I decided to make a separate gallery for some of the pink flowers I’ve seen in India.
And last, but not least, a pink bear that I used in a fun post (An Early Morning Mystery) I wrote in November 2014.
My contribution to The Seeker’s Dungeon “On Living and Dying” event is up.
You can find my post at: Am I Contributing to My Living or My Dying?
I have loved reading the various guest posts in the series. If you visit The Seeker’s Dungeon, consider checking them out!
If you’d like to become one of the guest authors, you can learn more about the event here: 365 Days On Living and Dying.
Last Saturday, on a cold, windy, wet day, some members of the Pacific Northwest Litter Project held a cigarette butt pick-up work party in the International District of Seattle.
Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter in the world and they are more toxic than you might think. The filters are NOT made of cotton, they are made of cellulose acetate tow and they can take decades to degrade. Investigators in a San Diego State University study once discovered that if you put fathead minnows and a single cigarette butt in a liter of water, half of the fish will die.
We pick up the butts to keep them out of landfills, waterways, the stomachs of animals and birds, and away from plants and children. The butts are sent to TerraCycle where they are turned into plastic pallets. Since the summer of 2011, we have picked up almost 300,000 butts!
As the result of last Saturday’s two hour work party, 23 pounds of cigarette butts are on their way to TerraCycle.
The Pacific Northwest Litter Project is part of GreenFriends, the environmental arm of Amma’s Embracing the World.
Today’s prompt from The Daily Post is called “Key Takeaway” and the instructions are:
Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging
This is a topic very close to my heart. First of all, I’d like to welcome all of you who are new to the blogging world. I have found blogging to be one of the most rewarding experiences in my life and I hope the same for you.
My advice is to celebrate when friends, relatives, colleagues and members of your personal community are interested in your blog, but don’t count on it being the case. See blogging as a way of building an additional community for yourself, as a way of sharing information with like-minded people, and as an opportunity to communicate with those for whom your thoughts and experiences are an exciting new world.
I have learned so much from reading other people’s blogs and I have developed new and treasured friendships within the Word Press community. Blogging has expanded my own world and I know that others have learned from reading mine. I will be forever grateful to my son Sreejit (The Seeker’s Dungeon and Where Love Meets War) for encouraging /pushing me to start my blog.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia
What does it even mean to BE,
Doing, doing never done,
That is all I’ve ever known,
Body, mind, and soul yearn to rest,
That new goal must be addressed,
Heart caught within the mind’s net,
Written for Challenges for Growth Prompt #3: Learning to Be
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The Friday before I left India, my friend Lalita and I decided to go a garden near Amma’s Amrita School of Ayurveda. Even though I had been to the property before, I wasn’t sure how to get there so we hired a rickshaw.
When I saw a garden across from the college, I told the driver to stop and let us out. It turned out not to be the garden I had planned to see, but it was “no accident” that we stopped. We were soon walking in a wonderland.
The garden is named Amrita Herbal Garden and it is part of the School of Ayurveda. I learned later that it covers 5 acres and that there are 500 rare species of medicinal plants growing on the land. The plants are used for research and for making Ayurvedic medicines.
I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
(Click on the gallery to enlarge the photos.)