DARK SKY PARKS
An International Dark Sky Park is a location of exceptional nighttime beauty, dark skies
education, and preservation of the nighttime environment. Each park shown below has gone
above and beyond the requirements as stated in our International Dark Sky Park Guidelines.
Go here for a list of the parks.
(Source- Yes Magazine posted Sept. 17, 2012)
Infographic: Occupy Movement Bears Fruit
On the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, we gathered together just a few of the
most vibrant projects taking place under the movement’s banner and put them in a visual
format. Click here to view.
(Source- Suzanne Taylor's Blog "What On Earth")
A 9/11 story that will warm your heart!
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over
the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit,
immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that "All
Business" look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta's
main office in Atlanta and simply read, "All airways over the Continental United States are
closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination."
No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we
needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400
miles behind us in Gander, New Foundland. He requested approval for a route change from the
Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately-no questions asked. We
found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.
While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta
telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in
about the hijackings.
"We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had
a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander, New
Foundland to have it checked out.
We promised to give more information after landing in Gander. There was much grumbling
among the passengers, but that's nothing new! Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander. Local
time at Gander was 12:30 PM! .... that's 11:00 AM EST.
There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had
taken this detour on their way to the U.S. After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the
following announcement: "Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes
around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for
another reason." Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the U.S.
There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground
control in Gander told us to stay put.
The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the
aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts. Only airport
police would come around periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane. In the next
hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world,
27 of which were U.S. commercial jets.
Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we
learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the
Pentagon in DC. People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to
a different cell system in Canada. Some did get through, but were only able to get to the
Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed.
Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had
collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were
emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly
calm. We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we
were not the only ones in this predicament.
We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time.
At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning.
Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much
noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.
Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing. And they
were true to their word. Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a
young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The
night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.
About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the
plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then
had to register with the Red Cross.
After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small
hotel. We had no idea where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that
the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers
to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander! We were told to just relax at
the hotel and we would be contacted when the U.S. airports opened again, but not to expect
that call for a while.
We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning
on the TV, 24 hours after it all started.
Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were
extremely friendly. They started calling us the "plane people." We enjoyed their hospitality,
explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.
Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane,
we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two
days. What we found out was incredible.
Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all
high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all
these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers. Some had cots set up, some
had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.
ALL the high school students were required to volunteer their time to take care of the "guests."
Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander
where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility,
that was arranged. Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to
Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street
from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility. There was a dentist on call and both male and female
nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.
Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a
day. During the day, passengers were offered "Excursion" trips. Some people went on boat
cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests. Local bakeries
stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests. Food was prepared by all the residents and
brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful
meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage
was still on the aircraft. In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers.
Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U.S.
airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single
passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about the whereabouts
of each and every passenger and knew which plane they needed to be on and when all the
planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully. It was absolutely incredible.
When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each
other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had
the better time. Our flight back to Atlanta looked li ke a chartered party flight. The crew just
stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling. Passengers had totally bonded and were calling
each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.
And then a very unusual thing happened. One of our passengers approached me and asked if
he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time
was different. I said "of course" and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded
everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days. He reminded them of the
hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers. He continued by saying that he
would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte.
He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number).
The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of
Lewisporte. He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers. When the paper
with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, the
total was for more than $14,000!
The gentleman, a MD from Virginia, promised to match the donations and to start the
administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta
Corporate and ask them to donate as well. As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than
$1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education.
I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit
of hope to know that some people in a far away place were kind to some strangers who literally
dropped in on them. It reminds me how much good there is in the world."
In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today's world this story confirms that there are
still a lot of good and Godly people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.
God Bless America...and the Canadians.
(Source - online blog, Advanced Style from Kickstarter.com)
Advanced Style Videos show a more in depth look into the lives of the wonderful people
featured on the site. Made by Ari Seth Cohen and Lina Plioplyte these videos allow our
wonderful friends to share their own voice and opinions about personal style. Inspiration for
those growing older - the Boomers. Watch the videos here.
(Source - Yes magazine by Jeremy Adam Smith, May 18, 2012)
Five Lessons in Human Goodness from "The Hunger Games"
The dystopian tale is really about compassion, empathy, and cooperation, argues Jeremy Adam
Smith—and there's scientific reason for that. In the dystopian future world of The Hunger
Games, 24 teenagers are forced to fight to the death, their battle turned into televised
This war-of-all-against-all scenario sounds as though it might reveal the worst in humanity—and
to a degree, that’s true.
But what raises The Hunger Games above similar stories, like the cynical Japanese film Battle
Royale, is that it is mainly preoccupied with how human goodness can flourish even in the most
dehumanizing circumstances. Read the entire article here.
(Source - online website Sacred-Economics.com)
A book & film about money, gift & community in an age of transition by Charles Eisenstein.
Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern
capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and
scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Watch film here.
(Source - online website Kickstarter.com)
Fund & Follow Creativity
At this very second, thousands of people are checking out projects on Kickstarter. They're
rallying around their friends' ideas, backing projects from people they've long admired, and
discovering things that make them laugh and smile. Every project is independently crafted, put
to all-or-nothing funding, and supported by friends, fans, and the public in return for rewards.
FITS MY CRITERIA TO A "T" FOR NEW WORLD NEWS - CREATIVE PEOPLE WITH NEW
IDEAS. Check Kickstarter out here.
(Source - Bing: Planet Green TV)
World's Greenest Homes
Videos showing creative ways to build a home with respect to the Earth. Check them out here.
(Source - Yes magazine by Billy Parish posted Mar 05, 2012)
Find Meaning and Money in Your Work
I left Yale during the fall semester of my junior year fully intending to come back. Seven years
later, even though I was technically still “on leave,” I arrived at my 5-year college reunion as a
party crasher. But I didn’t feel sheepish coming back. I was just excited to have a good time with
some old friends. I was pained to discover just how miserable many of them were. Many of my
classmates had defaulted to law school, some were living at home. A few people had cleared
the high bar to get low-level jobs in the Obama administration, and they were deeply frustrated
at how powerless they felt in such powerful positions.
In this desperate landscape, millions of us are resigning ourselves to work that hurts us, hurts
others, and damages the planet. We’re wasting our greatest assets.I’d heard of the “quarterlife
crisis,” but what was going on with these people seemed like a more permanent problem. My
friends had had all this crazy ambition and talent in college, this freewheeling ability to invent
and imagine. But it seemed like they hadn’t found anywhere to use it, and so for most of them, it
was as if they had spent their life building and learning to fly a plane and, now that they were in
the air, they didn’t quite now where to land. Read entire story here.
(Source - Yes magazine by Sarah van Gelder posted May 11, 2007)
Cubans say they offer health care to the world's poor because they have big hearts. But what
do they get in return?
They live longer than almost anyone in Latin America. Far fewer babies die. Almost everyone
has been vaccinated, and such scourges of the poor as parasites, TB, malaria, even HIV/AIDS
are rare or non-existent. Anyone can see a doctor, at low cost, right in the neighborhood.
The Cuban health care system is producing a population that is as healthy as those of the
world's wealthiest countries at a fraction of the cost. And now Cuba has begun exporting its
system to under-served communities around the world—including the United States. Read
entire story here.
(Source - Oprah newsletter 3/12)
The Quest for Quiet in a Noisy World
The Quietest Place In America is an enclave of primeval beauty—massive trees, mossy logs,
and giant ferns. A swift river flows nearby, and clouds hang low. The Hoh Rain Forest in
Washington's Olympic National Park feels untouched by outside forces. And that, really, is what
quiet is—an experience of the world as it was before we introduced artificial noise. I recently
journeyed to the Hoh to escape the barrage of sound in my suburban world. My wife and I live in
a reasonably tranquil neighborhood in Southern California, yet we sometimes resort to wearing
earplugs inside our own home to take the edge off the blare around us. The day before I left for
Washington, I'd heard leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, lawn mowers, car alarms, reverse-gear
alarms, one neighbor's television, another's barking dog, numerous buses, a couple of booming
stereos, and a steady procession of jet airplanes. In the Hoh, as I rested against a log on the
leafy forest floor, the cacophony back home became a faint memory, and the quiet felt
restorative and healing. Read entire story here.
(Source - Online Clock)
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: THE ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST IT
Waking up on time can be quite confusing when daylight savings time goes into effect. The
practice of daylight savings time is something that most people have come to accept over the
years. Here at OnlineClock.net, we make it easy for you to make the change, even if many of
you are not excited about doing so. Formally, the term daylight saving time is correct, but we
prefer the popular term daylight savings time (in case you haven’t noticed – the difference is
the “S” at the end of “savings”).
An Indian Proverb relating to Daylight Savings Time: When told the reason for Daylight
Savings Time the Old Indian said "Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot
off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket." Check out Online
Clock site for more.
(Source - On Earth, Winter pg 64)
Mixing My Metaphors
Just think: earth is upside down, the sun never rises, and our bodies are made of stars. "It was
forbidden to say the sun was rising. Instead, advised leaders of the Earth Literacy workshop at
Genesis Farm in Blairstown, New Jersey, say you are going to greet the sun as we, on Earth,
turn toward it." Read the full article here.
|Networking stories about the creative people in our world. New ideas and
attitudes for living together in a united and harmonious way. IMAGINE!
what is truth for you
from these stories.
I don't necessarily
support all that is
said. I am not
support of any
group from where
originate. My intent
is to pass along the
creative ideas and
change in our
world. There are
so many great
that we don't hear
about in our
sources. It is just a
reminder that the
answers to all our
already here. We
just need to share
or seek them out
and support what
we feel is
|"The most visible creators I know of are those artists
whose medium is life itself.
The ones who express the impossible without
brush, hammer, clay or guitar.
They neither paint or sculpt, their medium is being.
Whatever their presence touches has increased life.
They see and don't have to draw.
They are the artists of being alive!"
- Anonymous (Christmas card from early 90's)
Copyright © 2008-2012 Ginger L. Brooks Denning
"You must be
the change you
wish to see in