Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Oak Trail Books Celebrates 12 Years
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Sunday, April 08, 2007
by: Max Burbank
Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Three days prior, Jesus had been fatally crucified, a day commemorated ironically by the Christian world as 'Good Friday'. Crucifixion is reported to be significantly more painful than a root canal and I would not be inclined to call any day in which I had a root canal 'good'. Perhaps the Church is thinking ahead, as the New Testament tells us that Jesus arose from the grave, appeared to his disciples and ultimately ascended to Heaven, which has always struck me as odd. I mean, why bother coming back to life if you only stick around for a day or so? It seems like a lot of work. In any case, it is this act that is celebrated by Christians every year on Easter Sunday.
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Monday, February 12, 2007
Show You Care With Safer Choices for Valentine's Day
WASHINGTON - February 9 - The perfume you give your Valentine may contain unwanted — and unlisted — ingredients: toxic chemicals. But this Valentine's Day you can show your loved ones you really care with safer choices from the researchers at Environmental Working Group.
"Most people buy cosmetic products without realizing that they aren't screened for safety and that the fragrances in them may contain any number of additional undisclosed and untested chemical ingredients, some of which may present serious health risks," said Jane Houlihan, vice president for research at EWG, creators of the popular Skin Deep website.
Most ingredients in personal care products are listed on the label. But due to a loophole in federal law, the ingredients in fragrances are not disclosed. This loophole can expose the public to chemicals that present serious health risks.
In 2002, EWG researchers found phthalates in 17 brand-name fragrance products tested, although phthalates were not listed on the label. Phthalates are linked to serious reproductive problems in studies of people and animals. Phthalates are common fragrance ingredients, but the consumer has no way to know which products they are in.
Because cosmetics companies won't tell you what's in the scents they sell you, Environmental Working Group researchers combed through thousands of Valentine's day gift ideas to bring you products that not only smell great, but that are also free of hidden, potentially hazardous fragrances.
The EWG list of Valentine's day gifts with no hidden fragrance ingredients is at http://www.ewg. org/issues/ cosmetics/ valentine/.
Every day, Americans apply personal care products containing an average of 126 different ingredients, to their bodies. These chemicals include carcinogens and reproductive toxins, as well as many compounds that have never been tested for safety. For more information on the safety of the products you use, go to EWG's online product safety guide at http://www.ewg. org/skindeep/.
Skin Deep, the world's most popular searchable database of personal care products, is a safety guide with in-depth information on nearly 15,000 products. Skin Deep provides safety ratings and brand-by-brand comparisons that can help consumers choose safer cosmetics, shampoos, sunscreens and other items, and guide companies to make their products safer.
Indians, Archaeologists Worry About Sale Of Sacred Site
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Thursday, December 28, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Pagans In Iceland Object To Missionaries In Schools
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NOVEMBER 24 IS BUY NOTHING DAY - NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
From joining zombie marches through malls to organizing credit card cut-ups and shopoholic clinics, Buy Nothing Day activists aim to challenge themselves, their families and their friends to switch off from shopping and tune back into life for one day. Featured in recent years by the likes of CNN, Wired, the BBC, and the CBC, the global event is celebrated as a relaxed family holiday, as a non-commercial street party, or even as a politically charged public protest. Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending.
Reasons for participating in Buy Nothing Day are as varied as the people who choose to participate. Some see it as an escape from the marketing mind games and frantic consumer binge that has come to characterize the holiday season, and our culture in general. Others use it to expose the environmental and ethical consequences of overconsumption.
Two recent, high-profile disaster warnings outline the sudden urgency of our dilemma. First, in October, a global warming report by economist Sir Nicholas Stern predicted that climate change will lead to the most massive and widest-ranging market failure the world has ever seen. Soon after, a major study published in the journal Science forecast the near-total collapse of global fisheries within 40 years.
Kalle Lasn, co-founder of the Adbusters Media Foundation, which was responsible for turning Buy Nothing Day into an international annual event, said, "Our headlong plunge into ecological collapse requires a profound shift in the way we see things. Driving hybrid cars and limiting industrial emissions is great, but they are band-aid solutions if we don't address the core problem: we have to consume less. This is the message of Buy Nothing Day."
As Lasn suggests, Buy Nothing Day isn't just about changing your habits for one day. It's about starting a lasting lifestyle commitment to consuming less and producing less waste. With six billion people on the planet, the onus if on the most affluent - the upper 20% that consumes 80% of the world's resources - to begin setting the example.
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MEDIA LIASON: Laura FauthTELEPHONE NUMBER: 604-736-9401
EMAIL: media-pr@adbusters. org
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
U.S. Witches' Book Rocks Italy
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wanna Save The World? Make Sure You Plant The Right Tree
If you want to help, scientists across the country are saying these days, plant a tree. Better yet, work with your city to improve its urban forest.But here's the hard part.
We've all known for years that trees are good for the environment, soaking up air pollutants and greenhouse gases, and a little shade in the middle of what scientists are calling urban heat islands can't hurt. However, not all trees are the same. They all help to clear the air, in varying degrees, but many also contribute to air pollution by emitting volatile organic compounds, such as isoprene, which help form ozone, a health hazard.
Syracuse researchers found that if they could replant their city with trees that are great at sequestering carbon compounds, especially carbon dioxide, they could increase the removal of carbon by more than 300 percent. But they also found that air quality would actually suffer from an increase in volatile compounds.So they looked at mixing the forest, emphasizing trees that are good performers when it comes to carbon sequestration and don't emit a lot of junk. They came up with a list of 31 species, including American basswood, dogwood, Eastern white pine, Eastern red cedar, gray birch, red maple and river birch.
That combination, they found, would increase carbon sequestration by 86 percent, and reduce the emission of volatile compounds by 88 percent.
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Friday, October 27, 2006
Conversations with God, The Movie
The true story about the life of record-breaking New York Times bestselling author Neale Donald Walsch
Observations by Erik Karl Fulkerson
I am so glad I trusted my intuition. “This might be good,” was the subtle thought echoing in my mind as I watched the trailer. How many times have I not listen to the inner knowing, the subtle voice inside, my gut feeling, only to discover later despite any outward logic, my intuition turned out correct.
I needed to see this movie complete, and more than that, I wondered if my kids would enjoy watching the true story about Neale Donald Walsch. Now there would be a real test!
What a daunting task to tell the true story of how the magnificently sacred works of the Conversations With God books came to be written. What actor could possibly be able to play Neale Donald Walsch with believability?
Gratefully receiving an advance screener of the film I sat down to watch. As the ending credits rolled I said to myself, “We have a winner.”
I found it to be beautifully written, very well crafted, superbly directed. I give high praise and credit for the films success to actor Henry Czerny, playing the lead role as Neale. Having the distinct pleasure of spending time with Neale on a few occasions, I found Henry Czerny's portrayal tremendous in capturing the feeling, look, mannerism, intonation, and character of Neale Donald Walsch. Henry Czerny's masterful acting skill was pivotal in making the film great.
“There but for the grace of God, go I.” How many of us have said that to ourselves numerous times? I know I certainly have. How many of us have felt the fear of thinking we are just one paycheck away from being homeless as Neale once became? Too many times in my early corporate career did I feel such a fear. I believe this film will touch us all more deeply than we might first think; speaking to those fears prevalent in our lives all of us at some time have experienced.
Now for the Kid Test. Gather ye children did I, although it did take a little cajoling…well, bribery may be more accurate…which seem to persuade them to sit and watch. Their comments say it best, “That was really great.” “Did that really happen?” “I liked it. It was good.”
Perhaps a tougher test may be the older 18 to 25 demographic, with a couple of 14 year olds thrown into the mix. A few phone calls and couple of days later I had collected a half a dozen in this range. Much to my delight, and admittedly surprise, they also loved the film and found it inspiring, emotionally moving, and it prompted more questions about the real Neale and the Conversations With God books. A request I most joyfully fulfilled.
I feel this film may become another bridge for kids, teens, and adults to become more inspired about their spiritual life and their own private conversations with God.
I loved the movie, in particular Henry Czerny. The story is so well told and crafted by Eric Delabarre you are held intently till the very end, wanting more. Always a sign of a truly great film, and it could very well be another award winning film from Stephen Simon, his directing and production talent once again shining bright.
Don't miss this film, and if you desire like me, to see more films from the Spiritual Cinema genre, then it is vital you see this film in the theaters during its release. Go twice. Bring everyone you know. Tell everyone about it. Help carry the message to Hollywood the genre of Spiritual Cinema is real and supported.
The film will be released Friday, October 27th , to theaters around the country and November 10th in Canada. It is to these theaters where the support for a spiritual cinema film genre will be measured. If you want to see more of spiritual cinema in mainstream movie theaters, movies about heart and soul, then it is vital you go see Conversations With God, The Movie at one of these theaters. Look for a theater near you and watch the trailer at http://www.cwgthemovie.com .
Thursday, October 19, 2006
FDA Is Set To Approve Milk, Meat From Clones
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 17, 2006; Page A01
Three years after the Food and Drug Administration first hinted that it might permit the sale of milk and meat from cloned animals, prompting public reactions that ranged from curiosity to disgust, the agency is poised to endorse marketing of the mass-produced animals for public consumption.
The decision, expected by the end of this year, is based largely on new data indicating that milk and meat from cloned livestock and their offspring pose no unique risks to consumers.
"Our evaluation is that the food from cloned animals is as safe as the food we eat every day," said Stephen F. Sundlof, the FDA's chief of veterinary medicine, who has overseen the long-stalled risk assessment.
Farmers and companies that have been growing cloned barnyard animals from single cells in anticipation of a lucrative market say cloning will bring consumers a level of consistency and quality impossible to attain with conventional breeding, making perfectly marbled beef and reliably lean and tasty pork the norm on grocery shelves.
But groups opposed to the new technology, including a coalition of powerful food companies concerned that the public will reject Dolly-the-Lamb chops and clonal cream in their coffee, have not given up.
On Thursday, advocacy groups filed a petition asking the FDA to regulate cloned farm animals one type at a time, much as it regulates new drugs, a change that would drastically slow marketing approval. Some are also questioning the ethics of a technology that, while more efficient than it used to be, still poses risks for pregnant animals and their newborns.
"The government talks about being science-based, and that's great, but I think there is another pillar here: the question of whether we really want to do this," said Carol Tucker Foreman, director of food policy at the Consumer Federation of America.
That there is a debate at all about integrating clones into the food supply is evidence of the remarkable progress made since the 1996 birth of Dolly, the world's first mammalian clone, created from an udder cell of an anonymous ewe.
Scientists have now applied the technique successfully to cattle, horses, pigs, goats and other mammals. Each clone is a genetic replica of the animal that donated the cell from which it was grown.
Cloning could solve a number of long-standing farm problems. Many prize males are not recognized as such until long after they have been tamed by castration. With cloning, that lack of semen would not matter. Cloning also allows farmers to make many copies of exceptional milk producers; with natural breeding, cows have only one offspring per year, and half are males.
In the eyes of many in agriculture, cloning is simply the latest in a string of advances such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization that have given farmers better control over animal reproduction.
"Clones are just clones. They are not genetically engineered animals," said Barbara Glenn, chief of animal biotechnology at the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
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Children Singing Peace Around the World (CSPAW)
Children Singing Peace Around the World is a living prayer to heal the Earth sung with heartfelt commitment by youth and elders around the globe. Originally composed on Mt. Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii, its message of Peace and Aloha radiates worldwide through CSPAW programs, recordings and sharing heart to heart.
Peace, Peace, Peace, Peace
We are children singing Peace
Peace with the Mother
Peace with the Father
Children singing Peace
Peace with our Sisters
Peace with our Brothers
Children Singing Peace
Peace, Peace, Peace, Peace
We are children singing Peace
Peace within brings
Peace without and
Peace all over the world.
Peace, Peace, Peace, Peace
We are children singing Peace.
If you wish to hear this in MP3 you can check their website ate www.childrensingingpeace.com
Monday, October 16, 2006
Ancient Stonehenge Houses Unearthed
Nine Neolithic-era buildings have been excavated in the Stonehenge world heritage site, according to a report in the journal British Archaeology.The structures, which appear to have been homes, date to 2,600-2,500 B.C. and were contemporary with the earliest stone settings at the site's famous megalith. They are the first house-like structures discovered there.Julian Thomas, who worked on the project and is chair of the archaeology department at Manchester University in England, said Stonehenge could have been a key gathering place at the Neolithic era's version of a housing development.
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Friday, October 13, 2006
Free e-book on shamanism
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1 c Unbleached Flour, Sifted
2 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Salt
1/4 t Ground Cinnamon
1/4 c Vegetable Shortening
2/3 c Sugar
1 ea Large Egg
1/2 c Canned, Mashed Pumpkin
2 T Milk
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside. Cream together shortening and sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using electric mixer at medium speed. Beat in egg. Combine pumpkin and milk in small bowl. Add dry ingredients alternately with pumpkin mixture to creamed mixture, stirring well after each addition. Spoon batter into paper-lined 2 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups, filling 2/3rds full.
Bake in 350 degree F. oven 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with butter and homemade jam.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti-Durga
Das Heart's Wisdom recalled
Witches Weekly: Grimoire
A: I do not. Usually I post all the info at my website WiccaSources.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Number of books facing challenge drops to all-time low
NEW YORK — The number of books threatened with removal from library shelves dropped last year to its lowest total on record, with 405 challenges reported to the American Library Association.
The ALA has been tracking efforts to pull texts since the early 1980s, when it helped found Banned Books Week as a celebration of free expression. The 25th annual "Banned Books" program is taking place this week, as libraries and bookstores highlight works that have been removed or faced removal.
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Sunday, October 01, 2006
Pagans Sue On Emblem For Graves
But not the Wiccan pentacle, which the Department of Veterans Affairs has neither approved nor disallowed despite various petitions over the last nine years.
Yesterday three Wiccan families and two Wiccan churches sued to force the department to include their symbol — a five-pointed star inside a circle — on the list of approved emblems.
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