Old friends pas…

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.
~His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Hello all!

Finals are looming over Laura and me so unfortunately we just have time for a short post this Monday.  I love this quote, and I thought it might be inspirational to those of you out there who are having difficulty keeping your spirits up during this rainy winter.  Make your day a little more meaningful by helping a friend – sometimes just a smile and a wave can brighten someone’s day.  Spread the love everyone!

Happy holidays,

Joan

Change the World

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When I used to think about changing the world, I thought of a scientist developing the cure for cancer, or some similarly huge task. These big tasks are often accomplished by a few, or even just one brave soul(s). That is amazing in itself, but that common idea leads us, the public, to believe that we can’t make a difference in the world – that we are powerless. How?
There are over 7 billion people in the world, and we think that we are powerless? We can’t allow that mindset. If we change our outlooks to be positive, if we laugh more, if we smile more, if we lend a helping hand to those around us more… We are powerful.

By respecting and loving ourselves, we are respecting and loving others…genuinely. The change starts with you.

The Pacific Ocean – Lifeless?

The Pacific Ocean – Lifeless?

A revised comment on the article… Please click on the link above to read about the Pacific problem.

The extinction rates of species have been increasing lately. I don’t think there is solely one culprit to death in the Pacific, such as Fukushima. Surely Fukushima has contributed to the problem, but the root of it all (in my opinion) is consumerism. The public demands products, and the companies deliver. The farmers, the factories, you name it, produce the items by hacking up the land and eliminating Earth’s wildlife. Workers do insane labor for terrible pay. They process the ingredients, make the product, and that releases toxins into the air, the water, the soil, etc. The consumers use that product, and toss away the extra. Our oceans are littered with garbage, the things that don’t just “dissolve away.” Plastic remains, being eaten by fish, being eaten by us… the cycle continues.

This is something we can’t ignore. We aren’t just hurting the environment and animals, we are slowly killing ourselves. We depend on our environment. We can’t afford to destroy it, or hurt other people constantly. The solution starts with the individual… into teams, into cities, into states, countries, governments. Environmental change is scary, but we can’t keep saying it’s acceptable to ignore it. Facing our fears will fare a better future.

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Laura

P.S.
Posting article to make up for lost posts.

The Cloud Machine

The Cloud Machine

Photo taken by Laura M. in Costa Rica.

When I was little, I used to think that the purpose of factories was to make clouds. As I grew up, I learned I wasn’t so wrong. Only, the clouds factories produce are not the pure, white fluffy ones at which we like to gaze. They emit toxic substances that damage to DNA in developing embryos, and inflict diseases of different severities to those who are nearby. This does not only happen with factories, but with cars, motorcycles, lawnmowers, etc., as well. To counter this, walk, cycle, or bus to your destinations. If a car must be driven, drive an environmentally friendly car (good mileage, low emissions, hybridized, electrically-powered), and choose a car over a motorcycle or scooter (the emissions are better). The first step to reducing toxic substances in our air is by altering our means of transportation.

Apply yourself, every day!

Laura

Interesting Reads:

Air Pollution a Leading Cause of Cancer

A Toxic Home on the Range?

Help with carbon footprint

Motorcycles vs. Cars

Slime Mold Solves Maze – Intelligence?

Hello everyone!
This is Laura here, I’ve been back at home from Hawaii for a few weeks now. I’ve just been so busy that I haven’t had time to update the blog.
Joan and I are in college now, and we have to focus much more on schoolwork. That means putting in every bit of effort that we can, to make sure that our dollars don’t go to waste. From this point on, we’ll be posting once a week on MONDAYS!

This video was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook – it’s pretty nuts. See why slime mold is so flippin’ cool! Does this make you rethink intelligence? When a single celled organism can, with no mistakes, find its way through a maze, choose healthy food, and explore an area? What makes humans, dolphins, dogs, cats, etc. intelligent?

Love, Laura