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On 23 February 2015 - 5:09pm

Frank_Sinatra2,_Pal_Joey“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”
- Frank Sinatra

Many of us wish we could say that. :)  If we are trusting and calm in our thoughts, then we truly cannot be scared of anyone, or anything.


Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and film actor. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra found unprecedented success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943 and released his first album The Voice of Frank Sinatra in ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 23 February 2015 - 10:30am

In these times of somewhat frenetic electioneering, a charity leader needs to be even-handed on the party political front. So I was happy to support the West Oxfordshire Conservative Association coffee morning on Saturday in Charlbury. Bought a very nice Victoria sponge from Sarah Potten (her husband later sold me some of their excellent eggs!), and a jar of Seville marmalade. I even met the Chair of the Association. Sarah has an important role to play in village life as she is one of the Parish representatives for selecting our new Vicar. Interviews are on Friday. My only advice: please don't choose an evangelical!
The Bishops’ letter last week continues to stir things up. My sister Lucy sent me a copy from the Chelmsford Diocesan newsletter. All entirely reasonable and sensible. It’s a sign of the times that critics have piled in to condemn. Most of them not having read the letter. Camilla Cavendish in the Sunday Times was right to point out that these critics need to tread ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 23 February 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 23 February 2015 - 8:00am

With 141 measles cases already reported this year and 644 cases last year, America has a measles problem. Last year’s caseload was triple the yearly average over the last decade, since America declared itself basically free of the disease.

Most of those who contracted the highly-contagious disease were not vaccinated. Until this recent outbreak, choosing not to get vaccinated was a relative luxury. America was essentially free of measles, so the risk seemed pretty small. But around the world measles thrives, and few people are able to get vaccinated, no matter how badly they would like to.

The current U.S. epidemic has been linked to a measles outbreak in the Philippines where a spike in cases of the disease is due to an interruption in vaccinations following Typhoon Haiyan. About  ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 22 February 2015 - 5:53pm

There’s a break in the clouds, and I can see the forest below me. I’m flying over the Bosque Seco Tropical – the tropical dry forests – of Colombia on my way to lead a workshop on the issue of forest protection finance. I work for REDDX, an initiative of Forest Trends, a US-based NGO and Skoll awardee.

Staring out the window, I can’t help but think about the importance of these ecosystems. Tropical dry forests once accounted for over 40 percent of the forest cover in Latin America and were teeming with biodiversity. Today, these forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems in the tropics; in Colombia, only about ...more

On 20 February 2015 - 5:05pm

poppies-15923_640“And the Day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

-Anais Nin

There is certainly a time to “stay in your bud,” to hibernate. There are times when it is important to be quiet, reflective. In this space, one can hear the truth, and we can ask questions which gear us towards wise actions:

What shall I do for the next step to help further my business today?

What shall I do to help enhance my relationship with my husband?

What shall I do to help bring peace into a colleague’s day?

Perhaps…. it is slowing down.  It is ...more

On 19 February 2015 - 5:05pm

clasped-hands-541849_640“…It is to One’s Glory to Overlook an Offense.”
-Proverbs 19:11 (New International Version)

Live in that Glory. It’s an honor, a reverence for oneself and for others, to look up and over the offense. Let’s not stare at it, contemplate it, look down at  it in dismay.  Can you look forward rather than rehearse the past?

It is a tough call, especially if we are hurt.   But it’s a good principle at work and home.  A beautiful standard to which we can aspire in life.

Let’s move forward to what’s next: There is another Act opening soon. Let’s embrace it with positive expectation!

Proverbs 19:11 ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 19 February 2015 - 9:00am

Thought: 'You ask me what’s wrong with procrastination? I’ll tell you tomorrow.' ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 18 February 2015 - 10:52pm

I was part of a messy Moral Maze programme on Radio 4 this evening. The focus was whether there was a duty to vote.

My sense is yes, in the simple sense that if you vote, you are entitled to feel good about it. You are getting involved. If there was no sense that voting was right to do, then there might be no voting and if no voting, then we will have no democracy.

It is like giving blood. It is a good thing to do and we are better off as a society if enough people give blood. But no one is going to put you in the stocks if you don’t do it. It is a civic duty, not a new addition to the Ten Commandments.

But to say that it is a civic duty doesn’t mean to say that the way to tackle the evident woes of today’s representative democracy is by framing it in moral terms.

Firstly, you can be active and engaged in political issues and choose not to vote. As one person said to me in the run up to the ...more

On 18 February 2015 - 5:05pm

mountaineer-56693_640I’ve often spoken about my journey in finding my calling. I am so fortunate to love what I do, every day.  And with that gift, I want to vigorously help others.   I am passionate about serving UniversalGiving every day, helping people connect with quality ways to give and volunteer all across the world.

I am equally passionate about helping others find something they love to do.  It lights your life up. You become the best, most sincere, intelligent, fun and delightful person, if you can engage with your calling.

People hear me speak with joy and clarity about my calling. Yet they think my ...more