Happy Day, Mother Earth!

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 Happy Birthday, Mother Earth! 

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. 
First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG (formerly Earth Day Network) including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.
- Wikipedia 

But Mother Earth should be cared for and celebrated every day. 

We wouldn't exist if it wasn't for her (it). Yet, we hurt her without any regret. 

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Some are aware of the harm they do to it many times a day, but they take any positive action towards earth anyway. 

Some others are completely and utterly oblivious of the consequences of their lack of respect and consideration towards the planet we live on. 

Which ones are worse? 

All. Each of us. 

Luckily, lately, there are many who fight to defend the earth from ultimate destruction. 

I am not a member of any of these organisations or groups, yet, but I do my bit each day. 

And you can too: 
  • never waste water 
  • plant trees
  • seed flowers to help the bees survive 
  • don't kill animals for fun or for profit. Save many from extinction 
  • don't pollute. Walk or cycle more, instead of using a car. Unless, of course, it's a car that doesn't harm the planet 
  • recycle all you can
  • don't litter and so, so much more! 
Saving the planet is up to us. Each and every one of us. 
To learn what more you can do, go to https://www.earthday.org

EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet. 

This year theme is: Restore our earth. 

Many Happy Returns, Mother Earth! 

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Immigrants are humans too - Stories of prisoners of geography

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I am a Romanian-born woman with a dream bigger than me.
I write books hoping to make a living from it.
It's not easy. Not at all.
But what's easy nowadays?
Better yet: what was ever easy?

I love my country and my language, I respect the traditions, I long to see the street I grew up, the house I was raised in... I long to see my parents, my sisters and brothers all together.
But I live in England now.
Romania is far, far away...
Not only in terms of physical distance as... of the way I fell about my roots.

I left my country when I was 24.
Italy was my destination.
Italy... one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
I learned so much.
I cried so much.
I was so unfairly treated.
And why?
What have I done?
Have I been a bad person?
No.
I was ... a prisoner of geography. Nothing else mattered.

Humans cursed by geography by Romanian author Cristina G.


I wrote books about that period. Ten Years in Italy, Three Weeks a Human is one of them.
But I also write about immigration on my blogs. You know that.

I am glad that happened... what happened in Italy otherwise I wouldn't be here.
And I want to be here... in England.
I love living in England.
But I am not sure for how long now... with the Brexit going on.

Racism without racists: The truth about the immigration by Cristina G.

Yet. "Dum spiro spero. While I breathe, I hope."
I hold no grudge to anyone.

Being good is a decision, not a consequence. 
A friend of mine asked me once why have I left my country. What have I dreamed to achieve?
My answer was: Hope.

I am an immigrant and a human just like you. I have hopes and dreams and I want to achieve them. I have this right. My nationality doesn't define me.
What other people do is their responsibility, not mine.
Right?


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A Great Way to Remember - Cristina G.

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Some time ago, my colleagues and I got an email from my team leader inviting us to have a picture together for the company calendar.
I always loved calendars and I liked the idea very much.
However, as the participation was optional, I decided not to take part as I don't really like being in the centre of attention.

That is something coming from a writer who craves for international recognition, isn't it?
Anyway, although I'd like to be famous, and I will be, I am yet to learn how to handle the reflectors' lights.
To be honest, I never liked being photographed. I am terrified of the idea. I believe I am not photogenic at all.
Thinking that you are better in real life than in photograph isn't it somehow arrogant?

I am not referring to photoshopped photographs. In those, we are all super perfect and forever young.

Anyway, I wanted to know my teammates' thoughts on the matter.
So I spoke with them and it seemed that none was very eager to be immortalised on a calendar.
That made me very sad.
I took some time to reflect on it.

I thought that it would be amazing to have pictures with all my colleagues from around the world.

I imagined myself old and decrepit holding the future calendar in my hands remembering names, places, and situations that made me laugh... or cry.

It seemed such an easy way to remember...

I asked myself how could I not take part when I like the idea so much?
What was the real reason for my refusal?
Was I upset with someone or with something in my company?
Bingo!
I was indeed upset because of a very unfortunate incident happened in the past.
An occurrence that gave me an awful amount of distress.
A situation I thought (still think) was not handled properly by the people in charge of it.
They did their best to fix something that was very difficult to fix. However, I suffered and I lost a lot because of it.
I didn't know what to do so I isolated myself from most, even if I cared for many of my colleagues.
Years after, I am still haunted by that terrible experience.

But refusing to participate in a collective calendar was not fair.

The idea brought by Caroline, one of my dear colleagues I had my training with, was great and I appreciated it a lot.
I couldn't wait to see the final work.
So I discussed it again with some of my colleagues. I told them that we should be united at least once.
"One day we will regret not doing it."

Every team had a different month, of course.
We were lucky and got February,  the month of love.
Our outfits and looks didn't have to be fancy or weird.
As long as we had hearts, teddy bears and red roses... everything was cool.

So we dressed up a little and when the day came, almost all my colleagues took part.
All women (all different) and a huge teddy bear.

Johan, the brilliant photographer, has been very patient and gave us a lot of free will. We did whatever we liked and the result was great. I thought. Johan doesn't agree. I think he's too modest.

Caroline was present at our photo session too. I hugged her to express my positive feelings about the whole project thought by her.

Caroline was sweet enough to make me have the photo of her team to use in this post.
I really love their month, but I love mine better.
No hard feelings, dear Caroline. Alright?

The conclusion of this post is that you should always allow others to take pictures of yourself in different hypostases. Especially in the work environment.
One day you will feel grateful for the opportunity.
The years pass fast and the memories fade away even faster.
Many people deserve to remain in your heart.
A photograph is a great way to remember. It's a tangible proof of the past.

Thank you, Caroline.
Thank you, Johan.
Goodbye BPA quality.

I will hold you in my memories forever.

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Happy Valentine's Day to everybody who Loves!

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That's everything I want to say.

All of us have the right to love and to be loved.
Regardless of the age, skin colour, nationality, religion, gender and so on.

If two or three people are in a consentient (consenting) relationship, who are you to judge?

Freedom is our given right!

Taking advantage of vulnerable people, abusing the powerless (children, elderly, animals) is abominable. That's illegal, immoral and totally wrong.

Love and you will be loved. 

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Have a Fabulous Love Day!


Are you a Creative Person? A Writer, Poet in need of a followership?

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If the answer is "Yes, I am that, I am," then know you are in luck.
I can help you to get the recognition you deserve.
I have opened new blogs especially for people like you. People who work hard to pursue a dream and to make something worth having (seeing, hearing, reading).

No matter what you do, it is extremely difficult to stand out nowadays.

You could the next Renoir, Balzac or Mozart but people wouldn't even know you exist without huge exposure. Massive promotion campaigns.
You don't need to travel to do that.
Internet is an extremely powerful tool.
In 5 seconds, the entire world could find about you.

But you need to take action. You need promotion, advertising, marketing.

I know you're a creative person, not a business one. I wasn't either.
I am an author, you know. Writing is my life.
My head is filled with countless stories.
I sacrifice everything to fulfill a dream I never dared to dream before.

I am here to help you get out for anonymity.

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Show that you care. Prove that you believe in what you're doing. 
Don't waste another second. Time is running out and somebody else might take what belongs to you.
Somebody who doesn't deserve it (maybe), but that somebody is ambitious and determined.
Qualities that are a MUST in this century.

You work hard and you are talented. Your work is valuable and useful but you need to show it to the world.
People need to talk and read about you. They need to see pictures of your work.
You have to be everywhere.

Trust me with this. One day you'll realise what a smart move this was.

I will do my best for your name to be known.

I wish you best of luck!