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Practicing the Art of Preponderance

The problem with being perplexed is that one has to be patient when pondering

 Out of the paleness of one’s potentiality, the vibrancy of precision can be produced if one is purposeful

Precious as the rarest of all pearls is the wisdom of one’s positive projections of self

Precocious by nature but with a personality that has grown protective after years of providing food for prejudice, pilfering away at one’s pride

Promising paradigm shifts but stuck in patterns of preponderance

more persistent than not

Parlaying a prominent protagonist philosophy only providing more puzzlement to the pot

Preposterous proclamations lend nothing to the precarious situation

Feelings of persecution result in pessimism for which there is no preparing

Pleasure can only be permitted if the power of prayer presides

Principles prevail over problems offering professional progressiveness if there is no procrastination

Planning and preparedness pave the way for future profit and unlimited possibilities

For each of us has the potential to be prophets of the people and protest one should not

Prudence provides the platform for preservation of purpose

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Eco-friendly approaches are natural modifications that inspire healthy living. I came across a great book the other day that made me think about living in an eco-conscious way, in other words, living green. It is entitled: Designs for a Healthy Home – an eco-friendly approach by author Dan Phillips. The book is all about using non-toxic materials that are long-lasting, well-made and multi-functional, most importantly; the book focuses on the things that we can easily recycle. 

Some of the major features it covers are the essential elements; things that include, but are not limited to the basic fundamentals such as: space, clean air, water conservation, heating and cooling systems as well as; all internal and external materials. Phillips reminds us of how vital it is that if we have not already done so, that we should move toward a more ecologically sympathetic and caring lifestyle, one which supports one another and our desire to embrace what is natural and not synthetic.

The principles of eco-friendly approaches are many. Here are 10:

  1. Decrease the strain on the world’s resources
  2. Reduce and reuse
  3. Think renewable power and alternative energy (such as solar)
  4. Creating green space in the community
  5. Providing inspiring ways with which to improve our relationships
  6. Preserving the natural elements of the world
  7. Performing household maintenance chores without damaging the earth or polluting the air with carcinogens
  8. Saving energy and resources wherever and whenever possible
  9. Make conscientious choices without destroying the future for us all
  10. Lending our support to our local communities as much as we can and in as many ways that we can

Some Other Identifiable Concepts:

  • Going green
  • Living green
  • Green consumers
  • Co-op America
  • Socially responsible investments
  • Green festivals
  • Green Kids
  • Balanced societies
  • Community uplifting
  • Eco-friendly systems
  • Women-centric sanitary approaches
  •  Eco-initiatives
  • Eco-rating
  • Pigment-rich, eco-friendly paints
  • Recycled materials
  • Eco-friendly wallpaper paste
  • Ecological wood furnishing
  • Organic compounds
  • Green dining
  • Green restaurant movement
  • Green restaurant association
  • Organic beer and wine
  • Government assisted green upgrades
  • Green construction standards
  • Sustainable building projects
  • Environmentally sustainable
  • Healthy homes
  • Sociable cities

More on this topic

Green Spring Cleaning


Example of an Eco-friendly approach


Designs for a Healthy Home


How to Identify Eco-friendly Products


Where to get Eco-friendly Training


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One of the reasons that social capital is so invaluable, aside from the emotional and professional support it provides is because it allows us to draw from both inner and outer circles of contacts. 

Social Capital lets us tap into additional resources that normally would not be so readily available to us, if at all.  Even in situations, where our socio-economic status is not comparable to the financial means of others, our social capital can compensate and help bridge disparities in race, class and affluence.  Social capital and its sustainability is wealth beyond measure.

Strengthening our social capital is the best way to:

  • Join in and connect with the social scene
  • Increase our resources
  • Make an impact in our community
  • Have a voice
  • Get involved with a group
  • Foster collaboration
  • Amplify our voices

 Social capital involves but is not limited to any number of the following:

  • Social influence
  • Strong networks
  • Long standing associations
  • Professional relationships
  • Inner connections
  • Satisfying interactions
  • Relevant relations
  • Career contacts
  • Working groups
  • Tightly knit groups
  •  Notables
  • Distinguished alliances
  • Social culture
  • Social sustainability
  • Members of the In-crowd
  • Friends
  • Social systems
  • Rich networks
  • Social savvy
  • Social elite
  • Personal relations
  • Personal connections
  • Close involvements
  • Human collectives
  • Like-minded individuals
  • Virtual ties
  • Valuable connections
  • Core network members
  • Collection of social ties
  • Social platforms

More on this Topic –

Utube Description of Social Capital


Elements of Bourdieu – unequal distribution of cultural capital creates boundaries  


The Strength of Virtual Ties


Sites Worth the Visit

Social Capital Gateway


Social Vulnerability Map – quiz


Test to see how social are you


Social Clout Project


Social Anxiety Forum – social anxiety support


Putting a Price on Social Connections


Elements of Bourdieu – unequal distribution  of  capital creates boundaries  


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“Treat people as if they were what they thought they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” – Goethe


Some people consider kindness to be the greatest of all the virtues. When I think of the word kindness I immediately think of someone who is charitable. There are many ways we can be charitable, but none as important as kindness. In my mind the words kindness and concern are synonymous.

 Although, it  is often the case, kindness should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness. People who work at being pleasant and accommodating to the needs of those they come in contact with are not necessarily pushovers. They have learned to be respectful, using caution and being mindful when they encounter others.

Rarely, do we overhear a kind person being advised to mind his or her manners.  Kind people always put themselves in the other person’s place.  Their understanding of others is generally very profound. They are acutely perceptive about the mood and temperament of strangers and if at first, they are treated rudely, they take it under the chin, and guard against becoming defensive, unlike some individuals who believe in instant reciprocity.  

Socially, kind people are better prepared for rejection, just because someone is rude, they never dismiss them outright. Since they are seldom self-depreciating, if they are mistreated they think flexibly and look at the incident another way by giving the social offender the benefit of the doubt.  

Politeness is reflected in all of their conversations and social endeavors; they pride themselves on being unassuming and courteous. With only a few exceptions, persons who demonstrate kindness are usually low-key and strive to maintain social harmony and avoid the ill effects of conflict. 

Kindness is a very important aspect of humanity; it speaks of generosity and compassion. A lack of kindness can bring untold unhappiness to people who are in a place we may not be aware of both mentally and physically, a dark place where they are very vulnerable to our responses to them.

While doing some research for additional links on this topic I came across a foundation whose mission it is to inspire people to do random acts of kindness http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ their focus is to encourage people to make kindness an everyday occurrence in their lives and in doings so, to make us all aware of its positive effects in our society.  

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi “Random Acts of Kindness, 1994”

More on this Topic –

People Care – Take a Look


How Americans Can Support the Troops


What we can do in this world to evoke radical change and reduce conflict


How  One Nurse Showed Kindness


Slide Show – Kindness Revealed


Scene from the Movie Elephant Man – True Story


A tribute to Joseph Merrick – who was a human being


Utube Random Acts of Kindness


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The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem. -Rev. Aaron Kilbourn

The hero dead cannot expire: The dead still play their part. – Charles Sangster

I am prepared to sacrifice every so-called privilege I possess in order to have a few rights. – Inez Milholland, Suffragist 1909

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!  ~Maya Angelou

Better than honor and glory, history’s iron pen, the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men. ~Richard Watson Gilder

Bravery never goes out of fashion,” said author William Makepeace Thackeray

Freedom isn’t free.

Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.  Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America

The only Easy day was Yesterday – U.S. Navy Seals

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

There is a price we must pay for freedom and our soldiers and their loved ones are paying it.

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The Encarta Dictionary describes the word transcendence as going beyond a thought or a belief, a quality or an achievement.  To transcend our existence we must do so with the totality of our mind, and with every ounce of our will, with an inner resolve that our being will be transformed by our slow evolving awareness of our spiritual presence in this world.      

Transcendence involves a rewriting of our life scripts as we perceived them prior to our transformation.  It requires a mission mentality, the caring and nurturing of our spirit so we can reach out to others in a way that is more responsive to them and less reactionary. 

The struggle comes from the unfamiliar approaches that we must integrate to offset our natural inclinations toward the elements that make up our existence.  Despite the gaps in our knowledge, slowly over a prolonged period of time, we become individuals who are highly-refined in the trials and tribulations of transcendence.

Simplification is the platform from which transcendence is preliminarily launched.  All one’s views must be scaled down for greater personal reflection.  One cannot change if this step is omitted because it is this unknowingness of self that brings about the urge to make the journey to begin with. As is the case with any conversion the starting point must be made clear by ridding ourselves of our “blind spots.”  Greater clarity requires concision to avoid the possibility of confusion.

Transcendence involves one’s contributions and their impact on his or her community using one’s blessed gifts and acquired talents as a form of much needed intervention.  Aiding society in areas that are less apparent to others insists on a spiritual awakening to fill the voids in one’s environment.   Most importantly, offering to do one’s part as an independent provider or as a member of an effective collective consciousness.

More Information on This and Related Topics –

Change Your Thoughts and Change your Life


Blind Spots – What to Do when we know that we don’t know


Transcendence Theatre


More Information on Gertrude Pearlman Theatre


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Easter Sunday is all about all things that are bright and beautiful! Christ arises from the dead and celebrations abound. Easter is a time of spiritual renewal, when we take inventory of our faith, and when we reunite with the beauty of nature. It is after a long dark period when we expressed hope over doubt, when no visible proof of Christ’s promises were evident. Easter is the time when we are rewarded for our uncompromising faith. He has risen from the dead and with him comes light of redemption. 


What it Means

A Spiritual Stimulus for Us All

Greater belief in hope

Evidence in things once unseen

Life after death exists

Christ was more than a prophet

We can trust in the words of the Lord

Promises kept

Serenity Afforded

 A Second Chance

Nature follows the spiritual laws (first there is winter and then comes spring)

Suffering related to our faith is never in vain or fruitless

God’s miracle working power restores all that is lost and broken

Christ is victorious and His truth apparent

His teachings are in the lessons of His complete surrender as evidenced by the crucifixion and

 the release brought about by His resurrection!

Fame, honor, wealth are transient things that change with the seasons but the rewards from God are everlasting in their existence!


Sunrise service

Easter Sunday mass

Church Services at the Vatican in Rome

Easter baskets filled with decorated eggs

Treasured Easter Eggs

Holiday photographs

Dressing up for Easter

Sweets and Cuddly Toys

Easter Egg Hunts at the White House

Easter Parades

Easter bonnets

Easter Shoes

Little baby chicks

Common Easter Faire –


Easter brunch at fancy hotels

Easter picnics with barbecue chicken, baked ham and corn on the cob and apple pie for dessert

Supper ham with cherry sauce, peas and carrots with mashed potatoes and homemade biscuits and gravy

Turkey with cornbread and sausage stuffing or braised lamb dinner with roasted red potatoes fresh mint sauce and asparagus with hollandaise sauce


More About The Resurrection and Easter

Bible Verses for Easter

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Different Sightings of Christ during the Resurrection


Video – A Case for Jesus’ Resurrection (historical facts)


Article – I Believe in the Resurrection


Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Redemptive history


The Easter Song – Enjoy!!!


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Living life and Loving it by embracing all that means the world to us. Nothing can compare to the things that matter most to us!

  • Ability to be alone with ourselves and our thoughts
  • Accomplishments that involve projects that we have completed
  • Actions intended to assist others and to help those in need to solve their own problems
  • Advantages in our careers that we recognize as great opportunities

  • Advice from those we can trust
  • Affection from those we love
  • Affluence in the things that matter most to us

  • Aid from those we permit to care for us
  • Allowances for our faults and the errors of others
  • Amazement at the things in our lives that are hard or impossible to understand
  • Amusement  and an appreciation for the ironies in life

  • Answers to questions we have the courage to ask
  • Appearance that suits our expectations
  • A healthy appetite for life

  • Appreciation from those we admire
  • Artistic flair and a strong appreciation for all that is aesthetic
  • Assertiveness when necessary
  • Assets that make us feel rich even if they appear worthless to others

  • Assurance of one’s capabilities to survive even the worst of conditions
  • Attitude that lends itself to social and professional agility
  • Awe for the wonders of the world


  • Fresh air
  • People watching
  • A walk on the beach

  • Café Olay
  • Croissants
  • The sound of rain

  • Window shopping in Paris
  • Riding the rapids
  • Ice cubes
  • Homemade ice-cream

  • Roller skating
  • Shaving
  • A massage
  • A walk in the park on the first day of Spring

  • A ride in a gondola in Italy
  • A good meal with a friend
  • A cup of hot piping coffee first thing in the morning

  • Coming home to a pet
  • Taking a look at a family album
  • Conversations with intelligent and curious children
  • Riding in a horse and buggy

  • Eating a regional delicacy
  • Listening to a favorite musical recording artist
  • Reading romantic poetry to a lover
  • Waking from an afternoon nap

  • Attending a play in NYC
  • Walking through a forest of redwood trees in Northern California
  • Taking a moment to recognize all that matters most

  • Belly laughter
  • Family heirlooms
  • A serving of homemade chicken soup when bedridden with the flu
  • A day trip to the Cape

  • A cookout on a camping trip
  • The first days of the autumn season
  • A letter from home
  • The anticipation of the arrival of a long-awaited guest

  • The first light of dawn after a night of stormy weather
  • Passing a grueling test
  • Feeling happy and perfectly content

  • Knowing you are in a place where you need to be to be of the most service
  • Make someone happy and you will be happy 2

More of The Same – exploring the extraordinary

Song – Make Someone Happy!


Video – When plain will never be the Same –


How to Write Your Own Poems


Do You Wanna Dance?


John Denver’s – Take Me Home, Country Roads


Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic


Dancing in the Moonlight


Sweet City Woman


Run for the Roses – Dan Fogelberg


Mr. Clown by Splendid


Rainbow in the Sky


Summertime w/ Ella Fitzgerald


How to Make Ice Cream


Canon Rock Violin


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Hardest Earned Accomplishments Imaginable


“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars,

or sailed to an uncharted land,

Or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

Helen Keller


Helen Keller’s Favorite Song – sung with the spirit and in the rhythm of Courage


Muhammad Ali’s Speech 


Running Back’s – Unexpected Win – “Never Say Never!”


The Song of Success


 Dance of Life to Stop AIDS – a very revealing look at a HIV patient who is a real inspiration! 


Community College Gives Hard Earned Awards for Recognition and Efforts to the Most Unlikely Graduates


Never Too Old to Return to School – 92 Year Old Graduate (Final Triumph)


Cultural Value of Conservation Efforts – Environmental Stewardship Simply Defined


Quality of City-life Transformed by Mayor’s Vision (host G-20 Conference) Reducing Global Warming


Conserve New Delhi – Win-Win Solutions


Inner Resolve of 40 Surviving Orphans – Haitian Earthquake Peace Keeping Volunteers from Jordan


Greatest Tennis Player Ever – Roger Federer (Victory Personified)


Unrehearsed Rescue of Trapped Courageous Miners in Chile


Interview – First Female Astronaut


Raising Issues – Introducing Solutions for Improving Self-esteem


The complete history of the World’s most famous Triathlon


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We are the way.  We are the hope, and hope is eternal. Hope flows from an infinitum, and is maintained by the Supreme Force of the Divine.

The Divine is ceaselessly with us and within us, ever present and always available. It is part of all that is and forever will be.  

We must never forget that we are all an integral component of the Divine and, as part of the Divine, we hold the Power“The Divine Power of One,” and it is with this power that change is truly possible.  

We are responsible for the outcome of our future; after all, we are the world. Some of us believe it is too simple to be true, but it isn’t! 

There is still much that can be done and we are the ones who are charged with doing it – what we can, whenever we can, and everywhere we can.

We must not think, not even for a single minute, that when what we see is not working that it cannot in some way be modified, or that it is someone else’s responsibility to change the dynamic. 

In our heart of hearts, and in our souls, we know the truth, and more importantly, we know the way.  

Here is one small change we can all consider making.


Some Related Videos and Slide Shows

Inspirational Video – Power of One


UTube – What One Person Can Do


Utube – Sneaker Drive by Kids to Save the World


The Power is Within


Stand By Me – Check out the lyrics of these fantastic street musicians


A Slide Show of Life


 Songs for Change

Tracy Chapman – New Beginnings


Please Help Save the World


Raise Your Voice


Film Reviews – Brief Overviews about Four Documentary Films on themes Related to: Saving the World


Articles to Read

Emotional Recovery after Natural Disasters


How to Get People to Do the Right Thing


Survival Skills – Stay Alive


Make Everyday Earth Day


Adaptive Cartographic Visualization for Support in a Crisis  


Books to Read

Quick Review:  of Saving the World, by Julia Alvarez

This true story takes place in 1803, it is about a Spanish doctor who crossed the Atlantic with twenty-two orphan boys—all live carriers of the smallpox vaccine—to inoculate the population of Spain’s American colonies. Accompanying them on the two-year voyage was a mysterious woman, the rectoress of the orphanage.  Alvarez, the author of the book, whose husband at the time was working with an organization committed to eradicating AIDS in developing countries, travels to the Dominican Republic and when his life is threatened, it is Isabel’s strength (the woman in this novel) inspires Alma’s unexpected heroic action. It is here that the radiant stories of two women swept up in campaigns against the scourges of their day come together to evoke change.

Nicholas Kristof Comments on These Very Special Books on Saving the World


Link to the Book – Saving the World


Documentary Films to Watch

How to Save the World


Beautiful People with Beautiful Minds & How Through Their Brilliance They Changed our World


A Day in the Life of an Activist Trying to Bring About World Change And Taking Great Risks to Do it Too!


Judy Garland Singing CBS Radio Program “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” In a command performance 1943


We are The World- Michael Jackson / Lionel Richie and Friends  


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