Your Soul Food for Friday July 8 2022: Upskill Yourself, Uplift Humanity!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Upskilling Ourselves to Meet the Moment and Meet Ourselves as well as Others Where We Are At:

Later this month, as part of sharpening my saw to keep growing & to meet the moment, I am going to embark on the Awakening Conscious Leadership journey with XChange.

This program is based in large part on the lifework of my dear departed soul brother Dr Danny Friedland, founding chair of the Academy of Integrated Health and Medicine, author of one of the first textbooks on Evidence-Based Medicine, Master Facilitator extraordinaire, Conscious Leadership Coach for the leaders of Conscious Capitalism among others, and an amazing human being.

As part of my prep work, this vid (below) was shared with me, and I felt compelled to share it with you.

Why?

Like Dr. Danny, at our deepest self, we are all trying to navigate and make meaning of suffering, identify our higher purpose, face our mortality, and leave a legacy. By understanding the choreography of asking the right questions, and assembling the glorious order of things, we can find our best and highest use in our short time on this earth.

There is nothing like the fierce urgency of now to reveal the answer to the deep and rich question, we often fail to ask and answer, namely, “What Matters Most NOW?” instead of the more common question, “What am I going to do now?”

If you are looking for mindless release from the ongoing madness, then binge watch your favorite show or use another escapist device to give you relief.

I get it. I do it all the time…

On the other hand, if you are willing to get vulnerable and real with your most authentic self and courageously navigate out of these uncharted waters, buckle up and enjoy the journey!

Awakening Conscious Leadership Preview (vimeo.com)

Here’s to Joy in Every One of the Four Seasons of Life:

Vivaldi on Marimba from Crazy Talented South African Schoolchildren


Thanks to DJ King for connecting me with the Awakening Conscious Leadership ecosystem, to Vince R for the Joy of 4 Seasons, and to all my kindred fellow travelers on this incredible and mysterious journey we call life.

Please pay it forward with purpose!

Love,

Neville

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“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” ~ Hafiz

Your Soul Food for 4th of July Weekend 2022: Emancipate Yourself from Mental Slavery

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, non but ourselves can free our mind”

– Bob Marley

This vid should get your weekend started with a bang!

Onze helden zijn terug! – YouTube

Manage your Energy, not your Time:

The core problem with working longer hours is that time is a finite resource. Energy is a different story…

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time (hbr.org)

Changing this 1 Word in your thoughts can boost Mental Toughness and Resilience, says performance coach
Why is it easier to give advice to a friend rather than to ourselves? Psychology expert Steve Magness, who has coached executives and sports teams like the Brooklyn Nets boost their mental strength, explains how a simple change to your inner dialogue can make you more resilient.

Changing this 1 word in your thoughts can boost mental toughness and resilience, psychologists say (cnbc.com)

Bonus-This is adorable

Poorly behaved Dogs foiled a plan to have trained animals replace ball boys and girls at Wimbledon this year:

Plan to replace Wimbledon ball boys with dogs fails for very adorable reason (nypost.com)

Thanks this week go to Larry H for the YouTube link, and Happy Independence Day Everyone!

Please pay it forward

Love,

Neville

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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”— Benjamin Franklin

Your Soul Food for the Summer Solstice, Juneteenth and Intl. Yoga Day 2022 Can WE Live In Peace?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

Can We Live In Peace?

Aretha Franklin – Border Song (Holy Moses) – YouTube

Aretha and Elton Duet Live in 1993:

“Border Song” Aretha Franklin and Elton John duet LIVE – YouTube

This week:

  • The Summer Solstice
  • Better Understanding Juneteenth
  • United Nations International Yoga Day
  • Nurture Your Soul and Open Your Heart: Sunday June 26th, 2022

Summer Solstice 2022-

The Summer Solstice:

Here is wishing you a wonderful summer solstice!

This is a time of changing seasons.

On Tuesday, June 21, summer began in the Northern Hemisphere.

The summer solstice is the longest day and the shortest night in our year.

The sun sets farthest north on the horizon.

At this time of the year, the days are warm, all the plants are energized by the sun, and the land is filled with rich new growth.

Summer is truly a celebration of the primal creative force of nature, fertile, and blooming with abundance.

Humans for many millennia have marked this sacred time in the yearly cycle of life.

Celebrating the solstice can be a beautiful reminder that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing always renewing.

The beginning of summer represents a time for purification and renewed energy.

This is a time of cutting through resistance and obstacles, using the sun energy to illuminate and light your way upon your path.

Fire is especially important, symbolizing the light, heat and power of the sun.

Into a fire, you can throw a piece of paper with written goals to achieve, and anything to release.

Now is a good time to plant seeds for a more intuitive, simpler and natural lifestyle.

Stay in tune with your inner and outer nature!

Juneteenth 2022-

What is Juneteenth, and how is it celebrated?

Celebrated annually since 1865, Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African-American holiday. But as many as 60 per cent of Americans know “nothing at all” or only “a little bit” about the holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States. Here, we explore the history of Juneteenth and explain its significance

Juneteenth: Aims, Meaning, Beginnings, And Historians’ Views | HistoryExtra

In states where Juneteenth is still not a day off, activists see a missed opportunity
It has been one year since Juneteenth became a federal holiday, but in roughly half of the country it is still not an official day off.

In states where Juneteenth is still not a day off, activists see a missed opportunity : NPR

The Modern White Power Movement (2020)

The recent shooting in Buffalo, New York, which authorities are investigating as a hate crime, has yet again highlighted the threat posed by domestic terrorism in the U.S. At the center are violent extremists – the most lethal and persistent of whom are white supremacists and anti-government militias. They’re part of a deeply interconnected movement which, since the 1980s, has pursued a mission to topple the U.S government with guerrilla warfare. Today, this movement is made up of highly-organized groups with paramilitary capabilities, but it hasn’t always been this way. This week, we trace the rise of the modern white power movement.

The Modern White Power Movement (2020) : Throughline : NPR

A racist Juneteenth sign at a Maine insurance agency sparks backlash online
An image of the sign displayed on the front of the business was shared online Monday, gaining the attention of thousands across social media.

Racist Juneteenth sign at Maine insurance agency sparks backlash online : NPR

United Nations International Yoga Day 2022-

June 21st is Also the UN International Yoga Day:

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented human tragedy. Beyond its immediate impact on physical health, the COVID-19 pandemic has also exacerbated psychological suffering and mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, as pandemic-related restrictions were introduced in various forms in many countries. This has highlighted the urgent need to address the mental health dimension of the pandemic, in addition to the physical health aspects. People around the world embraced yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated and to fight social isolation and depression during the pandemic. Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. It is particularly helpful in allaying their fears and anxiety.

International Day of Yoga | United Nations

Nurture Your Soul and Open Your Heart:

Free Online Live Meditation on Love

Sunday June 26th, 2022

  Nurture Your Soul and Open Your Heart
Join Us Online for a Live Meditation on Love with Sublime Live Music
Sunday June 26, 2022 4:00 – 5:00PM Central Time No Fee, No Registration, Join Online from Anywhere  Click Here to Join
  Open your heart to all of humankind.   Our intention is to activate the power of love, kindness, and compassion to transform individuals, families, communities, states, nations, and the world to address the many areas that so desperately need love and healing.   Through our powerful group focus, wounds will be healed and new paths will be walked. As we join together, we will uplift humanity and strengthen our bonds to our interconnected planetary ecosystem: One world under Love
Featuring a Special Performance by Award-Winning Harpist Isabel Cardenes
Just last week harpist Isabel Cardenes played with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. We are blessed to be joined by this gifted 18 year-old who is known for her sensitive musicianship and unique self-expression. Isabel is passionate about using music for healing and social change. She is the perfect artist to help us co-create a more loving future. Read More
Simply Click Here to Join Join us online this Sunday from 4:00 – 5:00PM Central Time (2PM Pacific/5PM Eastern)   When the Zoom meeting reaches the maximum number of attendees, you can watch our Livestream on the Love Hour YouTube channel

Welcome to the Love Hour

On A Lighter Note…

Tennis- You have to know when to take a break

This is super cute…

Goran Ivanisevic Gets Ball Girl to Play Tennis In Queen’s Final! 🤣 – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Billy S, Mehrad N, Chris B, and all you peaceful warriors out there!

Please pay it forward.

Love,

Neville

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I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,

 for going out,  I found, was really going in

— John Muir

Your Soul Food for June 17th 2022: The Longest Day & Does Your Work Matter?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Does Your Work Matter?

Make A Difference Of Consequence-

The Longest Day is the day of the year with the most light — the summer solstice. And it’s the day Mission Fed has committed to fight Alzheimer’s disease! We’re participating in The Longest Day, a fundraising event to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Mission Fed is also very proud to be the title sponsor for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month all throughout June in San Diego. Many of our employees, board members and members’ families have been touched by this disease and we want to help.

Did you know that Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, and one of the most feared? Left unchecked, it can destroy finances, families and futures.

Today, an estimated 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, including more than 6 million Americans. In the United States alone, more than 11 million friends and family members are providing their care. We must take action now, or these numbers will continue to rise.

Stand up to the darkness of Alzheimer’s and join us in making a donation today to help the Alzheimer’s Association support all those facing the disease. Thank you!

Donation Link: http://act.alz.org/goto/missionfed

Humble Bragging In Service Of Our Community-

Mission Fed Just Earned Juntos Avanzamos Designation:

The Only Credit Union in San Diego County and Why It Matters

We recently celebrated this milestone with a Juntos Avanzamos Proclamation Ceremony to support the spirit of what Juntos stands for, a commitment to serving and empowering Hispanic consumers. If you have a few minutos to spare, I encourage you all to watch the video with ceremony highlights, and focuses on how credit union members and our community will benefit from these financial inclusive efforts.

https://vimeo.com/simplerandsimpler/review/717998953/7c40758d48

The Awe and Wonder of Nature-

What’s the oldest tree on Earth—and will it survive climate change?
Bristlecone pines in the western U.S. have been alive for nearly 5,000 years, but an upstart Patagonian cypress challenges that record.

What’s the oldest tree on Earth—and will it survive climate change? (nationalgeographic.com)

Mind Bending Wisdom Traditions-

This woman navigated a 3,000-mile Pacific voyage without maps or technology
Polynesian wayfinding has long been a patriarchal tradition. Lehua Kamalu is breaking the mold—and helping to lead a revival of the ancient skill.

This woman navigated a 3,000-mile Pacific voyage without maps or technology (nationalgeographic.com)

To Fall Seven Times, To Rise Eight Times, Live Starts from Now-

High school hurdler bounces back from a fall to seal an incredible victory
Race favorite, Abby Dennis of Old Tappan High School, NJ, gets up after falling at the Bergen County Championships to win the 100-meter hurdles.

High school hurdler beats the odds to earn a sensational comeback win (usatoday.com)

Thanks this week to all of you that do important and meaningful work, that love and preserve nature, that help humanity way find our journey ahead and model perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds…

Pay it forward with love!

Neville

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“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” 

– George S. Patton

Your Soul Food Friday for 6/10/22: Humor, Optical Illusions, Celestial Wonder & The Power of Music

Happy Soul Food Friday!

If you find this blog valuable, please subscribe and share it, as many of us are not ok, and you never know whose life you are going to positively touch with a small act of kindness:

This week

Lightening things up with:

  • Humor and Technology
  • Fun with Optical Illusions
  • Celestial Wonder
  • The Timeless Power of Music

Humor and Technology-

Something to Put a Smile on Your Face:

Amazing what technology can do…

Les plaisirs de la technologie – YouTube

Mind Games and Cool Optical Illusions-

Optical Illusions: What Causes Them? Try Some Out!
Abigail Howell, a biomedical student at Arizona State University, explains that there are three different types of optical illusion, in which the brain incorrectly interprets what the eyes are seeing:

Optical Illusions: What Causes Them? Try Some Out! | Mind Matters

Only 1% Of People Can Spot Second Tiger In This Optical Illusion
Get your eyeballs around this trippy tiger picture, and prepare for your mind to start fizzing as you try to spot the hidden second tiger

Only 1% Of People Can Spot Second Tiger In This Viral Optical Illusion (ladbible.com)

Celestial Wonder You Won’t Want To Miss-

A rare, 5-planet alignment will take over the sky this month
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align in the month of June, with the waning crescent moon making a special appearance on June 24.

5 planets will align in the sky beginning this month – CNN

The Timeless Power of Music-

Watch Carlos Santana Re-Record ‘Oye Como Va’ With Musicians From Around The World
The Playing For Change video features Cindy Blackman Santana, Becky G, Tito Puente, Jr., Rubén Rada, and more than 20 others

Watch Carlos Santana Re-Record ‘Oye Como Va’ With Global Artists – Rolling Stone

Thanks this week goes to Bob C, technologists making life better, and musicians playing for joy and change!

Please pay it forward this week, as many of us are not ok, and you never know whose life you are going to positively touch with a small act of kindness…

Love,

Neville

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“The greatest good we can do for anyone is not to share our wealth with them, but rather to reveal their own wealth to them.”– Zig Ziglar:

Your Soul Food for 6/3/22 Gun Violence Awareness Day, Wear Orange Weekend & the Launch of Pride Month

Happy Soul Food Friday

This week:

  • Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend
  • Pride Month and Graduation Season
  • Why We Need to Keep Every Soul Safe, Alive and Thriving

Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend-

Wear Orange June 3-5

In the wake of multiple tragedies, the fight to end gun violence has never been more urgent.

During National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend, we join together to demand a future free from gun violence once and for all.

Wear Orange is June 3-5 | Wear Orange

An Elementary Schooler Told This Child Psychologist Not To Worry About School Shootings, And The Reason Why Is Gut-Wrenching
“I just got done with a session with an elementary schooler who asked me if when I saw the news yesterday, I was sad like her mommy or if I was scared.”

Psychologist Shares How Kids Talk About Mass Shootings (buzzfeed.com)

How to Talk to Children About Violence

Reassure children that they are safe 

Make time to talk 

Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate

Review safety procedures 

Observe children’s emotional state 

Limit television viewing of these events 

Maintain a normal routine

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (nasponline.org)

Pope Francis and a cardinal say it’s time for the U.S. to act on guns
“It is time to say enough to the indiscriminate trafficking of arms,” Pope Francis said on Wednesday, as he sent condolences to families in Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde shooting: Pope Francis says gun control is needed in the United States : NPR

‘The Onion’ has republished a grim headline about mass shootings 21 times since 2014
The satirical news site publishes modified versions of the article after major mass shootings, always with the same headline: “No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.”

‘The Onion’ has reused this satire after more than 20 mass shootings since 2014 : NPR

An ER Doctor’s ‘Third Way’ Approach to the Gun Crisis
Why violence demands not just policy solutions, but public-health ones

An ER Doctor’s ‘Third Way’ Approach to the Gun Crisis – The Atlantic

Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted.
It was one of the world’s largest mandatory gun buybacks — and it was a smashing success.

Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted. – Vox

San Diego students walk out of class to protest gun violence after Texas school shooting
In the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, thousands of students from San Diego County and across the country walked out of their classrooms in protest of gun violence.

San Diego Students Participate in Walkouts to Protest Gun Violence After Texas School Shooting – NBC 7 San Diego (nbcsandiego.com)

Comfort dogs have been deployed to Uvalde, Texas, from near and far
At least five organizations in and beyond the state have sent dogs to Uvalde, where they are visiting hospitals, churches and schools. Many have responded to other mass shootings across the country.

Uvalde, Texas, school shooting: Comfort dogs offer support : NPR

Pride Month and Graduation Season-

A Florida class president couldn’t discuss being gay in high school graduation speech — so he talked about his curly hair
The class president at a Florida high school says he wasn’t allowed to share his experience as a gay student in his graduation speech or how the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law will affect students like him, so he talked about something else that makes him a little different from his classmates — his curly hair.

A Florida class president couldn’t discuss being gay in high school graduation speech — so he talked about his curly hair – CNN

3 books all recent college graduates should read, according to a career expert
There’s no manual for what to do after leaving school, but books can provide practical advice and inspiration on how to succeed in this next chapter.

Career expert: 3 books all recent college graduates should read (cnbc.com)

Why we need to keep every soul safe, alive and thriving-

5-year-old Italian piano prodigy plays astonishing Mozart for competition audience
The young pianist impressed the competition judges with instinctive talent, well beyond his years…

5-year-old Italian piano prodigy plays astonishing Mozart for competition audience – Classic FM

Here is to the prodigy in you!

Please pay it forward with purpose.

Love,

Neville

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint.

Therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.”

Reinhold Niebuhr

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Your Soul Food for May 27 2022: Wonder is the Beginning of Wisdom

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • Wonder
  • Self-Care
  • Kid Care
  • Pet Care

Wonder

A Flying Dog?

This guy is amazing!

This Dog Goes Paragliding With His Owner And Loves it! | The Dodo Soulmates – YouTube

Self-Care

A Psychologist explains why negativity dominates your daily thoughts, and what to do about it:

Great practical advice

Why negativity dominates your daily thoughts and what to do about it (fastcompany.com)

Kid Care

The Kids are NOT Ok:

Conclusion. Good Science is not enough. We need Activism!

The kids are not ok. Today I went to give a climate talk at… | by Julia Steinberger | May, 2022 | Medium

Pet Care

2022 Walk for Animals:

Enjoy these cute pets and their caregivers!

We’re so proud to support the San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals

Whose a good dog? You ALL are…

https://vimeo.com/simplerandsimpler/review/711836717/531dbe215b

Thanks this week go to Chris B, Paula C, & the Mission Fed Team.

Please pay it forward

Love,

Neville

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“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”

– Greek Proverb

Your Soul Food for May 20, 2022: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Happy Soul Food Friday!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor

– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

This week:

  • Armani’s Mambo
  • Women’s Rights with Amanda Gorman
  • The latest chapter in our deepening moral and political crisis in the US
  • The American economy is lumbering under monopoly and oligopoly
  • Did you see the Super Flower Blood Moon last Sunday?
  • Student with non-speaking autism gives powerful valedictorian speech
  • Strangers save a woman who had a medical episode while driving
  • Boxer Terence Crawford’s 7 year old daughter loses her shoe, then dominates field in stunning track meet

Armani’s Mambo to Feel From the Soul:

Reset your soul scape with this original composition by my son Arman:

Armani’s Mambo is an original Mambo inspired by Latin legends such as La Sonora Santanera, Poncho Sanchez, Louie Cruz Beltran and more… Vamos a Bailar!

MAMBO.wav – Google Drive

Now that we have opened our hearts.

It’s feeling, feeling, feeling kind of heavy…

Women’s Rights-

Amanda Gorman speaks on US Supreme Court leak on Roe v. Wade decision to ban abortion

Amanda Gorman speaks on US Supreme Court leak on Roe vs Wade decision to ban abortion – YouTube

The latest chapter in our deepening moral and political crisis in the US-

The Numbers Don’t Lie in America’s Gun Violence Problem:

Over the past decade, the Anti-Defamation League has counted about 450 U.S. murders committed by political extremists.
Of these 450 killings, right-wing extremists committed about 75 percent. Islamic extremists were responsible for about 20 percent, and left-wing extremists were responsible for 4 percent.
Nearly half of the murders were specifically tied to white supremacists:
Source: Anti-Defamation League

As this data shows, the American political right has a violence problem that has no equivalent on the left. And the 10 victims in Buffalo this past weekend are now part of this toll. “Right-wing extremist violence is our biggest threat,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the ADL, has written. “The numbers don’t lie.”

Buffalo is part of that unfolding American tragedy:

Events in Buffalo require a response that goes far beyond allyship…

Opinion: Buffalo is part of an unfolding American tragedy – CNN

The American Economy is lumbering under monopoly and oligopoly-

What BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street are doing to the Economy:

Their combined $22 trillion in managed assets is equivalent to more than half of the combined value of all shares for the companies in the S&P 500 (about $38 trillion)

Opinion | BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street Control a Piece of Nearly Everything – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

On a lighter and more heartfelt note-

Communing with nature-

Did you see the Super Flower Blood Moon last Sunday?

South America and much of the continental United States had the best view of Sunday night’s lunar eclipse, which lasted nearly five hours.

See a lunar eclipse turn the moon a stunning blood red : NPR

Celebrating and affirming differences-

“God gave you a voice. Use it,” valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker told the class of 2022 at Rollins College

Student with Nonspeaking Autism Gives Powerful Graduation Speech | PEOPLE.com

The power of community-

Strangers save a woman who had a medical episode while driving

Video shows people saving woman having medical episode while driving (usatoday.com)

Overcoming mishap with persistence-

Boxer Terence Crawford’s daughter loses her shoe, then dominates field in stunning track meet win with a Rich Strike like comeback

Terence Crawford’s daughter loses shoe, dominates field in track win (usatoday.com)

Thanks this week go to Armani B, Isa G, Brad D, & Paula C for this week’s submissions.

Please pay it forward.

Love,

Neville

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor“- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Your Soul Food for 5/13/’22: Striving to Be Our Best Selves with Compassion & Care

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • Striving To Be My Best Self
  • Nature’s Wonder
  • Good Old-Fashioned Living
  • Pets
  • Art
  • Giving
  • Humor

Striving To Be My Best Self-

MYSELF By Edgar Guest

I have to live with myself, and so,

I want to be fit for myself to know;

I want to be able as days go by,

Always to look myself straight in the eye;

I don’t want to stand with the setting sun

And hate myself for the things I’ve done.

I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf

A lot of secrets about myself,

And fool myself as I come and go

Into thinking that nobody else will know

The kind of man I really am;

I don’t want to dress myself up in sham.

I want to deserve all men’s respect;

But here in this struggle for fame and pelf,

I want to be able to like myself.

I don’t want to think as I come and go

That I’m for bluster and bluff and empty show.

I never can hide myself from me,

I see what others may never see,

I know what others may never know,

I never can fool myself — and so,

Whatever happens, I want to be

Self-respecting and conscience free.

Nature’s Wonder-

Moment of Awwwwww!

Crazy cute photos of animal mom’s and their babies

Moment of Aw! (nationalgeographic.com)

Good Old-Fashioned Living-

The world’s oldest person is a French nun who enjoys chocolate and wine
A 118-year-old nun living in a nursing home in southern France has become the world’s oldest living person, according to the Guinness World Records.

The world’s oldest person is a French nun who enjoys chocolate and wine – CNN

Pets-

There’s a reason humans melt when they see ‘puppy dog eyes,’ new research reveals
Researchers compared facial movements among wolves and dogs, finding that the domestication and the desire to be chosen has shaped dogs’ muscles.

‘Puppy dog eyes’ are real, study says. Is your pet manipulating you? (usatoday.com)

Art-

Mission Fed ArtWalk Celebrates 14 Years!

There is no great civilization without great art and here is a fun 2 minute highlight reel of San Diegans and their pets loving art in Little Italy:

https://vimeo.com/simplerandsimpler/review/707959206/90c46b29d9

Giving-

Do UCare?

#Tritons. @UCSanDiego, ucare is finally here!

1,960 minutes to support UC San Diego student success, particularly during this crazy time.

Support what matters most to you, with a gift of any size on May 12- 13, 2022

Give to UC San Diego | Gift Details (ucsd.edu)

#UCSDCares

Humor-

HERE’S HOW BAD INFLATION IS:  

Inflation is so bad that…

My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail. 

CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.   

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen. 

I saw a Mormon with only one wife. 

McDonald’s is selling the 1/4 ouncer. 

Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.   

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children’s names.   

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico. 

A picture is now only worth 200 words.  

The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates. 

Called to get Blue Book Value on my car. They asked if gas tank was full or empty.   

And finally… 

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Afghanistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

(Suicide is no joke. If you are struggling please call 800-273-8255.)

Gratitude-

Thanks this week go to Starla L,  UCSD Alumni everywhere, Bob C, & The Mission Fed ArtWalk Team with help from Simpler and Simpler

Please Pay It Forward, Share with your Social Network and Subscribe to make it easier to get this to you…

Love,

Neville

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”– Pablo Picasso

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Your Soul Food for 5/2/22: What’s YOUR Commitment to Protecting Our Planet Before We Run Out the Clock?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

What’s Your Commitment to Protecting Our Planet?

Global and local implications of looming climate catastrophe continue unabated. What will it take for us to attend to this perilous condition without denying reality on the one hand, or awfulizing it on the other?

Here are some powerful examples of what is happening that are worth our attention, and some positive responses both from indigenous traditions as well as from modern science…

Outside the Supreme Court, A Life of Purpose and Pain Ends in Flames:

Wynn Bruce, whose life was shaped by a devastating car accident and Buddhism, set himself on fire on Earth Day in what his father believes was a climate change protest. If the world ignores Bruce’s death and disregards the warnings from scientists about the actions needed to curb the world’s warming, they argued, millions more people will die by fire.

Why Wynn Bruce, climate activist, set himself on fire at Supreme Court – The Washington Post

“We See the Storm Coming”: U.S. Struggles to Contain a Deepening Global Food Crisis:
Biden officials are scrambling to limit the damage from fast-spreading food shortages sparked by Russia’s war in Ukraine, but they face an array of complex political and logistical challenges.

‘We see the storm coming’: U.S. struggles to contain a deepening global food crisis – POLITICO

Think Global-

An Ice Shelf the Size of Rome has Collapsed in Antarctica
Nasa scientist says complete collapse of Conger ice shelf during unusually high temperatures is ‘sign of what might be coming’

Satellite data shows entire Conger ice shelf has collapsed in Antarctica | Antarctica | The Guardian

It’s Also Local-

As Lake Powell hits landmark low, Arizona looks to a new agency, a $1 billion investment and Mexican seawater
Gov. Doug Ducey hopes to solve the state’s water woes during his last year in office as decades of drought strain water supplies from the Colorado River.

As Lake Powell Hits Landmark Low, Arizona Looks to a $1 Billion Investment and Mexican Seawater to Slake its Thirst – Inside Climate News

Lake Powell officials face an impossible choice in the West’s megadrought: water or electricity
Lake Powell, the country’s second-largest reservoir, is drying up.

Lake Powell water officials face an impossible choice amid the West’s megadrought – CNN


Birds are laying their eggs a month earlier than normal
Eggshell evidence points the finger at our changing climate.

Birds are laying their eggs a month earlier than normal – The Washington Post

An Ocean of Noise: How Sonic Pollution is Hurting Marine Life:
Today’s oceans are a tumult of engine roar, artificial sonar and seismic blasts that make it impossible for marine creatures to hunt or communicate. We could make it stop, so why don’t we?

An ocean of noise: how sonic pollution is hurting marine life | Whales | The Guardian

On a more positive note-

Whale Takes Tourists for Ride Near Mexico By Lifting Boat on Its Back and Swimming Away:
A passenger aboard the boat said the playful whale “gently” lifted the boat and swam with the vessel on their back “twice” before swimming away

Whale Takes Tourists for Ride By Lifting Their Boat on Its Back | PEOPLE.com

For the First Time, Wind Power Eclipsed Both Coal and Nuclear in the U.S.:
For a single day at the end of March, wind was the second-largest source of electricity generation, the Energy Information Administration says. Natural gas is still the nation’s largest power source.

For the first time, wind power eclipsed both coal and nuclear power in the U.S. : NPR

Learning From the Ingenious Wisdom of Our Ancestors-

Why Did the Ancient Maya Abandon Their Cities?

As we face an uncertain future of our own amid a climate crisis, are there any lessons we can learn from the Maya about how to live sustainably on this planet?

The ancient Maya flourished in modern day Mexico and Central America for millennia. They built incredible cities and they had sophisticated knowledge of astronomy, architecture and the natural world. But although Maya culture continues to exist today, around 900 AD, many of their great settlements collapsed, and today they lie in ruins. CrowdScience listener Michael wants to know – how did the Maya sustain their populations successfully for so long? And what happened 1000 years ago that led them to abandon their cities? To find out, presenter Melanie Brown travels to the forests of Western Belize. She visits the archaeological site of Xunantunich to learn about what life would have been like for the Maya living in what was once a prosperous city. She hears about the importance of water to the Maya way of life in this region, and their ingenious methods for capturing and storing rainfall. She meets archaeologists using lasers and drones to map Maya settlements that have lain hidden by jungle for centuries. And she discovers what material from the bottom of lakes can tell us about how the Maya faced a changing climate, which may have had huge consequences for their society. This episode was released on Earth Day 2022.

CrowdScience – Why did the ancient Maya abandon their cities? – BBC Sounds

Spring Time: Why an Ancient Water System is Being Brought Back to Life in Spain:
A project to restore a 1,000-year-old network of water channels is helping farmers in the Sierra Nevada adapt to the effects of the climate crisis

Spring time: why an ancient water system is being brought back to life in Spain | Spain | The Guardian

MIT Engineers Created a Portable Device that Zaps Seawater to Make Drinking Water:
It’s the size of a suitcase—and could save your life.

MIT Engineers Created a Portable Device that Zaps Seawater to Make Drinking Water (thedailybeast.com)

The Surprising Afterlife of Used Hotel Soap:

Hotel guests leave behind millions of half-used bars of soap every day. A nonprofit is on a mission to repurpose them.

The surprising afterlife of used hotel soap (thehustle.co)

And some chuckles to take you out on-

If Cute Babies Competed in the Olympic Games:

Honestly, this may be one of the cutest, most hilarious 2-minute videos ever.

If Cute Babies Competed in the Olympic Games | Olympic Channel – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Graham B, Climate Stewards everywhere, and Chris B for the cute Baby Olympics vid!

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        When the Heart weeps for what it has lost, the Spirit rejoices for what it has found.’

– Sufi saying