Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day 1 CBC -1 Day. 24 Hours. 34 Million Lives.

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

I just saw this on TV yesterday, so grab your cameras and start videoing!!!

And there's a Contest too!!

"Share your day with us on April 30th for a chance to win a trip to Toronto to attend the World Premiere of 1 Day in early August and an Apple iPad 2® from CBC-TV!

Submit a video clip to our website at for a chance to win."

1 Day CBC

1 Day. 24 Hours. 34 Million Lives.

On any ordinary day in Canada, extraordinary things happen.

Canadians have remarkable stories to tell. And for the past 75 years, the CBC has enabled us to share those stories with each other.

This year, we celebrate this rich heritage with 1 Day, a special CBC/Radio Canada documentary and online project that invites all Canadians to help create a unique 24 hour portrait of Canada, from midnight to 11:59, coast to coast.

The two hour documentary, to be filmed on April 30th, 2011, is a joint project – between us and you.

For 24 hours, our crews will span the country. We'll follow some of Canada’s most fascinating figures as their day unfolds – from emergency physicians to cops, cultural icons to sports stars.

But 1 Day will also draw on videos and photos sent in by Canadians who seize this unique opportunity to provide a glimpse into their lives, their families, their communities.

An Angel for Tuscaloosa Alabama

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

While yesterday we were enjoying the beautiful celebration of William and Kate, terrible things happened in Tuscaloosa, I am sending prayers for the people who lost their lives and for the ten-fold of people who loved those people and are scared, and hurt and trying to pick up the pieces and carry on. 

Seeing the videos and destruction and thinking about the frightened children and their parents and the impact it will have on their lives just makes me feel like crying.

Nature is violent as she is calm. What can we learn, what have we learned.  It's obvious the storms getting worse from the global warming, but is it also a combo of things, like people in growing numbers building their homes in this area known for tornados.

Like Wizard of OZ and Dorothy, people used to climb down into the root cellar, is their something we can learn from that.

In Mexico, my friend Gloria, so told me that  after HURRICANE Pauline, that it was the round buildings that survived. 

Can we change our structures, what can we do to cope with these disasters, and lessen their impact.

Today I Want to send an Angel to Alabama, to all those souls who have passed and all the frightened souls who remain. We love you! We are praying for you!!

Prayers for the People of Tuscaloosa, Alabama,8599,2068630,00.html,0,1495900.story

Friday, April 29, 2011

Vote Social

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Like the Vote Social website says:
This election, real change is possible if we all show up.
Voting makes a difference. Voting with all your friends will really make a difference. Plus it's more fun.

Let's protect Canadian values of cooperation and democracy by not just voting, but voting social. 

Here's how:

Grab Your Friends & Vote!!!

The Royal Wedding-Apr 29/2011

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Well, I stayed up and it was definitely worth it. It really was beautiful, the crowds, Wow! so many people.

I tuned in just as William arrived and then everyone came along, and it really went quite fast, the longest part was waiting for the kiss.

After the ceremony it was 25 minutes, I nodded off for a bit but woke up in time to see all the people gathered in Trafalgar Square. What an AMAZING sight and the Royal Kiss! What a fairytale, it really was so lovely.

I am glad I watched history unfold today. They really make a nice couple and I wish them all the best. I'm so happy for everyone else, the Queen and all the little flowergirls and everyone that it all went so well for them and I hope they all had a fantastic time.

The one little flowergirl with the bright red cheeks, ohhhh, she was just so cute!

Yes, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I feel truly blessed to see so many people together in one spot and around the world to share in such fabulous energy.

Now if only we could take that same energy and apply it to climate change. Maybe Kate and William can help with that ;)

Are You Watching Royal Wedding! It's Awesome!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Just loving this, watching it on my computer, on the
It's awesome!! William just arrived.

Google -Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding

Click Here for a Live Stream starts at 10am on The Royal Channel

Everybody in the House of Love

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

This is Really Funny, I hadn't seen it til now

Watch the wedding entrance dance to top all wedding entrance dances. T-Mobile's Royal Wedding Dance celebrates the marriage of William and Kate with the help of a host of royal look alikes and music from East 17!

T-Mobile wishes William and Kate a long and happy marriage. Join our Facebook group

Thursday, April 28, 2011

William- Prince of Wales

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

So here we go Are you ready to get up at 3am to watch William get married.

Many of us have watched him grow up. We read the stories of how Diana took William and Harry them to McDonalds and let them pay so they could have "normal life experiences."

Diana loved her boys dearly and well we know she's watching now, smiling, as she sees her son marry a lovely woman.

From the sounds of it, Kate and William are as down to earth as possible considering the Royal lifestyle that William has grown up in and to which Kate will now have to deal with. 

I like Kate, I think it's cool she graduated with honors in Art History and there were rumors said she wanted to pursue photography.  I sure hope she will be happy with William.

She's older than Diana, so that will hopefully make her more settled and the fact that this should marriage is just between her and William and there's no third party lurking in the background, hopefully it will be a happy marriage.

All relationships are tough and I can't imagine one with all the rules these guys have to contend with. But William seems like a level headed down to earth guy and considering Diana was his mom, I think he's pretty cool. 

Hopefully he doesn't take after his dad too much, and now with the rulebook put on the back burner and things loosened up, there won't be any weirdness that surrounded Charles and Diana's wedding.

William and Kate's Wedding really is the Cinderella Story, but more of a Cinderella 2, where Kate is educated and knows what she wants and can hold her own.

I hope they have a really happy life.  I'm looking forward to the wedding. It's going to be exciting.

Especially because of Social Media, so we will see a ton of Youtube Videos, we are really going to see some great photos and videos. Yayy! Bring it on! See you later this morning.

From Wikipedia:

Prince William of Wales KG FRS (born William Arthur Philip Louis on 21 June 1982) is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and third eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

He was educated at four schools in the United Kingdom and obtained a degree from the University of St Andrews. He spent parts of a gap year in Chile, Belize, and countries in Africa.  

In Autumn 2010, he completed his generic and special-to-type helicopter training and he is now at RAF Valley on No. 22 Squadron performing co-pilot duties on the Sea King search and rescue helicopter. 

On 16 November 2010 it was announced by Clarence House that Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton were going to marry, and it was subsequently confirmed that the wedding ceremony would take place at 11 am on 29 April 2011 in Westminster Abbey, London.

Read More on Wikipedia

Kate Middleton- Princess

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Are you excited. I am

I haven't paid much attention to this, except today and just little things I've seen on the news lately. Of course the cool part will be her dress, and what her title will be and just watch this Cinderella wedding.

Having graduated 2 years before Kate was even born, little girls my age all dreamed of one day a prince would rescue us. Of course in those days it was absolutely impossible, but here it is happening, Amazing! 

We try not to raise our little girls with those ideals now, and truthfully with all the crap they half to take from the Paparazzi and with what happened to Diana, who would want a life like that.

Still it's wonderful to watch them celebrate this special moment, how ever decadent it is. It's history in the making and we may never see a ceremony like this again or not for a very long time as it was 30 years ago since the last one...Yikes, where has the time gone.

They did make a super generous donation to Canada today, it's sort of odd, we gave them a gift and they gave it back, or so I understand, so that's very cool.  Well on with the Pomp & Ceremony!!

Photo by Nick Warner from Windsor, England

From Wikipedia:
Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton (born 9 January 1982) is the fiancée of Prince William of Wales. Their wedding is to take place on 29 April 2011.

Middleton grew up in Chapel Row at Bucklebury, Berkshire, England,[1] and studied in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where she met Prince William in 2001. They started a romantic relationship that continued until a break-up lasting for several months in 2007. However, they continued to be friends and rekindled their relationship later that year.

Since then, Middleton has attended many high-profile royal events. She has been admired for her fashion sense and has been placed on numerous "best dressed" lists. Once their relationship became public, Middleton received widespread media attention and there was much speculation that they would eventually marry. On 16 November 2010 the office of the Prince of Wales at Clarence House announced their engagement, with details announced one week later. Read more on Wikipedia

Title Upon Marriage
Unlike the majority of royal brides, and in contrast to most previous consorts-in-waiting for over 350 years, Middleton does not come from a royal or aristocratic background and therefore has no title of her own.[57][58]

Middleton's title upon marriage will depend upon the additional title, if any, which is bestowed upon William.

It is customary for royal men to receive a dukedom when they marry. It has been suggested that possible dukedoms for William after his marriage are Clarence, Cambridge, Sussex, Connaught, Kendal, Avondale, and Strathearn.[59] By convention, the wife of a son or grandson of the Sovereign is entitled to the style title or attribute of "Royal Highness".[60]

Therefore as the wife of a royal duke and prince, Middleton would assume the title of duchess and be known as "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of X".[61]

However, it has been suggested that William may prefer not to accept a dukedom.[61] If William does not receive a further title, then Middleton would, by convention, take her husband's first name (as with Princess Michael of Kent) and be known as "Her Royal Highness Princess William of Wales.[61]

The BBC's Nicholas Witchell has also raised the possibility that the Queen could follow the precedent which she set in February 1957, when she accorded her husband Prince Philip "the style and title of a Prince of the United Kingdom" in his own right.

This suggests that the Queen could, if she chose to do so, make Middleton a "Princess of the United Kingdom", in which case she would be known as "Her Royal Highness Princess Catherine".[61] Read more on Wikipedia

EMPOWERING GIRLS- 7 Wonderlicious

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Wow, just came across this on Twitter, awesome site, and great app. Wish I had an Ipad. Everyone should definitely check this site out. It's EMPOWERING  for EVERYONE!!

Quoting from the 7Wonderlicious website:

"We believe every child is placed on this earth to accomplish something remarkable, something that only he or she can do.

Our tribe was created with one single purpose , to help reduce all threats to girlhood that crush our girls ' true nature and potential.

We focus on overturning the gender stereotypes that make girls obsess with body image, keep girls from taking leadership roles, that limit girls' interests in sciences and math and cause them to feel self-aware when playing sports.

The Adventures of the 7Wonderlicious Girls!
The Adventures of the 7Wonderlicious Girls are a great source of inspiration for children aged 3 to 7. Our girls are fantastic role models. They are confident little girls that love to solve problems, be active and try new things out."

Our Dream
Check their blog-

Rick Mercer-Is Harper a Hologram

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

You have to read this article in MCLEANS.CA. It's really good, he doesn't mention Elizabeth May at all but I love what he does say.  

He makes the point that the media pays $50,000 to sit on the candidates plane and fly on the campaign trail with him. Yikes! Wow! Life is so distorted. 

He talks about how they used campaign by train. He concludes that eventually candidates will just stream video and use Social Media. 

That makes a lot of sense. Think of all the money that would be saved. Think of the opportunities of actually having your questions answered. It's coming, slowly. 

Be sure the rest of his article, because of course it's hilarious and right on.

Is Harper a Hologram?

Quoting the MACLEANS article "Is Stephen Harper a Hologram?"
"Very soon a national leader is going to make a quantum leap and launch a national campaign by staying home. He or she will enter a bunker in Ottawa and from there they will Skype streaming video into 10 curling rinks in 10 provinces in one night. They will hold a dozen town halls in a single afternoon. They will take or refuse questions from all over Canada from all sorts of people. By staying home they will reach more Canadians."

35% rise- High Turnout in Early Voting

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Well the World is watching Canada. I think we will be a wonderful example of what we CAN DO if we stick together. If we really let Democracy work for us, we can turn things around and set the example for other Nations.

Egypt was a fabulous example of what Social Media can do, and with Elizabeth May shut out of the debates, it's up to each and everyone of us to make sure that people see her platform so that everyone has the opportunity to make the most informed choice possible. 

High Turnout in Early Voting
More than two million Canadians have cast early votes ahead of the 2 May general election, marking a 35% rise compared with the 2008 election, officials have said.
Elections Canada said the number indicated a strong turnout but warned the count was only preliminary, with not all polling stations reporting.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Another Reason To Vote- The Honest Mountie

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Here's another Great Video from the Honest Mountie

The Honest Mountie - Another Reason To Vote

A commentary on how the funding of Canadian Political Parties through public funds.

Twitter: @thehonestmountie
Facebook: The Honest Mountie

Social Pressure at School- "Litterless Lunch"

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Not sure if I like this or not, love the green, but kids teasing each other about green issues..hmm

Quoting from the David Suzuki Foundations Blog- Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

"Now there's a new kind of Social Pressure at School- "Litterless Lunch"

 "There's a new kind of social pressure among six-year-olds, says one Mom I know. Two girls were teasing her son, but not because he didn't have the coolest gym shoes. Because he didn't have a truly litterless lunch! (Queens of Green in training? I can't be certain.) Dad ran out to buy reusable containers that night — no more plastic baggies. Now their son can eat his lunch with pride. 
 Read More Here"

Do your kids school you about going green?

 I found this part below very interesting especially as my daughter and I spend alot of time outdoors but not near as much as I did as a kid that's for sure. This is why the time we spent in Mexico was invaluable.  

It's nice to see the the Girl Guides are doing some great things.

Quoting Lindsay:
"Fact: we're raising a generation of indoor kids. In her survey, Dr. Rhonda Clements (PDF file, page 4) found that American children spend less time playing outdoors than their mothers did when they were young—even in rural areas.  

They go outside less often and for shorter periods of time. 

Fortunately, there are exceptions. Last summer I spoke to 2,300 Girl Guides. And Girl Guides across Canada participate in:
  • Park and community clean-ups
  • Recycling milk bags into bed mats for the homeless
  • Planting trees to green urban spaces and help alleviate soil erosion
  • Water quality testing in the backcountry of Banff National Park
  • Growing thousands of kilograms of organic vegetables donated to local Food Banks"

Food Bank Refuses Donations from Pot Rally

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

The Food Bank Refused Donations from a rally called global march for cannabis liberation on May 7. CHBC wants to know what you think of that?

 Read about it here!

Foodbank Refuses Donations

Harper is a Genius-Rick Mercer

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011

This is actually from Rick's Rant for December 2, 2008

Senate Defeats Bill with no Debate -Rick Mercer

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011

Rick's Rant for November 23, 2010

Green- Not a Throw Away Vote

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

I've been following along on Twitter on the #momthevote and I had read this article before, but I wanted to re-visit it again. Maureen makes some really good points and I hope you will take a minute and read what she has to say.
Not a Throw Away Vote

Voting Green Is Not A Waste
Why My Vote Isn't Being Thrown Away
by Maureen Turner

Quoting Maureen -
"When you vote for a party, you are telling them that you believe in what they are saying. If you just voted for them to oust the other party, they don’t know that you are still not satisfied. They assume that a vote for them is a vote FOR their policies.

When you vote for The Green Party, they get $1.75 for every vote and that will help to support them and make them stronger for the next election. 

When you vote Green, you are telling the big parties “I’m not happy with you”.  

When you vote Green, you let people know that green policies are important."

Read More 

US Green Chamber of Commerce

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Wow, we need a Green Chamber of Commerce in Canada. Check this out!! Be Sure to Check their Blog! Read the article Time Online did - A Green Chamber of Commerce Offers a New Voice for Business.
Time Magazine Article on Green Chamber of Commerce
Quoting from their website

The U.S. Green Chamber empowers businesses to grow through achieving the triple bottom line-economic, environmental, and social sustainability. 

We help both established and emerging companies improve operational efficiency, implement environmentally-sustainable practices, and tap into unexplored markets and opportunities.
Read More Here 
Green Chamber of Commerce

Expanding San Diego's Green Revolution Across the US
In response to the region’s tremendous growth and accompanying degradation of the environment, San Diegans called upon the spirit of innovation that has made them a leader in such fields as biotechnology and communications, to establish themselves at the forefront of the U.S. Green revolution. San Diego has already installed more solar rooftops than anywhere else in California, and local companies are installing electric charging stations to power the next generation of vehicles, restaurants are turning to local farmers for a greener food supply and universities are educating thousands of students to fill a new generation of green jobs.

Climate Laws Gain Currency in 16 Major World Economies
Quoting from the U.S. Green Chamber Blog 
A new study released by GLOBE international — a coalition of legislators from around the world — found that “climate change is featuring prominently on the legislative agenda across the 16 major economies.” The study, conducted by the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at the London School of Economics, documents the kinds of actions that countries are taking…read more

2011 Rethink Scholarship- Langara

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Wow, this is so COOL I'm definitely going to enter. Love it

Langara Scholarship

2011 Rethink Scholarship at Langara Call for Entries from Rethink Canada on Vimeo.

For the third year in a row, Langara College and Rethink are offering an $18,000 scholarship to aspiring art directors and designers. 

The lucky winner will receive full tuition for Langara College’s two-year Communication and Ideation (CID) program and an internship at Rethink.

Creatives are invited to submit a black hardcover sketchbook showcasing their creativity. 

The winner will be selected by members of Rethink and Langara College and will be judged according to the following criteria: clarity, relevance, fresh thinking, and the quality of ideas, craft, and execution.  

All books must be submitted by July 1, 2011.

For contest details please visit

Advertised brand: Langara College
Advert title(s): Rethink Scholarship

Advertising Agency: Rethink, Canada
Agency website:
Creative Director: Ian Grais, Chris Staples
Art Director: Rory O'Sullivan
Copywriter: Jordan Cohen
Illustrator: Rory O'Sullivan
Director of Photography: Chris Nielsen
Music: Chris Serravalle
Producer: Laura Rioux, Annelies McConnachie-Howarth
Account Manager: Chelsea Stoelting, Louise Ritchie
Published: April 2011

Come On Canada- Let's be Democratic

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

You know you watch the news sometimes and look at countries where really bad things happens and there are dictators and you wonder "Oh my God!" How did that happen? How did that get so bad. "

Well I feel we are on the cusp of something really bad here. If people really don't stand up and vote this time and make a difference, we are going to be one of those countries that people look at and shake their heads and say "Wow! what happened to Canada!"

I don't want that to happen here! I love Canada. Granted things aren't always perfect, I myself have fallen thru lots of cracks and loopholes in the system but at other times the labour standards act saved me, once when I was a youth and then again later in life when employers tried to take advantage of me.

The health system saved me so I could have a c-section otherwise neither my kid nor I would be here, and there are lots of other great things that I love about Canada and the systems in place.

The systems have for the most part helped me in many ways but there is huge improvement needed in many areas, and where things have gone terribly wrong is when we get a leader in power that creates havoc.

Gordon Campbell did that and has created terrible child poverty, not to mention so many other issues.

Stephen Harper is not good for Canada. He is making Canada sick. He is not for the environment, he is turning the clock back on so many things that were moving forward.

Let's not go back in time folks.

Let's move forward, think open-minded, "treat others as we want to be treated", be transparent, put Climate Change issues at the forefront, all these things that we know are right. 

Please go out and Vote on May 2nd and Keep In Mind the Canada you Want! 

Vote for the Canada we love, because Canada is in danger. Help Save the Canada We LOVE!! 

Quoting from Avaaz- World in Action- Canada -Take Back Democracy

"Canadians, and all the opposition parties, are basically in the same camp on the major issues in this election -- 74% of us want to keep our gun laws, 82% want a UN treaty on climate change, 56% oppose dropping corporate taxes, 69% want one-tier public healthcare, and on and on. Even conservative voters oppose Harper's flagship policies!

It's time to fix our democracy. Above is a new online tool that tells you if you live in a riding where a challenger can defeat Harper's candidate. This tool identifies the leading opposition challenger in each close race -- if enough us come together across party lines to vote for them, Harper loses, and the majority wins. Simple! " See more here

Project Democracy

Quoting from Project Democracy 

"About the Riding Predictions

The riding predictions you see on Project Democracy are based on a model that uses the 2008 election results (with some exceptions noted in specific ridings) and current polling to help voters understand what the public polls probably mean in their constituency" Read More Here 

For the Record- I'm Voting Green, because I believe the Environment is first and foremost because if we don't do something about that, there is NO point to Anything Else. We have to ACT NOW on the environment, there is no more time to wait! It is URGENT! We have to ACT COLLECTIVELY! Now is the time to make a change in the modern world.

Adriane Carr can do that for Vancouver. Elizabeth May can do that! Let them get to Ottawa and fight for us. Vote GREEN Vancouver, let's flip this thing on it's ass and SHOW THEM WE MEAN BUSINESS!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kits Grants & Clothing Swap

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011

Hey this is Super Cool, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is Giving away small grants to do really cool things Plus this weekend on May 1 is a Clothing Swap- Don't Miss It!
Visit for more info 

I love the Beekeeping idea!!

@Kitshouse Vanouver, BC
Our Vision: Vancouver's Westside is a safe, healthy and vibrant community where everyone thrives. Tweets by Emily

Kits Grants

What can I apply for?
Anything (within reason)! Here are some things you can do…
* Start a bee keeping project
* Have a block party
* Plant an intercultural garden
* Host a neighbourhood music session
* Host a community dinner
* Create a green wall
* Have a street hockey tournament
* Build a bench for your street
* Create a mosaic
* Plan a community picnic
* Plan a beach cleanup
* Host a talent show

Clothing Swap
Clothing Swap

 Date: Sunday, May 1st  2011
Location: 7th & Vine (Kits Lower Hall & Yard)
Clothing Swap: 12:00-2:00PM
YARD SALE: 12:00-3:00PM
Items for sale: toys, books, house ware, furniture, kitchen supplies
Proceeds will be going directly to Family Camp Weekend!
Performance by Two Feet and a Heartbeat- noon-1pm
Contact the front desk for more information at 604-736-3588
Read Here for More Info

The Agenda with Steve Paikin-- Interview w/ Elizabeth May

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Check out this Interview with Elizabeth May of the Green Party on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

A Battle Brews Over Ecuador's New Drilling Plans

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Thanks Goodness the sun is coming out, because it's been dreary and grey here, and when I read about  "A Battle Brews Over Ecuador's New Drilling Plans" on Eye On The Amazon, I just feel tired, and sad...soo sooo sad. I am trying, trying to spread the word and get people talking and make people aware, but is it helping, Can we really do something. Are you trying? Do we just read it and go that's to bad, what can I do? 

I can blog about it, but at the moment, that's about the only power I have. What kind of power do you have? These issues pertain to all of us. They will affect our lives and our children's lives. I honestly hope and pray you are doing everything you can about this.

Amazon Watch

A Battle Brews Over Ecuador's New Drilling Plans

Dozens of indigenous leaders and community representatives gathered in Rucullacta, Ecuador last week in the open-air coliseum of that Amazonian Kichwa community as part of a new grassroots effort called Campana Kaprik aimed at stopping what could be the largest wholesale auction of rainforest and indigenous lands in recent Ecuador history. 

Read more about the efforts here

Former Conservative Activist & NDP MLA Fraser Smith- Backs Elizabeth May

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Prominent former Conservative activist and NDP MLA join forces to back Elizabeth May

A prominent former Conservative and Reform party activist, Fraser Smith, and a former NDP MLA, Don Scott, joined forces today with Elizabeth May for a media conference and “wave” to passing motorists in Sidney. The event took place beside a number of large highway election signs from all candidates in Saanich Gulf Islands, which also now includes a giant sign, commissioned by Smith, stating “CANADA NEEDS ELIZABETH MAY – BUT ONLY YOU CAN ELECT HER”.

Read More Here!

“If we all vote as we have in the past, nothing will change for Canada. We will continue to be governed by large parties that like things the way they are,” said Smith. “It is true that Elizabeth May is a tree hugger. But she is also a very good conservative when it comes to the economy, and she is a rabid liberal when it comes to ensuring that we find the ways to help those who cannot help themselves.”  Fraser Smith

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Honest Mountie - The Green Party

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

With the Green Party being shut out of the debates, please take a moment and get informed.

Let the Democratic System Work the way it's meant to.

Below are all the blogposts that I have done recently.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

How Stunningly Beautiful

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

How Stunningly Beautiful this is. This is being One with Nature. Absolutely Gorgeous.These peoples future is being threatened by a hydro electric dam. Share this, tell people, let`s STOP this!!

For 6 years, Hans Sylvester photographed the people of the Omo River in Ethiopia. Their bodies are their canvases...
Quoting from this website
"A way of life threatened

The tribal people of the Omo Valley keep cattle, sheep and goats but their unique pastoral way of life is sadly threatened by the modern world and the march of development.

A hydroelectric dam, known as Gibe III, is planned to be constructed across the Omo River Valley and according to Survival International this will cause the threatened end to the way of life of some 200,000 Ethiopian tribal people." 

Quoting Amazon:
In this ambitious work, Hans Silvester turns his photographic eye toward ancient Africa, the birthplace of humanity. Silvester was essentially adopted by his subjects during his travels, and his stunning color photographs present a rare, intimate view of their world.

The first volume of this deluxe two-volume set presents the everyday lives of the Omo people, their rituals, parades, children’s games, and even their battles. In the second volume, each photograph becomes a masterpiece of abstract art, revealing close-ups of the tribes’ traditional body paintings. Silvester’s accompanying text traces his journey to the Horn of Africa, revealing the fascinating beauty of a world now in danger of extinction.

About the Author

Hans Silvester was born in Germany in 1938 and took his first photographs at the age of twelve. He became a master photographer and world traveler. His many books include Cats in the Sun and Lavender: Fragrance of Provence (Abrams).

Quoting Amazon :

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In this stunning collection of photographs, Silvester (Ethiopia: Peoples of the Omo Valley) celebrates the unique art of the Surma and Mursi tribes of the Omo Valley, on the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan. These nomadic people have no architecture or crafts with which to express their innate artistic sense. Instead, they use their bodies as canvases, painting their skin with pigments made from powdered volcanic rock and adorning themselves with materials obtained from the world around them—such as flowers, leaves, grasses, shells and animal horns. The adolescents of the tribes are especially adept at this art, and Silvester's superb photographs show many youths who, imbued with an exquisite sense of color and form, have painted their beautiful bodies with colorful dots, stripes and circles, and encased themselves in elaborate arrangements of vegetation and found objects. This art is endlessly inventive, magical and, above all, fun. In his brief text, Sylvester worries that as civilization encroaches on this largely unexplored region, these people will lose their delightful tradition. 160 color photographs. (Apr.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Description

The scene of tribal conflicts and guerrilla incursions, Ethiopia’s Omo Valley is also home to fascinating rites and traditions that have survived for thousands of years. The nomadic people who inhabit the valley share a gift for body painting and elaborate adornments borrowed from nature, and Hans Silvester has captured the results in a series of photographs made over the course of numerous trips. 160 color photographs