Aloha!

Lada Ray:

Love this new post by the spiritual blogger Maddie Walsh at @1_Earth_United. The deeper meaning of Aloha!

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Aloha  in the  Hawaiian language  means  affectionpeacecompassion  and  mercy . Since the middle of the 19th century, it also has come to be used as an  English  greeting to say  goodbye  and  hello .

THE DEEPER MEANING OF ALOHA
by Curby Rule

For those who follow the path of Huna, or are fortunate enough to live in Hawai’i, it is common for us to use the word Aloha. We use it in greetings and farewells and in expressing love. But the word means even more, it is a way of life.

Besides these common meanings, the word Aloha holds within itself all one needs to know to interact rightfully in the natural world. These insights describe an attitude or way of life sometimes called “The Aloha Spirit” or “The Way of Aloha”.

The spirit of Aloha was an important lesson taught to the children of the…

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Chinese New Year of the Horse Predictions by Feng Shui Master Lada Ray

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Chinese New Year of the Horse Predictions

by the Internationally Certified Feng Shui Master, Lada Ray

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The Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse starts on January 31, 2014. The celebrations, as always will last for 15 days. The coming year is a very special year in the Chinese calendar. Why? Read on to find out.

But first, let me explain why this year is called the Year of the Wood Horse.

Chinese elements and colors of the Wood Horse

Just like in Western astrology, there are 12 zodiac signs in the Chinese horoscope. However, since the Chinese system is based on EARTH WISDOM, each sign is denoted not by a celestial body, as in Western astrology, but by an earthly animal totem. 

Although there are only 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac wheel, in actuality each year configuration can repeat only every 60 years, and here is the reason why. In addition to animal signs, the Chinese system also goes by the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. Therefore, there are 5 types of each animal, depending on which element cycle we are in. Consequently, there are five types of the Horse Year.

We have now switched from the WATER to the WOOD 5-year cycle. Therefore, The New Year 2014 is the YEAR OF THE WOOD HORSE. The color of wood is green (and also brown as in the trunk of a tree), so the Year of the Wood Horse is sometimes referred to as the Year of the Green Horse.

Meanwhile, the horse itself rules the SOUTH of the Chinese zodiac wheel. The color of the south is RED – denoting fire – therefore the self-color of the HORSE is red and its self-element is fire.

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Save Our Dolphins! Help Stop Mass Dolphin Slaughter in Japan!

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1/23/14 Important Breaking News! 1. Worldwide #WAZA #Tweetstorm to save #taiji #dolphins is tomorrow, 1/24/14! Scroll down for links, hours, how to join! 2. I posted new info on what we can do to ensure the Taiji dolphin slaughter never happens again – scroll down for the list! 3. Help save the rare albino baby dolphin “Angel,” torn away from her mother and sentenced to a life of captivity because of human greed and cruelty! 4. Last but not least, kudos and #gratitude to #Greece for upholding its ban on captive dolphin performances! More below! Read on!

And now, to my post:

My next post was supposed to be about the Chinese New Year of the Horse and my predictions for the year 2014. But then I learned about what is happening in Japan right this moment! 500 dolphins have been trapped in the infamous Taiji Cove where the bleeding, stressed, petrified animals await their gruesome deaths! I am shocked and shaken to the core by this despicable mass slaughter of the gentlest, most beautiful and evolved creatures our planet has ever produced! And all this – for greed and profit!

Japan defends their barbaric annual dolphin slaughter ritual as a Japanese tradition. Slavery was also a tradition; does that mean we should have kept it too?

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Please help Save the Dolphins

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Lada Ray:

The outrageous practice of annual dolphin and whale hunt and cruel mass murder of innocent #dolphins and #whales in #Japan is shameful and reprehensible! #Dolphinslaughter in #Taiji #Japan must stop! #HelpCoveDolphins #tweet4taiji. Please help stop this heartbreaking genocide! Please sign petitions! Please tweet and write to govt and Prime Minister of Japan to express your protest and indignation! Retweet, reblog, FB, share! Raise awareness!
Thank you, Maddie, for the post. My own post with more information and links is coming soon!

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*ADDITIONAL INFO HAS BEEN ADDED TO LINKS BELOW, PLZ TAKE ACTION*

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Please take action and sign the petition above, help stop the mindless slaughter of our fellow mammals. They are intelligent, conscious beings and have a right to live like any sentient being on Earth.  Mass slaughter of these magnificent creatures are a travesty and should not be condoned.

“Although the hunting of dolphins is widely condemned in the West, many in Japan defend the practice as a local custom — and say it is no different to the slaughter of other animals for meat”, this is the viewpoint held by Japanese fishermen. While it may not be “illegal” to hunt, how could anyone in good conscience kill these good natured, friendly, harmless animals? Even without bringing human morality into this debate, where is the empathy and compassion? It simply makes no sense to me why humans commit atrocities…

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Sochi Olympics Countdown: Following The Olympic Torch Across Russia

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Starting in #Greece, we follow the unique Firebird (based on Russian fairytales) #Sochi2014 Olympic Torch across #Russia and into Space via a behind the scene look, courtesy #RussiaToday (RT). With the Sochi Winter Olympic games beginning in less than a month, RT revisits the record Olympic torch relay, the longest in Olympic history. The flame has passed through every one of Russia’s 83 regions and by the end will have been carried by 14,000 torch bearers.
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Among many other places, the iconic torch visited Red Square, went deep underground into the diamond mines of the Northern #Siberia’s #Yakutia region, took a ride on a reindeer sleigh, went to the majestic Far Eastern peninsula of #Kamchatka and burned underwater in the depths of Lake #Baikal; it even was delivered to the North Pole and took a space walk outside the #ISS in Outer Space! Get the inside story from James Brown, RT’s very own torch bearer.
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Radiant Health. Only in Russia: Plunging in Icy River On Epiphany

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Remember the picture from my viral Russian New Year’s post with a group of people floating a New Year’s tree in a chilly river? See my New Year’s post here. These people are members of the Russian winter swimmers club, “Morzhi.” Morzhi are known for their regular swims during the dead of winter in temperatures far below freezing. Why do they do it, you ask? The short answer is for health and vitality. Much like yogis in India, by doing extreme exercise, they master their body and its response to outside conditions that are beyond their control.

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I Don’t Want to Protect the Animals – I Want to Create the World in Which They Don’t Need Protecting!

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The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way its animals are treated. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

When I see such grave injustice and #animalabuse, I can’t keep silent! I just signed two petitions at change.org to protect the animals: first one against outrageously barbaric practice of killing #rhinoceros in Africa for their highly prized horns, which threatens to annihilate the last survivors of this ancient and rare species; second – for creating a registry of all known domestic animal abusers in the USA. The innocent animals that are a subject of these two petitions are as different as they get, but the conclusion is, unfortunately, the same – the predator, the abuser, the murderer in all cases is A HUMAN! This makes me very sad to be a part of the human race. There is only one hope: those of us who are conscious, those who have compassion and those who care for life on our planet, must take action by signing petitions and spreading awareness, so that such horrible atrocities would stop now!

Please spread the word, comment, like, RT, FB, G+, re-post, and re-blog this post! Please sign these petitions! We need more signatures!

Petition 1. Rhinoceros in South Africa need your help before their extinction!

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New Youtube Channel and 2014 Predictions

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Eyes of the Universe, abstract environmental backgroundsI’ve been known to predict the future, quite accurately as a rule (you can get a taste of my past predictions at the bottom of this post). Some of my fans have been writing to me, asking why I have stopped doing my predictions and whether I’d be doing them again for this year and beyond. The answer is, I haven’t abandoned my predictions; in fact, I continue making them every day, as my close ones would attest, who complain that they know more about the future than they’ve ever wanted to, lol. ;)

The truth is, as my vision continued expanding, I began feeling a pressing need to significantly reshape the format in which I communicated my vision and ideas to the world at large. I am presently re-structuring many things in my life, including how I connect via social media with my fans and readers. One of the things I am working on, is my new Youtube channel, where I will be posting my predictions, among other things. I intend to cover a broad range of subjects, including spirituality, expansion of consciousness, geopolitical, societal & financial restructuring of the world, Earth changes and environment, Feng Shui, and more… Some of these topics and views were covered in my metaphysical fantasy/thriller, THE EARTH SHIFTER. But in all honesty, I can really only consider THE EARTH SHIFTER a primer, as my vision expands well beyond that!

My new Youtube channel has been in development since last year, and its working name is: EarthShiftTV. Dear friends, how do you like it? Please let me know in the comment section, should you feel inspired! And a million THANKS to you all! Continue reading

To All Who Care About Our Earth and Our Future: Say NO to #Fracking, YES to #Renewables!

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Thanks to citizens’ participation and awareness, New York State, where I live, has enjoyed a 5-year moratorium on the barbaric, and incredibly destructive to all life, practice of #fracking. However, it is now up for review in Albany!

“Don’t Frack with New York!” Tell Gov. Cuomo: Ban Fracking Now!

Campaign cash is flooding the halls of the Capitol. Since 2007, pro-fracking companies and organizations have donated more than $14 million to state and legislative candidates.

That cash isn’t going unnoticed at the Capitol, but neither is your voice. Last week’s 5th anniversary of New York’s moratorium on #hydrofracking proves that people-power can beat back the influence of campaign cash. Continue reading

Happy New Year 2014 and Happy 100,000 Visits to Lada Ray Blog!

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Lots to celebrate! New Year 2014’s knocking on the door + Lada Ray Blog is celebrating its 2nd anniversary, and to top it off, my blog has just hosted its one-hundred-thousand’s visitor! That’s over 100,000 people who enjoyed my thoughts, writing, photos and info! This makes me very happy indeed! GRIN! :D

Happy Anniversary, Lada Ray Blog!

Happy New Year 2014! 

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May this new year be filled with much joy, peace, love and beauty for all!

I thought that to mark the holiday and my first 100,000 visitors, I’d post some cool images of the New Year’s celebration in Russia and around the world.

First, a few fun history bits. How does Russia celebrate the New Year? In Russia, as in many other countries, the New Year is the main holiday of the year. It is a secular holiday. Meanwhile Russian religious Christmas is celebrated 2 weeks after Western Christmas, and one week after New Year’s, according to Russia’s Orthodox calendar.

The New Year Tree is normally put up just after Western Christmas (which reminds me, I should really start decorating mine). The New Year is celebrated with Ded Moroz (Father Frost – the equivalent of Santa Claus) and his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden). There are usually festive and entertaining concerts during the New Year’s Eve, New Year’s night and on January 1, on TV, on Red Square, and in towns and cities around the country. There are many children’s “New Year Tree” parties, called in Russian “Yolochka.” And of course, a lavish New Year table and presents are a must! Continue reading

THE EARTH SHIFTER Killer Excerpt! Magic, Underworld and Drag Racing

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A quick announcement!

For those who’ve missed my mega-sale, THE EARTH SHIFTER and GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure) are still $1.49 (reg. $4.99 and $3.99) on #Kindle and #Sony! This won’t last, so check’em out while the price is low!

Also, we have new promo by #Amazon: purchase my paperbacks (THE EARTH SHIFTER, GOLD TRAIN, STEPFORD USA), and download corresponding ebook for only $.99! If you are interested, take a look here! (Scroll down to paperbacks).

I’m continuing with THE EARTH SHIFTER excerpts. Today’s entertaining episode is about the mysterious and beautiful brunette with clandestine plans, called simply “Red,” her Underworld castle, and Kei’s drag racing in his new magical car. While reading this, you’ll notice that I know my drag racing. If you think that I might have had this kind of experience in my life – neah, not really. Me, I’ve always been a proper little girl. However, I really do possess first-hand knowledge of how it’s done. How, you ask? Believe it or not, from my hubby, who was quite a daredevil in his previous life and who was known to climb steep mountains, cycle and drag race along the Canarsie Pier in Brooklyn, just as it is described in the book. So, the technical details here come straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. ;) Continue reading

My Books on Huge Pre-Holiday Sale + a Freebie!

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Christmas and New Year’s are quickly approaching, and I have great news for those who are ready to load up their new #Kindles, #Nooks and e-readers with some scrumptious holiday reads! If you like original, mind-bending fiction; if you enjoy expanding your horizons with exotic, spiritual, thought-provoking adventures; if you crave knowledge about foreign cultures and the hidden secrets of our world – my books are for you!

All 3 of my novels are on huge sale – both ebooks and paperbacks – for a whole week starting Monday, December 9, through December 16, 2013, on #Amazon, #BN and #Smashwords!

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Writing Bliss, Siberian Shaman and Legend of the Bear Drum

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“You must write for yourself, above all. That is your only hope of creating something beautiful.” ~ Gustave Flaubert

When several years back I first wrote the fantastic legend of the Bear Drum, it was meant as a short story depicting the young shaman Tengis’ adventure in the Siberian Taiga, near the shore of the Sacred Lake Baikal. It was a story I put on paper for myself because it just popped into my mind and because I thought it was, well…beautiful. Little did I know that this short story would eventually become the foundation for the epic novel, entitled The Earth Shifter.

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Move Update, KDP Select and Where to Purchase My Books

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Hello, everyone!

I have received some questions about where I’d disappeared lately and whether my books are still a part of #KDPSelect program.

As some of you may know, very recently I have moved my residence, and I am presently settling down. I love the new house; it’s nice, yet substantially smaller than my old one. I am rather happy about that since I don’t have to waste as much time taking care of the property. Instead, I can let my creative juices flow more freely, while concentrating fully on things that matter – namely my various spiritual, creative and life projects that have been blossoming wonderfully.

Read more about that here:

Big Move and Big Plans

For a small part of my exciting plans (more coming!), check out my new page:

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I Will Not Let You Go

Lada Ray:

One of the most tender, selflessly loving and beautiful photos I’ve ever seen! The woman in the photo taken in Australia held her friend’s head above the tide for 3 hours, refusing to let go, after the horse got stuck in the mud and couldn’t get out. I was so happy and relieved to find out that there was a happy ending to this terrible ordeal! The horse got rescued, unharmed! YAY!

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Lada Ray is a writer, Feng Shui master, world traveler, linguist, financial consultant, nature/animal lover and spirituality & metaphysics researcher. She is the author of 3 novels and 2 novelettes (more on the way), including THE EARTH SHIFTER – a critically acclaimed, top-rated spiritual thriller; international adventure/thriller GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure), which reached #58 on #Kindle bestseller list and #60 on #Amazon #book bestseller list; psychological thriller Stepford USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure); metaphysical fantasy Catharsis (Legend of the Lemurians). Plus, sample Lada’s writing #FREE: Green Desert (Accidental Spy Iraq Prequel) – ebook free everywhere. Lada is a huge animal lover, and as such, most of her books feature adorable and amazing animals, animal protection issue being an integral part of her books.

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Victor, the tiger freed from a poachers snare released into the wildPresently, Lada donates profits from her book sales to America’s oldest no-kill animal shelter, Tompkins County SPCA in Ithaca, NY; and to Siberian Tiger rescue project in Russia. Read more about that here!

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Go to BOOKS BY LADA RAY for more on each book and for all buy links.

 

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She spent 3 hours holding its head above the tide after it got stuck in the mud on a beach in Australia.

This woman spent 3 hours holding the horse’s head above the tide after it got stuck in the mud on a beach in Australia. The horse was later rescued, unharmed.

 

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A Lioness Hugging the Kind Man Who Rescued Her

Lada Ray:

Unbelievable manifestation of #love and #kindness by a man and rescued lioness in #Africa! When I see this, I feel there is hope for humanity…

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A lioness hugging the man who rescued her

This is enough to warm even the wildest of hearts.
Deep in the African bush a lioness gives giant hug to [one of] the two men who saved her.
As a cub, Sirga was driven out of her pride and rescued by Valentin Gruener and Mikkel Legarth who could not stand by and watch her die.
Now the 110lb lioness has developed an incredible bond with the pair who are fighting to save her species in Botswana, southern Africa.

Source: Daily Mail

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Chinese Teenager Dies Saving Three Children

Lada Ray:

How does one become a #hero?
An inspiring, if heart-wrenching, story.

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Moments after posing for a fun photograph at a local beauty spot, brave teenager Cheng Changjiang was dead.
Despite being unable to swim, Cheng, 18, waded into the lake to save the lives of three young children who had got into trouble in the water.
But the brave act cost the teenager – branded a ‘hero’ by onlookers – his life.
Cheng was enjoying the public holiday at the rural spot in Xinyang, at Henan province in central China, when tragedy struck.

By the time he returned to the water to rescue the third child, a local man, Wan Sun, 31, had rushed to help.

Sun said: ‘He handed me the 11-year-old and I dragged her to the shore, but when I looked for the young man I could not see him. He must have slipped in deeper water.

‘When we pulled him from the water he was dead, there…

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Out of This World Live: #Sochi #Olympics Torch Visits #NorthPole and #OuterSpace

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Hello, everyone! I’ve successfully moved to my new home and am settling down. The Internet is back on and I’m back in cyberspace! Meanwhile, the #Sochi #Olympics Torch relay is continuing its record-shuttering journey through #Russia and #OuterSpace. As you see, we both are not sitting idle. ;)

Read my original post: #Sochi #Olympics and Olympic Torch’s Record Journey Through #Russia and #OuterSpace, complete with awesome images of Sochi… and lots of other cool stuff!

As promised, I’m continuing my Olympic torch relay coverage. This torch relay is unprecedented in history. Today, we’ll be watching several historic events: the Olympic flame‘s trip via an ice-breaker to the North Pole; after that, the Sochi Olympic torch’s record journey to the International Space Station #ISS, where it will make a historic walk in open Space with Russian cosmonauts. Spacewalk odyssey will be shown live on RT on Saturday and I’ll add it to this post. Continue reading

Excerpt Sunday: Not All’s Kosher at Stepford’s Berkshire Hope Clinic

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STEPFORD USA ebook NEWNot all conspiracies are global…Some are hidden in small towns with flawless facades  

Great news! Last week’s experiment with posting an excerpt from THE EARTH SHIFTER proved to be so successful that I decided to continue this new tradition (read ES excerpt here). So, going forward on Sundays, I’ll be posting excerpts from my various books.

This particular scene from STEPFORD USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure) is set at a mental clinic located in the seemingly idyllic town of Stepford in the midst of the picturesque Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts. The name of the town is fictional, but bears resemblance to the real local towns, namely Sheffield, Lenox, and especially Stockbridge, MA. While writing STEPFORD USA I lived in the area before moving back to New York. I wrote the setting in real time based on my observations and experiences, and perhaps because of that it appears so vivid, down to the smallest details.

Stepford Wives coverThe surreal scene at the Berkshire Hope Clinic reminds me a little of the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; and more (of course, this applies to the whole book) – of The Stepford Wives. But you be the judge!

In this scene the heroine, Jade Snow, and her friend, Rachel Weise, visit Rebbecca at the clinic where the mute victim of the long forgotten, and conveniently swept under the carpet, rape has been a long-term patient… um… prisoner. Until Jade shows up and starts questioning things that haven’t been questioned before in this town of conformity and behind the scenes deals.

In addition to whodunnit and howdunnit, STEPFORD USA contains social satire, psychic visions, adorable and pretty amazing kitty & doggie, as well as a generous helping of humor. Oh yeah, and how could I forget the Gossip Central of the Berkshires: the infamous STEPFORD KNITTING CLUB, who unwittingly help Jade solve the puzzle! Sorry – no robots, if you don’t count some Stepford residents ;).

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