Today’s Goodness: Have you been wondering if that cute barista at your morning coffee stop is from New Zealand or Australia? You may want to stop by the Speech Accent Archive and compares accents. The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. You can browse by language or region. Take a listen.
Visit the Speech Accent Archive.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend! ~The SBNR Team
“Each day has its own purpose and fits into the great plan of our life. This very moment carries traces of our life purpose in places where we focus our attention, in words or ideas that bring a tingle of excitement and hope in our heart.”
From: Find Your Purpose, Change Your Life
By Carol Adrienne
1. Destiny Dorozan: Sharing Love with a Woman I Hardly Know
“Having this experience made me realize that it is not just an experience between two sweethearts. It happens any time two people recognize in each other the love of the universe manifest — become connected by it, share mutually in it. That is what true love is, not the desires of the ego.”
2. Douglas Todd: Is God Green?
“Protecting nature is an especially crucial issue for British Columbians, whether they attend a church, synagogue or temple, whether they’re “spiritual but not religious” or whether they’re atheist. Most people on the West Coast tend to think of nature, particularly the awe-inspiring wilderness, as their “cathedral.”
3. Kim Bobo: What Religion Looks Like, Wisconsin Edition
“The proposals are so draconian and such clear violations of religious teachings in support of workers’ rights to organize and engage in collective bargaining that Wisconsin religious leaders across faith traditions have issued public statements, sent letters to the Governor and legislators, and are participating in rallies and public events.”
Top Spirituality News:
1. CNN: Airline Apologizes for Carrying Pork on Israeli Flight
“A United Kingdom budget airline has apologized to its Jewish customers after loading ham and bacon baguettes on to the flight instead of the standard kosher food. EasyJet said it made the mistake on a flight from Israel to London. Some passengers were forced to go hungry during the 4 1/2-hour trip from Tel Aviv.”
2. The New York Times: Afghan Officials Say Jailed Convert is Free
“Under international pressure, government officials in Kabul, Afghanistan, say they have freed an Afghan man who had been jailed since May and faced the prospect of the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity.”
3. Yahoo News/AP: Jailed Sect Leader Retakes Legal Control of Church
“Jailed polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has resumed legal control over his Utah-based church even though he is jailed in Texas and court documents recently revealed that two 12-year-old girls had been taken from Canada to marry him in 2005.”