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Severe Ecological Disaster

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More tragedy to explain
To our sons and to our daughters
The Earths largest form of life
Bleached by climate-warmed waters

One third of Australia’s
Great Barrier Reef
Is now an underwater graveyard
Past the point of relief

The Reef’s coral gives up its algae
When the waters stay too warm
And thus
Losing its life-force
It begins to deform

Next seaweed takes it over
Which leads it to its death
So unless we stop polluting
It will breathe its final breath

The first step
Is becoming aware
Step number two
Is agreeing that we care

So if you too enjoy
The endless pleasures
Found within the wonder
Of Earth’s timeless treasures

Say that you’ll join me
Before the waters bleach her
And we’ll fight to save the glory
Of this mighty Reef creature

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“The Answer” by Sara Teasdale

When I go back to earth
And all my joyous body
Puts off the red and white
That once had been so proud,
If men should pass above
With false and feeble pity,
My dust will find a voice
To answer them aloud:

“Be still, I am content,
Take back your poor compassion!—
Joy was a flame in me
Too steady to destroy.
Lithe as a bending reed
Loving the storm that sways her—
I found more joy in sorrow
Than you could find in joy.”

(October 1915)

 

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This real living stegosaurus roams free in a flower pot in my apartment. He says he’s the only one left and that he survived in a hidden underground cave down the street for the past 150 million years. After hearing his favorite song playing through my window last week, he decided to move in. 😀

Zebra finches + electric guitars = raw musical spontaneity

“For his installation in The Curve [Barbican Centre, London], [Celeste] Boursier-Mougenot creates a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape.”

Vacuum cleaner music

“Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s Harmonichaos is a sound installation made of 13 vacuum cleaners fitted with a harmonica in their mouth and a switch that turns them on/off. Each is connected to a sound frequency analyzer (a modified electronic guitar tuner).

The tuners generate acoustic activity in the harmonicas and react by producing unpredictable orchestrations of the modules’ chords, prearranged by the artist/composer.”

http://rhizome.org/editorial/2006/oct/10/vacuum-cleaner-music/

Newhart (TV show) – theme song

This theme song (and the accompanying video) gives me those nostalgic butterflies in my stomach, goosebumps and chills down my spine!  It’s so perfect!  Where have these innocent, gorgeous moments in the mainstream gone?  Henry Mancini was truly able to capture the most wonderful feelings in this song…and the classic shots of the scenery and that brilliant classic car driving through is absolute heaven.  I need a time capsule!  I could live inside the scenes on display here forever!

 

 

“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “

“But other people, at some stage in their childhood or their youth, or maybe even their old age, come across something of a kind they’ve never dreamed of before. It is as alien to them as the dark side of the moon…Nothing prepared them for this. They suddenly realise that they’re filled with a hunger, though they had no idea of that just a minute ago; a hunger for something so sweet and so delicious that it almost breaks their heart…They wanted this, they needed this as a starving person needs food, and they never knew. They had no idea.”

– Philip Pullman

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

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Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005:

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.

But if you don’t give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It’s there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing.

It’s true that some people grow up never encountering…

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