Life and its journeys..
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Life and its journeys..
Various reads worth pausing  for ..
Curated by Monique Walhof
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The most dangerous places to live on Earth .. and beautiful

The most dangerous places to live on Earth .. and beautiful | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
See the most severe weather in the world, and how humans have evolved to survive it.
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[WATCH] Tiny House with Incredible Interior Design Built in 40 Days!

[WATCH] Tiny House with Incredible Interior Design Built in 40 Days! | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
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World's first 22 hands piano piece

Let's speak more music. This celebration of unity through music is the main message behind “United Pianos”, in which 11 renowned pianists from all across the...
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Homeless in America's tent cities

Homeless in America's tent cities | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
Kadee Ingram, 28, holds her son Sean, 2, at SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 3 outside Seattle, Washington state. Ingram lost her job, and soon afterwards her partner Renee lost hers too.
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 ""... You have to understand this: we people as homeless have lives, just like you all have lives. We don't want to be out on the street but we don't have an alternative. People have no other place to go...."

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4 Strange Ways That Coffee Affects The Brain

4 Strange Ways That Coffee Affects The Brain | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
We know now that caffeine is the most widely used drug in the entire world. However, despite this, it is also one of the most widely misunderstood substances
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10 Quotes From The Indian Chief ‘Standing Bear’ That Will Make You Question Everything

10 Quotes From The Indian Chief ‘Standing Bear’ That Will Make You Question Everything | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it

10 quotes from the great Sioux Indian Chief known as Standing Bear that will be sure to disturb much of what you think you know about “modern” culture.

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"... a lot to learn from the Indigenous people of the Great Plains:.the level of courtesy and respect for each otherthe level of respect and love for nature.the importance of being kind and courteous to each other AND our planet.
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Strangers Looked Each Other In The Eyes. The Result? Unexpectedly Beautiful.

This is so powerful.
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Beautiful...   Well said... we are like islands on the surface only... 

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A Photographer Lovingly Captures the Unlikely Bond between His Family and an Orphaned Bird

A Photographer Lovingly Captures the Unlikely Bond between His Family and an Orphaned Bird | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
The stories of a unique bond between a child and their pet are as timeless as they come, but rarely does the pet have wings. Such is the case with photographer Cameron Bloom whose son Noah happened upon a baby magpie in 2013 when the family was out walking near their home in Newport, Australia. Af
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Which International Art Fairs Have the Highest Attendance? | ARTnews

Which International Art Fairs Have the Highest Attendance? | ARTnews | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
Recently The New York Times cited Skate’s Art Market Research in an article on the slowdown in the growth of art fairs worldwide. In an analysis of attendance
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for when planning your next trip?

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Watching This Video Will Inspire You To Live Life Fully And With Passion

Watching This Video Will Inspire You To Live Life Fully And With Passion | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
Passion ft Will Smith & Randy Pausch ~ ''If you are not making someone elses life better then you are wasting your time.''
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Affectionate Murals on the Streets of Italy

Affectionate Murals on the Streets of Italy | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
Italian artist Francesco Camillo Giorgino, known as Millo, paints large-scale murals that feature friendly inhabitants exploring their urban setting. He uses simple black and white lines with dashes of color when necessary, and often incorporates elements of architecture into his mul
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Precarious Bridges and Towers of Balanced Rocks by Michael Grab

Precarious Bridges and Towers of Balanced Rocks by Michael Grab | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
Working only with rocks, gravity, and patience, artist Michael Grab (previously) builds precarious towers and bridges that seem to defy gravity. Grab first tried stone balancing during the summer of 2008 while exploring Boulder Creek in Boulder, Colorado, and quickly discovered an in
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beautiful video and pics to pause for..

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the World's Most Humble President: José "Pepe" Mujica

the World's Most Humble President: José "Pepe" Mujica | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
No other world leader has the guts to say these things.
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José "Pepe" Mujica. = HERO!!!!  beautiful example of how politicians SHOULD be.   ..same as it "takes a village", it takes a species to save us from where we are going:        "We can almost recycle everything now. If we lived within our means, by being prudent, the 7 billion people in the world could have everything they needed. Global politics should be moving in that direction. But we think as people and countries, not as a species."  Well said! .

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José "Pepe" Mujica. = HERO!!!!  beautiful example of how politicians SHOULD be.   ..same as it "takes a village", it takes a species to save us from where we are going:        "We can almost recycle everything now. If we lived within our means, by being prudent, the 7 billion people in the world could have everything they needed. Global politics should be moving in that direction. But we think as people and countries, not as a species."  Well said! .

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The most dangerous places to live on Earth .. and beautiful

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6 Facts About Life From The ‘World’s Poorest President’ That Will Make You Question Everything

6 Facts About Life From The ‘World’s Poorest President’ That Will Make You Question Everything | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
“To succeed in your professional life isn’t that hard, but to succeed in your personal life is a lot harder. To really be a human is a lot harder. We forget about that.” These are the words of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, director of the film Human, from which the clip below was taken. The gentleman in the clip […]
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#HERO   Love this guy..   wish other world leaders dared to follow in his footsteps ... 

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Most Popular Posts on Becoming Minimalist

Most Popular Posts on Becoming Minimalist | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
If you are looking for a good place to start (or just want to make sure you haven't missed anything) here at Becoming Minimalist, try some of our most popular posts.
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  1. The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life
  2. 35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget
  3. 15 Clutter Busting Routines For Any Family
  4. A Practical Guide to Owning Fewer Clothes
  5. 10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home
  6. A Helpful Guide to Becoming Unbusy
  7. 7 Common Problems Solved by Owning Less
  8. Why Fewer Toys Will Benefit Your Kids
  9. 10 Reasons to Escape Excessive Consumerism
  10. Don’t Just Declutter. De-own.
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4 Ways Humanitarian Work Abroad Reinforces the Oppression It Should Be Fighting

4 Ways Humanitarian Work Abroad Reinforces the Oppression It Should Be Fighting | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
Charities can be incredibly problematic – but humanitarianism is a billion dollar industry. Before you send your next donation or study abroad, here's what you need to know about the problems, and what effective charity work looks like.
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Good article.. awareness is a big step to fixing what is not working.. 

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“Sharity not Charity” – Mallence Bart-Williams

“Sharity not Charity” – Mallence Bart-Williams | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
Mallence Bart-Williams looks like a gem herself as she discusses the riches of what she calls the richest country in the world – Sierra Leone. She asks some very pertinent questions and talks about the imbalance given that the western world relies on Africa’s wealth since Africa has the gold reserves and yet our currency […]
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Applause.. must watch!!! 

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A customer walked into his pizza shop and changed Philadelphia with $1 and a single Post-it note.

A customer walked into his pizza shop and changed Philadelphia with $1 and a single Post-it note. | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
They had me at "fresh, hot pizza."
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beautiful project every city should have restaurants like this! 

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This South African Pantsula Dance Clip Is The Best Jazz Video All Year Okayafrica.

This South African Pantsula Dance Clip Is The Best Jazz Video All Year Okayafrica. | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
South African pantsula dancers form a symphony in British jazz band Sons Of Kemet's stunning music video directed by Lebogang Rasethaba.

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World Water Day 2015: Photos to make you think twice about wasting this precious resource

World Water Day 2015: Photos to make you think twice about wasting this precious resource | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
People who have plentiful access to water are encouraged to try not turning on their taps all day.
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Poverty Porn - Stop simplifying humans to elicit a high emotional response.

Poverty Porn -  Stop simplifying humans to elicit a high emotional response. | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
Poverty porn may be an effective fundraising tool but it's a concerning one. Emily Roenigk explores its ability to empower the wrong people.
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Recommended read, very true light shedding on the donor spiral we [western world] are in.  


Article highlights why mutual transformation and western awakening is needed,   i.e. telling donors that, as they have resources, they have the ability to be a savior sets a wrong tone [as we have witnessed over the last decades].  


Giving is by no means wrong, just need to make sure it empowers the recipient to turn around and help others.  


Seeking ways to allow the poor to become helpers or actors in their own community change represents the difference between a program and a movement.” 

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Top 31 Amazing DIY Paintings For Your Blank Walls

Top 31 Amazing DIY Paintings For Your Blank Walls | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
Our walls are like blank canvas waiting to be filled with wonderful paintings and works of art. But bought paintings are a little bit impersonal and don’t really say much about the home’s owner. Thus we recommend you today Amazing DIY Paintings For Your Blank …
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Get inspired by these 30 awesome dream house things..

Get inspired by these 30 awesome dream house things.. | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
Each of us probably have an idea about what our individual dream homes would look like. Maybe your dream home would have a hammock … or maybe an indoor slide that leads outside into a pool filled with Jell-O. You can have whatever you want, after all, it’s YOUR dream home. But if you need some inspiration, here are 30 awesome things you might want to include in the house of your fantasies.
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The Benefits and Uses of Neem, the "Wonder Leaf"

The Benefits and Uses of Neem, the "Wonder Leaf" | Life and its journeys.. | Scoop.it
The uses and benefits of neem include powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. We look at how to make use of this "wonder leaf" in our daily lives.
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