A donor heart beating in a mechanical system which keeps it warm, oxygenated, with nutrient enriched blood pumping through.
This is the very heart that beats within all of us. Just look at it. I don’t need to be a human anatomist or a doctor to understand how it works. I see it working right before my eyes. Who can ever design such a thing from scratch? Humans themselves? Not in a trillion years, not ever. And yet people go around questioning the existence of God. He is the only One who can sculpt such a beautiful thing.
Omg SubhanAllah … Speechless
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just collecting photography ideas for our kitten. InshAllah.
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this picture talks to me!
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Rebuilding the Foodshed: Fields of ENERGY
Food is energy. Food provides energy. Food requires energy. Food and energy are virtually synonymous. They even share a common unit of measure. But that doesn’t mean that they are in balance. To the contrary. And nowhere is that imbalance more evident than in the United States.
As soon as one opens wide and espouses the need for a food system that’s balanced in terms of health, equity, and ecology, it becomes apparent that much of the discussion is about how to extract one’s ecological footprint from one’s mouth. The problem is that, in terms of energy, our ecological footprints are estimated to be somewhere between seven and ten times the size of our mouths. In other words, it takes seven to ten calories to produce and deliver the equivalent of a single calorie of food in the United States. These food system calories eventually add up to an estimated 19 percent of America’s total energy consumption. (It is important to note here that we typically measure calories in our diet as a “small calorie,” the amount of energy needed to raise one gram of water one degree Celsius. When we measure energy on a larger scale, we call it a “kilocalorie” or a “large calorie” and denote it with a capital C, as in “Calorie,” since it is defined as the amount of energy needed to raise one kilogram of water one degree Celsius.)Do we simply go retro? Techno? Heck, no. A total historical reversal to preindustrial conditions is just as unlikely as a technological absolution for our modern-day petroleum-based gluttony.The energy behind human civilizations was once a product of the food supply. But we are at a point in human history in which food is predominately a result of nonhuman energy inputs. The prospect of bringing food and energy closer to a one-to-one ratio of calories invested to calories derived is extraordinarily complex, and it has direct links to the call for creating more sustainable and resilient food systems. Today in the United States, these food and energy questions comprise a quandary that most of us can ponder in relative comfort, without the imminent threat of being unable to feed ourselves due to costs, energy constraints, or shortages. And yet, even as we relish the extraordinarily low cost of food in the United States, certain threats do lurk in the background. The energy supply that feeds our food system is at short-term risk of disruption by natural disasters, international conflict, and economic turmoil. The long-term impacts of worsening climate change, dwindling petroleum supplies, and increasing global population pressures are looming realities that we may try to ignore but ultimately cannot avoid. We have already seen how spikes in food prices can create social unrest with the seeming velocity of the flick of a match.Such inquiries into food security should not be viewed as mere intellectual exercises or myopic self-preservation interests. Perhaps the most compelling reasons to grapple with our precarious food/energy imbalance are sheer justice and altruism. People who are “food insecure” are generally far too busy trying to convert their own personal energy into food dollars to spend much time researching and thinking about the national food and energy dilemma. The onus is upon those who are concerned enough to care and are able to do something about it. As actor Alan Alda once said during a graduation speech to a group of medical students, “The head bone is connected to the heart bone—don’t let them come apart.”
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Ashtyn likes to review the pictures that I take of her before I upload them to the blog.
I’m so sick of crying…I dont feel like seeing anyone…or talking to any one..or hearing any ones suggestions…every one cares too much about me..i know….but the slightest things make me so angry and upset that I have to isolate myself and cry it all out…..at least my siblings try to calm me down and smile at me….i just want people to smile at me..so i can smile back.
“think happy thoughts” is a pregnancy mantra…its not very easy to do so..one is quite helpless in front of one’s hormonal changes.
I’m so close to the finish line..its that extra amount of effort that every one has to put in when they are reaching the finish line…the boss told me to ‘FOCUS’ and thats all what I must do.
There are so many people out there just waiting to see the two little red lines on their pregnancy tests. One cannot even imagine their distress. I feel thankless every time I’m crying…but I’m just not being able to control it.
but then no one can imagine what I’m going through right now…we all have to remain in our own shoes.
Alhumdulilah..i am going to be a ‘mother’ very soon. InshAllah. I am honored and blessed. The man who my children will call ‘father’ is an even greater blessing.
I miss seeing my husband’s smile.
some one punch me.