Iconic Game of Thrones battle brought to life with massive 3D embroidery


For a show with no shortage of blood-chilling villains, Game of Thrones really outdid itself with its otherworldly portrayal of the Night King, the spike-headed leader of the inhumane White Walkers who resurrected hundreds of slain Wildlings in what is now widely considered one of the hit HBO series’s most climactic scenes. To toast the release of the show’s fifth season on Blu-ray and DVD in the United Kingdom, HBO commissioned England’s Embroiderer’s Guild to recreate the massacre of Hardhome…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Wolfgang Buttress Hive is brought back to life in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

First installed at the world expo last spring, the multi-award-winning Hive was disassembled at the end of the event and moved to the Kew Gardens, where it was reassembled as the UK’s first-ever rebuilt Expo pavilion. Its lattice-like design was inspired by the lifespan of the honeybee and “highlights the important role of bees and other pollinators in feeding the planet,” says Stage One. The complex structure comprises nearly 170,000 parts assembled in 32 horizontal layers with hexagonal cells… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Historic LA port to get new life as a deep green ocean research hub

AltaSea’s state-of-the-art, net-positive campus will be built on City Dock No. 1, with access to the deep sea. This location will allow scientists to effectively study marine life and develop programs for sustainability. The organization’s executive director, Jenny Krusoe, stated in a press release, “AltaSea will be a campus dedicated to finding ocean-related solutions to our most pressing challenges: food security, energy security and climate security.”

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5 buildings around the world that memorialize tragic losses of life

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California End of Life Option Act a Monumental Step Forward for All Americans

When California Governor Jerry Brownon October 5 signed the End of Life Option Act into law, he made California the fourth state to enact a Death with Dignity statute and the fifth where the end-of-life option is legal.

“This is a monumental step forward for all Americans who want the freedom to make their own end-of-life decisions as well as for the entire Death with Dignity movement,” said our Executive Director Peg Sandeen. “Californians will now enjoy the same autonomy, freedom and peace of mind at the end of their lives as the residents of Oregon, Washington, and Vermont.”

With the Governor’s signature, thirty-nine million Californians joined the residents of Oregon, Washington, Vermont as well as Montana, where physician-assisted dying is legal by State Supreme Court decision, in having the option, should they be terminally ill with less than 6 months to live, to end their lives in a humane and dignified manner.

“The magnitude of our victory cannot be understated,” concurred Death with Dignity Vice President George Eighmey. “All along the West Coast qualified individuals now have the option to die with dignity at the time when polls show that more and more people across the nation want to make their own decisions about how to live their last days.”

Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the California End of Life Option Act will allow adult residents of the Golden State who have had two doctors confirm a terminal diagnosis to fill a prescription medication to end their lives in a peaceful and dignified manner at the time and place of their choosing. The Act will likely go into effect in January 2016.

“The Oregon law has been implemented carefully and worked exactly as intended for 18 years,” Sandeen said. “The time was right for California to adopt this law.”

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California Assembly and Senate Approve End of Life Option Act

Words cannot describe the atmosphere here at Death with Dignity headquarters. Three days after the California Assembly approved the End of Life Option Act 42 to 33, the California Senate approved it on a 23 to 14 vote, bringing the many months of our work to the best outcome imaginable.

On behalf of all of us at Death with Dignity National Center, I wish to thank each Senator and Assembly Member who voted for terminally ill Californians to have the option of a dignified and humane death. Please join me and sign this thank you card to the California state legislators who had the wisdom to vote for the bill.

Thank You, California Legislators

When our friend Steve Mione, a terminally ill San Diego resident, told us that, when his end was imminent, he wanted to “be alert, say goodbye to my loved ones, and fall asleep and die peacefully, without pain and suffering,” he was expressing the views of thousands of terminally ill people everywhere.

Steve and all Californians may soon have the freedom that Oregonians, Washingtonians, and Vermonters enjoy: to make their own decisions at the end of their lives.

This is a monumental step forward for the Death with Dignity movement. The bill passed in both legislative chambers in the most populous state in the country and now heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. The Governor has every reason to sign this bill into law. With 76 percent public support and years of experience in Oregon demonstrating this law works, there is absolutely no reasonable argument for him to oppose the law.

Thank you for contributing your time, finances, and voices during this historic campaign. We could not have done this without you, your commitment, and your generosity.

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End of Life Option Act Advances in California Assembly

Exciting news! Californians are now one step closer to having Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option: The Assembly’s Extraordinary Session Public Health and Developmental Services Committee yesterday approved ABX2 15, the California End of Life Option Act, on a 10 to 3 vote.

Things looked calm outside the California State Capitol when I got there but the hearing almost didn’t happen. Last minute objections from various quarters to some of the provisions made for some hectic maneuvering. Going into the hearing room we were cautiously confident we had the votes, including from some recalcitrant Assembly Members. But you just never know until the final vote is tallied.

Letters from our California constituents to their Assembly Members made a huge difference, and the Golden State residents continue sending them (if you are a California resident, please send a letter to your Assembly Member telling them to support the End of Life Option Act). A terminally ill woman, a pastor, an oncologist, and Brittany Maynard’s husband provided powerful testimonies in support. I’m just a tad biased, but the opposition’s testimonies, consisting largely of alleged horror stories of coercion from Oregon, were unpersuasive.

The overwhelmingly positive vote is a great victory. California is now much closer to having a Death with Dignity law than at any point in the past.

This was just another battle, however. The bill has to get through the finance committee and a vote by the full Assembly, all during this week or Tuesday at the latest. If the bill passes both tests, the Senate will have to approve the bill by Friday, September 11, when the session adjourns for the year. The Senate voted for a similar bill back in June, we’re hopeful they’ll do it again.

Your support has been an inspiration to me in this process, thank you for all your gifts.

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California Legislators Reintroduce End of Life Option Act

On Tuesday, California Assembly Members Susan Talamantes Eggman, Mark Stone, and Luis Alejo introduced the California End of Life Option Act in their chamber of the state legislature. The bill is nearly identical to Senate Bill 128, sponsored by Senators Bill Monning and Lois Wolk and passed by the Senate on June 4, with amendments fine-tuning the process of obtaining medications.

The bill will head next week to a special Assembly Health Committee, established by Governor Jerry Brown for an extraordinary legislative session to consider pending healthcare issues. This means that AB 2X-15, the amended End of Life Option Act, will not have to go through three committees as it did in the Senate. Instead, the bill will only have to be heard in the one special committee and reviewed by a fiscal-impact committee.

Californians, now is the time to urge your Assembly Member to support this important Death with Dignity-style bill. Please send this letter urging them to move the bill forward.

You may have heard opponents of Death with Dignity in California rejoice when the Senators pulled the bill from Committee due to lack of support. The detractors claimed the bill was dead. In reality, the Senators went back to work on the bill and the revised version addresses the concerns of a few hesitant Assembly Members. The Assembly will have until September 11 to approve the bill.

In recent weeks, judges in San Diego and in San Francisco dismissed two separate lawsuits which challenged California’s assisted dying statute; both judges stated that the issue whether Californians have the right to use a Death with Dignity law should be decided by the California legislature. This is why it’s now even more important the bill moves forward in the Assembly.

If you are a Golden State resident, let your Assembly Member know that every Californian, if faced with a horrible death from a terminal illness, deserves to die peacefully at the time and place of their choosing. Send him or her this letter today.

With your help, we are confident the bill will pass. As always, we are grateful for your advocacy efforts.

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California Senate Approves End of Life Option Act in a Monumental Step Toward Death with Dignity

This is a press release we issued in connection with the California Senate vote on SB 128. For more information, contact Peg Sandeen at 503.228.4415 or Peter Korchnak at 503.501.2461.

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The Death with Dignity National Center today applauds the California Senate for [resoundingly] approving Senate Bill 128 – End of Life Option Act, which will allow terminally ill adults with six months or less to live the right to obtain a prescription medication to end their pain and suffering. The bill passed on a 23-14 vote, and now heads to the State Assembly.

Our political arm, the Death with Dignity Political Fund, has been integral in drafting and promoting the bill, underscored to our Executive Director Peg Sandeen. “We are pleased to see our work culminate in this historic vote, a monumental step toward providing Death with Dignity as as end-of-life option for qualified Californians.”

One such state resident, retired San Diego-area community college instructor, Steve Mione, said, “I am grateful to the California Senators for passing the End of Life Option Act. When my terminal melanoma moves to Stage 4 and I will have less than 6 months to live, I will want the option to choose death with dignity. I want to be alert, to say goodbye to my loved ones, and to fall asleep and die peacefully. It’s my right, knowing my end is imminent, to choose a merciful death. It comforts me that the Senators voted to provide me and my fellow Californians with this option.”

Providing peace of mind and control for the terminally ill while safeguarding against coercion for those who are vulnerable, SB 128 is closely modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

Death with Dignity National Center’s Vice President George Eighmey said, “Our testimony on the 17 years of flawless implementation of Oregon’s law not only refuted the opponent’s unfounded allegations, but convinced many senators that having a similar California law would provide their constituents with the full range of end-of-life options.”

The Death with Dignity National Center expressed gratitude to the bill’s sponsors, Senators Monning and Wolk, for garnering the necessary support in the Senate to pass SB 128.

“Polls show overwhelming—and growing—support for physician-hastened dying,” said Sandeen. “The time is right for California to adopt this law.”

Mione concurred, saying, “I urge the California Assembly to follow the Senate’s lead and swiftly pass the End of Life Option Act.”

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Faith and the End of Life

This guest post is from Barbara Karnes, award-winning end-of-life educator and nurse who has been instrumental in creating the patient/family educational booklet for hospice. A former hospice nurse, director, and consultant, Barbara is the author of the booklets A Time to Live: Living with a Life Threatening Illness; Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience; The Eleventh Hour: A Caring Guideline for the Hours to Minutes before Death; My Friend I Care: The Grief Experience; the book The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long Time Hospice Nurse and a family-oriented DVD/booklet kit New Rules For End of Life Care. She blogs at Something to Think About.

The definition of the word faith from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary is:

  • fidelity to one’s promises; sincerity of intentions;
  • belief and trust in and loyalty to God;
  • belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion firm belief in something for which there is no proof;
  • complete trust.

Approaching the end of our life generally promotes questions and searching about purpose, meaning and the direction our life has taken. Any of the above definitions for faith apply to our end of life search. These thoughts may not be shared with anyone but I believe we ask ourselves questions like: What have I done? Whom have I touched? What has this life been about? What is my belief about an afterlife? And, if a belief in God has been a part of our life, have I lived up to the expectations I believe are a part of a relationship with God?

Because our relationship with God, or absence of a relationship with God, is very personal it is not up to outsiders to try to influence that relationship unless asked. The operative words here are “unless asked.” Facing the end of life is not the time for conversions or saving, again, unless asked.

Because on many levels we are asking meaningful questions about the course our life has taken, major spiritual work takes place. The person approaching death does this work as the dying process progresses and withdrawal from this world reaches a place of introspection. It appears people are merely sleeping when really they are doing perhaps the most important work of their lives—figuring out what their life has been about.

The approach of the end of our life is a personal search and not a place for others to share their beliefs unless, of course, we are asked.

With people of the same religion, same beliefs, such as with members of a church, synagogue, mosque, shrine, or temple, in the months before death spiritual conversations are helpful if they are initiated by the person facing death. Some people welcome conversations, others prefer to find answers from within.

We must always respect a person’s choices. Remember, we approach this final challenge in our life in the same manner we have approached all of our challenges. If a belief in God or a specific religion was not a part of living our life our beliefs will probably not change now. I will add that sometimes we will return to the religion and belief we had when we were younger but this doesn’t seem to happen enough to really count on it.

There are many paths to self discovery. Religion is but one path. I walk a broader path in the hopes that each of us, regardless of our beliefs, may experience compassionate end of life care.

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