Meditation Trumps Purgatory. ~ Dominica Applegate

Elephant Journal

As a youngster, I was introduced to the Catholic religion as my mom was a non-devout Catholic. I never really learned anything about God or the religion, but I remember hearing talk about this place called “purgatory,” which was a place where people went, who weren’t quite good enough to go to heaven. You had to “do [.]. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Health & Wellness Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) catholicism healing meditation purgatory self-help

11 Things Introverts Want You To Know. ~ Dominica Applegate

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I didn’t really discover I was an introvert until I hit my 40s. I know. Late bloomer. I guess I just considered myself shy and perhaps lacking a huge desire to “socialize.” Today, I am proud to announce that I am a hardcore introvert and I’m betting either you are too or you know one or two introverts yourself. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) alone crowds introvert shy social

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Write the Gut-Wrenching Pain Away. ~ Dominica Applegate?

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I liken pain to an enemy that haunts me and hunts me like a vicious, starving wolf, yet I also liken it to a familiar friend just wanting some old fashioned attention. Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Literary Journal art emotion emotional pain literary journal writing writing as a release

It’s Time to Ditch the Mask. ~ Dominica Applegate

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At eight years old, brokenness introduces herself, confinement welcomes me and hands me an exquisite, sparkling mask, assuring me that if I put it on, all will be ok. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Health & Wellness Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) disguise freedom love mask medicate metamorphosis pain self discovery surrender trauma

Top 10 ethical destinations in the developing world

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Argentina Bahamas Central America Chile Costa Rica Dominica Europe Latvia Mauritius News Palau Serbia South Pacific Islands Uruguay Ethical Traveler Green Travel NewsEvery year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world's developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry.

World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014

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Africa Bahamas Barbados Cape Verde Caribbean Cuba Dominica Egypt Europe Iran Latvia Lithuania Middle East Namibia Oceania Palau South America Uruguay Chile ethical travel Ethical Traveler Green Travel News Mauritius Philippines Reuters

World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015

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Africa Cape Verde Chile Cuba Dominica Ghana Grenada Lithuania Madagascar Malawi Mauritius Palau Samoa South America The Americas Tonga Vanuatu best developing nations to visit ethical travel ethical travel 2015 Ethical Traveler

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Birding the Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica. Over President’s Day weekend my family and I took a much-needed break in Jamaica.

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Yellow-throated Warbler, Kaliga Park, St. Cloud, Florida

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Enjoy these shots of Setophaga dominica and here’s hoping you manage to track one down for yourself this spring! In between moments of staring at and trying to photograph distant Snail Kites at Kaliga Park on East Lake Toho in St.

Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012

Green Home Blog

Dominica. Dominica vows a carbon negative policy in renewable energy by the year 2020. Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012. It is nice to be with family during the holidays but for some it can be a challenge.

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Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle & Sharpe

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Or How a Serbian Suave Playboy Promoted Birding the Caribbean. Oh, the joys of slipping through the pages of a new book that has just arrived, the Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle and Sharpe. I am checking the References and one name, expectedly, stands out: Bond, J.

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Finally, A Yellow-throated Warbler in Queens!

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It was a Setophaga dominica albiflora which is the fancy way of saying that it is the subspecies with white lores. Nothing frustrates me more than a report of a good bird that reaches me while I am at work or on my way there.

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7 Embracing Eco-Caribbean Summer Destinations

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Dominica hike via Flickr User Ken Bogna. Dominica is a top Caribbean destination for anyone looking for a real outdoor adventure. Images by 16:9clue used under the Creative Commons license.

Parrots: Brazil’s Colorful Avian Clowns

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With their strong flight and capability to disperse, parrots have managed to colonize almost every major island group from Tahiti to Mauritius to Dominica. Parrots captivate me more than any other bird family. I am a self-proclaimed psittacophile. For one, they are remarkably diverse with a little over 380 species spread over every continent except Europe (only introduced) and Antarctica.

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Developing countries doing more to save climate – Developed country leadership missing

Green (Living) Review

Bonn, Germany, May 3, 2013 – The Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group, today, reminded developed countries that developing countries are doing more than their fair share to save the climate at the close of the first round of climate talks. A recent study by the Stockholm Environment Institute and Oxfam reveals that developing countries are going to contribute more to cutting greenhouse gases than developed countries.

Collaborative list – February 2020

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The beats are on the move, exploring new places. That bodes well for the numbers this month. And of course, we have an extra day to play with this year.

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Collaborative List – November 2019

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Despite last month being a record month by every measure we could think of, the cumulative total for the year had barely scraped past 2,400. I approached The Management to seek their opinion. Something needed to be done. Somebody had to take one for the team.

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We mustn't abandon the Windward Islands' farmers

Green (Living) Review

The damage is similar in St Vincent and Dominica. by Renwick Rose and Nick Mathiason The destruction caused by Hurricane Tomas in the Caribbean in recent weeks is heartbreaking. But although the destruction in Haiti received media coverage, Tomas's intensity was reserved for the eastern Caribbean. A spiralling storm lingered over St Lucia. The deluge created terrible landslides, cutting off the south of the island.

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Collaborative List – January 2019

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The first sharer of 2019 was Clare who narrowly beat Duncan by 5 hours. In a very competitive first day, even Corey, 18 time zones to the west, beat Duncan. Was it a big night in Wellington? The beats are sharing enthusiastically and I can hardly keep up with them. I love January!

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Collaborative List – February 2019

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The life list has received a huge boost this month and has risen 43 points to 3616. Thunder will be stolen if I reveal how this was done, but another country has been added to our territory list and a new splash of colour to the profile page. All will be revealed in good time.

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Collaborative list – May 2019

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So that was May. Despite looking way older than his years, we cannot attribute Regannet’s haggard appearance to hard birding, scoring only 19 during eBird’s Big Day was not the greatest effort expended on May 4th.

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Collaborative List – March 2017

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Lists from nine countries have been shared this month with Cuba appearing for the first time.

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Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

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St Kitts & Nevis (21.8), Nigeria (21.8), Fiji (21.8), Guinea (22.5), Mauritius (22.5), Cuba (23.3), Togo (23.3), Vanuatu (24.0), Philippines (24.0), Malawi (24.0), Mali (24.9), Chad (24.9), Sri Lanka (25.8), Uganda (26.7), Dominica (26.7), St Lucia (26.7), Egypt (27.7), Niue (27.7), Ghana (27.7), Moldova (28.8), Grenada (28.8), El Salvador (30.0), Guinea-Bissau (30.0), Tanzania (30.0), Djibouti (30.0).

Collaborative list – April 2019

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It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung.

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Collaborative List – February 2018

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February birding can be tough. “They will still be there next week” can no longer be used as an excuse to avoid some heavy weather. This month is when the hard work to fill the winter quota is put in. So bravo to the beats who have wrapped up, knuckled down and got out there.

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Collaborative List – March 2019

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Are we all getting excited yet? March is done. The equinox has passed. There can be no denying that spring is coming and with it, the summer visitors and passage migrants. Oh, joy!

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Collaborative List – January 2018

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Oh, the thrill of a new list! Just 3 days into a new year and already the beats had contributed more than 20% of last year’s total. Within the week they had achieved the same measure against the life list. At this rate……… , but that’s the thing about lists.

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Collaborative List – August 2017

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American Golden-Plover – Pluvialis dominica. 9 beats, birded 9 countries this month; Belize , Guatamala , Costa Rica, UK, Iran, USA, Greece, Australia and Mexico. They submitted 144 checklists, noting 628 species adding 72 to the year’s running total bringing it to 1890.

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Combined Beats’ List – August

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American Golden-Plover – Pluvialis dominica. Big up for Corey. Our very own “Mr July” piled on the pelagics during August. In so doing, he has helped to push us through the 1900 milestone.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

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American Golden-Plover – Pluvialis dominica. Duncan has been in Africa, sweeping all before him like a brush fire. Through Botswana during the first week of September, then into Ethiopia with a late flourish, he has carried the list to 2191 as at September 30t h.

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Collaborative List – April 2018

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Redgannet added another splash of colour to the collective profile by falling asleep on a boat and waking up in Uruguay , the 44th country to feature in the list. Corey smashed the world record for contributing to the list when he shared 29 lists in just 2 minutes.

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Combined Beat list for 2016

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It is a dream, nay, a mission statement of 10,000 Birds to see as many of the World’s birds as possible. A Strickerian task for an individual, but the combined eyes and optics of beat writers around the globe might be able to make a fair fist of it. Thus, a combined list of current beat writers will be compiled to see how many birds, weird and wonderful, common or unusual we can find between us.

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Collaborative List – March 2018

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Claire and Grant have made it back to civilisation after sharing a checklist for almost every day of February. Their submissions didn’t quite make it into the February count, so we shall use them to boost the March figures.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts. The UK has been birded clean by Tom as he ends his Little Big Year (Part 1).

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Collaborative List 2017 – February

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The beats have been mostly sedentary during February with only Corey venturing beyond his normal range. Tom has made an altitudinal migration, but stayed within his accepted beat. Redgannet has been wandering aimlessly as is his brief.

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Combined Beats’ List – July 2016

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American Golden-Plover – Pluvialis dominica. The list was in danger of diminishing during July as an input error threatened to cut the Beats’ hard-won sightings.

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Collaborative list – August 2018

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Is it wrong of me to go birding to get away from the kids now that they are at home all day? August is the make or break month for relationships. Can the whole family live together in harmony during the school holidays? Bravo if you have. Happy birding if you suddenly find yourself single.

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Collaborative list – December 2018

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So what do you want first? The numbers? The accolades? The lifers? December’s collaborative results also summarises the year’s efforts, so this is December 2018 and the rest of 2018 all rolled into one sentence.

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Collaborative List – June 2018

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It’s all been happening this month. Just when we thought that the beats deserved a quiet month after the exertions of May, they came out with Bushnell’s blazing and gave June both barrels!

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Collaborative List – May 2018

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That was May. Month of months. As we pass into June we can forgive some of our northern beats if they take a few moments to savour the past few weeks. But the beats go on in Southern climes and our intrepid little-big-year beat, Tom enters Africa.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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A big thank you goes out to Tristan, who demonstrated that at least one person reads this drivel. He pointed out that Illinois had been sadly neglected up to this point, so Redgannet made a special visit to Chicago to redress this oversight.

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Collaborative List – April 2017

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It worked! After last month’s chastisement for shying away from the share button, Mike has come good. Humiliating him in front of his public had a far more productive effect than I could have hoped for in fact, as he upped and took himself off to Panama in an attempt to appease the compiler.

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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In a month that contained the eBird Big Day , we can naturally expect that the beats have been racing about providing much fodder for the collaborative list. The two most prolific contributors, Pat and Tom, have been sharing their birding space in Costa Rica.

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