This Small Island Territory Just Created The World’s Largest Protected Marine Park

ci_86177870_Small-638x478New Caledonia has created a 320 million-acre marine park in the South Pacific, a protected area that’s about three times the size of Germany and, according to Conservation International, is now the largest protected area “on land or sea.”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/05/3434159/worlds-largest-protected-area/

ThinkProgress online

‘Lost’ Mendelssohn song re-discovered

_74603253_mendelssohn_manuscriptMendelssohn wrote the privately commissioned piece, a song titled The Heart of Man is Like a Mine, in 1842. It was never published but the original manuscript has now emerged in a private collection in the US.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27253932

BBC online

Suncoast Credit Union teamed up with Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees

cropped-Applause150Suncoast Credit Union and the Arbor Day Foundation recently planted 15,300 longleaf pine trees in the Goethe State Forest in an effort to fight global warming and transition to a clean-energy future. For every member who enrolls in e-statements, a paperless and more secure way to review account information, Suncoast Credit Union donates one dollar to the Arbor Day Foundation.

http://applause.blogs.ocala.com/15459/suncoast-credit-union-teamed-up-with-arbor-day-foundation-to-plant-trees/

Ocala Star Banner, Ocala, Florida USA

Baby Ocelot brings hope to struggling population in Texas refuge

baby-ocelot2-200x130The baby ocelot recently photographed by remote trail cameras on the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas is cause for celebration. The kitten is estimated to be 3-5 months old, and brings hope to a tiny population—and when we say tiny, we mean it! This baby brings the total number of these great cats on the south Texas refuge to 12.

[with images]

http://www.defendersblog.org/2014/04/theres-new-kitten-town-baby-ocelot-brings-hope-struggling-population-texas-refuge/

Defenders of Wildlife Blog

Opposing Team’s Beautiful Act Of Sportsmanship For Injured Player

BmL7AT9CcAAdD0nThe much-needed dose of humanity comes courtesy of Chelsea Oglevie and Leah Pemberton, two softball players at Florida Southern College, who carried a player from the opposing team around the bases after she hit a home run, then blew out her knee and became stranded on first base, crying and unable to walk. The hitter, Kara Oberer of Eckerd College, would possibly have been ruled “out” had she received physical help from her team after she rounded the first base.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/28/softball-players-carry-opponent_n_5228442.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News

The Huffington Post | by Ryan Grenoble

This Child Prodigy’s Incredible Artwork Will Make You Want To Doodle In Your Boring Meeting

Dušan Krtolica, an 11-year-old child prodigy from Serbia, has been making art since he was 2 years old, according to OddityCentral. By the time he was 8 he had already had two national solo exhibitions, and he has since had two more to display his stunning and intricate drawings.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/child-prodigy-dusan-krtolica_n_5227778.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news

The Huffington Post by Melissa McGlensey

Newly translated lectures at the Rudolf Steiner Archive

Cover image for GA 52

Cover for GA 52

There are more newly translated lectures at the Rudolf Steiner Archive:

They are a translation of GA/Bn 52 (by an anonymous translator): eighteen lectures by Rudolf Steiner, given at Berlin from September 1903 until December 1904. The original title for this GA/Bn, in German, is: Spirituelle Seelenlehre und Weltbetrachtung. From the Preface to these lectures:

“The talks of this volume belong to that part of Rudolf Steiner’s lecturing work with which he turned to the general public. ‘Berlin had been the starting point for this public lecturing activity. What was treated in other cities in single talks could be expressed here in a coherent course of lectures whose topics merge into each other. They thereby received the character of a well-founded methodical introduction to spiritual science and could count on a regularly returning audience to which it was crucial to penetrate deeper and deeper into the fields of knowledge being revealed to it anew, while the bases of the understanding of the offered material were given to the newcomers.’ (Marie Steiner)

“Since Rudolf Steiner could correct the transcripts only in few cases because of lack of time, his reservation has to be taken into consideration with all publications of talks: ‘It has just to be accepted that mistakes may be found in the transcripts not checked by me.’

“The first of five lecture courses of this volume deals with the eternal core of the human being, the soul, the concept of God, and Christianity in the theosophical view and in the scientific discussion. In the second course, Rudolf Steiner – like in his Philosophy of Freedom – indicates the hopelessness and consequences of Kant’s philosophy and shows the way to a knowledge of the spirit. There follows the representation of the relation of the soul to the body, to destiny and to the spirit. The historical soul doctrines are compared with the contemporary ones. The explanations about the soul in the hypnotic state already point to the fourth course of lectures which deal with the search for the super-sensible experience in spiritism, hypnotism, and somnambulism. In doing so, Rudolf Steiner shows the justified meeting points and the necessary differences between these movements and theosophy. Four talks on challenges of theosophy by questions of the human beings and by the criticism of science finish the volume.”

Most of these lectures have never been translated into English, and are presented here for the very first time! Here is the URL:

http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA052/English/UNK2013/SpiSol_index.html

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