Friday, May 1, 2015

Salute to May 2015

 ~ A mosaic of musings and ramblings ~

Earth Day, celebrated throughout the World with a Lights Out for Energy Conservation..was.a symbolic gesture toward taking action for our planet.  Horizon Utilities stated, “Earth Hour 2014 (for one hour in the evening) decreased 17 megawatts or 3.2%...enough to power 737 homes for 24  hours.”  My concept is that we should consider every day Earth Day...and in the words of Finn, a Grade 8 student from Spencer Valley Public School, I share UNLESS with you:

For years we have walked through long iridescent grass.
We have experienced the glittering sun, warming our faces with the heat of each beam.
The never ending ocean, that with each wave, unrolls a new story.
Fantasies should be colossal castles, bold courageous knights, graceful princesses & magical fairies.
Our children should be dreaming of soft snow blankets, towering trees thriving and a strong healthy civilization!  UNLESS:                                                         
We open up our eyes and perceive the imperfect world we really have, our society will get lost; dissolve into the mess that we've created.  UNLESS we repair the damage done, we will be destroyed.
If you feel differently, well, your future waits.

Best Sermons are Lived:  Today, I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient  hysterically laughing at her 2-year-old daughter's antics.  I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life...and start celebrating  it again.  (Courtesy of a collection from Carolyn)

Bizarre, Amazing Facts:  In Mexico, the act of escaping prison is considered legal...the law recognizes that 'all people have a fundamental desire to be free.'  (This fact, I've not verified.)

Community Acknowledgments:  MoneySense magazine has named Burlington the best-mid-sized city in Canada.  Within the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), it is defined by both significant urban and rural areas...a city where people, nature and business thrive.

Victory ~ Burlington's NEXXICE took top spot at the recent International Union's Synchronized Skating Championship (a team of 20 skaters). This event was the first held in Canada..

Three Argyll Officers to Meet Queen Elizabeth on May 19 at Buckingham Palace...she is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  One of its members, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, was killed on duty in Ottawa, October 12, 2014 by a gun-toting man. The Queen's condolence letter was the first received by the Hamilton's Regiment.

Farm Milking:  Cow Spa?  Some dairy farmers are using rotating cow brushes to give their cows extra care and comfort. After all, cows love a back massage!  This revolution in 'cow comfort' helps improve cow health and welfare.  Cows will even line up to use the rotating cow brush!

Good Samaritans:  Acts of Kindness Helped Personal Recovery:  Nusrat Mir of Hamilton wrote, “I had an awful panic attack in front of a cafe...hyperventilating and shaking. A man held my hand while another patted my shoulder soothingly as he gently told me to 'breath in and out slowly'...a paramedic who knew exactly what to do in my situation.  Two girls, seeing me out in the cold sobbing, brought me a bottle of water and said, Good Luck with whatever you're dealing with.  I'm sure you'll do great! Later my friends calmed me with tight hugs. These people will never know how much they helped me and how much I thank them for encouragement.  These strangers saw someone in distress and rushed to help. I hope, if I see anyone in need, I'll be able to do the same.”

Health is Wealth:  Brain Food! 9 nutrients that boost the function of those 'little grey cells'! New research shows... nutrition has just as vital a role to play in mental health as it does in physical health.
Omega 3:  fatty fish like salmon and sardines, walnuts and flaxseed.
B Vitamins:  meat, eggs, dairy; beans, green leafy vegetables and grain products.
Coline: beef, soybeans, wheat germ, broccoli and brussel sprouts.
Iron:  red meat, poultry, seafood, dark leafy green vegetables and beans.
Zinc:  meat, poultry, seafood, nuts and whole-grain products.
Magnesium:  whole grains, nuts and seeds, leafy green vegetables.
S-Adenosyl Methioninec (SAME):  from supplements.
Vitamin D:  sunlight, fatty fish, egg yolks and beef  liver.
Amino Acids:  meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy, beans, nuts and whole grains.

Wildlife:  Did you know the Northern Leopard Frog has dark spots with light border that covers its back and sides; these spots resemble those of leopard?

Atlantic Puffins have difficulty becoming airborne…and often crash when landing. They are superbly adapted to swimming underwater, being compact, strong…their legs and feet act like rudders in water. 

MBK’s NewsBits:  Space Station Getting Italian Espresso- maker!  Aboard Space X supply ship is an authentic espresso machine from Italy.  The unmanned rocket will also carry 1800 kg of food and  other equipment.  The espresso machine is for International Space astronaut...Samantha Christopher of Italy.

Burger-King Wedding to be a Whopper!  Burger King is paying expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of an Illinois couple when Joel Burger weds Ashley King on July 17, 2015.

Cat to be Reunited with Owner after 6 Years!  A calico cat, stuck in Mud Animal Rescue of Belleville in Eastern Ontario, will be flown to Edmonton, Alberta, where she'll be picked up by her owner who had lost the cat while at college in Kemptville, Nova Scotia.

The Villarico Volcano, one of South America's most active, erupted in early March in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air; lava surged down the slopes.  Thousands of people moved to safety.

The Stratford Strut!  A flock of 20 white swans and a few geese paraded from their 'winter home' to the Avon River in Stratford, Ontario.  Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the Annual Spring Swan Parade as they honked their way to their 'summer retreat'.

Luke Fillion is planning to walk from Hamilton to Toronto on Friday, today, to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit at St. Peters Hospital in memory of his mother, Janis.

 Notable Dates:  May 8 (Friday) ~ World Red Cross Day
                            May 9 (Saturday) ~ International Migratory Day
                            May 10 (Sunday) ~ Mother's Day
                            May 12 (Tuesday) ~ International Nurses Day
                            May 18 (Monday) ~ Victoria Day; Patriot's Day...Quebec
                            May 22 (Friday) ~ International Day of Biodiversity
                            May 25 ~ (Monday) ~ National Missing Children's Day

Spiritual Advice:  Shamans On Call for Rites Near Machu Picchu.
In the highlands surrounding Machu Picchu in Peru, luxury hotels are calling Andes shamans to spiritually cleanse their guests...renew wedding vows...and lead ceremonies to offer gratitude to Mother Earth.  A local shaman may arrange morning hikes to explore sacred elements to develop a deeper understanding of the ancient Inca civilization's customs and spiritual beliefs.

Merle Baird-Kerr...crafted April 13, 2015
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  1. FROM MEG: "Loved your blog! Have a happy day"

  2. An easy read blog...with various tid-bit items, hopefully of interest.
    Thanks, Meg for your continuing support.