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Storms are Coming

 

Friendly Fairy Tales

storms are coming,
as the skies grow dark, remember,
you can’t dodge the rain 

Copyright 2021 Brenda Davis Harsham

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The Social Media Kindness Project

 

Talin Orfali Ghazarian

The Social Media Kindness Project
by: Talin Orfali Ghazarian

Social media has become a big part in today’s society and some people use it for goodness, positive and inspiration, but others not so much. Some people tend to use social media in a negative and toxic way to spread hate, bullying, rudeness, and sending terrible comments to anyone. As previous generations have taught “If you have nothing nice to say or do, do not say or do anything at all”. That is the golden rule.

So, with that I have come up with the social media kindness project. You have no idea what someone is going through in their lives. It is always a good idea to be kind and use social media in empowering and positive ways. This is going to take a village to do. Social media needs a big makeover and we need to start somewhere.

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What are friends and friendship

Friendship.

According to Aristotle, a Greek philosopher from ancient times, there are three types of friendship,

I. Friendship of utility II. Friendship of pleasure, and finally, III. Perfect friendship

But what is a friend?

A friend is someone other than family that you share close affection with. A friend will share kindness, sympathy, compassion, loyalty, fun, common beliefs and values.
A true friend will celebrate the good times, and provide support during the bad times.

Ecclesiastes tells us

“You are better off having a friend than being all alone…..if you fall, your friend can help you up.” Ch 4 v 9-10

In the Bible there are many mentions of friends, and it is easy to see the attributes that make a good friend;

Loving, respectful, positive, forgiving, reliable, loyal, inspirational, vigilant, supportive, non-judgemental, trustworthy, cooperative, wise, and self- controlled.

We are told in Luke 6 v 31

“treat others as you want to be treated.”

Of course, the most powerful example of a friend, was Jesus.

John 15 v 12 -13 “Now I tell you to love each other, as I have loved you. The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them.”

Let us all remember the example Jesus gave us, and be the sort of friend to others that we would want for ourselves.

In a world where we can be anything, let us be kind, compassionate, sympathetic and empathetic, loyal, and fun to those around us, as we journey together towards the Kingdom. There, by God’s grace, we will meet our best friend.

 


Dear Lord,
Help us to be good friends to those around us.
Help us to show love and kindness to others, as you have shown us.
Help us to provide support and comfort to our friends as they have need.
Thank you for being our friend and comforter,
and for our many blessings.
Amen 🙏🏻🙏🏻

 

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  2. Growing Friendships, Changing the World
  3. Part 3: Why Schedule People and People People Should Be Friends
  4. Love Lust Break-up Friendship.
  5. My Cute Friend
  6. Meeting others in our mess
  7. How do you know if your friend has your back? What if they the devil you need to run from? This scares me alot
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  9. Who are your friends at work?
  10. Slick Ways to Make Friends When You’re Targeted by Bullies
  11. Happy Endings
  12. Prioritizing Relationships
  13. Visits with Friends
  14. My thoughts to present Friends with benefits..
  15. Into every life some rain must fall.
  16. All the World’s A Stage
  17. Despite the Let Down

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Crossroad for ensuring sustainability


”The world is at a crossroads for ensuring sustainability.
If the right choices are not made now,
future generations will pay the price.
However daunting the task may be,
this is the moment to do it…”

 

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Why Oldies Are Goldies

Music is something that always vibrates and keeps coming back in all sorts of forms. Regularly artists find again inspiration in older songs , give it some contemporary touch and soon those who hear the renewed cover go looking for the original music which can receive a new life again.

Anita's Perspectives on Life.

Are you a fan of old music…then this blog is for you.

The connection people have with old music is far from grey and old. Even teenagers and young adults do like old music. People have always had a close connection with music because its ability to evoke our emotions and feelings.

The stronger your feelings are while listening to a song, the stronger a connection you make with the music. Music represents who you were when you first made a connection with it.

This holds especially true when you are adolescents and very young. From the age of 13 to 26, people are going through the most physical and psychological changes. This is a transition time for them and they face their first heartbreaks and other emotional turning points, which turns them towards making a strong connection with music.

Music plays an important role in our lives. Sometimes we…

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Do you want to take control of your life?

A danger for our own personality is when we allow other people to take over our mind and control ourselves.
Mind and body have to be in unison with each other and when there is an unbalance we should find our way by meditative arts. Kounovsky, Yoga, Mindfulness and meditation a.o. can help to get back in balance, having a healthy body as a covering of a healthy spirit.
A lot f people also forget that there is a Word Which can bring us back on the right path and make us stronger to cope with all the difficulties of life. That book of book is available in so many languages that everybody, wherever living in the world, can get to read that Guide to live in the best way we can.

Anita's Perspectives on Life.

What are boundaries and how to set them?

As discussed in my last article on” Gaslighting”, some people try to control other people around them. The main reason behind this kind of mentality is gaining power over others through their actions. If you are in this kind of situation, it becomes very important to gain control over your own life, so that no one can overpower you and your life.

What is the most crucial part of taking charge of your life?

You should have full control over your body and mind. Mind and body connection is the link between a person’s thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. Everyone knows now that emotions can affect our physical health and longevity.

You must have experienced that your body responds to stress and anxiety or depression. When you are stressed, you might develop high blood pressure or headache. While feeling depression or anxiety, you…

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The outlook for Afghanistan looks grim

It is strange that the U.S.A. did not let their allies know long beforehand that they were going to withdraw their troops, so that they secretly could already have started to evacuate people who had helped them in the previous years.

Now we face a drama, the thousands of people left behind in the hands of the Taliban. Several journalists in Afghanistan could hear as well witness Taliban fighters going door-to-door and hunting down a list of interpreters and others who have supported and helped countries like the U.S.A., the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Great-Britain and Canada during the long, drawn-out Afghan war.

Coming closer to the end-day we can hear several voices, who talked incognito in front of the cameras about the danger which has come over their families. Not only their life but also the life of their family is now in jeopardy as well. The people that were working with the ex-pats who could not escape are feeling great fear.

With Canadian military personnel in Kabul scrambling to get Canadians and Afghan refugees out before American troops leave on Aug. 31, government officials vying for re-election made promises on Wednesday that they will continue to support Afghans who want to leave.

For his part, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said the government will do

“absolutely everything we can”

to rescue as many people as possible before that deadline.

“But once this evacuation phase is done, we’re not stopping our work,”

he told reporters in Surrey, B.C.

“We’re going to continue with the international community to put pressure on the Taliban to ensure that people can leave the country. We will continue to work with neighbours and partners in the region to get more and more people to safety.”

At an official government update on Wednesday the 25th, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau told reporters Canada will be “maintaining communication” with those who want to leave the country.

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Articles to read:

  1. The Taliban are promising they’ve changed. Be ‘highly skeptical,’ experts say
  2. Countries scramble to evacuate Afghans as Aug. 31 deadline approaches
  3. Trudeau says Kabul evacuations to end ‘in coming days’ as Biden defies pleas to extend
  4. ‘Probably impossible’ to ensure safety of Afghans once Canada, U.S. leave Kabul: experts
  5. Canada offers ‘path to protection’ for Afghan interpreters amid ‘critical’ situation
  6. Afghan man pleads for refugee status after helping Canada during war
  7. ‘We are desperate’: The frightening new reality faced by the women of Afghanistan

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Preceding

  1. Taliban conquest of Afghanistan a clock to turn back years
  2. Worse Than Saigon
  3. Afghanistan: international community statement
  4. Afghan Notes: Jason Florio, August 2000
  5. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan back with a bang
  6. Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi
  7. Afghanistan — What It Tells You
  8. A reminder to what could happen to Christians in Afghanistan
  9. Moving heaven and earth to get every last American in Afghanistan back to American soil
  10. Expecting the E.U. to stand in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan
  11. The Fall of Kabul: The Return of the Taliban
  12. Afghan mums throw their babies over barbed wire fences and beg British soldiers to take them to safety
  13. Northern Virginia welcomes Afghan refugees
  14. Early warnings of the coming attack
  15. Afghanistan – A full-scale humanitarian crisis
  16. Not an Afghan thing, it’s a humanitarian crisis

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Additional reading

  1. How the Taliban Began – Afghanistan 1994-97 – John Simpson’s Journal (and how different are they now, really?)
  2. Afghanistan – ‘An Anatomy of Reporting’; Twenty-Five Years On: 1996-2021.
  3. A vision of a very different future for Kandahar culture
  4. ISIS on the rise again as US troops are sent home
  5. Facing an other ISIS branch
  6. A human drama set in Afghanistan
  7. Spanish green berets assisting at Kabul airport in the repatriation of civilian personnel from Afghanistan

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Not an Afghan thing, it’s a humanitarian crisis

Waving Afghan flags and holding signs reading “Your 9/11 is our 24/7” and “Free Afghanistan,” several dozen people took to the steps of the Manitoba legislative building Saturday afternoon to raise awareness of the crisis unfolding in that country.

Several dozen people took to the steps of the Manitoba legislative building Saturday afternoon to raise awareness of the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan. Matt Purchase / Global News

Winnipegger Bashir Faqiri who put on the event says he has several family members stranded in Afghanistan after the Taliban largely took control in a lightning offensive.

“It’s not an Afghan thing, it’s a humanitarian crisis,”

said Faqiri.

“The whole reason I started was because anytime I spoke to anybody outside of the Afghan community that didn’t have family there they were kind of confused about what was happening.”

Faqiri’s goal has since shifted from words to action, saying he’s encouraging people to press their government representatives to do more to help those facing a dire situation in his home country.

Since becoming a semi-public figure in his efforts to raise awareness about the crisis, Faqiri says he’s been receiving messages through social media from people asking how they can get family members out of Afghanistan, and he has in turn been providing information on immigration resources.

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Quiet Heroes

 

Psyche and Spirit/Richard B. Patterson PhD

Hero has become a popular word these days, as it should be. It is being applied to front-line workers battling COVID, to police officers, to firefighters and EMTs, and to our warrior veterans. Indeed these are all people who suit up and show up to jobs that could make today their last.

I have been a practicing psychotherapist for a very long time. Sometimes people will ask “How do you do that? How do you sit for hour after hour listening to terrible stuff?” Well, first of all, I recall what one woman said to me one day when my stress level was apparent. She said “Hey! Us crazy people didn’t ask you to do this job!” Amen to that.

I do know that one thing that keeps me going is that I get to meet true heroes on a regular basis. These are not always people who have saved…

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Healthcare Workers: Heroes of the modern world???

The true heroes, who are usually forgotten by society, are those who work for others without expecting anything in return. All over the world, we are fortunate to find such people volunteering for work that would otherwise be unaffordable and impossible to accomplish. Then there are the teachers and health workers, to whom society should give much more respect and recognition.

 

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National Heroes Day Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda

Your Nurse Marry

When I was young, I used to idolize a lot of characters in the movies I watched, especially those people who portrays act of kindness and heroism.

The COVid-19 pandemic that started in the year 2020 had made a drastic and devastating change in the lives of all people globally. The horrible effects of this virus spread abruptly from one country to another.

In today’s modern world, where new and innovative technologies are present and where new strains of unforeseen biological enemies arises, real heroes stood up and are continuously fighting the battle to help, care and protect all the people in world.

Medical facilities are continuously struggling to support all the people afflicted by the virus. Healthcare providers, nurses, allied health workers and other staff working in the hospitals are trying to offer the best and quality healthcare services needed. With full efforts, they devoted their time to give…

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