HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Last week, we wished Canada a Happy Birthday. This week, it’s America’s turn. And since I’m not a bombs bursting in mid air person or fond of battlefields, and since I still believe that America is a great place to live because of Americans, I’m going to turn this over to Kate Smith and ask God to Bless Our Great Nation. This video is terrific and a reminder of who we really are. And on that note, gang, have a great week and for those to whom it applies, a safe and sane July 4th.
THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE
AROUND THE WORLD
CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)
Brazil Arrests Notorious Drug Kingpin Luiz Carlos Da Rocha
OCEANA & POLYNESIA
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
BUSINESS & TRADE
CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER
ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR
TRUMP & COMPANY
MURAL FEST DNIPRO
Last week I discussed the architectural challenge facing modern builders seeking to renovate structures built during the Soviet era. One of the ways came from unexpected direction – art. As you see on the photo above, an artist can transform a bleak building’s sidewalls into a masterpiece.
In Dnipro City, (formerly known as Dnipropetrovsk) in East Ukraine, starting on the 21st of June, this concept is celebrated by a street art festival called “Mural Fest Dnipro”. The main goal is to rethink the urban environment and attract public resonance. The artists from different parts of Ukraine are invited to participate. They expect communication and new acquaintances with young generation.
The one of the picture is performed by the artist from Donetsk region, Slovyansk city, Illya Kudinenko. His mural addresses environmental protection. The composite center of the drawing is a migratory bird – a stilt (himatopus), which is included in the Red Book of critically endangered species of Ukraine. Unfortunately,human anthropogenic influence by changing the physical condition and chemistry of reservoirs and biological contamination represents a direct threat to this beautiful bird.
The ideological beginning of Illya Kudinenko ‘s mural is the bird, which, being in a roundabout from the viewer, creates the effect of diving into outer space. Space symbolizes the riddle and the unknown. On the sketch, the outer space is bordered by a black and white ornament, which contrasts from the color drawing. This ornament symbolizes human activity, as a peculiar mythological prototype of the chess party of man with nature
Let us hope we, as humans, will understand that we could never win. Our aim should be finding harmony with our wonderful Mistress Nature.
That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
If something is worth doing, do it. If, in fact, you fail, there’ll be no cause for regret. You can try again. To die without even having tried, will be to die disappointed. We all have opportunities to contribute making a better world; we must seize them with far-sighted vision. I’m encouraged that so many people are becoming interested in the well-being of humanity. This is surely a sign of hope.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
YES Magazine: How Can Our Economy Spark Joy? Send Them Your Ideas
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
The longer I live, the cooler these guys seem to get. The Robot That Can Pick Up Virtually Any Object
Let’s hope the answer to this question is, “not yet.” Are We Running Out Of Land?
I thought this was pretty cool. How Your Food Waste Could Eventually Power Your Home
THE GREEN BEAT
HOME & LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This takes a little set up. I live in a South Seattle, Washington neighborhood where wildlife and humans thrive together in close proximity. We are also on Nextdoor Neighbors and one of the longest threads has been about our raccoons. The following is by one of us, Patricia Bauer, who lives north of St. Thomas Church. Rusty
Here is a little ditty I wrote several years ago about coyotes and think it could also apply to raccoons.
ODE FROM A COYOTE
Hello there folks
Here is my story that is no joke
I was fine, happy, and free
till you put the boot to me
Rabbits, mice, and birds did I thrive on
But all of a sudden all where gone
Along with my yard and trees
Nothing was left but me
You took my house you took my home
I had nothing left to do but roam
My search did continue till I found
That there were a lot of small animals around
When you let your kitty or small dog roam
I will be on them like foam
Don’t tell me to put them down
I will only laugh until you frown
It isn’t natural for me to want your pet
It is the only thing I have left
I didn’t plan it this way
But it wasn’t for me to say
This next one s as moving as the headline suggests. Elephant Was Rescued After His Mom Died. When He Gets To The Sanctuary, The Herd Runs To Greet Him
This is probably not good news to the humans who live here but I bet it is to the creature in question. Blue Shark Spotted On Holiday Resort In Majorca
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
The Cornell Lab NestWatch monthly newsletter is now online. Features this time include their Home Tweet Home Contest (No I did NOT make that up. That’s what they call it.) and new birdhouse plan for western owls. Yep, check it out here.
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB