Monthly Archives: March 2009

We Voted for Earth

We voted for EarthTonight, in our Chicago home, we voted for Earth by switching off our lights at precisely 8:30 pm, local time.

For our family, it was more than just a vote for Earth, it was an evening filled with warmth to the light of only candles.

We talked about what life was like before the days of electricity. Good questions were discussed about how dependent we are on electric power where those from days passed lived everyday without any electricity, ever!

Could we live without power, not for an hour, but a day? a year? How did we get to this point? Progress comes with a price, one that we can no longer afford to pay.

Without electricity, we enjoyed each other so much more. No one was on their computer, watching T.V., playing the radio or listening to music. We were together, and it was a wonderful time.

We asked ourselves, what can we do for an entire hour? After we talked and did some thinking, we played some good, organic music. We took out our acoustic guitars and played the blues, really. Our daughter is a great singer, my husband a professional blues guitarist, and I did some harmonies.

This day that the lights went out will be one of my most fond family memories. At the end of one hour, when the lights came back on, members of our family scattered off to their usual computers and television sets Something special came to an end.

Is their a moral to this story? You betcha!

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DUBAI: Sex on the beach? | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times

A man and a woman are on a beach in Dubai. They are being intimate. They get arrested because, in Dubai, this is against the Sharia law. You may think, “These people are so dumb! Why would anyone do that in a Sharia country!” “Get a room!” Well, actually, if they were not married, it would be against the law for them to get a room!

Scenario: You were on the beach with your husband and he stepped away to get some ice tea. You were alone on the beach for not longer than 5 minutes. Enter, a man who sees you alone and approaches to speak to you. Enter, a policeman who is sees you and walks over to question you.

Not only are you uncomfortable because this man has approached you, but you must also feel a little concern that a policeman is questioning you, not just him, or maybe not him at all.

Off the top of your head, you might say, well that is great, because I would feel safe that a policeman is there to protect me from this stranger. But you must also realize that this policeman is not just there to protect you, but he is also there to watch you, to be sure that you are not breaking any laws. Does that feel right? Free?

Read the full story: DUBAI: Sex on the beach? | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times.

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