INSIDE: What I Did Yesterday, I Need Not Do Today; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Chocolate: A Story For Another Christmas; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & 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
WHAT I DID YESTERDAY, I NEED NOT DO TODAY
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. It has been an undeniably interesting week in Washington, DC. Trump et al handed down more edicts which governors in the West intend to protect their constituents from so add protecting American coasts from offshore drilling and a billion dollar national marijuana market from being subverted by an attorney general whose information on the subject could clearly use some dusting off.
Fire and Fury, an inside look at the nation’s present presidential administration became an overnight best-seller, despite efforts to have its distribution stopped. Many people were involved in the book but Bannon seems to be the most revelatory. So he’s being chastised for telling tales out of school and untrue tales at that.
Much of North America is in the embrace of the coldest weather since thermometers were invented, apparently. East of the Rockies has been getting slammed a lot and so has British Columbia’s Lower Mainland (Vancouver & Victoria). When that happens as intensely and as often as it has, one cannot help but wonder what all those people and/or their ancestors did to really brown off the Weather Gods,
There are two absolutely non-scientific and questionably empirical theories going around about this. In sharing them with you, as patently preposterous as they may be, I am not supporting them but merely passing them along for whatever glinting gold nuggets of truth they might contain.
For Canadians, the answer is easy. They’ve been too nice to their rude neighbors one border to the south. This, despite the fact that Canadians have a unique and God-given talent for making an insult sound like a benediction. When they inquire politely about which of one’s parents barks and rolls over for a biscuit, they are not complimenting their lineage. Since that talent is a gift from the Divine, She expects it to be used to good effect.
Americans, on the other hand, are simply inherited the legacy of an historical lifestyle which, while not precipitating climate change, has certainly contributed to it. Our hearts certainly go out to them and this is an observation, not a judgment call. Altogether too many of us have, in our quest for the Golden Omelet, subverted nature and allowed material acquisition to turn our cities into middens of the soul. The stress of that lifestyle has foreshortened their ‘allotted span’ and compromised the quality of life across the board.
However, for both the Stars and Stripes and the Maple Leaf, the key word here is historical. And why is that word key? To me, Rusty Miller, the word “historical” is key because each of my days begins new and what I did yesterday, I need not do today.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Love Rusty
CHOCOLATE: A TALE FROM ANOTHER CHRISTMAS
It’s Christmas Eve in this part of the world so I would like to share a story inspired by Christmas spirit called “Chocolate.”
Her name actually was Chocolate and she was a rather an ordinary milk chocolate bar, no different from thousands that were born everyday in the mechanized stainless steel world. After birth it was efficiently dressed in a colourful package and sent with her sisters to a warehouse in a big box. Where they embraced each other in the darkness, feeling secure.
Suddenly bright light entered the box and everyone was lifted out and carefully placed on the top shelve of a supermarket. Christmas music played in the background and the chocolate bars chatting excitedly.
A few moments later a group of them were grabbed and dropped with a shopping basket before entering a plastic bag. A bump ride and coming to rest in a cool dark environment.
Our chocolate did not know exactly what she was waiting for, but knew something exciting could happen.
At last a clatter of heels and joyful voices. Lifted back into the warmth and light by a small woman’s hand, Chocolate noticed the glistening of a shiny bracelet.
“A gift from me”.
“Thank you. It looks delicious,” said a kind voice.
This time the chocolate bar was bathed in orange light from another plastic bag.
In the background music and conversation started getting louder.
Outside of a restaurant an old man wearing shabby cloth was asking passers by for help. People hurried passed taking no notice of his plight, but he did not take offense. It was awkward for him to beg but circumstances were such he had no choice. Surviving day by day, hoping for better times ahead.
The small woman’s hand entered the orange bag again, this time carefully taking chocolate bar and handing it to the old man who was very grateful. She also gave him packaged restaurant food.
They, the chocolate and old man, were on the “move again,” this time a long slow going by foot. Lots to see though in the dim lantern light. Snow started falling in big flakes, coating the world in white.
Chocolate felt happy watching all the people and beauty around.
She felt her mission in life was approaching.
The old man turned into courtyard. It became very dark and only the stars above were brighter.
“Grandpa!” a little girl cried out with excitement.
The apartment was cold and damp but despite the obvious poverty there was love. On a table sat a few pine tree branches wrapped in shiny ribbons. The only indication that it is Christmas.
The old man hugged his granddaughter.
Then he handed her the chocolate bar which caused a cry of surprise and laughter. The wrapping was immediately removed; foil gleamed in the lamp light. Knowing know that her mission was fulfilled, Chocolate absolutley glowed.
She was an ordinary chocolate bar, like thousands in the world. But to this little girl on Christmas, Chocolate was the most beautiful creature in all of God’s Kingdom.
Take care, Mishka and stay warm. Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.
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.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
The World’s Tiniest Homes – Could You Live In One? Interesting question. I’ve done it and enjoyed it. But then I’m also not claustrophobic.
How To Visit Mars With A Tiny Satellite And Static Electricity. And if we breed ourselves down small enough, we could actually ride one of these little dudes.
Are Floating Homes The Next Frontier For Urban Design? — Architecture that works with water, rising with floods and sitting upon unused city space, may be the future of urban planning, say these innovative designers.
From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News: Best photos: Magnificent Mars and Jupiter
This example needs emulating. Germany Starts Enforcing Hate Speech Law
This fits my definition of good journalism. How Trump’s Love Of Twitter Translates Abroad
President Donald Trump Uses Twitter To Speak Directly To The American People. How Is This Mode Of Communication Heard In Foreign Nations?
Good for them! Time’s Up: Women Launch Campaign To Fight Sexual Harassment
And how old is this dude again? Trump To Kim: My Nuclear Button Is ‘Bigger And More Powerful’
Wildfires Are Natural Disasters, But Congress Refuses To Budget For Them Until one of those fires burns a few of their homes and businesses down.
Sounds like somebody realized the homeless are citizens too. Demand To Clear Streets Of Beggars Before The Royal Wedding Causes Uproar
Sometimes, God, I really wish You took a stronger hand in things. Study: Even “Legal” Air Pollution Is Killing Older Americans
If there is ever to be peace on the African continent, Lord, let it will begin with steps like these. Ethiopia To Release All Political Prisoners, Says Prime Minister
I’ll bet this made you proud, eh, Ma’am? Neighbors Come To The Rescue When Man Runs Out Of Medication
Transformation of our minds will only come about if we use our intelligence. And in order to do that we must have a better understanding of how to tackle our destructive emotions. We can change—we don’t have to give in to anger and hatred. Since compassion and anger cannot coexist, the more we cultivate compassion the more our anger will be reduced.
THE GREEN BEAT
HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING
HOME, FAMILY & 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
I’ve known this for a long time and while it may be hypocritical to eat what someone else kills, I no longer take these creatures with a rod and reel. Listen: Fish Feel Pain. Now What?
Here’s a sincere opportunity to pig out on Cute. Come Face To Face With An Adorable Arctic Fox
Here is another one. Adorable Lemurs Roam Free On This Ancient Island
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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