosed with feline leukemia and had to be isolated from other cats to prevent the disease from spreading. Feline leukemia is one of the most common infectious diseases seen in cats. An estimated two to three percent of cats in the U.S. have the virus, which is contained in bodily fluids and is spread by close contact, like mating or bite wounds. After being diagnosed with the condition, cats live for only about two and a half years.
The situation prompted the café owners to seek out a different kind of companion animal for the black kitten, named Ebony. That's how they came to adopt a white rat from a nearby rescue center, which they named Ivory. Rats cannot contract the feline leukemia virus, making Ivory an ideal companion for the small kitten.
Ebony died after five months, but the café owners believe her life was "immeasurably enriched" by having a companion. After two years Ivory died (rat lifespans average around two years), and the café decided to continue bringing in companion rats from a nearby animal rescue center, starting with a pair named Remy and Emile.
According to the café's website, rats are unafraid of kittens because they're relatively similar in size. The kittens often chase and pounce on the rats' tails, which the café says is OK as long as the kittens are gentle.
Domestic cats evolved to be solitary hunters, and kittens learn hunting behaviors from their mothers. When separated early from their mothers or the rest of their litter, some kittens can show too much or too little aggression, according the Humane Society. And when they become adults, their potential relationship with rats gets more complicated.
Katie Lisnik is the director of cat protection at the Humane Society International. She notes that regardless of anecdotal stories about interspecies relationships, cats still act on instinct, and rats are their natural prey.
"Even though bonds are formed, rats can move in a certain way that triggers the cat's [hunting] response," she says.
Sarah Gibbens, the reporter, is an associate digital producer at National Geographic

Votes1 DateSep 3, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Horses Saved in "Harvey" Flooding

Richard Margolis
Floodwaters in Houston, Texas, continue to rise as people scramble to higher ground. However, humans are not the only ones in danger of the flooding waters. Over 70 horses were saved in Northeast Harris County. One of the volunteers who helped save the horses was Mongol winner Justin Nelzen who rescued 15 horses from floodwaters in Houston, Texas. Justin didn’t travel by boat to save the horses; he bravely jumped in the water, and swam them to safety.
The owners of the Cypress Trails Equestrian Center did not believe that the water would rise so much in their area to be a threat, but they were wrong.
Darolyn Butler, the owner of Cypress Trails Equestrian Center in Humble, said, “They have an evacuation plan and they practice several times a year.” However, even with all their practicing, they waited until it was too late and the barn was already flooding.
She said that she watched the weather news until 2 a.m. and saw the cells were splitting, that the storm was about over. They went to bed and woke up an hour later to discover the stables were filling up with water.
“We woke up around 3 and it was already too high to get the trailers out.”
Over 100 deputies, constables, firefighters, and good Samaritans volunteered to help save the horses. Some used boats while others swam in the water as they tried to reach the frantic horses. Reports vary, but it’s estimated that 70 to 100 horses were involved. However, how many horses were actually saved and may still be missing remains unknown.
Videos showed horses treading as they tried to keep their heads above water. Some horses became tangled in fences as they were “seen trying to get over what appeared to be a flood-inundated fence in the area near Cypress Creek.”
Some horses were exhausted and needed help in holding their heads up when they came near the edge of the road. Rescuers jumped in the cold water to assist the horses as they led them to an area where they could finally stand on the ground.
Veterinarian Dr. Dori Hertel checked over the horses, amazed that after all they went through the horse calmly allowed themselves to be checked over. Dr. Dori Hertel said that so far, she had not seen any serious injuries.
Horses are like people and they tend to panic in certain situations. Sometimes they make bad decisions. However, they tend to follow each other and if the volunteers can get the more “levelheaded” horses going in the right direction, the others tend to follow.
Judge Ed Emmett posted an update on his Facebook page, “For those of you that may have seen the news reports of horses trapped in the water at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center, all but a few of the horses have been rescued or have been seen on higher ground. 3 or 4 are still loose but don’t appear to be in grave danger.”
Judge Ed Emmett also reported on his Facebook page, “We’ve heard that most of the 80 horses at Cypress Trails have been rescued. A few still loose but not grave danger. Will update when we hear.”
In another heartwarming story of a horse being saved from the raging waters is an almost blind horse. Devon Horn bravely rescued a frightened horse named Boomer. It was a struggle for a while as the frightened horse could not see well enough to know where to go or what to do, but somehow, Devon managed to lead Boomer back onto the higher ground. Devon said at one point they tried to get out at one location, but they were swept down the river about 300 feet. Sheriff’s deputies assisted Devon and Boomer to dryer ground.
Videos capturing the dramatic horse rescue flooded Facebook, and many of the comments were unkind to the owners of the stables. Many posts claimed that some of the horses were tied so they could not escape, and those were the ones that drowned. One wrote, “I have lived by this stables for 20 years. They move the horses EVERY TIME there is a flood.” While another wrote, “They didn’t move them because we were only expecting 8 inches of rain which wouldn’t flood the property but we got 16 inches last night that they didn’t expect.”
However, it’s not only the horses who need rescuing. The video below shows the wildlife that’s been displaced out of their homes because of the flood waters.
There is one story that stands out, and this is about a horse that was presumed dead. Mac Stanford posted, “There were many prayers being said aloud, and there was no doubt that God was present today in all of His glory. There are going to be some EXHAUSTED Guardian Angels in Heaven’s beds tonight!
Suddenly, at 2:02 p.m., without warning, this glorious beast burst through the surface of the water beneath the bridge and pulled himself up the concrete embankment with no help from any human. The crowd above was absolutely stunned into silence…then ERUPTED with cheering and applause. The horse was so exhausted that he could barely walk. He wandered towards the crowd, and gave a loud neigh when the woman that owns him and was boarding him there, broke through the crowd and grabbed his bridle. I got the whole thing on video!”
Read Mac Stanford’s entire account of the event here.
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Votes3 DateAug 29, 2017

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