How in the world did a New York City teenager end up spending nearly three years in jail without a trial or pleading guilty of a crime? And of that time behind bars, he spent nearly 800 days in solitary confinement. Watch this segment on Democracy Now! today to learn more.
Here is an inspired channelling from Gloria Wendroff:
“Consider that a day is soft clay, and make something of it. Create today.
“Picture today as a red wagon filled with gifts for you. What are the presents you see in this red wagon that you pull to you? If there is something in this wagon that you would not choose, it is made of clay and you can remold it. You can take it into your hands and gently remold it or put it aside. In any case, you can transform it, or, at least, you do not have to make a big deal of it.
“There is much that is visited upon you, and some of it you embrace, and some you do not embrace or welcome at all. Nevertheless, whatever occurs, occurs in a moment of non-existent time. It passes before your eyes, and it is over. You do not have to keep it lively and picture it before you. You do not have to keep its image before you. Keep love before you.
“Keep present in your life that which nourishes you. Your thoughts hold something to you whether you like the thought or not. Beloveds, it is not necessary to keep chewing or framing or being aggrieved about what you don’t like. If you don’t like it, keep walking.
“Life, as you know it, is not all roses. If there are thorns, you don’t have to keep on pricking your fingers and getting your heart hurt over and over again. You are not obliged to keep the hurt.
“Life is a process of learning to let go. You are not meant to be a hoarder of thoughts or anything. In terms of your mind, keep what you like and drop what you don’t. You are not obliged to hold pain or suffering to you. To be true to yourself, let go of the dross.
“When you have good news, keep it to your heart. When you have what is called bad news, be done with it. Pay your bills. Mark them paid, and be done. This is not ignoring what you might call real life. It is just getting on with it.
“When you find a chair uncomfortable, get up. You don’t have to stay sitting in an uncomfortable chair. Nor do you need to keep reconstituting thoughts that aggrieve you. You are not powerless. You are powerful. Your thoughts are powerful.
“If you ride on a train that does not take you where you want to go, get off the train and take one that takes you where you would like to go. You do not have to stay on the same old train. You are not obligated. In fact, you owe it to yourself to get off. Switch trains. Travel where you want to go.
“Indeed, your thoughts travel. Yet your thoughts do not have to dictate your life. You empower your thoughts. You give life to them. If thoughts cause you unhappiness, think something else. You are not obliged to mull the same thoughts over and over again.
“Dream different thoughts. All of life is a dream. Dream the dreams you like then. You are in the driver’s seat.
“If you went left when you meant to go right, go right now.
“You received something you didn’t want, and yet it reached you. It does not have to become the subject of your life.
“If you take out a book from the library, and you don’t like the book, you don’t have to read it, or read it over and over. You do not have to be loyal to that which does not nourish you.
“Be your own free agent. Bless yourself. Bless everything. Then transcend what does not add to your happiness, let it go, or think about it in a different way. Do not keep unhappiness to you. Make room for happiness. Do not linger over unhappiness. Let sadness, sense of loss, regret and so forth move on so you can move on.”
The city with the best water in the US gets it from Catskill and Appalachian mountain lakes, right up to the curb of NYC buildings. Then it is pumped up to iconic water towers, where regulation is lax and enforcement nil. So no surprise when NYT reporters find some tanks not fit to store water. But solutions abound: build sealed tanks, write and enforce regulations, clean tanks regularly, and use water management tools, like water-aeration, to keep the precious water pristine.
Ray Kurzweil, hired by Google to lead its engineering department has made several predictions of the future in this December 2013 interview. Considering the overwhelmingly high water demands in traditional agriculture, the vertical hydroponic farms he predicts signal a rising demand for water…
Interest in growing healthy food, local food, and food security, has led to heightened interest in aquaponic systems, the perfect “Closed Loop” system.
"Aquaponics uses the natural waste from fishponds as a natural fertilizer and watering system for plants, as the nitrogen rich water runs past the root systems that absorb and thrive on these nutrients. The plants filter water, returning it clean, back to the fish. A perfect, balanced system!"
This woman proves that even without money or job, she scavenged the needed things to start her own rooftop garden, in order to feed her family. That blossomed into a gifted greenhouse, which she now is turning into a non-profit business, to help all people in refugee camps grow their own veggies.
All good ideas that can be replicated anywhere, especially blighted urban areas in the US that have been decimated by the recession. Click on the link below to get the whole story.