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Anna Chan, the ‘Lemon Lady,’ Feeds The Hungry On Her Own Dime May 29, 2011

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Anna Chan’s story is proof that one passing thought could have a lasting effect.

Less than three years ago, Anna found herself constantly searching for ways to calm her newborn daughter, Ava, who would often come down with intense bouts of colic.

“Ava would cry all the time,” said Anna, who works part-time as an office manager. “But I found out that she just loved her carseat. So I’d strap her in and drive around to help her fall asleep.”

During the drives around their Contra Costa County community in the Bay Area, Anna and Ava would pass hundreds of fruit trees standing in their neighbors’ yards. “There was fruit falling left and right,” Anna said. “And I thought of all the fruit that was just rotting, sitting there on the ground.”

Raised in Heyward, Calif., by a single mother, she recalled the days when she and her sister were hungry, finding themselves in food lines, eating only canned goods, and receiving donations from the Salvation Army. That was over 20 years ago, but it still resonated during those drives. (more…)

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NFL Rookie Takes Disabled Teen to Dance May 29, 2011

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.

Chicago Bears rookie linebacker J.T. Thomas became the inspirational story of the lockout-dominated NFL offseason Monday, a few days after escorting a wheelchair-bound teen to her middle school dance.

The former West Virginia standout last month met 14-year-old Joslyn Levell, who uses a wheelchair. During that meeting, she told him that all of the boys she had asked to the dance turned her down.

Levell, who attends Suncrest Middle School in Morgantown — where the university is located — has spina bifida, a condition that prevents the spinal cord from developing properly.

“I hugged her and signed a few things and we talked for awhile and she cried a bit,” Thomas told NFL.com about meeting Levell. “I gave her a hug and told her everything would work itself out.” (more…)

In Panama, Movimiento Nueva Generacion Inspires Youths Living In Huerta Sandoval Santana May 29, 2011

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Published in the Huffington Post

In Panama, 17-year-old Dalys Perez lives in the Huerta Sandoval Santana, an area plagued by poverty, drugs and gang activity.

Because of familial hardships, Perez didn’t attend school for three of years. She says she was discouraged because, even though she considered herself to be living a good life, others would quickly judge her station by the area she lived.

But, she tells UNICEF, “Mr. Hector” changed all that.

“I didn’t go to school for a while because my mother was arrested…I became very depressed. It was then that Mr. Hector came to talk to me, that those things happen and I should not let it get me down.” (more…)

Colorado’s San Luis Valley Is A UFO Hotspot With A Specially Built UFO Watchtower May 25, 2011

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The Huffington Post

Want to see some unexplained lights in the sky or slow moving cigar-shaped or saucer-shaped objects? Gas up the car and head out to the southwest section of Colorado.

The San Luis Valley of the Centennial State is reportedly a paranormal-rich area of the American landscape, with UFO sightings going back to the 1600s.

When Judy Messoline first moved here in 1995 to raise cattle, she became intrigued by the many UFO stories told to her by the locals. She eventually abandoned the ranch idea and in 2000, built a special UFO Watchtower, a rectangular metal platform standing 10 feet high above the ground where up to 60 people at a time can gather and swap tales of unexplained experiences. (more…)

Anne Thomas: Rebuilding life in Sendai May 25, 2011

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It has been well over a month since I have been in touch. Much has happened in that time, both in Japan and in my personal life. Of course, the world’s attention has mostly sifted away from the disasters here, but even so, there is a lot still going on.

This country has been slowly and steadily getting back on her feet. Progress is uneven, but it is happening everywhere. Extremely devastated areas are still struggling with clean up and rebuilding, but much effort has been made to get Sendai proper functioning as normally as possible. We still have ongoing daily earthquakes, huge cracks in the roads, shattered buildings and walls, and protective blue mats everywhere, but reconstruction work is evident wherever you look. Supermarkets are open normal hours now and are well stocked, although some items are still unavailable or rationed.

Almost everyone is intensely focused on remaking their lives. Those who were seriously hit have had to start almost from scratch, but even those who suffered little physical loss are trying to reassess their attitudes, values, and ways of being in the world. Almost everyone is caught up in a wave of discarding unneeded items, and rearranging material belongings to reflect the deep inner changes that this searing tragedy has brought about. A former student of mine, who now lives in Singapore, came to Sendai to help her parents. As she sorts through her family home, she keeps asking her mother, “Do you really need this anymore? Why not get rid of it? Why not start again fresh?” Another student has taken load after load of earthquake-broken or unneeded items to the dump. She was totally astonished to see the mountains of goods that people are getting rid of. But the rubbish place is well organized, typical for Japan. “TVs go over there, refrigerators on that pile, heavy dressers are down this row and on the left,” say the guards at the entrance. Yes, it is a time of peeling away, discarding, reassessing needs and wants.

But there is a lot of buying, too. Home centers, for example, are packed with people sorting through furniture, appliances, bedding, and carpets. There is not an “S” hook to be found in most hardware stores, as people are buying them by the fists-full to hang things in their newly arranged homes. Companies are all displaying messages that say: “We apologize to you for not being able to serve you for several weeks after the recent disaster. That was very inconvenient for you, so please allow us to give you a discount on our items.” Or they might say, “We have all suffered a great deal in the past few months. So, please refresh your feelings by the generous prices we are offering in our shops.” (more…)

Actively making peace May 15, 2011

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Mary Lou Kownacki is a sister of the Order of St. Benedict and the former director of Pax Christi. She’s been a peacemaker for a long, long time. One of her books on prayer is The Fire of Peace.

“Peacemaking,” she writes, “is not an optional commitment. It is a requirement of our faith. We are called to be peacemakers.”

I think a lot of us treat peacemaking as optional. We say to ourselves and others, “Oh, let’s get the environmental crisis [or whatever else you want to put there] handled, and then we’ll work on peace.” Just like the environment, peace only exists in one time: now.

Being committed to do our own small part for the environment is important because if I do my part, and you do yours, eventually the small parts we accomplish add up. The same is true of making peace. (more…)

Mali’s girls put education first May 15, 2011

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By: Krsna Harilela | http://www.cnn.com

Bamako, Mali (CNN) — For many young girls in Mali the reality of life is to stay at home and help with the housework or be sent to work in the gold mines.

But one group is trying to change the lives of girls in this West African country and provide them with an education and dreams for a brighter future.

Plan International has launched a worldwide campaign in the hope of tackling issues affecting young girls in developing countries.

The primary aim of the organization’s “Because I’m a Girl” campaign is to keep girls in education. According to Plan a staggering 75 million girls around the world are not in school.

Mali is one of Africa’s poorest countries and Plan hopes to spread the message that an educated girl is more likely to be literate, healthy and survive into adulthood, as are her children.

It supports a community group in Mali called “Fight for Girls” that meets regularly in a village not far from the capital city Bamako. (more…)

David Wilcock: Audio Inteview with Ben Fulford May 15, 2011

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By David Wilcock | http://divinescosomos.com

http://divinecosmos.com/index.php/start-here/davids-blog/942-disclosureofficialmp3s

EARTHQUAKE NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL

For two years before the Japan disaster, Benjamin Fulford was on record saying the Powers that Were had planned to attack Japan with an earthquake weapon — and set off the nuclear reactors.

This is a matter of public certainty, as he announced these plans in two different videos as well as in numerous updates. This is the main reason why the Internet exploded with articles about HAARP in the aftermath of the Japan disaster.

These same negative groups are now apparently trying to set off the New Madrid Fault, which runs parallel with the Mississippi River — as there are some fifteen different nuclear reactors along the fault line.

Apparently the floods are a precursor to this — in an attempt to lubricate the fault line and increase the likelihood of it happening.

I believe this is all happening now because these groups are very, very close to defeat — and are using this as a final attempt to blackmail and coerce the rest of the world into backing off of the attack.

The defeat has been going on for some time — and I am now releasing an interview I did with Fulford last November that goes into detail about how the global community is ganging up on the “Old World Order” and demanding they stand down.

I DO NOT THINK THIS WILL WORK — BUT WE ARE NOT POWERLESS EITHER WAY

Let me say, right up front, that I do not believe the negative factions will be able — or allowed — to commit this act of mass destruction. However, I cannot deny that my own insiders have warned me of exactly the same attack plans as what Fulford has disclosed. (more…)

So, Your Awakening Cost You Some Friends May 15, 2011

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I stumbled upon this in a forum the other day, and boy did it ring home for me. Probably why I still use a pseudonym for all my 2012 work.

by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
www.in5d.com
www.maya12-21-2012.com

Have you noticed a change in your relationships with other people lately?  Is it sometimes difficult or awkward to talk to others about spiritual topics?  Do you, at times, feel alone in your beliefs?   Have you lost contact with any long time friends recently?  You are not alone!

I’m fortunate to have a lot of Facebook friends who post similar types of links. Too many times, I see a lot of people who talk the talk but are afraid to walk the walk, due to being ridiculed for their thoughts and posts (GROUPTHINK). I’ve lost some longtime friends because of this but have made many, many new ones. Once the ego is released, you no longer worry about conformity and peer pressure. (more…)

Bill Sinkford: USA! USA! USA! May 5, 2011

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By Reverend Bill Sinkford | http://www.firstunitarianportland.org/our-church/ministers-a-staff/rev-sinkford-blog

After almost 10 years, our nation was finally able to locate and kill one man, Osama bin Laden. Celebrations erupted spontaneously. American flags were waved, and crowds shouted “USA! USA! USA!” It was, I suppose, a victory of a sort. My reaction may well not be yours, but I found myself saddened rather than exultant.

Bin Laden was responsible for horrible acts of violence, the deaths of thousands of American citizens. If anyone deserved punishment, he did. If retribution was ever justified, it was here. But I take no pleasure in his death, especially if it becomes only the latest in a spiral of violence whose final outcome will endanger us all.

‎Martin Luther King, Jr., decades before 9/11, wrote:

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

The news media has been filled with little else this week. The images of 9/11 have been replayed. The bravery and training of the Navy Seals who executed the raid have been lauded. Images of the compound near the Pakistani capital where bin Laden hid “in plain sight” for six years have been aired. Descriptions of the raid have been repeated again and again, with some interesting changes to the initial narrative. No, bin Laden did not use his youngest wife as a human shield. No one in the compound fired on the attackers. Obama’s decision not to release photographs of the dead body is the latest chapter in this drama. (more…)