Your Soul Food for Friday March 4 2022: Autocracy v. Democracy & Staying Sane Even As The World Seems Mad

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week: Autocracy v. Democracy & Staying Sane Even As The World Seems Mad

Different Perspectives on the World-

The Bad Guys Are Winning
If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse.

Autocracy Is Winning – The Atlantic

Opinion | Why Should Americans Care About Ukraine? It’s Not Complicated.
The Russia-Ukraine conflict is geographically distant, but the consequences of Putin’s aggression could have ripple effects beyond Eastern Europe.

Jeff McCausland: Why Putin and Russia’s Ukraine war should matter to America (

Putin Accidentally Revitalized the West’s Liberal Order
The Russian president thought he sensed an opportunity to take advantage of a disunited West. He has been proved wrong.

Putin Accidentally Revitalized the West’s Liberal Order – The Atlantic

Staying in the Positive-

3 Science-Backed Ways to Better Deal With Stress and Be More Focused, Productive, and Successful
Totally avoid stress? Impossible. Better deal with stress? Surprisingly simple.

3 Science-Backed Ways to Better Deal With Stress and Be More Focused, Productive, and Successful |

The Secret to Happiness, According to This Harvard Professor: A Reverse Bucket List
If you want to be truly happy, don’t just think about what to add to your life, but about what to take away.

The Secret to Happiness, According to This Harvard Professor: A Reverse Bucket List |

Study Finds Having Pets May Have Positive Impact on Brain Power
“Prior studies have suggested that the human-animal bond may have health benefits like decreasing blood pressure and stress,” Dr. Tiffany Braley of the University of Michigan Medical Center shared, adding that the “results suggest pet ownership may also be protective against cognitive decline.”

Study Finds Having Pets May Have Positive Impact on Brain Power | Complex

These Adorable Animal Pictures Will Bring a Smile to Your Face
Bored Panda has collected pictures from around the world to create this adorable gallery, featuring sweet animals who will bring a smile to your face.

These adorable animal pictures will bring a smile to your face | Daily Mail Online

Thanks to those courageous souls who are willing to stand up for their values even in the most difficult of circumstances!

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“To live is the rarest thing in the world.
Most people exist, that is all.”–
Oscar Wilde

Your Soul Food Friday for Feb 18, 2022: Lovers of Humanity Come in Many Flavors!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week: Lovers of Humanity Come in Many Flavors!

“I’m no longer interested in any forms of spirituality, self-mastery programs, success mentors, coaches, healers, spiritual thinkers,

or activists that don’t ultimately lead their communities back to responsible association to tending the Earth.

The never ending quest for self-realization, personal brand mastery, self-success “soul”-preneurship all strike me as bypasses

 that have only served to keep us disassociated from what’s actually going on here.

Which requires us to exit the cult of individual success, whether seen through foggy spiritualized goggles or not,

and get our hands dirty in the immediacy of our grounded environmental issues around us.

The world dies while we buy in to yet another charismatic voice telling us how to heal some yet unmastered part of ourselves even more deeply into narcissistic individual “success.”

The world dies while charismatics make millions on their self-help platforms.

Sure.. and for that matter, Please: do your personal healing.

But if my healing only keeps looping back to myself, and doesn’t ultimately lead to reassociation with the Earth and my work to be part Of It,

then I’m just a casualty of healing-themed consumerism.

And still contributing to the problems that are destroying the planet.”

– Adrianne Tamar

All Are One

This man’s dying words changed my life:
After he was stabbed and lay dying on a train, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche said, ‘tell everyone on this train I love them.’ I will never forget his words

‘Tell everyone on this train I love them’: the meaning of a hero’s final words | Maeve Higgins | The Guardian

Here’s the story behind Black History Month — and why it’s celebrated in February
Black History Month grew from a weeklong celebration that started nearly 100 years ago — and it’s not random that it’s in February.

The story behind Black History Month — and why it’s celebrated in February : NPR

Albert Cleage: Founder of The Shrine of the Black Madonna:

Albert Cleage: Founder The Shrine of The Black Madonna – Black Mail Blog (

A Nazi officer’s housekeeper hid 12 Jews in the basement. All of them made it out alive.
“Without her, I wouldn’t be alive,” said Roman Haller, who was conceived while his parents were in hiding.

A Nazi officer’s housekeeper hid 12 Jews in the basement. All of them made it out alive. (

These vintage photos show the timeless allure of travel
Find inspiration for your next journey in these images from National Geographic’s archives.

These vintage photos show the timeless allure of travel (

Thanks this week go Kurt C, for the Adrianne Tamar quote, Manuelita B for the Albert Cleage link, and to lovers of humanity everywhere.

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“Love is misunderstood to be an emotion;
actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of
being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.”

–Dr. David Hawkins

Your Soul Food Friday for Feb 11 2022: Mind-blowing and Mesmerizing – Choose Joy!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Triple Rainbow at Cardiff Beach

All Alone in the Night – Time-lapse Footage of the Earth as Seen from the International Space Station:


All Alone in the Night – Time-lapse footage of the Earth as seen from the ISS – YouTube

Our Solar System in True Color Is Really Something Else:
Venus is white. So is the sun. They’re beautiful anyway.

The Planets Aren’t the Color You Probably Think They Are – The Atlantic

The Incredible Winners of the 2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition:

Misty valleys and magical woods win prestigious photo contest
The judges chose from 4,504 entries, with photographers from the U.S and Turkey claiming medals. Here are the winning shots and shortlist favorites.

Misty valleys and magical woods revealed as prestigious photo contest winners | Daily Mail Online

This Is The Wildlife Photo of the Year as Chosen by the Public:

An image of a frozen lake and the reflection of willow branches above the water’s icy surface has claimed the top prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021 winner | CNN Travel

‘I Didn’t Even Know This Was Humanly Possible’: The Woman Who Can Descend Into the Sea On One Breath:
Scientists once thought humans could swim to a maximum depth of 30m on a single breath.

Amber Bourke has gone deeper than 70m and physiology alone can’t explain why…

‘I didn’t even know this was humanly possible’: the woman who can descend into the sea on one breath | Society | The Guardian

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of a Song that Transcends Time and Space:

Playing for Change- Song Around The World

“The Weight,” features Ringo Starr and The Band’s original member Robbie Robertson, along with musicians across 5 continents. Great songs can travel everywhere bridging what divides us and inspiring us to see how easily we all get along when the music plays. Take a load off and turn it up!!

The Weight | Featuring Ringo Starr and Robbie Robertson | Playing For Change | Song Around The World – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Chris B, Lovers of Nature, Stewards of Our Tiny Blue Planet & Artists of Life Everywhere!

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“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. 

The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. 

Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. 

If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. 

Today I am blessed.”  –  Maya Angelou

Your Soul Food for the week of Lunar New Year 2022: Connecting with Our Lunar Nature

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Happy Lunar New Year 2022!

How the 1,000-year-old lion dance has moved with the times:
Innovations from Chinese communities across the world have created ever-more daring performances, enthralling audiences.

How the 1,000-year-old lion dance has moved with the times | Arts and Culture News | Al Jazeera

I Stole the Moon!

Great Photography…

(20+) Cris Froese Pics – Posts | Facebook

Brother Sun, Sister Moon:

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (with lyrics) – YouTube

What an Astronaut Could See from Space that Changed Him for Good:
This week, gain an astronaut’s perspective of our changing world, spot hybrid camels in ancient artwork, uncover more about the Tonga volcano explosion, spy a beaming celestial lighthouse, and more.

What an astronaut could see from space that changed him for good – CNN

When Is The Next Full Moon? Your Ultimate Guide To 2022’s Full Moons, ‘Super Moons,’ New Moons And ‘Black Moons’
Here’s everything you need to know about our Moon in 2022—from its phases to the dates of full Moons, New Moons, super moons and even a couple of rare total lunar eclipse “blood moons.”

When Is The Next Full Moon? Your Ultimate Guide To 2022’s Full Moons, ‘Super Moons,’ New Moons And ‘Black Moons’ (

9 Must-see Stargazing Events to Watch in 2022
The year ahead offers many heavenly delights for sky-watchers, including two blood moons, a pair of partial solar eclipses, and multiple planetary meetings.

9 must-see stargazing events to watch in 2022 (

How the Earth’s 23.5-degree Tilt Gives Us Seasons:
When it’s winter in Idaho, it’s summer in Curaçao. Why?

Why do we have seasons? | Popular Science (

Connections by Mission Fed Newsletter:

Let’s all make a difference of consequence in our community…

Connections by Mission Fed Newsletter | Mission Federal Credit Union, San Diego

Thanks this week go to Kurt C, and the Mission Fed Family!

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“What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone” –Bertolt Brecht

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Soul Food for Friday Oct 21st 2011: Philosophy, Creativity, Thanks and some Words of Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week’s submissions include a Thought Piece on Life, a European commercial that rewards Bravery and models Creativity, an opportunity to extend your thanks and invites others to do the same and some insights from the Dalai Lama to round out the week. Click the links below to view the content.

Philosophy for Old Age: A Thought Piece on Life

European Marketing: Rewarding Bravery

The 4th Annual Thank a Teacher campaign has launched, and this year we’ve gone green—thank you notes can now be submitted online. Click the link below to view the email that Mission Fed members received as a reminder to show appreciation to the teachers that do so much in their mission to educate.

I’m Thankful for My Teacher Because…

To your Well-being…



“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”– Albert Einstein

Soul Food for the last Friday in September 2011

Recently, as part of our Leadership development efforts we have
been taking a battery of evaluations—some that use different colors to
identify our traits, and others that use different letters as short-hand to
help us better understand our attributes. These can be quite insightful in
helping us to be more self-aware of our preferred learning/communication styles
as well as those of others, so we can both apply the Platinum Rule: “Do unto
others as others would have done unto them
and affirm the diversity
and differences that a well-rounded team can bring to bear in creating a high
performance, high accountability & high fulfillment culture.

Not surprisingly, the people part as contrasted with
attention to process or strictly delivering results is something
that is second nature for me.

In coming up with a motto to represent our group in one session,
we chose, “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you

This week’s soul food strikes
right at the heart of the matter…

*Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.


A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who  had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old Gentleman’s’ yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’


Teacher Debbie Moon’s first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different hair color than the other members. One of her students suggested that he was adopted.

A little girl said, ‘I know all about adoption, I was adopted..’

‘What does it mean to be adopted?’, asked another child.

‘It means’, said the girl, ‘that you grew in your mommy’s heart instead of her tummy!’


On my way home one day, I stopped to watch a Little League base ball game that was being played in a park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the
first-base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was.

‘We’re behind 14 to nothing,’ he answered with a smile.

‘Really,’ I said. ‘I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.’

‘Discouraged?’, the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face.

‘Why should we be discouraged? We haven’t been up to bat yet.’


Whenever I’m disappointed with my spot in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott. Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. His mother told me that he’d set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen.

On the day the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement..  ‘Guess what,
Mom,’ he shouted, and then said those words that will remain a lesson
to me….’I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer.’


An eye witness account from New York City , on a cold day in December, some years ago: A little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said, ‘My, but you’re in such deep thought staring in that window!’

‘I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,’ was the boy’s reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen
pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of
water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.

She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel.

By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks.. Placing a pair upon the boy’s feet, she
purchased him a pair of shoes. She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him.

She patted him on the head and said,
‘No doubt, you will be more comfortable now.’

As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her, ‘Are you God’s wife?’

Happy Soul Food Friday! – Friday, September 23, 2011.

The Autumnal Equinox is today Friday, September 23, 2011.

It’s one of only two times in a year that the day and night are of equal length. (Light and Dark in Balance)
The Equinox reminds us about the passage of time-change, the motion of the Earth-change, and the different seasons-change. (Change is certain, Growth is optional)

Along with the Winter and Summer Solstices they demarcate the four seasons.
Today marks the start of Autumn (Fall)  for us in the Northern Hemisphere.

For the Southern Hemisphere, it’s reversed. Spring has just begun… (North and South in Balance)
Today the Sun will begin to rise at the South Pole after six months of darkness (Keep moving into the Light)

Today when the Sun passes straight overhead, at the “zenith” for people on the equator, like in Kenya or Ecuador, there simply aren’t any shadows. (An opposite of Emerson’s Quote: “When it’s dark enough you can see the stars”, “When it’s fully light there ARE no shadows!”)
On this day, the Sun rises directly in the East, and sets directly in the West. (the Rest of the year this varies slightly…)
So on this naturally balanced day may you find your balance and center, in tune and in harmony with mother nature.
Note: Thanks Billy for your inspiration…

Here are some tender vittles to warm the cockles of your heart and inspire mastery in all of us.

The main course is a feel good story captures the importance of manifesting your dreams and achieving your success. ( A goal is a dream with a deadline)

It is never too late…

The  first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged  us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look  around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned  around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a  smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, ‘Hi  handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give  you a hug?’
I laughed and enthusiastically responded,  ‘Of course you may!’ and she gave me a giant  squeeze.. 

‘Why are you in college at such a young,  innocent age?’ I asked.
She jokingly replied, ‘I’m here  to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of  kids…’
‘No seriously,’ I asked. I was curious what  may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her  age.
‘I always dreamed of having a college education  and now I’m getting one!’ she told me. 

After class we  walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate  milkshake.
We became instant friends. Every day for the  next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I  was always mesmerized listening to this ‘time machine’ as she shared  her wisdom and experience with me..
Over the course of  the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends  wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the  attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living  it up. 

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to  speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us.  She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to  deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on  the floor.
Frustrated  and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply  said, ‘I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this  whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let  me just tell you what I know.’ 

As we laughed she  cleared her throat and began, ‘ We do not stop playing because we  are old; we grow old because we stop playing.
There are  only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving  success. You have tolaugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to  have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
We  have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know  it!
There is a huge difference between growing older  and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will  turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in  bed for a year and never do anything I will turn  eighty-eight.
Anybody! Can grow older. That doesn’t  take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding  opportunity in change.

Have no regrets.
The elderly  usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we  did not do. The only people who fear death are those with  regrets..’
She concluded her speech by courageously  singing ‘The Rose.’
She challenged each of us to study  the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end  Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months  ago.
One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in  her sleep.
Over two thousand college students attended  her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example  that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly  be.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.  GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We make a  Life by what we give.

The second dish is a musical interlude with the Andre Rieu Orchestra from Holland and a thirteen year old virtuoso Melissa Venema playing Taps in its entirety.

The Original version of Taps was called Last Post , and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801as you will hear in this clip. In 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named Taps.

Finally, to see “be the ball” move from a mental concept of being in the flow experience to really happening, check out this video.

Note: Thanks Larry for sending this around…

May you be one with all that brings meaning, purpose, love and laughter to your life and keep the change!

Pay it forward…