Power Generation At Home, and Libraries: The Common Good

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

        This  idea of having a pedal-powered TV, and a hand-crank laptop and phone charger, especially, is still gnawing away at me.  Everyone I know that I have suggested this idea to has laughed at me, but I keep remembering how  Mr. Kamkwamba, the 14 year old boy in the film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, built that wind turbine in Africa thanks to having a school library with books that helped him figure out how to build it (Ejiofor, 2019), and powered a well pump that saved his entire village.    I’ve also read that a lady somewhere in either the US or the UK even wrote her entire debut novel using a pedal-power laptop, yet still got laughed at when I mentioned this individual and practical example.  Now I see that the idea is in fact in use, but not in any community…

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Power Generation At Home, and Libraries: The Common Good — collaboration with learners

Originally posted on Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story:         This  idea of having a pedal-powered TV, and a hand-crank laptop and phone charger, especially, is still gnawing away at me.  Everyone I know that I have suggested this idea to has laughed at me, but I keep…

Power Generation At Home, and Libraries: The Common Good — collaboration with learners

Joy: refreshing and real

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The Bloganuary prompt of a couple of days ago (I always seem to be behind) was:

“What brings you joy in life?”

“Joy” is a rather over-worked word these days. I used to think of this word as meaning “extreme happiness,” the kind that makes you scream and shout and shed tears of…well, joy. Now it seems to be commonly used to describe a more muted kind of contentment or pleasure.

I will go back to my original sense of the word, I think. Here are three joys that I picked that can actually stir up my emotions:

Kingston Harbour, sparkling and blue in the morning sunshine. The bright reflection in the distance is the sun shining on an aircraft that had just arrived at Norman Manley International Airport. A brilliant flash of joy, for some who are waiting there. (My photo)

Joy would be meeting any member of my…

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Fools Rush In

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Well, friends, Kevin McCarthy got his wish … it took him four full days and 15 ballots, but he is Speaker of the House of Representatives … for now.  But here’s the thing … in order to get the necessary votes, he made numerous deals, promises, compromises and gave away some things that were not his to give.  For all who voted Republican last year or in 2020, I don’t want to hear a damn word of complaint later this year when the prices of food and fuel skyrocket, when the economy tanks, and Social Security & Medicare are on the chopping block, all because Kevin made a ‘deal’ not to allow the debt ceiling to be raised.  They asked for it, they got it.  Now it’s theirs to own.

In the end, Kevin McCarthy’s greatest legacy will be that he is a coward, a sell-out, and that he had…

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Parashat VaYechi 5783, Favoritism vs. Family Mental Health, and The Common Good

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

        This week’s parashah is VaYechi, the 12th and final portion of Bereshit/Genesis, and first Torah portion of the secular year 2023 CE/ 12023 HE.  In this parashah, Joseph swears to bury his father up north, gets the double inheritance, promises not to kill his brothers for what they did to him, and then, dies, after making them swear to bury his bones up north, some time in the future.  Once again, we see the effects of favoritism, jealousy, and rigid inheritance rules on family relationships, and how harmful this can all be.   Here is another reason that long term planning and access to basic survival and equal health care resources for everyone is essential to the democratic process, right?

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     The common good requires both rule of law and an acceptance by all to refrain from taking personal vendettas to their individually desired conclusions, while…

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