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New Guinea's Birds of Paradise
Deep in the isolated wilderness of New Guinea lives extraordinary beauty as you have never seen it before. It pours from within the existence of 39 species of birds found nowhere else on earth. For over a decade, Ed Scholes, a Cornell Lab scientist, and Tim Laman, a National Geographic photojournalist, took on the Birds-of-Paradise project -- an incredible journey to capture the majestic splendor ... posted on Sep 30 2014, 2,128 reads


Picasso On Intuition
Brassai asks Picasso whether his ideas come to him "by chance or by design." Picasso responds: "I don't have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points...What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas." Read more on how artists create and what they think about as they work.... posted on Sep 29 2014, 8,134 reads


Turning Inspiration Into Action
We've all experienced fleeting moments of divine inspiration. Perhaps, you've always wanted to write a book, run a marathon, or create an exciting new blog -- only to find that the spark of inspiration is too easily extinguished. It can be frustrating, to say the least. Zen Habits author, Leo Babauta offers some tips on how to translate inspiration into sustainable action. ... posted on Sep 28 2014, 9,743 reads


Bridges To Prosperity
Here's a simple yet thought-provoking question: Can you imagine your life without bridges and roads? A unique nonprofit organization called Bridges to Prosperity is looking to make a positive difference in the lives of people who live in isolated communities around the world. Using state of the art technologies, fused with local construction techniques, Bridges to Prosperity's mission is to bridge... posted on Sep 27 2014, 4,758 reads


7 Ways To Change Negative Beliefs About Yourself
We all have those moments, special memories of the day 'we began to believe...' Whether through positive or negative reinforcement, we began to form the pathways of everything we believe we are. This is the habit of the thinking mind, and changing it can be a real challenge. But, not impossible. Read more to learn how these 7 simple practices can help us disentangle from old habits and forge posit... posted on Sep 26 2014, 23,253 reads


The Mosaic Man
"I am homeless for 25 years, at the mercy of my talent," says Jim Power. Jim found a creative outlet in creating hand-crafted mosaic artwork that he started posting on lampposts in Lower Manhattan's Eastside. Jim's creativity transformed the streets into the "Mosaic Trail." The art, a passion close to his heart, connected Jim to his inner voice. The "Mosaic Trail" became his purpose, his expressio... posted on Sep 25 2014, 3,457 reads


A Plan To Make Homelessness History
Each day, roughly 700,000 people in the country are homeless of which some 120,000 are chronically homeless. The 100,000 Homes Campaign has set a goal of placing 100,000 chronically homeless people into permanent supportive housing --- the human welfare equivalent of NASA's race to put a man on the moon. Read on to learn how the campaign is shifting the way cities address homelessness.... posted on Sep 24 2014, 7,981 reads


5 Ways Science Says Kindness Will Change Your Life
Is kindness just an old-fashioned value celebrated in kindergarten and then soon forgotten as one grows older and more ambitious --- or is there more to it? As increasing numbers of people look to live a purpose-driven life, research is beginning to reveal the tremendous rewards that come with living kindly. What follows are some of the most compelling recent studies on the topic of kindness, and ... posted on Sep 23 2014, 21,530 reads


The Amazing Story of Lilica: A Dog Who Lets No Animal Go Hungry
Imagine that you are feeding a hungry dog and instead of eating all of the food you brought for her at once, she picks up the bag and brings it home. Every night, she eats only part and take the rest with her. One day, you follow her home--four miles away-- and discover that she is bringing the bag of food you prepare her to share with the other hungry animals in her extended hungry family, inclu... posted on Sep 22 2014, 28,168 reads


The Importance of Mindfulness In Children
While meditation practices are usually associated with adults, there is a growing movement focused on implementing mindfulness practices to optimize the health, well-being and happiness of children. From helping kids thrive in school, to being an effective intervention with autism, to even serving kids suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions, meditation is showing that it can hav... posted on Sep 21 2014, 16,612 reads


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