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November 15, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 9
LONGUE VIE À LA FRANCE
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it has certainly not been a fun weekend in Paris. We have responded to several Facebook posts by reminding everyone of the legacy France and America share. Plain fact is, if it had not been for the support of France, America’s favorite drink would still be tea, no offense to the Queen.
We also said that we join the world community itself in mourning this tragedy, that we hoped that the desire for revenge was tempered by the respect for justice that has made each and both nations great, and then we posted a link to the French national anthem.
Paris will survive and grow stronger for that is the way of the French. And if we choose, the war against ISIS will continue, sword against scimitar, until blood washes over an entire world which has seen entirely too much of it.
If this is what we really want, this is what we will get. Until we devote as much to making peace as we do to waging war, there is not a home in any city on the planet that will be truly safe. Until we provide solid and substantial alternatives to those who support ISIS and terror in general, this tragic and bloody pantheon will parade on.
Until we make life on earth as safe and as provident as the Hereafter, those with nothing here now, will seek a better life in the next. I wonder, sometimes, if I could honestly blame them.
Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang.
When we take the battle for these creatures to every front page on the planet, we will be correcting for a mistake we should never have made in the first place. That these kind, sensitive and sentient creatures have managed to forgive us is to me all the proof necessary that there is compassion somewhere in the Universe. Seaworld San Diego To Phase Out Killer Whale Show
This is absolutely good news. She’s been a hero of mine for a long time. Myanmar Leader Congratulates Suu Kyi
I found this a grim reminder that this could happen to any coastal city in the world now. 7 Mind Blowing Underwater Cities
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
Three Teams of Coordinated Attackers Carried Out Assault on Paris, Officials Say; Hollande Blames ISIS
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
Sometimes there are tragedies beyond words. List of terrorist incidents, 2015 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents,_2015
Let us hope this means that there is also going to be something done about this. Soldier suicides on radar now, Canada’s Veterans Affairs Minister says
There’s a special place Up Yonder waiting for this person. Video: Doctor’s ‘Holiday’ Helping Refugees
I hope these perpetrators get the whomping on they deserve. This is outrageous. Real Estate Shell Companies Scheme To Defraud Owners Out Of Their Homes
Here are some other folks Satan is waiting to play with. Tricked And Indebted On Land, Abused Or Abandoned At Sea
We totally agree with this. Solitary Confinement Needs To Go, And It Shouldn’t Take Lawsuits To Do It
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
This is an interesting question. If Aliens Exist, How Would We Know?
This totally blew me away. Incredible Bridge Transitions Into Underwater Tunnel That Connects Denmark And Sweden
I think this is a fantastic idea. When It Rains In Seoul These Beautiful Murals Appear On The Roads
JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
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THE GREEN AGENDA
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
It’s been several weeks since my last blog post … time is beginning to fly in the way it does when routines become better established … I continue to love my time here in Taichung and am excited to share more here on this blog.
Last week at school we celebrated Halloween, which is something that many schools do here. At our weekly whole-school assembly, I talked a little bit about Halloween and then some of our Grade 3 and 4 students sang and danced to “A Witch on Halloween.” One of my co-teachers and I had been teaching this song for the previous two weeks, and the students were so cute and funny about it. Afterwards we all took many pictures, some of which I have included here.
We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
“I’m too old to play young and too young to play old.”
More cool stuff to share:
Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Why Should We Look At The Clouds More Often? : NPR http://www.npr.org/2014/11/21/364703019/why-should-we-look-at-the-clouds-more-often
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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
THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new free monthly nature wallpaper is available here. Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
If this doesn’t melt your heart, you do not have a heart. Ben the Dog and Duggie the Dolphin – Unlikely Animal Friends Video – Nat Geo
Ever since I found out they did, I’ve been wondering why they do. Why do dolphins hitch rides on whales? | MNN – Mother Nature Network
I’ve seen these magnificent, albeit much-maligned creatures in their neighborhood. I therefore was absolutely mesmerized by this story. The “Wild Dog Whisperer”: Rescuing Wolves in California
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