Archive for April, 2012


 Vol. 3, No. 4, Monday, April 30th 2012 

TITLE: “BEYOND ONLINE, THERE IS ALSO A BLIND DATE:  I consider the  idea, success rate,tips, stories, etc.*” 


This week, I will continue on with my romance theme … looking at the ‘fix-up’. The usual reaction to this phrase is to turn your nose up in the air as if you are smelling rotten eggs and to utter the exclamation, “Uggghh”. However, this is what everyone really wants, but no one will admit it. I say: “Let’s take the blind date out of the shadows!”  My book of the week is “The Blind Date Guide to Dating” [Paperback] by Frank Thompson (Author). (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.) 

PREVIEW: Next week, I will continue on with my romance theme, then further looking at the ‘blind date’ -the stories: …the good, the bad and …..the ugly. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.) 


I have personally experienced the ‘blind date’. 

I was a” blind dater” during my single days. I was always very appreciative.  My friends set me up on blind dates several times. Knowing both people, they thought there was a possibility of a connection and perhaps even a relationship set-to-happen. On the other hand, if the date doesn’t work out, so be it … there was no obligation to continue. 

I have also been a “fixer-upper” – I have played matchmaker. A number of years ago, I arranged for a young lady in my office and a young man, who worked for the same institution, to meet.  I was asked to accompany them for lunch.  I noticed sparks between them.  She confessed to me that she was interested, but he never followed up.  She eventually found another job and left.  I ran into him one day and I asked him why he didn’t call the young lady.  His answer was that he was interested, but he didn’t know why he didn’t call her.  He explained that it was the story of his life.  How sad!  He had missed a change of possibly being with someone, with whom, he might have had a relationship. His insecurities got in the way.

I also recall that my mother arranged a blind date for a friend.  The couple married and the marriage was successful. 

Do I approve of arranging or accepting an offer for a blind date?  I definitely do. I encourage my daughter to accept when the opportunity arises. You never know. 

 THE AUTHOR: Frank Thompson

Frank Thompson is an author – 30 books to his credit; he is also a filmmaker and a film historian.  He lives in North Hollywood, California. More to the point, Thompson has been a writer for the real-life TV show called “Blind Date”. 


Some of his books are:

 Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas: The Film-The Art-The Vision

THE BOOK:  The Blind Date Guide toDating [Paperback] by Frank Thompson

This LITTLE book is a byproduct of the program. It is part HOW-TO and part joke book. It could help daters lighten up and possibly provide ideas for a clever witticism to roll out on the date-to-come.  Read it – you might learn something and have a laugh or two.    


Opinions are divided when it comes to blind dates. Many say that they want it. Others emphatically say, NO! But everyone has thought about it. If single, so should you.

 Personal Comments

 I say:

  • This is the  part of matchmaking … the oldest set up way – today it is called the blind date.
  • The goal of the matchmaker, most times female, is to help two eligible singles to meet and ultimately make a perfect couple. 
  • Often times, the person arranging the blind date knows the two people and thinks that there could be a match. But there is a risk of being blamed if the date goes wrong.
  • If the two people have nothing in common, chances are it won’t work.  But then again, it’s a question of chemistry.  
  • For the daters, a blind date is an adventure. It’s a no brainer. There is an element of surprise to it. First, getting to know a stranger could be exciting. In addition, keep in mind,  that on this date, there is a possibility of meeting new people, one leading to the person of your dreams. 
  • Yes, it’s taking a chance. 

o       There is a risk that it could be a long, boring evening, but, on the other side of the coin, it could be a very pleasant evening.

o       Remember, if the blind date doesn’t work, there is no commitment to continue.

o       The opportunity far outweighs the inconvenience of a disaster night. A blind date could be a dud; but on the other hand, it could be the start of something very good.   

o       A blind date could be a life changer. 

  • No longer single, I wholeheartedly encourage you

The Point

 If single, consider a blind date.


A single should:

 1.      Say to family, friends and acquaintances: “Find me a match!” (Add:  “I won’t be mad if it doesn’t work out.”  This is important as most people need a push, not wanting any flack, prefering not to get involved.  

 2.      Get as much information as you can about your blind date.

 3.      Go in with no expectations

 4.      Dress appropriately – first impressions are important

 5.      Go with a positive attitude 

 6.      Be yourself

 7.      Be honest

 8.      Be careful; to this end,

 a.       Drive yourself

 b.      Meet at a public place

 c.       Drink as little alcohol as possible

 d.      Keep your wits about you

 e.       Go with your instincts – if your date doesn’t look or act right, make an excuse and get out of there without delay. 

 9.      Start the conversation off with what you know about the person and go from there. 

 10.  Try to get to know the person. 

 11.  Listen to the person

 12.  Take it really SLOW if it gets romantic.

Tell me about the date of your lifetime that ended with marriage … or, tell me about the unsuccessful date that became one of your funny stories of lifetime experiences. Either way, I want to hear about it. 

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Wendy Liebman – Blind Dates
“Wendy Liebman was often set up by her friends on blind dates, with mixed results. “I’ve been on so many blind dates,” she once exclaimed, “I should get a free dog!” 

(Source: –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos: Hello!!

“Lucky lads who dated Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in high-school were often bemused by her father’s efforts to put them at ease. “When they used to pick me up,” she once recalled, “Dad would open the front door… completely naked.” (Source: –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3:  Going Deaf
“One day in April 2003, Jay Leno learned that Bill Clinton was said to be going deaf. “I thought he was going blind,” Leno remarked. “Have you seen the women he was dating!?”  (Source: – 

S & R* QUOTE #1: Washington Irving 

“Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.”

(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #2:  Jimi Hendrix 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #3: Mary Parrish

“Love vanquishes time. To lovers, a moment can be eternity, eternity can be the tick of a clock.”

 (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “blind dates”; “dating”; “”

Blind date

“A “blind date” is a date between two people who have not previously met.”

(Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)- 

Dating is a form of courtship consisting of social activities done by two persons with the aim of each assessing the other’s suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse.” (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)-


“Friends remain an excellent way for people to meet people, according to sociologist Edward Laumann of the University of Chicago, who wrote that “A real person––whatever his relationship to you, be it friend or kinsman or co-worker––is still far and away the most reliable kind of way to meet someone.”[142] However, the Internet promises to overtake friends in the future, if present trends continue, according to an article in USA Today.[47][142] A friend can introduce two people who don’t know each other, and the friend may play matchmaker and send them on a blind date. In The Guardian, British writer Hannah Pool was cynical about being set up on a blind date; she was told “basically he’s you but in a male form” by the mutual friend.[143] She googled her blind date’s name along with the words “wife” and “girlfriend” and “partner” and “boyfriend” to see whether her prospective date was in any kind of relationship or gay; he wasn’t any of these things.[143] She met him for coffee in London and she now lives with him, sharing a home and business.[143] When friends introduce two people who don’t know each other, it’s often called a blind date.

People can meet other people on their own or the get-together can be arranged by someone else.  Matchmaking is an art based entirely on hunches, since it is impossible to predict with certainty whether two people will like each other or not.  One matchmaker advised it was good to match “brains as well as beauty” and try to find people with similar religious and political viewpoints and thinks that like-minded people result in more matches, although acknowledging that opposites sometimes attract.[141] “ (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)- 

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: How to grow together after the wedding By Melissa Wallace

“Planning a wedding was tough enough with differing opinions, an endless to-do list, and playing peacemaker with various family members. Now that the big day is over and you and your sweetie can finally catch your breath, you may be wondering how to make the most of the months ahead to get your marriage off to a great start.

Date night. Romanticism can get thrown out the window when you’re suddenly dealing with double the load of laundry and dirty dishes. Go on a date with your spouse at least once a week to regroup and keep that fire going.

Share a hobby. You and your spouse may already have a sport or activity you both enjoy, but if you don’t, consider looking into your community centre listings and try something new. You may discover a new love for dance, ultimate Frisbee, or wine tasting.

Appreciate each other. Say thank you often and avoid brewing resentment. Just make sure you mean it. Your spouse knows when you’re being genuine and when you’re being fake. Note: apply the same to the words, I’m sorry.

Go out with friends. Don’t forget about all the people who kept you sane the weeks before your wedding and took on your stress to give you your perfect day. Your friends will be ecstatic to see a calmer version of their friend again.

Give of yourselves. Love is a wonderful thing and it should be shared with those who don’t often feel it. Consider donating your time to volunteer at a soup kitchen or share your talents at a seniors home. Or sponsor a child through an international development organization like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. Through sponsorship, you and your spouse can write letters to a child living in poverty to show that you care.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: How to find your one and only By Maja Begovic

“We all want to find the person we are meant to be with. That special someone we are totally enamored by, connected to, and head-over-heels in love with. Just in time for a fresh start this Valentine’s Day, here are some pearls of wisdom that may eventually help bring you and your beloved together: 

Believe in your soul mate and be patient

Fate doesn’t work on a schedule. Your soul mate might cross your path when you’re eight or 80 years old. If you can believe in love even when life doesn’t seem to be taking you in that direction you’re already halfway there.

Make yourself a better person

Next, begin the process of self-improvement. Be the type of person people fall in love with. If you think you need a better job or education, go back to school. If you want to improve your health, go to the gym and get in shape. If you want to expand your horizons, then begin to volunteer or get involved with a non-profit organization like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada ( and see how improving the lives of people living in poverty can help bring new perspective into your own life.

Don’t hate being single

Honour the state of not yet having a mate. Enjoy your life, go out with friends, and pursue paths of self-improvement. Spend time fine-tuning skills, nurturing interests, and having adventures. Study, take courses, and do things that help you grow personally, spiritually, and professionally. Live fully and stay open. Love may not be far behind.

How will I know when I do find my soul mate?

Your soul mate will be a person you will feel a very strong and passionate connection with, as well as an old connection. In other words, you will feel as if you have known the person for a long time, even though you may have just met him or her recently. Even in moments of doubt and fear, open your arms to love. Know that every step you take in the direction of love will bring your true love closer to you.”

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Posted by on April 30th, 2012 6 Comments

BEYOND ONLINE – THERE IS SPEED DATING: I consider the questions, rules, game, success rate, tips!*

Vol. 3 , No. 3, Monday, April 23rd, 2012

TITLE: “BEYOND ONLINE – THERE IS SPEED DATING: I consider the questions, rules, game, success rate, tips!*”


With spring in your step and romance in the air, I will talk about speed dating.  Can you find love at a speed dating event?  Apparently, some people do. My book of the week is “Surviving Internet and Speed Dating [Paperback]  by Joanne Schoenwald (Author) My topic is then dating of the speedy kind. I was thinking maybe some of you out there in Internetland are wondering what this is all about. If with an inquiring mind, stay put and I will give you a fast one …two. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.)

PREVIEW (April 29-30, 2012):

Next week, I will continue on with my romance theme, then turning my attention to the fix-up. The usual reaction to this phrase is to turn your nose up in the air as if you are smelling rotten eggs and to utter the exclamation, “Uggghh”. However, this is what everyone really wants, but no one will admit it. I say: “Let’s take the blind date out of the shadows!” (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.)


Although I was not against speed dating, I never went to an event.  My friends had participated on numerous occasions, but none found possible suitors.  On the contrary, they complained that the men who they met there were insincere and just wanted a good time. But I have done some research.

THE AUTHOR: Joanne Schoenwald

Joanne Schoenwald has worn many hats: teacher, massage therapist, office administrator, editor.  Now, she works as a holistic practitioner and workshop facilitator. Schoenwald writes fiction and non-fiction books.  She has a passion for nature animals, funny movies, good books and strawberry daiquiris.  She lives with her husband in Blackbutt, south-east Queensland, Australia. She is the founder and President of Charlie’s Angels Horse Rescue Inc.


Some of Joanne’s more notable achievements and publications:

  • Our Miracle Foal, published in the Spring 2011 issue of Equine News.
  • Top 10 finalist for the 2011 Finch Memoir Prize for the manuscript, Webs of Light, an account of Joanne’s 16 years spent with her horse and the way he changed her life.
  • Self-published Woodford Virgins, novel, on, 2011.
  • Horses as Lawnmowers, June 2010, featured in The Horse Report.
  • Shortlisted for the Text Publishing Prize for Young Adult and Children’s writing for her manuscript Wildfire 2009
  • The Power of the Positive (Writing Queensland, February 2009).
  • Winner 2007 One Book Many Brisbanes short story award for Not in Mitchelton
  • Australia’s Invaders 1 and 2 (high school resource books, Knowledge Books and Software, 2007)
  • Elephant’s Way (feature article, Australia’s Nova magazine, May 2008)
  • Daisy Philosophy 101: Canine Advice for Living Each Moment (feature article, Spheres magazine, May 2008)
  • My Life as a Technical Writer (feature article, Writing Queensland, October 2007)
  • Baby Love (feature article on aromatherapy, Affair magazine, September 2007)
  • Unleashed (anthology containing my winning short story, EmptyRedbubble 2007)
  • In the Moment (anthology containing my winning poem, Summer Afternoon Walk, Redbubble, 2008)
  • Eight book reviews (“Between the Covers”) for The Westerner newspaper, 2007
  • Sing the Rain (short story, Coppertales, USQ journal of rural arts, 2001 as ‘Joanne Hunter’)
  • Darkness Leering (short story, dotlit, QUT online journal, 2001 as ‘Joanne Jackson’)
  • Shortlisted for State Library of Queensland’s Young Writers Award for Carriage Hopping, 2001
  • Shortlisted for the Tourism Queensland Cultural Tourism Award for Young Australian Writers for A Spirit of Fire, 2000 


·         Surviving Internet and Speed Dating by Joanne Schoenwald (Paperback – Jan 1 2008)

THE BOOK: Surviving Internet and Speed Dating by Joanne Schoenwald

Internet is one means to find your soul mate. Speed dating is another. This author gives  you a dose of reality plus hints and tips simply said. Go for it!


What is it? It is a singles’ event held in restaurant or hall, where tables are set up as stations, with one woman seated at each table and men circulate from table-to-table staying 3-10+- minutes with each woman.

Who are the attendees? Speed dating is very popular with young people. 

What are the benefits? Several are:

  • There is no guessing game with speed dating.  People are there looking for romance, probably to select a mate.
  • If your goal is to meet a number of potential suitors in a short time span, this is the way! It is a quick solution to dating … short and sweet with each candidate.
  • The “date” is short and brief.  This could be a blessing if you find the person dull and boring. 

What is the cost? Usually a bit pricy but really depending on whether there is a hall, meal, etc.


In this fast-paced world, speed dating is another way to find your future one and only. 

Personal Comments

 I say:

  • It is a priority for many to search for someone special. It can get lonely. I know … been there … done that.
  • If you’re always on the run and don’t have time to mingle and socialize, speed dating is a good way to go. 
  • Does speed dating work?  There is a possibility that it could work, but then again, it could also fail.  
  • Some feel that attendees are desperate and lacking. I do not agree.
  • For those who go to speed dating events, both men and women, their first requisites for a mate is physical attraction.
  • Next, it is what they say and how they carry themselves.
  • Considering that a person makes a decision in the first 30 seconds, a mere 3-8 minutes could be very stressful. 

 The Point

 The more events that you attend, regardless the kind, the better the chances of meeting the match you’re looking for.  


 Everyone should:

  1. Be open-minded
  2. Be realistic

Advance Preparations 

3.      Prepare some intellect questions before going to a speed dating event. Don’t appear tongue-tied, nervous or quiet.  This could be an instant turn-off.

4.      Dress appropriately

At the event

5.      Be confident

6.      Be positive

7.      Show a sense of humor

8.      Smile

9.      Be on the ball every second to make a good impression.

10.  Go with your gut feeling

If you’re not interested in a date, how about a fig? Seriously though, even if you don’t find him or her there that night, you might find out something about yourself … you might even enjoy an evening out and have some laughs. What are you waiting for?

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Bachelor Blooper

“On the way to a star-studded function in Los Angeles one day, Drew Carey found himself in a limousine with several other celebrities, among them Jim Belushi, who asked him about his show’s move to a Monday night time slot (after NFL football). Carey explained that the hit reality dating show “The Bachelor” had assumed his old Wednesday night slot. Then he went off on a rant: “Can you believe this guy?” Carey fumed. “25 women to choose from – some of them educated – and he chooses the two blondes with the biggest tits! One he slept with1, one he didn’t.. and of course, he picked the one who slept with2 him…”

At last a man sitting beside him interjected: “Actually, that’s not how it happened at all.” Carey, never one to back down from an argument, disagreed – until the man’s identity became embarrassingly apparent. It was the bachelor!”(Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Double Date
“Burgess Meredith once found himself on a regrettable date with the actress Dorris Bowdon. Though the evening (actually a double date with Mary Healy and Franchot Tone) was pleasant enough, Bowdon spent the entire time singing the praises of the witty screenwriter Nunnally Johnson, whom she had met (and incessantly flirted with) during the shooting of The Grapes of Wrath (1940). At last Burgess took her home. Instead of kissing her, however, he simply offered a word of advice: “Get thee to a Nunnally!”

(Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Date with Destiny?
“On April 11, 1917, Soviet leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin called the U.S. consul in Switzerland and spoke with Allen Dulles (then a junior diplomat). Russia, Lenin explained, was contemplating withdrawing from World War I and signing a treaty with the Germans.

Dulles, who had a big date that evening, asked Lenin to call back in the morning, when the office officially re-opened. Incredibly, Lenin’s message was never delivered to Washington…(Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* QUOTE #1: – Franklin P. Jones

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #2: Peace Pilgrim

“Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.”

(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

 S & R* QUOTE #3: Sam Keen

“Love isn’t finding a perfect person. It’s seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”

(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “speed dating”; “matchmaking”; “arranged marriage”

Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process or dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people.

Matchmaking is the process of matching two people together, usually for the purpose of marriage, but the word is also used in the context of sporting events, such as boxing, and in business.

An arranged marriage is a practice in which someone other than the couple getting married makes the selection of the persons to be wed, meanwhile curtailing or avoiding the process of courtship.

(Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)-


“Its origins are credited to Rabbi Yaacov Deyo of Aish HaTorah, originally as a way to help Jewish singles meet and marry.[1][2][3] “SpeedDating”, as a single word, is a registered trademark of Aish HaTorah. “Speed dating”, as two separate words, is often used as a generic term for similar events.

The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.[1]

Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short “dates”, usually lasting from 3 to 8 minutes depending on the organization running the event. At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date. At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to. If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties. Contact information cannot be traded during the initial meeting, in order to reduce pressure to accept or reject a suitor to his or her face.

Unlike many bars, a speed dating event will, by necessity, be quiet enough for people to talk comfortably. Speed dating is for singles.

There are many speed dating events now in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

A 2006 study in Edinburgh, Scotland showed that 45% of the women participants in a speed-dating event and 22% of the men had come to a decision within the first 30 seconds. It also found that dialogue concerning travel resulted in more matches than dialogue about films.[8]

A 2006 study at the University of Essex and the IZA in Bonn [13] into the relative effects of preference versus opportunity in mate selection showed, while concluding that opportunity was more important than preference, that a woman’s age is the single most important factor determining demand by men. Although less important than it is to men, age is still a highly significant factor determining demand by women.

The same study found that a man’s height had a significant impact upon his desirability, with a reduction in height causing a decrease in desirability at the rate of 5% per inch.”

(Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)-

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: 5 Smart ways to improve your relationship by Maja Begovic

“Whether you’re dating or have been happily married for years, here are five simple ways to make your relationship even better, no matter where you are in your romantic journey.

Recognize what’s important to your partner. Knowing what is truly important to your partner can go a long way towards building goodwill and an atmosphere of compromise. On the flip side, it’s also important for your partner to recognize your wants and for you to state them clearly. Constantly giving to others at the expense of your own needs builds resentment and anger.

Keeping outside relationships and interests alive. No one person can meet all of our needs, and expecting too much from someone can put a lot of unhealthy pressure on a relationship. Having friends and outside interests not only strengthens your social network, but brings new insights and stimulation to the relationship, too.

Change it up. Act out of character you can easily get into ruts. If you find that you are repeating patterns, step back and break it up. Be somewhat still unknown to each other. We are hardwired as humans to like mystery and be intrigued by it. There is an excitement that comes from anticipating and not knowing.

Find something you enjoy doing together. It can be a shared hobby, a dance class, a daily walk or volunteering. Doing service moves you out of yourself and your own problems and supports a broader, more spiritual view of life. Get involved with a local organization like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada ( and help improve the lives of children and families living in poverty around the world.

Connect as a couple and rekindle love. Relationships need time to thrive. It is vitally important to set aside specific times to be together. Commit to spending quality time together on a regular basis. Even during very busy and stressful times, a few minutes of sharing and connecting can help keep bonds strong.

Relationships are an investment. The more you put in, the more you get back.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Romance report confirms we’re never too old for love

“Seniors are setting the record straight: love and romance aren’t just for the young. In fact, seven in 10 seniors over the age of 75 say they’re never too old for love.

This is one of the key findings of the Revera Report on Romance, which surveyed older adults aged 75+, Boomers and Gen Yers, to find out about their expectations and experiences with social interaction as they age including love, romance and companionship.

The Report found:

Only 38 per cent of Boomers and Gen Yers believe love and romance will still be very important when they are over 75, compared to 88 per cent of seniors who say companionship is something they couldn’t do without.

Just as many seniors have romantic partners as 18 to 30 year olds (approximately 50 per cent for each group).

Senior men place higher importance on love and romance, with 83 per cent saying it’s important, compared to just 56 per cent of senior women.

Seniors’ positive outlook on love and romance is encouraging to see because they are both important aspects of social interaction, says Dr. Amy D’Aprix, gerontologist and an expert on aging. What many people don’t know is that remaining socially active can have a significant impact on your physical health, such as reducing your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also been shown to have a comparable impact on mortality as smoking and alcohol, and of course, there’s no question that it also contributes to happiness and emotional health.

Seniors themselves recognize that social interaction and having meaningful relationships can make all the difference when it comes aging. In fact, 98 per cent of seniors believe that keeping socially active is just as important to successful aging as good physical health.

A number of seniors share their stories and thoughts about love at”

*TM/© 2012 Practitioners’ Press Inc. – All Rights Reserved

Posted by on April 23rd, 2012 26 Comments

EARTH DAY EVENTS, ACTIVITIES: I have some ideas – it is a resource!* (Volume #2 – I want to save the earth!*)

No. 3, Vol. 2, Monday, April 16th, 2012

TITLE: “EARTH DAY EVENTS, ACTIVITIES:  I have some ideas – it is a resource!* (Volume #2 – I want to save the earth!*”)


With Earth Day around the corner, I will continue to talk about the earth and what we can do to save the planet.  This is a very important topic.  We have to take it seriously.  My book of the week isSaving Planet Earth” [Hardcover] by Tony Juniper (Author). (Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of my post of last week on the earth and wildlife, also a part of a continuing series on special dates and holidays; it’s also classified as women’s issues.) 

PREVIEW (April 22-23 2012):  

Spring is in the air … love too. I am thus returning to the romance theme. Next week, I will write about speed dating. Don’t be late … it’s going to whoosh by! (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.)  


April 22nd is not only Earth Day, but also my daughter’s birthday.

What are we doing to protect our environment?  It’s our duty to improve the state of our planet.  The goal is to bring awareness to everyone in the world and to do everything we can to save our home – Planet Earth. 

Turn to nature:  Every summer my parents planted a vegetable garden.  They grew tomatoes, lettuce, long string beans, parsley, basil, etc.  They insisted that home-grown vegetables tasted better and were healthier for you.  I must admit, the vegetables from their garden were delicious.  My aunt also grew her own vegetables.  It’s hard work to maintain a garden. In my old life, we always had a garden.  I’ll confess –  I didn’t plant or work it much, but it was a treat to reap the crops. This year, we are planning to plant some seeds – I’ll let you know how it goes for this city girl.

I have asthma – I am very careful of the cleaning products I use. Using environmental-friendly products is advantageous healthwise and also to help the earth.

Use less: Conservation means using less of everthing that we consume. In my city, there has been a lot of talk concerning the installation of meters for water consumption in areas where there are none. I already have one in my house and if I go over a certain consumption of water, there is a surplus charge for excess water consumption.  This reminds me not to waste water.

Environmental studies is now hot in schools.   The educational institute where I worked had one.  It had become a very popular program with students. 

THE AUTHOR: Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper, a naturalist and ornithologist, is deeply committed to the environment. He has been front and centre for more than 20 years.  Juniper is director of Friends of the Earth and vice chair of Friends of the Earth International.  He lives in England.


Several are:

THE BOOK: “Saving Planet Earth” [Hardcover] by Tony Juniper (Author)

Juniper calls attention to the issue of the condition of the Earth. He clarifies how man is destroying the planet. There is no doubt that it is in danger and that it was caused by the actions or non-action of  human beings.  We need to understand the consequences of our actions.We must figure out how we can help. We must stop doing harm and find alternatives. As well, we need to undo the damages already done.   The book illustrates advice and solutions on how to reverse dangerous trends.  This book gives us the knowledge on how to protect Earth for the next generation!.


Our planet is in danger….our planet is in danger. It’s so important that I can say it twice. We need to act now!

Personal Comments

One huge problem is Global warming. IT IS A REALITY.   The forecast in the past years has been unpredictable.  But we now know that the rate of warming is slowly increasing.  We have to take this seriously.  It could be the destruction of our world as we know it. Global warming could become a disaster.  With global warming comes rising sea levels and an increase in precipitation.  Our water will probably be affected.  The Arctic is being affected the most.  Evidently, it will disappear.  The rising destruction of our environment is a pressing and urgent cause. 

We have a climate crisis and it is our moral duty to do everything we can to stop and reverse the damage.  Our children deserve to live in a safe environment; and we need to  preserve it for our grandchildren and all those coming later.

The Point

We need to focus on how to save our planet! We need to start the doing yesterday!


Everyone should:

  1. Recycle everything you can
  2. Use pesticides safely for your garden
  3. Use environmental cleaning products
  4. Dispose medication safely
  5. Use water you need only
  6. Plant a tree
  7. Grow your own vegetables or buy locally
  8. Buy energy-saving appliances
  9. Use public transportation, whenever you can, or try carpool, bike or walk
  10. Litter and I won’t be happy!
  11. Reuse where you can
  12. Buy recycled products whenever possible
  13. Start a green club in your community
  14. Don’t waste energy
  15. Reduce waste you produce

I say: “Let’s clean up. Please pass the broom and dustpan. Can you help me?

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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Woody’s Neo-Hippie Hemp Crusade
“In 2002, Woody Harrelson embarked upon a 35-day, 1,000-mile bike tour from Seattle to southern California, escorted by a ‘Mothership’ (a Chicago city transit bus fueled by hemp oil and electrically powered by solar panels) to promote “simple organic living” (whereby one conserves fossil fuels, recycles, and eats organic vegetables). The outspoken vegan and hemp activist, accompanied by a dozen or so equally passionate environmentalists, kicked off the neo-Hippie crusade in mid-April with rallies at several Universities. Two days before Earth Day, some 3,000 people – some waving signs and cheering “Woody for president!” – crowded into an outdoor amphitheater on the Eugene campus of the University of Oregon to cheer him on. Among the signs on hand? EUGENE HAS A WOODY FOR HEMP!” 

(Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2:Barry Sonnenfeld’s Mother
Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld once recalled the trials of growing up as the only child in a stereotypically Jewish family. One of his most embarrassing moments came on April 22, 1970; young Sonnenfeld, attending the first ever Earth Day concert, was horrified to have the proceeds interrupted for an urgent announcement: “Barry Sonnenfeld, call your mother.” 

(Source: Anecdotage) –

“In preparation for their roles in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, cast members were asked to attend several weeks of ‘Ape School,’ where they were taught basic walks and the differences between primates (orangutans have a waddling walk, and they like to hang from things). The most helpful tip for Helena Bonham Carter? “Think of a nappy [a diaper] that was full between your legs,” she advised, “and you didn’t want to spill it!” 

(Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* QUOTE #1: M. Scott Peck

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

(Source:  Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #2:  Rachel Naomi Remen

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”

(Source:  Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #3: Marge Piercy

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.”

(Source:  Wisdom Quotes) –

“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “Earth Day”; “Planet”; “Global Warming”

Earth Day

While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.[1] Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.


A planet (from Greek πλανήτης αστήρ planētēs astēr “wandering star”) is a celestial body orbiting a star or stellar remnant that is massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity, is not massive enough to cause thermonuclear fusion, and has cleared its neighbouring region of planetesimals.[a][1][2

Global Warming

Global warming is the rising average temperature of Earth‘s atmosphere and oceans since the late 19th century and its projected continuation. 


“The April 22, 1970, Earth Day marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans participated. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, Freeway and expressway revolts, the loss of wilderness, and air pollution suddenly realized they shared common values. 

Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and this Earth Day is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries.[citation needed] Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.

Earth Day proved popular in the United States and around the world. The first April 22 Earth Day had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States. More importantly, it “brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform.”[25]

According to Senator Nelson, the moniker “Earth Day” was “an obvious and logical name” suggested by “a number of people” in the fall of 1969, including, he writes, both “a friend of mine who had been in the field of public relations” and “a New York advertising executive,” Julian Koenig.[33] Koenig, who had been on Nelson’s organizing committee in 1969, has said that the idea came to him by the coincidence of his birthday with the day selected, April 22; “Earth Day” rhyming with “birthday,” the connection seemed natural.[34][35]

Senator Nelson chose the date in order to maximize participation on college campuses for what he conceived as an “environmental teach-in”. He determined the week of April 19–25 was the best bet as it did not fall during exams or spring breaks.[48] Moreover, it did not conflict with religious holidays such as Easter or Passover, and was late enough in spring to have decent weather. More students were likely to be in class, and there would be less competition with other mid-week events—so he chose Wednesday, April 22.” 


World population is projected to reach 7 billion in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

(Source:  U.S. Census Bureau) –

42nd Earth Day: April 22, 2012

April 22, 2012, marks the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 16-22)\

(Source:  U.S. Census Bureau) –

: Simple steps to care for the planet By Maja Begovic

“Earth Day is a time when millions of people around the world celebrate and renew their personal commitment to environmental stewardship. If you feel you’re not doing enough, it might be time to make a deeper commitment to our planet. Here are a few ideas to put into practice to help save our environment on Earth Day and every day:

Reduce the destructive impact of modern life

Get in the habit of turning off lights, computers and appliances when they are not in use. Swap standard light bulbs for energy efficient fluorescent ones to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. If you drive to work, consider a more environmentally friendly commute. Take public transit, share a ride with coworkers in your neighborhood or bike to work as often as possible. Recycle any plastics, cardboard (including packaged food boxes), aluminum, newspaper, cans and glass products. Reduce the amount of plastic bags that pollute the environment by purchasing re-usable bags for your shopping needs.

Go green by giving to charity

Giving to charity teaches many valuable lessons to every member of the family. Take a day and gather everything that you don’t want or no longer need and donate old household items, computers, toys, books and clothing to a local thrift store. You can also hold a yard sale and donate the proceeds to your charity of choice. A non-profit organization like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada ( will use your donation to provide a family living in poverty with an environmentally-efficient cooking stove that is fuelled by vegetable trimmings and leaves instead of wood. It’s less wasteful and better for the environment.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Lights Off for Earth Hour By Melissa Wallace

“In 2007, 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses in Australia turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. A year later, more than 50 million people across 35 countries participated in what became a global sustainability movement.

This year, on March 31st from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., more than 120 countries are expected to participate. For some, this one hour of darkness can be too much to bear. Without their gadgets, televisions, laptops, and the Internet, a lot of people feel disconnected from their social networks and the world in general.

But it’s worth stopping to think that for millions of people living in developing countries, electricity is a luxury they can’t afford. When the sun sets, children who don’t have any other source of light have to stop studying and go to sleep.

Earth Hour provides us with a glimpse into the life of those in the developing world who are left in the dark on a daily basis. It’s an eye-opener and a great way to challenge ourselves to do more to help those in need. Learn how you can make a difference through organizations like

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada “(

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EARTH DAY: Resource, events, activities, I have some ideas!*

No. 3, Vol. 1, Monday, April 9th, 2012 

TITLE: “EARTH DAY EVENTS, ACTIVITIES:  I have some ideas – it is a resource!*”


Every once and awhile, I turn my attention to a major issue of the day.  On April 22, it will be Earth Day. It is celebrated in many countries as a day to cherish nature. Indeed, there is a network of organizations and people of common mind of over 22000 partners in 192 countries. This made me think about our world, the protection of our environment and all life in it – creatures big and small. This week then, I am writing about the earth.I also want to speak for those who cannot….. animal life. My book of the week is “Wildlife Search and Rescue: A Guide for First Responders [Paperback] by Rebecca Dmytryk (Author).”. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on special dates and holidays; it is also major issues of the day.) 

PREVIEW (April 15-16 2012): I am still thinking about the approaching Earth Day. I’ll share some of my further thoughts. I have invited Mother Nature to come by – so we can have some serious girl talk. If some guys do show up, not to worry, I vote to let them in.   Who knows? I, for one, think we should give them a chance. While we gals know  much, I think every so often, we should give the fellows an opportunity to communicate. Indeed, they might have something to say. (Editor’s Note: This is an continuation of Antoinette’s last post) – another post in a continuing series on holidays and special dates.)  


I am concerned about the environment, climate change, green spaces and park sanctuaries, etc. Today, my subject is the animals of the world. They are found at zoos, on the farm, in stables and also at home. Personally, I do not  own a pet – I have allergies – but I like animals. I am always shocked by news of cases of terrible mistreatment of or cruelty to animals. Today, my subject is wildlife, their survival and hunting.

Animal life in the wild is a valuable resource. We must study it carefully and supervise it as it is not endless.

Hunting is something Man has done since the start of the world. For some hunters, it is all about the firearm and marksmanship. For others, it is the excitement of the kill. There are also some where the trophy is the thing. Still others just like eating wild game.

I heard repeatedly that if hunting was not allowed, there would be an overpopulation of deer, moose, etc. It is done today, although limited to certain season and only practiced by licensed hunters. Many hunters respect hunting laws, but some don’t.  I was told by some hunters that certain guides could easily be bribed.  Sometimes, I hear stories about poaching. Apparently, these guys are not even interested in eating the meat. 

Indeed,  seeing a deer spread on top of a car during hunting season upsets me. 

I know….I know … America the right of bearing arms is a big deal. It is protected by law. In Canada, the federal government brought in a gun registry inclusive of long guns. The current majority government is passing a law to terminate and disband the registry. In Quebec, the provincial government is seeking a court order protecting the information currently contained in the registry.

THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Dmytryk (Author)

Rebecca Dmytryk is a wildlife activist Rebecca and a professional videographer. She does bird rescues at major oil spills In 1993, she became a member of IBRRC response team. She has participated in search and collection, intake and stabilization of the birds, washing, and cage construction. She has worked numerous such spills: (a) Venice, Louisiana (1995); (b) Bollona Creek (1997),; (c) Point Reyes Tar ball events (1998); (d) Stuyvesant spill (1999); (e)  Jessica, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (2001); Cosco Busan (2007); and Cosco Busan (2007)..

Dmytryk founded and is chief administrative officer  of WildRescue. In 1996, she founded The California Wildlife Center, a hospital for sick and injured wild animals, based in Malibu, California.

She developed a training course she offers to volunteers and government employees to help ensure proper care of injured and orphaned native wildlife. She created public service announcements and educational videos.



Several are:

THE BOOK: Wildlife Search and Rescue: A Guide for First Responders [Paperback] by Rebecca Dmytryk (Author)  

This is a WHAT-IF book …if you found yourself in a disaster endangering wild life and you were called upon to participate in a wild animal rescue. This requires specialized information and different skills. It involves knowledge and use of equipment. It is also a good selection if you have a thirst for knowledge about things not essential for your everyday. 

Rebecca Dmytryk prepared an all-in-one HOW-TO guide providing the fundamentals.  It goes from base–to-site and covers capture strategies, handling and restraint and initial aid. It explains degree of handling, type of caging, level of care and suggested standards for response to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

While not for everyone, but if you love animals and you care when they are at risk, this book is an excellent resource.


The earth is at risk. Protecting it and all life does not just happen. It takes effort and work.

Personal Comments

I want  our world to be there throughout the lifetimes of my children, grandchildren and so on .

Man hunts. There was a time that people thought that supply was endless. They do not believe that any more.

Certain species have entirely disappeared; some are: dinosaurs, the mammoth, thylacine, and the Pyrenean Ibex. When there are environment changes, certain species adapt, others don’t and die off. (It is also a fact that researchers are attempting to clone some of the extinct species.  This could bring some back to life.) Also disaster happens, some natural, some man-made. When Man is added to the equation, certain species are killed off. Today, hunting, poaching and habitat destruction threaten endangered species.

With the hope to preserve species, laws against poaching should be especially severe.

 The Point

Protection of wildlife is necessary in order to preserve the ecological balance in nature.

If properly controlled, wildlife can be protected and even saved from disasters.

We need to broaden and mobilize the environmental supporters worldwide.

I firmly believe that there should be strict laws worldwide for the preservation of wildlife. I also believe that the authorities should enforce them to the limit.   Although hunting for game is very much controlled, we can do better.


I think of myself as a good person intent on doing the right thing…always! As a result, you and I should:

  1. Be aware of the earth: its bounty, beauty and fragile ecological balance; to this end, (a) Step back … walk outside, to get in tune with your senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch – trying to embrace nature and appreciate its gifts; (b) Feel the air, cool and fresh; (c) See the perfect beauty of a wooded area; (d) Smell the flowers; (e) Hear the birds chirping; (f) Taste a fresh apple right off the tree; (g)  Touch a long strand of grass.
  2. Get the facts; in this regard, (a) Learn about its early times, the here and now, the challenges to come; (b) Research the science; (c) Review the statistics; (d) Become fully informed of the changes, the threats, strategies, projects, etc.; (e) Come to an opinion;
  3. Not be a bystander, letting the world go by; instead choose a cause,  be passionate and take action;
  4. Love animals and please do protect them by: (b) Being vigilant against environment polluters; (b) Being vocal against animal abusers; (c) Encouraging the making of rules, their compliance and their enforcement if necessary;
  5. Drive slow and carefully, when in the country, not to avoid hitting a deer, moose, etc.

Mother Nature needs our help; you can make a difference! Help the Earth Day team. Let’s all pitch in and make this world cleaner and better and also safer for life in all of its forms.*

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Steve Irwin: Snake Bite
“Steve “the Crocodile Hunter” Irwin once saw an Indian man get bit on the toe by a snake. “I never go anywhere without pressure bandages so I’ve got pressure bandages in me backpack and he’s like, ‘On no [Indian accent], I am not in trouble.’ And he gets the rock and he goes, ‘Here’s my snake rock,’ and he puts this rock on his toe and he’s like, ‘Yep, now I will not be dying.’ He died.” 

(Source: Anecdotage ) – 

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Johnny Cash & the Wildlife Refuge
“One day in 1963, Johnny Cash visited a national wildlife refuge in California. Cash enjoyed himself thoroughly, until, he later claimed, some oil from his camper ignited the surrounding grass. The resulting fire destroyed 500 acres of parkland.

In court, Cash was asked whether he himself had started the blaze. “No,” he replied. “My truck did, and it’s dead now so you can’t question it.”

(Source: Anecdotage) – 

 S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Justin Hawkins: Baby Giraffe
“One day in March 2004, Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins was amazed to receive a request from the local zoo (the Suffolk Wildlife Park in Kessingland, near Lowestoft) to name a newborn giraffe after him. Hawkins gladly gave zookeepers his permission. “I said I admired them [giraffes],” he later recalled, “for sticking their necks out…” 

(Source: Anecdotage) –

 S & R* QUOTE #1: Tara Brach

“The emotion of fear often works overtime. Even when there is no immediate threat, our body may remain tight and on guard, our mind narrowed to focus on what might go wrong. When this happens, fear is no longer functioning to secure our survival. We are caught in the trance of fear and our moment-to-moment experience becomes bound in reactivity. We spend our time and energy defending our life rather than living it fully.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) – 

 S & R* QUOTE #2: Mary Pickford

“Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

 (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

 S & R* QUOTE #3: Robin Morgan

“It isn’t until you begin to fight in your own cause that you (a) become really committed to winning, and (b) become a genuine ally of other people struggling for their freedom.”

 (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “wildlife”; “hunting”; “”


Wildlife includes all non-domesticated plants, animals and other organisms. Domesticating wild plant and animal species for human benefit has occurred many times all over the planet, and has a major impact on the environment, both positive and negative.



Hunting is the practice of pursuing any living thing, usually wildlife, for food, recreation, or trade.  In present-day use, the term refers to lawful hunting, as distinguished from poaching, which is the killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species contrary to applicable law. The species which are hunted are referred to as game, and are usually mammals and migratory or non-migratory gamebirds.”.

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)-


“Major threats to wildlife can be categorized as below:

  • Habitat loss: Fewer natural wildlife habitat areas remain each year. Moreover, the habitat that remains has often been degraded to bear little resemblance to the wild areas which existed in the past.
  • Climate change: Because many types of plants and animals have specific habitat requirements, climate change could cause disastrous loss of wildlife species. A slight insects are harmed and disturbed. Plants and wildlife are sensitive to moisture change so, they will be harmed by any chan in h moisture level.
  • Pesticides and toxic chemicl’: Pesticides are deliberately spread to make the environment toxic to certain plants, insects, and rodents, so iould not be sur to wildlife, such as PCBs, mercury, petroleum by-products, solvents, antifreeze, etc.
  • Unregulated Hunting and poaching: Unregulated hunting and poaching causes a major threat to wildlife. Along with this, mismanagement of forest department and forest guards triggers this problem.
  • Natural phenomena: Floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, lightning, forest fires.
  • Pollution: Pollutants released into the environment are ingested by a wide variety of organisms.
  • Over-exploitation of resources: Exploition of wild populations for food has resulted in population crashes (over-fishing, for example).
  • Accidental deaths: Car hits, wiow collisions (birds), collisions with ships (whales).etc.”

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)-

N.B. For some wildlife rescue numbers, visit 

 813312 Environment, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in promoting the preservation and protection of the environment and wildlife. Establishments in this industry address issues, such as clean air and water; global warming; conserving and developing natural resources, including land, plant, water, and energy resources; and protecting and preserving wildlife and endangered species. These organizations may solicit contributions and offer memberships to support these causes.” (Source:

Wildlife can be found in all ecosystems. Deserts, forests, rain forests, plains, grasslands, and other areas including the most developed urban sites, all have distinct forms of wildlife. While the term in popular culture usually refers to animals that are untouched by human factors, most scientists agree that wildlife around the world is impacted by human activities.

Humans have historically tended to separate civilization from wildlife in a number of ways including the legal, social, and moral sense. This has been a reason for debate throughout recorded history. Religions have often declared certain animals to be sacred, and in modern times concern for the natural environment has provoked activists to protest the exploitation of wildlife for human benefit or entertainment.

Anthropologists believe that the Stone Age peoples and hunter-gatherers relied on wildlife, both plants and animals, for their food. In fact, some species may have been hunted to extinction by early human hunters. Today, hunting, fishing, or gathering wildlife is still a significant food source in some parts of the world. In other areas, hunting and non-commercial fishing are mainly seen as a sport or recreation, with the edible meat as mostly a side benefit.[citation needed] Meat sourced from wildlife that is not traditionally regarded as game is known as bush meat.

In November 2008, almost 900 plucked and “oven-ready” owls and other protected wildlife species were confiscated by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Malaysia, according to TRAFFIC. The animals were believed to be bound for China, to be sold in wild meat restaurants.

Many wildlife species have spiritual significance in different cultures around the world, and they and their products may be used as sacred objects in religious rituals. For example, eagles, hawks and their feathers have great cultural and spiritual value to Native Americans as religious objects.

Exploitation of wild populations has been a characteristic of modern man since our exodus from Africa 130,000 – 70,000 years ago. The rate of extinctions of entire species of plants and animals across the planet has been so high in the last few hundred years it is widely considered that we are in the sixth great extinction event on this planet; the Holocene Mass Extinction.

The four most general reasons that lead to destruction of wildlife include overkill, habitat destruction and fragmentation, impact of introduced species and chains of extinction.[3]

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)-

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1:
Bring nature into play in your own backyard

“Creating a personal backyard eco-system is easier than you might think and it encourages children to connect with nature. If you have room to stake off a corner of your yard, for example, that spot could be made into an inviting ‘personal play garden’ for the kids. Add a raised bed or a container garden and follow a few more green-thumb tips from home improvement retailer, Lowe’s:

Allow your children to choose plants that they would like to grow. A family trip to the local garden centre lets you explore the endless varieties of flowers, plants and perennials that are perfect for gardeners big and small. Integrate bright colours and interesting textures, and mix in some vegetables and or herbs. Pumpkins or gourds cover a considerable amount of ground space, but offer a long growing season and can be displayed at holidays. Kids will love picking and eating the strawberries from a hanging basket. Cosmos and snapdragons are colourful and fun and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Lamb’s Ear is durable and soft to the touch.

Arriving this spring at Lowe’s are Growums by Bonnie Plants, designed to make growing food fun and educational for kids. Cartoon characters like Coco (chocolate cherry tomato) and Duke the Cuke (straight eight cucumber) introduce children to gardening along with a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition, said Jeff Howe, president Fernlea Flowers Ltd.

For cooler climates, consider planting some seeds in containers indoors in late winter/ early spring so that children can nurture the plants over two seasons, and then transplant them when the ground thaws.

Not all plants are kid-friendly. Avoid plants with thorns or prickly parts such as cactus and roses. Believe it or not, some plants are toxic or even poisonous. A quick search on the internet will provide you with a list of plants that could pose a health risk.

Add a bird feeder or water feature to attract gentle wildlife to your yard. Although be aware that bees are often attracted to hummingbird nectar as well.

As with all outdoor activities, children should be supervised at all times when gardening. Use child appropriate gardening tools, and encourage children to wear gloves and safety gear when necessary. The gardening staff at Lowe’s can give you more information on this topic (”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Stop wildlife collisions in their tracks By Glenn Cooper

“From St. John’s to Victoria, Canada is certainly known for its unique and picturesque landscapes. We are one of a handful of countries where people and wild animals live side by side, usually quite peacefully. However, when those people are behind the wheel of a car, that relationship gets a bit trickier.

Wildlife collisions are a real worry for Canadian drivers, particularly between April and June, when wildlife collisions are most frequent. The most costly result of these collisions is injury or even death of both the wildlife and the driver. They’re more common than you’d think a report from Transport Canada found that between four to eight large animal vehicle collisions take place every hour in Canada.

Most people, especially those in regions with a mix of urban and rural areas, need to be more aware of animal collisions, says insurance and claims expert Mauro Convertini from Aviva Canada. It’s important that drivers know the risks and act responsibly behind the wheel to try to prevent these accidents.

Convertini offers these tips to reduce your chances of being involved in a wildlife collision:

Read the signs and watch the road: Those yellow signs with the prancing deer are erected to warn drivers to slow down and be more aware, especially at night.

Stay in control: Never swerve abruptly hitting a tree or moving into oncoming traffic can result in significantly more harm than hitting the animal. Brake firmly if an animal is standing on, or crossing, the road.

React: If you can’t avoid striking the large animal, be ready to duck inside your car. Big animals well in access of 100 kilos can come through your windshield and cause severe injuries.

More information is available from your insurance broker or online at”

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