A childhood without books — that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.” Astrid Lindgren
From the Imagination Library webpage:
About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.
After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world.
The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.
Almost every day this week celebrates some aspect of libraries and the people who work in them.
What is your favorite thing to do in a library? Has your library reopened? Have you used your library during the Pandemic?
I was just watching a Trevor Noah from the Daily Show skit about Who Hates Who. It was funny and seemed to be fairly accurate. He was emphatic about identifying who hated who but would not get into the why. He said that everybody hated the United States because we had invaded some countries, overthrew government in other countries, bombed several countries but even the countries we had liberated from the Nazis in World War II now seemed the hate us.
He finished by saying “Nobody hates the Canadians,” while he donned a maple leaf hat. That reminded me that I have heard several Americans say in passing that they will say they are Canadians when overseas to avoid the stigma of being from the United States.
Is it because Canada:
Invaded fewer countries
Has a national health care system
Has a dryer, gentler sense of humor than the United States
Is generally less prejudiced except for the French/English issue although the nation is bi-lingual
Yesterday, I tried to buy a a few things at a local grocery store. The total was $22.60. I thought I gave the young cashier a single $20 bill and three $1 bills. The change should be 40 cents. After several long seconds he had not given me the change, despite holding the cash in his hands with the register open.
By now, the register should have told him what the change was, even if he was not doing the arithmetic in his head.
Looking at the bills, half hidden by his fist, I thought I saw 2-twenty dollar bills and 2-one dollar bills. He started to place the twenties into the drawer when I asked him to pause. He had the two-twenties and and the two-singles.
I apologized for giving him the second $20 by mistake and offered to give him a third $1 bill instead. He asked me if I had 60 cents.
I said I’d check and pulled a quarter out of my wallet, setting it on the counter. I found two more quarters and was searching for the dime when he picked up the first quarter and reached for the other two quarters. He seemed perplexed by getting $.75 rather than $.60. I found the dime and took one of the quarters back.
If the teenager had asked if I had given him the second $20 by mistake, instead of $1 or if he had returned the two ones and made change from the $40, this exchange could have been shorter. Even with the assistance of the cash register, he seemed unable to figure out what the correct change should have been.
I know they no longer teach cursive, but they surely teach addition and subtraction or how to read the numbers on the cash register.
Silver minivan parked in a grab and go spot
cursive writing spills across its doors and fenders
"Silent Majority" soundlessly screaming
"Not my president
until the fat lady sings"
in white letters
Spiro Agnew pleaded nolo contendere .
Nixon resigned, was politically resurrected and became a cartoon talking head on Futurama.
Beware the Ides of March and worshipping the golden calf.
National K9 Veterans Day, March 13, is a day set aside to honor commemorate the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history.
It was on March 13, 1942, that the Army began training for its new War Dog Program, also known as the “K-9 Corps,” according to American Humane, marking the first time that dogs were officially a part of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Every day at 9 am, Susie King Taylor and her brother would walk the half a mile to the small schoolhouse, their books wrapped in paper to prevent the police from seeing them. Her grandmother made sure of it – she wanted Susie to be able to read and write.
Susie was barely in her early teens when her family fled to St. Simons Island, a Union-controlled area in Georgia, during the Civil War. With her inquisitive eyes and kind demeanor and her education, she impressed the army officers. They asked that she become a teacher for children and even some adults. Her reply was simple:
Coronado, California announced one for tomorrow, which is what gave me the idea. Little Free Library has a plan on how to organize a Neighborhood Treasure Hunt. (This organization is on top of so many things.)
This a novel (not Corona virus) way to plan an outing that can be kid/family/senior citizen friendly. Make it as long or as complicated as your ingenuity or neighborhood opportunities support.
To learn more about National Day of Unplugging, click here.
Do you have multiple cell phones? Constantly Snapchatting every move and find it hard to get through a meaningful conversation without adding to your story? We increasingly miss out on the valuable moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our faces buried in our iPhones, documenting our every move through social media and shielding ourselves from the outside world, where real connections happen. If you notice these mannerisms in yourself – or your friends & family, it may be worth committing to the National Day of Unplugging. It is a 24 hour period – running from sundown to sundown which starts on March 5. Take this day to carve out precious time to unplug, relax, reflect, be active, visit the outdoors, and connect with loved ones.
What seemed real just yesterday
This morning's already flown away
Politically correct from times now past
Was probably never meant to last
Nature's rules seem more eternal
Mankind's logic sublimely infernal
Lies repeated morph into facts
Fodder for more vile attacks
Commonsense is out of style
while the grifters charm and beguile
with honeyed words hiding poison within
the stories they always seem to spin
For better times we often yearn
while good advice we like to spurn
if it doesn't fit into our reality
of today's notions of morality
Outer appearances are very important. The thought appears in ancient Babylonian writings, and Erasmus’s collection of adages (1523) refers to the fact that the statement “Clothes are the man” appeared in Homer and numerous ancient Latin sources. In sixteenth-century England it was usually put as “apparel” rather than “clothes”; Shakespeare’s Polonius pontificates, “The apparel oft proclaims the man” (Hamlet, 1.3). It was a cliché by the nineteenth century.
Where are you in the what to wear from home continuum?
Wear pajamas all day
Look professional from the waist up, but only on Zoom meeting days
Have a complete set of elastic waist pants and coordinated t-shirts
Gave away all of my professional clothes as a 2020 tax write-off
Wish I still had day of the week underwear.
Family stepped in with a need to do laundry intervention
Stalwart navigation aides
before satellites and meridians
of bays, rivers, lakes
perched on land or pylons
landmarks by day,
protection in dark or fog
Inspiring us with
design, and history;
form following function.
From open fires, braziers,
candlelight, vegetable or animal oil
through electric lights
requiring cleaning and attention
regardless of weather
Unchanging requirements to keep the lights shining
Partner to the restless saltwater sea
or freshwater lake
or ever-flowing river
One only the light moving, the other seldom still.
Those of you who have read my “official” bio know that I left home at an early age seeking adventure. And I had some luck in finding it. I’ve written about those adventures in these very pages. But now, I have a new one for you. I haven’t told it before because I get emotional when I think about it.
It was 1967, and at the tender age of seventeen, I was away from home for the first time. Home was Miami, Florida. During summer vacation between my junior and senior year in high school, I decided I wanted to see the world – or at least that part of the world bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on the North American continent.
So, I stuck out my thumb to see where it would take me. As it turned out, it took me to many magical places and a…
While February 18th is observed annually as National Drink Wine Day, it would be a shame to celebrate only one day a year. Perhaps this day is just a reminder to drink wine.
Wine does have its benefits after all. Moderate drinkers of wine have lower risks of liver disease, type II diabetes, certain kinds of cancers, heart attack, and stroke. It also can reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good (HDL).
Are you a red wine drinker or a white wine drinker? Did you know that the color of the grapes determines what type it is? Do you prefer dry or sweet wine? Do you like it chilled or at room temperature? Did you know that food can affect the taste of wine (make it better or worse)?