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Wanted: Avengers for the Modern World Last Updated on 2012-05-14 00:00:00 My son, Matt. recently posted on his FB page that he has seen the Avengers three times, including at least one showing in 3D. I decided if he thought it was good enough to see three times, that it set new box off records, and was already a billion dollar success, that I would check it out.  So we went to the movies this weekend and saw the 3D version with the D-Box seats.  D-Box seats move with the action of the movie.  They also have the added advantage to help keep you awake during boring films. :) Avengers was a fun action movie and we enjoyed it very much. Though I didn’t go to the film seeking any particular message, as I thought comic book characters were more of an escape venue, I did nonetheless, come away with some possible lessons for humankind to consider. For those unfamiliar with the plot of the Avengers, Loki, the Norse God who... More »
Sustainable Tourism: A Key to Global Solutions Last Updated on 2012-02-26 00:00:00 When most people think of tourism, they probably don't think about an industry that can contribute to global solutions for the difficult challenges facing the planet. Tourism is in fact, the fastest growing industry in the world. According to the U.N. World Tourism Organization (WTO), tourism visits grew from about 900 to 940 million visitors last year and is projected to rise to 1.6 billion by the year 2020. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) states that tourism is the largest industry in the world with an estimated 11.5% of the world GDP and employing about 12.5% of the world's work force. Tourism can be the key for implementing many global solutions for challenges such as climate change, poverty reduction, waste reduction, preserving eco-systems and moving the world to a more sustainable planet. Unlike the fossil fuel industries that often... More »
Healing Ourselves, Our Communities & Our Relationship with Mother Earth Last Updated on 2011-10-09 00:00:00   A WEEKEND GATHERING WITH CHIEF PHIL LANE JR. Friday Evening/Saturday: November 4th and 5th Time:  7-9 p.m Nov. 4th & 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov 5th Location:  Sacred Lands, 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33710 The Gathering This gathering will focus on understanding and utilizing the Four Worlds guiding principles and development processes for healing ourselves, our communities and our relationship with Mother Earth. These Guiding Principles and development processes, for Building a Harmonious and Sustainable World, emerged from an extensive process of consultation with Indigenous spiritual, cultural and community leaders, spanning more than four decades. The Four World’s model of human and community transformation is rooted in the concerns of hundreds of Indigenous Elders, Spiritual Leaders and Community Members, as well... More »
Earth, We Have a Problem -- Failure Is Not an Option Last Updated on 2011-04-06 00:00:00 Dave's 88-year-old father has been involved in the space program most of his career. We have always been interested and supportive of the space program and the benefits that it has brought to all humankind. When Dave served as John Denver's environmental and political advisor, support for the space program was one of his top six priorities. Recently, at the Kennedy Space Center, Dave picked up an Apollo 13 hat for his dad. It had the wording, "Failure is not an Option". The hat seemed fitting as his dad had been told a couple years ago that he had only three days to live. He didn't accept the prognosis and sought other treatment. For him failure was not an option so the hat seemed quite fitting for him to wear in the event he has to go to the hospital again. Recently we heard a podcast where the NASA Space program was used as a metaphor for how we might better respond to... More »
What is Going On in Arizona? Last Updated on 2011-01-08 00:00:00 Today it was the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. A few days ago it was the new death panels that resulted in death of patients need transplants. Then before that there was the draconian immigration laws that were ruled unconstitutional. Of course we have all heard of the Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, known for his cruel and unusual punishment of prisoners.  This Sheriff is under Grand Jury and FBI investigation for abuse of power. I guess knowing what we all know now about Arizona we should not be that surprised that it was Senator from Arizona who picked someone like Sara Palin to be his running mate.  Sara Palin some of you may remember put a target on a map over Gabby Giffords District in this last election. The Sheriff in Pima County, where the shooting took place, describes AZ as a right wing state "the tombstone of the... More »