Breaking News: Nelson Mandela Has Died

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A peace broker, and key person in the reunification if his nation responsible for the end of apartheid, in South Africa, President Nelson Mandela has died.

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Three Life After Life Stories: “Do You Believe in Angels or God?”

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1) MARY NEAL

It was January 14, 1999, and Mary Neal, an orthopedic surgeon from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, had surprised her husband, Bill, with a week-long kayaking trip with friends in the Los Rios Region of Chile.

It had been a good trip. The couple spent the week enjoying people, the food and the culture.

But that morning, Neal’s husband wasn’t feeling well. So he stayed behind while she joined their friends on a section of river well known for its waterfalls and drops of 10 to 15 feet.

“When I first put (afloat) on the river, I didn’t feel quite right,” she said.

Neal crested at the top of the first big drop in the river. She looked down into what she later described as a bottomless pit.

2) ANITA MOORJANI

On February 2, 2006, Anita Moorjani was in a coma. With her body riddled with cancer, doctors told her husband that her organs were shutting down and she likely would not make it beyond the next 36 hours.

“I was just so tired of fighting to try to stay alive,” she said.

Moorjani knew what cancer could do to the body. She had seen it ravage her best friend, Soni, eventually killing her.

So when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2002, she was afraid.

In a way, Moorjani had always been afraid — of living and of dying.

3) BENJAMIN BREEDLOVE

It was December 18, 2011, a week before Christmas, and 18-year-old Benjamin Breedlove went to his bedroom.

He had spent the day with his family. They had held church at their home in Austin, Texas, because the teenager was ill. Since childhood he had battled hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition that posed a constant risk of sudden death.

In his short life, Benjamin — Ben as he was known to family and friends — had suffered three heart attacks, including an episode the night before.

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Thor and Norse Mythology

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The Bifröst plays a role in the 2011 film “Thor” with Chris Hemsworth in the title role.   The character is based on the god ‘Thor’ from Norse or Scandinavian  Mythology and also Germania Mythology.

In Norse mythology, largely recorded in Iceland from traditional material stemming from Scandinavia, numerous tales and information about Thor are provided. In these sources, Thor bears at least fourteen names, is the husband of the golden-haired goddess Sif, is the lover of the jötunn Járnsaxa, and is generally described as fierce-eyed, red-haired and red-bearded.[1] With Sif, Thor fathered the goddess (and possible valkyrie) Þrúðr; with Járnsaxa, he fathered Magni; with a mother whose name is not recorded, he fathered Móði, and he is the stepfather of the god Ullr. The same sources list Thor as the son of the god Odin and the personified earth, Fjörgyn, and by way of Odin, Thor has numerous brothers. Thor has two servants, Þjálfi and Röskva, rides in a cart or chariot pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr (that he eats and resurrects), and is ascribed three dwellings (Bilskirnir, Þrúðheimr, and Þrúðvangr). Thor wields the mountain-crushing hammer, Mjölnir, wears the belt Megingjörð and the iron gloves Járngreipr, and owns the staff Gríðarvölr. Thor’s exploits, including his relentless slaughter of his foes and fierce battles with the monstrous serpent Jörmungandr—and their foretold mutual deaths during the events of Ragnarök—are recorded throughout sources for Norse mythology.

Thor – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/thor

http://www.mythicalrealm.com/legends/thor.html

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norse_mythology

Bifröst-Do you believe that Mythology and History Overlap?

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Bifröst

The god Heimdallr stands before the rainbow bridge while blowing a horn (1905) by Emil Doepler.

In Norse mythology, Bifröst  pronunciation  or sometimes Bilröst, is a burning rainbow bridge that reaches between Midgard (the world) and Asgard, the realm of the gods. The bridge is attested as Bilröst in the Poetic Edda; compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and as Bifröst in the Prose Edda; written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, and in the poetry of skalds. Both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda alternately refer to the bridge as Asbrú (Old Norse “Æsir’s bridge”).[1]

According to the Prose Edda, the bridge ends in heaven at Himinbjörg, the residence of the god Heimdallr, who guards it from the jötnar. The bridge’s destruction at Ragnarök by the forces of Muspell is foretold. Scholars have proposed that the bridge may have originally represented the Milky Way and have noted parallels between the bridge and another bridge in Norse mythology, Gjallarbrú.

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Southern Italy Hit By Cyclones

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After 18 people died in Sardinia from the ravages of a cyclone on Nov 19, 2013, Calabria is braving for the worst as is Africa near the Ionian coast.

Allerta Meteo, ecco il ‘Super-ciclone’: sarà come un uragano di 1^ categoria,

A proposito di maltempo: oggi pomeriggio avremo i primi forti temporali tra la Sicilia orientale e la Calabria meridionale: particolarmente colpite le province di Catania, Messina e Reggio Calabria. Proprio in queste aree il maltempo intenso persisterà per tutta la giornata di domani, sabato 30 novembre, in cui nel mar Jonio http://tinyurl.com/qcs4pqr

Seven Miles Bridge

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The seven miles bridge is located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Strait. It was finished in 1982 at a cost of 45 million dollars. The seven miles bridge connects the city of Marathon in the middle keys of Florida to little duck key in the lower keys of Florida. Sent in by our subscriber, Segun Ayantoyinbo.

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Tricolor Rotini with Broccoli Rabe, Spinach and Chicken Sausage

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Tricolor Rotini with broccoli rabe (rapini), spinach, mushroom, cilantro, and chicken sausage. Sprinkled with parmigiano regianno.  Oh …so…gooood!

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound (454 g) Chicken sausage encased with cheese and garlic (or any other sausage);substitute hard tofu for vegetarian meal, but add cubed tofu to cook last ten minutes

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

3 scallions (chalots)

1lb spinach

1 lb rapini

1 cup of your favorite mushrooms, chopped

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped  (may use parsley)

1/2 cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

two 340g (12oz) boxes of tricolor rotini

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PROCEDURE

Set a large pot with water to boil for pasta; set the rotini to cook when add the cilantro below or whenever ready to eat.

In a large (8-Qt.) sauce pot, add oil and braise the sausage links on all side before cutting

add the garlic, scallions and onion

add the rapini and add 1 cup water, cover pot to let the rapini whither and cook, stirring occasionally

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add the spinach and mushrooms after the rapini has cooked for 15-20 minutes

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add salt and pepper to taste

add the cilantro and let simmer for 10 more minutes

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Sprinkle some Parmigiano Reggiano or some Pecorino Romano on top & ENJOY!

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