friday – whales, water, diamonds, homes, sun, beatles
Wouldn’t it be nice to get a weekly dose of positive ideas to kick off your weekend? We all have rituals and habits which help to create a sacred space. Or maybe we don’t have enough of that kind of goodness in our lives. We might need a little lift, a tonic to counteract the popular media churn. Welcome, sit down for a minute and take it in. It’s time to recharge. TGIF.
Whale watching on Vancouver Island
Being on the Pacific presents the opportunity for some breathtaking encounters with sea mammals. A journey on one of British Columbia’s BC Ferries could be accompanied by a pod of dolphins or orca whales swimming alongside, but a surefire way to see these magnificent creatures up close is to take a whale watching tour. There are a wide variety of tours offered up and down the coast of Vancouver Island, from Campbell River to Tofino to Victoria. In March, whale enthusiasts can take part in the Pacific Rim Whale festival, which takes place throughout Tofino, Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The event celebrates the 20,000 Grey whales that pass through the region on their 13,000 km journey from the waters of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to the Bering Sea.
Imagining yourself on a vacation in a peaceful place has relaxing powers. Simply visualize anything that keeps your thoughts away from current tensions. It could be a favorite vacation spot, a fantasy island, that penthouse in New York City — or something ‘touchable,’ like the feel of your favorite silk robe or cozy sweater.
The Diamond Foundry has hydro-powered plasma reactor in Wenatchee, Wash., constructing diamonds using a fraction of the energy of other methods, including mining. As a result, the facility can churn up to 1 million carats of diamond every year, enough for nearly 500,000 average-size engagement rings. That speed, the company says, makes it possible for lab-grown diamonds to be cost-effectively produced at mining scale for the first time.
Vietnam’s Vo Trong Nghia Architects has been tinkering away at the issue of providing practical, sustainable, and most importantly, cheap, homes. The result is the S House, a US$4,000 dwelling part-built using local, easily-obtained materials, including Palm leaf thatching and bamboo.
Sunny winter days.
Many people are subject to the “winter blues” during the seasonal shift, making the blissfully “warm and sunny” days in the middle of the season a precious gift. For those of you in the Northern hemisphere, this is 6 months away…but we know this mix of sunny warmth and cold snow is fabulous!
On this day in 1962 the Rolling Stones gave their 1st performance at the Marquee Club in London. Look at how young they were! Great music played live on real instruments – pre-electronic era!