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Monday, December 24, 2012

Landfill Harmonic - Children creating music

 Humans adapt in some highly creative ways....

The Recycled Orchestra: Slum Children Create Music out of Garbage

A video of slum children creating music with instruments made of trash has been reposted
 nearly 345,000 times on Facebook in the past week. Some viewers said
they wept when they heard the rich, deep notes from a cello made of
rusty oil can.

These young musicians hail from a village in Paraguay called Cateura,
 a town perched on top of a mountain of garbage. Every day 1,500 tons of
 solid waste is dumped in a landfill in Cateura, where 2,500 families
live. These families, with the help of their children, survive by
recycling whatever they can find in the landfill, according to UNICEF.

One day Favio Chávez, an ecological technician, had a wild idea of
giving these children something that would have been beyond their reach:
 playing music in an orchestra. Although he was trained as a musician
and had experience in forming ensembles, he knew few if any families
could afford musical instruments in Cateura, where a violin, Chávez says
 in the video, is worth more than a house.

To his delight he discovered
the solution was literally within his grasp: The dump site was
overflowed with material capable of making music.

“One day it occurred to me to teach music to the children of the recyclers and use my personal instruments,” Chávez, 36, told
 Fox News Latino.

“But it got to the point that there were too many
students and not enough supply. So that’s when I decided to experiment
and try to actually create a few.”

(MORE: OK Go to Release Music Video Featuring 1,000 Handmade Instruments)

That was when Chávez had an epiphany:  “The world sends us garbage,
we send back music,” as a quote from Chávez reads in the video’s

Thus The Recycled Orchestra was formed. Its fame has taken the
30-member ensemble traveling around the world, performing in Argentina,
Brazil and Germany.

Being able to play an instrument has profoundly changed some members’
 lives. “My life would be… worthless without music,” one girl said in
the video.

The orchestra has attracted the attention of Graham Townsley, an
Emmy-nominated filmmaker. Townsley and his crew have been making a
documentary called Landfill Harmonic based on the orchestra. They released a trailer in November, with the hope of finishing the documentary by 2013.

“I made this orchestra to educate the world and raise awareness,” Chávez told
 Fox News Latino. ”But it’s also a social message to let people know
that even though these students are in extreme poverty, they can also
contribute to society. They deserve an opportunity.”

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Value Your Health

"Health is the greatest possession.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend.
Non-being is the greatest joy."

                                                                          - Lao Tzu

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Happy Dancing Fool


Nature Quotes

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace
will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will
blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
- John Muir

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
- Henry David Thoreau

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses
put in order.
- John Burroughs

Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she
achieves her work.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

April has put a spirit of youth in everything!
- William Shakespeare

If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or
burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in
silence, what wonder and expectation there would be
in all the hearts to behold the miraculous change.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In summer, the song sings itself.
- William Carlos Williams


I will be the gladdest thing under the sun. I will touch a hundred
flowers and not pick one.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

My profession is to always find God in nature.
- Henry David Thoreau 

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and
the stars; you have a right to be here.
- Desiderata

Keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily,
visiting the natural world.
- Catlin Matthews


To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green
hills is the most perfect refreshment.
- Jane Austin


All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness
- Horace Friess

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad
with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
- Iris Murdoch


Love comes fortth like sunshine after rain.
- Shakespeare

Summer afternoon . . . summer afternoon - the two most beautiful
words in the English language.
- Henry James

Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow.
- Marya Mannes

The morning of life is like the dawn of a day, full of purity, visions,
and harmony.
- Chateubriand 

I myself am quite absorbed by the delicate yellow, delicate soft
green, delicate violet of a ploughed and weeded piece of soil.
- Vincent van Gogh

Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment
- Chinese Proverb


Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under
trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means
a waste of time.
- J. Lubbuck

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

In my garden, after a rainfall, you can faintly, yes, hear the
breaking of new blooms.
- Truman Capote

The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase
these things with money.
- Plautis

I am in love with the green earth.
- Charles Lamb

I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field
and don't notice.
- Alice Walker
From "The Color Purple"

Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and
that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple
beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace
in all troubles.
- Anne Frank

Some of nature's most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature
scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass
to a snowflake.
- Rachel Carson

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains
of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and
spring after the winter.
- Rachel Carson
The Sense of Wonder

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must
carry it with us or we find it not.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


The world will never starve for wonder, but only for want of
- G.K. Chesterson

The rich fire of the orange sunset gloriously announces the
coming night.
- Susan S. Florence

Flowers are heaven's masterpiece.
- Dorothy Parker

When I bought my farm, I did not know what a bargain I had in the
bluebirds, daffodils and thrushes; as little did I know what
sublime mornings and sunsets I was buying.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sounds of the wind or sounds of the sea
Make me happy just to be.
- June Polis

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the
wide world's joy.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Nature is the art of God.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over the harbor
and city on silent haunches and then moves on.
- Carl Sandburg

Is it so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light
in the sky, to have loved, to have thought, to have done?
- Mathew Arnold

The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

God is the friend of silence. Trees, flowers, grass grow in
silence. See the stars, moon, and sun, how they move
in silence.
- Mother Teresa

The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much.
- Thornton Wilder


Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful.
It is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. Welcome
it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be like the bird, who halting in his flight on limb too slight,
feels it give way beneath him, yet sings knowing he
hath wings.
- Victor Hugo

The silence of nature is very real. It surrounds you . . . you
can feel it.
- Ted Trueblood


Each moment of the year has its own beauty . . . a picture
which was never before and shall never be seen again.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Flowers are like human beings . . . they thrive on a little
- Fred Streeter

After a thundershower, the weather takes a pledge and signs
it with a rainbow.
- Thomas Bailey Aldric

Meandering in a shady stream,
it can make a home for green growing things.
- Peggy Wayburn


If one daffodil is worth a thousand pleasures, then one is
too few.
- William Wordsworth


We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our
understandings and our hearts.
- William Hazlett


The ocean . . . cold and wild the surf, rushing in to overwhelm
the beach, the wind, stinging my cheeks, enveloping me
in total freedom.
- Scott Holman


The meadow: green in spring, gold in summer, brown in fall,
white in winter, everlasting, ever-changing...


How easy and simple it is to live enjoyably when the simple interminable blue of the sky, with its long wisps of white
clouds, become a pleasant thing to behold, a thing of
beauty that thrills you every time you care to look skyward.
- John Schindler