5 meaningful ways to support veterans, soldiers, and their families this…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSVeteransVettix Previous articlePuerto Ricans aren’t giving up on ChristmasNext articleA football game in Vietnam the day after Christmas 1969 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here At the airport, you take a moment to thank a soldier in uniform who is returning home. On Veterans Day, you hold up a sign at your town’s parade to let those who have served know how much you care. Throughout the year, whenever you encounter veterans or someone currently serving in the armed forces, you show your appreciation for their service.Most Americans truly feel grateful to U.S. service personnel and take steps to express that gratitude. But what do you do for the families of veterans and active-duty, guard and reserve personnel? In many ways, these families sacrifice as much as their loved ones in service to the country.It’s just as important to support military and veteran families; they are the reason their loved ones fight and their inspiration for returning home safely. Many military families cope with the emotional and physical injuries their loved ones in the service come home with. A stable, loving family can help a veteran make the difficult transition from active duty to civilian life, or help an active-duty person return home after deployment.These families face significant hardships in support of their loved ones in military service. Forty-three percent of military families have moved three or more times in the past 10 years, according to a survey of military families, conducted by Vet Tix. These frequent moves cause difficulties for children adjusting to new schools, spouses finding jobs, and making new friends.Everyone can make a difference for veterans, members of the military and their families. Here are ideas for meaningful ways to show your support:Help them make memories.Veterans’ and military families often face financial challenges that can make it difficult to afford simple luxuries other Americans take for granted, such as attending a concert, show or sporting event. The ticket price for a game can easily exceed $200 for a family of four. In fact, the Vet Tix survey found cost was the main reason military and veteran families were unable to participate in entertainment opportunities.You can help a military or veteran family make special memories and attend the show or event of their dreams by donating tickets or funds to Vet Tix. The organization provides tickets for sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities to verified members of all branches of currently serving military and veterans. The impact of the donation often goes far beyond a single day of fun.For example, a Vietnam veteran living in Florida used tickets from Vet Tix to help rebuild ties with his wife and children. After he successfully reconnected with his family and community, the man’s doctor wrote a letter to the organization thanking them for helping lower the veteran’s PTSD-related anxiety.“Many veterans face financial challenges while making the transition from military to civilian life,” says Joel DeLand, a U.S. Army veteran from Chicago. “Long-lasting psychological effects from military service can cause veterans to isolate themselves from others when they return home. I’ve personally used Vet-Tix-provided tickets to reconnect with friends by attending local events together.”Visit www.vettix.org to learn more and to make a donation.Help care for their best friendsWhen military service people deploy overseas, some will have to leave behind a beloved pet. Not everyone will have a family member or friend who is able and willing to take in the service person’s pet for an extended period of time.You can help by donating to an organization that fosters pets for active-duty military, such as Dogs on Deployment or Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet. You can also volunteer to foster a pet. These national organizations work to match members of the military who need foster care for their pets with families around the country willing to care for them. If you live near a military base, you can also contact the base’s command to see if they have a local program in place.Help care for the whole familyEvery member of a military or veteran family can benefit from support. You can help discharged veterans and military spouses by volunteering to be a career mentor. Contact the Armed Services YMCA to see if you can volunteer as a teacher’s aide for preschools and after-school programs that serve military families in your area.Reach out to your local veterans or military support organizations and ask about adopting a military family. “Adoption” can be as simple as writing personal emails or letters of support, or offering financial help for specific needs, such as buying school clothes and supplies for children, or gifts during the holidays.For a super-easy way to help, simply log on to Operation Homefront’s Amazon page where you can purchase and donate a backpack for a child in a military family. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Nazar Mansion / MIAN OFFICE architectural design & research

first_imgArchDaily CopyHouses•Isfahan, Iran Projects Photographs:  Farshid Nasrabadi Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Iran Nazar Mansion / MIAN OFFICE architectural design & researchSave this projectSaveNazar Mansion / MIAN OFFICE architectural design & research ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/958479/nazar-mansion-main-office Clipboard Nazar Mansion / MIAN OFFICE architectural design & research CopyAbout this officeMIAN OFFICE architectural design & researchOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesIsfahanOn FacebookIranPublished on March 13, 2021Cite: “Nazar Mansion / MIAN OFFICE architectural design & research” 12 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Architects: MIAN OFFICE architectural design & research Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/958479/nazar-mansion-main-office Clipboard Houses 2019 Area:  1150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Farshid Nasrabadi+ 38Curated by Hana Abdel Share Photographs “COPY” Year:  Manufacturers: Thermory, AGT, Alunice, Arg Brick Architects In Charge:Abouzar Salehi, Mahshid KarimiDesign Associates:Nader Maleki, Nafiseh NaderiGraphic :Morteza Mahdavi, Maryam PirastehMechanical Engineer:Eng. RezaeiElectrical Engineer:Mohammad Reza KolukhiConstruction :Eng. LabbafCity:IsfahanCountry:IranMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Farshid NasrabadiRecommended ProductsDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroText description provided by the architects. Nazar Mansion is a residential apartment, located on Kamal Esmaeil Street, near the Zayandeh-Rud river in Isfahan.One of the most important features of this project site is having the view of the river.A factor that had an effective role in its design. This four-floor building includes a basement (-2.10m), ground floor (+0.80m) and the first and second floors with a total infrastructure area of 1200 square meters. The project structure is of concrete structure and the cooling-heating system is of central engine room, chiller and fan-coil.Save this picture!© Farshid NasrabadiSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Farshid NasrabadiIn proportion to the position of the floors in relation to the earth and the sky, open courtyards and semi-open spaces, are located at different levels, which formed spaces for living (behavior-place) and also are related to the location and conditions of the project site. For example, in this project, despite the very good view of the Zayandeh-Rud River and the green spaces around it, there is considerable noise pollution during the day. Therefore, the terraces and windows, due to its noise pollution, are not used properly at all hours.Save this picture!© Farshid Nasrabadi In response to this issue, in this project, while providing various spaces and possibilities for enjoying the view of the river, yards in the heart of the building have been created that can allow lighting and fresh air without noise pollution (inward yards).During the day, the “backyard”, which has the view of the neighbor’s tall pine trees, and the “central courtyard”, which provides a living connection between the family living room, room and kitchen, and a controllable link between the middle unit (2nd unit) and the upper unit (3rd unit) is a good alternative for open and semi-open spaces facing the river.Save this picture!© Farshid Nasrabadione of the important ideas is to create “various vision qualities” from different spaces and floors to beautiful views of the environment;Such as the spectacular views of the “south porch” and the “Mahtabi” by the pool on the green roof,the quiet view of the western part of the green roof which is in lower level,the decent view of the balcony of the first floor main room,the magnificent view of the first floor reception window and finally the magnificent and Pleasant view of high hall overlooking the garden pit, which has a view of tall trees along the Zayandeh-Rud from a low height and in a special way.Save this picture!DiagramSave this picture!© Farshid NasrabadiAnother important and noticeable idea in this project is that “Joint Space” have been used instead of separating walls for the purpose of fluidity and extensive vision of interior spaces.These border spaces, in addition to improving the quality of the connection between indoor spaces, add to the richness and behavioral capabilities that can be chosen by the residents.Save this picture!South ElevationAll of these has led to the fact that this apartment, all spaces and levels have links with each other. Generally it can be called a single “mansion”. “Nazar Mansion” has been an attempt to recreate the quality of life in Iranian homes in today’s apartments.Save this picture!© Farshid NasrabadiProject gallerySee allShow lessIM Shanghai / AedasSelected ProjectsMeson Pavilion / TJAD Original Design StudioSelected Projects Sharelast_img read more

Income has dropped for 30% of charities, says Charity Commission

first_imgIncome has dropped for 30% of charities, says Charity Commission Howard Lake | 17 March 2009 | News  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Charity Commission’s latest Economic Survey of Charities in England and Wales reveals that more than half of charities are now feeling the impact of the recession.In September 2008, 38% of charities surveyed by the charity regulator said that they had been hit by the credit crunch; now 52% say they have been hit by the recession. Of these, 58% have experienced a decrease in income.The majority (64%) of charities with an annual income of over £1 million say that they are concerned that their services or funding might be greatly affected.The recession is hitting smaller charities harder. Charities with an annual income of £1 million or more were less likely to have experienced a reduction in income than the other charities – 46% had done so. For charities with an income of between £100,000 and £999,000 the figure was 65% and 60% for the smallest charities (those with an income of under £10,000).However, only a minority of charities (32%) say that they have taken steps to combat the effects of the downturn. A mere 3% of charities say that they have considered collaborating with another charity and 3% have considered merging.Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission, said she was surprised that not all charities are putting measures in place to protect their work and their funds.She said: “It is very surprising that more charities are not considering collaboration with others, as this can help them share expertise and costs. Some charities report that they have drawn on reserves in response to the economic pressure. Although this is not a step that should be taken lightly, it is important to remember that reserves are collected for this purpose – now is the rainy day charities have been saving for”.The survey of 1,003 charities in England and Wales was carried out by Carol Goldstone Associates in February 2009.The Charity Commission is providing advice and support to charities via its website and helpline (0845 300 0218). It is also involved in a number of projects relating to the economic downturn, including working with umbrella bodies and the Office of the Third Sector (OTS) to ensure that charities are kept up-to-date and provided with the information they need to react to the changing financial situation; and participating in the regional events that the OTS is arranging to offer advice to charities.www.charitycommission.gov.uk Tagged with: Charity Commission recession Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Gaza’s Great Return March has lasted half a year

first_imgMarch earlier this year in NYC supports Palestine and BDS.The Great March of Return by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will enter its seventh month Sept. 28.The mobilization, launched by tens of thousands in the besieged coastal enclave on March 30 — Palestine’s annual Land Day — demands the right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees driven from their homes by Zionist militias and Israeli occupation forces starting in December 1947.These ethnic-cleansing operations both separated ancient Gaza City and a sliver of land around it from the rest of Palestine and transformed the newly isolated territory’s demographics overnight.Today two-thirds of Gaza’s population are refugees from outside the enclave, many from nearby cities and villages within sight of Gaza itself.For the past six months, demonstrators have amassed every Friday along a barrier erected by the Israeli state around the Strip. Most demonstrators congregated in “return camps,” temporary villages filled with celebrations of Palestine’s culture and commemorations of its history. Some sought to push through the barrier and return to their original homes and communities, now occupied by Israel.In recent weeks, these advances toward the fence have become more frequent, occurring nearly every day.Since March, Israeli soldiers stationed by the barrier have responded with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, live ammunition and airstrikes. By the end of Sept. 23, Israeli occupation forces had killed 185 protesters, injuring at least 20,492 more, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.Israeli fire killed 32 Palestinian children and wounded at least 3,840. Another 5,139 protesters suffered injuries from live ammunition, while 76 have undergone amputations. Three medics and two journalists lost their lives.Genocidal intentIsrael made little effort to hide the genocidal intent behind its free-fire policy. “Yesterday we saw 30,000 people; we arrived prepared and with precise reinforcements,” Israel’s military spokesperson tweeted on March 31, a day after its occupation forces had massacred 15 demonstrators. “Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.”On April 8, two days after his soldiers killed 10 more, including prominent journalist Yaser Murtaja, Israeli war minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel’s public Kan Radio, “There are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip.” (Jerusalem Post)Thirteen days later, Israeli reserve brigadier-general Zvika Fogel responded to a growing outcry over Israel’s repeated killings of children by telling Kan: “It is not the whim of one or the other sniper who identifies the small body of a child now and decides he’ll shoot. Someone marks the target for him very well and tells him exactly why one has to shoot and what the threat is from that individual.” (Electronic Intifada, April 22)Demonstrators responded to Israel’s brutal repression with creative tactics. including the use of fireworks, laser pointers and smoke from tens of thousands of burning tires to obscure the vision of Israeli soldiers.Their balloons and kites, many on fire, ignited nearby settlements and dragged Israeli military drones from the sky.In several cases, protesters successfully broke through the barrier, sometimes disabling Israeli military posts on the other side.Over the same period, seven flotillas of boats launched from the port of Gaza to breach Israel’s naval blockade and sail to their passengers’ ethnically cleansed lands. The Israeli navy captured some, confiscating the vessels and briefly detaining their occupants, and repelled others with tear gas and live ammunition.Returning to our landVarious Palestinian political organizations, all of which have supported and participated in the March, vow to persevere until their demands are met.“We will continue the March of Return until we achieve our goals of returning to our land in the long run and breaking the siege of Gaza in the near term,” Yahya al-Sinwar, leader of the Hamas movement in Gaza, said by the barrier as demonstrators gathered in five camps along it on Sept. 21. (Hamas website, Sept. 21)Palestinian groups have also called for an escalation in international solidarity with Palestine and efforts to isolate Israel for its crimes against them.“Strengthening, mainstreaming and popularizing Palestinians’ call for a two-way military embargo on Israel is the most effective response to Israel’s ongoing massacre,” the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee said in a statement on April 12. (bdsmovement.net)“This means working to end all weapons sales and purchases to and from Israel, and ending military or police partnerships with the Israeli state.”Joe Catron is the U.S. coordinator of Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. He lived in the Gaza Strip as an international solidarity activist and freelance journalist from March 2011 until October 2014.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Full Senate Farm Bill Passage Near

first_img Full Senate Farm Bill Passage Near SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jun 9, 2013 Previous articleMake Your Car Go MOO!Next articleBig Oil: Driving up Prices in your Tank and your Kitchen Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Thatcher on farm billCould the farm bill be just steps away from first passage in the Senate? Late last week the Senate voted to invoke cloture and easily achieved the 60 votes needed to move forward with S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013. American Farm Bureau Federation farm program specialist Mary Kay Thatcher says just one day after receiving a letter drafted by the AFBF and more than 100 other agricultural organizations urging the Senate to vote for cloture, senators passed the motion.“We had a great victory this morning in cloture. Cloture is what they have to do sometimes to stop a filibuster from going on to be able to move a bill. We needed 60 votes, we got 75; I think that’s a really strong showing that people are interested in moving this farm bill along.”Thatcher says the farm bill’s passage is needed this year more than ever, after the push was not quite big enough last year. The bill is now very close to wrapping up in the Senate.“We are still a year late in completing the farm bill, we couldn’t get it done last year. It was really important that we move it through the Senate, looks like we could have the final votes on the farm bill Monday then that will also give a shove to the House that they’re the remaining entity to get this done. I think it will be a good thing. Farmers need some certainty in knowing what kind of safety net is going to be in place.”Thatcher expects only 10 to 20 more amendments will be offered in the coming hours and then the bill could be br passed.“Hopefully we can tie this up with a pretty ribbon by Monday night and then presumably in about two weeks, three weeks at the most I suspect, we will have discussion about the bill on the House floor. That will be a very interesting discussion looking for pretty much an open process over there, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we don’t have at least 300 amendments offered to the Farm Bill on the House floor. We are going to need lots of help from the country in making sure we get our input in to our members of the House.” Home News Feed Full Senate Farm Bill Passage Near SHARElast_img read more

New ice cream shop rolls into Fort Worth

first_imgRyan Myershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryan-myers/ Facebook Previous articleFisher’s career night leads men’s basketball to Emerald Coast Classic championship over St. Bonaventure, 89-79Next articleMen’s basketball returns to AP Top 25 Poll for first time in three years Ryan Myers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ryan Myers printThe rolled ice cream craze has come to Fort Worth. Chills360 is a Dallas-based chain that opened its third shop in the West 7th District on Foch Street. The picturesque desert is made by pouring the ice cream base onto a cold steel surface and mixing it with a toppings like bananas or peanut butter. The base is then flattened onto the surface and allowed to chill until it can be rolled.Video Playerhttp://www.tcu360.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/VIDEO0042.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Customers lined up outside during the shop’s opening weekend to feast on a variety of ice cream combinations. There are eight specials on the board, each with a quirky name like Monkey Business and What the Fudge.Ice cream aficionados can also experiment on their own with their three bases and variety of toppings like toasted marshmallows, sprinkles and hazelnut straws. All extra toppings are free. “We had a very busy opening weekend,” Chills360 cashier, Sanjita, said. “People were lined up until close and someone is always in the shop.”Customers can either take their dessert outside and wander the streets or stay and enjoy the picnic style benches and take pictures in front of the large mural in the shop.A bright mural graces Chills360 with bright colors, perfect for any background image. Photo by Ryan MyersDanny Cruz, a sophomore math major, said he enjoyed watching his ice cream being made in front of him. “It’s a hip environment that is a cool place to chill.”The Thai dessert became popular on social media because of the directness of the forming process and the Instagrammable nature of the presentation. Sanjita said that customers especially enjoy being able to write whatever they want on the inside of their rolls with a sauce of their choice.Chills360 will write anything you want on the ice cream. Keep it clean! Photo by Ryan MyersChills360 is open Sunday-Wednesday 1 p.m. – 11 p.m., Thursday 1 p.m. – 12 a.m., and Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. – 2 a.m.. Twitter Ryan Myershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryan-myers/ Twitter Ryan Myershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryan-myers/ Study sanctuaries on campus, in Fort Worth Linkedin Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store + posts center_img ReddIt Linkedin “Hope and Healing” only part of what Religious and Spiritual Life does Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebook Ryan Myershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryan-myers/ Ryan is a junior double majoring in journalism and history from Little Elm, Texas. He is an avid sports fan that enjoys all things TCU and Dallas related. When not in class you can find him in a Fort Worth eatery or marching on the 50. Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Interfaith group hopes to pass religious accommodation policy Winter Events Guide ReddItlast_img read more

Pasadena Buddhist Women’s Association Invites Vendors for Craftastic2!

Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Faith & Religion News Pasadena Buddhist Women’s Association Invites Vendors for Craftastic2! Published on Monday, August 27, 2012 | 4:19 pm HerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pasadena Buddhist Women’s Association [BWA] presents their second Annual Craftastic! arts and crafts fair on Saturday, September 29th from 9 am – 3 pm in Sakai Hall (annex). Interested artists and crafters are welcome to apply to join us by contacting Corky Ishikawa at (626) 574-7090.Here’s a partial list of vendors as of Aug. 20:1. Jeanne Tsujimoto – beaded jewelry and accessories2. Street Pets (Dr.Youkey) – ID tags and jewelry3. A Fuji Sushi ( Adam Fujimoto) – T shirts, bags, pins/buttons, necklaces4. Donna Dohi (Flip Flops by Design) – Fabric notepads, calendars, magnets5. Rok By Rocha (Debi Rocha) – jewelry and hair acessories6. Bubbles & Bling (Nicole Kobashigawa) – ID badge holders, handmade soaps, pocket mirrors7. Karen Kanagi – sushi and dim sum related gift items8. Carol Shimokochi – jewelry, magnets, stuffed animals9. Ritaiko Inoue/Evelyn Goto – jewelry10. Pam Ota – cards and photo books11. Gladys Itamura12. Sara Hatakeyama-sewn crafts, misc13. Sumire-Kai sewing class14. Corky Ishikawa – baby futons, musubi towels,kokeshi doll magnets15. Fat Rabbit Farms – T shirts16. Tracie Gilman – phone charms, cards, post it note holders, hair pins, earrings17. Cheryl Leising – living lockets18. Mark and Cindy Matsumoto- jewelry19. Haru Asari – jewelry20. Pasadena Buddhist Women’s Association: (Cookbook: “Heritage of Japan, Favorite Recipes, Vol. 3”)For more information visit www.pasadenabuddhisttemple.org. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it read more

Emergency meeting called as nurses at ‘breaking point’

first_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter An emergency meeting is taking place today, as the country’s nurses say they can no longer provide a safe service. The INMO says hospital staffing is in ‘freefall’, with over 3,500 nurses out of work due to Covid-19.It comes as a record 1,043 patients were in hospital at 2pm yesterday with the virus.Ahead of an emergency meeting of the INMO’s executive, general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha says nurses are at breaking point.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/nurses7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Facebook Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Emergency meeting called as nurses at ‘breaking point’ Previous articleHuge increase in Covid rates across DonegalNext articleUnions say schools need time to reopen after Government U-turn News Highland center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – January 8, 2021 Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Beauty in the ashes: A story of the Waldo Canyon Fire

first_imgLatest Stories Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “I left that night and took some things with me to a friend’s house across the highway,” Mead said. “Dave and our daughter, Bethany, joined me Sunday night at the house of friends who were away on vacation. Bethany had been with us since November, when her husband, Kevin Werner, was deployed to Afghanistan.”Melody said she and her family were concerned for all of those who were in the fire’s path and those who were desperately trying to bring it under control.But they weren’t overly concerned about their own home or safety. There didn’t seem a reason to be.“On Tuesday, Dave took me to lunch to celebrate,” Melody said. “When we came out of the restaurant, what we saw on the Front Ridge brought us to tears. The whole range was ablaze. Flames were quickly crawling down the mountain. Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like The Appalachian Adventure: Mission in the Mountains The Mission to the Mountains members are from left to right, Scott McKenney, Rochelle Duebelt, Grace Nicholson, Kendra Hetrick, Chesley… read more Published 11:00 pm Friday, August 24, 2012 As Melody stood on the deck of their Mountain Shadows home around noon that day, she saw a plume of smoke over the ridge.By afternoon the fire had intensified and officials had confirmed the name to be the Waldo Canyon Fire.By evening, the residents of the Mountain Shadows area had been asked to evacuate. Beauty in the ashes: A story of the Waldo Canyon Fire “We watched and cried for an hour. As we began to drive to where we were staying, the sky darkened and filled with heavy smoke and ash.“Ashes covered the sun. It was surreal. It felt like the end of the world.”The Meads stood and watched as the fire roared down the mountain. They knew that unless the winds pushed the fire to the north, their lives were about to change, forever.Then the worst thing that could happen for the Meads and their neighbors in Mountain Shadows happened.Due to strong winds following a dry thunderstorm west of the blaze, the fire jumped the containment line.Winds gusting up to 65 miles per hour whipped the fire down the slope into the west side of Colorado Springs, into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood.“We were keeping up with the fire via television and we knew that it was moving toward our neighborhood and other neighborhoods on the west side,” Dave said. “It was the worst possible scenario. We didn’t know about our home … but, really, we did know.”The Meads realized that, barring a miracle, their home would be destroyed.And, those sad words, “it might have been,” kept playing in their heads.“We had gone back to the house on Monday morning,” Melody said. “At that time, we didn’t think the fire would come toward us. We checked everything in the house. I even watered the flowers.“And, I asked Dave if there were things that he wanted to put in the car to take with us. He said no. He thought we had what we needed. We thought we would be back home in a day or two.”The Meads had left behind things of great sentimental value believing they would go home again.“We had no idea of what was to be,” Dave said.The Meads were horrified at what they saw unfolding on the television screen but it was a still photograph that actually broke their hearts.“Our son, Matt, was in North Hollywood and he was following the fire on the Internet,” Dave said. “He was able to zoom in on the aerial images and saw what he thought to be our street. It was devastated.”A couple of days later, any hope the Meads might have had was lost.An aerial photograph in the Denver Post left no doubt.“We could pick out our home. It was gone,” Dave said. “We had to accept that and begin to move forward.”More than a week after the Meads left their home in the belief they would soon return and life would go on as it had been, they returned to ashes and smoldering rubble.“That’s when we felt the full impact of what had happened,” Melody said. “Not just us but so many of our friends and neighbors. A few Mountain Shadows homes had escaped but only a few.“Almost a whole neighborhood, gone.”The Meads began picking up the pieces, the very few pieces, of their lives.“When you stand in the ashes that were your home … it’s a feeling that I can’t describe,” Melody said.But, among the toxic ashes, she found hope and beauty.The wind had blown the ashes so as to expose a portion of a porcelain Lenox swan figurine that had been “in the family” for much of the Meads’ 27-year marriage.“The swan was broken in several pieces but it was embedded in the ashes,” Melody said.“I carefully picked it up and cupped it in my hands. We had found beauty in the ashes.“There is beauty everywhere in God’s world if we just look for it.”The Meads almost immediately began the process of rebuilding, knowing that it would be a complex one.First, they had to sift through the debris in order to recover anything of value.The next step was to contract for the removal of the debris.“There was no doubt that we would build back,” Dave Mead said. “We had to find a builder who would be responsible with a contracted person for the demolition of the foundation.Most of the foundations that remained were considered unstable due to the high heat of the fire – 1500 to 2000 degrees.”Soil mitigation was necessary to prevent mudslides and erosion and stabilize the land and develop fire safe planting.“We felt like we had a new job to be honest,” Dave said. “Everyone was so kind and helpful. We began to develop bonds with our neighbors as we communicated on the next steps. We were thankful for that connection at a deeper level with our neighbors.”On Thursday, August 23, the Meads’ plans for their new home were finalized. Although they lost many treasures of the heart to the fire – photographs, special gifts, family mementos – they know that God has a plan for their lives there in Colorado Springs and that He will show them the way.“Even though we lost much, we were blessed,” said Dave, who is director of the military division of The Navigators, a worldwide Christian para-church organization headquartered in Colorado Springs. “The Navigator headquarters was not damaged nor was the Glen Eyrie Castle, which is a retreat site owned by The Navigators.The Meads are moving forward with the assurance that they are where God wants them to be and that they doing his will.“I can honestly say that I would rather have all my family together safe and walking with God than a house full of things, even though much of it was beautiful and special,” Melody said. 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