Free Children’s Book Week Comic Book & Sesame Street Picture Book

 

Celebrate Children’s Book Week!  Get Your Free Comic Book & Sesame Street Picture Book with Grover…

“One World, Many Stories”
 

Launched almost a hundred years ago, in celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the U.S.

In 1919, at the urging of Franklin K. Mathiews, Librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Book Week (CBW) was founded to focus attention on the need for quality children’s books and the importance of childhood literacy.

Excitement for the 98th annual Children’s Book Week of 2017 (May 1 to 7) has grown to include over 700 participating libraries, schools, and bookstores in all fifty states, with many locations holding two to five events throughout the week, including story times, author readings, activity hours, and book award voting.

Locations and details for events being held during Children’s Book Week, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, are listed on an online map found at EveryChildaReader.net/map.

At the same time, voting for the 10th annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards chosen solely by young readers, will end on May 7, the final day of Children’s Book Week.

Kids and teens across the nation have been voting online at EveryChildaReader.net/vote, and the winners will be announced live on May 31 in New York City at BookExpo, the national book trade show. Teachers can also submit group ballots for an entire class online.

This year’s slogan, “One World, Many Stories,” is highlighted by a poster designed by the acclaimed artist Christian Robinson, who has illustrated such picture books as the Newbery Award-winning LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, written by Matt de la Peña.

The “One World, Many Stories” theme has been picked up by other nations.  The popular TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will run from May 6 to 13 this year.  Thirty Canadian children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across Canada throughout the week.  See http://bookweek.ca/about-book-week.

Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens. Every Child a Reader’s national programs include Children’s Book Week, the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards, and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program.

Elmo, the beloved Sesame Street character, has recorded a video for kids this year about the joy of reading and voting.

You can download resources from Every Child A Reader, including original bookmarks, event kits, activity sheets, “I Voted” stickers, and much more.

Also new this year: a free Sesame Workshop picture book entitled GROVER’S CUTE AND ADORABLE BOOK OF BOOKS and a Children’s Book Week Comic.

To get these books and more, go to Every Child A Reader at EveryChildaReader.net.

The Children’s Book Council (http://www.cbcbooks.org) is the nonprofit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America, partnering with national organizations on reading lists, educational programming, and diversity initiatives.

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Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2017

 

Mystery Writers of America Announce Their Edgar Allan Poe Award Winners of 2017

 

 

Mysteries dominate the Best Seller lists.  Mysteries dominate my bookshelves.  From Sherlock to Rumpole of the Bailey, Classic Cozies to Stephen King and Mindy Mejia — light and dark — it’s the Mysteries, mon ami…

I’m not one for following various award shows and ceremonies, but I do keep in touch with the Mystery genre events.  The Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards — named after the nom de travail of Canada’s official hangman.  The British Crime Writers, who give out the Dagger Awards.  Malice Domestic Ltd’s Agatha Awards for the best in Cozy Mysteries.  And the Mystery Writers of America.

Here’s the Latest News…

NEW YORK, April 28, 2017: Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the Winners of the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016.

The Edgar Awards, or “Edgars,” as they are commonly known, are named after MWA’s patron saint Edgar Allan Poe and are presented to authors of distinguished work in various categories.

MWA is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. The organization encompasses some 3,000 members including authors of fiction and non-fiction books, screen and television writers, as well as publishers, editors, and literary agents.

This year’s Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at our 71st Gala Banquet, April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

BEST NOVEL

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)

Noah Hawley is the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics’ Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV series Fargo.

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

Rain Dogs: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)

Called “the best of the new generation of Irish crime novelists,” author Adrian McKinty was born and raised in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.  This is his first Edgar Award.

BEST FACT CRIME

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Random House – Penguin Press)

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (W.W. Norton – Liveright)

BEST SHORT STORY

“Autumn at the Automat” – In Sunlight or in Shadow by Lawrence Block (Pegasus Books)

BEST JUVENILE

OCDaniel by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)

BEST YOUNG ADULT

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown BFYR)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY

“A Blade of Grass” – Penny Dreadful, Teleplay by John Logan (Showtime)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD

“The Truth of the Moment” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
by E. Gabriel Flores (Dell Magazines)

GRAND MASTER

Max Allan Collins
Ellen Hart

When told of being named a Grand Master, along with Ellen Hart, Max Allan Collins said, “To be in the company of Agatha Christie, Rex Stout and Mickey Spillane is both thrilling and humbling.  This is an honor second to none in the art of mystery and suspense fiction.”  Upon learning that she was named a Grand Master, Hart said. “A writer’s stock-in-trade is imagination.  I’ve always felt mine was pretty good, but never in a million years did I ever think winning the MWA Grand Master award was a possibility.  I’m stunned, grateful, and profoundly honored.”

RAVEN AWARD.  The Raven Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.

Dru Ann Love

Dru Ann Love is owner/editor of dru’s book musings (drusbookmusing.com), a blog where characters give a glimpse into a day in their life, as well as her musings. Her musings also appear in Crimespree Magazine. She is also a guest blogger at the Stiletto Gang. Dru Ann is an avid reader, writes poetry, quilts, and loves attending reader/fan conventions. Dru Ann’s blog was nominated for a 2015 Anthony Award for Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work. She also serves on the Bouchercon standing committee.

When told that she would receive the Raven Award, Love said, “I’m so thrilled and honored to be awarded the Raven. The mystery community is like a big family and I’m so proud that they have embraced me with open arms. Thanks to the nominating committee for selecting me and a big thanks to the authors—without them, this would not be possible.”

ELLERY QUEEN AWARD

Neil Nyren

On learning he would receive the Ellery Queen Award, Nyren said, “I’ve spent most of my life with crime and suspense fiction, both as a fan and a professional, but I never imagined this. It’s an enormous honor even being mentioned in the same breath as such legendary previous Ellery Queen Award winners as Joan Kahn, Ed Gorman, Jacques Barzun, Otto Penzler, and Eleanor Sullivan (just to name a few!).”

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER – MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

This award is given to the suspense novel that best reflects the Mary Higgins Clark Tradition of presenting a strong female lead, self-made and independent, who solves her problem with courage and intelligence.  There are no scenes of violence or explicit sex.

The EDGAR (and logo) are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the Mystery Writers of America, Inc. http://www.mysterywriters.org

Brian Alan Burhoe

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Source: Mystery Writers of America & PRNewswire

Title: Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2017

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Nine Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade

 

Nine Cheetah Cubs and One Juvenile Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Africa

 

Two of the nine cheetah cubs confiscated from wildlife traffickers in Somaliland…

 

It’s just in the last couple decades that we’ve seen the plight of the Cheetah join that of the other endangered Big Cats of the world.

In my popular post “Women Pioneers of Animal Rights: from Mary Tealby & Nell Shipman to Ingrid Newkirk & Marlice van Vuuren,” I told of Marlice van Vuuren.

Discovered in 2002 by Angelina Jolie, Marlice’s rescue work with local cheetahs made Marlice a heroine for our times.  Her work with big cats, including endangered lions, continues to keep her work in the news.

A few days ago, we heard this Good News Story:

Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders by the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) with assistance from Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in El Sheik and Wajel, respectively, on 19 April.

The cubs were destined for the Arabian Peninsula where the illegal market for pet cheetahs is estimated at 300 animals per year. The three youngest cubs were found in extremely poor health, and every effort is being made to save them.

In a separate incident on the same day, CCF learned that three older cheetahs had reportedly escaped from a trafficker in the Wajale area bordering Ethiopia and entered the town. Two of the animals were captured by the police while the third was still loose.

With support from the Minister of Environment and Rural Development, who approved a confiscation, CCF recovered one of the cheetahs and is in negotiations to recover the second. A search for the third one is underway.

CCF has partnered with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to ensure the cubs are given urgent medical care, food and appropriate emergency housing. CCF and IFAW began collaborating on the issue of illegal cheetah trade in 2014 in the context of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

“CCF needed critical supplies if the cubs were to survive and IFAW was pleased to offer immediate assistance. Wild cheetah populations are in dire trouble, largely due to demand for cubs as exotic pets. The cruelty of live animal trade is shocking and we are doing all we can to save these cubs,” said Gail A’Brunzo, IFAW’s Wildlife Rescue Manager.

The Somaliland MoERD showed great leadership in acting swiftly against these cheetah traffickers. CCF and IFAW are engaged in discussions with the Ministry on how to provide long-term care for the confiscated cheetahs, which cannot be transferred to sanctuaries in nearby countries as current laws do not allow for confiscated animals to be transported across borders.

“With a total population of just over 7,000 cheetahs remaining in the wild, the taking of even one cub is a threat to species’ survival. This is particularly concerning as trafficked cubs are usually removed from their mothers at very young ages — less than 3 months — which means that they have not had enough time to learn skills necessary to survive in the wild and will in most cases require life-long care,” said Dr. Laurie Marker, CCF’s Founder and Executive Director. “We are exceptionally pleased to be partnering with IFAW moving forward to address this important issue.”

“Through this week’s confiscations, the Somaliland authorities are sending a clear message to traffickers that the trade in live cheetahs will not be tolerated,” added Patricia Tricorache, CCF’s Assistant Director for Strategic Communications and Illegal Wildlife Trade.

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on social @action4ifaw and Facebook/IFAW.

About CCF (Cheetah Conservation Fund)

Founded in 1990, CCF is an international research, education and conservation institution dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of the cheetah. From its field research base in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, CCF gathers and shares critical information on the species and uses it to formulate strategies to combat the species’ main threats, human-carnivore conflict, habitat loss and the illegal wildlife trade. For more information, visit www.cheetah.org. Follow us on social @CCFCheetah and Facebook/CCFcheetah.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Source: International Fund for Animal Welfare & PRNewswire

Title: Nine Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade

Keywords: animal rights, cheetahs, cheetah cubs, cheetah cubs rescued, endangered species, Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW, illegal wildlife trade, protection of wildlife, rescue cheetahs, wildlife

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Las Vegas Honors Legendary Entertainer Don Rickles With Photo Display

 

Las Vegas Honors Legendary Entertainer Don Rickles With Photo Display

 

 

Recently, when just for the heck of it, I made a list of my Top 10 Movies, I surprised myself: “They’re so serious!”  All those Town Marshals and Mounties and adventurers…

I was surprised because my favourite TV has mostly been Comedy.

From way back, when this ol’ Boomer’s family first got our little black and white television, it’s been the comic stuff that drew me.

All those cartoons — Woody Woodpecker was my Fave! [1]  Abbot & Costello.  Gracie and George Burns — even as a young fellow, I loved that Burns and Allen Show: watching George mix with family and friends in their house, then leave to go alone into his den to switch on his TV and secretly watch the rest of his household carry on — then turn to US and tell us what he thought about them.  Broke me up every time.

Later, Lucy, Red Skelton, Jed Clampett, Festus, Gilligan, Carol Burnett — right up to the Corner Gas crowd and Sheldon Cooper’s friends…

Over all these years, we’ve had these fantastic funnymen and funnywomen to take us out of our own world and into their’s.

And now Don Rickles is gone.

And…

On Thursday, April 13, images of Don Rickles were proudly displayed on digital marquees throughout Las Vegas to commemorate the entertainment icon. The legendary comedian was remembered as an influential and renowned entertainer that shaped the future of Las Vegas and cemented its status as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

Numerous resorts and businesses across Las Vegas commemorated Rickles, including:

ARIA Resort & Casino, Bally’s Las Vegas, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Delano Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas, Excalibur, Flamingo Hotel & Casino, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Fremont Street Experience, Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, Inspire Theatre, Luxor Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, New York-New York, Paris Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Plaza Hotel & Casino, SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell, The D Las Vegas, The Forum Shops at Caesars, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, The Orleans, The Palazzo Las Vegas, The Venetian Las Vegas, Treasure Island, Vdara Hotel & Spa, W Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas.

Also known as ‘Mr. Warmth,’ Rickles’ comedy career spanned more than 60 years, with more than 50 years spent entertaining Las Vegas visitors at various resorts. Since his first Las Vegas performance in 1959, Rickles’ raw humor and insult comedy entertained countless audiences over the years.

In the Rat Pack era, Rickles was associated with Frank Sinatra, owing much of his success to the Las Vegas entertainer.

ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by going to www.vrtv.vegas. For more information, see www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.

SOURCE: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) & PR Newswire

[1] Yup, Woody and all those other wild creatures of Walter Lantz broke me up, brought tears to my eyes.  To see my remembrance of Walter & His Creations,  SEE 

The Walter Lantz Story: Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy & the Beary Family

 


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Jules Verne Time Capsule Discovered in French Pyrenees

 

Time Capsule Associated With Jules Verne Has Been Discovered in the French Pyrenees

 

“Le Jules Verne Time Capsule: A multidisciplinary team of archaeologists and historians from the Paris Descartes University have made an extraordinary discovery connected with writer Jules Verne.”

 

Seems like years ago.  Well, yes, it WAS years ago.

I was 8, going on 13, and the Jules Verne boom of the Fifties hit.

Hollywood had rediscovered Verne.  Disney started the boom in ’54 with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea — Kirk Douglas’ Ned Land battled the arch submariner Captain Nemo (portrayed by James Mason).  Around The World In Eighty Days was okay, but the whole Verne Boom really picked up with 20th Century-Fox’s Journey To The Center Of The Earth — Mason was back as Professor Von Hardwigg.

I was 13 when I bought the Perma Book “movie edition” of Verne’s JOURNEY and my quest for Everything Jules Verne Ever Wrote began.

Movie related editions were the easiest to find (his books WERE better).  FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON.  MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.  FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON [1].  IN SEARCH OF THE CASTAWAYS.  MASTER OF THE WORLD.

The city library had others.  And eventually ACE Books would put out rarer titles.

Although H G Well’s TIME MACHINE (1899) may be the first true Science Fiction novel — I know, depends on outlook and definition — it was Verne who popularized imaginative technology-based adventure.  The great French writer redefined the adventure story.  The evocation of Verne’s 19th Century time period even inspired the modern SF sub-genre Steampunk.

Jules Verne was a giant and is still revered in his native France.

So this is news…

NEW YORK and PARIS — A multidisciplinary team of archaeologists and historians from the Paris Descartes University and The Explorers Club NYC have made an extraordinary discovery close to the French Pyrenees in the Occitaine region. Work started in September, 2016, and using drones and ground-penetrating radar they have been able to find a metal container dating from the end of the 19th century.

The investigation started thanks to the meticulous study of the works of Jules Verne and, in particular, analysis of the famous author’s tomb. With all of the material collected and using complex geolocation algorithms, the team was able to identify the area in which they might find some kind of object associated with Verne.

The contents of this potential “time capsule” are currently being analysed in an environment which will ensure the preservation and non-contamination of the items found inside. The items themselves have deteriorated with the passage of time and damp from being underground for so long. The archaeologists have also found engravings on the outside of the box which have become barely legible due to oxidation.

Preliminary x-rays have revealed some clues about the items inside the box: they have shown documents, books and metal objects of different sizes and shapes. The conclusions of these studies, therefore, indicate the existence of new works or new evidence from that time period.

For the moment, it has not been possible to prove conclusively that the box and its contents belonged to Jules Verne or someone close to him. However, everything points to the possibility that they may discover unpublished documents belonging to the writer.

According to the local press, the second phase of the operation is already underway, which will involve further study and could lead to the contents of the box being revealed to the public at a press conference over the coming months.

For further details please contact:

Elouan Beauséjour
Doctor of Archaeology and Art Sciences
L’Université Paris Descartes

Email: ebeausejour@archaeologyresearchers.com
Linkedin: http://lnked.in/elouan-beaus

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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[1] Okay, my 1962 copy of Pyramid Books’ JULES VERNE’S FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON was really “A modern version by Gardner F Fox” based on the movie screen play by Irwin Allen, Charles Bennett and Albert Gail.  I treasure it because Gardner F Fox wrote WARRIOR OF LLARN, a fave Science Fantasy novel.  And I later came into a truer translation of FIVE WEEKS, which enabled me to rediscover the classic.

SOURCE: L’Universite Paris Descartes & PR Newswire

Title: Jules Verne Time Capsule Discovered in French Pyrenees

Keywords: book review, Jules Verne, Jules Verne 1877, Jules Verne books, Jules Verne movies, Jules Verne time capsule, Jules Verne’s tomb, movie tie-in, science fantasy, time capsule, Steampunk, unpublished documents

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KINDNESS DIARIES Kindness Making A Comeback

 

Trending Netflix Show, The Kindness Diaries, Surely Confirms that Kindness is Making a Comeback!

“Former broker Leon Logothetis travels the world with only a vintage motorbike and the kindness of strangers, which he pays back in unexpected and life changing ways.”

 

 

Is Kindness Making a Comeback?

In his wonderful book THE KINDNESS DIARIES: One Man’s Quest to Ignite Good Will and Transform Lives Around the World, author Leon Logothetis writes, just a few pages in:

“…and then I saw him.  He was sitting by an over-packed grocery cart with a dirty baseball cap on his head, torn jeans, and a grime-stained face.  But in his hands, the homeless man held a sign that stopped me dead in my tracks…

“It said, KINDNESS IS THE BEST MEDICINE.”

And so began Leon’s journey of the soul of “connecting with people through the language of kindness.”

It’s a purely heartfelt journey.  Dangerous.  Frightening.  Exciting.  Fulfilling.  Moments of human connection that celebrates us at our best.  In this book, Leon takes us into unknown places in our world, sometimes ordinary, sometimes squalid, and introduces us to men, women and children worth knowing.

It’s a journey that touches the heart.

And now the book’s been adapted to Netflix.

The news about the video adaptation came out through PR Newswire in February: “Leon Logothetis, global adventurer, motivational speaker, philanthropist, author and host of National Geographic’s hit series ‘Amazing Adventures of a Nobody,’ announces the streaming version of his best-selling book THE KINDNESS DIARIES on Netflix.”

The press release continued, “In this 13-part series, Logothetis lives his mission of giving back to those who gave of themselves — be prepared to be truly awed and inspired.”

Who is Leon Logothetis and why does he have a Netflix show? What is his story and why is it significant?

Logothetis had it all — prestigious job, money, a home, a beautiful girlfriend and a friendly dog. But he traded it all in to live his dreams.

His inner rebel, the part of him that yearns to follow his dreams, once again wanted to feel the magic of the human experience by connecting with people through the language of kindness. This is what prompted him to travel the world relying solely on the kindness and generosity of strangers. And now, he is giving back.

“I have always had a passion for interacting with people,” explained Logothetis. “I love the camaraderie of making new friends and helping those that are deserving, and I treasure the adventure of travel.”

On the video version, you can watch Leon’s travels around the world on his yellow motorbike Kindness One.

He relies entirely on the kindness of strangers and give back to unsuspecting good Samaritans along the way.

During the trip, Leon discovers that being ‘seen’ is the most powerful gift people can give others.

The show is about sharing compassion and empathy with others. It’s about smiling at the world and seeing what happens when the world smiles right back at you.

During his six-month global adventure, Leon traveled to 20 countries with no food or pre-planned accommodations. Leon discovered that people are so open to helping those in need; all one must do is open their heart.

For example, in Pittsburgh, he met a homeless man named Tony who had nothing but a bag of clothes. He took Leon in, fed him, gave him a place to stay and protected him through the night. The experience will forever live in Leon’s heart. If a man with nothing could give so much from his heart how could he ever repay him? You’ll have to watch the show to find out!

“We hear about all the negative things happening out there,” said Leon, “but there is so much kindness out there as well that we don’t ever hear about.”

The Kindness Diaries Netflix series “proves that the magic of kindness is what makes the world go around and that kindness never goes out of style. It demonstrates that true wealth is in our hearts, not in our wallets.”

The Kindness Diaries Netflix series shows you how Leon gave back to those who have little or nothing and have made sacrifices to help a neighbor, friend or the community.

The Kindness Diaries not only lends support and hope to those that are deserving and in need, but it also gives them back something far more valuable — that feel-good disposition and rewarding self-esteem. The series will lift your spirits and bring you hope — maybe even inspire you to perform small acts of kindness that may literally change someone’s life.

About Leon Logothetis:
Leon Logothetis is no stranger to wild journeys and outrageous globe-trotting exploits. Once a broker at a prestigious firm in London, Logothetis boldly quit his job one day after discovering his thirst for exploration had become too much to contain.

On his first journey, as host of the hit National Geographic series “Amazing Adventures of a Nobody,” Logothetis had to beg, borrow, and charm his way across the United States, England, and the European continent while traveling on only $5 a day. Since then, Logothetis has become a world-renowned travel expert and TV host, featured in the New York Times, London Times, Wall Street Journal, Budget Travel, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, and others.

His books, AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A NOBODY, as well as THE KINDNESS DIARIES, his short E-book THE MOJO DIARIES: How a Dangerous and Hilarious Journey Changed Everything and his newest book, LIVE, LOVE, EXPLORE: Discover the Way of the Traveler a Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live (Reader’s Digest, December 2016), are available now. For more information visit: www.leonlogothetis.com.

IS Kindness making a Comeback?

It never left, of course.

The real point is that our mass media have concentrated on the darkness and the madness of the world.  TV News thrives on it.  Somewhere in there (I’m not sure when) our news outlets even began adding Music to it’s coverages.  Deep, throbbing musical scores — just as they go to commercial — playing against the overheated collages of destruction, flashing police lights and crowds of panicked civilians running away in terror.

This has gone on for so long that we’ve almost forgotten everything else.

So Leon Logothetis’ books and videos almost surprise us with their  heartwarming stories and images.  Even though they are so fundamentally Human.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Breaking News DC Eagle Cam Reveals Two Baby Eaglets

 

Breaking News!  DC Eagle Cam Reveals Two Baby Eaglets

 

 

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: “The Eaglets Have Landed!  A day after its sibling hatched, a second eaglet in the National Arboretum’s eagle nest began breaking free of its shell, the American Eagle Foundation reported.”

And so it began.  Great news.  Great for a number of reasons.

Only decades ago, the American Bald Eagle was an Endangered Species.  If not for the passionate work of people like American wildlife artist Charles Livingston Bull, the majestic bird would have disappeared from the continental US.

Today, the Bald Eagle is making a triumphant comeback.  Bolstered by a number of breeding pairs resettled from Canada (especially from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where the big birds have always been protected) by conservationists, the iconic raptor is again sailing the blue skies as a free creature.

It’s been absolutely amazing watching one eagle’s nest on the now-famous DC Eagle Cam.

It began with one egg beginning to open!  “Breaking” News…

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2017 — Since New Years Eve millions of viewers have tuned into the DC Eagle Cam (dceaglecam.org) to watch two live‑streaming, high-definition cameras featuring the wild nest of Bald Eagles Mr. President & The First Lady.

For the past month and more, these parents have been faithfully incubating two eggs in their nest at the top of a Tulip Poplar tree in the U.S. National Arboretum, right inside the Nation’s Capitol.

Their devoted attention and dedicated efforts finally began to pay off this morning, as one of the soon-to-be-eaglets has now begun the hatching process!

During incubation, an eaglet develops an “egg-tooth” on the tip of its upper beak, which is used to crack holes in its eggshell from the inside. The first hole made in the shell is called a “pip.”

American Eagle Foundation (AEF) volunteer camera operators first witnessed this first small crack on the egg around 9:58 a.m. EDT, March 28. As of now, the crack appears to be less than the size of a dime. It could take anywhere from 12‑48 hours for an eaglet to fully emerge, or hatch, from its shell.

“This is a very special time in the nest,” says AEF Founder & President Al Cecere. “To witness the up‑close process of an eaglet breaking through its shell is wonderfully heartwarming. We hope both eaglets hatch this week and show signs of good health.”

This first egg was laid on February 19. The second was laid on February 23 and cam viewers are hopeful that it will also begin to hatch in a few days. The average incubation period for an eagle egg is 35 days.

These will have been the fourth and fifth eaglets raised by these parents at this idyllic location. In the AEF’s educational chatroom (where viewers can create an account and talk to experienced moderators and other “chatters”) this eaglet will be tentatively referred to as “DC4.” If and when its sibling hatches, it will tentatively be called “DC5.”

In several weeks, the general public will have the opportunity to help come up with official names for these eaglets.

ABOUT THE D.C. EAGLE CAM PROJECT
In 2015, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) staff traveled to D.C. to install state-of-the-art cameras, infrared lighting, and other related equipment in-and-around the nest tree with the help of volunteers and experienced tree arborists and climbers. This past year, the AEF added microphones near the nest to further enhance the viewing experience, and a team of arborists and eagle experts affixed natural tree limbs beneath the nest to provide added support. The USDA’s U.S. National Arboretum ran a half-mile of fiber optic cable to the cameras’ ground control station, which connects the cameras and microphones to the Internet. The entire system is powered by a large mobile solar array (containing several deep cycle batteries) that was designed and built by students and staff from Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology and was partially funded by the Department of Energy and Environment. USNA has implemented a backup generator that will kick-on if prolonged inclement weather causes the solar array to provide insufficient power to the system. In 2016, APEX Electric Inc. (Kenmore, Washington) traveled to D.C. to assist the AEF in successfully installing audio equipment in and around the tree.

The AEF uses Piksel to stream the video images to viewers around the world, and AEF volunteers are trained and coordinated to pan, tilt and zoom the cams, as well as educate the public via LIVE chats while viewers watch the eagles via the cams on the Internet.  Learn more at http://www.eagles.org.

Conclusion: Fascinating, isn’t it?  It’s not only fun, there’s a fundamental feeling of belonging to all of Nature, watching this nesting eagle pair and their eaglets.  Egg-citing, eh?

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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You Can Go To Front Lines Of War On African Poachers

 

Now You Can Go To Front Lines Of War On African Poachers!

 

 

Over and Above Africa Brings Global Supporters to the Front Lines of the Fight to End Poaching of Endangered Animals”

The War against international organized poaching of wild animals has been escalating as the greedy poachers ramp up their slaughter of every creature from black bears, bighorn sheep and sharks here in North America to tigers, lions, elephants and rhinos in India and Africa.

It’s a heartrending war — watching these beautiful, magnificent animals driven to the edge of extinction to cater to the needs of a few wealthy, selfish, ignorant humans.

But read on, mon ami.  Here is Good News!

“New Non-Profit Group’s Campaigns Focus on Country’s $14 Billion Poaching Trade.”

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2017  — Over and Above Africa, a new non-profit group on a mission to bring a global community to the front line of the fight to protect Africa’s most endangered animals, announced today the launch of its highly-anticipated, content and subscription platform.

The Company, founded by acclaimed award-winning movie producer Kerry David (Agent Cody Banks, My Date with Drew and Like Dandelion Dust), “aims to make the plight of endangered animals in Africa personal for individuals around the planet and remove the current disconnect between donation and visible action on the ground where it counts,” explained Kerry David.

“Our concept is very simple: Members pay a five dollars monthly subscription fee. These funds are pooled to finance highly targeted and vetted anti poaching initiatives that we know to be effective.

“Every initiative which receives our support is closely followed by us as our filmmakers, drone operators and photographers document the outcome and then transmit directly to our members to SEE and EXPERIENCE the clear impact their contributions have on the poaching crisis. We call it ‘Affordable Philanthropy,'” she concluded.

Although not officially launched yet, Over and Above Africa has received such strong support they have already funded their first initiative – “Boots for Rangers” video.

“Poaching is a complicated problem that isn’t going away. It can however be stopped and for that to happen, there has to be a point where we collectively stand up and say no more.

“Over and Above Africa is a way that anyone – for the price of a cup of coffee – can play a part in that change,” added Executive Director, Jennifer Pfister.

Leading figures from the worlds of conservation and technology oversee their Advisory Board and include; Dereck & Beverly Joubert, Emmy-winning filmmakers and Explorers-in-Residence at National Geographic, Steve Galster, Founder of Freeland and A.R.R.E.S.T, Alan Feldstein, Founder, Infinite Safari Adventures & The Cheetah Conservation Trust, and technology luminary, Jon Epstein of Sentient Technologies.

“Over and Above Africa’s innovative new platform is introducing an entirely new source of funding to the wildlife trafficking crisis in Africa. It’s a very exciting prospect for us in the field and extremely timely,” said Advisory Board Member, Intelligence Expert, Founder of Wildleaks and Elephant Action League, Andrea Crosta.

“Over and Above Africa has aligned itself with exemplary NGO’s both as beneficiaries and as advisors on the ground in Africa to ensure its allocated funds support effective, complementary and proven anti-poaching initiatives that when used in conjunction with each other, strike a forceful blow to poaching and wildlife trafficking,” stated Advisory Board member, Assemblywoman, Autumn Burke.

For more information or to become a member, please visit  – www.Overandaboaveafrica.com

Company Contacts:

  • Kerry David, Founder & CEO – Kerry@OverAndAboveAfrica.com
  • Jennifer Pfister, Executive Director – Jennifer@OverAndAboveAfrica.com
  • Media Contact: Jennifer Andros – 152014@email4pr.com – Tel. 562-522-3721

Conclusion: I’ve witnessed the results of poaching right here in our Nova Scotia backwoods.  Black bears slaughtered for their gall bladders.  Tiny fawn legs tossed beside the roads like unwanted pieces of kindling.  Beavers just disappearing.

In Africa, it’s become full-out warfare.  A War on our fellow creatures — all for millions of dollars.  We’ve rightly supported wars over the years to protect our sacred Freedom.  Certainly we can afford a few dollars to protect our sacred Mother Earth.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Justin Trudeau Visits and Champions Rooftop Greenhouse

 

Justin Trudeau Visits and Champions Rooftop Greenhouse

 

 

“Lufa Farms’ successful example of commercial-scale urban agriculture prompts visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau”

 

An avid outdoorsman, Justin Trudeau has always spoken of his love of Nature, our wilderness and the need to become Green.

He made news with his support of the Accord de Paris — the historic Paris Accord: the international agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that was our last chance to control greenhouse gases emissions (If it’s not already too late!).

He’s been questioned lately for his support of tar sands development.  In an age of green technology and solar energy, this looks out of step, Justin.  His basic support of the environment seems to be uncertain.

But Justin’s visit to a city-based greenhouse is a good sign, eh?

“With the completion of its 3rd high-tech greenhouse, and its symbiosis with local farmers, Lufa Farms has grown into a compelling role model for sustainable urban agriculture.”

A good sign and good news…

MONTREAL, March 24, 2017 – Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just finished a third highly automated greenhouse in the Montreal borough of Anjou. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau was there to see it in full production.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round.

Lufa Farms’ six years of rapid growth and its successes in rooftop greenhouse design, cooperation with local sustainability-focused farmers, and appeal to thousands of Montreal consumers, make it one of the most successful large-scale urban agriculture models in the world, demonstrating how to sustainably feed entire cities.

Our Canadian Prime Minister was given a full tour of the new production facility by Lufa Farms founders Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell. He witnessed first-hand the innovative complexity of the rooftop greenhouse, and even took time to harvest a basket of fresh greens for himself and his family.

When Justin “discovered” a baby in the cabbage patch, he even joked “Lufa Farms grows veggies — and other little ones — on Montreal rooftops all year.”

The new rooftop greenhouse is a marvel in automation. It was designed by Dutch greenhouse innovators at KUBO, outfitted by Belgian greenhouse automation experts, Hortiplan, and includes advanced horticultural lighting systems from GE.

The construction of the new greenhouse was supported by Quebec financial partners Fonds de solidarité FTQ and La Financière agricole du Québec.

From one rooftop greenhouse to a new paradigm in urban agriculture…

Lufa Farms began operating the world’s first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse in 2011. It was built with the goal of using sustainable irrigation, energy and growing systems for cultivation of pesticide-free produce. The first greenhouse, with 8 employees, produced more than 25 varieties of vegetables and delivered them, weekly, to a few hundred Montreal customers.

The second Lufa Farms’ rooftop greenhouse began operation in 2013. With it, the company introduced an online marketplace so that consumers could select and buy fresh Lufa Farms produce together with responsible produce, meat, dairy, bread, and more provided by hundreds of local farmers and foodmakers.

The result is that consumers receive the freshest sustainably-grown goods, local farmers get a viable outlet for their products, and the city benefits from optimized land, water, and energy use.

A disruptive rethink of food production and distribution

The most recent greenhouse caps six years of steady growth and innovation. The Lufa Farms team now consists of more than 140 employees, grows over 70 different vegetable varieties, and delivers more than 10,000 food baskets every week of the year.

“We began this venture because of our passion for rooftop farming. We didn’t start out as farmers and I’d never even grown a tomato before,” says Lauren Rathmell, Co-Founder and Greenhouse Director of Lufa Farms. “But we did what made sense to us as technologists and problem solvers. Today, we understand that successful urban agriculture requires not only advanced greenhouse technology, but also direct-to-client distribution, and working together with local, sustainable farmers and food artisans. The sum of all the parts, working together, is greater than the whole.”

The future of Lufa Farms

Founded in 2009 by Mohamed Hage, Lauren Rathmell, Kurt Lynn, and Yahya Badran, Lufa Farms now has a combined urban growing space of 138,000 square feet. The company plans to continue the expansion of its urban farm projects in Quebec urban centres, and also in select New England locations in the U.S.

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Is Justin Trudeau truly Green?

He’s been getting mixed reviews lately.  But we stay hopeful.  Justin has promised to pick up where Canada’s greenest Prime Minister, Conservative Brian Mulroney, left off.

Mr Mulroney’s successes in battling climate change are his biggest legacy to Canada and to the world.  Justin has to step wider than he is to fill those footprints.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Stephen King’s THE DEAD ZONE Audiobook Narrated by James Franco

 

James Franco Narrates Stephen King’s THE DEAD ZONE — Available For The First Time As An Audiobook

 

 

Books.  Audiobooks.  Ebooks.

Still love real books made of real paper.

Over the years I’ve tried the new alternatives.  At first, I mixed audiobooks in with my rock n roll cassettes to play in the car.  And when our daughter gave me my Kindle, I went crazy downloading the classics and indie fiction.

I still carry my Kindle around with me — its cloth case is wearing out.  But now I mostly load those Free Samples of the latest releases or books I’ve missed.  Dozens of ’em at a time.  And if I want to read a complete one, I download the Indie ebook — or search Amazon and Abebooks to track down the best deal on a real live paperback or hardcover.

Audiobooks, however, have fallen by the wayside.  But I’m a Stephen King fan from the beginning and like the idea of listening to the THE DEAD ZONE some free afternoon instead of my usual Classic Rock fix.  Although I have one of those multi-media music centres (another gift from our daughter), I’ve got a feeling this audiobook won’t be available on a cassette.  Gotta figure this one out, eh?

But, yes, this is good news…

NEW YORK, March 18, 2017 — Academy Award nominee James Franco will narrate the audio edition of THE DEAD ZONE by bestselling author Stephen King. Simon & Schuster Audio will publish the King classic, which has never been available as an audiobook, on April 25th, 2017.

This isn’t the first time the author and actor have collaborated.  Franco recently starred as Jake Epping in Hulu’s 2016 miniseries 11.22.63, based on King’s novel of the same name.

“James is a terrific actor,” said King. “I knew that he would perfectly capture the vibe and voice of THE DEAD ZONE.”

Franco added, “I’ve been a fan of Stephen King’s work for a while now. He’s one of the most pleasurable authors to read or listen to. He just guides you along so well. Even though we’re from different generations all his influences and things he references and subjects he’s interested in seem to be all the things I’m interested in.”

Set in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, THE DEAD ZONE was made into a 1983 film starring Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen. The story follows Johnny Smith who awakens from a five-year coma to discover that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them.

While many consider his talent a gift, Johnny feels cursed. When he encounters a ruthlessly ambitious and amoral man who promises a terrifying fate for all humanity, Johnny must find a way to prevent a harrowing predestination from becoming reality.

“We’re thrilled to fill this black hole in Stephen King’s audiobook universe,” said Chris Lynch, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio. “James Franco’s narration is simply superb.”

ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO: Simon & Schuster Audio is a leading publisher of general interest audiobooks including bestselling fiction, nonfiction, business/finance, self-improvement, inspiration, language learning programs, original audiobook productions, and children’s titles. In addition to a list that includes such unparalleled authors as Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Flynn, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Michael Lewis, and David McCullough. Simon & Schuster Audio has produced audiobooks that have won eight Grammy Awards and earned forty-one Grammy nominations since 1989. For more information about Simon & Schuster Audio, visit our website at www.audio.simonandschuster.com.

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com

Conclusion: As I’ve written elsewhere, “There are exceptions, of course — Stephen King and Terry Pratchett, just two — but I believe that the great writers of our Boomer Generation have been our singer-songwriters.”  SEE Life & Works of Brian Alan Burhoe – All About Us & More

To me, Stephen King is that important in our Boomer generation’s culture, life and times.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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