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Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology (public library) by firefighter-turned-writer Caroline Paul and illustrator extraordinaire Wendy MacNaughton, she of many wonderful collaborations — a tender, imaginative memoir infused with equal parts humor and humanity. (You might recall a subtle teaser for this gem in Wendy’s wonderful recent illustration of Gay Talese’s taxonomy of cats.) Though “about” a cat, this heartwarming and heartbreaking tale is really about what it means to be human — about the osmosis of hollowing loneliness and profound attachment, the oscillation between boundless affection and paralyzing fear of abandonment, the unfair promise of loss implicit to every possibility of love.
Via dit fantastische platform ben ik op zoek naar mensen die iets zien in de verfilming van het boek ‘De Alchemie van de Liefde’. Het is een waar gebeurd verhaal over bankprocessen, faillissementen, ouderverstoting (ouders die hun kinderen niet meer zien), racisme, bedreiging, manipulatie en andere duistere scenario’s. Mohammed en ik, Chantal, kozen er als schrijvers van het boek doelbewust voor om met deze verhalen niet zomaar naar de pers te stappen. Het was belangrijker om met een Positieve boodschap naar buiten te komen, een boodschap van Vrede, Harmonie en Liefde. En meteen kwamen we bij de vraag: ‘Wie zijn wij eigenlijk?’ En wat zorgt er eigenlijk voor dat sommigen zover verwijderd geraken van hun Liefdevolle kern? Dit bracht ons dan bij het punt dat er véél meer is dan wij met onze zintuigen kunnen waarnemen. Meteen zorgde dit voor verschillende sciencefictionelementen in het boek. Maar is veel niet gewoon ‘normaal’ in plaats van ‘paranormaal’?
One day, my research team and I were following a school of bottlenose dolphins near shore as we do on a regular basis in the waters off Los Angeles, California. We just wrapped up our photo-identification work and were moving on to take video of dolphin social interactions and enter data on behavior. The dolphins…
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News Watch HomeThe OceanSeafood GuideOcean PhotosDolphins Guide Scientists to Rescue Suicidal GirlPosted by Maddalena Bearzi of Ocean Conservation Society in Ocean Views on May 29, 2014(25)More »
Bottlenose dolphin school foraging along the Los Angeles coastline. (Photograph by Maddalena Bearzi, Ocean Conservation Society, under NOAA permit)
One day, my research team and I were following a school of bottlenose dolphins near shore as we do on a regular basis in the waters off Los Angeles, California. We just wrapped up our photo-identification work and were moving on to take video of dolphin social interactions and enter data on behavior.
The dolphins were still feeding in circle near shore, when suddenly, one individual changed direction heading out toward deeper water. A minute later, the rest of the school turned to follow. We were so accustomed to tracking these coastal metropolitan dolphins back and forth within a few hundred meters of the beach, that seeing them abruptly leave a foraging ground and change direction came as a surprise to the research team. I decided to follow them.
The dolphins increased their speed, still heading offshore as I pushed the throttle ahead to keep pace while one of my researchers recorded this hasty change in behavior on the sighting form. Somewhere near three miles offshore the dolphin group stopped, forming a sort of ring around a dark object in the water.
“Someone’s in the water!” yelled my assistant, standing up and pointing at the seemingly lifeless body of a girl. For a moment, we were silent. Then, slowly, I maneuvered the boat closer. The girl was pallid and blonde and appeared to be fully clothed. As the boat neared, she feebly turned her head toward us, half-raising her hand as a weak sign for help.
I cut the engine and called the lifeguards on the VHF radio. They told us not to do anything until they arrived on site but it was our unanimous feeling that if we didn’t act immediately, the girl would die. We decided to ignore lifeguard’s instructions, instead pulling the frail and hypothermic body on board. I called the lifeguards back and informed them that she was alive and that we had her aboard and we were heading back to Marina del Rey, the closest harbor, as quickly as possible.
“She is cyanotic,” said one of my researchers, also a lifeguard, after a cursory examination. “She has severe hypothermia. We need to get her warm!” We managed to get some of her wet garments off and wrap her in a blanket. We took turns keeping her warm by huddling with her under the blanket.
The girl was around eighteen and probably foreign because we couldn’t seem to communicate. We tried speaking French, Italian, and Spanish to no avail and she was barely able to speak but none of us could understand what she was saying. I couldn’t avoid noticing a plastic bag tied around her neck. It was sealed and seemed to contain her passport and a folded handwritten note. Somewhere near the harbor, we met up with the lifeguard rescue boat. We handed her off to them and followed them back to port.
A couple of hours later, we were all waiting outside the emergency room at the Marina del Rey hospital. The ER doctor came out to talk with us. The girl, it seems, would pull through, and he thanked us for our quick action. He tells us the girl was vacationing in L.A. from Germany and, as the letter found in her plastic bag explained, she was attempting suicide. If we hadn’t found her, if the dolphins hadn’t led us offshore when they did, to that specific place, she would have died.
Datum Zaterdag 6 september 2014 Locatie Recreatieplas Strijkviertel, Utrecht Tijden 12:00 - 23:00 uur Tickets 39,50 EU ex fee - Bestel ze hier!
Reizen naar het Lief festival kan vanaf 18 jaar! Het zou best kunnen dat er bij aankomst om een geldig reisdocument of rijbewijs wordt gevraagd, maar deze heb je vast al bij de hand wanneer je door de poorten loopt.
Philosophers have pondered for thousands of years over the very nature of human consciousness.
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Are memories and thoughts simply electrical impulses within the brain or are we more than that ? Could we be a combination of the spiritual and the physical ? Is the human body simply an interface between one world and another ?
Mathematics and astronomy professor Bernard Carr believes that our thoughts may exist in another dimension of which we have no conscious perception or awareness.
"The only non-physical entities in the universe of which we have any experience are mental ones, and the existence of paranormal phenomena suggests that mental entities have to exist in some sort of space," he wrote.
Other hypotheses include the concept that our thoughts may transcend time itself, the idea that thought may exist within the physical space between particles and even the possibility that the minds of everyone on Earth could eventually combine to form a single enveloping network in which our collective consciousnesses could exist.
All the information you need about the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show show, including tickets, practical information, show gardens and other highlights
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RHS Chelsea at Twilight - Friday 23 May, 2014
We are pleased to be offering an evening of light opera by Opera Holland Park. Ticket includes entry to the show at 5.30pm and a glass of champagne. The concert will commence at 8.15pm and last for an hour. (Timings are approximate)
Els Lijesen (1962) heeft zich vanaf haar vroege jeugd aangetrokken gevoeld tot mystiek, mysterie en verbeelding. Na haar studie Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde is ze vijfentwintig jaar werkzaam als theatermaker. Maar spiritualiteit bleef roepen en zij ging cursussen volgen die de deuren openden naar haar sensitiviteit. Naast yoga en sjamanistische workshops leerde ze reiki, werd ze Shambhala Healingmaster, deed ze een opleiding tot Licht-en Kristalmeester en tot medium. Ze richtte zeven jaar geleden een eigen praktijk op, Huis van Tehuti, waarin ze met behulp van haar helderziendheid en heldervoelendheid healings op lichamelijk, emotioneel en spiritueel gebied geeft. In workshops geeft ze cursisten de mogelijkheid zichzelf energetisch te helen en zich bewust te worden van hun mogelijkheden. Daarbij wordt ze ondersteund door gidsen, onder andere door Tehuti, die beter bekend staat als Thoth.
Een paar jaar geleden kreeg ze een ernstige ziekte waardoor de zoektocht naar heelwording heel persoonlijk werd. Sindsdien is heelworden en de connectie met de bron essentieel voor haar. Een ziekte is eigenlijk een signaal om wakker te worden en die reis naar binnen te maken, zodat je ervaart dat jij de bron bent van alle kennis en liefde. ‘A crack, that’s where the light comes in’.
Maar de behoefte aan expressie bleef ook bestaan en daarom heeft ze sinds een jaar de pen weer opgepakt en is gaan schrijven over mystiek en mysterie. Het geziene en het ongeziene verenigen is haar streven.
In this performance three main elements come together: the job of the road paver, dance and visual art. Wouter Klein Velderman reveals himself as an ally in de Châtel's research, always interested in what happens in the society, in raw truth, dance and sculptural elements. Thus, the connection between dance and visual arts was born. The repetitive movements of the road pavers, the beauty that arises by their actions, and the large quantities of paving stones are the starting point for the performance ÚT (OET). The materials Wouter Klein Velderman uses for his sculptures and installations often come from the industrial production, like metal, PVC fabric or wood. He treats these rough and impersonal materials with great care and attention: each sculpture arises in strong contrast with their subject, like a pile of stones, a sea-container or a factory site. PRESS RELEASE
Site d'information sur La réserve biologique des Monts d'Azur
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For 20 000 years, in Lascaux, Niaux, Chauvet, Combe-Nègre, Marsoulas and in hundreds of other caves, prehistoric man decorated the walls with horses and bisons, along with deer, ibex, aurochs.. However, our intention to restore the wild fauna of ancient times has not yet lead us to reintroduce mammoths, lions and rhinos into the Reserve!
The end of World War II in Europe signaled the end of the road for chauffeur Kay Summersby's three-year relationship with her boss, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.Her face was censored from the official...
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The end of World War II in Europe signaled the end of the road for chauffeur Kay Summersby's three-year relationship with her boss, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Her face was censored from the official photo taken by Technical Sgt. Al Meserlin, Ike's personal photographer, on that May morning in 1945 when the Germans surrendered at the red-brick schoolhouse in Reims, France.
In a print of the original picture, which Meserlin has kept in his scrapbook for 50 years, Summersby is in the background as Eisenhower holds aloft, in a V-for-victory gesture, the two pens used by the high-ranking German officers to sign the surrender.
Meserlin, now living in Sea Girt, N.J., has no idea why the photo was altered after he shipped off his film to the Army Pictorial Service laboratory in Paris. "All our stuff went through the wartime censors," he said. "Usually they just cropped out identifying terrain details so as not to reveal Eisenhower's whereabouts, like when he went to Bastogne."
When Eisenhower left Europe for a Pentagon assignment some months later, Summersby's name was dropped from the travel orders of SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force) staffers joining him. She was the only member of what he fondly called his "immediate wartime family" to be left behind.
She was devastated, as she recorded in a bittersweet autobiography, "Past Forgetting: My Love Affair With Dwight D. Eisenhower," written after Eisenhower's death and during her final illness. It depicted a passionate but unconsummated love affair that consisted mostly of "stolen kisses" along a woodland path or aboard "a darkened plane to Cairo."
She wrote of holding hands, sitting before the fire in his quarters listening to favorite records while sharing cocktails for two, "almost telepathic" bridge partners, golfing together, horseback riding in the countryside or the desert, romping with "Telek," the coal-black Scotch terrier he bought for her.
Eisenhower mentions her only once in his diary, "Crusade in Europe," just a name on a list of aides.
Kathleen McCarthy Summersby, a perky, coquettish Irish divorcee and former fashion model for the House of Worth in Paris, was 33 when as a civilian volunteer with the British Motor Transport Corps she was assigned to drive Eisenhower around London. He was 20 years older.
One of her earlier assignments was driving an ambulance in the heavily blitzed East End dock area, picking up bodies and delivering them to the morgue. Twice she had to drive around all night searching for a morgue that had room for more corpses.
Levitt and Dubner take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally – to think, that is, like a Freak. They offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. As always, no topic is off-limits. They range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria. Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such revolutionary thinkers been so revealing – and so much fun to read. Read More.
The morning of October 5, 2012 I awoke with the Ascension Whispers Song of Intent playing in my head. The song; “Make All Our Dreams Come True”. It was quite an unusual shock to me because it was as if there was a recording inside of my head that kept playing the song over and over. I sat and listened to it for at least fifteen minutes before it stopped and when it stopped, the song had reached its end point again.
Three researchers have been eating worms for 105 days, while living in a sealed laboratory in Beijing, to test whether astronauts could use them as their main source of protein.
The volunteers fattened up the worms on plants grown inside the Moon Palace One biosphere at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the South China Morning Post reports. They had various preparations for eating the worms - using a bean sauce and other seasonings to make the dish as appealing as possible.
The idea of feeding protein-rich mealworms to astronauts was apparently raised as early as 2009, but scientists at western space agencies worried they would be unappetising and lower astronaut morale. But researcher Hu Dawei says that throughout the current experiment the volunteers seemed "healthy and happy" on their worm diet. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization has said edible insects could make a "promising alternative" to traditional protein sources.
"It did take them some time to adapt," Hu adds. "None of them had ever tried them as food before. Worms may look disgusting at first glance, but they are actually the cleanest and healthiest food source." But one restaurant owner is more sceptical, saying: "Worms on the menu might put off some people who dreamed of being an astronaut."
The experiment's results may be reviewed by China's space authorities in the planning of future manned missions. China put its first man into space in 2003, and has plans to launch a space station by 2023.
"He won't let me go" I have heard this so many times from women who come to me for advice. In the midst of battling the reasons whether they should stay...
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“He won’t let me go” I have heard this so many times from women who come to me for advice. In the midst of battling the reasons whether they should stay in their relationship or if it is time to walk away, they find comfort in believing that the man must love them because he refuses to bow out peacefully. Granted there are many situations that the man is truly in love with the woman, but do not always be fooled.
A lot of times what is really happening is that you’re just too damn convenient. You are too beneficial to this man for him to dare let you walk away. We all see women everyday who basically are the mothers to the men they are with. They do it all and sexual benefits are included. They take care of everything, carry the financial burden, and allow the man to get away with way too much. He can cheat on her and disrespect her. He can break her mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Yet because he insists that he wants to be with you when you’re ready to leave you actually start to buy into the “he won’t let me go, so he must love me” perception. If he really loved you he would not do half the things I just listed. He would not wait until you’re ready to leave to finally step up his game (he will step it up long enough to reel you back in but then it is back to the same old negative behavior). If he actually loved you then his heart would weigh heavy on him when he knowingly and continuously brings you stress, unhappiness, and hurt. A man who loves his woman cannot continuously watch his woman in pain and be OK with it
Parmenides of Elea (/pɑrˈmɛnɨdiːz əv ˈɛliə/; Ancient Greek: Παρμενίδης ὁ Ἐλεάτης; fl. 5th century BCE) was an ancient Greek philosopher born in Elea, a Greek city on the southern coast of Magna Graecia. He was the founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy. The single known work of Parmenides is a poem, On Nature, which has survived only in fragmentary form. In this poem, Parmenides describes two views of reality. In "the way of truth" (a part of the poem), he explains how reality (coined as "what-is") is one, change is impossible, and existence is timeless, uniform, necessary, and unchanging. In "the way of opinion," he explains the world of appearances, in which one's sensory faculties lead to conceptions which are false and deceitful. These ideas had a strong effect on Plato, and in turn, influenced the whole of Western philosophy.
As a long-time meditator, I’ve learned that stillness is not just an external posture. Well, it’s that too. But there is a deeper dimension to stillness. Knowing how to access that stillness through meditation can turn impatience on its head. Here are 4 simple tips for how to be still when you meditate and 5 key lessons I’ve learned about the life-changing power of stillness.