Bits and Quotes from 2015: amor, salud y pesetas

According to a Harvard psychologist,Steven Pinker, a long term downward trend in violence is continuing. Wars are less common and deadly than in the recent past, terrorism is rare. Really?  Hard to believe, but there it is: good news just doesn’t sell.  (Yet the terrorizing of Parisians on a Friday evening as they went about their lives, dining, enjoying a concert or a soccer game, stays with us grimly. It came on the heels of Amsterdam-Paris train attack and reminded us of 9/11 in NYC. We are sadly united in the fight against terrorism; we seem sadly divided on the refugee crisis.)

3candle   ‘It is true that the world had to confront moments of darkness this year, but ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it….There are millions of people lighting candles of hope in our world today.” Queen Elizabeth

“We are not a country of angry white guys. Eighty-one percent of the {US} electorate are female, people of color, or young people {under 35}. I was raised to believe that we are all each other’s brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. If you want to ban Muslims, you are going to have to ban me. We are all Muslim… we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between.” producer Michael Moore  2015-12-17-1450364949-3651573-moore

 

In the USA and Ireland marriage equality prevailed and same sex couples could tie the knot.

 

U.S. jobless claims near 42-year low as labor market tightens and boosts the economy. (Reuters News)

In 1915: The average life expectancy for men was 47 years; the leading causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis, and influenza. (Did you get a flu shot – if not I hope you are good about washing your hands!)

Olympic athlete transitions from Bruce Jenner to Caitlin Jenner and becomes the spokesperson for transgender youth.

Bye Bruce....

Bye Bruce….

Hello Cait...

Hello Cait…

 

 

 

 

 

Mandi Barnes, a Utahan Hairstylist heard about a hairdresser giving free haircuts to homeless people in New York City and organized a “free haircut day” at a homeless shelter in her own town. Local businesses got into the act and made donations including free meals.

This reminds me of Rosa’s Pizza in Philadelphia where for $1 you can donate a slice of pizza to a hungry person.  Rosa’s serves 40 homeless customers a day. One said, “The fact that it is a gift makes it taste just that much better.”  (The idea took off and was “copycatted.”)

This is the one-year anniversary of the announcement by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro that they were ending a half-century of U.S.-Cuban enmity. The United States and Cuba are close to an agreement on restoring regularly scheduled, commercial flights between the countries. Associated Press

Raul Castro and Barack Obama - something to smile about.

Raul Castro and Barack Obama

I started off this post with a recap of the year, but it was too disheartening. Now in the deep of winter, I decided we needed to remember our humanity. Hence these unrelated, but uplifting events. Go hug someone – even yourself – you deserve it; start the year with a random act of kindness. Take a deep breath and wish the world a good year. Hoping yours is full of – as they say in Spanish “*amor, salud y pesetas y…”

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I want to end with this stunning photo of the Aurora Borealis in Lapland by Marja-Terttu Karlsson. Isn’t it magical?!  She says people “think it is fake, but I can assure all skeptics that it’s genuine.” Aurora Borealis howl of the wild

*Love, health and spending money… and time to enjoy them all.

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6 thoughts on “Bits and Quotes from 2015: amor, salud y pesetas

  1. A lovely message. Good news is all too often down-played, and certainly bad news is given world-wide airing. I believe it is really true that violence is diminishing at world level, but I’ll admit it is hard to believe, we must just promote the inclusiveness and kindness which so many of us feel. Happy New year, Cinda.

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  2. What a lovely, joyful way to begin the New Year. We have so much to celebrate, so much to be thankful for, and how can we continue to hope for change unless it comes first, from our own hearts. Thank you for the reminder to move forward in compassion. Happy New Year, Cinda!

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