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Are We Really All Made of Stars? The theory that everyone and everything on Earth contains minuscule star particles dates back further than Moby's popular 2002 song "We Are All Made of Stars. " In the early 1980s, astronomer Carl Sagan hosted and narrated a 13-part television series called "Cosmos" that aired on PBS. On the show, Sagan thoroughly explained many science-related topics, including Earth's history, evolution, the origin of life and the solar system.

"We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff," Sagan famously stated in one episode. His statement sums up the fact that the carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms in our bodies, as well as atoms of all other heavy elements, were created in previous generations of stars over 4.5 billion years ago. "All organic matter containing carbon was produced originally in stars," Impey told Life's Little Mysteries. Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend. GoPhone. I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like. My name is Lauren.

I'm a 23-year-old girl living in NYC and I don't make trash. For real. No garbage bin, no landfill. Nada. I know what you are thinking. This girl must be a total hippie. I didn't always live what some call a "zero waste" life. But I started making a shift about three years ago, when I was an Environmental Studies major at NYU, protesting against big oil, and president of a club that hosted weekly talks on environmental topics. Wrong. In one of my classes, there was another student who always brought a plastic bag containing a plastic clamshell full of food, a plastic water bottle, plastic cutlery, and a bag of chips.

One day I was particularly upset after class and went home to make dinner and try to forget about it, but when I opened my refrigerator I froze. This was the first time in my life that I felt like I was able to look at myself and say, "YOU HYPOCRITE. " Quitting plastic meant learning to make all of my packaged products myself. 1. 2. 3. Zero Waste Home. Urban Homesteading: The Integral Urban House - Modern Homesteading. Related Content Backyard urban beekeeping Deciding on urban beekeeping may just mean hosting a hive - some of the honey and none of the work! For all the current talk about getting "back to the land" and becoming self-sufficient, darn few folks have taken the lead in showing urban residents—apartment dwellers and city homeowners—how they too can enjoy a more self-reliant way of life. One organization that is doing encouraging work in this area is the Farallones Institute of Berkeley, California.

Here's a report on just one of the Institute's project: the conversion of a Victorian mansion into an urban homestead! Away out here in Berkeley, California—in an aging semi-industrial neighborhood—an enthusiastic group of "doers" has come together to restore (and display to the public) a 100-year-old Victorian house. What's so unusual about that? A Mini-Ecosystem The Institute's members bought their two-story Victorian building in 1974 and remodeled it inside and out during the following year. Fencing lesson | bringingupbuddhas. I try so hard to be a cool cucumber when dealing with confrontation, but this morning I was all hot pepper! I called Reliable Fence of Woburn to contest a $250 charge for a 5 minute quick-fix on a gate hinge in my front yard. The guy who answered the phone over-talked me, didn’t listen, acted evasive, and was downright insistent on proving me wrong.

He offered no solutions, service, or understanding. I boldly let him know what I thought of his interpersonal and customer service skills and somehow instead of him apologizing for swindling me, I was apologizing to him for raising my voice. I try to share positive posts on BUBs, so I was hesitant to write about this episode, but isn’t this the sort of crap we deal with every day?

Often times when we interact with frustrating service issues, we feel powerless. We project our expectations onto people who aren’t capable of or have no interest in fulfilling them. There is nothing more frustrating than the feeling unheard or misunderstood. The sex-starved marriage | Michele Weiner-Davis | TEDxCU. A sharing community.


On Madonna's Art for Freedom: Why You Can't Change the World with a Tweet. There’s little doubt that social media has impacted the way individuals and institutions communicate, but few have accurately articulated precisely what this impact is. If we are to assume that most people in first world countries communicate digitally and maintain some sort of interaction on social media (and recent statistics suggest that such an assumption is correct), then we have to consider the relevance of these virtual encounters.

We have to investigate beyond the mere fact that “everyone is doing it”, and we must ultimately take a firm stance on the issue of social media’s potential to change all that is perceivably wrong with the world. The question of social media’s relevance is paramount, because a number of prominent public figures have turned to social media in an effort to influence public policy. With Art for Freedom, Madonna is using her power and prestige in an attempt to make a global impact. On 17 April for example, Californian Richard J.


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