Smart Meter Protest Blocks Road, Forces PG&E Trucks To Retreat (Video) : TreeHugger

Smart Meter Protest Blocks Road, Forces PG&E Trucks To Retreat (Video) : TreeHugger.

Protest for safety!

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Forgive

Sweep your heart clean by forgiving.

You hear people say this all the time: “I have a right to be upset because of the way I’ve been treated. I have a right to be angry, hurt, depressed, sad, and resentful.” Learning to avoid this kind of thinking is one of my secrets for living a life of inner peace, success, and happiness. Anytime you’re filled with resentment, you’re turning the controls of your emotional life over to others to manipulate.

I became aware of how powerful this lesson was many years ago while … CONTINUE READING

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO

14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO.

As quoted on OnStartups …

Everyone thinks that being a start-up CEO is a glamorous job or one that has to be a ton of fun. That’s what I now refer to as the “glamor brain” speaking aka the start-up life you hear about from the press. You know the press articles I’m talking about… the ones that talk about how easy it is to raise money, how many users the company is getting, and how great it is to be CEO. Very rarely do you hear about what a responsibility it is to be CEO and how it’s not for every founder that wants to be an entrepreneur. I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about what it takes to be a great Start-up CEO that is also a founder. Here are some of the traits I’ve found.

Be A Keeper Of The Company Vision

The CEO is the keeper of the company’s overall vision. I’m not talking about the vision for the next few months, but the larger road ahead. The CEO needs to be able to keep things on course for the current quarter to make sure that the large overarching vision of the company can be achieved.

CONTINUE READING 14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO.

Students Create Dirt Cheap Solar Solution for Disinfecting Water : TreeHugger

Students Create Dirt Cheap Solar Solution for Disinfecting Water : TreeHugger.

Change your Life (via Inner Circle Culture)

For all to review, analyze and choose …

Why?

Because you can!

Change your Life ''When you are aware and accept that everything around you is constantly changing, and that you have no control over 99.99% of it, you are able to embrace change like a close friend! Change is a like a river, constantly flowing and moving things around. The river of life is constantly bringing you ideas, people, situations each one is an opportuni … Read More

via Inner Circle Culture

We can breathe a little easier this holiday season.

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Truck Pollution

We can breathe a little easier this holiday season.

…will sustain us all – whatever the future may bring.

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This is the up side of being a millionaire; wouldn’t it be nice to hear about others who know how to really spend their money!!! Thanks to Chuck Kobel for forwarding this WONDERFUL Christmas Event.

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Please read the following through its entirety.  May God Bless You… CSea

Here’s a ‘today’ Yule story that occurred 3 weeks ago ~ AND NOW, in time for the holidays, I bring you the best Christmas story you never heard.

It started last Christmas, when Bennett and Vivian Levin were overwhelmed by sadness while listening to radio reports of injured American troops. “We have to let them know we care,” Vivian told Bennett. So they organized a trip to bring soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital to the annual Army-Navy football game in Philly, on Dec. 3.

The cool part is, they created their own train line to do it. Yes, there are people in this country who actually own real trains. Bennett Levin – native Philly guy, self-made millionaire and irascible former L&I commish – is one of them.

He has three luxury rail cars. Think mahogany paneling, plush seating and white-linen dining areas. He also has two locomotives, which he stores at his Juniata Park train yard. One car, the elegant Pennsylvania , carried John F. Kennedy to the Army-Navy game in 1961 and ’62. Later, it carried his brother Bobby’s body to D. C. for burial. “That’s a lot of history for one car,” says Bennett.

He and Vivian wanted to revive a tradition that endured from 1936 to 1975, during which trains carried Army-Navy spectators from around the country directly to the stadium where the annual game is played. The Levins could think of no better passengers to reinstate the ceremonial ride than the wounded men and women recovering at Walter Reed in D. C. and Bethesda , in Maryland . “We wanted to give them a first-class experience,” says Bennett. “Gourmet meals on board, private transportation from the train to the stadium, perfect seats – real hero treatment.”

Through the Army War College Foundation, of which he is a trustee, Bennett met with Walter Reed’s commanding general, who loved the idea. But Bennett had some ground rules first, all designed to keep the focus on the troops alone:

No press on the trip, lest the soldiers’ day of pampering devolve into a media circus.

No politicians either, because, says Bennett, “I didn’t want some idiot making this trip into a campaign photo op”

And no Pentagon suits on board, otherwise the soldiers would be too busy saluting superiors to relax.

The general agreed to the conditions, and Bennett realized he had a problem on his hands. “I had to actually make this thing happen,” he laughs.

Over the next months, he recruited owners of 15 other sumptuous rail cars from around the country – these people tend to know each other – into lending their vehicles for the day. The name of their temporary train? The Liberty Limited.

Amtrak volunteered to transport the cars to D. C. – where they’d be coupled together for the round-trip ride to Philly – then back to their owners later.

Conrail offered to service the Liberty while it was in Philly. And SEPTA drivers would bus the disabled soldiers 200 yards from the train to Lincoln Financial Field, for the game.

A benefactor from the War College ponied up 100 seats to the game – on the 50-yard line – and lunch in a hospitality suite.

And corporate donors filled, for free and without asking for publicity, goodie bags for attendees:

From Woolrich, stadium blankets. From Wal-Mart, digital cameras. From Nikon, field glasses. From GEAR, down jackets.

There was booty not just for the soldiers, but for their guests, too, since each was allowed to bring a friend or family member.

The Marines, though, declined the offer. “They voted not to take guests with them, so they could take more Marines,” says Levin, choking up at the memory.

Bennett’s an emotional guy, so he was worried about how he’d react to meeting the 88 troops and guests at D. C.’s Union Station, where the trip originated. Some GIs were missing limbs. Others were wheelchair-bound or accompanied by medical personnel for the day. “They made it easy to be with them,” he says. “They were all smiles on the ride to Philly. Not an ounce of self-pity from any of them. They’re so full of life and determination.”

At the stadium, the troops reveled in the game, recalls Bennett. Not even Army’s lopsided loss to Navy could deflate the group’s rollicking mood.

Afterward, it was back to the train and yet another gourmet meal – heroes get hungry, says Levin – before returning to Walter Reed and Bethesda . “The day was spectacular,” says Levin. “It was all about these kids. It was awesome to be part of it.”

The most poignant moment for the Levins was when 11 Marines hugged them goodbye, then sang them the Marine Hymn on the platform at Union Station.

“One of the guys was blind, but he said, ‘I can’t see you, but man, you must be f—ing beautiful!’ ” says Bennett. “I got a lump so big in my throat, I couldn’t even answer him.”

It’s been three weeks, but the Levins and their guests are still feeling the day’s love. “My Christmas came early,” says Levin, who is Jewish and who loves the Christmas season. “I can’t describe the feeling in the air.” Maybe it was hope.

As one guest wrote in a thank-you note to Bennett and Vivian, “The fond memories generated last Saturday will sustain us all – whatever the future may bring.”

God bless the Levins.

And bless the troops, every one.

Happy Holidays from the animals

To believe…

It is easy to believe in what we see

It is far more rewarding to believe in what you cannot see

…reposted from Positive Thoughts

To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning.
It is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true.
To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon.
To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child’s eyes and the beauty of an aging hand, for it is through their teachings we learn to love.
To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us.
When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.
To believe is to know we are not alone,
That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.
To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.
If only we believe

Author Unknown.

To believe…

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 01:55 PM PST

To belie

To believe…

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 01:55 PM PST

To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning.
It is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true.
To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon.
To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child’s eyes and the beauty of an aging hand, for it is through their teachings we learn to love.
To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us.
When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.
To believe is to know we are not alone,
That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.
To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.
If only we believe

Author Unknown.

ve is to know that every day
is a new beginning.
It is to trust that miracles happen,
and dreams really do come true.
To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky
and the wisdom of the man in the moon.
To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child’s eyes
and the beauty of an aging hand,
for it is through their teachings we learn to love.
To believe is to find the strength
and courage that lies within us.
When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.
To believe is to know we are not alone,
That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.
To believe is to know that wonderful surprises
are just waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.
If only we believe

Author Unknown. Nature_photography_workshop


Altitude Adjustment

soaring with the shark by Leigh

Here we are on the 14th of December, 2010.

As we close out the first Decade of the new Millennium; I give eternal gratitude for my flexible and optimistic attitude.

The altitude I’ve climbed to reach this inner peace is negligible to all of you readers yet is represents supernatural heights to me (my attitude soars). It does not matter to you; this is natural.  Turn it around on yourself and your attitude. How do the perceptions of others touch you?

Isn’t that what every day represents to each of you?  The heights you traveled with and without incident to collectively bring you to where you are today?

Your attitude is a firm roadmap. It predetermines if you stay on track or deviate off onto the dead end roads.

We each have the choice in attitude whether at your highest altitude in life or your lowest.  How we perceive reality is again, a choice.

10 people can read this article and there will be 9 presumptions between ‘great reminder to what is her agenda here?’  One reader will see the words and not presume anything at all; they will positively receive and benefit from the information.  That is just the way it is.

If you can patent ‘positive attitude guaranteed’ I’ll be the first to invest. How boring would that be anyway?

Choose wisely.  You are never alone.  Believing is what you see is easy; believing in the unseen is spectacular.

CSea Perkins, 14dec10

World Candle Lighting Day – December 13

also honoring Carli Cummings

With great respect and admiration for Heidi, I found this in my inbox this morning and just have to share.  Please read through the article to feel Heidi’s passion and purpose.

Today is World Candle Lighting Day

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 07:17 PM PST

When I was doing some research to find out what types of activities, events and holidays occurred today for my Quirky Marketing Calendar blog, I discovered World Candle Lighting Day and time stood still for a moment.

You see, World Candle Lighting Day is about honoring and remembering children who have died at any age from any cause. For those of you who know me, you may have heard that in 2007 I lost Alexis Lee Richards (27) to a drug oversdose. She was my middle daughter. She is survived by Jennifer and Suzannah and never a day goes by that I don’t think of her, sometimes with great sadness and other times with joy as I remember how much life Alexis packed into her 27 years on earth.

My granddaughter, who is only 6 years old, reminds us we have our very own special angel watching over us each and every day.

So I thought it only fitting to share with the readers of WE Magazine for Women for those of you who have lost a child or know someone who has lost a child to anything.  May you remember them with peace and joy and love in your heart. I am sure your special angels are watching over you and those you love too.

About the Worldwide Candle Lighting:  The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries.

Compassionate Friends website offers several resources to help grieving families including: Online support: grief support for siblings, grandparents, and families; the Open to Hope Talk Show and much more.

And finally, here is a poem I share every year on Alexis birthday to celebrate her life:

You Mean the World … to ME!

There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.

At least 15 people in this world love you in some way. Make that 16!

The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.

A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.

Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep. One of them is me

You mean the world to someone. ME!

Never forget that you are special and unique.

Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.

When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.

When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.

Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

Your family are like the stars.  You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there. Whenever you need me, look up and I’ll be there.

“Whenever God Closes One Door He Always Opens Another, Even Though

Sometimes It’s Hell in the Hallway”

Let this be your mantra today and always: “I would rather have one rose and a kind word from someone I love while I’m here than a whole truck load when I’m gone.

Or Ice Cream and Steak!”

And always remember…. when life hands you Lemons, ask for Tequila and Salt!

(author unknown)

I love you …..

Heidi Richards Mooney Dedicated to Alexis Lee Richards 8-18-79 to 2-6-07

Rapid Charging for Electric Car Batteries – Planet Green

Rapid Charging for Electric Car Batteries – Planet Green.

steampunk

Are you educated enough on the next wave of the 2nd decade of the new Millennium?  If not, enroll at no expense to you, learn and earn with excitement and reward.  http://ecoAnalysis.info

Entrepreneurship Quiz – SUCCESS magazine

Entrepreneurship Quiz – SUCCESS magazine.

Seeking Entrepreneurs to participate in the nations newest technologies related to sustainability and energy efficiency.

Take the quiz to determine if now is the right time to explore your Entrepreneurial skills and help others do the same.

How you view your world – know your WHY

Wright brothers 1900 glider flying as a kite.

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Big thanks to Vinnie Sanzone for suggesting the following video.  Vinnie gets it and wants to share with all.

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

Use This Re-Phrase And Increase Your Enrolling Power

Yes on stage at Lifestyles Pavilion in Columbu...

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This morning it was quite easy to determine the daily message.  I didn’t even have to write it as Michael Oliver beat me to the punch.  Very well stated message below.  There is no I in TEAM.  Hence, if you could… holds so much more weight than … if I could …

There is a standard “closing phrase” in conventional selling that goes like this;

  • If I could show you a way to… (you fill in the rest)?

If you’ve used this, you’ve probably discovered it causes most people to back away and shut down on you.

The reason is that you’ve got the word “I” in there. It sounds self-serving and people sense a possible trap, so they put up their defenses, especially if it’s used early in a conversation. (Why is it that so many sales techniques are geared toward closing so early? It mostly leads to tears!)

However, REPHRASED and used as a Qualifying Question (not a closing question – there is a big difference), and used with the correct INTENT, it will produce outstanding results.

You do this by removing the word “I” and using neutral words, such as,

  • If there was a way you could… (get the money you’re looking for so that you can feel good about spending more time with your community) …do you ever look for opportunities to do that?
  • If you were able to… (reduce or eliminate that back pain so that you didn’t have to be dependent on others anymore).. by taking something else, is that what you’re looking for?

Can you feel the difference in energy or vibration of the conventional phrase and the Natural Selling phrase. If the new phrase feels better, then the person you’re talking with will also feel the same way?

Using the above as guidelines, create some phrases of your own. Say them a few times until you get the tone and feeling you want.

Your Intent

The success of the rephrasing has a lot to do with your intent. If you use it to close someone to achieve an objective, they are still likely to back away.

However, if you use it as a way to qualify whether they are serious about wanting to make a change, coming from a place of what I call Concerned Detachment, people will feel curious, as though you know something that they would like to know. They’ll respond with answers like;

  • Yes I would… depending on what it is
  • Why? Do you know of something?

Use it if you’re not doing so already. Observe how comfortable you are and how many more positive responses you get.

If you would like more tips like this, check out my downloadable coaching program entitled “How To Have Fearless Conversations…

Billionaire to Bankrupt Every Day | SUCCESS Magazine | What Achievers Read

Billionaire to Bankrupt Every Day | SUCCESS Magazine | What Achievers Read.

Thank you Mel; such perfect timing to address HOW TO RECOVER FROM A SETBACK

How to Recover from a Setback

You can’t beat yourself up over this. There was no way to foresee it. Anyone could have made the same mistake. There are a dozen ways to say it, but no matter how you spin it, suffering a temporary setback is a momentum killer—if you let it. Here are three tips for getting back in the saddle after a deflating setback.

Step One: Pout or Punch. Do What You Have to Do to Feel Better.

Allow yourself to be an utter mess, SUCCESS columnist Mel Robbins says. “I gripe. I cry. I feel insecure. I punch the wall. I exercise. Then, it’s out of my system and it’s over,” she says.

Take the time you need to process what happened. Whether it’s life-altering like a layoff or an unforeseen obstacle in a big project, it’s okay. Really. Accepting the setback is an important step toward moving forward. It’s one more thing you can put in the “I know not to do that next time” column.

Step Two: You’ve Got to Move It (Move It)

Pardon the maddening tune, but the next step to recovery is taking action. Any action. Write down your proudest accomplishments and remember how you achieved them. Journaling your accomplishments will help you realize how powerful you really are. Recognizing your power, you can move forward confidently without second-guessing your every step.

Step Three: What’s the Takeaway?

From every misstep, there’s a lesson learned or a key takeaway that you can apply to your next project. So think on two levels—literally and figuratively. What’s the literal lesson from what happened and what larger, overarching principle can be taken from this experience? View your challenges positively. Easier said than done, but just thinking to yourself, “Okay, it can only get better now” is the kind of positive affirmation you need.

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