Shigeaki Mori a survivor spent more than 35 years tracking down relatives of American airmen killed in Hiroshima

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みなさん、こんにちは!
(Hello Everyone!)

On May 27th, U.S. President Barack Obama paid 
a moving tribute to victims of the worlds first 
nuclear attack
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Kirk Spitzer
partial article
USA TODAY
May 27, 2016

HIROSHIMA, Japan — President Obama made an emotional and historic visit to this once-shattered city Friday, embracing survivors of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bomb blast and renewing calls for an end to nuclear weapons.

He did not, however, apologize for the decision to drop the bomb.

“We come to Hiroshima to ponder the terrible forces unleashed in the not so distant past. We come to mourn the dead,” Obama said in a speech at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park.

An estimated 140,000 people — including a dozen captured American airmen and thousands of forced laborers from Korea — were killed in the world’s first atomic bombing at Hiroshima. Another 70,000 people died in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki three days later.

Friday’s visit was the first by a sitting U.S. head of state and appeared carefully crafted to focus on reconciliation, rather than troubling questions of wartime blame or responsibility.

Atomic bomb survivor groups in the past have called for the United States to apologize for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, which they call inhumane. Some American veterans and former prisoners of war have opposed an apology, arguing that the twin bombings saved lives by hastening the end of a long and cruel war.

Japan surrendered unconditionally on Aug. 15, 1945, nine days after the Hiroshima bombing.

During the hour-long visit, Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abelaid wreaths at a cenotaph dedicated to bombing victims, toured the peace park and an adjoining museum and met privately with bomb survivors.

The park is located near ground zero of the Hiroshima bombing and features the iconic “A-bomb dome” – a burned out commercial exhibition building that was one of the few structures near the epicenter that remained standing

The cenotaph includes the names of all victims of the Hiroshima bombing, including 12 American airman who were being held in the city at the time of the attack.

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In a poignant moment after his speech, Obama shared 
an extended public embrace with 79-year-old 
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In a poignant moment after his speech, Obama shared an extended public embrace with 79-year-old Shigeaki Mori. The Hiroshima bomb survivor spent more than 35 years tracking down relatives of the American airmen, whose fate had remained unknown for decades.

In his speech, Obama said Mori “sought out the families of Americans who were killed here because he believed their loss was equal to his own.”

Barry Frechette, a filmmaker who produced a recent documentary on Mori’s decades-long quest, said Mori and other survivors are not looking for an apology.

“The most important thing we can do is recognize what happened, and understand the horrible consequences of war,” Frechette said in an email interview from his home in the United States.  “We heard from U.S. POW families about how terrible a sacrifice was paid in the loss of their loved ones. But we also heard what terrible consequences were paid on the Japanese side, too, especially to civilians.”

Obama and Abe spoke before about 100 invited guests, including aging bomb victims and local high school students, and hundreds of Japanese and foreign journalists.

The peace park, one of the most popular visitor sites in Japan, was closed to the public Friday as a security precaution. But large and seemingly supportive crowds began gathering outside the grounds early in the day.

Matt Steckling, 25, a Chicago native who has lived in Hiroshima for about a year and a half, was among people in the large crowd just prior to Obama’s arrival and said he was curious to witness the event.

“It’s going to mean a lot for people here to see him come and lay flowers and pay his respects. No one expects him to apologize — the gesture, the visit alone, is enough,” Steckling said.

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 President Barack Obama shakes hands with 
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after laying a wreath in
front of the cenotaph to offer a prayer for victims of the
atomic bombing in 1945 at Hiroshima  Peace
Memorial Park_May 27, 2016
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Now thur Labor Day 2016

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Play is a banquet for the brain, a smorgasbord for the senses – Memorial Day Treats

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The Importance of Play: 

Having Fun Must be Taken Seriously

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Memorial Day weekend is the start of Summer and I hope everyone takes advantage of this warm weather and enjoy themselves.
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You will find at the link below photos of Summer time treats with recipes.
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Beverage
Red Sangria
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Bread
Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread 
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Salads
Watermelon Prosciutto Salad
Lemon Poppyseed  Broccoli Salad
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Main Meal
One Pot Saucy Creamy Mac and Cheese
Polynesian Style Pork Ribs Luau Ribs
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
Desserts
All American Banana Split
Blueberry Pie
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“When was the last time you had a Banana Split?”
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Bon Appetit!
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Changing the Conversation: Get Out of the Cage of Age by Christiane Northrup, M.D. [Audio EXPIRES May 16th]

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I first came across Dr. Christiane Northrup last year in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday.  Christiane had just released her latest bookGoddesses Never Age. (see below)  
I have since given this book away to several friends for their birthdays,  Please find an audio from a virtual Well-Being and Health Summit taking place below.  

NOTE:  The audio expires 11:59pm on Monday, May 16th.   

Christiane Northrup, M.D., 66 dances
 The Tango
Released February 2015
Though we talk about wanting to “age gracefully,” the truth is that when it comes to getting older, we’re programmed to dread an inevitable decline: in our health, our looks, our sexual relationships, even the pleasure we take in living life. But as Christiane Northrup, M.D., shows us in this New York Times best-selling guide, we have it in us to make growing older an entirely different experience, both for our bodies and for our souls.
In chapters that blend personal stories and practical exercises with the latest research on health and aging, Dr. Northrup lays out the principles of ageless living, from rejecting processed foods to releasing stuck emotions, from embracing our sensuality to connecting deeply with our Divine Source. Explaining that the state of our health is dictated far more by our beliefs than by our biology, she works to shift our perceptions about getting older and show us what we are entitled to expect from our later years—no matter what our culture tries to teach us to the contrary—including:
·         Vibrant good health
·         A fulfilling sex life
·         The capacity to love without losing ourselves
·         The ability to move our bodies with ease and pleasure
·         Clarity and authenticity in all our relationships—especially the one we have with ourselves
“Taking all the right supplements and pills, or getting the right procedure done, isn’t the prescription for anti-aging,” Dr. Northrup explains. “Agelessness is all about vitality, the creative force that gives birth to new life.” Goddesses Never Age is filled with tools and inspiration for bringing vitality and vibrancy into your own ageless years—and it all comes together in Dr. Northrup’s 14-day Ageless Goddess Program, your personal prescription for creating a healthful, soulful, joyful new way of being at any stage of life.

A Dr. Christine Northrup quote
President Obama First Lady Michelle Obama
gave famed tango dancers a run for their money during
the official State Dinner held in Buenos Aires,
Argentina. March 23, 2016
 
Have a Fantastic Week!
 
Camille

ADDENDUM – May 9th – President Obama Addresses Water Crisis In Flint, MI – May 4th – [FULL SPEECH]

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Hello Everyone:
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I see Governor Rick Synder changed his plans and decided it was in his best interest to meet with President Obama at the airport.  I’m sure money for Flint, MI had something to do with his decision.  
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Apparently, Governor Synder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver met with the president in President Obama’s limo (the beast) to discuss the situation.
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Governor Synder gave a 2 minute speech that was booed by the Flint crowd prior to President Obama taking the stage and delivering an update and inspirational  message regarding the water crisis in the video below.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Michigan
Governor Rick Snyder upon the president’s arrival in 
Flint, MI_May 4, 2016
Little Miss Flint”  Amariyanna Copeny is hugged by 
President Obama at his meeting in Flint_May 4, 2016
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President Obama drinks water as he speaks at 
Flint Northwestern High School, Wed., May 4, 2016
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From: Camille Mitchell
Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 4:08 PM
Subject: Child’s letter stirs Obama’s visit to Flint next Wed., May 4th

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President Obama is visiting Flint, Michigan next Wednesday, May 4th,  The federal government has employed support (financially. etc.) assisting and solving the Flint Water Crises.  Of course, Governor Snyder will not be attending and I find it convenient and strange that the governor has never met with President Obama when the president visits Michigan. 

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Amariyanna Copeny age 8 sits on her mother’s lap with Flint
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From: Camille Mitchell
Date: Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 2:59 PM
Subject: What does Ikiru, Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action have in Common?

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With all the talk regarding the Flint Water Crisis; I recalled three outstanding films regarding an environmental specifically water contamination crisis.
All three deal with an environmental crisis that transforms the main character in each film.
The first one Ikiru 1952 causes Mr. Watanabe to examine his life of working 30 years as a stagnant bureaucrat.
AddendumApril 28th
Ikiru (the title of the movie means “To Live”).  Director Akira Kurosawa was one of Japan’s most critically acclaimed directors.  Kurosawa directed brilliant actor Toshiro Mifune in many of his films.

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The third one Erin Brockovich 2000 gives Erin Brockovich a way to develop her potential beyond her past as a former beauty queen and currently an unemployed single mother of three children.
In the second one A Civil Action 1998; attorney Jan Schlichtmann has complete transformation from a cocky successful personal injury attorney to a tenacious, caring, attorney willing to lose it all in order to do the what is right.
View the movie trailer for A Civil Action below.
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I enjoyed all of these superb films; however, if you can only view one; I recommend A Civil Action for the thriller aspect of Jan Schilchtmann’s  journey.

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“An unexamined life is not worth living”

                              – Socrates

Toshiro Mifune plays a bureaucrat Mr. Watanabe in 
Ikiru, director Akira Kurosawa_1952 
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 Mr. Watamabe through his tireless and persistent efforts, he is able to overcome the stagnation of bureaucracy and turn a mosquito-infested cesspool into a children’s playground.
 John Travolta portrays plaintiff’s attorney Jan Schlichtmann
and opposing counsel Jerry Facher played by Robert Duvall_1998
A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta (as plaintiff’s attorney Jan Schlichtmann) and opposing counsel representing Beatrice Foods and W.R. Grace and Company attorney Jerry Facher played by Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. Both the book and the film are based on a true story of a court case about environmental pollution that took place in Woburn, Massachusetts, in the 1980s.
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It’s Schlichtmann’s search for purpose and his journey toward redemption after his colossal abdication of moral sense at the film’s outset. That journey is troubled and arduous, and he has few compunctions with endangering the livelihoods of his partners in the process.
Julie Roberts portrays Erin Brockovich_2000

Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Robertswho fought against the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The film was a box office success, and critical reaction was positive.

Roberts won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and various critics awards for Best Actress. The film itself was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for Steven Soderbergh at the 73rd Academy Awards. He won that year, but for directing the film Traffic.   Early in the film the real Erin Brockovich has a cameo appearance as a waitress named Julia.

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Camille

This Mother’s Day Relax, Sleep & Enjoy

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!
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This distinctive chai tea blend, created in partnership with Oprah Winfrey, will warm your soul with sweet spice. For every 2 ounces of Oprah Chai Tea purchased, we will donate $1.00 to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation will further support educational opportunities for young people, including Girls Inc., National CARES Mentoring Movement, Pathways to College and U.S. Dream Academy. 
Learn about the academy and charities supported by Oprah.com/OprahChai 
 Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea created and introduced 
 May 11, 2014  
Teavana® Oprah Herbal Chai Tea introduced May 2015
Teavana® Oprah Cinnamon Chai Full Leaf Sachets – Apr. 2016  

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Arianna Huffington discusses her book THRIVE 
released two years ago with Oprah Winfrey upon 
Oprah’s partnership with Teavana’s Oprah Chai Tea
Mother’s Day 2014
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We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, writes Arianna Huffington,the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post. And this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. What is needed, she boldly asserts, is nothing short of a sleep revolution.  Only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.

In her bestseller Thrive, Arianna wrote about our need to redefine success through well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Her discussion of the importance of sleep as a gateway to this more fulfilling way of living struck such a powerful chord that she realized the mystery and transformative power of sleep called for a fuller investigation.

The result is a sweeping, scientifically rigorous, and deeply personal exploration of sleep from all angles, from the history of sleep, to the role of dreams in our lives, to the consequences of sleep deprivation, and the new golden age of sleep science that is revealing the vital role sleep plays in our every waking moment and every aspect of our health – from weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease to cancer and Alzheimer’s.

In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises our health and our decision-making and undermines our work lives, our personal lives — and even our sex lives. She explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream.  She takes on the dangerous sleeping pill industry, and all the ways our addiction to technology disrupts our sleep. She also offers a range of recommendations and tips from leading scientists on how we can get better and more restorative sleep, and harness its incredible power.

In today’s fast-paced, always-connected, perpetually-harried and sleep-deprived world, our need for a good night’s sleep is more important – and elusive — than ever. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on our worldwide sleep crisis and provides a detailed road map to the great sleep awakening that can help transform our lives, our communities, and our world.

Relax, Sleep & Enjoy!
 
Camille
Tea & Opera, founder