Sunday, December 18, 2016
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." Albert Einstein
Friday, September 16, 2016
The global economy and the imports and exports to and from foreign countries helps our economy, but not without possible consequences. Citrus greening is one of the most serious citrus diseases in the world. It is not just a Florida issue. It has seriously shrunk citrus production in Florida, Asia, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Brazil.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Over 24 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico will be auctioned off to oil and gas companies for drilling and fracking. This auction is set to take place in the New Orleans Superdome, just an hour’s drive from Louisiana cities and towns that have just been ravaged by unprecedented floods.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Everywhere people have lived, people have died, and had their remains cared for. Cemeteries function as outdoor museums, teaching us about the lives before us. Burials contain clues to the human past including settlement, subsistence, trade, and religious belief. The human remains in a burial tell only one part of the story. For all intentional burials, at least one person, if not many,were present to bury the deceased. These special places are a glimpse into the life of the individuals who settled and influenced our communities, and reflect the cultural practices and ways we care for others. Many rural cemeteries are all that remains of once thriving settlements and the hopes and dreams of these pioneers. The African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery in Hobe Sound, Florida, is a small desolate and abandoned burial ground. The area is extremely neglected and overgrown. Once the site of a church that burned down a number of years ago, possibly by vandals, the cemetery is now the depository of unwanted refuse and a playground for neighborhood trail bike riders. The few memorial stones are hard to locate, in poor condition, and some unreadable. Like other historic black cemeteries, headstones are rough cut stone with crude cuttings for the names and dates of the deceased. As is the custom, there are many exposed burial vault lids here.