Category Archives: Global Vision

A Larger Perspective of the World

Pictured Rocks Birdseye!

This is awesome footage of Pictured Rocks! There is even a great sweep of the Mighty Mac, or Mackinac Bridge the gateway to the Upper Peninsula.

The UP is a gem in the lower 48 states.

Raw and wild you will experience nature and her many moods on any given day. The changing of the seasons creates a never-ending kaleidoscope of perspective here. The warm summer breeze embraces you and the sharp bitter winter wind creates stunning ice sculptures in the cold weather. Perhaps the most magnificent time to visit is autumn. The fall color is spectacular in contrast to the brilliant blue of the water. The sheer size of Lake Superior allows you to experience the sense of infinity as the horizon melts into the sky. Keep looking up and you might see the majestic symbol of our nation, the bald eagle.

Two eagles on a snowy day.

The Pictured Rocks Boat Cruise is an excellent way to see the magical shoreline. In the winter snowshoes, snowmobiles and cross country skis provide access. Kayaking or paddle boarding is also popular for the more adventurous. Backpacking, hiking or camping the world’s largest freshwater inland sea is something to be experienced and savored. Find out why the UP of Michigan is called someplace special.

Munising is a great place to start!

Animal Rights WIN in New Zealand!

BIG WIN for Animal Rights!

This is a stellar piece of legislation, Bravo New Zealanders!


New Zealand has recently joined ranks with the 28 countries of the European Union, Israel, India, and the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo by declaring that

‘there is no use for testing cosmetics on animals – ever’.

The latest move of New Zealand’s government is to ban animal testing for “finished cosmetic products and their ingredients” – which has never happened in the country – and now, likely never will.

The amendment to the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill passed a debate phase on Tuesday, and is now expected to be enacted into law within the coming weeks. The Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy, applauded the symbolic move.

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What Can You Do?


When we wake up each morning and are confronted by things that just aren’t right most of us shake our heads, sigh and move on. Some of us wake up every day and make a difference.  Shawna Kemppainen is one of those people.  What can you do to make a difference?

When Shawna Kemppainen started working with homeless kids a few years ago, she was met with this statistic: Five thousand homeless young people die on American streets each year from illness, suicide or assault.

“This is one of those pieces of data that when I started this job, stopped me in my tracks,” she says.

So when you consider that Colorado Springs Police and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office work a combined total of some 900 runaway-teen cases each year, it brings home the possibility of a tragic end to a life that’s just getting started.

Local law enforcement says very few kids run away for long periods of time. But one girl from the region was killed years ago after being reported as a runaway, and another reports having been sexually assaulted just within the last three months.

Police and sheriff’s personnel say they prioritize runaways as much as they can, given that running away from home isn’t a crime, but they can’t call out the cavalry every time teenagers decide they’ll take their chances on the streets. Springs Police added a part-time investigator last year to focus exclusively on runaways, but he can do only so much.

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Shop Like a Local

Souvenir Shopping

(from the NY Times)

Some great advice on how to shop like a local when you travel by Bonnie Tsui.
“I hate shopping, and I’m not alone. The sensory overload, the paralysis of too many options, the stress of haggling — it can all be overwhelming. But when I’m traveling in a new place, I admit to getting outsize satisfaction from unearthing just the right souvenir. I generally don’t look for fancy items, but rather something functional and frugal that’s representative of everyday life in that place. (More often than not, it’s also tasty.) The best way to find these gems, I’ve found, is to immerse myself in a destination and seek out the unusual. With that in mind, here are three strategies for thinking like a local — avoiding the usual suspects to discover something memorable, and well priced, to take home.”

Go to the Source

Kampot, Cambodia, is known among foodies for its quality peppercorns; cooperatives like FarmLink have made it easy and affordable for tourists to buy them from local farms to bring home ($4 for 40 grams of the spice — half of what it costs when purchased abroad). Though FarmLink was founded to help farmers prepare their crop for export, it now offers free educational tastings and tours of its facility, which farmers use to process their pepper.

“Pepper is the No. 1 spice in the world, and yet people know so little about it,” said Christophe Lesieur, an owner of FarmLink, who points out that Michelin-starred chefs are ardent champions of Kampot pepper. “Coming to learn about pepper in Kampot can be compared to visiting a vineyard in Bordeaux.” (I’d add that it’s a lot cheaper.)

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