US approves a label for meat free of Genetically Modified products.

23 Jun

A step in the right direction.

An He

18 Jun

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An He (nom de plume is Hans Amis) was born into an artistic family in 1957 in Guangzhou, China.  He was drawn to the arts at a young age, and was under the tutelage of his father, a highly respected artist and professor of art in Guangzhou.  He later studied at the Fine Art College of Guangzhou, one of the top academies in China.  Interestingly, his father’s top student, Guan ZeJu, later became An He’s teacher at the academy.

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Autumn Leaves

While attending the academy, An was invited to join the All China Artist Association, a top national organization only for professional artists.  At the age of 24, he was the youngest member ever to be chosen.  This was his first honor.  Since then, his paintings have been widely exhibited in many cities throughout China.  He also was commissioned to do hundreds of book covers and illustrations for publications.  An He has won several National Art Excellence awards in China.  Three of his works have been purchased by the Chinese government for the permanent collections on display in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Beijing.

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Girl on the Bicycle

An He arrived in the United States in 1985, settling in New York before making San Francisco his permanent home in 1988.  Specializing in figurative painting, he has become one of the most sought after artists in the country for his romantic paintings of women. An He’s tremendous admiration and respect for women comes through in all his work. There is a grace; a peek into the inner beauty of his subject.  His women are usually caught in a moment of contemplation, sometimes in an opulent interior, sometimes in a garden.  Ballet themes and musical instruments find their way into his compositions as well.  His subjects are always breathtaking and timeless. 

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 Innocent Look

His style has been compared to the work of John Singer Sargent, bringing him tremendous attention from other artists, as well as collectors.  He has also specialized in portraiture, and has been commissioned by collectors throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

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Afternoon Tea  

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Spring Awakening

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A Moment in the Garden

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Garden Sanctuary

 

for all you geography buffs (outside of new york)

15 Jun

I’m a reformed bad driver. I guess it’s time to move.

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Pigs Fed GM Diet Experience Significant Health Problems

13 Jun

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According to a new groundbreaking report analyzing the effects of GM feed on animals, scientists have found that pigs fed a diet of GM corn and soy experienced numerous adverse health effects, including sever stomach inflammation and an enlarged uterus. The results “are both biologically significant and statistically significant.”

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/groundbreaking-pigs-fed-gm-diet-experience-significant-health-problems/#ixzz2W7459vKJ
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A Wonderful Bouquet of Awards

9 Jun

 

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Once again, my dear friend Ajaytao blessed me with three awards of my choosing.  This time I will pass them on to seven individuals whose blogs have inspired and/or educated me day after day, but don’t despair, that essentially fits all of you!  If I don’t get to you this time, I certainly will in the future.  Thank you, Ajaytao, for this generous bestowal.

I will follow the rules for the Sunshine Award, which are as follows:

1. Blog a post linking back to the person/blog who nominated you.

2. Answer a few questions and nominate 10 bloggers (I chose 7 because I don’t want to keep bombarding the same people with awards 🙂 ), linking their blogs to your post.

3. Leave a comment on the blogs you have nominated.

Okay, now onto the questions.

1. Who is your favorite philosopher?  None. I never was interested in reading up on philosophers because they are just people like me who develop a certain view on life and the world around them.  I can understand why others might be interested in hearing their opinions, but it is not for me.  I believe in developing my own philosophy and sticking with that instead.

2. What is your favorite number?  7  I know, that’s not being too original.  😛

3. What is your favorite animal?  Dogs, for sure!  I was raised with them and owned some in my adult life.  They are sweet, affectionate, playful and loyal.  I couldn’t ask for more.

4. What are your Facebook/Twitter URL’s?  http://www.facebook.com/laura.elliott.798 and http://twitter.com/chandanimane.  Free free to connect!

5. What is your favorite time of day?  That depends on if it’s a work day or not.  I think I might be more of a morning person, but I get up very early during the week and get ready for work.  That’s not so much fun.  On those days, the late afternoon to early evening is nice because I get to sit down with my computer and eat dinner.  On my days off when I’m not going anywhere, I think I like mornings the best, before other people get up.  It’s a nice and quiet and relaxing time of day.

6. What was your favorite vacation?  I haven’t gone on too many.  I’m hoping that one that is potentially coming up next year will be my favorite.  I am looking into going to Miami.  I have been to Cancun in the 1980’s with my parents.  That’s one to remember just because I haven’t been outside of the U.S. since then.

7. What is your favorite physical activity?  Walking outside in warm weather.  I do the ellipticals and exercise bike too, but with walking, I get the additional benefit of sunshine.  Apt for this award, isn’t it?  😀

8. What is you favorite non-alcoholic drink?  Water.  I try to stay healthy, and I drink water throughout the day and night.

9. What is your favorite flower? I don’t really know my horticulture, so I will say the rose for its scent.

10. What is your passion? That is a broad question.  Let me just say that I am on the eternal quest for more happiness in life and the endless improvement of my character.  We can never be perfect, but we can always keep trying.  🙂

Now for the bloggers I am going to nominate:

Michelle Marie

Aisling

The Talent Flush

Kavita Joshi

Valeriu D. G. Barbu

Dear Kitty

Please accept whichever one, or all three for that matter, and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monsanto gives up fight for GM plants in Europe

2 Jun

America’s Frogs, Toads and Salamanders Disappearing Rapidly: Amphibian Decline : Nature & Environment : Science World Report

2 Jun

So our amphibians are declining too, not just the bees?

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America’s Frogs, Toads and Salamanders Disappearing Rapidly: Amphibian Decline : Nature & Environment : Science World Report.

When people think of species decline, their minds often wander toward the polar bear or the tiger–charismatic mega fauna that look good on posters. Yet there are other species that are going extinct far more rapidly–amphibians. Researchers have made the first ever estimate of how fast frogs, toads and salamanders in the United States are disappearing from their habitats.

Amphibians play an important role in ecosystems. They act as efficient predators of insects and also provide valuable nutrients to creatures further up the food chain. In addition, some play an important role in nutrient cycling.  They’re a constant presence in watery ecosystems, so the new findings are especially worrisome. It turns out that even the species of amphibians presumed to be relatively stable and widespread are declining….

 

Kelvin Lei

27 May

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Born in Guangzhou, China, Kelvin Lei’s passion for art and drawing began at a young age. Studying at the renowned Guangzhou Academy of Fine arts, he trained under Yang Zhi Guang, an important figure in Chinese art, as well as Ou Yang, a prestigious oil painter. From their teachings, Kelvin learned the foundation and techniques of portraiture, figure drawing, and oil painting.
After his studies, Kelvin moved to Hong Kong and started his art career in the late 1970s. His early work consisted of mostly portraitures and figure paintings. Inspired by the Western atmosphere in British-ruled Hong Kong, Kelvin’s work was imbued with a classical European style. Later, galleries from Norway, the Netherlands, and England represented Kelvin, and his work was shown in Taiwan, Singapore, and throughout Europe. Critical response was overwhelmingly positive, and many of his paintings were purchased for private collection.

 
At the end of the 1990s, Kelvin moved to the United States. Influenced by the American landscapes and art, his work was accepted by galleries and local art patrons. Currently, his paintings are shown and sold at Classic Art Gallery in Carmel, CA.

Three Hymns

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White Princess

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Yonder

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High Society

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GM Salmon to be Approved in Summer 2013 Despite Public Opposition

27 May

By summer of 2013, US governing bodies, or, the alphabet soup of corruption (USDA, FDA, etc.) are expected to grant permission for scientists to roll out genetically modified salmon and allow for genetic engineering in farm animals for human consumption.

GM Salmon to be Approved in Summer 2013 Despite Public Opposition.

March Against Monsanto in the Americas

27 May

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This video is called US takes to streets to march against Monsanto & GMO future.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Continent demands end to GM foods

Sunday 26 May 2013

Protesters rallied in hundreds of cities across the Americas on Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces.

Organisers said “March Against Monsanto” protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read: “Real Food 4 Real People” and “Label GMOs, It’s Our Right to Know.”

Protesters gathered in Buenos Aires and other cities in Argentina, where Monsanto’s genetically modified soy and grains now command nearly 100 per cent of the market and the company’s Roundup-Ready chemicals are sprayed on fields throughout the year.

They carried signs saying: “Monsanto – Get out of Latin America.”

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