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Vital Sunday: Sri Ramakrishna and the Holy Mother

Sri Ramakrishna said:

“When unavoidably entering into places where there may be temptation, carry always with thee the thought of thy Divine Mother. She will protect thee from the many evils that may be lurking even in thy heart. Cannot the presence of thy mother shame thee away from evil deeds and evil thoughts?… Read the rest

Vital Sunday: Riskin Quote

“When you’re one step ahead of the crowd you’re a genius.
When you’re two steps ahead, you’re a crackpot.”
— Rabbi Shlomo Riskin (Feb. 1998)… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Iceland is on Fire!

Scientists have been watching Iceland recently, warning of something big.  This might be it … or just the beginning! One of the largest volcanic eruptions in centuries is occurring on Iceland. The volcano Bardarbunga is producing high levels of deadly sulfur dioxide.… Read the rest


Thirsty Thursday: Theater Tampa Bay Awards

The fourth annual Theater Tampa Bay Awards ceremony was held last Monday night at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg and freeFall Theatre was basically running laps up the steps to accept awards, then backstage for a quick photo before joining the audience just long enough to be called on stage again! … Read the rest


Tech Tuesday: Password Gestures

Steve shares this news story from NPR about using swipes and gestures to get at your password protected stuff.  Sign your name, or just make a pattern you can remember and swish – you are in!  What kind of squiggle would YOU make? … Read the rest


Mother Earth Monday: Flotsam Sculpture Rises

This weekend as I kayaked past the old Salvador Dali museum grounds I saw a sculpture rising from the USF/ Poyntner Institute Park on the edge of Tampa Bay made of pastic debris found at sea, or flotsam.  My friend CJ Reynolds sent this information about the project:

Artists and marine scientists are teaming up with local youth and community organizations to make a massive sculpture to call attention to marine debris and the terrible impacts on wildlife and coastal ecosystems

Most people don’t realize that trash in our streets and parks moves into storm drains and ends up in our waterways and beaches.… Read the rest


Techy Tuesday: Dr. Who’s Tardis Goes Solar?

London’s iconic red telephone boxes are being transformed into free solar-powered mobile phone charging stations painted green according to this story I totally scraped from Good News Network.

The first “Solar-box” was unveiled Wednesday on Tottenham Court Road, with support and funding from the Mayor of London, as a pilot before turning more traditional phone boxes green early next year.… Read the rest


Soapbox Saturday: Giant Sucking Sound

Do you feel like you are falling behind?  Well 90% of Americans are indeed hearing a giant sucking sound as the money is gobbled up by those at the top.  Geoff shares this chart from Daily KOS which shows that “for a long time, most of the gains from economic growth went to the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution.… Read the rest


Worldwide Wednesday: Reparation Settlement for Native Americans

The largest US indian tribe, the Navajo Nation, negotiated a $554 million settlement from the U.S. government.

“It’s monumental. It will never completely redress the wrongs done to prior generations, but it’s going to allow some opportunities for future generations,” said Dana Bobroff, deputy attorney general for the nation.… Read the rest


Techy Tuesday: Battling for Bees

Surely you have heard about the mysterious disease that is killing off bees?  There has been a lot of concern about colonies of bees simply disappearing.  Now it seems the disappearances have stopped.  But, the bees are still dying by the handfuls! … Read the rest


Techy Tuesday: Playing God With De-Extinction?

Last night’s PBS documentary on the 100th Anniversary of the demise of passenger pigeons touched briefly on the idea of bringing them back from extinction by cloning their DNA.  Is that playing god?  In a recent National Geographic cover story on de-extinction Michael Archer, a paleontologist at the University of New South Wales says “I think we played God when we exterminated these animals.”

In 1914 Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in a zoo - like you will!
In 1914 Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in a zoo – like you will!
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Wild Friday: Cosmic Significance Outtake – Reptoid Legacy

The Hollywood Conspiracy is revealed in “The Reptiod Legacy of Gloria S. Day,” an outtake from Cosmic Significance 2012 Episode V, The Pleasure Palace of Saturn. Starring Susan O’Gara, Ed Stevens and Mary Allan Mill with sound effects by Dave Lassa, this Pirates and Angels production is written and directed by Dewey Davis-Thompson and Elizabeth Brackman and recorded at WMNF studios in Tampa, Florida.… Read the rest