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.


"The good is the beautiful." - Plato

"The good is the beautiful."
- Plato

"Things of this world are in so constant a flux, that nothing remains long in the same state."
- John Locke

Photos: Emma Thompson in Arctic; tortoise oldest animal, a well respected resident; dolphins at world's top surfing competitions



Emma Thompson and daughter join Greenpeace ship on voyage to protect the Arctic. (Credit: Emma Thompson Fans / savethearctic.org / GreenPeace)



Meet Jonathan the Tortoise, the Oldest Animal in the World (182) (Credit: negreenplanet.org / seychellesnewsagency.com / puravidasail.com)


Octopus sets record for motherly care: deep-sea octopus broods eggs for over four years - longer than any known animal (Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)



Surf's up! Playful dolphins put pros to shame as they ride the waves during prestigious surfing competition in South Africa (Credit: Stan Blumberg / Barcroft Media, Mail Online)

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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
- Aristotle

"The basis of good manners is self-reliance."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Price is Right, or not? Crude oil prices in 150 years: 1861-2013; US college fees increasing 10 to 20-fold in past 40 years


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150 Years Of "Real" Oil Prices
In real terms, the price of crude oil has not been more expensive since the Pennsylvania Boom over 150 years ago...


Galloping inflation in American college fees
For decades, college fees have risen faster than Americans' ability to pay them. Median household income has grown by a factor of 6.5 in the past 40 years, but the cost of attending a state college has increased by a factor of 15 for in-state students and 24 for out-of-state students. The cost of attending a private college has increased by a factor of more than 13 (a year in the Ivy League will set you back $38,000, excluding bed and board). Academic inflation makes most other kinds look modest by comparison.

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Image courtesy Oil Prices and The Economist / BLS / FHFA / Thomson Reuters

"Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do."
- Epictetus

"Character is determined by choice, not opinion."
- Aristotle

We're what we eat and do. Fitness at own choice: father of 4 fr 50lb overwt to ultraman; Queen actress Mirren, 69, in Bikini

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University gymnast. She's five feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. Gymnast dominates American Ninja course that would break you in two


From fat to ultra-fit father of 4 - "Finding Ultra" author Rich Roll explains how he went from couch potato to being dubbed one of fittest men in the world.

*update* July 23, 2014
The Queen actress, Helen Mirren, 69, to Staying Bikini It's no secret that Helen Mirren has a hot bod, but how she stays trim certainly is.

The Queen actress, who turns 69 on Saturday, revealed that when she needs to tighten up her waistline she actually follows a Royal Canadian Air Force exercise plan... from the 1950s!

"I'm not very fit at all actually. Just this morning I started my exercises, which I haven’t been doing for months, maybe years. I do a thing that leads me into exercise. It is the Royal Canadian Air Force exercise plan; it is 12 minutes and they have charts you follow… Each day, you have to do the exercises within the 12 minutes and until you can, you can’t move up," Mirren recently told reporters, according to her publicist.

"It is the exercise I have done off and on my whole life. It just very gently gets you fit. Two weeks of doing that and you think: 'Yeah, I could go to the gym now.'"  read more »

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