World hugging day today!


National Hugging Day is an annual event created by Kevin Zaborney. USA. It occurs on January 21 but is not a public holiday. The day was launched on January 21, 1986 in Clio, Michigan, USA. It has been marked in some other countries under the name of World Hugging Day. The idea of National Hug Day is to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often, or to hug people you don’t know very well – but ask them first!

Zaborney considered that “American society is embarrassed to show feelings in public” and hoped that a National Hugging Day would change that.

Studies have shown that human contact has many health benefits. It has been found that human contact improves both psychological and physical development.Hugging can also help build a good immune system, decrease the risk of heart disease, and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol in women. According to the American Psychosomatic Society, a hug or 10 minutes of holding hands with a romantic partner can help reduce stress, so it is good for your health!

Have you hugged someone today? Go and hug your Mom, your little brother, your best friend, your partner or a friendly neighbor… it’s good for you!

Pittsburg police chief takes stand against racism

Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay set off a battle with police unions when he posed with a sign that reads, ‘I resolve to challenge racism @ work #EndWhiteSilence.’ Some think this means policemen are racists. McLay says the sign is not against anyone, and that he was just showing support to anti-racism campaigners. After several black men were shot by police in 2014, McLay wants to show that no racism will be accepted within the police force.

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Christmas lasagna recipe

▶ Lasagna Recipe – Beef & Cheese Lasagna – Christmas Lasagna Recipe – YouTube.

Italian American like to serve lasagna over Christmas. Here is a good recipe. The list of ingredients is below:

For the meat sauce:
– 1 pound (500 g.) Italian sausage
– 1 1/2 pound (700 g.) ground beef
– 8 oz (225 g.) mushrooms, chopped
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
– 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
– 6 cups (1,25 litre) marinara sauce
– 1/2 cup (110 ml) water
Note: depending on the seasoning of your sausage, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of an Italian dried herb blend.


For the cheese filling:
– 2 egg, beaten
– 2 lbs (850 g.) ricotta cheese
– 8 oz (225 g.) mozzarella cheese, cubed
– 2/3 cup (65 g.) freshly grated Reggiano-Parmigiano
– 1/4 cup (25 g.) chopped fresh parsley
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
– 1 big pinch of cayenne


The rest:
– 1 lb (450 g.) lasagna noodles
– 8 oz (225 g.) mozzarella cheese, torn in small pieces
– 1/2 cup (50 g.) grated Parmesan cheese to top
Note: 375° farenheit = 200°C

Tens of thousands march across to protest police killings of Black citizens

People in New York City and Washington DC have protested yesterday against police violence which recently killed several Black persons.

Those marches show young and old, Black and White, together in their demands for more equality and less violence by the police.

Click on this link to read the article and watch what CBC News reporter describes:

Eric Garner, Michael Brown: Tens of thousands across U.S. protest police killings – World – CBC News.

Watch Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

“Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani girl, gave an incredible speech as she accepted her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway on Wednesday after becoming an icon of the fight for children’s education rights. She just became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in history, and her speech shows her spectacular wisdom...’I tell my story not because it is unique but because it is not,’ she said. ‘It is the story of many girls. Today, I tell their stories too. I have brought with me some of my sisters from Pakistan, from Nigeria, and from Syria who share this story…This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education,’ Yousafzai said. ‘It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change. I am here to stand up for their rights, to raise their voice.'” – Business Insider

via ▶ Watch Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech – YouTube.

Fashion photographer takes photos of kids with disabilities

NYC-based photographer Rick Guidotti was in Cincinnati photographing local families of kids living with genetic, physical, and behavioral differences. His non-profit, Positive Exposure, aims to show the “beauty in human diversity.” Film produced by Carrie Cochran, September 2014. Exhibition in Cincinnati, October 2014.

NYC-based photographer Rick Guidotti was in Cincinnati photographing local families of kids living with genetic, physical, and behavioral differences. His non-profit, Positive Exposure, aims to show the "beauty in human diversity." Produced by Carrie Cochran. September 2014

via Former fashion photographer trades supermodels for kids with disabilities on Vimeo.