Newsletter
It's about the future!
Issue 236
April 2nd 2011
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Editors Corner

Ben
Jan
Has everyone caught your breath after Thursday/Friday's great talk from Ramtha? WOW! Is all I can say. My body is still processing all that information and its implications. It is really a trick trying to put this newsletter into some kind of coherent order while my head is still spinning. Of course, MC2020.com. will not even try to quote the Ram. We will, however, recommend if you missed it, to catch it on-demand at Ramtha.TV. It was 16 1/2 hours of breathtakingly intense Ram talking about the future events that are unfolding right now.

The march has begun. Ram has warned his students living in the islands of the Pacific to evacuate immediately and seek the high, safe places. In an effort to help those students who must flee their homes with nowhere to go we are offering the MastersConnection2020.com as a tool to match masters who need a home with those masters offering a home, temporary or permanent. In "Making the Connection" we ask you to use the MC2020.com to reach out with a helping hand. Email us and we will help spread the word all over the world. Wherever you are in the world and need a place to go, let us help you. Tell us what you need for you and your family. In the middle of this next week we will send out a special edition newsletter compiling the list of who needs a home or help and who is offering help or a home.
My friend, Anita and I were talking about this possibility of offering a fellow student a home. She had tears in her eyes when she told me how profoundly her family was touched by the Cuban refugee family her father adopted in the 1960's. The Cuban family was fleeing Castro's oppressive regime. The family that came to live with her family was indeed a blessing to them and they remain friends today. She said, however, that perhaps the biggest impact on her life was witnessing her father's unconditional generosity towards strangers in need. Her dad became her hero and no matter the successes or failure of the rest of his life, he was always her ideal for this one shining moment of selflessness and pure love in action.

Seven Tasks to Self-Reliance -- what a gift. This fabulous article was written by Judy Spiers and sent to us by Bruce Smith. What I love about this article is that it takes an overwhelming task, becoming self-reliant, and puts it into a simple “can do” check list. I hope you find it helpful.

The information that we are all assimilating can be intense. At the suggestion of one of our loyal readers we have installed an application on the MC2020.com website with a “Lofty Thought” of the day. When you need a bit of encouragement or clarity, just click and see what wisdom awaits you. Click here.

Speaking of uplifting, the Japanese people continue to be exemplary in their treatment of each other in this time of chaos and heartache. We have a lot to learn from these beautiful souls. “Ten Things to Learn from Japan
We received a beautiful letter from a lovely Japanese woman via one of our readers. Please read and be inspired. Click here to read.

P.S. Have you heard about the 6.0+ earthquake in Greece on April 1st? Click here for the story.

Feature Story
Learning from Japan: The Seven Tasks of Self-Reliance
By Judy Spiers
Generously shared by Bruce Smith of The Mountain News

Judy Spiers
Task 1: Secure Water

The number one issue reported in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami - regardless of region - is the problem in procuring adequate, safe water.
The average person consumes a minimum of a quart of water per day to maintain proper health, and can survive only for three to five days before problems arise.
If you have a well, can you pump your water if the power goes out? If not, store a gallon per person, per day, and have at least a week's supply on hand. A simple solution is to put tap water in a supply of 2-liter pop bottles and empty and refill them every six months. Better though, is to store water in 55-gallon barrels.
It is essential to provide water for cooking, pets and hygiene. I shuddered to think of going for days without bathing, as the Japanese have.
My husband, Mark, and I bought a water storage barrel from Home Depot a couple years ago. But, we recently learned about a fellow named Sky, who sells barrels to collect rain water from downspouts at his Buckets, Barrels, Drums, Recycle & Consignment. 55-gallon barrels are $10 and $15. He also has barrels available for storing food and emergency supplies. We bought one with a nifty handle that even I can open. Information is available at skyrocket42@msn.com.

Task 2: Know your neighbors.

In the December 2006 storm that had winds over 100 mph and knocked out power locally for days, the wind chill made temperatures very cold, raising the risk of hypothermia and compounding the impact of shock. One traumatized woman in our neighborhood refused to leave her heatless house for the three days before the power was restored.
Other neighbors had drastic needs and suffered alone, i.e.: a 90-year-old blind lady lived two doors down, and we'd have helped her had we known. The lesson that Japan's people are teaching the world is how important it is to assist and share with each other.
Taking that to heart, I recently went door-to-door to the seven closest homes and got phone numbers for emergencies. It only took thirty minutes.
Along those lines, Barbara Hanson of the Department of Emergency Management will address the Self Reliant Community's (SRC) at their May meeting to offer help in organizing our neighborhoods, particularly in how to identify the skills and needs of those who live within walking distance, ie: who is a doctor or nurse, and who has medical issues. The meeting is open and will be held at Graham's 70th ST E Fire Station on May 4th, Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m.

Click Here for the Full Article
Making the Connection
Masters On The March

The March has begun. This is the place where you can reach out to help your fellow students of the great work. Let's support them in their time of great urgency. Whether you are in need of a helping hand, or can lend one, please post to MC2020.com so we can help you connect with each other.

If you Need Living Space, Email Us at reachout@mastersconnection.com.
If You Have Living Space to Offer, Email Us at reachout@mastersconnection.com.

Your Feedback

Reader: I read with eagerness the latest issue of M.C. and I was so excited to learn about Time Banking. It is indeed a "calling", something that I would like to create here in Malaysia. No doubt there are already in existence the charitable organizations and the NGOs that are doing a marvelous job helping the unfortunate. However, Time Banking seems to me to be a great way to live our lives, for everyone and anyone to participate. I have always thought about fractals, how nature ingeniously repeats a pattern that forms the fabric of life. Like the cells in our body, we humans are a repeat of this pattern. We are meant to live and support each other, like the cells and the organs supporting each other in the body. And so is Earth, a cell in the galaxy, and each galaxy then is a cell among all the galaxies in the entire Universe. No wonder the ETs are coming here to support us!

The other piece of article that thrilled me is about the book Busting Loose From The Money Game.

Thank you so much for all these "awakenings". You are doing a fantastic job!

In case you missed our Hour 4 Hour article last week, click here to read it.

Your encouragement means a lot to us. We receive so many inspiring emails. Your feedback is vital to the success of the MastersConnection 2020. We want to hear from you. Tell us the truth. How can we serve you better? What topic(s) would you like more information on? Feel free to share your story with us about how the MastersConnection has benefitted you personally.
Click here to give us your feedback.

Community Calendar

We do love to hear from you especially about community events that you think our readers ought to know about. So, thanks and keep the info flowing.
Click here to send us your community event.

April 2nd & 9th: GMO events in Rainier
Our first Genetically Modified Food event was so successful that we're hosting presentations about GMO's on Sat, April 2 and April 9, at Center for the Creative Arts, Rainier.
Session #1 An introduction for everyone, covering the basics about the Health Risks associated with eating genetically modified foods, and how to Avoid Them
Session #2 The Deeper Issues, for those who want to understand more about the Science, the Risks, and What You Can DO about the GMO Threat, for yourself and the world
To register, contact Cari (360) 458-1311 or Sandra sandra@miracleinspirations.com

April 14th, 15th & 16th: Women Selling Stuff BAZAAR
Join Us at GORDON'S GRANGE HALL in Yelm 10am - 6pm on the 14th & 15th and 10am - 4pm on the 16th
*Artisan Jewelry *Antiques *Collectibles *Glass Art Jewelry *Pictures *Furniture *Handbags *Massage *And lots more!
Click for More Info

April 15th & 16th: Spring Box Sale at Yelm Adult Community Center (YACC)
10am to 6pm. Bring your own container and purchase unique spring silk flowers, decorations and other treasures!
All items being sold were donated by JZ Knight to the YACC.
YACC is located at 16530 103rd Ave SE Yelm.

April 16th & 17th: South Sound Green Tour
The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Presents: The South Sound Green Tour
This is a community educational event to showcase the greenest homes and buildings in the South Sound!
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm
For more information, visit www.SouthSoundGreenTour.org

April 30th & May 1st: Hazardous Waste Collection Events
The annual spring WasteMobile Collection Event for Thurston County residents will be held in Yelm Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm at Yelm Middle School parking lot at 402 Yelm Avenue West.
Residents who miss this event can always take hazardous household materials to HazoHouse, located at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center, 2418 Hogum Bay Road N.E. near Lacey. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Tuesday.
Click here for more information

Hot Topics
Your weekly dose of miscellaneous useful tidbits.

earthquake.usgs.gov
This is a nifty all in one hazard site. You can see the most recently occurring earthquakes from around the world. You can also sign up to receive email notifications. Lots of other great links originate from this site.

Earthquake 3D
Zoom and spin your way around the globe while viewing earthquakes in 3D. Adjust and customize the display to see earthquakes in a variety of different ways. Filter earthquakes by size and time - then select from many options that include quake indicators and map references. Earthquakes are shown in near real-time using the latest data from the USGS via the Internet.
Click here to download the free version of this program

Send us your suggestions for the next Hot Topics at contact@mastersconnection.com.

Recipe of the Week (Comfort Food)
A recipe that is more topical but also seasonal
Submitted by Cornelia O'Leary of NatureWise Farm

Topical Recipe
This recipe is chosen this week because of its presently topical ingredients, namely, iodine containing miso, marine vegetables and the flexibility of including any other vegetables of your choice .

Miso Stir Fry
Serves 4. Preparation time: 30 mins.
If you don't want the seaweed, just substitute with green leafy vegetable of your choice. Use as many fresh local organic ingredients possible for better taste and nutritional value.
Click here for the recipe

Delicious Recipe!
Jan here at the MastersConnection 2020 has tried this recipe substituting tofu with chicken and it was delicious!

Something Worth Knowing

Email to Jan of MastersConnection 2020 from her friend Rick:
Hi Jan!
The Richter magnitude scale, also known as the local magnitude (ML) scale, assigns a single number to quantify the amount of seismic energy released by an earthquake. It is a base-10 logarithmic scale obtained by calculating the logarithm of the combined horizontal amplitude (shaking amplitude) of the largest displacement from zero on a particular type of seismometer (Wood-Anderson torsion). For example, an earthquake that measures 5.0 on the Richter scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times larger than one that measures 4.0

The ”Rickster“ Scale of energy released (shaking amplitude)

1 = 1
2 = 10
3 = 100
4 = 1000
5 = 10,000
6 = 100,000
7 = 1,000,000
8 = 10,000,000
9 = 100,000,000
10 = 1,000,000,000
11 = 10,000,000,000

P.S. The interesting thing that most people don't fully consider is the relationship of California to the rest of the US.

California's economy is the largest of any state in the US[citation needed], and is the eighth largest economy in the world, if the states of the U.S. were compared with other countries.

California has been the number one food and agricultural producer in the United States for more than 50 consecutive years.

  • More than half the nation's fruit, nuts, and vegetables come from here.
  • California is the nation's number one dairy state.
  • California's leading commodity is milk and cream. Grapes are second.
  • California's leading export crop is almonds.
  • Nationally, products exclusively grown (99% or more) in California include almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, kiwifruit, olives, persimmons, pistachios, prunes, raisins, clovers, and walnuts.
  • From 70 to 80% of all ripe olives are grown in California.
  • California is the nation's leading producer of strawberries, averaging 1.4 billion pounds of strawberries or 83% of the country's total fresh and frozen strawberry production. Approximately 12% of the crop is exported to Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan primarily. The value of the California strawberry crop is approximately $700 million with related employment of more than 48,000 people.
  • California produces 25% of the nation's onions and 43% of the nation's green onions.
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“I am 1,000 percent behind this school.” - Ramtha

Phoenix Rising School is on break this week so that teachers and students could attend the “Super Primary Retreat”. Those little elves are busy showing the adults “how it is done” on the name field. We are sure they will have lots to report from the event next week.

Ramtha quote copyright 2011 JZ Knight. Used with permission.
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