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Sep 24, 2017 @ 09:58am

This is a great project. It is too bad my friends didn't come up with this in years past!


Sep 24, 2017 @ 09:56am

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Sep 19, 2017 @ 08:55am

Very informative! Thanks for touching on this subject!


Sep 10, 2017 @ 03:05pm

Very profound!!!


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These are good rules to follow.


Sep 4, 2017 @ 11:00am

I am glad to see the Jewish community in the Ukraine coming back.


Sep 4, 2017 @ 10:59am

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Aug 30, 2017 @ 09:52am

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Aug 29, 2017 @ 11:16pm

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Aug 21, 2017 @ 07:55am

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Aug 20, 2017 @ 11:57pm

You have a great organization and hope others become aware of this site!


Aug 15, 2017 @ 09:17am

By understanding animals, we become understanding of ourselves.


Aug 15, 2017 @ 09:16am

As they say love and peace can be learned easier than hate. peaceful conversation can save the world.


Aug 15, 2017 @ 09:14am

I have found acupuncture very helpful in the past. This article even explained more and will now all ow me to explore more with it. Thank -you!


Aug 11, 2017 @ 06:53am

I just met someone who has a home there and they said it is peaceful, enjoyable living. Will you ever take a group tour there? Please post if any groups from United States or Canada arrange a general tour in Panama.


Aug 11, 2017 @ 06:53am

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Aug 9, 2017 @ 09:25pm

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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!

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
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
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.

Jun 1, 2015 @ 08:18am

Blupela Founder Joel Pirchesky will be one of my guests on Pittsburgh Sportsline tonight! We will talk about sports and One World Blue at the Royal Place ( 2660 Library Road, Route 88). Filming starts about 7:30 pm for our TV show!

Apr 24, 2015 @ 03:09pm

Join us at Dukes Rib House & Grille (1910 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220)when we film another Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show with great guests from 7:30-8:30pm!

Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:58pm

Watch my Live Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show every Tuesday night from 7-8 pm on Verizon TV Channel 32 in the Greater Pittsburgh Area!!!

Apr 13, 2015 @ 05:50pm

Join us tonight when we do our Monday Night Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show at Dukes Rib House & Grille 1910 Cochran Rd, Pgh, PA 15220! Here is our FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/728314603947758/

Apr 13, 2015 @ 03:45pm

Art and Unity for Social Change, Issa Nyaphaga Art Opening, First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Friday May 1, 205, 7-9 pm. 605 Morewood Avenue, Pgh, PA 15213

Mar 30, 2015 @ 04:26pm

Pittsburgh Sportsline

March 30·

Watch our Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show from Monday night at Smokehouse Bar and Grille, 2500 West Liberty Avenue! Thanks for watching our show!!!

Feb 23, 2015 @ 11:25am

Visit us March 18 2015 at the Springdale PA Library at 6 pm to view our new documentary film, "Under the Umbrella Tree."

Feb 12, 2015 @ 01:12pm

FEB 22 11am-12:30 Cedarhurst, NY Concert in support of Kids with special needs. Tickets are $18 at www.onegshemesh.com

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Blupela in the Himalyas

One World Blue, LLC
Blupela and the One World Blue Corporation want to thank our long time advisor, Tempa Lama, and his cousin Surendra from Firante Expeditions for spreading the Blupela message to the Earth's magnificent rooftop touching the heavens in the Himalaya mountains! The One World Blue Coporation is indebted to Tempa for his nearly decade of service as serving as an advisor to the corporation in its journey to bringing the message of this network and the ideals of the corporation to life. The service of the One World Blue Network through Blupela.com is dedicated to bringing social healing to our world and being a catalyst to achieve balance to the Planet in Conservation, Sustainability, Social Harmony and Peace, where it can be achieved.
Thank you Tempa and Surendra for being our messengers and ambassadors for good will to the most sacred place of the Himalayas.
Blupela and One World Blue is grateful to Tempa and Surendra for including us in their prayers and meditations on the trip in 2015 and bringing to us these incredible photos from the "rooftop" of the world,
You are welcome to visit Tempa Lama at his center:
Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
From the Olmo Ling site:
To read more about Tempa and Olmo Ling, please visit:
Tempa Dukte Lama

Votes15 DateNov 9, 2015

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Stop the Madness

Andy Gross
I see a world controlled by greed...
Large corporations, privately owned nations,
Poisoning our air, our soil, our seas,
Poisoning our food, our seed,
Imprisoning protesters, animals, minds
And Dragging The World Into War
My 1979 song Ten More Gallons talks about America dragged into war in "Iraq, ..., Afghanistan." I am still singing that song. My 1981 recording OIL, which played on radio stations in ten states in the U.S., talks about the frustration of seeing big industry throwing our world into the toilet. Here's a record jacket from 1981:
I went through a big change in the 90's. I realized that it is not about "us" versus "them"; it's about "us." "We" are free; free to figure out how much we personally contribute to the problems. Are we going to shut our mouths and follow the program or are we going to find a way to live without them? Are we going to shout and speak and teach about what it will take for mankind to survive?
I'm not thinking about national revolution; revolutions are pointless. The same greedy people just rise to the top in the guise of some new ideology. I'm talking about the whole world of "us", banding together in our common cause. I'm talking about a global acknowledgement of the insanity, the greed, of man. We've got to reach out to one another, because nothing else can save us.
Below you'll find two of my videos. One is a recent version of my song Ten More Gallons. The other is a song that I wrote when my daughter Sarah graduated from college. I hope that you enjoy them.

Ten More Gallons
I'll Be There

Votes13 DateOct 27, 2015

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StarQuest TV Challenge

VanGo Media Group
Our Mission
Exploring New Horizons In Creative Concepts the purpose of moving this project forward is to strengthen the communities in which we work and live. The StarQuest TV Challenge is a primary vehicle to help communities grow financially through our multi level marketing infrastructure.
We give local businesses the opportunity to get recognized and promote them at a fraction of the cost of regular advertising campaigns. Most network Reality Singing competition shows, cattle call thousands of people to a stadium and less than half the people get a true opportunity to audition or be seen by producers and get the opportunity to compete.
It’s like a slap in the face and at your inconvenience and to the networks financial gain. StarQuest TV Challenge is more politically correct because we have trademarked a way to add value to the people and businesses in the Marketplace, giving everyone more opportunity to compete as artists by having thousands of places to compete for a chance to be on TV and Win while experiencing more opportunity to be recognized by professionals in the music industry and allow local businesses to experience more influx of growth in business at an a alarming rate, so much to the point that we are requested at times to stop their advertising campaign prematurely.
How It Works
Most nightclubs and restaurants have Singing Competitions as a regularly featured weekly event. StarQuest Representatives have prevailed, helping to make Pro-Amateur singers in your area, now have a chance for fame, a little fortune, and the chance to fulfill a dream.
We have partnered Clem’s RV Sales who has provided us with a RV which will be shrink wrapped with Clem’s RV logo appearing prominently on the motor home and will appear at all 250 participating venues including fairground and Large concert venues throughout the tri-state and throughout the entire viewing area as well as the Stage A&E and Rivers Casino for Final Show taping’ The StarQuest tour bus will be appearing at every participating venue along with the radio station van broadcasting a live remote broadcast, giving out prizes Sign up to win vacation packages A Bahamas Cruise Tour Jacket, T-Shirt. A Pro Sound System: ATV; Gift Certificates for some of the areas finest restaurants; HD Wide screen Television; Weekend Getaways $500.00 Clothing Shopping Spree; A Car; and much more . . . . . . . . .
Check Back For Tour Schedule for 2016
VanGo Media Productions is a digital video post production company that has the ability to completely produce any and all of your film, audio and video editing needs, from shooting (taping or filming) to the final video presentation. Between script writing, taping, producing and editing the national television show, Living In America & JAM TV to numerous other creative productions such as TV advertising commercials, overview videos, company industrial videos, educational videos, highlight reels, trade-shows marketing tools, video presentations on interactive CD business cards, DVD productions, product demo videos, safety training video customer service videos, corporate training video productions, etc., our team of highly skilled video editors, camera operators, graphic designers, music producers and audio editors, and video special effects artists have the expertise you need.
Mr. Charles Vandergrift III
Founder and CEO/President
Past StarQuest TV Challenge Series
Rates are based on 1-:30 second commercial airing per show.
3 shows……………..$475 each ($1425)
4 shows……………..$450 each ($1800)
6 shows……………..$400 each ($2400)
12 shows……………$350 each ($4200)
Season finale: does not count towards the purchases above, but will determine the rate. Example: If you buy 3 shows @ $475 each and also want to run on the finale, that rate would be $475 for the finale. The rate you already pay will determine the rate you pay for the finale. All advertisers are also mentioned on the StarQuest web site with links.
BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP: 13 shows including the finale……$7500 per 3 month season. Title sponsorship includes “(Your Company Name) StarQuest TV Challenge” on all of the show’s promotional advertising and marketing materials including print, radio, television and internet, t-shirts, bumper stickers, posters, flyers, etc., as well as your :30 second commercial being aired on all 13 shows including the season finale.
TERMS All contracts must be paid in full at the time of signing, prior to the show’s season opener. All commercials must be provided on (HD Format) at least two weeks prior to airing. If we are running your commercial and you’d like to run a different one, we must have it no later than two weeks prior to airing of the next scheduled show.

Votes12 DateJul 14, 2016

Most Recent Up & ComingActive World Spotlights

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Brian P Swift

Brian P Swift
Husband - Father - Son - Brother - Success Coach - Author - Speaker
Brian broke his neck playing football at the age of seventeen. He went on to graduate from college and then law school. After working in the law field for several years, Brian took his talents into the corporate world . Soon he rose to be one of the top sales professionals and then spent his last ten years as a top manager, developing, inspiring and leading. Brian has been at the inception of numerous successful start up companies.
His ability and desire to develop and inspire drove him into coaching football and basketball. He has spent over twenty years coaching football from youth to high school. His philosophy of CIA Commitment, Integrity and Attitude is a core strategy for success. Brian is the father of three great kids and is married over twenty-four years.
Brian is an author and speaker who, through his engaging style and practical wisdom, leaves audiences inspired and challenged to face life's struggles with hope, faith and purpose.
Brian was nominated for the 2013 Best Dads on Wheels Contest. Brian has been chosen as one of the ten finalist by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
President of Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation (SOAR)
SOAR is a 501 c 3 Non profit Foundation empowering people with disabilities participate in recreational outdoor activities.
Brian is an Author
UP Getting Up is the Key to Life
Down but Not Out - Slowed but Not Stopped - Bent but Not Broken
Up is the creation of the author in which he shares his personal paradigm for mental, emotional, and spiritual recovery and facing the challenges of life as quadriplegic. It is the author's hope to inspire those with similar injuries and give hope to their medical caregivers, family, and loved ones. Interior photographs are from the author.Brian’s neck was broken while playing football with his friends on the sunny, chilly day after Christmas, 1979, at the age of seventeen. As he found the courage and strength to recover, graduate from high school, earn his college degree, and earn his Juris Doctor degree as a quadriplegic, he also found his purpose: to achieve more than expected, and to aspire to the best he can be. Now the father of three and a husband of over 24 years, Brian has developed his strategy of success, CIA: Commitment, Integrity, and Attitude. With his engaging style and practical wisdom, Brian will leave you invigorated to face your own struggles with hope, faith, and purpose!
A band of nine fathers want to wrote a book on fatherhood. We felt the need to share our struggles and successes. In a medley of stories, opinions and advice, the authors take you on a journey of men who don't hold back their enthusiasm of being proud fathers. You will find moments of joy, sadness, and triumph. Whether you are a father, a mother, son, daughter, extended family member or caregiver, there is something in this book for you! It will kindle your excitement to send a message of love.​
Go Ask Your Dad. It's features dads of all kinds, role models, heroes, men who have faced great loss, and men who have made even greater mistakes. Each tells a touching story that needs to be heard.
Go Ask Your Dad challenges fathers from different faiths, cultures, and generations to come together and answer tough questions dads, children, and families face today.
Fathers must learn from the past, be prepared now and in the future to discuss everything from sexual education and identity to what kind of career path a youth could choose. Fathers need to have answers on how to handle negative things such as cyber-bullying and ISIS, but also must encourage good choices for health, happiness and a brighter tomorrow.
The authors of Go Ask Your Dad don't claim to be perfect dads; they do promise, in this book, you will find valuable lessons from their mistakes and successes
Brian is a Certified Life Coach
Mastermind groups are relatively new to most people.
A mastermind group is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others.
How does a mastermind work? A group of smart people meet weekly, monthly, daily even if it makes sense, to tackle challenges and problems together. They lean on each other, give advice, share connections and do business with each other when appropriate. It’s very much peer-to-peer mentoring and if you are lucky enough to get invited to one, you will most likely see a marked change in yourself and your business.
Here are 7 reasons why a Mastermind might be right for you:
You’ll be part of an exclusive community. Joining a mastermind typically involves you being invited by the members or going through an application process. The other members need you just as much as you need them, so quality of experience and knowledge is crucial to all involved.
Advisement. Once you are involved in a mastermind, that feeling of “being alone” while running your business is gone. The other members of the group turn into business advisors of sorts and vice versa.
Collaboration is the name of the game. You may find someone in the group that is a perfect fit to work on a project with you. Or, you may be the perfect person to help another member as well. The group works together collaboratively, to achieve more together.
Extend your network. Joining a mastermind expands your network exponentially and rapidly. If you are in business, you know how important your network is. By joining a mastermind, you instantly add to your network and typically gain the networks of those in the group with you.
New learning. Everyone in the mastermind is unique in skill, experience and connections. By interacting and sharing your challenges, it’s almost certain that someone in your mastermind will have a solution for you and you may also be able to offer a solution, connection or tactic to help another in the group.
Cross-promotion. When you join a mastermind, you will most likely find ways to help each other by utilizing cross promotion. Finding ways to help each other through promoting to your respective networks.
Think bigger. Being in a mastermind will truly give you a Master Mind! You can’t help but think bigger and stretch beyond your boundaries when surrounded by amazing people doing amazing things.
Masterminds are incredible and can do wonders for your business as well as for you, personally. Growing in a group is not only more effective, it’s quite a bit more fun! Contact Brian Swift bswift62@comcast.net
Brian is Founder of SOAR
Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation
Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation, Inc. SOAR is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization
“SOAR will offer programs, services and equipment to improve the emotional and physical quality of life for people with disabilities, families, and individuals in need by creating outdoor accessible environments.”
It’s Your Time
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.
It is your time!! You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appears over the next horizon. You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you. Not everyone gets a trophy and there are winners and losers and that all right as long as you’re not a quitter.
You learn that your mother and father were more right than wrong. You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love or faith and appreciate or approve of who or what you are, and that’s okay. They are entitled to their own views and opinions. You learn that the best things in live are free. You learn smooth roads never make good drivers. Smooth sea never makes good sailors. Clear skies never make good pilots. Problem free life never makes a strong person.
You learn about real Friendship isn’t how you forget, but how you forgive.
Not how you listen, but how you understand.
Not how you see, but how you feel.
Not how you let go, but how you hold on!

Votes1 DateOct 14, 2017

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Jill Roxanne's Fit4Life Program

Jill Roxanne Rogowski
What inspired me to become a personal trainer?
I have always had a passion in helping others improve their overall fitness goals and be a positive motivator anywhere I go. Through my dedication and commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, I have transformed my physique and overall improved my fitness performance. With my energetic personality and knowledgeable personal training skills, I can truly make a dramatic difference in the health and well being of my clients that are life changing.
What are the key factors I attribute to the success of my personal training career?
I have a unique ability to lead, inspire, and motivate others regardless of physical fitness level and abilities. By making a strong commitment to my own health and fitness, I have been an inspiration to others. I have been able to lead by example. I always have a positive exceptional attitude and understand that each client is unique and special. I develop a customized fitness and health plan that creates an enthusiastic outlook for each client…….giving them the results they want to achieve!!
An initial fitness evaluation
✓ Cardiovascular conditioning
✓ Weight and resistance training
✓ Competition ready training/posing
✓ Flexibility training & core
✓ Monthly measurements & Body fat index
✓ Body fat reduction
✓ Weight reduction
✓ Osteoporosis /bone building
✓ Chronic diseases/ disabilities
✓ Health management
✓ Diet planning
✓ Train 2x per week- $240/month
✓ Train 3x per week- $350/month
✓ OR: Buy 6 sessions-$180// 10 sessions -$290
Jill Pirchesky
AAAI/ISMA Personal Trainer
NPC/IFBB National Figure Competitor
Call Jill @ 336.558.1178
For PRO Results

Votes1 DateOct 10, 2017

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Musicians Mission of Mercy

About Musicians Mission of Mercy
Musicians Mission of Mercy unites compassionate musicians from all genres to play a direct role in providing food and other life essentials to people in need.
Music has a universal power to bring people together emotionally and spiritually. We tap into the gifts of musicians to bring awareness to our mission and raise funds to buy and distribute provisions.
Participating artists also can have hands-on involvement in distributing food, toiletries and other essentials to the hungry in the community. Life’s essentials also include love, respect and dignity. Musicians are empowered to demonstrate these qualities as they interact face-to-face with their fans and people in need.
Musicians and non-musicians alike can support our cause by making a donation of any size to help buy provisions for distribution or by becoming a volunteer.
Musicians feed the hungry. Music feeds the soul. Join us in our mission!
Who Benefits?
Despite a variety of support programs in the U.S., a multitude of people go to bed hungry every night. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau:
•More than 45 million Americans live below the poverty line
•More than 49 million Americans are at risk of hunger
•Over 48 percent of households in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) are working households.
•Two-thirds of SNAP recipients are children, elderly or disabled
Musicians Mission of Mercy targets distributions in communities with a high percentage of these populations, including children attending Title 1 schools and their families, the elderly on fixed incomes, disabled veterans and people who are mentally or physically challenged.
YOU also benefit when you get involved – knowing that you’ve helped to provide life essentials to communities where the need is tremendous.
Musicians Mission of Mercy makes it easy for musicians to participate, even when they have a busy travel and performance schedule. Non-musicians can participate, too!
How the Program Works
Local social services agencies, Title 1 schools and churches will be contacted to help spread the word among people in need about an upcoming distribution of life essentials. Special consideration is given to underserved children and their families, the elderly and mentally/physically handicapped people including disabled veterans and their families.
Two Ways Musicians Can Be Involved:
•On the day of their concert (or the day before if it better serves the musicians’ schedule), participating musicians help distribute life essentials face-to-face to people in need while showing love and respect for them.
•Established musicians with a heart to feed the poor take up donations during their scheduled tour dates to help buy provisions for distribution.
Contact us to discuss your interest in supporting our mission.
The driving force behind any charitable effort is the generosity of people like you. Without donations, Musicians Mission of Mercy could not serve those who are desperately in need of life's essentials.
Please help us continue to show compassion to those in need throughout our communities. Musicians Mission of Mercy is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donate online by clicking the link below.
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Donations of any size will help us feed those in need.
Anyone can participate by signing up to volunteer or by making a donation
Here is some of the latest of our efforts and news of our work:
September 16, 2017. Our first distribution from our new Appalachian outpost! From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ashe County Civic Center, West Jefferson, NC!
August 26, 2017. Again joined with A Renewed Mind Behavioral Health to distribute food to people recovering from addictions.
July 29, 2017. Partnered with A Renewed Mind Behavioral Health to distribute food to people recovering from addictions. Kudos to the organization for sending their administrative team to collect the provisions and protect the identities of their clients.
June 24, 2017. Partnered with A Renewed Mind Behavioral Health to distribute life essentials to people recovering from addictions.
May 6, 2017. Distributed about 20 tons of food, beverages, personal care products and other life essentials to thousands of families in need.
April 1, 2017. In a pre-Easter distribution, 135 families received food, beverages and other life essentials. Children 12 and under received an Easter gift bag, delivered by the Easter Bunny!
March 18, 2017. Distributed food to families in need in partnership with Children's Hunger Alliance and Toledo-Lucas County Library.
February 25, 2017. Distributed food and other life essentials to more than 100 families in need on a cold, blustery morning.
February 18, 2017. In partnership with Children's Hunger Alliance and Toledo-Lucas County Library main branch, we distributed food and other life essentials to more than 500 families and others in need in the downtown Toledo area.
January 21, 2017. On a blessed 60 degree day in January, our awesome volunteers distributed food and other essentials to 200 families in need.
January 16, 2017. To celebrate MLK Unity Day, we distributed food and other essentials to 600 people in need at the University of Toledo campus.
December 21, 2016. Our "Evening of Blessing" event at Mayfair-Plymouth Church provided food, Christmas gifts and inspiring words of encouragement from guest speaker Vontoba Terry to 40 families in need. Thanks, Vontoba!
December 10, 2016. Braving a cold winter day, volunteers distributed food and other essentials to around 500 families in need.
November 12, 2016. Distributed food and other essentials to more than 800 people in need.
October 25 and 26, 2016. Distributed healthy treats along with candy during Trunk or Treat celebrations at Winterfield Venture Academy and Bennett Venture Academy in Toledo. More than 1100 students received a bagful of goodies.
October 4, 2016. Cellist Renee Goubeaux delighted the crowd as we distributed food and other life essentials to more than 400 families in need.

Votes3 DateSep 24, 2017

What would you do to heal or change the world?

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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

Choosing the best health care and rehabilitation services that will cater to individuals in whatever place they call home is an important option for patients of any age. Western Pennsylvania Home Health Association’s goal is to help individuals maintain the highest level of wellness and independence possible. We believe that healthcare is a basic human right and not just a privilege for some. We envision a world where access to the best health care possible is available to everyone on the planet and also one in which all people are treated with the highest level of dignity and respect.

Western Pennsylvania Home Health AssociationAug 14, 2017 @ 04:47pmMore

I'd rather use the term "heal" than "change". Change is always difficult for people, but given the option to heal someone, to me, is more realistic. There's a lot of broken people out there whether it is financially, physically, or even mentally and what we bring is a sense of hope and purpose. If you can give someone meaning in life, it will heal them....and will ultimately bring change.

Jonathan PaterniAug 12, 2017 @ 09:40pmMore

Bring healing and restoration to our oceans. This is a must and given if we want a healthy planet.

Richard MargolisAug 12, 2017 @ 04:21pmMore

I feel that changing the world starts in your community. You make a difference in the community and carry that into the township. Then you make a difference in the city you live in and then make a difference in your state. Then the country will follow.

Robert L Ross, Jr.Aug 4, 2017 @ 04:44pmMore

My goal is for affordable housing to be available for everyone.Everyone should have the dignity and respect we all crave.

Mike BrowneJul 30, 2017 @ 09:16amMore

I would create sustainable housing, job opportunities and medical help. I would make sure that my life was an example to everyone who lacked, that there is always hope.

Bridge of Hope GlobalJul 29, 2017 @ 09:29amMore

Our original rock band is looking to open the worlds mind to listen to Music that presents a Timeless experience!!!

Eric BrotskyJul 29, 2017 @ 01:24amMore

We all have different ways of looking at life and situations based on our life experiences.I want to try to understand how other people think by learning about their culture so I do not offend them or become offended by their words or actions. My wish is to dedicate myself to becoming more informed by using this site and other resources to help do the right thing.

Loren RobertsonJul 23, 2017 @ 10:30amMore

The mission of St. JAMES MINISTRIES a 501 C(3) corporation in conjunction with Equity House, LLC, is to create disciples for Christ, train them as to the word of the Bible and thereafter enlist them to be disciples for all the nations, teaching them to observe all things that God has commanded. Thus provide shelter and social services for children, women and others in need that has been orphaned, abused, or abandoned. To accomplish this we must provide education, eliminate illiteracy, provide protection, shelter, food, plus religious guidance by teaching the Gospel of the Lord and with God's Love transform individuals, families, communities and countries through the teachings and values of St. James Ministries. There is an urgent need for immediate action that comes to the rescue of both children and women who are former prostitutes, battered women, sex slaves; unwed mothers and women veterans that want to restart their lives.

St James Global Village MinistriesJul 13, 2017 @ 02:19pmMore

Give the support and resources to our Veterans that they deserve.

Craig BuxtonJul 10, 2017 @ 12:28pmMore

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Montazhk3Jul 9, 2017 @ 07:30pmMore

I would eliminate the hatred and misunderstanding that people have for different ethnicities, nationals and religions. We are all one. We are all in this together and we must take care of one another.

No One Left BehindJul 9, 2017 @ 09:26amMore

Protect all native and indigenous heritages and land and increase universal awareness to preserve cultural ways. The heart of people is found in their traditions.

David McMurrayJul 4, 2017 @ 06:30pmMore

Create legislation for companies like seaworld to end captivity of sea mammals.

Al McNealJul 4, 2017 @ 12:05pmMore

One , family ,one child , one homeless family , V A family off the streets into a home , not useing there self worth by how money they have or can pay

Carlton H Brown SrJun 21, 2017 @ 11:51pmMore

The public needs a world wide awakening to the pollution of the oceans and the havoc it is creating on our ocean wildlife. One needs to see more first hand what is happening and we all must take the responsibility to stop it. Some efforts have been made to make change but not enough!

Jack CalenJun 12, 2017 @ 08:49pmMore

I envision a world where people are not profiled by race or religion but rather by the merit on which they stand.

Mustaffa IbrahimMay 9, 2017 @ 09:18pmMore

I would make democracy a true democracy by creating a virtual town hall meeting platform where every citizen can log on and voice their opinions and caste their votes for all policy issues.

Angela HorneMay 6, 2017 @ 10:07amMore

Reduce carbon emissions by every citizen receiving incentives to own and use bikes.

Sean WhitakerMay 5, 2017 @ 02:24amMore

Roscher would engage government specifically Minister of justice and minister internal affairs for a review of the penal code. Roscher would also take on board the court users association by offering advocacy trainings, Roscher would also engage with district civil society networks for across the country and witchdoctors so that we should have a day to promote rights of the albino in Malawi.Albino people will be invited to all these meetings.

moir walitaDec 4, 2016 @ 06:29pmMore

Programming: CCDR uses the CSP Enviro Programme Model where C-Caring, S-Supportvive, and P-Protection interventions across all the domains of child and youth development to achieve its goals. CCDR also mainstreams gender, HIV and AIDS, climate change, and human rights in all its programmes. Partnerships: CCDR has partnership as one of its core values. So far, CCDR is working with stakeholders at local, national , and international levels such as VDCs, ADCs, District Councils, YODEP, Embassies, POSIVO Malawi, MACRO, Charitable Foundations, Plan, NYNCC, Africycle, Christian Aid and others. Our Geographical Coverage We are working in the 3 regions of Malawi, Southern, Central and Northern Malawi Central: Lilongwe, Kasungu, Dowa, Ntchisi, Salima,Nkhotakota, Ntcheu and Mchinji districts. We are currently working close to 60,000 people across Malawi with hope to scale our projects.

Centre for Child Development and ResearchOct 15, 2016 @ 09:10amMore

I want to work with youth to heal them to unleash the champion in them. They are filled with power and I will help them unleash that my motivation and coaching.

Edwin Anthony PaulOct 9, 2016 @ 01:55pmMore

Today This Week This MonthTop Initiatives

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Humla Nursing Education Project

Olmo Ling
The Humla region of northwestern Nepal is one of the most stunningly beautiful, as well as, geographically isolated and underserved areas of Nepal. Healthcare resources are scarce, with only one hospital in a region the size of Connecticut and a population of over 50,000. Many villages lack even a single trained healthcare worker, forcing villagers to walk days to access basic health services.
The Humla Nursing Education Project plans to address this need by identifying local students in Humla who aspire to careers in nursing in their home villages. We will cover the cost of tuition, books and other supplies throughout their education in exchange for a commitment to serve the Humla region as community healthcare workers. The cost of 4 years of education in the capital city, Kathmandu, is less than the cost of a semester at some US public universities.
SANGITA our first student:
Our first student, Sangita, has already passed entrance exams and is studying at nursing school thanks to private donations. With your help, we can ensure that she finishes her education and returns to serve her remote community at the top of the world. Your sponsorship and in-kind donations will help us reach this goal and expand access to healthcare for the people of Humla.

And be part of this beauty!!!


Votes12 DateFeb 25, 2015

Funded: 3 $105.00 / $5,000.00

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The BairFind Foundation's goal is to revolutionize the search for missing children in the United States with a campaign in 160 American cities in the summer of 2015! BringHome100 is a unique nationwide awareness-building campaign that will engage the power of over 40 million Americans throughout Minor League Baseball! (Minor League Baseball draws more fans every year than the NFL and NBA combined!) The BringHome100 platform opens a brand new path for millions of everyday people to act on their natural impulse to get involved and increase the odds of finding a missing child.
In 2014, BairFind placed signs in 24 Minor League Baseball stadiums in Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida featuring each area's missing children. Our signs attracted over 3 million views, and SIX of the kids we featured were located safely! That raises our grand total to TWENTY FIVE KIDS FOUND since we began our efforts in 2009!
We are the FIRST EVER organization to set a benchmark goal - that we will raise awareness for missing children until 100 that we feature are found. We are on our way to realizing our goal! ! Please contribute so that we can design, construct, and deliver concourse signs to all 160 Minor League Baseball ballparks for the 2015 season! FOR EVERY $1,000 WE RECEIVE, WE CAN PLACE A SIGN IN A STADIUM! Help us to rise to the challenge to BringHome100 missing kids!

Votes12 DateNov 23, 2014 ClockEnded

Funded: 1 $54.00

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Attila Around the World

Attila Domos
My name is Attila Domos, and I'm a T11/T12 paraplegic, since September 22, of 1993. I had my falling accident the same night my former band and I signed a recording contract. You could say it was a Yin/Yang kind of an evening. I was always an ambitious person, and very goal driven. While I was born into a musician family, I was also, and still am an athlete. Most recently I've been competing in hand-cycling events.
I've competed in many sports both in my youth and adult life. Some include water polo, soccer, baseball, American football, Martial Arts, power lifting and as I said earlier... hand-cycling. I was always drawn to physical challenges. I'm the type of person who was always driven by a desire to make a difference, to be a force for good. I've used what ever talents I was born with to make a difference in the lives of others, and what I'm working towards now, will be by far my biggest challenge ever, but it will also allow me to do a lot of good around the world.
I'm putting a team together, and with the help of this team I will circumnavigate the Earth. This will be accomplished in four steps.
Step 1: I will become the first paraplegic to swim the Atlantic Ocean, from New York City to either Spain or Portugal, by doing two 3 hour swims every day, from 9 am - noon, and from 2 pm - 5 pm. We will have a ship with a full crew (Captain, 1st mate, nurse, electronics expert/TV producer, my personal aid, etc...) It will be very difficult and I anticipate it to take about a year (give/take). I will not use a shark cage, but I will have two guys in the water with me, one in a kayak and one in a raft. Should I run into trouble, hopefully they can pull me out of the water before I'm injured or eaten.
Step 2: I then will hand-cycle across Europe, the Mid East and Asia.
Step 3: Kayak from Japan to Hawaii, then from Hawaii to Los Angeles.
Step 4: Hand-cycle from Los Angeles back to the original starting point in New York City.
This will be a massive undertaking, and will require at least $10 million to launch. This is where Hollywood comes in.
I need to get to Los Angeles for a couple of months, to sell this idea to a top agency. One with connections to some of the world's biggest stars. They all have causes they champion, and these are the types of people who understand big goals and big projects. The idea is to turn what we're going to do into the world's biggest fund raiser. Most of the details are worked out, and I can't get into specifics about every detail for obvious reasons, but this thing will be massive.
We will have cameras everywhere on the ship and in the water. We're going to have the cameras set up to allow people to watch us anytime, 24/7, via any camera they choose.
We also will host a 1-hour daily talk show. It'll be a great way to keep in touch with people around the world, and it will allow them a chance to get to know us.
We will have an app that people can download. This will also give them a chance to follow us, watch us and get reminders and updates from us, etc...
People will be able to donate via the app or online, and will be given a number of ways they'll be able to host events, to help raise funds for our charities.
The goal is to turn that initial $10 million investment into $100 million, and likely more. This trip will take between 4 and 5 years to accomplish, and the app alone will likely generate that amount in the first year or two.
We will have an independent bank handling the money, and will hire firms to audit and make sure that all of the money is going where it's supposed to go. In addition, I'm openly inviting "Anonymous" to do their own investigation, since I will be too busy accomplishing this massive task, hosting the TV show and doing live satellite feeds, to be able to also keep my eye on where every penny is going.
I'm taking only one percent (1%) of the money for myself, and that will be after our monthly expenses. The other 99% will go to the charities. Here's an example of how it will be divided.
Hollywood star A donates $1 million up front. We end up raising $10 million, to make Around the World a reality. That would mean that Star A put up 10% of the funding, so in return, his charity will receive 10% of all money raised. Wich... if we only raise $100 million in the time it takes to finish the journey, Star A turned his $1 million investment into $10 million for his charity. The more a person or charitable organization puts in upfront, the bigger the return, and the more people we can help.
There are many other things we're going to do for fundraising, including auctions, live shows when we're on land, and more, but this should give people an idea of how big this is going to be. I am very much a people person, and I wish to use every talent I have to help make the world a better place.
I'm working on putting together a video specifically for this event, but for now you can check out my website, and see for yourself some of the things I've done, and what it is I do. I'm a musician, athlete, writer, digital photographer, film maker, entrepreneur and much more.
I will also be giving rewards for your donation. The goal right now is to raise fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) to get out to LA for a few months. While there, I'll need to rent a hotel room, use a cab to get around, buy food, drinks, and have a little money to wine and dine some of these Hollywood types. By raising this amount, I will also be able to show the agencies and stars that this is something people want to see, ergo... their investment in to the Around the World project won't be a risk.
I will also add your name to an email list, which I will use to send at least weekly emails detailing our progress.
I would urge you to get involved, and make a financial contribution. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of history. Imagine if you could have invested in Christopher Columbus' journey to the Americas, Magellan's trip around the world or have had direct access with the Apollo astronauts while they were taking that first trip to the moon? I hope to inspire generations to step outside their comfort zones, and reach for their dreams. What ever those dreams may be... I intend on showing them that anything is achievable, with one baby step at a time.
Thank you,
Attila Domos
(Please allow 4-6 weeks from the time the $15K goal is reached, for your "non-electronic" rewards to arrive. Also... if you choose to keep your email "private", that's OK, but please send me an email to, so I can send you your rewards. Other wise, I have no way of contacting you.)
For more information about Attila, please visit the website listed above. There you will find much more information not only about Attila and his many accomplishments, but also more detail about "Attila Around the World".

Votes11 DateMay 15, 2015

Funded: 16 $1,005.00 / $15,000.00

Today This Week This MonthTop Culture Spotlights

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North America

The Cajuns

Bernard Asper
The Cajuns are descendants of Roman Catholic French Canadians whom the British, in the 18th century, drove from the captured French colony of Acadia (now Nova Scotia and adjacent areas)who settled in the fertile bayou lands of southern Louisiana. The Cajuns today form small, compact, generally self-contained communities. Their patois is a combination of archaic French forms with idioms taken from their English, Spanish, German, American Indian, and African American (usually “Creole”) neighbors.
Pres. Teddy Roosevelt was a proponent of the ‘melting pot’ philosophy. The movement was led by people in Louisiana such as Progressive Luther Hall, elected governor in 1912. In July of that year, the legislature passed an act allowing the Department of Education to select all books and curricula for public schools. Starting the next year, English was stressed throughout the curricula, essentially banning French from the schools. In 1916, the state legislature approved Act 27, which required that all children attend public school where English was to be the language. This implicitly meant that the Cajun children that were brought up speaking French in their homes would have to learn English. The events were completed in 1921 when the Louisiana Constitution was changed so that all school proceedings had to be conducted in English. This succession of events led to many Cajuns growing up without learning their ancestral language. Stories abound of Cajun children being punished for speaking French at school.
Most of the parents of children in school for the first few decades of the century had grown up speaking French and still spoke it in the home. Children would learn English at school, but still learned some French in the home. As that English-educated generation grew up and had their own families, the use of French in the home was decreased with each generation. Some Cajun families, especially in more rural areas, continued to pass along the Cajun French language throughout the twentieth century.
Things began to turn around in the 1960s. Faced with the prospect of losing their language, CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) was established in 1968 to help bring interest in the French language back to the educational system. Less than 5% of Cajuns born in the last fifty years speak French as their primary language. The French being taught by CODOFIL was not Cajun French. Still, it was a move leading to French language preservation amongst the Cajuns. French immersion programs can now be found across Acadiana, Cajun Louisiana.
Zachary Richard founded Action Cadienne to advocate for the Cajun French language. The group maintains that the language is integral to the continuation of Cajun culture.
Cajun cuisine reflects the mixture of cultures in Louisiana. Among its classic dishes are alligator stew, jambalaya, gumbo—actually a Creole dish, made with a roux—and crayfish (or other seafood) étouffée, served over rice. Many dishes are prepared with some variety of sausage, such as boudin or andouille (a smoked sausage made with pork), and tasso (a pork shoulder preparation borrowed from the Choctaw). Essential seasonings include filé powder (made from sassafras leaves), cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Cajun music likewise shows a blend of several influences, including French, Creole, and Celtic songs. Cajun songs are usually sung in French. Typical ensemble instruments are the fiddle, the diatonic (button) accordion, the guitar, and spoons or the triangle. Tempos can range from a mournful waltz to a lively two-step, but, whatever the tempo, Cajun music is meant to be danced to.
Article mostly from http://www.acadian-cajun.com/clang.htmin content and http://www.britannica.com/topic/Cajun

Votes7 DateSep 1, 2015

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Japanese Matcha Tea Ceremony Chanoyu

Nathaniel Pantalone
Matcha ceremony (Chanoyu) is very complicated. Students of Chanoyu go to University to learn and study every aspect of it! Books that are written about it cannot hold all of its complexities within. Nonetheless, in this Spotlight, we will endeavor to shed a faint light on one of the most beautiful and complicated ceremonies in the world: Chanoyu.
What is Matcha?
"Matcha is a first class type of powdered, extra-fine ground tea that is used for the Japanese tea ceremony, Chanoyu, during which the tea is whisked with a bamboo tool called a chasen, in a handcrafted bowl called a chawan. Quality Matcha is always a pea-green, extra-fine powder with a distinctive, grassy aroma. The foamy infusion is fresh and deep green with an unforgettable, intense taste. Its health benefits are endless! We recommend that it be enjoyed after dessert or with a Japanese sweet, but never drink it on an empty stomach!" Taken from Dobra Tea
Matcha is made from the leaves of the Gyokuro tea plant. Gyokuro that is shade grown for more than 20 days is harvest by hand. The leaves are preprocessed into tencha by steaming and drying. When ground in a milstone (think giant granite stones), the tencha becomes matcha.
Two styles of matcha are served during the tea ceremony. The first, thin-style matcha, called usucha (oo-Soo-cha) is served to each person. The second, thick-style matcha, called koicha (Koy-cha) is shared among the guests.
What is Tea Ceremony?
Japanese tea ceremony is about four elements: wa, kei, sei, and jaku or harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. When one includes all elements, one can enjoy the simplicity of drinking tea. Harmony can be created through cleanliness; the ceremony is held in a room without clutter and with elegant decorations, like flowers in a vase or a flag of calligraphy. Respect is created by thoughtful consideration of everything and everyone involved in the ceremony. Topics that can lead to arguments are not discussed during tea ceremony. Purity comes from the cleaning of the utensils and the boiling of the water. Tranquility is achieved after the calm consumption of the tea.
The Five Parts of Chanoyu, Simplified
The Yoritsuki (receiving room): The receiving room is prepared to comfort the arriving guests. In the room, guests may prepare themselves for the tea ceremony by changing their cloths (kimonos are popular choices) or using the bathroom. Usually a pot of hot water is available to the guests to refresh and cleanse their palate. Sometimes the hot water is made with toasted rice. Relaxation is important before the tea ceremony.
The Roji (passageway): In traditional tea ceremony, after preparing in the yoritsuki, the guests move outside to the garden. The garden is specially prepared as a passageway to the tearoom. Stepping stones surrounded by moss are common. The ground is lightly sprayed to mimic the clean look of a gentle rain. The passageway is meant to create tranquility by experiencing the beauty of nature and refreshing the mind.
The Tskukubai (symbolic cleaning): Within the roji is a special place for guests to cleanse their hands and mouths called the tskukubai. It is made of carefully placed plants, stones, and pebbles. a stone basin filled with constantly flowing water allows the guests to physically clean before the ceremony, refreshing the body.
The Machiai (waiting room): The machiai is a waiting area comprised of a wall with a small roof and bench beneath. It is an area for guests to wait for the rest of the group and quietly enjoy the tranquility of the garden. The host appears after everyone has gathered in the machiai. The guests greet the host with a simultaneous bow. With a gong, the host invites the guests into the tearoom.
The Chashitsu (tearoom): After the drum of the gong fades, the guests walk to the unique entrance of the tearoom. The entrance, called nijiri guchi, is small, only about three feet high and two and a half feet wide. All guests must humbly stoop to enter the tearoom. Upon entering, guests slide toward the alcove, which displays artistic calligraphy, typically the work of a well known Zen priest, and bow to show respect. Flower arrangements and incense holders are also present. After examining the artwork, guest move toward the host to inspect the teakettle and utensils. After inspection they take their places for the tea ceremony.
The tearoom gives the sense of elegance and peace. Soft light shines through the shoji screens, highlighting the objects on display, and incense perfumes the air. The soft sound of boiling water is heard. Beginning the gathering, the host opens a sliding door that connects the kitchen to the tearoom and enters the tearoom. Everyone, including the host, quietly bows with respect. The host welcomes everyone and explains the special reason for the ceremony, if there is one. The guest of honor, or main guest, thanks the host on behalf of the other guests.
Description of Ceremony
A door made of rectangular rice paper windows opens. Two outstretched hands reach through the doorway and place a utensil on the floor. The hands, now pressed on the floor, allow their master to shuffle into the room. The master is a Japanese woman, dressed in beautiful green robes (kimono) with a large belt and a bow tied in the back. She picks up the utensil, places it ahead of her again, and shuffles toward it a second time. Finally within the room, she stands, walks slowly toward the flag of poetry enshrined on the wall, kneels and bows to it. She then approaches the kama, the water vessel in the room, inspects it and the ornate vase misisashi next to it. Since everything is correct, she walks to the corner of the room, by the door to kneel and rest. She is guest.
This description is from a tea ceremony watched by the author
Tea Utensils
Tea Bowls - Chawan
Tea Scoops - Chashaku
Tea Whisks - Chasen
Tea Containers - Natsume
Water Scoop - Hishaku
Cloth Napkin - Chakin
Silk Napkin - Fukusa
Tea Kettles - Kama
(And more!)
Written by Nathaniel Pantalone for OWB LLC.

Votes7 DateJul 30, 2015

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Ibrahim, the Coach on the Wheelchair

Issa Nyaphaga
Ibrahim Abdoulaye –
Since ever he was a child, Ibrahim barely remembers the last time he stood up and walked. Ibrahim was victim of Polio disease at the age of one and half year old in his village in N’ditam. Because of the lack of information in his family, his parents were not able to provide Ibrahim with Polio vaccination. But Ibrahim showing that even sitting the wheelchair you can accomplish your dream.
Mobility with dignity
The physical condition of Ibrahim has made him resilient to the challenge he faces in his every day’s life. From the age of three to nine years old, the young boy crawled down most of his childhood. In a rural African village, taboo is rampant in the communities. Fortunately, Ibrahim has less prejudice in Nditam and also the support of his entire village. In 2002, Ibrahim was granted with his ever first tricycle donated by HITIP (Hope International For Tikar People) a community-based organization working to improve the quality of life of the marginalized, indigenous people in Mbam and Kim region, where Ibrahim is from. The wheelchair has helped the young boy to gain his dignity – he couldn’t any longer be carried to run little errands such as going to the toilet, getting himself around the village and with his friends. The same tricycle helped Ibrahim to complete his primary education. Almost a decade after Ibrahim received his first wheelchair; he has become a strong young leader and a man with a vision for his life.
A gifted soul
In Nditam, a lost village in the middle of the equatorial rainforest, with no infrastructure – no running water, no electricity and medical center, Ibrahim has developed skills of a technician – he is the tech repair guy of the village. He fixes flashlights, radios, wheelchairs, bicycles and even generators. The villagers are amazed how the talent of a young individual with disabilities has become a tremendous support to the community.
Beside his passion as technician, Ibrahim is a great fan of soccer/football game. In Cameroon, Soccer/football is not only a game as we would think, it is a religion, and everybody is involved; children, adolescents, women, adults and elders. And for those who are not naturally granted with two legs, they can go play with braces or crutches. Ibrahim knows early in his life that he wouldn’t play the ball himself, and for a while he cheered the teams sitting on a wheelchair and one day he felt like not only waiting next to the stadium, he wanted to be in the game and field on the grass under the wheels of his tricycle, since he cannot stand and run.
Fair winner
In the Summer 2009, HITIP, the same local organization launched the soccer/football championship among the villages. And the event took place in Nditam his home-based village; it was the perfect opportunity for Ibrahim to show how much he could contribute to the championship. Quickly, Ibrahim formed a team of young soccer players and started training them three times a week. And he baptized his team; Meliti Football Club of N’ditam. Meliti is the name of the most famous tikar gods, symbolized as a character of a mask, which are the spirits of Tikar ancestors. The mythology of Meliti is known as the son who committed a matricide – the murder of his mother. With his oval and flat back head, Meliti has an impressive appearance, and has a single red feather on the top of his forehead, that gives him a particular look. Meliti has one extraordinary affect on the Tikar people; they adore and hate him in the same time, mostly women and young females. However, this name brought luck to the team of coach Ibrahim who has won the first soccer/football tournament. Since then, Meliti Football Club has doubled final cup winner of the Championship in N’ditam.
Along with his exciting hobby as soccer lover, Ibrahim has been a fellow for the computer and solar provided by Linux Friends Solar. The young coach on the wheelchair is now preparing to complete the secondary education.
The movie star in rural African
In the countryside of Africa where superstitious beliefs are rooted in the culture, taboo and prejudice are the daily challenge of women, poor or the disabled. Ibrahim’s achievements were brought to the attention of Narcisse Sandjon; a Cameroonian filmmaker based in the city of Yaoundé. Early in the summer 2015, a local Narcisse Sandjon came to interview and follow Ibrahim for documentary film project on his life. Narcisse said he was interested to film him because Ibrahim is one the rare person with disability who doesn’t beg. Then I thought maybe the coach on the wheelchair is kind of cool story.

While filming Ibrahim in N’ditam, the young man said: “Then years ago, my dream was to stand and walk. Today my dream is to leave this village to go beyond the borders of my country to receive knowledge and come back to make significant changes.”
At Blupela, our answer is: Why not! If you were able to change things in the daily of your village and give two victories to your village, you can inspire the world.
Good luck Ibrahim!
To connect with Ibrahim Abdoulaye, contact:
Issa N. Nyaphaga
Artist, Cartoonist & Human Rights Activist
Professor of Contemporary African Art, Social Justice & Cultural Diversity
Santa Fe, New Mexico – USA - January 25, 2015.

All photos by O. Mebouack©

Votes6 DateAug 31, 2015

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Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets

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Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets

Votes9 DateMay 6, 2015

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The wild chickens of Kauai

Jonathan Wayne
In March of 2008, I had the privilege to join my father and sister on a trip to Hawaii's northernmost island of Kauai. We spent 5 days exploring the lush countryside and experiencing a completely exotic land. Along our travels, we encountered so many chickens roaming around everywhere, that I wondered how and why this came about. In one instance I was relaxing on a beautiful sandy beach near the Kauai Marriot Resort, and a rooster, hen and their two or three chicks (a whole family) came pecking towards me threatening to tickle my toes. Some people there told me that hurricanes in the past let chicken coops loose, and others said that since there are no natural predators there, chickens had no enemies (other than humans) who would eat them. It all made sense, but I wanted to know more about the wild chicken invasion of Kaui (and the rest of Hawaii) that have made this in itself a tourist attraction.
Here's an interesting article from the New York Times, written on April 6, 2015, that sheds some light on the wild chickens of Kauai:
In Hawaii, Chickens Gone Wild
The pictures you see here I shot myself (or my sister did) on this trip. I'm also in a few of the photos as you can see. Guess if you're ever homeless and hungry, this is the island to be on! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Votes7 DateAug 17, 2015

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Natural wonders

Earth from space

Gary Lindner
Hello my name is Gary Lindner, Director of Planet Sanctuary and Senior Vice President of One World Blue. I would like to introduce the completion of Planet Sanctuary and take a moment to explain our platform. The purpose of the platform is to give all readers and "do-gooders" the ability to spread information concerning "OUR" natural world on Planet Earth. This information should contain positive research, videos and data on people, places and animals that have been or will be affected by the good deeds of people around "OUR" Planet Earth. This is going to be a fantastic way to focus on these good deeds and ultimately motivate more. Here is a video of the great planet Earth from space. I am inviting and encouraging readers to participate in the distribution of information that they are passionate about. Every week I will share information that has caught my attention. As I continue to search for information about "OUR" Planet Earth, I hope to see your videos and articles showing the vast detail on "OUR" planet with a positve human touch.
Gary Lindner

Votes7 DateMay 7, 2015

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