Living Our Dream Career

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Draft Cover May-June 2015 - Photo Ed Rudolph - Food Stylist Marcella Capasso

Draft Magazine Cover May/June 2015
Photo Ed Rudolph – Food Stylist Marcella Capasso

My friend Marcella Capasso, a freelance food stylist, is a soft-spoken, unassuming person and mother of a six-year-old daughter. Those photos of mouthwatering food in cookbooks, magazines, menus, and product labels have all been styled. For photo shoots, she buys and prepares the food or beverages, and then arranges it for the camera. Over the years I’ve known her, she has shared artisan bread, exotic fruits, green vegetables, and fresh flowers used in her various photo shoots. I’ve also enjoyed some of the dishes she has prepared as recipe tester for magazines.

Born in Idaho, where she attended Boise State University, Marcella moved to New York in search of her dream career. Beginning in 1998, her job as bookkeeper for Ross Whitaker, a top New York photographer, exposed her to the discipline needed for success in the business and introduced her to food styling. Following advice from food stylists, she went back to school; this time, to a culinary arts school for essential cooking and baking skills. Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week

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Children vs Washington State in Climate Change Action - July 2015

Attorney Andrea Rodgers with young plaintiffs awaiting judge’s decision.
King County Superior Court – Seattle – Washington – USA
Photo Credit: Our Children’s Trust

Children sue Washington State over Carbon Pollution

Seattle, Washington – On June 23, 2015, in a landmark decision, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered the Washington Department of Ecology to reconsider the climate change petition from eight young climate activists, between 9 and 14 years old, asking for carbon dioxide reductions based upon best available science.
~ Press Release, Our Children’s Trust, July 8, 2015.
[Learn more at Our Children’s Trust.]

Brazil’s New “Sin-Free” Social Network

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Social Network Facegloria for the Christian Family

Welcome to Faceglória – Social Network of the Christian Family
The perfect Social Network for you to share Christian love and wisdom with others.
Source: Faceglória

For millions of us, Facebook has become the virtual space to connect and share with our family and friends, as well as to make new friends. But it has its downside, exposing us to haters and bullies, violence, pornography, and much more.

Three years ago in São Paulo, Atilla Barros, a Brazilian web designer, together with three other devout colleagues decided to change all that. On June 4, 2015, they launched Faceglória, an online social network “to facilitate communication between people who seek to preserve family principles, morality and respect between users who share the same faith, ideas, among other activities.” Continue reading

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The Solutions Project - Transition of USA to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050

Transition to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050 by US State
Based on Stanford Study – Published in May 2015
[Click on link below to access your state]
Photo Credit: The Solutions Project

The United States Can Transition to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

This [Stanford] study develops consistent roadmaps for each of the 50 United States to convert their energy infrastructures for all purposes into clean and sustainable ones powered by wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) producing electricity and electrolytic hydrogen… The [proposed] timeline for conversion: 80–85% to be WWS by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
~ Energy & Environmental Science Paper, Stanford University Study, published in the Royal Society of Chemistry, May 2015.

Writing Emotionally Charged Scenes

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Caution Writer at Work

Caution! Writer at Work

On Friday evenings when I draft my Sunday’s blog post, I usually don’t have trouble switching from writing fiction to non-fiction. This weekend was different. I had originally planned to write an article on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s official visit to the United States on June 29-30, 2015, but my head was in another place and time. Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week

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Risky Business: In the Living Room with Sol Hsiang and Henry Brady
September 12, 2014
Source: University of California Television (UCTV)

Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States

“Damages from storms, flooding, and heat waves are already costing local economies billions of dollars—we saw firsthand in New York City with Hurricane Sandy. With the oceans rising and the climate changing, the Risky Business report details the costs of inaction in ways that are easy to understand in dollars and cents—and impossible to ignore.”
~ Risky Business Project Co-Chair Michael R. Bloomberg, Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States, released June 24, 2014.

[Research team included climate scientist Dr. Robert Kopp of Rutgers University, economist Dr. Solomon Hsiang of the University of California, Berkeley, and Risk Management Solutions (RMS).]

“Lionfish” – Poem by Nancy Anne Miller

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Lionfish

Lionfish – Coral Reef – West Atlantic Ocean
Photo Credit: NOAA Fisheries

My Poetry Corner July 2015, features the poem “Lionfish” by Bermudian poet, Nancy Anne Miller. Although lying outside the Caribbean Region, Bermuda – a British island territory in the North Atlantic Ocean – became an associate member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in 2003 to strengthen its shared cultural ties.

After hearing about the lionfish some years ago, I never gave it much thought until I recently read Nancy Anne Miller’s poem published in the latest issue of The Arts Journal. With her precise and vivid imagery, the poet grabbed my attention.

Without dillydallying, the poet takes us face-to-face with the lionfish: an aggressive, exotic creature. Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week

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Map of Western Pacific Ocean

Western Pacific Ocean showing location of Philippines, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Fiji
Source: Wikipedia

Six Tiny Island Countries to Sue Big Oil for Disrupting the Climate

We, the people of Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, Solomon Islands and the Philippines continue to experience the impacts of climate change… We commit to bring a case that would investigate the human rights implications of climate change and hold the big carbon polluters accountable to appropriate international bodies or processes.
~ People’s Declaration for Climate Justice, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 8 June 2015, published by TruthOut.

Is the Dominican Haitians Humanitarian Crisis a sign of things to come in the Caribbean Region?

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Hispaniola - Greater Antilles - Caribbean Sea

Haiti & Dominican Republic – Greater Antilles – Caribbean Region
Source: ABC Voyage

In the Dominican Republic, undocumented Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent now face mass deportation unless they can present documentation of their legal residential status. June 17, 2015, was the deadline for compliance.

Haiti, with a population of over 9.9 million, is a member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The Dominican Republic, with a population of over ten million, has CARICOM Observer status. In 2004, the country became a fully integrated member of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, since known as CAFTA-DR.

In September 2013, a Constitutional Tribunal ruling changed the DR’s citizenship policy. The ruling revoked automatic citizenship granted to children born to immigrants, as far back as 1929, throwing into a quagmire almost a quarter-million Dominicans, 83 percent of Haitian descent. Then in May 2014, the DR passed a law regulating the naturalization of people born in the country to undocumented immigrants.

By the deadline, 96 percent of applicants lacked the necessary documentation for legal resident status. Reports have surfaced that the foreign minister has extended the deadline for another 45 days. Continue reading

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Pope Francis - Care for Our Common Home
Photo Credit: Catholic Church of Montreal

On Care for Our Common Home

[W]e need only take a frank look at the facts to see that our common home is falling into serious disrepair… The natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone… Unless citizens control political power – national, regional and municipal – it will not be possible to control damage to the environment.
~ Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis dated 24 May 2015, published 18 June 2015 (excerpts from pages 44, 70 & 132).

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