WE CAN LEARN MUCH FROM OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS!

It’s time to forget the negative issues that are pressing on our minds.  Let go of them and clear your mind…if only for a moment.  Clear your mind and allow yourself to feel joy, love and to laugh.  Here are some videos that will ease the burden of hardship and allow you to live in the moment where nothing matters else matters except your enjoyment:

Kate (the Great Dane) and Pippin (Black tailed Deer)

Bubbles (dog) and Bella (elephant)

Cat and Dolphin

Owl and Cat

Leo the Lion, Sheer Khan the Tiger and Baloo the Black Bear

Allow yourself to relax by giving yourself moments to enjoy the simple things in life.  Enjoy the time you have and live in the moment – it is all you have, it is all WE have.

Wishing you all much love, health and happiness and know that……..

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

WHAT ARE YOU MOTIVATED BY?

Many of us are motivated for various reasons – love, money, fame, fortune, greed, boredom, etc..  Have you ever asked yourself what motivates you to do the things you do?

Let me share with you why I am motivated to do the things that I do.

There was a time in my life where the only thing I cared about was myself.  What looked like, how I acted, who I chose as my companions, what I bought, where I ate….and so on.  Today, I have no concerns for any of these things.  The things that I find important have nothing to do with me but the well-being of those who are suffering.  So what are those things?  Human rights issues, animal rights and environmental protection.  Don’t get me wrong, I still care about my job, my husband and having clothing, food and shelter – but not in excess.

So how am I motivated for human rights issues, animal advocacy and the environment?  Let’s take a look.

Human Rights

Everyone deserves to be treated equally and have the same basic rights as everyone else.  The right to clean drinking water, food, shelter, equality, employment and health care.  Currently, the distribution of wealth favours those who already have huge sums of money.  They don’t struggle with health issues, losing their homes, losing their jobs or going hungry.  How is it that we still can’t protect women who seek to better their lives through education in some countries, homosexuals are subjected to imprisonment or even death in many countries around the world, why do we allow mass genocide in various countries around the world?  Why are so many impoverished men, women and children still without clean drinking water?  I meditate, I sign and share petitions, I donate and I education myself on many human rights issues so that I directly and indirectly create some positive change in the world.

Animal Advocacy

Animals do voice their concern – whether it is a loud cry from violence inflicted against them or grief from losing their kin.  They feel, they sense, they understand and have emotions as we do.  How is it that we respect and call dogs ‘man’s best friend’ and in the same breath eat the meat from a fish, pig or cow?  Cats and dogs are domesticated and farm animals are just that – farm animals.  I stopped eating meat for mostly ethical reasons (have you ever heard rabbits scream?) and a minor health issue.  I continue to learn about the amazing things animals do and am a proud PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) supporter.  I have learned to tone down my advocacy (even though those who eat meat continue to snicker and mock my lifestyle) but continue to share posts/blogs with others regarding the torture and violence that many animals continue to endure at the hands of humans.  What I learn – I share because, even if my message only reaches one person, that saves a life of an animal some where.

The Environment 

Without clean water, food and breathable air – there is no earth and there is no humanity.  End of story.  In the last hundreds years and throughout the industrial revolution, we have managed to wreak so much havoc on the planet that has allowed us to change the climate.  Our dependency on dirty oil has modified weather patterns across the globe.  The oceans are more acidic due to the increase in water temperatures, deforestation has allowed the increase in temperatures around the globe.  We are now witnessing more severe and destructions hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons, wildfires, ice storms, floods and so on.  What is the solution?  Less.  Less of everything.  No more big SUV’s and trucks, less televisions, less materialistic things (they use much of earths resources), less meat consumption (the greatest environmental threat is factory farming), less travel, less polluting, less of everything.  Drastic, absolutely!  Necessary, you better believe it!  What am I doing to help our environment?  Well, for starters, I no longer contribute to factory farming as a vegan.  I am currently investigating and will be investing in solar panels for my major source of energy.  I will be buying an electric car as they don’t rely on dirty oil.  I make it a point to support companies that invest on green technology and sustainable energy.  I share and write blogs about corrupt companies who only care about the bottom line no matter at what cost.  I don’t support governments or political candidates who continue to support things such as the Alberta Tar Sands or drilling in the Arctic.  I don’t support and will cease to support any company that contributes to deforestation and polluting our waters.

My motivations are not due to greed, distraction, envy, the need to be famous, rich or powerful.  My motivations are directly linked with empathy for those who are less fortunate than I am, those who cannot speak for themselves and for a planet that is pushed to its limits.  I am motivated by my need to create positive change in my community, in my province, in my country and for my planet.  That is all.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

 

 

WHO IS ESTHER…..THE PIG?

My husband introduced me to Esther the Wonder Pig about a year ago.  I was instantly hooked and captivated by her story….here is the rundown from Esther the Wonder Pig’s website:

Esther is some pig. She was misrepresented as a “micro pig” and sold to Steve and Derek in the summer of 2012.  She was just 4 pounds, and in under 2 years she grew to be 500 pounds! Derek and Steve kept Esther anyway.  She was accustomed to home life, and so the whole family went on an adventure of a lifetime.

We have followed Ester’s story as well as Steve and Derek’s (and the rest of the family) on Facebook.  We learned about their ambitions and future plans to open a sanctuary (which we can’t wait to go visit).

Steve and Derek’s story is one of commitment, dedication, perseverance and love.  Why would anyone in their right mind end up keeping a pig that weighed over 500lbs after thinking they were receiving a micro pig?  Well – people who are special, people who have a conscience and people who are defenders of animals.

Esther is not just a pig – she really is the Wonder Pig!

Here are some facts about pigs:

  • Pigs snuggle close to one another and prefer to sleep nose to nose.
  • They dream, as humans do.
  • In their natural surroundings, pigs spend hours playing, sunbathing and exploring.
  • People who run sanctuaries report that pigs enjoy listening to music, playing with soccer balls, and getting massages.
  • Pigs communicate constantly with one another, more than 20 vocalizations have been identified that pigs use in different situations, from wooing mates to saying “I’m hungry!”
  • Newborn piglets learn to run to their mothers’ voices and to recognize their own names.
  • Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.
  • According to Professor Donald Broom of the Cambridge University Veterinary School, “[Pigs] have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated.  Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than human] 3-year olds.
  • Pigs appear to have a good sense of direction and have found their way home over great distances.
  • Adult pigs can run at speeds of up to 11 miles an hour.
  • Pigs do not “eat like pigs” or “pig out”.  They prefer to eat slowly and savour their food.
  • Pigs are clean animals.  If given sufficient space, they will be careful not to soil the area where they sleep or eat.
  • Pigs don’t “sweat like pigs”, they are actually unable to sweat.
  • They like to bathe in water or mud to keep cool.

***Thanks to PETA contributor – Heather Moore, for the above points.  This information and more about pigs and any other animal is available on:  http://www.peta.org/blog/top-ten-fascinating-facts-pigs/

My husband and I are advocates for animals – we consider ourselves vegetarian, almost vegan.  We do our best to be conscious of what we buy, wear and who we support.  We are thrilled about Esther’s future and hope that all the great things Steve and Derek have completed and have yet to complete come to fruition.  Here are some great photos of Esther and her family:

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All the best to you and your family…

For more information about Esther, please follow here on Facebook or check out her website:

https://www.facebook.com/estherthewonderpig

http://www.estherthewonderpig.com

This is the perfect example that by working together, positive outcomes can happen.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

WHAT IF WE COULD CHANGE PAST OUTCOMES WITH THE TRUTH?

I believe that everything that has happened to each and every one of us, and in the past, happened for a reason and happened because we needed to learn something in order to personally grow from that incident.  But, what if that didn’t apply to certain events in history?  What if some of the outcomes to certain events that affected the whole world were fraudulent and untrue?

In my lifetime, the biggest outcome that had some of the most horrifying implications around the world was the US Presidential election of 2000 in which George W. Bush was elected president.

Florida was the deciding state for the presidency – here’s what happened that was not part of mainstream news stories:

“The New York Times and many other newspapers, concluded that Mr. Bush would have come out slightly ahead, even if all the votes counted throughout the state had been retallied” (Alessandra Stanley, New York Times, May 23, 2008, in a review of the HBO television movie Recount).  This is not true for the following reasons:

  • The New York Times did not do their own recount, it participated in a consortium which concluded; “If all the ballots had been reviewed under any of seven single standards, and combined with the results of an examination of overvotes, Mr. Gore would have won, by a very narrow margin” (Ford Fessenden and John M. Broder, New York Times, November 12, 2001).
  • The law in Florida is quite direct:

f(4)  If the returns for any office reflect that a candidate was defeated or eliminated by one-half of a percent or less of the votes cast for such office…the board responsible for certifying the results of the vote on such race or measure shall order a recount of the votes cast with respect to such office or measure.

  • Based on the above piece of legislation, The Florida court ordered a recount.
  • The United States Supreme Court stepped in and shut the recount down.
  • All the news organizations had the same information:  Al Gore received more legal, countable votes than George Bush.
  • Here are some headlines after the consortium was formed by the organizations that formed the consortium:

STUDY OF DISPUTED FLORIDA BALLOTS FINDS JUSTICES DID NOT CAST THE DECIDING VOTE, New York Times

IN ELECTION REVIEW, BUSH WINS WITHOUT SUPREME COURT HELP, Wall Street Journal

BUSH STILL HAD VOTES TO WIN IN A RECOUNT, STUDY FINDS, Los Angeles Times

FLORIDA RECOUNTS WOULD HAVE FAVORED BUSH, Washington Post

FLORIDA RECOUNT STUDY:  BUSH STILL WINS, CNN.com

RECOUNT:  BUSH, St. Petersburg Times

  • Gore Vidal from the The New York Times  indicated the following:

If all ballots had been reviewed under any of seven single standards, and combined with the results of an examination of overvotes, Mr. Gore would have won, by a very narrow margin.

The above is written in the book, Censored 2009 – Chapter 2:  Censored Deja vu – What Happened to Previous Censored Stories.  The specific story is written by Larry Beinhart.  Larry Beinhart is the author of Wag the Dog, The Librarian and Fog Facts:  Searching for Truth in the Land of Sin, all available at nationbooks.org.

Can you imagine if the people of the United States of America and the world really grasped the implications of the above and mobilized for truth and justice?  The outcome of the 2000 US presidential elections were wrong and all the policies that George W. Bush legislated should not be the law of the land.  George W. Bush is directly responsible for invading Iraq and the deaths of over one million Iraqi’s.  He has pushed through legislation that benefit and protects corrupt corporations, banks and government but punishes those who question those policies.  He declared war with the world and his own citizens using the ‘the war on terror’ and the events of September 11, 2001 as justification.  All this and more and he wasn’t even the president.

If more of us removed all the “distractions” in our lives, we would have been able to change the outcome of that day.  We must rise up and demand accountability from our governments around the world.  We must demand that they work towards creating positive change for our future, the environment and our children’s well-being.  We must not support greedy corporations and companies that continue to destroy our planet in order to increase their profits.   We must support and elect politicians who are driven by the need to create positive change in the world and not positive financial outcomes for those who dish out the most money.  This can happen – it is starting to.  All we have to do is WAKE UP.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

The land that is now Canada has been inhabited for millennia by various Aboriginal peoples (indigenous peoples in North America).  They comprise the First Nations, Inuit and Métis which have helped to shape Canada’s cultural identity.  The name Canada comes from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning “village” or “settlement”.

I was born in Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal but immigrated to Canada in 1973 just before turning 4 years old.  I really don’t have any memories of the country I was born.  I really consider myself to be Canadian and made it official on my 20th birthday in 1989. 

Frequently referred to as Canada’s birthday, Canada Day is the national day of Canada celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North American Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.

In celebration of Canada Day and my 25th anniversary of becoming Canadian, I thought I would share some interesting facts about Canada, here they are:

WILDLIFE

  • 850 meters, the length of the world’s longest beaver dam found in Northern Alberta.
  • 2.4 million Caribou live in Canada.
  • 15,500 of the world’s polar bears live in Canada.
  • 130 km north of Winnipeg, Manitoba – is the Narcisse Snake Dens Conservation area, where each spring, tens of thousands of red-sided Gartner snakes come out of their dens for weeks from mid-April to early May.

PEOPLE

  • More than 42% of Canadians identify as Roman Catholic.
  • 1/5 Canadians were born outside of Canada.
  • Canada is the best G20 country in which to be a woman.

GOVERNMENT

  • The Prime Minister has no term limit, meaning that as long as a leader keeps winning, they can keep ruling.
  • John A. Macdonald (Conservative) was the first Prime Minister of Canada for two terms, 1867-1873 and 1878-1891.  He was born in Scotland.
  • William Lyon Mackenzie King (Liberal) was Prime Minister for 21 years.
  • Currently, there are five parties that have elected representation in the federal government: the Liberal Party of Canada , the Conservative Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party of Canada, the Green Party of Canada and the Bloc Québécois. 

ENVIRONMENT/GEOGRAPHY

  • Canada consists of 10 provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) and 3 territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut).
  • Canada has the largest coastline in the world.
  • It is the second largest country in the world (Russia is the largest).
  • By land area alone, Canada ranks fourth.
  • Canada has around 31,700 large lakes.
  • 20% of the world’s fresh water is in Canada.
  • 31% of Canada is taken up by forests.

FOOD/DRINK

  • 77% of the world’s maple syrup is made in Quebec.
  • Macaroni and cheese is the most purchased packaged grocery item in Canada.
  • Canada produces 1.5% of the world’s food but only consumes 0.6%
  • Canada has more doughnut shops per capita than anywhere else in the world.

INVENTIONS

  • Montreal pharmacist, Marcellus Gilmore Edson created peanut butter, patented in 1884.
  • Montreal’s Canadian Lady Corset company first licensed the trademark ‘Wonder-bra’ in 1939, and then renamed the company Wonderbra in 1961.
  • Scott Abbott, a Montreal sports editor, and Chris Haney, a photo editor, when they couldn’t find all their Scrabble tiles, invented Trivial Pursuit in 1979.
  • Other notable inventions: the odometer (1854), the egg carton (1911), IMAX (1967), McIntosh apples (1811), the walkie-talkie (1937), insulin (1922), the paint roller (1940), the wheelchair-accessible bus (1947), the electric wheelchair (1952).

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Porky’s (1982) is the most successful Canadian film ever made.  It was the 5th highest-grossing film of 1982.
  • Shania Twain’s album, Come On Over, is the best-selling album by a female artist of all-time.  RIAA certifies worldwide sales of the album exceed 40 million units.
  • Alanis Morissette’s, Jagged Little Pill, is the second best-selling album by a female artist of all-time.  RIAA certifies worldwide sales of the album exceed 33 million units.
  • Other notable Canadian celebrities:  Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Aykroyd, Bryan Adams, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, James Cameron, Drake, Jann Arden, Rush and Nickelback – just to name a few.

I am a proud Canadian and am love the country that I live in.  I may sometimes be critical of our government but only because I want to ensure that our policy makers protect the Canadian people and the wonderful environment that Canada provides us.

Here’s to you Canada!

 Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

 

EVEN MOTHER NATURE LOVED WORLD PRIDE 2014.

As World Pride 2014 in Toronto comes to a close.  I thought I would share 2 very good videos promoting love.

I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do:

The world watched as Toronto welcomed PEACE, EQUALITY, LAUGHTER, JOY, and LOVE and shared it with the world.

May you all share YOUR peace, equality, laughter, joy and love and help spread positive energy around the world.

PS – This is an actual photo right after the closing of Toronto’s World Pride Parade – Looks like even Mother Nature wanted to give something back and share her pride with Toronto.

Together, we can all make the world a more positive one!