President Barack Obama on Friday expanded a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species in what will be the world's largest marine protected area. Obama's proclamation quadrupled in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will contain some 582,578 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas.- ABC News
Friday, August 26, 2016
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
"We have won the most beautiful of battles, that of peace for Colombia," rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez told reporters in Havana, where the talks took place. "With this agreement, we can proclaim the end of war with arms and the start of the contest of ideas."A historic day!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
I feel sympathy for Ryan Lochte, I really do. We're all human, we all make mistakes, yada yada, etc. I'm also definitely not one to go around quoting Judeo-Christian scripture while pointing a better-than-thou finger from a soapbox ("judge not," after all). There are, however, a few nuggets of wisdom I gleaned from that particular aspect of my upbringing that I refer to and value. The proverb, "Pride goes before the fall," might be the relevant lesson being highlighted and reinforced here for all of us. Hopefully the fabulous Mr. Lochte will learn valuable lessons from this experience, and -- as often happens -- grow and expand into an even more admirable young man. That being said... this spoof of his current predicament is very funny!
Monday, August 22, 2016
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Friday, August 19, 2016
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
- Max Ehrmann, American writer, 1927
A reminder. Thank you, Lisa! I love you, sweetpea.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Paya Bay Resort is located on a small peninsula that juts out from the northeastern side of Roatan Island. Near constant 15 to 25-MPH tropical trade winds flow across and through the property about 85% of the year, day and night. These balmy sea breezes keep ambient temperatures cool and insects at bay. This natural phenomenon results in Paya Bay being an extremely low risk place for insect-related concerns. This is particularly the case during the dry summer season. Here in Roatan, we call the easterly trade winds "Nature's A/C"!