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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

Congratulations to Charles Thomas. Winner of 2017 StarQuest TV Challenge!! Much love to you and your family. You did so well today!! May you succeed in all your endeavors. The One World Blue Network salutes you!! To all the contestants who performed today, you did a fabulous job. Keep reaching for the stars!!!

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Dec 16, 2017 @ 07:46pm

Happy Happy Birthday Week to Baila, My Aishes Chayil, My Woman of Valor. You Complete me! Tonight (at Midnight) is Baila's Birthday. When you see her wish her a Happy Birthday and Thank her for the work she is doing to make this world a better place! There is a debt of Gratitude owed to Baila for the partner she has been with me to create our work that has been and is being a blessing to the world. It is Baila's slogan to help the world "one good deed at a time". The support and encouragement she has shown to me is beyond measure! Thank Baila for her deeds and Brightening our world, one step at a time. I love you Baila, my Aishes Chayil.

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Dec 11, 2017 @ 07:36am

What an interesting and inspirational man! I hope to meet him one day soon!
Paul Gray

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Nov 20, 2017 @ 08:34pm

In memory of Deborah Gouge. Thank you for the contribution you have made to my life and countless others. Your light will always shine in us.

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Nov 4, 2017 @ 09:42pm

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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
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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.

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!

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Oceans

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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Wildlife

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.
Sincerely,
Gary Lindner
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Votes7 DateMay 7, 2015

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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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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

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

Today This Week This MonthTop Initiatives

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*Health

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.
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Votes12 DateFeb 25, 2015

Funded: 3 $105.00 / $5,000.00

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*Planet

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
www.attiladomos.com
(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

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*Technology

Blupela

One World Blue, LLC
Blupela is working hard to continue improving its look and service and bring you the highest quality possible in your social media and crowdfunding experience. These images you see here will be the new Blupela Version 2.0. We know you are as excited to see them as we are!
Please consider giving your support today so we can continue the growth and maintenance of our network as well as expand into the future with our brand new look and enhanced features for your needs. You may choose from an incentive of a service we offer (see From the Heart on the left) or you may also be inspired just to contribute from the value you see in our network. ANY AMOUNT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
We are grateful for your encouragement and sponsorship on any level to bring Blupela to levels not seen before and continue our work for the revolutionary platform that is Blupela.com, The One World Blue Good Network, The Social Network for Social and Planetary Healing and Change. Since the launch of the network January of 2015, Blupela has already begun to build a strong foundation of Global Communities Standing Together as One, United in strong Faith and Friendship to bring much needed Social and Planetary Healing to our Earth. We collectively are raising the needed awareness and attention to work together and solve Planetary and Global Challenges we and our future generations now face.
PLEASE ACT TODAY
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We offer many services to support your fundraising campaigns and spotlights to assist you in bringing your voice and ideas as you and your team spawn necessary Healing in our World. PLEASE SEE FROM THE HEART at left side of this page for your convenient selections and checkout to begin our services and start making a difference TODAY!!
The Team of Blupela Thanks you!!!
Here is video of the launching speech for the network at the first major Fundraising Event held last year:
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Votes10 DateJul 14, 2015

Funded: 34 $5,955.00

Today This Week This MonthTop World Spotlights

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*Earth

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:
www.olmoling.org
Tempa Dukte Lama

Votes15 DateNov 9, 2015

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*Music

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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*Youth

Switch for better

Edwin Anthony Paul
Switch for Better!!
In this tough world and fast life, we are getting stuck and living life with out any direction.
Life is very beautiful do not go wasted for anything or anyone.
Here is the video switch for better , check this video and get motivated.

Votes12 DateOct 13, 2016

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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Asia

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!)
UPDATES TO FOLLOW!
Written by Nathaniel Pantalone for OWB LLC.

Votes7 DateJul 30, 2015

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Africa

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.
connect@hitip.org

www.hitip.org
All photos by O. Mebouack©

Votes6 DateAug 31, 2015

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