Rosia Montana needs us! Rosia Montana are nevoie de noi!

I think all my readers from Romania know about Rosia Montana. I was still in university when I started to go to demonstrations for Rosia Montana to be protected of Gabriel Resources which wanted to take away all the soil richnesses that belong, historically and legally, to this region. In the meantime, some wise people have put Rosia Montana on the UNESCO heritage proposals list and try to turn it into a UNESCO protected area. Let’s help also the people from DECLIC who have sent the message below and participate in their meeting on the 11th July 2021. Thank you for reading and thank you a lot to those who can make an effort and be there on Sunday!

Hai cu noi duminică, 11 iulie, ora 19.00 în fața Palatului Cotroceni pentru a-i cere public președintelui Klaus Iohannis să scoată elefantul de aur din Guvern!

Viitorul Roșiei Montane în UNESCO depinde de noi. Dacă nu intervenim, Florin Cîțu și Coaliția își vor pasa la nesfârșit responsabilitatea unei decizii. Riscăm ca pe ultima sută de metri sau chiar în ziua plenului Comitetului UNESCO, premierul să mandateze Ministerul Culturii să retragă dosarul. Exact așa s-a întâmplat în 2018, în Guvernul Dăncilă.

Am trăit momente de groază atunci când reprezentantul României, Răzvan Ștefan Rab (nu o să uit niciodată acest nume) a cerut în Plenul Comitetului UNESCO amânarea luării unei decizii privind situl Roșia Montană. Era în 2018, chiar de ziua mea, și am urmărit cu orele ședința live de la UNESCO. La final, când am văzut cum planul malefic al lui Rab este pus în practică de reprezentantul Azerbaidjanului, mi-am zis că susținătorii proiectului nu au nici o limită. Au fost în stare să ne facă pe toți de râs în fața lumii, pentru a le face pe plac celor de la Gold.

Pentru includerea Roșiei Montane în UNESCO s-au pronunțat numeroase forumuri și asociații profesionale care au ca misiune protejarea patrimoniului. Evaluarea experților spune că Roșia Montană îndeplinește toate cele trei criterii pentru lista patrimoniului mondial. Și unul singur ar fi fost suficient pentru ca peisajul cultural din Apuseni să fie recunoscut internațional. Dar dacă dosarul e retras, întreaga procedură trebuie reluată de la zero.

Florin Cîțu a declarat că se caută soluții și pentru conservare și pentru exploatare. Cu alte cuvinte, caută el soluții pentru patru cariere de suprafață, de sute de metri adâncime, care să nu afecteze peisajul cultural. Sper că nu vine cu vechea soluție a companiei miniere. Adică un mulaj din ghips de câțiva metri care să înlocuiască o rețea de 7 km de galerii subterane, săpate manual pe vremea romanilor.

Premierul pare că nu înțelege că mineritul nu mai e ce-a fost. Într-o tonă de piatră de la Roșia Montană e risipit puțin peste un gram de aur. Pentru a-l extrage, trebuie să arunci totul în aer, să macini piatra fin precum făina, apoi să înmoi totul în cianură ca să separi aurul de pământ. Nu văd cum ai mai putea păstra minele de pe vremea romanilor în craterul care rămâne în locul muntelui.

Acest stil duplicitar al premierului, care vrea și exploatarea și conservarea patrimoniului, mă neliniștește profund. Tot el, una zice ca partener în alianța de guvernare, alta zice ca prim-ministru. Pare că s-a molipsit de sindromul Ponta. Înapoi în 2013, Victor Ponta spunea că se opune proiectului ca deputat, dar îl susține ca prim-ministru.

Așadar, eu nu sunt convins că d-l Cîțu va da un mandat ferm delegației României la reuniunea Comitetului UNESCO. Cineva cu autoritate ar trebui să îl supravegheze. Așa că îi cerem public președintelui Iohannis să intervină, reamintindu-i propria declarație din 6 februarie 2015: “În numele Roșiei Montane s-a creat o mișcare civică și comunitară despre care s-ar putea spune că „mută munții” atunci când este în joc păstrarea autenticității și a tradiției vechi a acestei localități”.

Duminică, 11 iulie, pe înserat, revenim în stradă. Roșia Montană ne-a inspirat pe toți și a creat un nou val de implicare în societatea civilă românească. Datorită spiritului renăscut la protestele din 2013, împreună am ținut piept ordonanței 13 și asaltului împotriva justiției.

Pentru acest protest, eu voi veni special de la Cluj. Așa că te rog, dacă duminică ești la munte sau la mare, vino repede în București. Dacă nu ești aproape de București, anunță-i te rog pe cei cunoscuți din capitală. Se prognozează că va fi cald, așa că din recuzita de protest nu trebuie să lipsească apa, dar nici petul cu pietricele pentru a ține ritmul protestului.

Hai împreună să spunem Președintelui că Roșia Montană merită să fie în UNESCO.

The message above (from Tudor, executive manager of Declic) is in Romanian but you can find also some information on the link above in English, about the registration of Rosia Montana region in the UNESCO heritage.

Roșia Montană Mining Cultural Landscape – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

The health minute Minutul de sanatate

Today I’ll talk about a very useful plant for our health and also relaxation. For sure you know it, it is called Rosemary. The rosemary is very good for circulation and stomach. Among others, the plant contains volatile oils and vitamin C. This amazing plant has many beneficial effects, such as:

it supports digestion, helps the lower blood circulation (mostly legs), eliminates any muscular and articulations discomfort, it is a great natural tonifier (for the whole body), supports the good functioning of the stomach, liver and intestins, has a refreshing effect on the muscles and circulation and it helps the kidneys function normally.

In general pregnant women should not drink rosemary tea but it can be enjoyed during the breastfeeding period. This tea can be used both internally and externally. More than this, the fresh plant is a great bonus for many types of foods – you can use it in its natural form, in salads or in cooked meals. You can find it in general as tea, essential oil, tincture or dry powder and let’s not forget the perfumed fresh branches in the market.

The health minute Minutul de sanatate

chestnut puree in pack

Dear readers, 🙂 I thought I would share with you some health tips in short posts, like the present one. I am not a doctor but I have learnt a lot in the past 15 years about health in general, myself having a very healthy lifestyle and great immunity.

The tip of today is linked to those moments when you feel the need to eat something small or have a snack. Maybe you would be tempted by a cake. But don’t! I have a much better suggestion for you which is also sweet 🙂 This is the chestnut puree. It is cheap, healthy and it contains a lot of minerals, vitamins, fibers. I admire Jamie Oliver of course and I think whoever has tips about health, nutrition, longevity, etc. should share them with others. Eat this with trust – it will chase away your hunger and will give your body a lot of good things.

Take care of yourselves and see you soon with more health tips!! 🙂

Un printemps au Luxembourg A spring in Luxembourg

As I have gathered a lot of nice photos from many springs that I have lived in Luxembourg, I wish to share with you some photographs. I took them in a place called Schlaifmillen, on the border of the Alzette river. It was in ancient times a cereal mill and nowadays it hosts a workshop for artists. The surroundings are very pastoral and you can walk around, on the border of the river or in the forest.

The photos were taken in the month of March when, slowly, everything was coming back to life. You can also see the river Alzette among these photos ans even some horses, that were a big surprise for our walk.

I hope you’ll like these photos and that they’ll give you a bit of this spring feeling from Luxembourg. Wherever you may be, enjoy everything the nature creates all around you, in any season. Good health and vitality to all of you!

The Wednesday thought :)

Hello everyone! I hope you’ll enjoy reading this post. As another useful word came to my mind these days, I thought this was a sign for a new post here. It will make you smile but, most important, if you keep it in your life, it could very well give you another level to reach a happy and long life. Hm, what is that? This word is HUMOUR.

I think this aspect is equally important and, using it as often as possible, it will strenghten your immunity and make you see things from a different perspective, a wiser one. We don’t need to exaggerate and say you should laugh at a funeral…but we all know laughing helps the heart and you’ll not go to funerals every day.

The secret lies in the style with which you react to things, situations, people; there can be people whose bad feelings or negativity could try to reach to you, intentionally or not. But your HUMOUR will be your secret weapon to protect yourself. Or if your boss gives you a ‘slap’ by criticizing you for no reason, again mr. HUMOUR will help you imagine him being chased by Japanese single women who want to marry him…For sure, HUMOUR sometimes needs also imagination and I’m sure you are not lacking that either.

A few thoughts about HUMOUR below that can match hopefully many tastes:

“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.” Francis Bacon

‘Twill help you all along the way,
An’ cheer you mile by mile;
An’ so, whatever is your lot,
Jes’ smile, an’ smile, an’ smile.
Author Unknown, Smile

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” Maya Angelou

“In scientists’ opinion, good humor is able to extend human life by 7 and even more years. And this applies even to people whose health is not perfect, in general. Such is the ‘magic’ of good humor, the scientists say.” Vanessa Angel, You Live the Life You Want to Live

“Good humor is one of the preservatives of our peace and tranquility.” Thomas Jefferson

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing. Mark Twain

You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance. W. Somerset Maugham

It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver. Betty White

Try to find someone with a sense of humor. That’s an important thing to have because when you get into an argument, one of the best ways to diffuse it is to be funny. You don’t want to hide away from a point, because some points are serious, but you’d rather have a discussion that was a discussion, rather than an argument. Ed Sheeran

I choose my actors well and get to know the quirks of their personalities – and, most of all, I share humor with them. Then I keep my eyes open when they rehearse and perform, because you never know where the next stimulation comes from. George Cukor

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~Irish Proverb

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~Victor Hugo

„ Humour is a force. Nothing can unite people better than laughter” — Lev Tolstoi

Nicolae Iorga: Good words, smile and good deeds are sunshine rays mirrored in the human heart

Arsenie Papacioc: Learn to have always a smile hidden in your heart.

The doctor has told me that I have six more months to live. The moment I told him I could not pay the invoice, he gave me six more months to live. Walter John Matthau

Who does not have a sese of humour can be serious but never intelligent.  Vasile Ghica

You shall see in many situations that it is not exactly humour that comes to your spirit, it can be joy, it can be just a smile or a strong laughter; in any case always remember to keep that inner humour vibes in your heart. I also have the hope that the funny photo I have chosen for this little post can bring you a bit of laughter.

Keep also joy in your heart, be this humour, happiness or positivity and offer it also to others. Celebrate every little or big success and share good jokes with others. Remember always that a smile can open doors that words cannot. Stay healthy, joyful and smileeee to life!

A little bonus, thanks to the talent of Kendji Girac: Kendji Girac – Sonrisa – YouTube


The Wednesday thought

Courage to go up!

Hello again with positive vibes! I have chosen another word for you, taken from my life experience and from everything I have seen so far. Many of the people I know, in my home country but not only, have a certain degree of fear. They stay in the same job for years, even if they like it or not; they remain in relationships based on fear and not on happiness, as they are afraid to take a small risk and find maybe the right person or just to eliminate what does not bring them happiness, health or good vibes. Too many people live with a constant fear or worry and the choices that they make are not supporting their real happiness. So, my word is Courage.

This does not mean to take out your sword and attack anything that looks like an enemy. It means that sometimes you need Courage to clean up a bit your life and reassess your values or just follow what makes you happy. Of course, it is not comfortable and it is a risk. But do like me – take a small risk, after you are sure that it is the best choice. You are always backed up by your guardian angel so whatever you do, you are not alone. Keep the faith and remember that you have the right to be happy, to have what you deserve in your career or the best health; if you feel that something is missing, think, analyse and try to see some ways through which you could improve your life-segment that needs help.

Keep Courage in your heart and rememeber that what is coming is better than what was going. Faith and courage will support you in getting the life you deserve – the right partner, the best job, the perfect health, true friends or everything else that is not quite right in your life. Your eyes should stay wide open and try to force yourself to have positive thoughts – you attract what you think of.

Have just the Courage to live well and know your value; this way, everything else will just fit like in a puzzle. Good luck and ”bon courage”!

Cheese indulging moment

Good morning everyone! I have decided to share with you a small secret – that one of an amazing cheese dessert that I have recently prepared. I am sure that you would like it as much as me. I’ll list the ingredients and explain clearly how you can prepare it.

So, you would need these in order to start well this tasty cake:

-a piece of fresh dough (either prepare it yourself or do like Jamie Oliver, buy a fresh one from the supermarket)

– app. 500 g of fresh cottage cheese (natural, no flavours and soft)

– 100 g. of cream

– 3 eggs

– 50g flour

– 100 g sugar

– 1 bag of vanilla sugar

-optional: a hand of acacia flowers

– 10 g butter

– some raisins – some citrus peel (inside the mixture)

Mix the white cheese with the cream, vanilla sugar, flour and 80g of sugar. Separate the egg yokes and whites, add the yokes to your cheese mixture. Beat well 🙂 the whites and add the remaining sugar; this should be firm. Incorporate them in the cheese mixture.

Heat up the oven; arrange the dough in your cake mould, after you applied butter on its whole interior. Fill in the pot, well dressed in dough, with the cheese mixture. Bake at app. 150-160 but watch it, it depends also on the oven.

I hope you can get the same result as me and enjoy it with those that you love – it will make your day amazing and full of flavours! It is also very healthy – the cheese will give you a good quantity of Ca, there are also proteins inside and some fibers, while you keep the sugar under control or, if you have limits, cut down a bit the sugar from the initial quantity. Enjoy and stay healthy! 🙂

Fapte bune pentru Ziua Copilului Children’s Day – a nice gesture

Va veni in curand Ziua Copilului si daca vreti sa faceti un lucru bun, puteti dona o carte. Am descoperit gratie lui Flavius Adrian Turcanu o initiativa foarte frumoasa. Aveti detalii aici: Acasa – Copil Creativ – Copil Creativ

Indiferent de situatie, sigur aveti pe acasa o carte citita care nu va mai trebuie; impartasind ceva bun si util cu un copil, deveniti o piatra de temelie din educatia societii in care ati crescut si voi si in care veti trai in continuare. O tara sau o societate fara educatie nu va putea supravietui. Puteti alege orice tip de carticica pentru oricare din categoriile de varsta de pe site. Felicit aceasta initiativa si sper sa aiba succes! Puteti inca face aceasta fapta buna pana pe 27 MAI 2021.

The Children’s Day is coming soon and whoever is interested in doing something good can donate a book for those children of Romania who are less lucky than us. There are more details here: Acasa – Copil Creativ – Copil Creativ There are different options for all the age categories and I’m sure that these kids will be very happy no matter what book they receive – the whole world is inside the covers of a book. You can do this nise gesture until 27 May 2021. Good luck and congratulations for this amazing initiative!!

Sursa poze: poza 1 – Internet; poza 2 – arhiva proprie Source for photos: 1 – Internet; 2 – my photo archive

Seaside spring impressions

Hello again from the virus-free seaside ! Spring in seascape areas is something completely magical. Trees are still in bloom and the sea water is coldish; the beaches are empty and you feel like the king of the sea. Sunny days are great and that specific iodine air is filling your lungs with the powerful healthy energy of the sea. What can you wish for more?

Wild goose flying

You may run into wild geese, lazy cats or dogs, seagulls, swallows or even little fish in the waves that are welcoming you naturally in their environment, still calm in May. Simple moments of life which become amazing when you realise that you are the only spectator.

There are algae here and there and so many shiny stones and shells that you feel you’re walking on some beaches in Greece; the healthy sea smell is reaching your nose and you see a little bar where they prepare the famous ”hamsii” ….; you cannot be wrong, this is the Black Sea, the crazy seaside of Eastern Europe.

And there is a lost person walking somewhere further thinking about you as ”another crazy tourist” when they see you alone on the sand…. But you don’t care at all, you are the master of the seaside, everything is all yours! The sunshine is perfect, the sand is fine like face powder, the sea boasts some amazing shades of turquoise, dark blue and grey and you decide to taste the famous ”hamsii”. Houuh, the wind is blowing with strength and your hat is running away 🙂 🙂

Wow, some trees are still in bloom and it feels that spring still has a long way to go; but it has got warm enough for one good icecream! Some waves grow bigger and bigger and there is a nice beach corner where you can eat the icecream in calm; hopefully the lazy cat will not disturb you. Take some photos before the wind starts again to blow. This moment is perfect, a blend of spring and summer, a mixture of land and water and a combination of happiness and melancholy – breathe in this air, fill your lungs with the sea salty particles, add some more joy and love in your heart and may these seaside impressions bring you positive energies for the whole year!

The Wednesday thought

Hello again everyone! This time I was thinking of a word that is inspired by Spring and everything it means to me, in nature, in society (traditions, celebrations) or individually. That is why I would choose the word Light.

Be it the sunlight or a spiritual light, we need it in our lives, especially when we may find ourselves in the dark. It is always on the cloudiest days that we realise how much we need the sunlight. It goes the same with our life. We are all flowers that need light to live, physically and emotionally.

Sometimes we look for it in photos, to catch an amazing angle and photograph the beauty of a place in sunlight. Other times, we find ourselves in a greyish context and we strive to go back to the right path, to the light. Wherever we may be, we should keep the benefit of walking in the light, in strength and force. Or we can just watch how a simple seed that we put in the soil flourishes thanks to light and water – just like a miracle.

Whichever moment you may be in, keep the light with you – on your desk when you write, in the kitchen when you cook, in your heart when you think and plan your life – and your whole life will be an expression of good, ripe crops and happiness. Share also your own Light with those you love and be grateful thus to enjoy a love that will last forever.

May the light and health of this spring guide you on the best path for this whole year!