Writing? I just do it…

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“What do I like about my writing?” What an odd prompt for today’s Bloganuary. But since I have not dropped out yet and need to keep going with my posts, here’s my response:

I am much more interested in what my readers like (or don’t like) about my writing. I am not very good at critiquing my own work.

So, OK, I would give myself 10/10 for spelling. I have always been good at spelling, although nowadays I do have occasional lapses with American spelling (in Jamaica we use the British spelling – after all, we are a former colony) – especially when the computer/phone changes it for me.

I would say 8/10 for grammar. Again I have lapses, as I unfortunately slip into “social media-ese” – basically abbreviations and snatches of observations, when a longer sentence would normally work better. It’s a kind of shorthand; and as we…

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COVID-19 updates from Jamaica (January 8, 2022) | Petchary’s Blog

As Omicron is flying around the world at lightning speed, so it is in Jamaica. The problem with our island, though, is that the vast majority of our population is not vaccinated (close to 80 percent) despite vaccines being widely available (that is, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinopharm). According to the Reuters Coronavirus…
— Read on petchary.wordpress.com/2022/01/09/covid-19-updates-from-jamaica-january-8-2022/

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Obama says democracy can’t exist while Republicans ‘are willing to fabricate lies’ about our elections rawstory.comJan 6, 2022 2:20 PM President Barack Obama eulogizing Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral. Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on Thursday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection by supporters of Donald Trump…
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Lê Vĩnh Tài | 10 POEMS – 10 BÀI THƠ – poetry is a mother’s silence (209) – SONGNGUTAITRAM

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the Vietnamese poet and translator, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot. Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works…
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Mutual Aid stories


For the past week I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about Mutual Aid in preparation for a discussion we plan to have at my Quaker meeting tomorrow.

As I have nearly every Saturday for the last year, I was with my Mutual Aid friends this morning for our weekly food distribution. Here are a few stories triggered from what happened this morning.

I had a clear spiritual leading to become involved in Des Moines Mutual Aid. For the sake of brevity, I’ll begin with my return to Iowa in 2017. I was looking for justice activists and soon had the opportunity to walk on the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March. A group of about ten native and ten non-native people walked and camped together for ninety-four miles, over eight days, along the path of the Dakota Access pipeline. The intention was for us to get to know each other…

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New high-tech wearable patch monitors vital signs, never needs charging – Study Finds

“Our e-health patches may be employed as part of screening for lifestyle-related diseases such as heart disorders, signs of stress, and sleep apnea,” explains first author Dr. Andreas Petritz, in a statement.

The researchers used what’s known as a ferroelectric substance, which can power itself from normal movement — the piezoelectric effect. This is because the substance contains crystals that can be made to spontaneously have both a positive and negative charge. The researchers applied a strong electric current to a small amount of the material, just one micron thick. The material was very efficient at converting natural motion into small electric voltages, the researchers found.

These currents could either be transformed into signals for medical sensors or used to harvest energy. Multilayer patches could harvest up to 200 millijoules per day from a person’s natural movement if placed on a joint, like knees and elbows, the researchers say. This is enough power to monitor a patient’s cardiovascular parameters several times a day.

Also, because the patches are so thin, they are barely visible, making daily health monitors less invasive and unpleasant. “We expect that our findings will assist in the development of other sheet-type sensor systems that can perform precise bio-monitoring when affixed to the skin surface,” says study senior author Professor Tsuyoshi Sekitani.

The technology could even be monitored via smartphone or computer, the authors say.

Source: New high-tech wearable patch monitors vital signs, never needs charging – Study Finds