Happy May Day friends - I hope that you had a chance to celebrate some of the protections that you enjoy in the world of employment - and spend some time reflecting and taking action for those who don't enjoy the same fortunes. I spend this May Day in training for my new job - and am happy to report that I am once again, part of a union! Woo hoo!
A friend posted a link today - to a campaign that Amnesty International is running. It's called, Trial By Timeline. You should check it out, if you have a facebook profile. The program will inspect your profile on Facebook - so the things you have chosen to post about yourself or things friends have posted and send you to trial for it. It will combine, simply through these inconspicuous things, a list of the charges and punishments that you would face around the world - and the countries that would convict you of them. Some of the crimes I am guilty of include things like, being female. The list of crimes I have committed simply based on my profile is quite large - and the punishments range from imprisonment to death. If I were one of those people who post more about my life (like my marital status, faith beliefs, political beliefs etc) I am sure the list would be even more terrifying.
Anyway - the reason I am telling you this - is because while I find it scary to think about - it also reminds me about the responsibilities I feel I share globally with those who are also trying to live a life that seeks to build peace - and are persecuted for it.
Have a look at the link - and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your thoughts and reflections.
Peace to you~
Monday, April 22, 2013
It's Earth Day! There's a lot of other stuff going on right now, between the month-o-birthdays, school exams, and getting ready to start a new job... but I thought since Earth Day is about as close as we get to the earthly birthday party - I'd share some of the photos I love of the amazingness made by nature.
Happy Earth Day - maybe go out and hug a tree! It's fun - and it'll make you both feel great.
|Flying over some awesome coastline - Costa Rica|
|I didn't know that some beetles shed their "skin" like snakes while growing... but it's neat|
|Spiders, to me, are much better encountered outside. Somehow outside they can be beautiful and |
magic and inside they give me the heebie jeebies.
|Raccoons - Costa Rica|
|Fungus - these are so pretty, with their rings|
|Costa Rica seems to bloom everywhere you look|
|Seriously - I love ferns|
|Nature's backpacker - everything you need, carried on your back|
|Hummingbirds in Costa Rica|
|Napping sloth - Costa Rica|
|Monkey's in Costa Rica|
|I think waterfalls are always cool - but frozen they're astounding|
|Geese - for some reason hanging out with snow - in Jasper|
|From a camping adventure with Carly in Ontario|
|I'm often amazed at the large creatures that just ignore you, |
sharing the park. Awesomeness. Near Jasper
|Cherries! From the wedding-jam making extravaganza|
|I love this bee's pollen pantaloons!|
|The whales that joined us on our fishing trip... |
I bet they did better than we did
|The mist before the snow started to fall - Montana|
|Sunset - visiting the Wrathall homestead in Montana|
|Beautiful Sunny Day - just outside of Banff|