Here are a few ideas for a Happy Hallogreen: Control your lighting – If you choose to stay in and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, keep your energy usage down by turning the lights off in your house for the evening. Try using candles instead (pumpkin spice scented!) to illuminate the house and keep energy and spookiness alive. If you’re hesitant to use candles in your home, consider purchasing energy-efficient LED string lighting in a variety of Halloween colors. You can
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Books? Who read books these days when information is available on our fingertips? Take out the super-smart mobile phone, click, read, talk, impress people, forget and repeat! That’s all we do in this information overloaded era. But do we ruminate on what we have watched or read on our mobile phones? Do we try to implement or take action on the information we have received and transmitted? Surely not! We don’t have time, right? And climate change? OH MY GOD! I don’t believe i
My Diwali 2017– The Festival of Lights
I am in the balcony. The glancing mini LEDs connected in series have created an aureate façade with their Moroccan design. The dazzling blaze of the clay candles is amplifying the exquisiteness of rangoli (colorful patterns on the floor). I wonder how intelligently and artistically LIGHT has been created by Mother Nature. It combines and separates all the extant colors and bestows us the ability to feel them. There seems to be no place for obscurity, sadness, fear, anxiety a
Colors: Face of the Earth
Do you know how will your life look like 10 or 20 years from now? I bet for some they do, for some they don’t. If an artist asks you to draw or paint how you think the world will look like years from now and color it, what will be the result? I bet there are so many things that are happening right now that is concerning. Let us start with politics, war, climate related issues, nature related disasters and more. The earth looks different from how it is centuries ago and now.
Gucci goes fur free!
Another victory of the animals! Last Monday (October 9th 2017), Marco Bizzarri announced that from now on no more fur will be sold or used in the products of the Italian luxury brand Gucci. After eight years of negotiations with the Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest protection organization, Gucci decided to finally join the Fur-Free league of luxurious brands that includes Armani, Hugo Boss and Stella McCartney, among many others. "Technology is now av
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The Beginning This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The observance of this day can be traced back to 17 October 1987 when over a hundred thousand people gathered in Paris, France to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. They proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the ne
Be Kind to Earth
If you take care of land, it will take care of you – Bob Dixson Earth is a beautiful planet. It provides us with food, shelter, oxygen and with most of our requirements. Our current global population of 7.2 billion (and growing) depends on earth, not only for its natural resources and services, but also for inspiration and to feel a connection to something larger. We need to be kind to her for all the free services she is providing continuously. Rather, with our selfish activ
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Currently, there are more than 7 billion living humans on Earth, meaning that more than 7 billion mouths need to be fed. More than 800 million people, or about one in nine people, don’t have enough to eat. Someone will speculate that this problem is caused by a disproportionate relation between the food production and the population growth. However, for the past two decades, the rate of the production has increased faster than they need. The world produces enough to feed 12 t
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In the last few years, I’ve become increasingly concerned about all of the environmental and health problems associated with our massive plastic use in the developed world. Recent research has raised awareness about BPA (Bisphenol-A), and many people have started avoiding this particular plastic chemical, but many everyday products still contain BPA or other replacement chemicals that may not be any safer. What’s the Big Deal with Plastics? Plastic has become such a part of o
International Day of Non-Violence
Emulating Gandhi and His Inspiring Quotes Changing the world is not as hard as you may think. Even small acts of kindness have the power to brighten someone’s day. This can lead to a chain reaction of good will towards others. The International Day of Nonviolence, which takes place on October 2, advocates peace through public awareness and educational activities. Mahatma Gandhi was born on this day in Porbandar, India. He studied law, was the main figure who helped achieve In