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October 11, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 4
“IN 1971, A YOUNG WOMAN DIED AT THE AGE OF 20”
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. October is breast cancer awareness month. This edition, then, is dedicated to Lyn Helton.
“In 1971, a young woman died at the age of 20. She left behind a husband, a two-year-old daughter, and a journal of tape recordings…a journal that told what it was like to be young, and a mother, and in love, and dying.”
These words introduce a 1973 television movie entitled “Sunshine”. Tenderly and with sensitivity and integrity, it chronicles the last San Francisco – High Sierra Mountains months of a dying young woman who left behind a box of cassette tapes for her daughter.
“Dying is beautiful, even the first time around…at the ripe old age of 20. It’s not easy most of the time, but there is a real beauty to be found in knowing that your end is going to catch up with you sooner than you expected, and that you have to get all your laughing, loving, and crying done as soon as you can.”
To her, it was as simple as a Sierra outing and especially precious during her waning months:
“Oh, I was so happy I was going to explode…so full of love for my baby, and my man, and the absolutely mind-blowing mountains. There just wasn’t room for anything else. There wasn’t room for sickness or pain or fear. Life was too incredibly beautiful.”
And as passionate as shouting at God:
“I can’t die and leave you guys. Who’s going to clean the toilet? Who’s going to clean the oven? What’s the matter with you, God? My family’s not just a bunch of Boy Scouts who can figure things out for themselves. That’s what You taught ME to do. That’s why I’M here. What are You, some kind of idiot? What do you gain? I just don’t understand.”
She yearned so desperately to love…and she did…richly, sincerely and memorably. Her time among us was brief and her recorded legacy perhaps but a faint echo (The soundtrack ID is MCA-387).
She was moving enough to make a movie about and I was one of the folks in the front row. Some three decades later, after an era which saw so much killing and sadness, she remains one of those very special human beings who knew the beauty of simply being. And someone who to me, a Vietnam veteran at the time, gave new meaning to courage. And a reason to come home.
Her name is Lyn Helton. And she was wrong when she said she didn’t understand.
To watch Sunshine on YouTube, please go here. Take care, stay well and God Bless.
This is not good news. Cyber ‘risk’ for nuclear plants
We half expected this. California bans paparazzi drones
Thank you, Mr. President. Obama apologizes to aid group for deadly attack
Canada To Pay Out $4.3-Billion To Farmers In Wake Of TPP Deal
Escaped Buffalo Dies After Crashing Into Two Cars On Highway In Niagara Falls
NYC, State Reach Deal On Mass Transit Capital Funding 6 Minutes Ago
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
TEACHERS DAY, A NOBEL LAUREATE AND A BAREFOOT PROTEST
I would like to invite all of you in celebrating Teachers Day, which was held last Monday, October 5. I am involved in education and to me, there is something magical in a class waiting for students or children to come, when all materials are prepared for curious eyes. Maybe that is the most distinguish feature of humanity – passionate strive for knowledge which lead us from caves to what we are.
This week all attention was to Nobel Prize committee decisions and especially flattering that Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich, Belarusian author, born in Ukraine. The author was praised for her interview-based documentary works among which a book about Chernobyl disaster.
It was interesting to read the interview with her where she shares her thought that at the moment, Europe passes examination on humanity. She also talked about being invited to a major pro-refugee demonstration taking place in Italy called The March Of the Barefoot.
This makes me once again believe that we may be on the right course now, despite our long journey from a cave to stars.
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, Mishka.
This headline is a little melodramatic but the story is accurate. Seattle, in Midst of Tech Boom, Tries to Keep Its Soul
Outstanding and a standing ovation for these folks. Nobel Peace Prize for Tunisia mediators
And for these folks too. Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich And Aziz Sancar For DNA Studies
Satan’s got a suite reserved for this alleged human being. Ottawa doctor who sexually abused patients barred from seeing female clients alone: College
I honestly do not know quite what to think about this. Toronto university discovers that boys look at girls, and other reasons to fear for humanity
This absolutely needs to stop. 24,000 Elephants Killed In 2015
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a “lorry” is a truck. And you will NEVER find me in one of these. Driverless lorry tested on motorway
I ‘fly’ AMTRACK but for those of you who take to the skies to travel, this is probably an important issue. Is flying a radiation risk?
I have a feeling this is going to be very popular. UK firms develop drone-freezing ray
JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.
THE GREEN AGENDA
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Over the past three weeks I have been able to see even more of Taiwan, as well as everyday life here in Taichung. I have started attending a yoga class with one of my LETs (yes it is completely in Chinese!), I am singing in a choir and helping to create a local a capella group, I am more comfortable ordering and/or asking for things in Chinese now, I have started going regularly for acupuncture, and I continue to take my language class twice a week. The list goes on … It is a wonderful experience to be here and to meet all of the wonderful people whose paths I have been blessed to cross.
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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
Don’t be afraid to be open minded.
Your brain isn’t going to fall out
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BEST OF THE NET
WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT
A super power no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Which species is the best builder? The answer just might surprise you.
This is good news. Two Ex-Circus Lions Given New Life In South Africa
I sure hope this works. Last Attempt To Save Wild Sumatran Rhinoceros From Extinction
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