Good Night Dear Oscar ...

There was nothing like his smile, and his appetite for life and gumbo. Now he is forever in our hearts and memories--and IPods--where he will continue to inspire us and remind us every day of life's fleeting joys.

Waiting on the Front Porch [via Joe Lepage]

On the first day,  God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and  bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a  life span of twenty years."

The dog said, "That's a long time to be  barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other  ten?"  And God saw that it was  good.

On the second  day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and  make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life  span."


The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a  pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog  did?"

And God, again saw that it  was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said,  "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under  the sun, have calves, and give milk to  support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of  sixty years."

The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want  me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other  forty?"

And God agreed that it  was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat,  sleep, play, marry, and enjoy your life.  For this, I'll give you twenty years."

But the human said, "Only  twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave  back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes  eighty, okay?"

"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."

So that is why for our first twenty  years, we eat, sleep, play, and enjoy  ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our  family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the  grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and  bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to  thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it as a public service.     If you are looking  for me, I will be on the front  porch. 

New YA Book By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld in Bookstores and Amazon September 24th!

 Theo Rollins is starting eighth grade six inches taller, and his new height is making everyone expect more from him. Coach Mandrake wants to transform him from invisible science geek into star basketball player, even though Theo has little experience with the game. When Theo tries to hone his skills by playing pick-up ball in the park, kids are eager to include him at first; then they quickly see that he has no control of his gangly body. A girl named Rain even dubs him "Sasquatch." To make matters worse, all his time spent on training is starting to hurt his science club's chances of winning the "Aca-lympics," the school's trivia competition. Just when Theo thinks he can't handle any more pressure, he's accused of stealing. Can he find the real thief before he is kicked off the basketball and science club teams, or will his attempt at sleuthing be yet another air ball?

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Wednesday September 25, 2013 at 6:30p.m.  

 Gulf Oysters Glacee with Nicolas Bazan "Una Vida’ Sorbet   
Braised Rabbit and Escargot Risotto with Oven Dried Tomatoes and Sweet Potato
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Cup O’ Ham & Cornbread with Hoppin' John, Honey-Goat Cheese, Cinnamon-Beurre Noisette Gravy
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‘Chicken Fried’ Hanger Steak with Berry-Black Pepper Demi Galce, Kale, and Currants
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Green Apple Madelines with Elderberry Ice Cream, Pecan Turtle
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Stand Up For Yourself [via Nina reznick]

The extraordinary  scene was captured by  photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. 

A mouses appeared in  the enclosure after  the keeper had dropped in the meat for the  leopard. He didn't take any notice of the  leopard, just went straight over to the meat and  started feeding himself.' 

'But the  leopard was pretty surprised - she bent down and  sniffed  the mouse and flinched a bit like she was  scared. In the meantime the mouse  just  carried on eating like nothing had  happened. 

Even a gentle  shove does not deter the little creature from  getting his fill... Sheena batted  the mouse a couple of times to try to get it  away from her food.'  But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on.' the mouse  continued to eat the leopard's lunch  and show the  leopard who was the Boss.  Just proves  no one can push you around  without your permission.

Trainer Straps GoPro To An Eagle, Awesomeness Ensues Read more:

A video posted to LiveLeak depicts a literal bird's-eye view of an eagle in flight.

Judging by the folks on the ground, it's safe to say this particular eagle is likely in captivity, complied, and was in no way under duress.

The North American Bald Eagle can grow to be as large as approximately 12 pounds with a wing span of 90 inches (female, male a bit smaller).

They can live almost 50 years and hit an altitude of 10,000 feet.


COMPLETE and FINISHED [via Alex Cord]

No English dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between these two words.

In a recent linguistic competition held in London and attended by supposedly the best in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese man, was the clear winner with a standing ovation which lasted over 5 minutes.

The final question was: How do you explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand.

Here is his astute answer……..

When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED, and when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!!

He won a trip to travel the world in style and a case of 29 year old rum.

Scott Walker Goes All 1798: Arrests Elected Official, Editor in Wisconsin [via Nina Reznick]

John Nichols

In this January 3, 2011, photo, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks at an inauguration ceremony at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The first great test of the American Constitution came in 1798, when President John Adams became so agitated with his critics that he disregarded the Bill of Rights and the rule of law and arranged for the arrest of dissenting elected officials and editors.
Adams was so lawless that his own vice president, Thomas Jefferson, organized the opposition. Two years later, Adams was the first American president to be removed from office by the electorate. And rightly so.

James Madison, the essential drafter of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, referred to the “Alien and Sedition Acts” that Adams and his associates used to justify their assault on the First Amendment as “a monster that must forever disgrace its parents.”
Unfortunately, the monster still breaks loose. And not just in Washington.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is no John Adams. But prospective Republican presidential candidate’s delusions of imperial grandeur have led him to cobble together a set of rules that he is using to have dozens of dissenters (including veterans, grandmothers and grandfathers, mothers with children and top teachers) arrested for assembling in the rotunda of the state capitol and singing labor songs.

Never mind that the “Solidarity Sing Alongs” were held peacefully, and without significant incident, before the governor’s crackdown began this summer.
The arrests escalated on Thursday. And, though Walker plays on a small stage, those familiar with the basic outlines of American constitutional history will note a certain historical irony in the drama the governor has scripted.

First, an elected official, Madison Alder Mark Clear, the former president of the city council, was arrested for joining in the singing of “This Land Is Your Land.”

Then, just a few minutes later, Progressive magazine editor Matt Rothschild was detained when he attempted to record what was happening. Rothschild informed the arresting officers that he was a journalist and that he had every right to cover the story.
Clear and his fellow singers can point to a US Constitution that guarantees that Americans may assemble and petition for the redress of grievances—and to a Wisconsin Constitution that is even more explicit, declaring, “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

Rothschild can point to a US Constitution that guards against any abridging of the freedom of the press—and to a Wisconsin Constitution that is even more explicit, declaring that “no laws shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press.”

Yet, both men were arrested. The governor and his allies argue that a federal court ruling that allows officials to establish permit requirements has cleared the way for a wholesale rejection of constitutional values. They will find they are wrong, just as Adams and his associates did when they had Vermont Congressman Matthew Lyon and editor Benjamin Franklin Bache arrested. But the fact that judges and juries will eventually reject Walker’s flawed premises does not clean up the mess that the governor has made. When local elected officials and magazine editors are being arrested, real damage is done to the rule of law and to the broad understanding of basic liberties.

But the damage will eventually be undone. Walker is going too far, just as Adams did. And, as Jefferson explained in the darkest days of his struggle, “A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles.”

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More Amazing Bird Nests From Around the World [via Nina Reznick]

Golden-winged warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera). Collected from Sterling State Forest, Orange County, New York, 2001. Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates.

Hoary redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni). Collected from St. Michael, Nome County, Alaska, 1896. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

Cuban emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii). Collected from Andros Island, Bahamas, West Indies, 1988. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.

Altamira oriole (Icterus gularis). Collected from Morazón, El Progreso, Guatemala, 2001. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.

Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor). Collected from Tatoosh Island, Callam County, Washington, 1995. Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates.

Climate Name Change [via Nina Reznick]

Since 1954, the World Meteorological Organization has been naming extreme storms after people. But we propose a new naming system. One that names extreme storms caused by climate change, after the policy makers who deny climate change and obstruct climate policy. If you agree, sign the petition at

Amazing Bird Nests From Around the World [via Nina Reznick]

Caspian tern (Hydroprogne caspia). Collected from Scammons Lagoon, Shell Island, Baja California, Mexico, 1932. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.

Spotted-nightingale Thrush
Spotted nightingale-thrush (Catharus dryas harrisoni). Collected from Cerro Baul, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1968. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.

 Golden-masked Tanager_ Golden-hooded tanager (Tangara larvata). Collected from Helechales, Costa Rica, 1972. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.

Akekee (Loxops caeruleirostris). Collected from Kokee State Park, Kauai, Hawaii, 1970. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.

Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps). Collected from Sierra La Mojina, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1961. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.


They were pure fantasy on wheels, machines designed to make the heart race and the mind ask… what if? These 1950s concept cars were automotive art built to attract public attention, test wild engineering ideas, and give motorists a fleeting glimpse down the highway of tomorrow

1955 Ford Mystere

1956 Buick Centurion II

1957 Chrysler Diablo

1959 Cadillac Cyclone


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Annual Global "Thank You Mother India" Campaign Launched!!!

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Your Donations Impact!!
Sophie Herbert and kidsYGB's direct funding program, "Sister Aid," currently supports 240 mothers and children in India with micro loans and education financing. Now, we are thrilled to announce an additional initiative "SHE: Scholarship for Higher Education." Our first SHE recipient is Guruprasad who is studying to become a dentist in Bellary, Karnataka, South India. We first met him in 2007...Read more.

Exciting News:
3rd Annual "Thank You Mother India" Global Campaign Launched!!
Sophie Herbert and kidsWatch this 1 minute promotional video!

Pick a good day to host just one fundraising class between now and December 31st , donate or become a sponsor. Please register now!! Our goal is 200 events around the world, raising at least $75,000 with your support!!!
Your event will be promoted at YGB's social media site and website.
Thank you for the exciting events worldwide already registered below at Events. Please send your events photos to be included in the next PR video.

Malibu Fundraiser
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This is the annual flagship event of "Thank You Mother India" hosted generously by Dr. Amarjit Marwah on Sat. Sep 21st, 6-9pm. Indian themed evening with Odissi Dancers, Dinner, Live Auction by Kate Linder (Esther Valentine on The Young and The Restless), incredible raffle, and YGB video presentation and surprise guests! Franklin Vanderbilt (touring with Lenny Kravitz for six years) will perform and dedicate his debut single "Everybody's Talking About Love." More details about this exciting event and purchase tickets here.
Thanks for generous sponsors including Stella McCartney, Abacus Wealth Partners, Karen Bystedt, Zina of Beverly Hills, Pono Burger, Josie Maran, Tatcha, Organic India, Manduka, Prana, Koji Toyoda Salon, Yoga Fit, Chaz Yoga Retreat and many more!!! Space is limited.
New Ambassadors & Representatives
YGB is thrilled to have these new Ambassadors and Representatives to our growing global family!!
image hereManeesh Kalra,
Tokyo, Japan
Chapati Productions
image hereJanna Giles,
Seattle, Washington
Om Voyage Yoga

image hereSkylar Liberty Rose,
London, UK
Liberty Yoga
image hereYuki Saruwatari,
Los Angeles, CA

Sophie Herbert and kids"YGB Ambassador And Advisor Kino MacGregor's Article "Making A Difference In India, One Class At A Time" Featured In Yoga Magazine"

Read the story here.

Sophie Herbert and kids"How I Grew a Grassroots Non-Profit From Los Angeles to the World"

Read the story here.

YGB Founder/President Kayoko Mitsumatsu shares how a grassroots organization became a global campaign in six years.

Sophie Herbert and kids"The Imagine Project" opens your heart and soul to the ordinary people who surround you every day—neighbors, teachers, co-workers, the clerk behind the deli counter, strangers you pass by on the street, even the homeless. YGB founder Kayoko Mitsumatsu was featured in this beautiful project.

Read the story here.

Use "Kayoko" as your coupon code when ordering and $10 will be donated to YGB!!

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"Thank You Mother India" Global Events
Thanks for these studios worldwide who already registered!
All new events will be posted here.
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image hereSep 15th: Maya Yoga, Kansas City, MO
image hereSep 20-22nd: The Yoga Room, New Orleans, LA
image hereSep 21st: Mysore SF with Mark Robberds, SF, CA

image hereNov 16th: Zoe Goodyear, UK
image hereSep 27th: Vishist with Jyoti Shiva, Himachal Pradesh, India
image hereSep 28th: Jois Yoga, Encinitas, CA

image hereOct 11: Acroyoga 2 Day Workshop, Rome, Italy
image hereOct 20th: YogaDown, Canada
image hereDec 8th: Kava Yoga, Long Beach

image hereSep 28th: Soulcenter, the Netherlands
image hereSep 28th: Flow'er Yoga, the Netherlands

Karma Yoga for YGB!
Sophie Herbert and kids@ Feel Hot Yoga Watford, UK
Thank you Nina Sebastiane and Feel Hot Yoga Community for this event raising 150 Pounds!!! Your continued support means a lot to YGB's campaign.

Thank you for all the past events, making a real difference one class at a time!!