Category - Positive and Inspiring

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Make a Wish on a Shooting Star – or 100, if You Make Your Wish Tonight!
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Tastic Tuesday! Dalai Lama dubs Michael Franti “A monk without restriction”
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Start Today – Be the Change
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Around the World in 80 Days? Eh, Not Quite
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Do a Little Dance!
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Did You Know? Rock Eaters Come Out in the Rain
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What Holiday Do You Celebrate This Time of Year?
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Another Great Company We Have Heard About

Make a Wish on a Shooting Star – or 100, if You Make Your Wish Tonight!

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Every year Earth’s path around the sun passes through the Swift-Tuttle comets debris, giving us an incredible view of over 20 shooting stars an hour starting as early as July and increasing to as many as 100 an hour at its peak in August.

That peak is here!  Tonight and early tomorrow morning (around 4am EST) is estimated by a NASA scientist to be this year’s peak.  AND it is a new moon so we should get a really amazing show.  Camping trip anyone?

You can read more on the website for the Washington Post, where we found the great video above.  There are other websites you may like to check out as well:

https://www.nasa.gov/jpl/asteroids/best-meteor-showers/#.VctedvlVhBc

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-perseid-meteor-shower

Tastic Tuesday! Dalai Lama dubs Michael Franti “A monk without restriction”

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Michael Franti-His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not often interested in popular music, but was very taken with Michael Franti and Spearhead, joking about his tattoos, how such a big man can be ‘so light’ and honoring the joy and compassion he creates through music. ‘A monk without restriction’ – what a review! cc Center for Living Peace, University of California, Irvine

Posted by Friends of the Dalai Lama on Monday, July 27, 2015

 

For years Michael Franti and Spearhead​ have given their fans hope, taught us love, compassion, and inspired us to be the change through their lyrics and music.  They lead by example, with a message to love one another no matter the flaws and that we are the change.

Watching this video of him with the Dalai Lama and hearing the Dalai Lama express what so many of us already believed in our hearts brought tears of joy to not only our eyes, but that of our children, now 11 and 8 years old.  Good things ARE happening around the world. Despite the desperate acts of violence and anger we hear in the news there IS change coming and it fills our hearts with so much joy.

It is a heavy responsibility, leading others to walk an “enlightened path,” so to speak. To not only be a good person but show others the way as well.  Children recognize this and have a deep respect for those that choose to follow it anyway.  They will strive to follow in their footsteps and that makes me very proud. Thank you Dalai Lama, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and all the other amazing people working towards a better world, for your inspiring words, music, and example.  Namaste.

Start Today – Be the Change

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I began today like I always do.  I did my 20 minutes of meditation to help myself get off on the right foot, then checked my messages on Facebook and email.  The first thing I saw was a post one of my closest friends added early this morning about Baltimore.  I cannot explain the feeling of sadness and loss when I read about the violence in Baltimore, but I don’t think I really need to.  It put a weight, a feeling of responsibility to make positive changes in my life and my actions starting immediately.  Many Americans, and possibly many around the world, are feeling the same as I do today.  Americans want change.  The world wants change.  Malcontent has been brewing for ages.  We’ve seen it boil over more and more often and closer and closer to home each time.  Not always in a way that will bring about the changes we all seek.  Undermining and overshadowing the good being done everywhere.  No one wants anyone to die.  NO one wants pain and suffering and destruction.  I hear it all around me, this wish for things to be better.  The corruption to cease and life to better.  Yet so many feel that they don’t have any say.  That speaking out will only give them grief without making a difference in the long run.   We aren’t alone.  Rather than take our frustration out on one another, we need to join together.  Stand shoulder to shoulder and communicate like the intelligent and compassionate people we are.  Bridge the gaps that have grown between us.

Then I read another post about Balitmore.  One by a favorite artist of mine, Michael Franti.  Michael is a man I have come to highly respect, for his words but also for his actions.  My daddy always told me, it’s not just what someone says, it what they do.  I have tried to remember that about myself and of others.  Michael is trying to be the person he asks each of us to be.  True to himself and his fellow men (and women 🙂 ).  There is a better way to rise above and bring positive and peaceful change.  No one says it will be easy and none of us are perfect. We will make mistakes.  But is doesn’t have to be this way, I know that for certain.  I feel it deep in my soul.  We can learn from out mistakes and do things differently from this day forward.  Live conscientiously.  Michael says it so much more eloquently.  Check out his call to action here:

I am surrounded by amazing people and meet more every day.  Yes there is darkness & yes there is loss in life.  That is natural.  Without those things we wouldn’t appreciate the good things to their fullest.  There is also so, so, so much light!  So much joy and abundance and love that it overwhelms.  You just have to have faith.  I’m not talking about religious faith, though for many that is a great part of it too.  I’m talking about believing, with every fiber of your being, that things will change for the better.  The violence and hatred and suppression and fear will be washed away and balance restored.  It starts with you.  Believe you are great.  You are worthy.  BECAUSE YOU ARE.  Then extend that feeling to the people you meet everyday.  No matter who they are and how they treat you.  Be open and give.  Give to yourself and give to others.

That is one of the many reasons we are creating World Tree Circle.  We want to create a place where we can all connect, even when we can’t be together in person.  Help us make this happen.  There is no time to waste.  Let’s become a true global community!

 

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Around the World in 80 Days? Eh, Not Quite

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Thanks to one of our WCU students in the campaign team we were given a table at this year’s International Festival at Western Carolina University to promote both the Website and the Go Fund Me Campaign for the upcoming Run/Bike Promotional Tour.  They hold this event every year and there is a table for different countries represented by the international students in attendance at WCU.  They have food, drinks, art, traditional dress, and crafts available for Festival goers to look at, and quite often, buy.  There are also vendors with local and international cuisine as well as some craft booths.

It was an beautiful sunny day with lots of people, good music from all over the world (including a live bagpipe performance), and tasty treats.  We put together a brief video to give you a glimpse of the day.  Check it out…

 

Do a Little Dance!

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It took us longer than we anticipated BUT the tentative schedule for Clarke’s run/bike trip across the USA is done.  Now that we have dates to plan around we can start contacting folks along the route that are excited to share their culture and traditions with us on behalf of their native country.

I have a few ideas for places we would like to visit already.  For example, while researching where to find “Little Saigon” in Houston, Texas, I came across an article about the first Vietnamese restaurant there.  Mai’s Restaurant was founded by Phim and Phac Nguyen in 1978.  After reading the article I am intrigued to see it for myself and sample some of their fine traditional cuisine and learn more about the Vietnamese traditions and lifestyle here in the States, as well as back in Vietnam.

I also found out – don’t laugh if you already knew this – that there is a sea in the United States!  I do not ever remember learning this in geography class growing up, nor does Clarke.  It just so happens that we will go right by it on our way out West and our timing will allow us to spend some time checking it out.  It’s called the Salton Sea.  It was created by accident over 100 years ago by a breach in an irrigation canal and the Colorado River began to fill up the Salton Sink.  It was a beautiful resort/recreation area for people until the late 70s, early 80s.  Unfortunately a large quantity of agricultural run-off an other nasty stuff has destroyed the water and most of the surrounding eco-system.  California has been Oak in the Salton Seacontemplating how to tackle this huge challenge to protect future generations from the repercussions.  This is a sad situation but a good learning tool as well.  A perfect example of how, if we are not conscious of our actions and the chain of events that can unfold, things like this can happen.  It gives us an opportunity to begin to take responsibility and begin to fix things, one positive step at a time.

We’ll continue to keep you updated as we find cool places, and most especially, cool people to see along our trip.  For now, I’ve included the calendar below as well as on the World Tree Circle Run page for you to take a look.  Please send us any recommendations you have for our stops along the way and any special site seeing we should be sure not to miss out on along the way!

 

Did You Know? Rock Eaters Come Out in the Rain

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Where to begin?  An apology is in order, so I will start there.  I am sorry that so much time lapses between posts.  Consistency is something that all good business and life coaches repeat over and over.  I get it, I do.  There has been so much going on that Clarke and I have been leaving things unfinished each night and falling into bed around 11pm each night.  And to be quite honest with myself and all of you – consistency is definitely something I am still working on, lol.

So what have we been doing, you ask?  Still working on the Run Map and getting ready for our first meeting with the new teams from WCU this semester, of course!

The Run is coming along.  Slower than I had first expected it to, but not without progress.  So far, I have mapped our tentative stops from Highlands, North Carolina, to Palisades Park, NJ.  I haven’t cemented our stops yet, but I do have ideas and possible places to rest at the end of each day.  We even found a few interesting things along the route that we may have to stop and take a look at.  Did you know there are Ghost Bicycle memorials along the highways in some places?  There are bikes painted entirely white and positioned near roads where a cyclist was killed.  There is one not to far from our route as we pass through Pennsylvania.  You can read more about it here GhostBikes.org and see a list of ghost bike 1the current locations around the world along with the names of those they were erected for.  Sobering thought, considering Clarke will be biking every other day.

We will definitely be keeping safety in mind while Clarke is out.  We want him very visible for more reasons than just getting the word out about World Tree Circle! 🙂

 

 

We have also finished gathering our initial “info packets” for the WCU students to help us get off to a very smooth start this semester.  Things like passwords, what the last group accomplished, and so on.  We will be working with 2 teams, 3 students each.  Clarke and I like to meet with the students at least once a week to share what we have all been accomplishing and what the goals are for the upcoming week.  It makes it much easier to address any challenges that come up right away and helps us all stay on the right track.  Since these meetings can be jammed packed with news from everyone we will need to meet with our teams separately most of the time to maximize all our time.  We will meet as a whole company now and again to make sure we are all staying true to the business model that we have in mind for World Tree, but not every week.  Our student are only required to spend about 6 hours a week working on this project and we want them to spend as much of that as possible on the tasks at hand.

Needless to say, we are looking forward to meeting all these new professionals and the extra help and creativity they will bring to the table.  If you can bear with me and check back now and again you will see regular updates on how things are progressing.  This semester I will be asking our students to give us at least one blog post with their experience working on this site and the run crowd funding, if not regular posts on what they are up to along the way.

 

Also – we will be adding Clarke’s PICTURES ON THE RUN photos to the WTC Store in the coming weeks.  We will be making them available at the best prices we can – an all proceeds will go towards funding the upcoming run and the creation of WorldTreeCircle.com’s online community.  So, keep your eye out for those and feel free to purchase as many as you like!  Here are some of the photos you can expect to see for sale….

  • Fractals
  • Guardians
  • Shine Through
  • Roman Arches
  • Through the Veil
  • The Rock Eaters Come Out in the Rain
  • Steadfast
  • Seen and Unseen
  • Sticky Subject

What Holiday Do You Celebrate This Time of Year?

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As I enjoy days of indulging in lots of good food, time with my family and close friendS, watching my kids open presents, and exclaim over their good fortune I find myself reflecting on what a small portion of us around the world actually share this tradition with me.   What are my fellow brothers and sisters around the globe are doing this week?  Are they celebrating at all?  If so, what are the celebrating and how?

My family traditions have changed a little as I’ve grown older but being together has not changed.  My parents put up a live tree with ornaments collected over our lifetimes.  Each and every one has a story, and together they are the narrative of my loved ones lives together.  This brightly colored tree with its branches laden with the love and memories of my family is the quiet yet powerful symbol of our Christmas.  We exchange gifts carefully thought out and presented with exhilarating anticipation of the receiver’s joy in receiving it.

We stay up late and talk into the wee hours of the night.  Catching up on all the daily affairs we’ve missed out on.  You see, Clarke and I live in North Carolina with our children but we are originally from Ohio and most of our family is still there.  Our kids run with their cousins and enjoy staying up until way past their bedtime, while we adults laugh and joke with each other during the short time we have together before we have to head back to work and school.  It is a joyous time no matter how many gifts or their monetary expenses.

Tis the season to be grateful and giving.  A time of love and peace.  I’m fascinated by all the different facets of tradition and celebrations around the world.  Whether I am of the same mind or not, each and every belief is to be respected.

Would you care to share the Holiday you celebrate this time of year and how you celebrate?  What are your family traditions?  My family and I would be honored if you would share with us and our loved ones?

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Another Great Company We Have Heard About

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There are so many great ideas giving birth to some amazing movements and projects that it is sometimes hard to know where to start.  We believe World Tree Circle will be a great venue to share future great ideas.  In our search for examples of the positive and inspiring actions of our fellow man we come across some truly heartwarming and sometimes even breathtakingly beautiful people.  Recently, a family member shared a new company in Ohio that has a great idea and are putting it to action.

Sage Sustainable Electronics strives to repurpose our old electronics to save our Planet and our money.  Definitely worth keeping on your radar.  check it out:

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