Fire. It is awesome, in the truest sense of the word. Powerful, wild, unpredictable and deadly serious. It captures spirits in a hypnotic trance. It inspires and warms. It burns only when we break that unspoken barrier.
To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world. ~Charles Dudley Warner
Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves. ~Italian Proverb
The most tangible of all visible mysteries – fire. ~Leigh Hunt
One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet. ~Odell Shepard
The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness. ~Henry David Thoreau
Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned to put it out. ~Henry Jackson Vandyke, Jr.
If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror, because I bet that’s what really throws you into a panic. ~Jack Handey
Fire takes no holiday. ~Author Unknown
Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. ~Edgar Allan Poe
Do you believe that sending positive energy out in the world actually makes a difference? Well, figure it this way: it doesn’t hurt. So take a quick second and send protective light to these little beings–let’s hope they continue to thrive in a world seemingly set on destroying so much.
During a December survey of giant tortoises on one Galapagos island, conservationists found evidence of the first hatchlings born in the wild in over a century.
The exciting find of ten baby tortoises was the direct result of a rat eradication campaign completed two years ago on Pinzón, when helicopters criss-crossed the island dropping rat bait, which was non-toxic to the native flora and fauna.
The Pinzón Island saddleback giant tortoise (Chelonoidis ephippium) was on the brink of extinction by the 1960s when there were only around 100 animals left in existence. The only thing saving the species was the longevity of the adults, which have lifespans of more than 100 years.
Source: Good News Network
Crows are smart and loyal birds. One little girl found out firsthand.
“If you want to form a bond with a crow, be consistent in rewarding them,” advises John Marzluff, professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington.
Since the age of four, Gabi Mann of Seattle has forged a relationship with the neighborhood crows by offering them food. Then suddenly something unexpected happened — the crows, in an apparent act of reciprocation, started to present various trinkets to Gabi in return.
As BBC’s Katy Sewall reports, it all started quite innocently when, as a four-year-old, Gabi would drop food to the ground and the crows would scramble to gobble it up. Years later, she would offer them scraps of her packed lunch on the way to school. By 2013, Gabi and her mom Lisa were offering food to the crows on a daily basis.
And that’s when the gifts starting appearing. As Sewall writes:
The crows would clear the feeder of peanuts, and leave shiny trinkets on the empty tray; an earring, a hinge, a polished rock. There wasn’t a pattern. Gifts showed up sporadically – anything shiny and small enough to fit in a crow’s mouth.
One time it was a tiny piece of metal with the word “best” printed on it. “I don’t know if they still have the part that says ‘friend’,” Gabi laughs, amused by the thought of a crow wearing a matching necklace.
When you see Gabi’s collection, it’s hard not to wish for gift-giving crows of your own.
As a inhabitant stuck in a house at the Jersey shore during winter, I understand boredom almost a bit too intimately. So I confess, I researched quotes on boredom today to see if the Wise Ones out there could give me some advice.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom. – Arthur Schopenhauer
Boredom: The desire for desires. – Leo Tolstoy
I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. – Thomas Carlyle
Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty – his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure. – Aldous Huxley
Perhaps the world’s second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore. – Jean Baudrillard
She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring. – Zelda Fitzgerald, The Collected Writings
Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves? – Friedrich Nietzsche
In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice. – Richard Bach
What’s more fun than fake positive news? Well, maybe not fake…let’s just say fictitious.
Since this Winter has been particularly powerful this year, maybe there is a wicked Snow Queen behind the whole thing?
Police in Hanahan, South Carolina, arrested Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen,” earlier this week, on suspicion of bringing an unusually frigid cold snap to the area.
Officers arrested Elsa — who also goes by the alias “Snow Queen” — as she allegedly attempted to freeze a fountain at Hanahan City Hall:
The Snow Queen was released without charges, however, when the fountain she was accused of freezing thawed before it could be presented as evidence.
The humorous stunt was orchestrated by Tammy Sakalas, of Sakalas Photography, and Glass Slipper Productions, an events company in Hanahan that arranges for princesses to visit birthday parties and children’s hospitals.
Glass Slipper Productions owner Lindsay Page told The Huffington Post they were inspired by police in Kentucky who issued an arrest warrant for Elsa last week over the criminally cold weather there.
She added the Hanahan Police Department was “very gracious” to participate in the 10-minute-long photo shoot with actress Courtney Fazely. According to Glass Slipper’s Facebook post, Elsa ultimately was sentenced to community service for her mischief.
If Oscars are a time for feathers and frivolity, Patricia Arquette kept it real by using her acceptance speech as a vehicle for feminism and a charity.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Patricia Arquette says the best part of herself is “the part that cares about other human beings.”
She promoted her charity GiveLove, which works with families displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, during her walk on the red carpet.
“If you want to help other people, what you find is that they actually help you,” said Arquette, who was surrounded by her family at the Oscars.
Sure we might have posted quotes on Winter in the past…but we need to again. Why? Because it’s REALLY cold in parts of North America this week. Record-breaking cold.
Here are some quotes that may help you warm up, just a little. (Even if its just a mental warm-up.)
There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout
It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”
I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth
Every mile is two in winter. ~Witts Recreations: Selected from the Finest Fancies of Modern Muses, with A Thousand Outlandish Proverbs, edited by George Herbert
To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring. ~W.J. Vogel
Spring, summer, and fall fill us with hope; winter alone reminds us of the human condition. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
Please God, let it go above 30 degrees today.
No she’s not attending Fashion Week. She doesn’t hang out with the Kardashians and she doesn’t care about Kanye West’s latest Grammy faux pas. Patricia Guilinga is a powerful activist whose ripple effects can be felt worldwide, as she fends off her Ecuadorian land from the greed of Big Oil.
Patricia’s niece, Nina.
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This is not the story most people know from Ecuador. Headlines have focused on northern Ecuador, where Chevron is fighting a landmark $9.5 billion judgment for dumping millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into rivers and leaving unlined pits of contaminated sludge that poisoned thousands of people.
Sarayaku lies in southern Ecuador, where the government is selling drilling rights to a vast swath of indigenous lands—except for Sarayaku. The community has become a beacon of hope to other indigenous groups and to global climate change activists as it mobilizes to stop a new round of oil exploration.
What I found in Sarayaku was not just a community defending its territory. I encountered a people who believe that their lifestyle, deeply connected to nature, holds promise for humans to save themselves from global warming and extinction. They are fighting back by advancing a counter-capitalist vision called sumak kawsay—Kichwa for “living well”—living in harmony with the natural world and insisting that nature has rights deserving of protection.
Jamie Brewer is one busy gal these days. She acts in a hit program (American Horror Story), influenced legislation in her home state of Texas and most recently, she was spotted on the catwalk, making her the first model at New York’s Fashion Week with Down’s Syndrome. It’s time we realize that those special needs really aren’t all that different. Let’s celebrate their beauty and tenacity.
Brewer modeled a black A-line dress designed by Carrie Hammer in the show “Role Models Not Runway Models.” The show featured “role” models who are accomplished in their professional lives or who have overcome adversity to lead successful lives.
Source: Huffington Post
We’ve frequently addressed the all-important aspect of letting go at Only Positive News.
And for good reason. The act of releasing reminds us that there is a gentler, easier way to live–one where we allow our tight mental grip to loosen and we can simply exist in the here, in the now.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
“When one door closes another door opens; but we so
often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed
door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
~Alexander Graham Bell
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
“Nirvana means to extinguish the burning fires of the Three Poisons: greed, anger, and ignorance. This can be accomplished by letting go of dissatisfaction.”
“Don’t let your mind bully your body into
believing it must carry the burden of its worries.”
“Inner peace can be reached only when we practice
forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past,
and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.”
“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of
something, loves something and has lost something.”
~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.~
“To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.”
“There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.”
“You cannot let go of anything if you cannot notice
that you are holding it. Admit your ‘weaknesses’ and
watch them morph into your greatest strengths.”
~Neale Donald Walsch~ Letting go quotes
“Stress is an ignorant state.
It believes that everything is an emergency.”
“Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise
live rent-free in your head.”