If only all teachers were like this one . . . what a wonderful world it would be. Thanks #Upworthy.
Celebrations of the Longest Day of the Year
First Official Day of Summer
all one in the same
are rich in historic and cultural importance.
How are you spending Saturday June 21, 2014; the Summer Solstice?
At approximately 0621 in the morning in the northern hemisphere the earth tilted as close to the sun as it will all year - that's a 23.5 degree angle.
Enjoy more about the science, history and deep cultural connections of the longest day in these additional links.
If ever you were in doubt that there are still good people in the world . . . fear not.
This is a story about one amazing human being - millionaire Harris Rosen. He adopted an entire community in Florida and changed a lot of lives for the better.
He's a true blue cultural hero in our book.
Ah, the power of music ! This is just a beautiful example of a positive vibration catching fire and literally crossing any and every cultural boundary. It proves once again, Love is universal. Happiness is universal. How I caught the wave; first a girlfriend nearly 6,000 miles away writes "Oh, I LOVE that song I've been dancing all over the house!" HMM, I haven't heard the song before. So I pop over to Youtube and check it out. #Happy is quite a catchy tune. Then another friend posts a video of happy for me with a bunch of college students singing the lyrics & dancing with abandon. What was great about this version is that they shot & danced all over Prague and they totally nailed all of the historical & off the beaten path sites of the city : ) Today I happened to see a clip of #PharrelWilliams talking to #Oprah about how this song has swept the globe and he was seeing these videos for the first time. He's got tears in his eyes, just literally overwhelmed by the fact that this song has made more than 35M people happy and prompted tens of thousands to make their own video !
If something is going to go viral online I have an extra special pleasure when it is something that lifts us up, lightens the load, shakes off some of the dust and the rust and shows the best of us. I get that same warm fuzzy feeling listening to #Happy as when I see the postings for the #HumansofNewYork project ( #HONY ). There's something fun about watching people dance. This song touches people in a place that really allows them to let down their guard. It's lovely. It's real. You'll laugh out loud from pure joy of its authenticity. When Pharrel Williams was talking to Oprah about how this song started, he said no one really was interested until his made the video - and noteworthy, it is indeed. It's called Happy - The World's First 24 Hour Music Video. It's just that - 24 hours of that song played out at a gas station and all over with PW and people from everywhere singing it with conviction and dancing with abandon all over their town. This totally peeked my attention because there is only ONE other song in my world that can stand that test - 24hour loop-to-loop playtime. . . .If you're interested, write me a message.
#Happy is really a catchy tune. The videos from around the world show us again how much we're the same inside. Hello Mumbai! Shout out to New York City! It's not even possible to not dance to or at least tap your foot, snap a finger. Rarely it seems, is there that special magic in music that happens when the melody really swings, the singer surprises repeatedly with their lightness and sensitivity and then you realize that every word in the lyrics is a truth that reaches across the miles & millennia. It's like a mantra.
Come along if you feel like a house without a roof
Come along is you feel like happiness is a truth
Come along if you feel you know what happiness is to you
Come along if you'd feel like that's what you want to do
Check out www.24hoursofhappy.com
Enjoy! Special shout out to Pharrel Williams for sharing this with us all . . . . peace.
Just a note, for 'gepgraphic' reasons I was not able to post this video from its original source - The #OprahWinfrey Network (OWN), only from FB. Not all content from the USA is available worldwide. There is much randomness in the sharing, but we can still tell the story and share the love . . .Be HAPPY !
I've wanted to start this thread for a long time. Ever since that wonderful new series came out 'Planet Earth' came out in 2007 or 2008 that went to the most remote parts of the planet and brought back footage of never before filmed birds, insects and other animals of different species actually 'cooperating' with each other to find food or fight a foe or ever care for each other. It made me realize there is a lot more cross cultural help going on in the animal kingdom than we that we could take as a good example . . . Share your thoughts. Here's a video I cam across today . . .
Let's view it as a verb.
CULTURE: - to grow in a prepared medium.
Jose Calderon's TED talk is incredibly moving. He talks about working with your hands and working with your mind, language learning, a life of service, family and sharing with the next generation. He's a fan of actively creating the culture you'd like to see . . .listen in.
Finding Cesar Chavez - a transformative moment: Jose Calderon at TEDxClaremontColleges
This is such a great page on Facebook. Do you know it? It seems there are so few really authentic exchanges between people but every one of these is real and raw and many are truly touching. The comments too from other humans, not only from New York, but from all over the world, are great too !
Enjoy and check it out - there's a website also.
If our pursuit of new energy sources causes large scale environmental damage and other nasty unintended consequences, why is there not the outcry to address it?
Four states have now reported that #Fracking has caused groundwater contamination. So what now?
Will you still remain silent?
This is just one of the many reasons we need a #CitizenWishList to have the conversation.
"There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres." - Pythagoras.
I've said for many years that sometimes we need a dose of humor to have the real conversations necessary to begin to make some adjustments. Here's a comedian that worth his weight in gold.
Introducing . . . . drum roll, Please . . . . Mr. Lee Camp ! He's one of the checks and balances in a democratic system. BTW, so is Russel Brand from the UK and so was Bill Hicks! Check them out on YouTube.
If you are squimish about adult language, please skip this one.
First thing this morning on Twitter I discover that dear Mickey Rooney has passed away at 93 having had an incredible 80 year career in film and entertainment.
R.I.P. Mickey Rooney.
Feeling sad about this passing of another truly wonderful human being I then turn to FB to share this news but find a message from a friend who shared this link about an extraordinary event recently.
Sir Anthony Hopkins composed a beautiful piece of music 50 years ago and heard it for the first time in a surprise performance by Dutch violinist Andre Rieu (who was just in Prague). The music is lovely. It was a beautiful gesture to make this event happen. The piece is called "And the Waltz Goes On'.
I don't know what is more extraordinary; Mickey Rooney's life and personality, the surprise of discovering Anthony Hopkins composed music too or the beauty of sharing . . . My heart is full. Thank you.
It was heartwarming to receive many very nice comments this week from you. It takes time to build an audience and well, taking about democracy and getting people excited about engaging in the democratic process is maybe one of the hardest tasks I could have chosen. It's not exactly the sexiest of topics ! I've tried to gain your interest and trust by providing interesting, thought provoking & inspirational articles to show by example the kind of good decisions we could be making more. Apparently . . . it's beginning to work !
Introducing the concept of a #CulturalCompass is a mamouth task. It's new. It's never been tried before. But this hasn't scared me off, it's only made me try harder. Next step - actually really using the idea of a #CulturalCompass as a guideline for decision making - that's what I'd like to see. Decision making that is #ValueBased rather than because of the forces of special interests and the highest bidder for policy, public fiscal spending and new programs. So please continue to enjoy the Good News Revue blog (Hey, there's more than enough negative reporting out there!) and share it with your friends.
If you are truly interested in inventing a better future for us and our children's children, have a good look at the #CitizenWishList Conversation Starter and add your thoughts to that. It is a new tool for engagement in the democratic process. The conversation is just beginning so help to light a fire . . .
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It's Been Over 100 Years Since An Artist Has Done This In America. About Time Someone Did It Again.
More than a century has passed since a photographic journey explored Native Americans with such a broad scope and in this amount of detail. In 1906, photographer Edward S. Curtis was commissioned by J.P. Morgan to capture the “disappearing” race.
In 2014, to change perceptions about Native Americans, photographer Matika Wilbur believes we have to update the kind of imagery we're looking at when we think of her race. It's a beautiful — and important — idea.
Stunningly beautiful work to build new cultural bridges and carry this Native American story on for the next seven generations for all.
Thank You Joseph Lamour & Upworthy : Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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FACT: The Canadian spy agency CSEC tracks users of public wireless access points.
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If you feel your government is abusing its position of power in the name of SECURITY - let your voice be heard (and not just by NSA) to let the few know that this is unacceptable to the majority.
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As an American living overseas and decidedly not missing the mega spectacle that is the #Superbowl it's a bit shocking sometimes when the whole of my country gets all hot and bothered by a culture clash. Please! This year's is centered around the singing of the song America the Beautiful in multiple languages. It just defies all reason that so many would express outrage at this and deeply disturbing that the most common outrage was 'how dare she not sing THAT song all in 'American'. Heaven help us.
Still I couldn't express my feelings on this better than were spoken on 'Brenda's Last Word'. Thanks Mark Franklin for sharing this link. You're 'true blue' ( and your honey too).
Listen in for yourself . . .
C.Most, Founder of the Cultural Compass Institute