September 2008 Blog Posts (11)

Sunlight on the Water

Nature speaks to us in many ways. This morning I sat at the pool at the base of the waterfall and watched the sunlight dance upon the water. I watched as the particles and minerals within the water seemed to come alive in the rays of the sun. Then a series of images began playing in my mind.



In my mind’s eye, I saw people all over the world, individuals, carrying the light of love within their thoughts and hearts. As each person held a loving thought for the water, the water came… Continue

Added by Amari Gold on September 27, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

What About Me (Film) - From the Producers/Directors of "One Giant Leap"

The community came out in force for a fundraiser/benefit for EarthDance and the local premiere of a new film produced and directed by the creators of "1 Giant Leap" - an incredible, masterpiece of a film laced with music from cover-to-cover.



Following the success of their first double Grammy nominated film & album, What About Me? is the latest offering from 1 Giant Leap. This visionary project… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on September 25, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Spiritside Magazine

Today I signed up for this monthly publication and really liked the content. Hope you all enjoy exploring the site www.bmse.net/bmse2008/spiritside

Added by Linda Cotrufello on September 23, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Living Deeply (Book) | Institute for Noetic Sciences

Living Deeply

By Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Ph.D., Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., Tina Amorok, Psy.D



"There is a huge and rising hunger on the part of just about everybody for authentic experience and reconnecting with what's deepest and best in ourselves in an ever accelerating and complex world." --Jon Kabat-Zinn



Last week I attended an evening lecture by two dynamic and brilliant women from the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS),… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on September 19, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tom Hulce Annual Award Dinner | Oregon Entreprenuer Network (OEN)

Rebels

Went to Portland last week for the "Annual Tom Hulce Award Dinner" where non-profits, individual entrepreneurs, developing, working and growth capital companies received recognition for their achievements. Over 900 people and dozens of companies attended.



After the event I got a good sense of the higher-end business, entrepreneurship and angel/venture/investment banking community in Oregon and the Portland area. Some of the companies… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on September 18, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Protesting at the Democratic Convention in Denver Aug '08

It may be that the most radical thing we can do right now is to act from our vision, not our fear, and to believe in the possibility of its realization.

–Starhawk





From Denver, the mile high city:

I am amongst 140 wild women from all over the country, many of whom have been working tirelessly for years to promote peace, and to hold our "leaders" accountable, in DC and all over the country. Our style is playful and forceful, fancy and edgy. We are women supporting each… Continue

Added by kayla starr on September 10, 2008 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Tashi Choling: Center for Buddhist Studies

Buddha

This weekend while on retreat at a beautiful chalet on Mt. Ashland with spectacular views above the trees, my beloved Linda and I took a day trip to the Colestin valley to visit Tashi Choling.



Established in 1980 by the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche who fled Tibet when the Chinese invaded in 1959. Of the 20,000 who left with him only 200 made it to India.



In Tibetan Buddhism there are four major schools and Gyatrul Rinpoche brought… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on September 7, 2008 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Three Local Brothers Taken Into Custody for Political Crimes

Gino Casternovia

Two weeks ago three local brothers, Gino, Mark and Rob, were arrested and taken from us into federal custody under indictment for IRS and tax-related crimes. They were arrested on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with PQI.



The first charge is "did knowingly and willingly combine, conspire, confederate and agree together and with other persons to: (1) defraud the Internal Revenue Service, an agency of the United States,… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on September 6, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

"Unafraid" by Jeff Golden | Review

Unafraid

I went last night to the final performance of an oratory of Jeff Golden's new novel "Unafraid." 'Twas an engaging dialogue between prominent political characters of the late twentieth century, engaging the imagination of what's possible with great leadership, particular that of John and Robert Kennedy, had they survived the bullets.



"Unafraid will be pivotal for readers who care deeply about our country. Kudos for this compelling blend… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on September 5, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Gaia University Comes to Town

A few days ago I attended an open house for Gaia University, a broad-based permaculture curriculum branching out like a mycelia network to develop small, local educational centers offering bachelors and masters programs accredited internationally, but not in the United States.



I was inspired by the young and old alike who shared, those who were curious in this unconventional method of education, an opportunity for developing your own… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on September 4, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Jitterbug Perfume Review

Jitterbug Perfume

Tom Robbins, author of Jitterbug Perfume, is a master magician of words and visions, his stories running deep with a landscape of symbolism. In this novel the author weaves four stories ranging over a thousand years and culminating in contemporary times. Threads of immortality, scents of the soul, death, and perfumery are laced with humor and sexuality, making this book a deeply provacative masterpiece.



The story starts in 8th century… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on September 1, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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China reassigns 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in bid to fight pollution | The Independent

China has reportedly reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage.  A large regiment from the People's Liberation Army, along with some of the nation's armed police force, have been withdrawn from their posts on the northern border to work on non-military tasks inland. The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, according to the Asia Times which originally reported the story. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city.

Good News: This Year's Monarch Butterfly Migration Is Larger Than We've Seen in Recent Years | Better Homes & Gardens

Every autumn, monarch butterflies migrate across the U.S., heading south (and in some cases, west) for the winter. They are one of the few butterfly species that makes such a long migration—it can be up to 3,000 miles, and they often travel in such large groups that they fill the sky with their orange-and-black wings and blanket vegetation when resting. But over the past two decades, their numbers have been steadily declining, to the point that this insect is being considered for the endangered species list. Since 1997, when an estimated 682 million monarchs swooped through the air, the population has dwindled as low as 25 million monarchs in 2014 before rebounding to 150 million in 2016. So when reports of this year’s migration seem to indicate more of these winged wonders than usual, it could be a sign that their populations are continuing to make a comeback.

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy | Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Berlin — Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturday.

New urban algae canopy produces as much oxygen as four hectares of woodland | The Plaid Zebra

An urban canopy created with algae has got people talking about the link between technology and environment. According to Gizmag, the bio-digital structure pumps a fluid with microalgae around a transparent shelter, which in turn produces shade, energy in the form of biomass, and an impressive amount of oxygen amounting to the equivalent of four hectares of woodland. When it comes to photosynthesis, microalgae organisms are ten times more efficient than large trees and grass. Buildings and architectural surfaces are efficient spaces to utilize this technology.

U.S. House votes to ban uranium mining near Grand Canyon | Arizona Mirror

The U.S. House approved legislation Wednesday to permanently ban uranium and other hardrock mining near the Grand Canyon.  The bill from Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, passed by a vote of 236-185. 

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