Humans have never been able to put cats to work

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Cats were considered holy in the halls of ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians held cats in the highest esteem, the penalties for injuring or killing a cat were severe.

Since then, cats have held a unique place in the animal kingdom, in that they are one of the few domestic animals that humans have lived with, loved and even bred, but have never been able to put to work.

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Per-Bast: A Tale of Cats in Ancient Egypt
by Kielo Publishing
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Gisele Bündchen eats for the planet

Gisele Bündchen promotes a plant-based diet to preserve the environment and more.

Gisele Bündchen promotes a plant-based diet to preserve the environment and more.

ONE GREEN PLANET — Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen recently told People magazine that her entire family, including her football star husband Tom Brady, their four-year-old daughter, and seven-year-old son, eat a mostly plant-based diet. Now the retired supermodel is speaking up once again on the many benefits of a plant-based diet – she recently teamed up with environmentalist Paul Hawken to share one important message: eat plant-based to help save the planet!

Paul Hawken latest book “Drawdown” lists 100 solutions to reverse climate change, all of which are based on existing science and ranked by cost and carbon footprint. A fan of the book, Gisele was inspired to take action. “I saw, ‘Oh my God,’ someone is actually addressing solutions. Someone is focusing on the solutions here, instead of focusing on the problems. . . like, ‘How can I help? How do I sign up to help?’ And that’s how I – that’s how I’m here,” she explained in a joint interview with Hawken for CBSNews.

Eating a plant-based diet is one thing everyone can do to drastically reduce their impact on the environment. Gisele noted we all need to, “Live our convictions. Like, you know, in my situation, like, we have a plant-based diet. And we’ve been having it for 10 years. Because we feel better. It is better for our health. And everything we put into our body has an effect on us, has an effect on our energy and how we feel.” Continue reading »

Learn More

Buy Paul Hawken’s book, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming“, by Penguin Books ($13.41) »

See One Green Planet’s Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Meal Plans and Themes »

See also One Green Planet’s Plant-Based Nutrition article »

Visit One Green Planet’s Weekly Plant-Based Meal Plans: By Diet Type »

Genesis Butler — A 10 year old’s vision for healing the planet

Remarkable and encouraging especially for us old-timers. Go Genesis!

Opera in the Park makes Opera and musical theater accessible

Image Source: James Gill Photography LLC.

Image Source: James Gill Photography LLC.

MADISON, Wisconsin — Back for its 16th year comes Madison Opera’s Opera in the Park, which offers the public a glimpse of operatic beauty — at no charge.

Throughout the evening, performers will be “singing things from the upcoming season,” said Kathryn Smith, general director of Madison Opera.

“From ‘Carmen’ to ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’ and ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ and then they’ll be singing other opera things, musical theater or operetta things. The audience might know or might not know them.”

As Garner Park further darkens into night, the concert is set aglow by different kinds of glowing objects such as glow sticks, light-up rings and necklaces.

At one point in the evening, audience members can even help “conduct” the music using their glow sticks. The sticks and necklaces are sold for $1 and the rings are $2. Continue reading »

Mother goose and goslings

 A mother goose swims with her four gosling on the Main River in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday. One gosling fell into the river with no chance to get out again. The mother jumped into the river to help followed by her other three goslings. In the end, the father decided to join as well. Michael Probst/AP. Via CSMonitor.com.

A mother goose swims with her four gosling on the Main River in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday. One gosling fell into the river with no chance to get out again. The mother jumped into the river to help followed by her other three goslings. In the end, the father decided to join as well. Michael Probst/AP. Via CSMonitor.com.

A small step toward correcting the overwhelming whiteness of Opera

Kenya Lawrence Jackson and Tyrone Chambers star in OperaCréole’s production of Lucien-Léon Guillaume Lambert’s “La Flamenca.”   PHOTOGRAPH BY CEDRIC ELLSWORTH / NOLAVIEUX PHOTOGRAPHY

Kenya Lawrence Jackson and Tyrone Chambers star in OperaCréole’s production of Lucien-Léon Guillaume Lambert’s “La Flamenca.”
PHOTOGRAPH BY CEDRIC ELLSWORTH / NOLAVIEUX PHOTOGRAPHY

THE NEW YORKER
By Lucy Caplan | May 18, 2017 | Full article »

Lucien-Léon Guillaume Lambert’s 1903 opera, “La Flamenca,” according to the tenor Tyrone Chambers, “challenges music history.” Having lain dormant since its première, in Paris, a hundred and fourteen years ago, the opera will be heard on Friday for the first time in the United States. The performance, in New Orleans, by OperaCréole, marks a symbolic homecoming: Lambert, born in Paris, was the son of a prominent black musician who had emigrated from Louisiana to France. Chambers, who will play one of the lead roles, understands the significance of the event. “We’re going to perform an opera by a black man who was born and lived in Paris, and a majority of us who will perform his work are also people of color,” he said. “That’s a powerful statement.” Continue reading »

NYT Review: Opera lovers, make a pilgrimage to Munich for Tannhäuser

A scene from the opera Tannhäuser, directed and designed by Romeo Castellucci. Credit Wilfried Hösl.

A scene from the opera Tannhäuser, directed and designed by Romeo Castellucci. Credit Wilfried Hösl.

MUNICH — “Nach Rom!” the cast of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” cries at the end of that opera’s second act, pressing the title character to make the Catholic pilgrimage to Rome and save his troubled soul.

I’d give it a new spin: “Nach München!” Opera lovers, get thee to Munich. Listening to “Tannhäuser,” which opened at the Bavarian State Opera here on Sunday, in a new production directed and designed by the provocative theater artist Romeo Castellucci, will convince you that you’ve verily been saved. I can’t say whether hearing this performance — and I mean hearing it, since the staging adds little to the purely musical experience — will secure your place in heaven, but I guarantee your faith in opera’s vitality will be renewed. Read more »