Book review break, and a tiny rant?

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

        Ok,  I have to whine here, instead of working on my revision of Do Better:   Right after my review for a book that really needs more love!

     Book: 

L’Île sur l’océan Nuit

     This is one YA heroic quest, by Michel Grimaud, that is a step above others -set mostly in a dystopian colony of earth, the STRESS (I love this acronym) – Société Terrienne D’EXPLOITATION du Système Solaire – keeps colonies ignorant and enslaved. Mar (our young protag.) must grow both courage and knowledge as he builds networks to change the system, and save his loved ones. 

    The story also shows the ideas in “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us” and General MacArthur’s Long Gray Line speech: that those around us impart the values and dreams of our society, and that is how children frame the context of their actions.  So…

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Federal agencies must test unvaccinated workers weekly starting in February, Biden administration says – The Washington Post

Federal agencies must start testing unvaccinated employees at least weekly for the coronavirus by Feb. 15, the Biden administration said in new guidance issued Tuesday.

The testing, which mainly affects those exempted from President Biden’s vaccination mandate for federal workers, would be required during any week in which those employees “work onsite or interact in person with members of the public as part of their job duties,” the guidance says.

Agencies are also free to require more frequent testing for certain occupations or work settings, the administration says.

Source: Federal agencies must test unvaccinated workers weekly starting in February, Biden administration says – The Washington Post

How plant-based diets not only reduce our carbon footprint, but also increase carbon capture – Leiden University

Almost 100 billion tons of CO₂ could be pulled out of the atmosphere by the end of the century. That is, if high-income countries switch to a plant-based diet. The double carbon profit of returning farmland to its natural state would equal about 14 years’ worth of agricultural emissions, researchers from Leiden University write in Nature Food.

The area needed for animals to graze and growing feed is huge. It takes up about 80% of all agricultural land or about 35% of the total habitable land in the world. An international research team, led by scientists at Leiden University, calculated that if high-income nations moved away from animal products, much less land would be needed to grow food. Vast areas could then revert to their natural state, with wild plants and trees drawing carbon from the atmosphere.

‘It is perhaps one of the biggest environmental health opportunities out there,’ said lead author Zhongxiao Sun at the China Agricultural University. ‘A rapid shift to these diets could really help society stay within environmental limits.’

 

Source: How plant-based diets not only reduce our carbon footprint, but also increase carbon capture – Leiden University

El talento de quien siente admiración, respeto y asombro ante la vida

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga

SANTIAGO GALICIA ROJON SERRALLONGA

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Conozco una mujer que experimentó los horrores de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y que, no obstante, ama la vida y recorre sus caminos con alegría, rectitud y sabiduría. Ha viajado por el mundo. Lo conoce muy bien porque no se conforma con el paseo superficial que le ofrece cada lugar. Es una buscadora de historias, detalles, rostros, formas, costumbres, motivos y tradiciones. Siente deleite al conocer gente, al recorrer vestigios de otras horas y al descubrir estilos de vida que, generalmente, pasan desapercibidos por los turistas comunes. Entra a los mercados, a las ruinas, a los barrios, a los escondrijos del mundo. Toma fotografías con sensibilidad y talento, capta imágenes con la pasión de quien siente asombro, respeto y admiración ante los detalles y el milagro de la vida. Es una mujer inagotable que sabe que el tiempo y…

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Giving thanks

Petchary's Blog

“Giving thanks” for Jamaicans basically means “being grateful.”

Our recent Bloganuary prompt (yes, I am still trying to catch up!) was: “What are five things you’re grateful for today?”

Today and every day I am grateful for:

First and foremost: My family, and especially my husband and my son. I don’t know how they put up with me. They are all saints. Especially my husband. PS Family includes our dogs, Freddie and Lulu.

Second: A roof over my head, enough food to eat and water to drink and bathe in. So many in this country (yes) and round the world do not have one or more of these basic necessities.

Third: My health. I have awful teeth (my dentist probably does a mental eye-roll when she sees me approaching her chair) and two broken wrists (the best orthopedic surgeon in the Universe fixed them both for me). But it…

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Si pudiera

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga

SANTIAGO GALICIA ROJON SERRALLONGA

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Si pudiera, esta tarde te daría un bote y un par de remos para que navegaras y sintieras, inesperadamente, las caricias del viento y las gotas de la lluvia, porque es necesario que te sepas vivo y que, con el crepúsculo postrero, no termina tu historia. O tal vez te obsequiaría un columpio con la finalidad de que te mecieras tras tus andanzas por el mundo. Si pudiera, esta noche te regalaría la luna, los cometas y las estrellas que alumbran y decoran la pinacoteca celeste, o te entregaría un paréntesis con la ilusión de que guardaras miedos, tristezas, desconsuelos, mortificaciones y enojos acechantes que solo lastiman e interrumpen los sueños y las ilusiones. Si pudiera, te pediría que te sumergieras en las profundidades de tu ser y del sueño. Si pudiera, al amanecer te despertaría y te recordaría…

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