INSIDE: Our Congratulations To The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex; The Past Week’s World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Arguing The Case For Consciousness; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX
Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:
It has been an interesting week and a mixed bag, has it not? First of all, we’d like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their recent nuptials. We’ve followed the Royals on the BBC for years and admire the English, as a people, a great deal.
And yes, we watched the wedding on television. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to things like this and I’ve also been a proponent of human rights all my adult life. Therefore, I found the sermon by the black American cleric a bit over the top. I sensed that he was using the occasion to address that theme rather than to bless the union of a black American woman to a white British man and what that has come to mean now to the world. In listening to Scott Simon on All Things Considered after the wedding, I know I am not alone in this context.
It has been interesting watching President Trump this week. I’ve figured out a couple of things that have reduced my stress level a great deal and since we reach 22 nations now, these insights are probably worth passing along.
Some leaders are a reflection of the people of the nation they serve. Some represent a loud but powerful and often noisy minority. Hopefully, where Donald Trump falls is understood.
Perhaps other nations have become too dependent on the American federal government. Our governor, for instance, is establishing Washington State ties with other countries. The private commercial sectors need, as well, to do that and, if necessary, to broker through neutral nations, as the international economic community has done since at least the First World War.
And since I live for, among other things besides an occasional hug from my cousin Olya, stellar moments in the human experience, this headline leaped right into my lap. A 69-Year-Old Double Amputee Has Just Climbed Mount Everest
Now, granted he’s a Sherpa, which is what God created by bringing the best parts of a human being and a mountain goat together and also that the prosthetics he was wearing are a fast improvement over their predecessors, this is still, to be, an outstanding accomplishment.
It is, as well, further proof that age is a number convenient for government use but that as far as defining a human being, it does not. In the final analysis, in a social matrix resembling a vast honeycomb, behavior is what matters most and who we are is how we treat one another.
Once that’s been established, the victories and defeats, the pride and the shame, the glory and the grief belong to all of us. None of us is immune but each of us has control and each of us is responsible.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
That’s it for this week, folks. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
ARGUING THE CASE FOR CONSCIOUSNESS
I recently had an interesting discussion on social media and found fascinating another proof of how paradoxically the human mind works.. We basically cannot perceive something that is not in our experience.
It was quite difficult to try to explain the term ‘consciousness’ to a person who never studied the subject. So you would receive an almost angry feedback – “what do you mean ‘conscious’ – I am awake so I am conscious. How do you measure the level of consciousness? With caliper ruler?”, would be an argument.
Of course I can understand a person who thinks that “All around are an incomprehensible combination of particles or waves that are pretty random”. Maybe it is, so what further can be discussed in general when the world sets and world views are quite different like we are talking on different things on different languages.
Interesting enough, I found part of the answer in this Netflix film, Innsaei:The Power of Intuition , The film explained quite easily that our right brain thinking that is responsible for intuition, enlightenment, creativity is less comprehensive to us than the left brain thinking i.e. logic.
According to the film, when we put too much emphasis on logic, we are unable to find solutions requiring a more holistic approach.
As one of my favorite Einstein quotes “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”.
You cannot explain Soul in words as it is beyond senses but does it mean it does not exist then?
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
When you adopt the behavior of the oppressor, you become the oppressor and remain so until you are once again the victim.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
This is good news. Wind And Solar Power Are Growing. Grid Managers Need To Get Ready
This is certainly well worth the read. How To Save The Human Race
Another ancestor? Homo Naledi Had A Small Brain – But Packed A Big Punch
THE GREEN BEAT
Body Clock Linked To Mood Disorders: It Is A Warning To Urban Societies Becoming Less In Tune With Nature.
COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ: This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine. There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Even if you don’t love these magnificent creatures as much as we do, this will move you. The Whale Who Dines Alone
If this doesn’t move you to tears, you need to ask the Wizard of Oz for a heart. A Dog That Transformed A 104-Year-Old’s Life
As tragic as this was for all concerned, it is worth passing along for the lessons learned. No, the creature in question did not survive. One Killed, One Injured In Mountain Lion Attack Near North Bend
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
The May 2017 Nest Watch newsletter is now online and it’s beautiful. Their lead article is especially captivating. Make Way For Ducklings and check it out here.
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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