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The Watering Hole News, Issue #001 -- teaser here
February 02, 2013
"Our windows determine our views, no one can see the whole picture".


Publisher: Carel Snyman


Life and Matter.com
The Life And Matter Blog

From The Editor

Hallo everyone.

Thank you for joining us with this launch of the first issue of “The Watering Hole News”.

I pray that with everyone’s help, feedback, and encouragement, this E-zine will grow into an informative, enjoyable and above all meaningful publication to help us attain the aims of our Mission Statement.

I hope that all of you enjoyed a special holiday season shared with loved ones and, in celebrating Christmas, focused once again on the wonder of the Nativity – of our Creator taking on the identity of created, embarking on a rescue mission to save humanity for eternity.

How has 2013 started out for you? Hopefully blessed, with you and your loved ones enjoying only good health and security. If that is the case, be grateful and thank God from whom all blessings come. But let our hearts go out in genuine compassion for those less fortunate than us. There is so much hunger, poverty, heartache, ignorance, and despair in this world! What are we as Christ followers and citizens of His Kingdom going to do about it?

Living as part of a humanity that our Creator has endued with a free will leads to an unavoidable truth. What we do in this life has consequences – not only for ourselves but also for others. Unfortunately what other people do also has consequences for us, and we have to live with them! Fortunately though these consequences don’t necessarily need to be bad, so let us live our faith in such a manner that we have a hand in spreading the good!

I hope fervently that the domain of life-and-matter.com, The Life And Matter Blog, and “The Watering Hole News” will develop into a collective forum for spreading this good along with all aspects of ”Truth, Beauty, and Goodness”!

Please respond and comment - and even provide articles and materials we could include in this publication.

Carel.


Living Inspirations:


Click on the following link to watch an awe-inspireing video! Sue Austin: Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair



Matter Matters: The Physical Sciences.

Albert Einstein - Extraordinary Genius


Albert Einstein was an extraordinary genius who's "Theory Of Relativity" completely revolutionized Scientific Theory and Quantum Physics.

Click on the link below to view a video of the life and accomplishments of this brilliant icon of science: The Extraordinary Genius Of Albert Einstein




Life Matters: The Social Sciences


Colin Powell: Kids need structure

To those of us that grew up in the previous century with its devastating wars, compulsory military service for adult males was a way of life. In some countries, i.e. Israel, it is still compulsory for female adults as well.

By and large however in this century the prevalent model for a country's defense forces consist mainly out of a full-time professional force backed by a volunteer part-time citizen force.

We can't help wandering, however, if the fact that the discipline instilled by military service no longer being compulsory, may lie behind many of the social problems amongst today's youth.


To watch an entertaining and informative video by Colin Powell, click on the following link: Colin Powell: Kids Need Structure


Truth, Beauty, And Goodness:


Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.



Click on the following video to feel uplifted and closer connected to creation, humanity, and our Creator:
Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.


Living In The Spirit: Nuggets Of Faith



No Man Is An Island



No man is an island,

Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less.

As well as if a promontory were.

As well as if a manor of thine own

Or of thine friend's were.

Each man's death diminishes me,

For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know

For whom the bell tolls,

It tolls for thee.

John Donne :

John Donne, the Dean of York Cathedral in London, wrote this poem during the Black Death bubonic plague that decimated the population of London. He himself elected to remain in London to minister to his congregation rather than moving to the relevant safety of the countryside.

He was lying in bed preparing for death after having himself been diagnosed as having contracted the plague. Every morning carts would drive through the streets collecting the dead and Donne would hear the Cathedral bells being rung announcing their deaths – not knowing when it would be his own turn. Anticipating death himself while the population of London were dying by the thousands, he could identify with the suffering multitudes in a profound way. This poem resonates with the empathy with which he identified with humanity!



Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.


Albert Einstein

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