What a treat! Renovated Kremlin reopens for tourists May 10

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In case you were planning a trip to Moscow, I thought you all might enjoy this fun piece about the Kremlin. We have talked lately about UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Palmyra (Syria) and Odessa. The Moscow Kremlin is another one.

Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is presently closed for tourists due to Victory Day – May 9, 2016 parade preparations. Since last year, a part of the Kremlin has been under massive renovations after the decision to demolish the so-called Building No. 14, which used to house presidential administration and which, according to specialists, didn’t represent any historic of architectural value. It was built in 1930’s, replacing the Small Nikolayevsky Palace, damaged during the revolution and demolished in 1929. The palace once served as Moscow residence for Emperor Nikolay II and his family.

The demolition of Building No. 14 opened up a boon for excited archeologists. The well-preserved foundation of the Nikolayevsky Palace was found underneath the structure. Historians and researchers were allowed access to its mysteries for the first time ever. Underneath that, archeologists discovered foundations of another dozen or so ancient buildings, as well as artefacts and relics dating back to 12th century Moscow.

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Gold-domed medieval Kremlin cathedral

The new gardens now bloom in place of the huge building; previously blocked, a gorgeous view on the unique Kremlin cathedrals has opened up. Moreover, the new Kremlin tourist route has been opened, previously inaccessible due to presidential security. Tourists can now exit the Kremlin through its most famous and grandest Spasskaya Tower.

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Spasskaya Tower

The Kremlin reopens after Victory Day celebrations, on May 10.

Watch the video below, with the new look of the grandest Moscow landmark. At the end of video, you’ll see the new tourist route, which, as usual, starts by Alexander Gardens, through Kutafia Tower. But you can now exit through Spasskaya Tower, allowing direct entrance onto Red Square, right by St. Basil’s Cathedral. Spasskaya Tower exit was previously open only for state visits and officials. I’ll tell you, considering the enormous distances you need to cover around the Kremlin, your feet will thank you dearly for this shortcut; and your eyes, for the luxurious view of Red Square!:)

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St. Basil’s, Red Square

Towards the end of video, notice the glass enclosures. These are entrances to Kremlin’s underground archeological digs. What new mysteries does this place hold? Many more, for sure…

Also, thought I’d include a video showcasing the legendary elite Kremlin Presidential Regiment. The Presidential Regiment is celebrating its 80th birthday. It’s role is to guard President and Kremlin, as well as to perform Kremlin ceremonial duties. Chosen for their looks, its members are much more than just pretty faces. During the 1941 battle for Moscow, the entire Kremlin Regiment went into battle straight after the parade.

The Kremlin Presidential Regiment today. Some are chosen for looks, others, for their way with horses. Also check out the only woman serving in the Presidential Regiment.

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Raising Chi and Healing Syria: Gergiev Orchestra’s Classic Russian Music In Palmyra Ruins

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TOPSHOT - Russian conductor Valery Gergiev leads a concert in the amphitheatre of the ancient city of Palmyra on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOVVASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images

TOPSHOT – Russian conductor Valery Gergiev leads a concert in the amphitheatre of the ancient city of Palmyra on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOVVASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images

‘Praying for Palmyra’: Russian orchestra performs concert honoring victims of Syria war.

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New Ask Lada episode. Just wanted to respond in a little more detail to a Twitter question:

Was wondering your intuitive feelings on the event today with Russian orchestra? Very big.

Since on FT I have the luxury of much more space to properly respond, let me do so.

Having not have the chance to listen to the concert itself yet, I can assess its impact purely based on its energy signature and resonance.

First of all, any classic concert is awesome. Classic music, especially performed on such high level, carries enormous positive, creative and peaceful energy. This kind of energy heals wounds and restores health. It promotes peace and mutual understanding.

Said in a spiritual way, it raises Chi and creates a powerful positive energy signature. Positive energy is akin to a ray of bright light, which chases away the darkness and illuminates the truth. It stimulates healing and chases away the germs/dark entities. In this case the germ is ISIS (the terrorist organization, not the ancient goddess Isis, who has nothing to do with terrorism).

Please check out my Quantum Calibrations Scale for the energy levels of Joy and High Creation. I recommend you also listen to audio/videos (vid No. 2) talking about these levels. (VIDEO 1: Life-threatening & Life-diminishing Calibrations  VIDEO 2: Life-affirming & Life-creating Calibrations).

Syria has been through years of devastating war and discord, which was created by certain internal imbalances and injustices, distorted, stoked and amplified via aggressive foreign interference (US, EU, West as a whole, Saudis, Qatar, Turkey). The recent culmination of the Syria war was the liberation of a famous UNESCO World Heritage site, the ancient Palmyra, from the hands of terrorists. Palmyra, a globally protected cultural gem, suffered huge damage as a result of ISIS terrorists and Turkish smugglers destroying and looting many of its treasures.

I was asked for my intuitive feeling. What I can share with you is more of claircognizant nature, aka, cosmic knowing.

This concert is a turning point. It marks and announces to the whole world that Syria is on the mend, that the healing has begun. It is a point of no return. What better place to have a concert of hope than in the ruins of this remarkable ancient city that suffered, but withstood the test of time.

I get regularly asked to interpret through my calibrations various events, entities and countries. The past several months were full of various other priorities, and so, I wasn’t able to post on FT any of my calibrations. Let me offer you a treat: here are some fresh calibrations of this event, Syria, Russian role, and more.

Even those who don’t understand energy vibrations and quantum calibrations, know the healing properties of classic music. The fact that the concert takes place In Palmyra, with its amplifying cultural effect, sends a positive vibration through all of Syria, all of Middle East and world.

Legend: Quantum Calibration level = C; Chi level = Chi ………

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Happy Spring, Happy Women’s Day, Happy Birthday and Eclipse in Pisces! Plus, Global Relocation Trend!

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Spring is coming… My favorite season is back again. Can’t wait to smell all the wonderful spring flowers, hear the birds sing and inhale the fresh scent of awakening nature.

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Let’s talk only about positive and newly exciting things today!

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Global relocation trend

So many changes are coming! The global trend of relocation is upon us. More and more people will be moving, or will be thinking about moving, in the following years. Many people will want to relocate to another country or another continent. It’s new, exciting and a little scary. But it is a global trend that can’t be stopped or reversed. It is a harbinger of the monumental changes to come: it is part of the Great Earth Shift in all spheres of our existence and consciousness.

Announcement:

I have begun a new category on FT: Developing Global Trends. All posts in this category can be read as they come up (scroll down to CATEGORIES located on the right hand bar).

The Developing Trends will be a big topic (a big trend, no pun intended), this year and beyond and I’ll be talking about it a lot in future posts on FuturisTrendcast (FT) and on the new page on LadaRay.infoTrends & Predictions.

In the past year, many of my CONSULTATIONS clients approached me regarding my advice on the timing and place for global relocation. I feel this trend intensifying for all of mankind as we speak, and it will grow and manifest as such on all continents (Earth & Personal Shift Consultations will address this trend on personal level for each of my clients.)

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Happy March 8, the International Women’s Day!

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One of my favorite holidays, which since childhood I’ve come to associate with spring, flowers and smiles, is coming on March 8th. I am talking, of course, about International Women’s Day.

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Many of you have read my past articles about March 8, including history, lore, traditions and celebrations:

As always, Happy March 8, 2016, dear women (and men, too)!

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Happy Birthday and the New Moon Eclipse in Pisces

Happy Birthday, Pisces! As a Pisces myself, I want to wish a very Happy Birthday month to all the beautiful Fishes out there! What would we do without your niceness and kindness. I intend to celebrate – hope you do the same, in joy and style!

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The New Moon solar eclipse is coming in to coincide with March 8 holiday. Eclipses always pack a lot more energy than a regular new moon, and their effect is usually felt for months after, and often before, as well. This eclipse is in Pisces and it touches most of the birthday Fishes out there. This particular eclipse is very powerful; it denotes new beginnings and ushers in an era of big changes in all of our lives, whether we are Pisces or not. It especially touches all mutable signs.

Do you feel the change in the air? I do. More on that later…

Happy Spring to ALL!

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What is really Feng Shui? How do we perceive it from higher consciousness perspective?

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Hello, my name is Lada Ray, M.A., Internationally Certified Feng Shui Master Practitioner, linguist, author and quantum futurist.

My Feng Shui work is based on principles of the classic Compass School of Feng Shui, as taught by the authentic Masters of Hong Kong and China. I was privileged to study with some of these Grand Masters.

Over 15 years ago, when I returned home from Asia, I began practicing Feng Shui internationally, at the same time creatively perfecting and re-inventing the old, well-established techniques for the new millennium.

I have been doing it since, and my practice has become a fusion of the old classics with New Thought and New Consciousness.

It is a well-known and accepted by many fact that the unseen energy affects us in very profound, yet subtle, ways. A specific type of energy is encoded in elements of nature, compass directions, animals, colors and shapes around us. Our home and various corners/rooms in it also carry and vibrate at specific energy patterns, depending on location, surroundings, shape, color, condition, clutter, décor and many other factors.

Moreover, depending on one’s date and year of birth, as well as one’s gender, we come into this world with a specific energy vibration. This vibration corresponds favorably with certain types of energy around us, and tends to clash with others.

While little understood in the West, the ancient Chinese art and science of Feng Shui specializes in observing and working with the currents of unseen but powerful energy around us. Feng Shui interprets and harnesses this energy; its job is to co-create and mold it in a beneficial for humans way, minimizing and protecting against any harmful effects.

If you know how to work with energy of the compass directions, shapes, colors, elements and numbers, you can create a more comfortable and smooth existence for yourself. If you use Feng Shui, you can re-mold problems into non-events, or even shift a problem into the realm of good fortune. Feng Shui takes on the task of co-creating a more successful and auspicious life for you and your loved ones.

Lada’s Methods and Main Schools of Classic Feng Shui

In her work, Lada Ray uses all schools of the classic Compass Feng Shui, plus, esoteric Oriental practices, combined with the latest New Thought methods.

Lada is the author of several new schools and methods of Feng Shui, including Personal Feng Shui, Karmic Feng Shui, Geopolitical/Earth Feng Shui and Chi Kinesiology (forming the foundation of Lada’s Quantum Calibration Method).

Feng Shui is traditionally considered the ‘art of placement’ – a crude and superficial definition that Lada doesn’t recommend.

Lada Ray’s definition of Feng Shui in 5D is:

The harmonization of your inner energy with that of your surrounding environment, taking into account the flow of both seen and unseen energies.

“Good Feng Shui signifies a perfect alignment between inner and outer worlds.” Lada Ray

This means that it’s not sufficient to limit yourself to harmonizing just your home or your business space, although it’s very desirable to do so. We, the contemporary people, are constantly on the go. Some of us move around a lot, and the tendency to be mobile will be intensifying. That’s when it becomes crucial to also harmonize our Personal Feng Shui.

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5 Awesome Hacks Anonymous Conducted for Animal Rights

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5 Awesome Hacks Anonymous Conducted for Animal Rights

The loosely based hacking group Anonymous is breaking headlines nearly everyday for their latest operations to uncover tyranny, corrupt governments and expose the wrongdoing going on around the world. Even though the hackers are standing up to billion dollar corporations and corrupt governments, they haven’t stopped there, and have done numerous operations for the ones who don’t have voices, animals! That’s right, the online collective has done a number on companies, corporations, organizations and even governments who have harmed or put animals in harms way.

To fight the evil abuse directed towards animals, Anonymous hackers have setup several operations which target helping animals. These operations are generally run under a certain hashtag, and on dedicated days of the week, the hackers will go rampant attacking these evil organizations abusing animals at will. From there, the hackers will generally stick to the hashtag and continue to target and attack companies, releasing all their data via Twitter as well as sending massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks are when attackers send a massive amount of faulty traffic to a webserver in hopes of overwhelming the server and knocking it offline. These attacks are generally very effective for Anonymous when wiping evil organizations across the Internet.

1. Operation Beast #OpBeast – Stop Bestiality

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Operation Beast is one of the collectives most popular operations targeting animal abuse, and more specifically bestiality. Anonymous has specified that they are targeting countries where bestiality remains legal, which includes Brazil, Cambodia, Finland, Mexico, Romania, Thailand, and 12 states within the US.

Operation Beast was formed on April 21st, the day Denmark officially ban bestiality country-wide.

2. Operation FunKill #OpFunKill – Stop Hunting

Another pro-animal rights operations is operation fun kill, targeting those who hunt for fun. These types of hunting include trophy hunting, dog smuggling, animal testing, whaling, shark and dolphin fishing, as well as abuse against animal-rights including the destruction of habitats, inhumane slaughter houses, dog fighting, bull fighting, and the trade of ivory, rhino horn, exotic animals and fur clothing.

The reason? Corporations are literally destroying animals habitats for money. Not only are they killing the fabric of nature but they are literally annihilating it, wiping down forests, testing toxic products on animals, and literally fishing the ocean dry.

Trophy Hunting has gone extremely far and there have been dozens of accounts of pure animal murder, even including the hunting of the beautiful Cecil the Lion!

3. Operation Whales #OpWhales – Stop Whale and Dolphin hunting

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Operation Whales is a newer operation Anonymous has spawned, targeting countries, governments and organizations who actively hunt dolphins and whales.

The group widely criticizes Iceland and Japan for their relentless whale and dolphin hunting, calling for it to be named illegal as well as stop the hunting entirely. Iceland has been hunting whales for years, disregarding not only the International Whaling Commission but the fact that the oceans are drying up.

Whales are endangered in Iceland, yet the country continues to carelessly slaughter thousands of innocent and endangered whales living in their natural habitat, the ocean!

4. Operation SeaWorld #OpSeaWorld #OpKillingBay – Destroy SeaWorld

Going hand in hand with Op Whales is Operation SeaWorld, an operation that solely targets SeaWorld. The group has time and time again proved that SeaWorld, the waterpark, stores their whales in captivity and continues to mercilessly abuse them. Shortly after Blackfish was released, a film trying to expose SeaWorld’s wrongdoing, Anonymous took matters into their own hands, birthing Operation SeaWorld.

According to Anonymous, SeaWorld has committed a catalog of crimes including kidnapping Orca whales, murdering Orca whales, funding Taiji dolphin trade, funding dolphin slaughter for sushi, lying to trainers about safety, lying to customers, admitting to stealing baby penguins, drugging Orca’s including pregnant ones with anesthetic, drilling into Orcas teeth with no anesthetic and spending less than 1% on rescue and rehabilitation.

However, somehow the scum at SeaWorld continue to operate their whale jail with zero consequences. SeaWorld is slowly growing into one of the world’s most hated companies, hell even good ol’ country singer Willie Nelson has a serious distaste for Seaworld.

5. Operation Save Swedish Wolves #SaveSweWolves #StopSweWolfhunt

A relatively new operation is Save Swedish Wolves, an operation targeted at saving Swedish Wolves from the mass hunting and near extinction they are currently facing.

Anonymous has come together with other hackers to aid the Swedish wolf population, which stood at an estimated 250 in January 2015. What’s shocking is though Swedish wolves are quickly going extinct, the Swedish government actually signs court documents, allowing for the endangered species to be legally hunted.

This has caused outcry for the helpless community of Swedish wolves going extinct, one of the main reasons the operation was started in the first place.

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2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Annual Forecast

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Monkey in the Chinese Zodiac 

Monkey people are considered sociable, quick, intellectual fast studies, and mischievous tricksters who love practical jokes. They can be quite lucky with money and good as entrepreneurs. They are adaptable and can work in a range of professions. At least, that’s what conventional wisdom tells us.😉

  • Strengths: sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, self-assured
  • Weaknesses: suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant, jealous

Fire Monkey: Fire creates passion, but can also produce irritation. Passion, quick wit and irritability are common to fire monkeys, and it will be common for this year in general.

What is Chinese New Year all about?

The Feng Shui new year is derived from the solar calendar and it always changes over February 4th-5th. This date denotes the Annual Flying Star energy change.

Meanwhile, Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the combined lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The New Year usually begins in the end of January or in the beginning to mid-February, depending on when the new moon falls. There are 15 days of festivities, starting on New Year’s Eve. The culmination is the Lantern Festival, which takes place on the 15th day of the new year.

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Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac wheel is a little like the Western astrological Zodiac, except each Chinese animal marks a year, instead of a month.

Feng Shui and the Chinese philosophy significance:

Apart from the fact that in Chinese zodiac each animal marks a year vs. Western zodiac, where each astrological sign marks a calendar month, there are other major differences. The Chinese zodiac also corresponds with the wheel of 8 cardinal and intercardinal subdirections of the compass. In addition, each of the 12 animals corresponds to one of the Five Elements. This energetic correspondence is registered each year twice (called Earthly Branch and Heavenly Stem) within the 60 year cycle of 12 animals multiplied by 5 elements.

Each animal of the zodiac also has a correspondence to a specific Aspiration in the Eight Mansions (Lada Ray’s term: Eight Aspirations) system, as well as in the Chinese Numerology.

I’ve begun the Chinese Zodiac page on LadaRay.info. CLICK HERE for complete Chinese Zodiac wheel and birth years for all 12 animal signs!

Year of the Monkey is always the 9th year of the 12-year cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028. Each year of the Monkey is different, depending on the element of the Heavenly Stem. Therefore, this is the Year of the Fire, or Red, Monkey. Such year is only repeated once every 60 years.

Those who turn exactly 60 years of age between February 2016 and January 2017 are Fire Monkeys and they experience a full cycle return this year.

The wheel below shows the Heavenly Stem element and color of each Monkey year:

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Popular Chinese New Year Greetings

1. 新年好 / 新年好 (Xīnnián hǎo)

‘New Year goodness!’

In Mandarin: /sshin-nyen haoww/
In Cantonese: /sen-nin haow/

2. 恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái)

‘Happiness and prosperity!’

In Mandarin: /gong-sshee faa-tseye/
In Cantonese: Kunghei fatchoy /gong-hey faa-chwhy/

3. 步步高升 / 步步高陞 (Bùbù gāoshēng)

A steady rise to high places! — “on the up and up”

In Mandarin: /boo-boo gaoww-shnng /
In Cantonese: /boh-boh goh-sshin /

 

Lada’s global prognosis for 2016

The Year of the Fire Monkey

First two-thirds of the year will be volatile and confrontational. Clashes and uneasy situation will continue throughout the world. There is a good chance that a more peaceful approach to international conflict resolution will prevail in the last third of the year, most likely starting in October 2016.

I would like to note that this period coincides with the US presidential elections. Those who follow my geopolitical analysis on FuturisTrendcast (FT) will see the direct correlation here. Will USA become more peaceful and inclined to negotiations after the elections? I will discuss it in my new PREDICTIONS on FT – coming later this year!

Due to the #2 Illness Star flying to the center of the chart, this year is low in health energy, and rather sickly. Illnesses and epidemics scares are possible in various parts of the globe. This includes man-made viruses and hoaxes (Zika virus is a good example – I’ll talk about it in a separate article on FT).

Everyone is advised to be careful, both while traveling and while at home!

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2016 Annual Feng Shui Forecast

Flying Stars:

2016 will be a sickly year for many people as the Illness Star is now in the center, its energy affecting all. Be careful not to get a flu, protect yourself by eating healthy, boost your energy via healthy supplements, and make sure you get enough rest this year.

Energize your personal health direction and wear you personal health colors, according to Lada Ray’s Personal Feng Shui Empowerment & Success Report – see below!

This year is very empowering for women due to (not to get too technical) No. 8 White Star flying to SW, the place of the woman. Women will greatly benefit from energizing their SW corner with 8 smooth yellow calcite or golden jade spheres and lots of natural crystals.

Five Elements:

The water element is missing in this year’s chart. Therefore, boost the presence of water: wear the color blue. You can also wear black.

Keep in mind that black carries a protective connotation and is yin in nature, symbolizing deep water, while blue is yang in nature and caries the connotation of energetic, moving water.

Display water features, such as fountains, aquariums and ponds. Water plants also work. Make sure you display water features in the beneficial areas, based on Flying Star and 8 Mansions, aka, 8 Aspirations, methods.

Use more blue colors in your decor. Blue crystals, Water drop hangings or wind chimes can be used as well.

More Lada Ray’s articles on Chinese New Year HERE & Feng Shui HERE

Feng Shui Consultations and Empowerment & Success Report HERE

Wishing you a great 2016

The YEAR OF THE FIRE MONKEY!

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Adorable pandas: Mother panda lovingly ‘coaches’ cub Bei Bei down from tree

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The Smithsonian National Zoo’s latest panda cub, Bei Bei, had his first taste of climbing a tree. The giant panda cub had some help from his mother, Mei Xiang, after several attempts to climb the tree. The panda made a great effort before getting a helping hand back down to the ground.

How China Celebrates the New Year of the Fire Monkey

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Today, February 8th, the 15-day celebration of the New Year of the Fire Monkey has begun. It is traditionally celebrated with fireworks and Spring Festival. In case you were wondering, this is how the New Year of the Monkey is celebrated – the Chinese way!

China rings in 2016 Monkey New Year with fireworks:

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Happy New Year of the Fire Monkey!

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Patagonian Penguin Always Returns to the Human Who Saved His Life 5 Years Ago

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What a beautiful story!

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Thanks to Maddie, too!

João Pereira de Souza saved the life of a small Magellanic penguin 5 years ago, and the bird has rarely left his side since. He always returns to the man’s house.

Source: Patagonian Penguin Always Returns to the Human Who Saved His Life 5 Years Ago http://www.odditycentral.com

João Pereira de Souza, a retired bricklayer from Rio de Janeiro, shares a heartwarming bond with a Magellanic penguin native to South America’s Patagonian region. For the past five years, the bird seems to have altered its natural migratory pattern just to be able to visit de Souza several times a year.

The unlikely friendship began in 2011, when de Souza found the bird, nicknamed Jinjing, soaked in oil on the beach near his house. He brought the penguin home, cleaned him up, and offered him a meal of cool sardines and…

Cute and Funny Leo the Donkey Chilling in a Hammock

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Leo, the donkey , loves his daily hammock time.

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World’s Most Stunning Ice and Snow Festival Opens in Harbin, China

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Ice City in Harbin, China opened its 32nd Ice and Snow Festival on Jan. 5, 2016. And it’s cooler than ever. Most of these impressive sculptures are replicas of famous Chinese, as well as a few Russian, architectural masterpieces.

This year’s stunning sculpture parade is joined by Russia-China conferences and exhibits on economy, technology, city logistics and living in cold climates.

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CNN has photo exhibit of the festival

 

Novogodniy Goluboy Ogonyok – Russian New Year Blue Light 2016 (all night entertainment: music, humor, parody, satire)

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Watch Novogodniy Goluboy Ogonyok – Russian New Year Blue Light 2016 (all night New Year entertainment: music, humor, parody, satire, variety). Rus: Новогодний голубой огонек 2016.

This particular show, which I remember since I was a toddler, runs throughout all of New Year’s night – something like 5+ hours of pure entertainment, including stars of various genres and ages. Program is varied and includes classics, pop, Russian folk, dance and songs. There is a lot of parody and humor, usually sprinkled with light self-irony and entertaining current affairs satire. Often, old songs are given a face lift with new and funny lyrics that showcase well-known classic tunes in a humorously updated light.

Russian New Year 2016 Celebrations Continue! ‘Tis the Russian Season to be merry. The celebrations will continue through the next weekend – to celebrate Rozhdestvo (Rus Christmas). Then, we have the Old New Year, which is still celebrated by many as a reflective, nostalgic holiday. Read all about that in:

I think Goluboy Ogonyok has been around since before I was born. It’s undoubtedly one of the longest running shows on the planet, if not THE longest. But every year it reinvents itself, upping the plank for jolly music, humor, parody and satire. Its audience is far beyond Russia. The best news, those of us who don’t have access to it on TV, can catch it on YT.

Goluboy Ogonyok is just one of the New Year’s lavish and flamboyant entertainment programs to help Russians and the entire Russian World to welcome the New Year in style. There is also First Night, First Day, Second Day, New Year’s Two Stars, New Year’s Star Parade, Song of the Year, KVN, various themed shows and musicals, etc, etc.

Conclusion: Russians stay thoroughly entertained throughout the entire New Year’s season. They need it, poor things!😉 The official country-wide break it till January 10 when the whole country takes off to celebrate! There are tons of parties and various live events as well.

In short, Russians are really, really spoiled that way. Anywhere in the West you could literally die of boredom throughout Christmas/New Year’s since there is absolutely nothing to do and everything everywhere is closed. Or you pay through the nose – and that’s no guarantee of quality either!

Watch Goluboy Ogonyok Part 1

The traditional opening song is a parody on the classic song ‘Five Minutes’ from the 1956 Russian classic New Year’s musicale comedy film “Carnival Night” – the new lyrics for it is written every year.

Song two is called ‘Happy The New Year’ – ‘S Novim Godom.’

Dont’ miss this one! Song three is a hilarious parody with Angela Merkel’s look-alike, set to a well-known score from the same film “Carnival Night.” Watch at 8:35. The lyrics and acting are poignantly funny. Merkel’s likeness is rather scary. Playing off the fact that she speaks Russian, Angela sings how busy German Chancellor’s year is and that she’s arrived to catch a break in Russia for New Year’s. The boys respond, with usual Russian hospitality, that she is welcome.

Angela is asked whether she’d like a traditional Russian present from Ded Moroz’s sack, or from a Western stocking. She acts demurely, pretending she doesn’t want any and says EU’s goal is to teach Russia real European values. Yes, goes on Angela, I do believe in European values, but I think I’ll take the whole presents’ sack anyway. “La, la, la, la, la, how rich is Russian land,” sing the boys. On second thought, says Angela, I think I want the stocking, too.

Then Angela is asked if she’d like to drink vodka or champagne. She picks champagne because, she says, ‘it contains Russian gas.’ She’s very disappointed when she finds out that champagne contains no Russian oil, gas, nor other natural resources.

How are you doing as a result of anti-Russian sanctions, asks Angela. “We’re paying Russian cash,” reply the boys. “We’re happy to see all our guests and share our joy with all for real, not on credit. La, la, la, la, la, la – not for profit, but for fun.” “This can’t be!” replies Angela. “Believe it or not, it does!” sing the boys.

“Enough boring topics,” says Angela. “I came to Russian because you are much more fun. Let me play this merry tune for you.” Plays balalaika and dances.

“We are singing with Frau Angela,” sing the boys. Angela sings, “The entire Earth dances.” All: “La, la, la, la, la, la, the entire Earth dances.”

Cute number at 23:40 featuring singer Vaenga and famous ballet dancer Tsiskaridze, combining song and a bit of ballet.

Check out all three parts of this all-night show!

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Here is also 2015-16 New Year Star Parade (song/dance/variety/light entertainment/humor, satire) –  “Hовогодний парад звезд 2015-2016″ Николай Басков и Филипп Киркоров ведущие

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Related posts: 

How Russians Celebrate New Year: Happy NY 2014!

 

New Year’s Moscow Spectacular!

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S NOVIM GODOM! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Watch the aerial videos of the New Year’s Eve in lit-up Moscow

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Watch Morozko (Father Frost) and Other Favorite Russian New Year’s Fairytales and Songs!

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New Year is the year’s biggest holiday in Russia. There are lots of very good movies, cartoons, concerts and various songs/performances that are dedicated to it.

One of the eternal classics is the old Russian fairytale made into a film in 1964, MOROZKO, for some reason translated to English as Jack Frost, but better translated as Father Frost.

Watch MOROZKO here with English subs! (TIP: if your Eng subs don’t work, click on CC button on the bottom right of your Youtube screen.)

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A couple of uplifting New Year’s songs from the fantasy film CHARODEI (Wizards) produced at the Odessa Movie Studio in 1984. These songs are also classics with huge following throughout the world.

‘Three White Horses (the three white horses in this case mean December, January and February – reflecting the symbolism of the legendary Russian Troika):

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‘Snezhinka’ (snow flake), or ‘When the clock strikes Midnight’

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To watch other lovely New Year’s fairytales with Eng subs:

TWELVE MONTHS and SNEGUROCHKA (The Snow Maiden)

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The Cutest Vid For Animal Lovers! Baby Otter Sleeps on Mommy’s Tummy

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We are continuing our tradition of posting sweet animal vids for the New Year’s holiday, to remind ourselves of how beautiful and peaceful the world around us can be, if we make it so. Last year we had a visit from Mission Impossible: Squirrel Edition – something that would make you smile.:)

Today, we have a visit from a cute otter family. This really is the most adorable video of a baby otter peacefully sleeping on her mommy’s tummy, while they both float in a river, close, but unafraid of humans.

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Why Russians celebrate the New Year, and not Christmas, with New Year’s Tree? The Origin of ‘Calendar’ and Christmas/New Year’s Forbidden History

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Happy New Year! Russian vintage New Year’s poster depicting Ded Moroz and Snegurochka (Father Frost and the Snow Maiden). In Russia the New Year’s, not Christmas, is celebrated with a New Year’s Tree, Ded Moroz and Snegurochka

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Ded Moroz riding the traditional Russian Troika sled

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Wishing you a joyful Holiday Season and peaceful New Year 2016!

2015 has been a mixed year. Keeping our personal inner balance has been often difficult and emotionally draining while being in the midst of the all-encompassing Earth Shift in all spheres of human life. Many conflicting and violent forces have interfered with the steady and measured pace of life, to which many of us had been accustomed previously. The world that we had known as children is changing fast and there is no turning back. Humanity is being asked to make hard, but necessary, choices.

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In addition to FuturisTrendcast free articles and Earth Shift Reports, next year we are planning exciting new online workshops. Workshop announcements will begin appearing in March 2016! All workshops will be announced on LadaRay.info.

More coming this Christmas – New Year’s week!

Throughout the last week of the departing Year 2015, we plan the year wrap-up, complete with Earth Shift Report bestseller list. In the spirit of the Holiday giving, we’ll publish on FT some select free excerpts from Lada’s Earth Shift Reports so that a wider audience could benefit from this information.

One of FT’s perennial topics, Ukraine, is again hitting up. The topic of concern is energy-dependency and everything to do with Russia, Crimea and EU during the cold winter ahead. Is Ukraine holding everyone hostage due to energy terrorism and bankruptcy? Another topic is Ukraine’s default, which will officially take place on December 31. What will Russia do about $3bln Ukraine owes and how will IMF handle this situation. How dangerous is Ukraine’s default to the global financial system? We’ll try to publish some new important info on FT soon. More in-depth revelations will arrive in the form of the new Earth Shift Reports: Crimean Agenda and Black Sea Gambit.

Another rewarding way to support us: by buying Lada Ray books!

Incidentally, The Earth Shifter, since its release in the end of 2012 has been consistently on Amazon top-rated list. For those who don’t know, we offer free extensive excerpts from all 5 of Lada’s books.

A few days ago we had a sudden spike in readership of The Earth Shifter excerpt. This excerpt is always popular and often makes Today’s Top 10 list on FT. But this spike was unusual, at one point pushing it to the top of the Top 10 list. Thousands of people read it in the course of a couple of days. The beginning of the book has to do with Tunguska Meteorite and the curious event in the 1908 Vatican, followed by the gathering of the mysterious Earth Keepers, deciding whether to allow this human civilization to continue.

Just wondering whether the spike in readership is connected with the Pope’s unusual and dire pre-Christmas warning that this Christmas could be the last one for mankind, if humans don’t wake up? The Earth Shifter is just such a prophetic warning for mankind. Except, the book was written between 2007 and 2012. And unlike Pope’s, it ends on a cautiously optimistic note.

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Throughout 2015 we have offered Lada Ray Global Online Consultations. Presently full written consultations are closed to celebrate both Russian and Chinese New Year. We expect Lada’s Classic Feng Shui Consultations and best-selling Earth & Personal Shift Consultations to reopen next February-March. Next year we plan Skype consults, in addition to online workshops. Read full Holiday Announcement and all about Consultations.

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A child plays with sparklers during New Year's celebrations at Red Square in Moscow January 1, 2008. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva (RUSSIA)

Lots more Russian New Year’s pics and international holiday vids here!

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Why Russians celebrate New Year’s, and not Christmas, with the New Year’s Tree? The Origin of ‘Calendar’ and Christmas/New Year’s FORBIDDEN HISTORY!

Beautiful Story! Princess Lila’s Last Gift: Lola and her Kittens

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This newly written story is part of my Lilechka Tribute Series. It picks up where my previous story Princess Lila and I left off. This story is also my contribution to the worldwide #LightForPets Remember Me Thursday – the pet adoption day.

Princess Lila’s Last Gift: Lola and her Kittens

Her name at birth was Tiger Lily due to her striking tortoiseshell coloring. When I adopted her, somehow, the original name fell by the wayside and I called her Lily Cat, or affectionately, Lilechka. But as she grew, in that small body, covered with soft a silky fur, a great spirit started emerging. Without any effort, she became Princess Lila. She was my loyal and loving companion and super-familiar for almost 20 years.

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Before leaving us, Lilechka left some precious gifts. One was the gift of love she poured out in her last days, hanging on for an extra day and night because she saw how deeply upset I was she may leave us. She masterminded her last days and the days after she would be gone with precision, and she made it happen in the exact way she wanted to go. Behind her, she left the lingering blessing of her love.

We realized all that only after the events of the end of April 2014 took place. At the time, things were moving so fast that there was not a moment when we could distance ourselves from what was happening to think and reflect.

Another of Princess Lila’s gifts was of a much more physical nature. This story is about that gift.

The winter of 2013-2014 was harsh. Snow and ice covered our yard and driveway most of the time. We had to constantly plow and clear the ice. For the first time ever, our car skidded and got stuck in the icy hilly driveway. It took us hours to crush the ice and get it moving again.

Only by the end of March the sun finally warmed up the land enough to melt the last ice and snow. By mid-April our garden started blooming with some early blooms and the sun was again in abundance. By then, the gentle spring rays sent enough warmth so that both birds and animals started feeling the call to bask in the sun.

Lilechka, who turned 19 on August 9th 2013, stayed inside all winter. She was always a small kitty, but that winter she slowly got thinner. When we purchased the house, one of the main attractions were the two spacious covered porches – in the front and in the back. Lilechka loved staying on a porch during all seasons to get some air and survey the neighborhood. Because of our climate, covered porches were a must, so she could come out whenever she pleased, regardless of the weather.

In her younger years, Lilechka was very adventurous. As she aged, she became more and more an indoor cat, preferring either to cuddle by a warm radiant heater, or to sleep on top of my desk, on her favorite pillow. But coming out for some fresh air and to lounge on the porch remained her sacred daily ritual.

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That last winter she didn’t come out once. Instead, she tried to seek out the precious little sun wherever she could find it. She had taken to sleeping on the dining room rug, warmed up by the small rectangle of a morning sun.

IMGP6406She also ate less, often refusing to finish her food. We fed her a balanced diet of dry and healthy wet food, as well as frequent treats of chicken, turkey and deserts of cream or cream cheese. She always liked variety. But that winter she stopped eating dry food altogether. We understood that it was getting hard for her to chew and started putting her unfinished dry food dishes out in the back porch, in case some other kitty or animal needed food. We always found the dish licked clean, but we never met the invisible kitty responsible for that.

By spring, Lilechka was often leaving most of her wet food on the plate as well. We started putting her dishes out on the back porch more and more often. Same result – they always were cleaned to a shine. By April, we were feeding her almost exclusively with very finely minced, soft chicken because she was refusing any other food. She was leaving more and more on her plate, and we started getting worried. Perhaps we needed to change her diet? While we started exploring her diet options, we were observing her closely. She was extremely sensitive to pet clinics, and she was always extremely healthy, so we decided to hold off talking to a vet, unless we really had to.

Meanwhile, we continued putting out full dishes regularly, and the food on them disappeared overnight like a clockwork.

In mid-April, Lilechka started coming out to bask in the sun, sitting on the warm garden soil, among the first spring blooms. The weather was changing rapidly to some very pleasant, temperate one, and we hoped that as the summer drew nearer, Lilechka would be feeling better and better. Indeed, her appetite seemed to somewhat come back.

Once I observed her siting in the back garden, while two neighborhood kitties approached. One kitty was a gray tabby and another black. The visiting kitties were non-aggressive and they seemed shy. They stopped at a distance when they saw Lilechka. Then, there was some sort of silent exchange between the parties. Lilechka stared at them, while they stood and stared back. Then Lilechka produced a mew. The two kitties silently turned around and left our backyard.

One day, we had the door to the back porch semi-open, while cooking chicken. As the smells of chicken wafted into the air, we expected Lilechka to show up in the kitchen, as she always did when the delicious food smells tickled her delicate nose.

Instead of Lilechka, we suddenly saw a short-haired tabby in our back porch. She slowly approached the back door and stood at the threshold, expectantly. Lilechka showed up in the kitchen and again, there was a silent exchange between the two. Then the gray kitty backed off, but stayed in the back porch.

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We gave Lilechka her finely minced chicken and then, we minced more chicken for the tabby, who patiently awaited her cut. She gobbled up everything on the plate with the ultrasound speed and looked up at us. “Can I have some more, please?” was saying her whole demeanor.

We gave her more. She finished the second round just as quickly, but stayed on the porch. When Lilechka ate her fill, we gave the gray kitty Lily’s leftovers, and she finished that off as well.

She remained on the porch, looking at me with her big, intelligent eyes, still hoping for more.

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“Sorry,” I said. “We didn’t count on a guest. There is no more chicken left. Come back tomorrow.”

She left reluctantly. That night I put out a full dish of dry food. By the morning it was all gone. Again, we made fresh chicken for Lilechka, hoping that the new diet would make her stronger and she would recover. Indeed it seemed the case. She was eating better, went out more and seemed to get stronger.

The gray tabby showed up again, and again we gave her some chicken and dry food. She kept coming back day after day, eating everything we gave her, be it dry or wet food, or chicken, with equally ravenous hunger.

One day, Lilechka finished her meal and decided to come out to sit in the back garden. The gray kitty, as usual, was hanging out in the back porch. Lilechka emitted a mew, meaning basically, “Hey, it’s still my property; do you mind?”

Again, there was a silent exchange between them, which I understood fully only after what happened later. Lilechka was saying, “I am still here. You can come and eat, but you cannot take over until I am gone. Remember, it’s still my domain.”

The tabby understood and backed into a far away corner of the porch, where she awaited her cut.

After I made sure Lilechka was comfortable in the garden, I turned to the gray. “Now it’s your turn.” Filling up her plate, I added quietly, “You are welcome to come here and eat any time, sweetie, but please do not upset Lilechka while she is not feeling well, ok?” The kitty looked at me with her intelligent eyes, and I knew she understood perfectly.

For a couple more days we had a gentleman’s agreement, according to which our visiting tabby waited discretely in the front porch until Lilechka ate and went to bask in the garden sun. Then she would come to the back porch and I would feed her to her heart’s content.

We were happy to feed this kitty, who was in such apparent need of nurturing. She always ate as if she was storing food like a camel, for the future use. We felt that unspoken agreement developed between the two cats. Something like this: “Lilechka to gray: you can have my extra food, I don’t eat that much any more.”

The tabby gratefully accepted everything we gave her, but once she was full, she never lingered. I often would come out on the back porch, hoping to pet her and talk to her after her meal, but the moment her third or fourth helping was finished, she immediately disappeared in the unknown direction.

And then, on April 29th 2014, Lilechka was suddenly gone. It was a crushing blow, something for which I was completely unprepared. With sorrow and tears, the guilt settled in. What have we done wrong? What could have we done differently to keep her going? Maybe we could have done this, or that…

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The guilt was a road to nowhere. We understood that intellectually, but especially at night, my sorrow overwhelmed me. Even my hubby, who wasn’t usually prone to sadness, shed a tear.

The gray tabby continued religiously coming to the back porch for her chicken fix. Her presence proved a great distraction from our sadness. She ate even more ravenously than before, and we found ourselves busy cooking chicken every day. She always consumed that chicken as if she hadn’t eaten for a month. That little kitty ate more than a grown man – bowlfuls of freshly made chicken disappeared in her belly like they were nothing.

When we were preoccupied with Lilechka, we didn’t have the time to question why this kitty ate so much. At first we choked it up to the fact that she probably liked chicken too much and that she probably had a very difficult winter. She didn’t seem thin. But perhaps the food she usually ate wasn’t as nutritious? That still didn’t explain just why she ate such unusually large amounts of food, and she wasn’t telling us.

But since her appetite didn’t abate, we started looking deeper into the reason. I already understood that Lilechka had an unspoken agreement with this kitty in need that she could stay here after Lilechka was gone, but not before. It was becoming apparent to me that our smart Princess Lila had timed everything to perfection.

Still, even I had no idea how many more surprises she had in store for us.

The gray kitty was now letting me pet her. I did that as much as I could while she was eating. It really helped me forget my sorrow. Now she didn’t rush to leave our back porch quite as quickly as before, but she still left shortly after having finished all her food. “Look at you,” I remarked to her reproachfully. “You just come here, eat and leave. It’s not so nice of you. You could stay a little longer, you know.”

We started looking forward to the gray’s visits every day. Lilechka’s fur was rich, soft and silky. Petting this kitty was a different experience. She was short-haired, with fur tough like a bristle; her coat was a lovely looking gray stripes; her face was cute and expressive, eyes steady and intelligent. In her own, understated way, she really was a good-looking cat.

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A couple of days after Lilechka’s passing, as I was petting her, the gray kitty raised her head and gave me a look of adoration. As she did, I noticed something strange. There were some bald spots that looked like large red sores on both sides of her mouth, where her whiskers were. I knew something was wrong and I tried to look closer. But she didn’t want to stay still. I asked for my hubby’s help and together we were able to determine that those indeed were raw sores flanking her mouth on both sides.

“Sweetie,” I addressed the kitty. “Has someone been abusing you? Has someone plucked your whiskers out and made these sores?” The kitty looked at us, but said nothing. We decided to examine her closer to make sure she was alright otherwise. I scratched her under her chin to help her relax, and as I did, I felt a large patch of missing fur on her upper front chest. It wasn’t noticeable when you looked at her, being covered by the rest of her fur, unless you literally stumbled upon it.

I parted the fur to examine the bald patch. It was covered by tough skin and appeared to have healed. “It’s probably an old battle wound,” commented my hubby. “And the sores around her mouth could be from lack of good nutrition, and stress.”

“I hope it’s not something worse than that,” I said.

We treated her sores with colloidal silver, a wonderful holistic remedy that worked well on various infections. For years we successfully treated Lilechka whenever she would get an eye infection, which she was prone to in her later years. A small drop of colloidal silver got rid of such infection in one day.

I turned to the kitty. “Darling, if anyone is mistreating you wherever you live, you are welcome to come and stay here any time. We’ll protect you.” She looked at me steadily, and as she did, an idea floated into my mind.

“Wait a minute,” I said, trying to lift her. “I think I know why she eats so much.” She was heavy and being used to Lilechka’s feather-weight, I couldn’t hold her as she started slipping out of my hands. But I lifted her enough to see her tummy.

There were protruding pink nipples covering her entire underside. Our mystery cat was a nursing mommy.

I looked her in the eye and said again, “Sweetie, you can come here for food any time, or if you need anything else, just let us know. We’ll take care of you.”

Next morning, she showed up earlier than usual.

“You are early today, sweetie,” I told her. “We haven’t started cooking chicken yet.”

“Mew,” she replied. That was the first time I’d ever heard her voice. It was a nice, melodic sound, if a bit low. “Mew,” she said again and did something that reminded me of Lilechka. When Lila wanted us to follow her somewhere, she would mew, look at us, then jerk her head in the direction she wanted us to go and start running in that direction. It sounded like, “C’mon, follow me, I need to show you something important over there.” We loved it when she did it. It was just so awfully cute.

This cat did something very similar. I followed her as she led me to the azalea bushes in the front yard. She glanced at me periodically to make sure I was with her.

“What did you want to show me, darling?” I asked, as we approached our blooming azaleas, which covered the entire perimeter of the front porch, providing a splash of color and lots of added privacy. She silently stood facing the bushes, as if saying, “Just look inside.”

I obediently crouched down in front of the low stone wall framing the bushes and peered inside the dense vegetation. In the murky depths of our azaleas I saw movement. When I looked closer, I clearly distinguished two tiny kittens who made themselves comfortable in the roomy shelter of the bush. One was gray, with very unusual wide swirly stripes, and another black, with charming snow cap paws and a matching white ascot, similar to Lilechka’s. I looked at the kittens mesmerized, while they made themselves comfortable inside the bush, staring back at me.

“Wow, darling, you do have kittens, and they are so pretty. You are a lucky momma.” I called my hubby and we both marveled at the kittens. She listened to our superlatives with delight and smiled. As her smile got wider, I noticed that her mouth sores were starting to heal. I made a mental note to keep treating her with silver.

“Ok,” I said. “Looks like they are safe in the bush for now. We’ll figure out later where to put them. Now, how about I go cook some chicken for you. Clearly you need to eat for three. No wonder you’ve been so ravenous.”

I went back inside to make her some chicken, while she silently disappeared. One hour later, she still wasn’t in the back porch, which was strange. I went to the front to check up on the two kittens. When I looked inside the azalea bush, there were four kittens.

I examined the street to see if she was around. Instead of our new kitty friend, I saw a lady who walked up to me and said, “This gray cat has been bringing her kittens to your front yard all morning, did you know? I live at the end of the street and I’ve noticed her walking past my window, carrying them one by one in her mouth. She just carried one and dropped him on the street. He was probably the heaviest. Then she picked him up again and kept hauling him here.”

“Yes,” I said, “I told her to bring them here. They seem to need a home and they are welcome to stay.”

I went back to the kitchen, and several minutes later, she was in the back porch, hungrier than ever. After she ate, we both went to the front and now there were five kittens playing and sleeping inside that welcoming azalea bush.

“You are so smart, aren’t you,” I said to her. “You first made sure we realized that you were a nursing mommy. Then you brought us two of your cutest babies, to make sure we liked them. I notice that the first two kittens are also the smallest, so they were the easiest to carry. You played your hand carefully and made sure we wouldn’t object. After you saw how happy we were to see them, you brought the rest. I admire your strategic talents, sweetie.”

She sat and looked at me, smiling mysteriously. And at that moment her name popped into my head. I knew that she should definitely be called Lola.

From that moment on, Lola and her kittens stayed with us. At first we were unprepared for such an invasion. But the days were lovely, and getting warmer, and the six cats really enjoyed our front porch.

Lola and her five kittens sleeping on our porch:

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For years, Lilechka remained our only kitty. We were completely unequipped to deal with six cats. While we were thinking where and how to best accommodate them, the playing kittens and their momma on our front porch attracted a lot of attention from the neighbors. Mobs of people began ogling them standing by our low front stone wall. People climbed up onto the porch to take their pictures and to leave them some food. Someone started dropping open cans with cat food into the bushes, probably thinking they were starving, thus polluting our property. More than once we had to clean out those cans of dirty food from the bushes.

No question, the kittens and Lola were adorable. But it was really getting out of control. We were forced to hang a sign: “Private property, no trespassing!”

To get away from the curious crowds, we got busy organizing a play pen for Lola’s brood in the back porch. We also continued cooking daily for the nursing momma-cat. As she continued nursing, she ate so much that at one point we made her chicken three times a day. The kittens were starting to eat regular food as well. We welcomed being constantly busy. It took our minds off our sudden loss. Only at night the sorrow for Lilechka came flooding back.

I started spending more time playing, taking pictures and shooting videos of the playing kittens, who grew happy and were getting more and more adorable by the minute. Lola was happy too, seeing her kittens well fed and playful.

As I observed them, I started giving them names that went with their personalities and looks. The very first kitten Lola brought to us became my favorite. He was the best adjusted of all, the most playful and the cutest. I named him Tigger for his cuteness and bold swirly stripes.

This is Tigger:

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The second kitten she brought to us became Yin-Yang for his striking black fur and contrasting white ascot and paws.

This is Yin-Yang:

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More pics of Yin-Yang and Tigger, who loved to hang out together, and Lola the mommy cat:

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Then there was Shadow, who was completely black, undoubtedly taking after his daddy.

This is Shadow:

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The last two were very close in coloring. They were definitely momma’s boys. One had striped markings similar to Lola’s, but his fur had a grayish-peach shade. I named him Peach. The last kitten – the one that was the heaviest, and whom Lola dropped while carrying him to our home, had a pretty bluish-gray shade to his fur. He also had very striking blue eyes. All five kittens had gorgeous blue eyes, but that one stood out. After much hesitation, I finally settled on calling him Blue.

All five kittens sleeping together on our porch, Blue and Peach are upfront:

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Lola nursing the kittens. Right to left: Peach, Blue and Yin-Yang are on top:

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We sometimes gathered on the front porch and watched the kittens play with each other, or eat, or simply rest huddled together, in one big fluffy fur ball.

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One day several people walked up to our porch and told us Lola’s story. They lived a block away. Their neighbor had a cat who had a litter. Lola was one of that litter. When the woman moved away, she took her cat with her, but left the litter behind. The poor kitties had to fend for themselves. These nice people let Lola stay on their porch with her kittens. But their house was already full with their own several cats and a dog, so they couldn’t let her inside.

Generally, their quarters were cramped and not in very good condition. No wonder our smart Lola chose to move to our house.

“She is much better off here,” said the man. “You have no idea how crowded it is on our side. Everyone has at least a few cats. They are vying for space and food. But here, there is so much more space and privacy for them.”

As we were talking, the kittens played on the grass. “They are happy here,” he added.

“They’ve moved up the social ladder,” his wife joked.

As we talked, a car pulled up to the curb. A woman came out, explaining that she had been bringing food for the kittens. I thanked her, asking her not to do that any more as they were fully taken care of.

The cat lady explained that she was helping stray kittens to be neutered and adopted into good homes. After Lola stops nursing, she said, her kittens and herself need to be taken to the vet and neutered. And I can help them get adopted as well, she added.

She would help pay, she said, to take Lola and the kittens to the vet. They needed to do some tests to see if they had worms.

“They have no worms,” I blurted out. “I guarantee it. I would have felt it if Lola or the kittens did. She is generally very healthy,” I added, “except for those terrible mouth sores.”

“What sores?”

I explained that when Lola first showed up she had raw sores around her mouth, but after we treated them with silver, they vanished within two days. She looked at me incredulously. It appears she had never heard about colloidal silver, or that sores could be gone so fast.

I thanked her and took her number. Still mourning Lilechka, at that point we were uncertain how we wanted to proceed. We knew that Lola was a precious kitty, who could make anyone very happy. The kittens, especially my favorite Tigger, were adorable, and we didn’t see any problem finding them loving homes, if we had to.

The six cats were a handful. They kept us busy all day as we moved furniture and re-purposed our huge back porch as a cozy playpen for the kittens and our dinette as their feeding area. But keeping ourselves busy and being around all that young, pulsing energy let us forget our sudden loss.

We were extremely grateful for the distraction, realizing now full well our Princess Lila masterminded her last gift of Lola and the kittens. Lilechka knew we would be heartbroken losing her; she anticipated we would need a distraction, and she obviously wanted to help Lola get a better home. The young and playful energy of Lola’s kittens, and Lola’s calm and grateful demeanor did a lot to make us feel better.

We stopped feeling guilty, irrationally second guessing ourselves about what we could have done differently to keep Lilechka alive a bit longer. We now understood that she knew it was her time to go and that she went in the exact way and at the exact time she had wanted.

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As the always hungry five kittens and their nursing mommy kept us working, we noticed that a healing of the recent wound started taking place. Again I marveled at how amazingly everything fell into place. If not for Lola and her kittens, the wound could have festered a lot longer and with much more pain.

We also marveled at how well Lila and Lola organized the whole thing, how gently and gradually, only when we were ready, Lola broke the news of her kittens to us.

We toyed with the idea of keeping Lola and Tigger, while getting the rest adopted. As all six started feeling quite at home in our house, wandering around and exploring, I couldn’t stop being amazed at how smart Lola was, almost Princess Lila smart. She would silently ask me to take a tour of the house, jerking her head in the direction of the second floor and looking back at me – are you with me? As she walked into a room, she would look up at me as if saying, I could see myself in this room. What about you?

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I really wanted to. Yet, every time I looked at her, I saw Lilechka.

It was still too close, and too raw. I would never look at Lola on her own merits, I realized. This rare feline, so beautifully calm, intelligent, caring and brave, deserved more than just being Princess Lila’s shadow. Lola and I often had silent conversations. She was good at silent communication – that I noticed since her stealth psychic exchanges with Princess Lila. I was pretty sure Lola knew how I felt.

We also knew that within a couple of years we would be moving again. Our many moves were always hard on our Lilechka, but she bravely endured them, for us. I didn’t want to do this to Lola and Tigger.

We finally decided to foster them while Lola was nursing, and then give them all up for adoption to good homes with the help of the nice cat lady we had met. We got attached to our six kitties and we knew we would miss them terribly. But it was the best and most reasonable thing to do for all.

Clearly, the Cat Goddess, assisted by the fairy godmother, Princess Lila, was looking out for our Lola and her kittens. This, once upon a time abandoned, homeless kitty, who had to survive on someone’s dilapidated porch even in the coldest of winters, had experienced a complete turnaround.

Lola and Tigger were adopted together by the cat lady’s friend, who had a big yard and lots of space for them to roam around. Yin-Yang and Blue were adopted together by another family, for their little girl and boy. Shadow, the black kitten, was adopted right away as well. Peach lingered the longest, but later he was also adopted by a nice family.

Lola’s terrible mouth sores had completely healed and we spoiled her so much with all that chicken that in the end she couldn’t look at it any more. The vet who neutered her gave her a clean bill of health. No worms, no sores, no problems. The kittens were as healthy and happy as they could be. How did you do it? The cat lady and the vet asked us. It appeared they expected worms and other problems.

We thought we didn’t really do anything special. Perhaps we just poured out on Lola and her kittens all the love that was once reserved for Lilechka.

And love heals all.

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Post Scriptum

This is part of the story of Princess Lila and her many gifts. I hope you enjoyed the inspiring tale of Lola and her five kittens. One day, I plan to publish a book about Lilechka, whose working title is PRINCESS LILA’S LAST GIFT.

We expect to be moving again next year. It will be a big move and we’ve decided to hold off on adopting a kitty till after we’ve settled down. My hubby wants an orange kitty (he has always been secretly in love with Garfield). I am dreaming of a white kitty. Two would be nice, so they can play with each other, but maybe we’ll also get a black kitty as well, to remind us of Princess Lila’s cosmic spirit as a giant Black Panther (read about that in Princess Lila and I).

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Three kitties are even better than two, don’t you think?😉

We are keeping our options open, while keeping our eyes and ears open as well. We know, our life will lead us to the right kitties at the right time.

For now, when we go for our long walks around the city, we meet a lot of beautiful cats of all colors and breeds. They usually run to us and we get to pet them to our – and their – hearts content. These precious kitties would run to me and my hubby, their tails up in the air, with a little curl at the tip (a sign of respect); they would roll on the ground, exposing their belly and asking to be petted. They would snuggle against our legs and jump on our lap. The city where we live is kind and welcoming, and local house kitties feel quite at home on its shady streets. On our walks we also meet a lot of beautiful dogs and get to pet them, too.

It always amazes me how much unconditional love animals have. They pour out all that affection on us, humans, asking for very little in return – that we love them back.

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Copyright 9/24/2015 Lada Ray

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STEPFORD USA is a charming and humorous mystery. It’s in big part about a smart cat named Princess Lily and brave dog named James.

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My short novelette, CATHARSIS (Legend of the Lemurians), in a mystical story of a great cosmic journey, and it’s also about hope and faith against all odds. But in big part, it is also a warning against destructive human behavior, containing a description of what can happen when humans have the wrong priorities and when they completely stop caring about animals.

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#LightForPets: Remember Me Thursday on Sep. 24, 2015

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Who will be a on September 24? Will it be you?

Use #LightForPets with your personal pet adoption story to help orphan pets find homes.

The Remember Me Thursday® global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.

Learn more at http://www.remembermethursday.org.

Unite with pet-lovers and animal welfare organizations around the globe on Thursday, September 24, 2015 (the fourth Thursday of September, annually) , with a worldwide pet candle-lighting ceremony.

The candles, lit on the exact same day across the world, honor the millions of pets who lose their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption.

Moscow’s 868th: Historic Reenactment and Concert on Red Square

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Reblogged from FuturisTrendcast.

Today we celebrate the Day of Moscow.

Watch live as of this posting: massive historic reenactment and concert on Red Square, marking Moscow’s official 868th birthday. This early concert kickstarts the celebrations. Moscow today hosts over 50 free concerts happening simultaneously all over the city.

Also don’t miss! International festival of military music Spasskaya Bashnya (Spasskaya Tower) began the same day. A very cool video of the opening of the festival, with spectacular music, dance and acrobatic performances from many countries.

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Indigos and Being Yourself: Weekly Reading for Lightworkers

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This weekly reading from Doreen Virtue resonated with me. There is lots of angry energy around us, on both global and local level. I’m sure many of us feel it.

I thought I’d share this reminder: don’t succumb to anger, confusion and depression surrounding us on so many levels due to the ongoing Earth Shift and a revolution of consciousness. Be yourself and manifest your destiny, your gifts and your truth.

This is what I hear for myself. Do you?

The video contains a brief reminder about Indigos – the truthtellers and truth-manifesters of this world. Have a listen.