Window to the World, calling for Wind of Wisdom,
as common sense is a gift to each soul,
as common environment is the inseparable planet,
as common desire is to live in a better world.

"There are two freedoms; The false, where man is free to do what he likes; The true, where man is free to do what he ought."

"There are two freedoms; The false, where man is free to do what he likes; The true, where man is free to do what he ought."
~ Charles Kingsley

"False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared."
~ Charles de Montesquieu

World largest Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre sails from Norway to America, relives 1st transatlantic crossing >1,000 yrs ago

Draken Harald Hårfagre leaves Greenland

crew of Draken Harald Hårfagre


The world’s largest Viking ship, the Norwegian Draken Harald Hårfagre, will be docking at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, beginning October 2, 2016
"It has been a tremendous adventure! A challenge extraordinaire, to explore the world with the largest Viking ship built and sailed in modern times. Im proud of our crew and all the challenges we have overcome to reach the final stop on this journey."
– Captain Björn Ahlander

October 2, Draken Harald Hårfagre, the world’s largest viking ship built in modern times, will sail into Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, and it is the final destination for Expedition America 2016.  read more »

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."US National Park Service turns 100(1st park,Yellowstone,signed into law in 1872)

Yellowstone National Park

Extended Preview of Ken Burns documentary series on PBS, THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICAS BEST IDEA. The 12-hour, six-part documentary series, directed by Burns and co-produced with his longtime colleague, Dayton Duncan, who also wrote the script, is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.


"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
- John Muir, Our National Parks

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100
The centennial celebrates the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is really about the future. It’s about kicking off a second century of stewardship for America’s national parks and for communities across the nation. Most importantly, it’s about inviting you to join us. We all have a role to play in ensuring that future generations of Americans will be able to enjoy the thrilling experiences of nature and wildlife, history and culture, and the spirit of adventure that is waiting at every national park.  read more »

"Virtue is the fount whence honour springs." - Christopher Marlowe

"I have a lantern. You steal my lantern. What, then, is your honour worth no more to you than the price of my lantern?"
~ Epictetus

"Virtue is the fount whence honour springs."
~ Christopher Marlowe

More plastic than fish by 2050: worldwide plastic use increased 20x in 50 yrs, 8 million tons dumped into oceans every minute

plastics in the marine environment: where do they come from? where do they go?

only a small percentage of plastic waste is recycled
Only 5% of plastic waste is effectively recycled, at plants like this one in Indonesia.


Washington Post - By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, study says
If we keep producing (and failing to properly dispose of) plastics at predicted rates, plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish pound for pound in 2050, the nonprofit foundation said in a report Tuesday.

According to the report, worldwide use of plastic has increased 20-fold in the past 50 years, and it is expected to double again in the next 20 years. By 2050, we’ll be making more than three times as much plastic stuff as we did in 2014.

Guardian UK - One refuse truck’s-worth of plastic is dumped into the sea every minute, and the situation is getting worse
According to a new Ellen MacArthur Foundation report launched at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday, new plastics will consume 20% of all oil production within 35 years, up from an estimated 5% today.  read more »

"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor." - Aristotle

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

— Aristotle

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