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Stunning Lace Art by Agnes Herczeg | Art – BabaMail

Agnes Herczeg, a Hungarian artist, creates artwork using lace. Some of her best works can be seen here.

Source: Stunning Lace Art by Agnes Herczeg | Art – BabaMail

Solar Eclipse 2017: Our Exclusive First Pictures

National Geographic photographers are across the country—and over the ocean—capturing some of the best views of the historic eclipse.

Source: Solar Eclipse 2017: Our Exclusive First Pictures

World Pledges More Than $1 Billion to End Polio

With polio on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged $1.3 billion to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.

The historic pledges of new funds at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will go toward drastically shrinking the $1.5 billion gap in the funding that the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative say is needed to reduce polio cases to zero worldwide. Just five cases have been reported this year, the lowest number in history.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said ending polio would be one of the world’s greatest achievements.

Rotary International President John F. Germ announced that Rotary would increase its commitment and raise $50 million per year over the next three years. Rotary has raised more than $1.7 billion to fight the disease since 1985.

Source: World Pledges More Than $1 Billion to End Polio | End Polio

POEM: Be Thankful – Virtues for Life

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don’t know something,

Source: POEM: Be Thankful – Virtues for Life

POEM: Be Thankful

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

~Author Unknown

Poetry from the Plains – A Nebraska Perspective

A great source for budding poets.

Source: Poetry from the Plains – A Nebraska Perspective

Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide 

This report lists and describes 10 ways to fight hate, cites examples of individuals and groups across the country tackling issues of intolerance, and provides a compilation of organizations and materials that can assist in the fight against hate.

Source: Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide | Racial Equity Resource Guide

  • 1. ACT Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as acceptance — by the perpetrators, the public and, worse, the victims. Decent people must take action; if we don’t, hate persists. page 4
  • 2. UNITE Call a friend or coworker. Organize allies from churches, schools, clubs and other civic groups. Create a diverse coalition. Include children, police and the media. Gather ideas from everyone, and get everyone involved. page 6
  • 3. SUPPORT THE VICTIMS Hate crime victims are especially vulnerable, fearful and alone. If you’re a victim, report every incident — in detail — and ask for help. If you learn about a hate crime victim in your community, show support. Let victims know you care. Surround them with comfort and protection. page 8
  • 4. DO YOUR HOMEWORK An informed campaign improves its effectiveness. Determine if a hate group is involved, and research its symbols and agenda. Understand the difference between a hate crime and a bias incident. page 10
  • 5. CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE Do not attend a hate rally. Find another outlet for anger and frustration and for people’s desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade to draw media attention away from hate. page 12 3
  • 6. SPEAK UP Hate must be exposed and denounced. Help news organizations achieve balance and depth. Do not debate hate group members in conflict-driven forums. Instead, speak up in ways that draw attention away from hate, toward unity. page 14
  • 7. LOBBY LEADERS Elected officials and other community leaders can be important allies in the fight against hate. But some must overcome reluctance — and others, their own biases — before they’re able to take a stand. page 16
  • 8. LOOK LONG RANGE Promote tolerance and address bias before another hate crime can occur. Expand your community’s comfort zones so you can learn and live together. page 18
  • 9. TEACH TOLERANCE Bias is learned early, usually at home. Schools can offer lessons of tolerance and acceptance. Sponsor an “I Have a Dream” contest. Reach out to young people who may be susceptible to hate group propaganda and prejudice. page 20
  • 10. DIG DEEPER Look inside yourself for prejudices and stereotypes. Build your own cultural competency, then keep working to expose discrimination wherever it happens — in housing, employment, education and more. 

A New Solar Still to Provide Clean Water For All | Science & Tech – BabaMail

A New Solar Still to Provide Clean Water For All

Planet Earth is now home to some 7.5 billion people. In spite of the ever-increasing population and life expectancy figures, one of the sad truths of our world is that more than one in 10 people do not have access to clean drinking water  – but all that might be about to change.Researchers at the State University of New York have created a portable solar still, which is a technology that will allow people to generate their own drinking water much like they generate energy with solar panels.

water

Solar stills have actually been around for millennia. They’re essentially black-bottomed vessels that filled with water after it has been trapped using a clear material (such as a sheet of plastic). The suns heats up the black container, causing the water to evaporate and become trapped in its upper layer, leaving contaminants and dirt behind.

The problems with solar stills to date have been the cost to set one up, and the amount of surface area required to produce an adequate amount of clean water each day. The researchers at the State University of New York managed to improve the ancient design in two fundamental ways, namely ensuring that it’s just the topmost layer of the water that gets heated for less lost energy, and employing materials that would make the new solar still design viable for the poorest people in the world to own.

water

Materials include a fiber-rich paper, similar to the paper used to print currency on, that’s coated in carbon black. The latter is a cheap powder that is left as a by-product of oil and tar production. Polystyrene blocks are also cut up and turned into 25 connected sections.

The polystyrene foam allows the solar still to float on the surface untreated water and acts as an insulating barrier, preventing sunlight from heating up too much of the water below. Evaporated water is trapped by a clear acrylic cover before being funneled into a collection vessel.

water

According to a report on the new solar still design, it channels the energy in sunlight into evaporating water with 88% efficiency. This level of efficiency allows the new design with a 1-square-meter surface area to purify 1 liter of water every hour, which is four times faster than commercially-available solar still designs.

At an estimated cost of just $1.60 per square meter, providing the minimal level water needed to sustain a family of four might cost as little as $5 per solar still. Are we on the cusp of a water revolution? Only time will tell.

Source: A New Solar Still to Provide Clean Water For All | Science & Tech – BabaMail

Learn About Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs | Health – BabaMail

Abraham Maslow theorized that all human behavior was performed in order to satisfy needs, from basic to more complex. Learn about his theory here.

Read the full article – Source: Learn About Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs | Health – BabaMail

Photographing the Solar Eclipse Workshop

with Brad Goetsch

 At Homestead National Monument of America

Attention photographers of all skill levels! Learn how to make two and a half minutes in the shadow last forever.  Homestead National Monument of America will be hosting onSunday, August 6th at 2:00 pm a photography workshop by  Brad Goetsch.  This free workshop will focus on photographing the solar eclipse.  The program will be held at the Homestead Education Center.

Brad will share resources he has gathered and how to plan for photographing a total solar eclipse. Learn the “Where” “When” and “How” elements of photographing a solar eclipse as well.  This two hour session will include an indoor information portion and an outdoor hands on practice session at Homestead’s Education Center. Bring your gear to practice if you have it!

Homestead National Monument of America Superintendent Mark Engler shared, “This is a great hands on opportunity for the public to learn how to safely photograph the eclipse.  Photographing eclipses with a camera, or any device like a cell phone or tablet, without a proper filter could permanently damage a person’s eyes and camera.  This workshop will help people prepare ahead of time what they’ll need to safely photograph the eclipse.”

Brad will share information about equipment that he would use on the inexpensive side and also share what is out there for people dedicated to solar observation/photography, too.  To learn more information about Brad, photographing eclipses; gear and more visit this link to Brad’s website: http://www.bunkershotsphotography.com/the-great-american-eclipse

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2017. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (HomesteadNM).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.

 

EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICATM

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Bunker Shots Photography

Source: Bunker Shots Photography | The Great American Eclipse

2016 Rewind: Amazing Places on Our Planet – 13:30

 Wander Wonders. -keith .…. Around the World in Thirteen Minutes …. Gorgeous.   Absolutely gorgeous.

Click below – Around the world in Ultra HD

in 4K Ultra HD (2016 in Review) – YouTube

 

 

 

Quote of the Day

A Seed for Contemplation

Today someone said to another person, “You are so lovely.”

And the other person answered, “Because you are seeing yourself.”

And of course, it caught the first person by surprise. Generally we see in others what we are ourselves.

—Harold Klemp
The Language of Soul

Another quote

Source: Eckankar: Quote of the Day

How to Be Happy by Pope Francis | Spirituality – BabaMail

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to live a happy life, then Pope Francis has quite a few answers for you.

6 Foundations For a Happy Life By Pope Francis – From: Fabrizio Fenech

For centuries, humans have striven to find out what it takes to be truly happy. Great leaders, philosophers, academics, and religious scholars have come up with many different answers, and here is Pope Francis’ take on the subject:

Source: How to Be Happy by Pope Francis | Spirituality – BabaMail

Aug 28- America the Beautiful – $10 National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass | USGS Store

We are experiencing a major increase in Senior pass sales.

  • Until the current backlog of Senior Pass orders are shipped, your order confirmation will be honored for use at agency sites.
  • If you need your pass in less than three months, consider purchasing your pass at the first site you visit. Please click here for a list of sites that issue passes. Please Note that USGS field offices DO NOT issue passes.
  • Online and Mail in Senior pass applications are currently being processed within twelve weeks

All eligible Senior pass orders postmarked by the USGS before August 28 will be processed at the $10 price.  Lifetime Senior pass orders postmarked after August 28 will be processed at the $80 price. Additional processing fees of $10 apply. For more information on the price changes, click here.

Source: America the Beautiful – National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass | USGS Store

Shin Lim Wows Everyone Again | Art – BabaMail

Shin Lim wows the judges and the audience again on the popular magic show Fool Us.

Source: Shin Lim Wows Everyone Again | Art – BabaMail

Aug 2017 – LIBRARIES HOST SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENTS with free viewing glasses

Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to several events to help families prepare for safely viewing the solar eclipse on August 21.  Participants will receive a pair of eclipse viewing glasses, make a pinhole viewer and enjoy other games and crafts. Libraries not hosting programs will have glasses for distribution beginning July 31.  The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, July 31, 2 to 4 p.m., Anderson Branch, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
  • Wednesday, August 2, 2 to 4 p.m., Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior Street
  • Thursday, August 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th Street
  • Wednesday, August 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S 14th Street
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2 to 4 p.m., South Branch Library, 2675 South Street
  • Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S 14th Street

A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be available for the public following each program.  Libraries not hosting programs will have glasses for distribution beginning July 31.

Eclipse viewing glasses are made available as part of the national NASA@MyLibrary campaign, through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate as part of its STEM Activation program.  For more information, visit science.nasa.gov.

 

For information about the libraries and its programs, visit its website at lincolnlibraries.org.

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