Saturday, 31 August 2013

Eye of the Beholder

"Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much. Language consists of five basic sounds produced by the vocal cords. They are the vowels a, e, i, o, u. The other sounds are consonants produced by air pressure: s, f, g, and so forth. Do you believe some combination of such basic sounds could ever explain who you are, or the ultimate purpose of the universe, or even what a tree or stone is in its depth?" - Eckhart Tolle

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Climate Change Name

Since 1954, the World Meteorological Organization has been naming extreme storms after people. But we propose a new naming system. One that names extreme storms caused by climate change, after the policy makers who deny climate change and obstruct climate policy. If you agree, sign the petition at

The science is clear: global warming is happening faster than ever and humans are responsible. This is a major problem because global warming destabilizes the delicate balance that makes life on this planet possible. Just a few degrees in temperature can completely change the world as we know it, and threaten the lives of millions of people around the world.

2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States, and 10 of the past 15 years have been the hottest on record globally. And as the planet heats up, our weather is becoming more extreme and less predictable. Scientists are expecting a 3.6 degree Fahrenheit increase in global ocean temperature in the next century. Globally, sea levels have already risen 4 inches since 1950, and in the North East U.S., the sea level has risen four times faster than the global average.

The combination of hotter oceans and higher sea levels is the perfect recipe for extreme storms. Storms will likely become more intense as seawater warms. In fact, insurance companies say severe weather of all kinds is on the rise with expensive results. Meanwhile, climate change is steadily raising sea levels, which makes storms more devastating to the cities they hit.


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

When people perceive their lives as being at one with nature and the planet, their views of society, nationality and race will naturally be transformed. As long as the window of the human heart remains battened closed, no great future lies in store for humanity. People have to throw open the window of the heart. When they do so, there will be no more hindrance to peace. - Daisaku Ikeda

I have something important for you to tell your children....

We all loose our innocence at some point in our lives, but when it is served up on a plate for the enjoyment of all for money and advertising, we loose a part of our selves. 

You are beautiful. You are enough. The world we live in is twisted and broken and for your entire life you will be subjected to all kinds of lies that tell you that you are not enough. You are not thin enough. You are not tanned enough. You are not smooth, soft, shiny, firm, tight, fit, silky, blonde, hairless enough. Your teeth are not white enough. Your legs are not long enough. Your clothes are not stylish enough. You are not educated enough. You don’t have enough experience. You are not creative enough.

There is a beauty industry, a fashion industry, a television industry, (and most unfortunately) a pornography industry: and all of these have unique ways of communicating to bright young women: you are not beautiful, sexy, smart or valuable enough.

You must have the clarity and common sense to know that none of that is true. None of it.

You were created for a purpose, exactly so. You have innate value. You are loved more than you could ever comprehend; it is mind-boggling how much you are adored. There has never been, and there will never be another you. Therefore, you have unique thoughts to offer the world. They are only yours, and we all lose out if you are too fearful to share them.
You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.

Kate Conner

Kate Conner is a wife to Dan and momma to Madeline, Sam, and Henry. A writer, speaker, and apparently, a blogger. She writes about the Funny, serious, good, hard, embarrassing, inspiring stuff.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013


It is senseless to blame others or your environment for your miseries. Change begins from the moment you muster the courage to act. When you change, the environment will change. The power to change the world is found nowhere but within our own life. - Daisaku Ikeda

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

In HIROSHIMA 140,000 Lives vanished on Aug. 6, 1945

Atomic weapons are the manifestation of the darkest part of the human spirit: TODAY in HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Japan marked the 68th anniversary Tuesday of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with a somber ceremony to honour the dead and pledges to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Some 50,000 people stood for a minute of silence in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicenter of the early morning blast on Aug. 6, 1945, that killed up to 140,000 people. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed tens of thousands more, prompting Japan's surrender to the World War II Allies.

140,000 people killed by a bomb, men, women, children and innocent bystanders in a bitter war between two powerful countries.

140,000 lives gone in an instant.

When I think about how many people who have lost their lives because of aggressive governments, and war, I weep.

Please spare a thought for the many thousands of people who lost their lives in these wars, all over the earth.

Being a part of the SGI, one of our visions is the abolition of all nuclear weapons on earth. You can find out more about the work the SGI does here:

Learn more about an exhibition that is currently on tour,  you can download the PDF with the panels from the exhibit here:

The aim of the People's Decade is to increase the number of people who reject nuclear weapons. Ordinary citizens and civil society must be the protagonists, creating a groundswell of demand for nuclear abolition that will influence decision makers.




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