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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Thought 4 the Week-End: Pursuing Dreams

As March 2015 dawns, some key thoughts to remember and reflect upon: 

Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream  ~  Lao Tzu

& Remembering this:

Successful people ask better questions,
and as a result, they get better answers.
- Tony Robbins

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

Friday, February 27, 2015

As We Go Dark in #Outsiders: On Challenging Days, Lira's Admonition & Mr. Spock

It has been another tragic day as a Bangladeshi American Blogger, Avijit Roy,  and his wife were violently attacked in Bangladesh.  He was hacked to death with meat cleavers.    His wife is in serious condition.   This is as we were witness to the horrific acts by Dayesh in having destroyed priceless artifacts over the past 24 hours.   

We here at #Outsiders were not aware of his work directly until we reviewed the morning reports as we geared up to be "Dark" planning for March throughout the Outsider Network.  We join the comments by the CEO of Index on Censorship in strongly condemning this henious act.     This is as gear up for March in #Outsiders with the Israeli Prime Minister's Speech and the opposition avalanche that continues to build hour by hour,  the latest on the US Political Scene--including some of the more bizarre deliberations in Congress.   Conservatives are having their first major meeting that showcases a "beauty contest" of aspirants to the Presidency--including a declaration of cultural fascism by Brett Bozell.   

As we go "dark" we wanted to share this "musical interlude" from Lira that underscores a hope we have and what drives us to develop #outsiders:

It is not easy to live up to smile as we see a World that is engulfed--but Gandhi Ji reminded us all that we must be the change we want to see in our World as we hope to live up to Natalie Goldberg's admonition to "Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go..."

As we finished this final column, we got word that Leonard Nimoy  "Mr Spock" has passed away.    His admonition to us all to "Live Long and Prosper".  In his honor, we remember him:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

View of the Week: On The Plight of the dispossessed in our World

An understanding of our World is ever so important if we are to live up to Gandhi's admonition to be the change we want to see in the World.    We commend Angelina Jolie and the wonderful work she does in highlighting the plight of the dispossessed as epitomized by her short film highlighting the horrific story of the Yazidi women:

The story is heart wrenching--but it underscores how such horrors must not be forgotten.     It will drive one to tears.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Notations From the Grid (II): Different Governments Around the World (Courtesy of WeAreTeachers)

In our daily research on the "Grid", we ran across this which we wanted to share--a very cool resource to use:

Notations From the Grid: ON the World's Hot Start-Ups

This is a telling story that we hope to feature more soon.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Notations From the Grid 4 the Week-End: Remembering the Chapel Hill Victims

It was absolutely gratifying as we here @ #Outsiders saw this to honor the three victims of Chapel Hill Shootings.   Many will be able to have the opportunity to attend College due to this fantastic move by NC State:

Their memories will endure.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thought(s) 4 the Week : On Courage & Staying True to Form....

Throughout #Outsiders, we sometimes take the time to pause and reflect upon our mission and what we should focus on.   This channel's mission is to focus on Education which requires short-term sacrifice for sure for long-term gain.  But we also need to remember never to let the music die, and make sure to live our lives and be ever so courageous...

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.   
~  Charles DuBois

We also are pleased to feature another in a series of thoughts courtesy of +Jonathan Huie

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage
to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal.
Live this day as if it were your last.
The past is over and gone.
The future is not guaranteed.
- Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Notations From the Grid: On This Black History Month

It is Black History Month.   In our evening "review" on the "Social Grid",  one of the most perceptive persons we have the privilege to follow on the Grid shared this which we are pleased to note for this edition of "Notations From the Grid":

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Notations From the Grid: On Earth as a "Blue Dot"

As We celebrate this milestone, it is ever so tragic how we seem not to treasure this gem--our only home.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Tip of the Week: How to Safely Get Rid of an Old Computer - Techlicious

For this edition of "Tip of the Week" We hope all "#outsiders" enjoy this.  As we reviewed it, we felt most if not all understood some, if not all of it.  It is a solid one page overview of how to manage files & records:  How to Safely Get Rid of an Old Computer - Techlicious

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Notations From the Grid: A Heroine of Persian History

We here @ #Outsiders have the good fortune to be on this journey to enhance our World.   This is a "blast from the Past" courtesy of the author and scholar Nina Ansary featured on her Facebook Page during our Daily "Virtual Run" On the Grid" about one of this most prominent women of Persia--Woman Power at its' Best!!!

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Sura of Parthia (213 A.D.) - One of the greatest heroines of Persian History. A strategical and military genius, the daughter of Ardavan V, the last King of the Parthian (Ashkanid) Empire, Sura held the rank of Ashkanid's General Sepahbod (Lieutenant General).

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

On the Dawn of a New Month in "Outsiders": Talks From "TED"

It is the dawn of a new Month in "Outsiders".      We here @ #Outsiders received our weekly updates from the team @ +TED and the following two perceptive talks about the need to keep an open mind was in the spirit of this channel within Outsiders which we hope all enjoy:

Bassam Tariq is a blogger, a filmmaker, and a halal butcher -- but one thread unites his work: His joy in the diversity, the humanness of our individual experiences. In this charming talk, he shares clips from his film "These Birds Walk" and images from his tour of 30 mosques in 30 days -- and reminds us to consider the beautiful complexity within us all. Watch »
Severine Autesserre studies the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is in the middle of the deadliest conflict since World War II; it's been called "the largest ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world.” The conflict seems hopelessly, unsolvably large. But her insight from decades of listening and engaging: The conflicts are often locally based. And instead of focusing on big-picture solutions, leaders might be better served solving local crises before they ignite. Watch »