Showing posts from August 7, 2016

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 13, 2016

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”

Of course it can! This can come about in so many ways. By studying for a good job or career, meeting and committing to that special someone in your life, choosing to live in a safe environment, building lifelong friendships…. I could go on and on but you get my drift don’t you? Ensure you take enough time to weigh up and consider any possible long-term effects before choosing to make the next stage of your life a reality. It’s all in your hands. The decisions and choices you make in and through your life will ultimately create the happiness and contentment of your tomorrows…or not….


Color Your World With Kindness

Delight in this gorgeous animation designed for children and adults alike by 'A Better World'. The film portrays how small acts of kindness can positively change the feelings and attitudes of others and how naturally this will spread, grow and flourish within our communities and beyond. The Better Worldian's strategy is to plant flowers instead of pulling weeds, cultivating the goodness in everybody, so we can all make it a better world.

9 Reasons to Grab a Handful of Nuts

Stock Up

They’re good for you in all forms. Simply adding them to your diet lowers your chances of getting heart disease, a huge health risk in the U.S. They help improve your cholesterol, among other things.


These nuts may help protect you against prostate cancer and keep your brain sharp as you age. And, according to one study, you’re more likely to eat healthy overall if they’re a regular part of your diet. Try them on an apple walnut salad.


Because they grow underground and not on trees, peanuts technically are legumes -- who knew? But nutritionally they’re like nuts. They’re full of protein and other vitamins, so throw some in your trail mix.

Brazil Nuts

These large, earthy-flavored nuts are chock-full of selenium, an element known to help fight inflammation. It also helps protect against different types of cancer. Eat just a few by themselves, or add them to your own homemade "rainforest granola."


Almonds are becoming more popular in the U.S. -- and for …

Prisoners Can Reduce Jail Time by Helping Street Dogs

Prisoners in the regional penitentiary of Pelotas, a country side city in the south of Brazil, are building houses for dogs and – since the project started roughly three months ago – over 50 houses have been already been built.

Every three days of work reduces one day of jail time. When the wood and shingle houses are ready, they are placed around the city and dogs can come and go as they please.

“I [leave] a blanket and a few sheets of newspaper and they love to stay inside” Says the local resident Maria Queiroga.

Some citizens have enjoyed the projects contributions so much that they have donated materials to the prison and requested shelters for their own yards.

“Most of the residents who request these animal houses for their backyards are people that have street dogs around their houses and decide to keep them”, says Fluvio Bubolz, the director of the facility.
The project also helps to re-socialize the criminals.

“It’s good for nothing to just lock the person in a cell. So we try to gi…

Boss Buys Car for Employee Who Suddenly Was Tardy, ‘Because We Love You’

Alex Rios knows the value of loyalty and hard work—and doesn’t hesitate to reward it.

As the owner of a daycare center in Edinburg, Texas, he cherishes not only the children he teaches but also his workers. His employees at Kids’ Kollege Learning Center make it the best it can be—and earned him the city’s Business of the Month award in June 2016.

One employee had been with the company almost from the beginning. Veronica Solis cooked homemade meals for the kids every day. Despite being treated for cancer, she remained a stellar employee, never missing a day—until Rios noticed she was suddenly always late.

After he learned about her transportation problems, he decided to buy her a new car. He videotaped the surprise, saying on YouTube, “Maybe someone out there will be touched and also continue this chain of paying it forward.”

“It is not every day that we can do something like this for other people, but right now that I am able to, why not do it for someone that cares for you and takes good…

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 12, 2016

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”

When we are experiencing problems we don’t think of them as stop signs, oh no, we think of them as something we could really do without! Some problems are the result of our own actions and some aren’t but they are problems just the same so need to be dealt with. Maybe we should look at our next problem as a guideline? By dealing with it and learning from it we will have a clearer understanding of how to deal with the same or similar problem the next time it rears its ugly head so a lesson learned right?


We Save What We Love: Gordon Hempton

Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton is in love with nature's music -- sounds and silences he says that have either changed or vanished in the three decades he has been recording them. Bird songs, dolphin clicks, and insect chirps are all sounds of communication. If those sounds are drowned out by noise pollution, creatures can't hear each other. The results can be devastating. If danger warnings, mating calls, and territory claims are altered or go unheard, animal populations can plummet. And yet the number of quiet places on earth is dwindling. In this fascinating interview, Hempton tells us about the importance of silence and his mission to get people to fall in love with nature so they will wish to protect it.

--by Leslee Goodman

Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist. He has traveled the globe three times recording the vanishing sounds and silences of nature—from the songbird chorus that greets the dawn to the crash of waves on a rocky shore; from the call of a whale in the …

A Visual Guide to Understanding Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer in the Limelight

Pancreatic cancer has gained attention from the diagnoses of several prominent figures, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who was diagnosed in 2003 and died Oct. 5, 2011. Jobs had an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of the disease. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actor Patrick Swayze have also faced pancreatic cancer. Swayze died in 2009. The lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 65.

What is the Pancreas?

The pancreas is a 6-inch-long spongy, tube-shaped organ located in the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. It has two major jobs in the body: to make digestive juices (enzymes) that help the intestines break down food, and to produce hormones -- including insulin -- that regulate the body's use of sugars and starches. Pancreatic cancer occurs when malignant (cancerous) cells grow, divide, and spread in the tissues of the pancreas.

Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is called a "sil…