Showing posts from April 3, 2016

Watch Willie Nelson w/ Late Country Legend Merle Haggard Who Died on 79th Birthday (1937–2016)

by Victor Morton

To honor the country legend’s passing on Wednesday, check out a unique glimpse into Merle Haggard’s casual recording sessions with long-time collaborator Willie Nelson, for his final album, ‘Django And Jimmie’ released in June, 2015. (Watch the video above, posted one year ago by Nelson on YouTube.)

Country music legend Merle Haggard, who won international stardom by singing about his early life of poverty and prison, died Wednesday on his 79th birthday.

Manager Frank Mull confirmed to reporters that the man behind the hits "Okie from Muskogee," "The Fightin' Side of Me" and "If We Make It Through December" died at his home in Palo Cedro, California, on Wednesday morning.

Mr. Mull said he died surrounded by his family after a monthslong battle with pneumonia. Funeral services are planned for Saturday, he added.

Country star Travis Tritt tweeted out a picture of himself with Mr. Haggard and wrote, "He was more than a great talent. He …

Daily Inspirational Quote – April 9, 2016

“Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.

We’re all guilty of this aren’t we? Thinking about starting something new or wanting to expand on what we’re already doing and then the doubts creep in….. Then it’s, “what if….but maybe…am I good enough….what do I do if it fails?” Sound familiar? Of course it does. We’ve all been there at some time or another. It’s healthy, and makes sense to consider what could happen before we launch ourselves into whatever project we have in mind but, and here’s the thing, we also have to start believing in ourselves and our ability to reach a positive outcome. Just one reason to “go for it” can make all the difference between thinking and doing.


Eat Your Spoon

Every year, 350 billion pieces of disposable plastic cutlery and wooden chopsticks are discarded in the United States, Japan and India. Research scientist Narayana Peesapaty has come up with a solution: edible cutlery and chopsticks. These products are made of millet, rice and wheat, contain no preservatives, and have a shelf life of 3 years. They will also decompose in 3 to 7 days (unless they are eaten). The use of this cutlery is not only healthier (plastics leach toxins), but promotes environmental, economic and social justice. Find out how.

School Starts Implementing Later Start Times, Sees Dramatic Improvements

Schools all over Massachusetts are boosting student health and performance with a policy that gives youth an extra hour of sleep.

Most Boston schools have a start time of 7:35 a.m., and with the hour of travel time students often need to set aside in the mornings, teens only get an average of 6 hours of sleep. Although many studies have already been published about the health and academic benefits of well-rested youth, few schools have morning bells after 8:00 a.m.

“Some kids are exposed to the same degree of sleep loss for four or five years,” Judith Owens, director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital told the Boston Globe. “It’s not a good thing. . . . If you are asking teenagers to get up at 5:30 or 6, that is their lowest point of alertness in their 24-hour cycle. It’s at that point where their brain is most loudly saying ‘stay asleep.’”

The Globe investigated several high schools experimenting with pushing their morning start time back to 8:30 a…

WWII Refugees Write Comforting Letters To Syrian Refugee Youth (WATCH)

No matter the race, gender, or generation, a child will always be a child.

That’s why elders who fled WWII as refugee children in 1945 are writing letters to the refugee children of today.

The Special Delivery CARE project honored the 5-year mark of the Syrian refugee crisis by sending care packages containing toys, candy, and letters to displaced children in Jordan.

The results were deeply moving.

“She made me feel like I exist,” said 16-year-old Sajeda when she opened the letter from 87-year-old Helga. “Even though I have not met her in person, she now plays an important role in my life.”

CARE has been sending humanitarian relief to asylum-seekers ever since they first reached out to WWII refugees in 1945. Over 2 million Syrians have already received aid; from food baskets and grocery debit cards, to hygiene kits and emergency shelters.

If you’d like to send some loving letters written in your own hand to children who need of comfort, check out the My Care website.

How to Cultivate Global Compassion

ByJill Suttie

Legendary psychologist Paul Ekman explains how to extend compassion beyond our circle of family and friends.
Paul Ekman is Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco, and an expert on emotion recognition. His work in identifying the muscular underpinnings of facial expressions has been instrumental in helping us understand the universality of emotion and its place in our social lives. In 2009, he was named byTIME Magazineasone of the most influential peoplein the world, and his work even entered popular consciousness when it led to a popular TV show—Lie to Me.
In recent years, Ekman has had a growing interest in applying his knowledge of emotion toward bettering human social interactions. Inspired by intellectual exchanges with the Dalai Lama, he co-developed a program calledCultivating Emotional Balance, with the aim of helping individuals recognize and manage difficult emotions to enhancecompassionandempathyin social interactions. The …

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 8, 2016

“I am the most powerful tool in my life and I will use me wisely.”

This is true for each and every one of us. Our minds and bodies are ours to use in order to get what we want from life. When you really think about it, how amazing are we? Our bodies and brains are capable of working together enabling us to live, work, play, interact, deduce, etc. etc. with few restrictions apart from the ones we place on ourselves. It behooves us to use the capabilities we have, both spiritually and physically, with as much wisdom as we can.


Everyday Conversations to Heal Racism

"I am a second-generation Mexican American leadership coach and elder living in California. I experienced so much prejudice and racism during my young adulthood that for years I avoided even being in the presence of white people. Finally, well into my 30s, I realized that the wounds and pain I carried were robbing me of my full potential. I could do better than be angry at other people; I could work to transform the ignorance beneath the racial injustice." This article offers 5 simple pointers to help us bridge the divide.

How Fulfilling Are The Relationships In Your Life?

Maintaining happy, healthy relationships in your life, whether they’re family, romantic or friendly, has a significant impact on your overall happiness and ability to thrive. Solid, meaningful relationships are important in your adult life. All good relationships require mutual respect and understanding but sometimes we have to hit the pause button to evaluate the people closest to us and determine if these people are nurturing and positive or if they’re only bringing us down. If you’re questioning the relationships in your life and wondering if you’re attracting the right kind of people, we’ve got a few tips to steer you in the right direction.

How to Attract the Right Kind of People to Your Life:
Before you set out to find a new romance or friendship, know what you’re looking for in a person. Think about the kind of person you want to bring into your life. Take stock of your own principles and values and evaluate others based on this list and make sure there is significant overlap.

Be …

Chicago Comes Together To Save Jingles The Dog

Just days after being rescued from an abandoned neighborhood garage, a 6-year-old black lab was brought in for a check-up. His new owner wanted to help Jingles have the life he deserved.

While everyone hoped for the best, Jingles unfortunately tested positive for heartworm disease, which requires a very lengthy and expensive treatment.

That was back in August of 2015 and fortunately the dog was examined at the Pet Well Clinic hosted by Spay Illinois, which was not about to give up on this animal.

They rallied everyone to work together to help raise the thousands of dollars it would cost to treat Jingles’ disease, and demonstrate that his life mattered.

“Together, we did it!” said Spay Illinois in a note to its supporters.

“Today Jingles is back to receive a neuter surgery. His blood test officially came back negative for heartworm disease and he can now live the happy and healthy life he deserved from the start.”

Newlyweds Become Medical Researchers To Find Cure For Wife’s Disease

Love may be able to conquer all, but having a Ph.D in biology certainly helps in this case.

Just after she married the love of her life five years ago, Sonia Vallabh received a dire prognosis from her doctors about their future together: Sonia had a severe genetic mutation known as genetic prion disease.

The illness has no known cure and given the severity of the condition, the newlywed was told she would only be able to live with her husband Eric Minikel for another twenty years or so.

Taking matters into their own hands, Erin and Sonia decided that if no one else was going to find a cure, they would have to do it themselves.

After taking night classes in biology, the duo quit their jobs when they were accepted into the Ph.D program at Harvard.

The two are now researchers at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working side by side toward a cure and a longer future together.

Courtroom Judge’s Caring Speech Brings Trouble Teens to Tears (SEE IT)

A judge’s brutally honest speech caused teens in her courtroom to finally consider the consequences of their actions.

Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin was lecturing the young people on what results their actions would likely lead to in the future–and that’s when she broke out the body bag.

“You can have the ultimate experience… you can be in this body bag,” the Georgia judge told the teens. “And the only way somebody will know you’re in here is this tag with your name on it. What do you wanna do?”

She told the kids she loved them even though she didn’t personally know them. Judge Colvin, who is African-American, said the imprisonment rate for the local black community upset her.

“I am sick and tired of seeing people who look like you and I come in my courtroom and I have to sentence them to prison,” she said, before cheering them on to do better and make something of their lives.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Department brought the kids to Colvin’s courtroom as part of it’s “Consider the Cons…

Scientists Discover ‘Reverse Photosynthesis’ — Amazing News for the Environment

A new discovery promises to harness sunlight and air to turn plants into fuel — hundreds of times faster than current methods.

You probably learned in school how photosynthesis uses the sun to help plants grow by turning sunlight into chemical energy. Scientists have now discovered what they’re calling “reverse photosynthesis” which uses the same process to break down plant material and create useful chemicals from plants.

Researchers believe bacteria and fungi use reverse photosynthesis to effectively suck the nutrients out of dead plants, and they think it can be use to turn the gases from rotting plants into a liquid fuel — methanol.

In the process they discovered, sunlight and chlorophyl – which combine to create photosynthesis – when combined with a specific enzyme has the potential break the bonds of hydrogen and carbon in plant cells.

“This is a game changer, one that could transform the industrial production of fuels and chemicals, thus serving to reduce pollution significantly,” …

How—and Why—to Take Your Life Back from Email

ByChristine Carter

Regain your time, attention, and energy from the email machine.

I have a full and rewarding career, and four teenagers who go to four different schools. I couldn’t have the life I do without email. I am certain of this.
But email is also a disaster.It’s mostly a giant to-do list that other people create for you—people (and companies) who don’t know and probably don’t give a damn about your highest priorities or the other things you’re hoping to get done today. This is why I aim to spend 45 minutes or less reading and responding to emails a day, only four days a week. This frees up hours and hours to do my most important work, and to do the things that I value the most, like hang out with my children.
There are real challenges to managing the amount of time we spend on email, mostly because email is so satisfying and stimulating and easy to check constantly. It can feel enormously gratifying to delete emails in rapid succession. Checking emailexcites our brain, providing …