“THE RETURNING HOSTS ... STILL LOVE THIS BEAUTIFUL LAND”

CHIEF SEATTLE was a 19th century chief of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes in the area of Puget Sound. The city of Seattle is named for him.

In 1854, when the U. S. Government-appointed Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Washington Territory arrived, it is said that Chief Seattle rose to speak.

“The sable braves, and fond mothers, and glad-hearted maidens, and the little children who lived and rejoiced here, and whose very names are now forgotten, still love these solitudes.... At night, when the streets of your cities and villages shall be silent, and you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled and still love this beautiful land.”

Chief Seattle’s exact words have been lost through translation and rewriting from the Lushootseed Indian dialect he spoke. But the above lines are often included. These thoughts echo still, from Puget Sound across the lands and waters of our globe, admonishing us all.

We must be stewards of the Earth ... for those who came before us ... and for ourselves ... and for those who will come after us.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
19 February 2018
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ON FEBRUARY 14, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

Vishal Negi, from Dehra Dun, India, invites all of us to participate in ROTI DAY on 14 February. On Roti Day, the Indian flatbread called roti along with vegetables and other foods will be gathered and distributed to the poor and needy. It is a way to express love on Valentine’s Day.

Following up on Vishal’s idea, I have made a contribution to Rotary First Harvest. This program solicits surplus fruits and vegetables from eastern Washington and brings them into the Seattle area for distribution to local food banks. (In fact, Rotary First Harvest distributes produce to food banks all across Washington State.)

EXPRESS A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY.
Love thy neighbor.
Contribute to your local Food Bank ... or similar organization.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
10 February 2018
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THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

Vishal Negi, from Dehra Dun, India, invites all of us to participate in ROTI DAY on 14 February. On Roti Day, the Indian flatbread called roti along with vegetables and other foods will be gathered and distributed to the poor and needy. It is a way to express love on Valentine’s Day.

Following up on Vishal’s idea, I have made a contribution to Rotary First Harvest. This program solicits surplus fruits and vegetables from eastern Washington and brings them into the Seattle area for distribution to local food banks. (In fact, Rotary First Harvest distributes produce to food banks all across Washington State.)

EXPRESS A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY.
Love thy neighbor.
Contribute to your local Food Bank ... or similar organization..

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
10 February 2018
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ELEPHANTS ARE TERRIFIED OF BEES.
YES ... THE WORLD’S LARGEST LAND ANIMAL IS SCARED OF A TINY INSECT.

A bee’s stinger can’t penetrate the hide of an elephant. But in a swarm, hundreds of bees will sting sensitive areas like the elephant’s trunk, mouth, and eyes.

African bees are very aggressive, and African elephants are so afraid of them they will flap their ears, stir up dust, and make noises when they hear the buzz of a beehive. Asian bees are less aggressive, but Asian elephants also shy away from bees.

THIS CAN SAVE ELEPHANTS’ LIVES.
HOW?

Farmers sometimes shoot elephants to keep them away from crops (or hire guards to shoot them). Now conservationists are persuading farmers to string beehives every 20 metres around a field ... a virtual fence that can keep 80 percent of elephants away from farmland — saving the farmers’ crops — and saving the elephants’ lives.

Saving the elephants of Asia and Africa is important, and so is helping farmers succeed — so this is a true win-win idea.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle Washington
3 February 2018

Here is a link to the original article about elephants and bees by Karen Weintraub in the New York Times:
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BEES.
YES ... THE WORLD’S LARGEST LAND ANIMAL IS TERRIFIED OF A TINY INSECT.

A bee’s stinger can’t penetrate the hide of an elephant. But in a swarm, hundreds of bees will sting sensitive areas like the elephant’s trunk, mouth, and eyes.

African bees are very aggressive, and African elephants are so afraid of them they will flap their ears, stir up dust, and make noises when they hear the buzz of a beehive. Asian bees are less aggressive, but Asian elephants also shy away from bees.

THIS CAN SAVE ELEPhANTS’ LIVES.
HOW?

Farmers sometimes shoot elephants to keep them away from crops (or hire guards to shoot them). Now conservationists are persuading farmers to string beehives every 20 metres around a field ... a virtual fence that can keep 80 percent of elephants away from farmland – saving the farmers’ crops ... and saving the elephants’ lives.

Saving the elephants of Asia and Africa is important, and so is helping farmers succeed — so this is a true win-win idea.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle Washington
3 February 2018

Here is a link to the original article about this by Karen Weintraub in the New York Times: nyti.ms/2DI0asr
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A TRIPLE MOON EVENT— JAN 31— FIRST IN OVER 150 YEARS

A BLUE MOON
A SUPERMOON
A BLOOD MOON

A blue moon, a supermoon, and a lunar eclipse (which produces a blood moon) will all fall on the same night, January 31, 2018– an event that last happened on March 31 1866.

BLUE MOON — A blue moon is the second full moon occurring within the same month. There was a full moon on January 1; the full moon on January 31 will be a blue moon.

SUPERMOON — A supermoon is one that appears to be bigger and brighter than a typical full moon because it is at or near its closest approach to Earth. The full moon of January 31st will be a supermoon.

BLOOD MOON — During a total lunar eclipse, the moon gradually seems to turn reddish in color as it is illuminated by sunlight that has been filtered through and refracted from Earth’s atmosphere. The photo here shows a supermoon eclipse of September 28, 2015 – which was a double event (supermoon and eclipse) but not the triple event that will be a supermoon, a total lunar eclipse, AND a blue moon on January 31st.

On January 31st, I plan to be on the terrace of HARBOURVIEW HOSPITAL (just round the corner from where I live) to view the eclipse. The challenge here in Seattle will be the weather. “Mostly cloudy” is the forecast for Tuesday the 30th, showers for Wednesday the 31st. The eclipse will last from 2:51 a.m. to 7:43 a.m. Wednesday.

You can check the time of its occurrence where you live and hope for clear weather. The eclipse will be visible anywhere on Earth where it is nighttime, which includes all of the United States, Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia including India.

I was in South Carolina for the total solar eclipse last year with friends from Virginia and Florida. I have invited them to join me here on the night of 30-31 January for our lunar eclipse viewing pleasure.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
27 January 2018
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THREE MOON EVENTS ON THE SAME NIGHT— JAN 31

A BLUE MOON
A SUPERMOON
A BLOOD MOON

A blue moon, a supermoon, and a lunar eclipse (which produces a blood moon) will all fall on the same night, January 31, 2018 —– an event that last happened over 150 years ago, on 31 March 1866.

BLUE MOON — A blue moon is the second full moon occurring within the same month. There was a full moon on January 1; the full moon on January 31 will be a blue moon.

SUPERMOON — A supermoon is one that appears to be bigger and brighter than a typical full moon because it is at or near its closest approach to Earth. The full moon of January 31st will be a supermoon.

BLOOD MOON — During a total lunar eclipse, the moon gradually seems to turn reddish in color as it is illuminated by sunlight that has been filtered through and refracted from Earth’s atmosphere. The photo here shows a supermoon eclipse on September 28, 2015 – which was a double event (supermoon and eclipse) but not the triple event that will be a supermoon, a total lunar eclipse, AND a blue moon on January 31st.

On January 31st, I plan to be on the terrace of HARBOURVIEW HOSPITAL (just round the corner from where I live) to view the eclipse. Here in Seattle, the eclipse will last from 2:51 a.m. to 7:43 a.m. Wednesday. We may have clouds or showers.

The eclipse will be visible anywhere on Earth where it is nighttime, which includes all of the United States, Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia including India. Check the time of its occurrence where you live and hope for clear weather.

I was in South Carolina for the total solar eclipse last year with friends from Virginia and Florida. I have invited them to join me in Seattle on the night of 30-31 January for our lunar eclipse viewing pleasure.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
27 January 2018
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IS THE WORLD GETTING BETTER?

The January 15 2018 issue of Time magazine, with
“THE OPTIMISTS” on its cover, says yes!

Bad news makes the headlines – hurricanes, wildfires, mass shootings, nuclear stand-offs, bloody civil wars in Syria and Yemen, the tragic persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar. But, argues Bill Gates (guest editor of this Time issue), these tragedies happen in the context of a bigger, positive trend. “On the whole,” says Gates, “the world is getting better.”

One example: Since 1990, the number of children who die before their fifth birthday has been cut in half. “That means 122 million children have been saved in a quarter century, and countless families have been spared the heartbreak of losing a child.” This smiling little girl from Tanzania, photographed at age five, stands for all the children of the world who have reached that age.

Gates gives other examples of improvement in the world:

• A century ago it was legal to be gay in 20 countries; today it is legal in over 100 countries.

• Women , gaining in political power, now make up more than a fifth of members of national parliaments.

• More than 90% of all children in the world attend primary school.

• The world over, many fewer people live in abject poverty.

• In the United States, you are far less likely to die on the job or in a car than your grandparents were.

“Being an optimist doesn’t mean you ignore tragedy and injustice [and the millions of children who die from disease],” Gates emphasizes. “It means you are inspired to look for [and support] people who are making progress on these fronts “

One organization which strengthens my optimism, perhaps more than any other, is:

MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

Here is the link to their website: www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
22 January 2018
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THE WORLD IS GETTING BETTER. TRUE?

The January 15 2018 issue of Time magazine, with “THE OPTIMISTS” on its cover, says yes!

Bad news makes the headlines – hurricanes, wildfires, mass shootings, nuclear stand-offs, bloody civil wars in Syria and Yemen, the tragic persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar. But, argues Bill Gates (guest editor of this Time issue), these tragedies happen in the context of a bigger, positive trend. “On the whole,” says Gates, “the world is getting better.”

One example: Since 1990, the number of children who die before their fifth birthday has been cut in half. “That means 122 million children have been saved in a quarter century, and countless families have been spared the heartbreak of losing a child.” This smiling little girl from Tanzania, photographed at age five, stands for all the children of the world who have reached that age.

Gates gives other examples of improvement in the world:

• A century ago it was legal to be gay in 20 countries; today it is legal in over 100 countries.

• Women , gaining in political power, now make up more than a fifth of members of national parliaments.

• More than 90% of all children in the world attend primary school.

• The world over, many fewer people live in abject poverty.

• In the United States, you are far less likely to die on the job or in a car than your grandparents were.

“Being an optimist doesn’t mean you ignore tragedy and injustice [and the millions of children who die from disease],” Gates emphasizes. “It means you are inspired to look for [and support] people who are making progress on these fronts “

One organization which strengthens my optimism, perhaps more than any other, is:

MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

Here is the link to their website: www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
22 January 2018
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BISHKEK, ORCHHA, SEATTLE ....
MOONSTRUCK WHEREVER I AM

I pay attention to the moon--- particularly the FULL moon. I have taken a picture of the moon at full from the last five months. Mostly photographed through branches of trees. The previous two were in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and then Orchha (India). I took this photograph near my new apartment in Seattle — the full moon of January 1, 2018.

There will be another full moon at the end of January. It is unusual to have two full moons within a single month, occurring only once about every two-and-a-half years. When it happens, the second of the month is known as a blue moon.

A beautiful moon like this, shining over Earth, is surely a good omen for the new year.

WarrenHall Crain
12 January 2018
Seattle, Washington
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MOONSTRUCK

I pay attention to the moon--- particularly the FULL moon. I have taken a picture of the moon at full from the last five months. Mostly photographed through branches of trees. The previous two were in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and then Orchha (India). I took this photograph near my new apartment in Seattle — the full moon of January 1, 2018.

There will be another full moon at the end of January. It is unusual to have two full moons within a single month, occurring only once about every two-and-a-half years. When it happens, the second of the month is known as a blue moon.

A beautiful moon like this, shining over Earth, is surely a good omen for the new year.

WarrenHall Crain
10 January 2018
Seattle, Washington
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THE SUN AND THE MOON ... A STORY FOR US ALL

Scientists love to study the few hunter-gatherer groups that remain on the planet to figure out how human societies evolved.

One such group are the Agta of the Philippines. The stories the Agta tell emphasize qualities such as gender equality, friendship, and the acceptance of differences. Here is an Agta myth:

The sun (male) and the moon (female) argue about which should illuminate the sky. In a fight, the moon proves that she is as strong as the sun. They settle the argument by agreeing to share the task, one during the day and the other during the night.

From the earliest human societies, qualities of kindness, care of others, and cooperation are deeply rooted in human nature — as shown in stories passed down through the eons and still told today.

These are the qualities that allowed human groups to survive and thrive — the qualities needed today for the continued survival and success of humankind.

[This post is based on the column “Why Our Stories Matter” by Stephen Greenblatt in the New York Times, December 21, 2017 — which has important lessons for us all.]

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
1 January 2018
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LET PEACE BEGIN WITH ME

This is a time of celebration for many world religions and even the nonreligious. For Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and others, it is a time to strive for peace ... as we must all the year round.

In the words of the song, "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me." Each of us can, and must, embrace peace and good will to all others.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
23 December 2017
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PEACE ON EARTH

This is a time of celebration for many of the world's religions ... with the joy of the season shared by even the nonreligious. For Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and others, it is a time to strive -- as we must all the year round -- for peace.

As the words of the song remind us -- "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me" -- each one of us can, and must, embrace peace and good will to all others

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
22 December 2017
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LIGHT A CANDLE

These are dark days in many parts of the world, and it is easy to become discouraged.

But in fact it is a good time to remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” —Not just to think positively but to act positively.

Here are some ideas:
• Join a worthy organizaiton.
• Contribute some money, even a small amount, to a good cause.
• Help a family member, a friend, or a neighbor.
• Help a stranger.
• Speak up for for your principles.

Comment to add your ideas . Tell us about something you have done or may do to bring light to theworld ... or to your corner of it.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
16 December 2017
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LIGHT A CANDLE

These are dark days in many parts of the world, and it is easy to become discouraged.

But in fact it is a good time to remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” —Not just to think positively but to act positively.

Here are some ideas:
• Join a worthy organization.
• Contribute some money, even a small amount, to a good cause.
• Help a family member, a friend, or a neighbor.
• Help a stranger.
• Speak up for for your principles.

Comment to add your ideas . Tell us about something you have done or may do to bring light to the world ... or to your corner of it.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
15 December 2017
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INDIA LAYS CLAIM TO ME. I grew up in India and, for more than 20 years now, I have spent half of each year there, making my home with a family in Khajuraho, a small town in the centre of the country, and traveling widely. India long ago laid claim to me, and although I hold an American passport, I often assert that I am a proper Indian.

“READINGS FROM AN INDIA JOURNAL” is a selection of 101 from more than 400 entries to my India journal. In these entries, I write about the REAL India – not just the glory of the Taj Mahal, but about India’s everyday people, places, and events.

I want to share my India Journal with as many readers as possible, so I AM GIVING IT AWAY – A FREE KINDLE DOWNLOAD – FROM DECEMBER 9-13. Click here:

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INDIA LAYS CLAIM TO ME. I grew up in India and, for more than 20 years now, I have spent half of each year there, making my home with a family in Khajuraho, a small town in the centre of the country, and traveling widely. India long ago laid claim to me, and although I hold an American passport, I often assert that I am a proper Indian.

“READINGS FROM AN INDIA JOURNAL” is a selection of 101 from more than 400 entries to my India journal. In these entries, I write about the REAL India – not just the glory of the Taj Mahal, but about India’s everyday people, places, and events.
Here, for example, is the beginning of my entry “THE OLD FARMER.”

‘TOWEL OVER ONE shoulder, sacred thread over the other, he stands in the doorway in the hazy afternoon sunlight. It has just rained, and the air is clear and fresh. He stands erect and sure, waiting for his daughter-in-law to bring lota and bucket and rope so that he can go to the well for his afternoon bath. He is still handsome at 73. His years in the fields have kept him strong, and today to me, as I watch him through the doorway, he embodies the deep strength of India, this rich land in which sixty percent of the people still live in villages....’

I want to share my India Journal with as many readers as possible, so I AM GIVING IT AWAY – A FREE KINDLE DOWNLOAD – FOR FIVE DAYS FROM DECEMBER 9-13. (The $0.00 price starts at midnight Pacific time on the first day and lasts until midnight Pacific time on the last day.)

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9 December 2017
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FREE DOWNLOAD ($0.00)
DECEMBER 9-13 AT amzn.to/2kkCi5f

INDIA LAYS CLAIM TO ME. I grew up in India and, for more than 20 years now, I have spent half of each year there, making my home with a family in Khajuraho, a small town in the centre of the country, and traveling widely. India long ago laid claim to me, and although I hold an American passport, I often assert that I am a proper Indian.

“READINGS FROM AN INDIA JOURNAL” is a selection of 101 from more than 400 entries to my India journal. In these entries, I write about the REAL India – not just the glory of the Taj Mahal, but about India’s everyday people, places, and events.
Here, for example, is the beginning of my entry “THE OLD FARMER.”

‘TOWEL OVER ONE shoulder, sacred thread over the other, he stands in the doorway in the hazy afternoon sunlight. It has just rained, and the air is clear and fresh. He stands erect and sure, waiting for his daughter-in-law to bring lota and bucket and rope so that he can go to the well for his afternoon bath. He is still handsome at 73. His years in the fields have kept him strong, and today to me, as I watch him through the doorway, he embodies the deep strength of India, this rich land in which sixty percent of the people still live in villages....’

I want to share my India Journal with as many readers as possible, so I AM GIVING IT AWAY – A FREE KINDLE DOWNLOAD – FOR FIVE DAYS FROM DECEMBER 9-13. (The $0.00 price starts at midnight Pacific time on the first day and lasts until midnight Pacific time on the last day.)

Again -- Get your FREE ($0.00) download –from December 9-13 --by clicking here:

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AND AFTER YOU READ IT, PLEASE POST YOUR REVIEW ON AMAZON.

WarrenHall Crain
Tacoma, Washington
9 December 2017
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    Warren Crain is a prolific writer/story teller. His books are a good read which speaks from his heart about the human condition.

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