Sierra Backdrop~

Tanya’s comment: Stopping to appreciate and enjoy nature helps us understand why it must be protected.

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transforms seedy,
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into splendid.
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Snow blanketing,

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drought ravaged land.
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Mother Nature cooling,
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her still feverish child.
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Cheers to you from fragile California~

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Upside down reflection

Some Good News

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Hey all! I’ve been away for a while, as I’ve been busy finishing my last semester of college. Now I’m finally done!!! I’ve graduated! The ceremony is in May! Sigh of relief!!!

So today, being that I’m excited about completing school, and the holidays, I’m going to share some good news I received from newsletters of various non-profits.

 

 

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Remember! Celebrate! Act! (Martin Luther King Day)

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NBCNews.com just published an editorial by Bernice A. King about her thoughts this year on Martin Luther King Day, the day we honor her father’s work. She reminds us that we mustn’t honor him passively, however. She says:

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Strength & Hope

Courtesy of http://dailyquotes.co/tibetan-proverb-strength-quotes/

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Teacher Sends Hungry First Graders Home With Backpacks Full Of Food

Tanya’s comments: This is truly sharing the wealth. Despite what Conservatives say, is it really a bad thing?

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Marvin Callahan, a first grade teacher at public school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has started a program to send backpacks full of food home with some of his students on the weekends after witnessing widespread hunger. Teacher Sends Hungry First Graders Home With Backpacks Full Of Food

When he started the job 21 years ago, he said he had no idea how many families were struggling to feed their children or keep a roof over their heads.

New Mexico has the highest rate of child hunger in the country, with nearly a third of children going to bed hungry, although the problem is widespread enough that three-quarters of the country’s teachers say students routinely show up to school hungry.

In response to the problem, Callahan and other members of the community send 37 children home with backpacks full of food each weekend: two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. As Carolyn Gregoire of the Huffington Post reports, “Retired teachers come in…

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THE BRANDT SERIES – WHEN THE MIND IS STILL

Tanya’s Comment: Unfortunately, some of these photos got a bit distorted when I reblogged this post. To see them in their original form, click on the link below. Thanks!

through the luminary lens

Red Squirrel - Charles Brandt photo

Cougar  @ hermitage June 8, 2010 Charles Brandt photo

Comox Glacier - Charles Brandt photo

Gulls feeding on Herring spawn- Charles Brandt photo

Charles Brandt photo original

Salmon run, summer 2014 - Charles Brandt photo

tsolum river under a bright blue sky - by Charles Brandt]

Twins @ the Hermitage June 11. 2014 - Charles Brandt photo

Black Bear @ the Hermitage, Black Creek - Charles Brandt photo

Dunlins - Charles Brandt photo

Dunlins Feeding at OysterBay, BC - by Charles A.E. Brandt

Dunlins 2 - Charles Brandt photo

Dogwood at Northy Lake - May 17 - photo by Charles Brandt

Skunk Cabbage - May 2 2014 Charles Brandt photo

Hardhock - Charles Brandt photo

Saskatoon, Saslatchewan - Bruce Witzel photo

United States Mexico Border - Bruce Witzel photo

Montreal at sunrise - Bruce Witzel photo

Headwaters of the Missouri - 3 forks, Montana - Bruce witzel photo

Mt. St. Helen's - Bruce Witzel photo

TrumpeterSwans - Charles Brandt photo

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Nonprofit Group Turns Bus Into a Bathroom for the Homeless

Tanya’s Comment: As a low income person myself, I’m touched that a group of people would go out of their way to help the poor. In so many instances, people put money before everything else. It’s heart warming and encouraging to know that kind people do exist!

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

The former public transit bus has been outfitted with two full private bathrooms and offers hot showers, clean toilets, shampoo, soap and towels free of charge. The founder of the nonprofit Lava Mae mobile shower bus said she wanted to return a sense of dignity to those living on the streets.

Group Turns Bus Into Bathroom, Provides Homeless People With Hot Showers And Sense Of Dignity

“If you’re homeless, you’re living on the streets and you’re filthy, you’re trying to improve your circumstances, but you can’t interview for a job, you can’t apply for housing and you get disconnected from your sense of humanity,” Doniece Sandoval said. “So a shower just in of itself is amazing for people.”

Lava Mae says the bus is mobile, allowing it to reach homeless people scattered throughout the city…

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Do No Harm

Tanya’s Comments: In the past few years, I have become more devoted to being kind to others. I think that blogging has helped me to develop a kind attitude because I get to communicate with others whose kindness inspires me, including the author whose post I’m reblogging.

But times like this make it difficult to want to be kind. I say that because I am going through a very difficult time in my life right now, and it is because of the selfishness of another person. What do I do? I have very little control over the situation. So I wonder- what difference does it make to be kind when certain others don’t care about what’s happening to me?

I admit that I had an opportunity to be kind tonight, and I chose not to. One of the washing machines in my building isn’t working, and instead of putting a “machine isn’t working” sign on it like I usually do (to save someone else from putting money in it before realizing it doesn’t work), I decided to let someone else deal with it. I know it’s a small thing, but I feel bad about it. It’s just that I feel so jaded.

So what do you do when you are a kind person, but another person/people aren’t kind to you? How do you move forward from there?

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Dalai Lama Quote Harmless

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Man Tries to start KKK Rally and Gets Kindness PHOTOBOMBED!!

Tanya’s Comment: Those kids in the picture were really brave to pose in front of that man! Brave and wise beyond their years! They could have done anything- beat him up, yell at him, etc. But they stood there and smiled! What better way to show you are above hate!

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‘jack1425’ wrote:

“Man tries to start KKK rally”

Man tries to start KKK rally


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