An invitation from BirdLife Jamaica: Bring a child birding on Saturday, May 27 at Hope Gardens

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My friends at BirdLife Jamaica are planning to celebrate the month of May (which is Child Month in our country) in a very special way. This is for the children! And it will be an unforgettable experience, guided by experts. It will be a great learning experience, with lots of fun guaranteed! Join us at Hope Botanical Gardens on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. Early mornings and evenings are the best time to see birds in our part of the world. The parrots will be arranging themselves for their night’s rest, and there are sure to be surprise birds in store.

Poster advertising "Bring a Child Birding" for Child Month on May 27, 2023 at Hope Botanical Gardens, Kingston at 4:00 p.m.

I have witnessed first hand, many times, the excitement of children when they look through a pair of binoculars at a beautiful bird for the first time. It’s a revelation! There is also the added fun of looking through a scope. Plus, for this event, the cost…

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FBI investigating shooting death of Native man by border patrol in Arizona | US-Mexico border | The Guardian

Raymond Mattia of the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona was shot by agents after calling them for assistance

The FBI and Tohono O’odham Nation police are investigating the fatal shooting of a tribal member by US border patrol agents in southern Arizona.


Source: FBI investigating shooting death of Native man by border patrol in Arizona | US-Mexico border | The Guardian

Los limones

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga


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Los limones huelen delicioso, a vida y a lluvia, a sol y a luna, a agua y a tierra, a viento y a estrellas, a rumores y a silencios. Lucen hermosos y verdes en el limonero que permanece inquebrantable en el jardín, a veces agitado por las ráfagas de aire y en ocasiones sereno, cerca de otros árboles donde se refugian colibríes, pájaros carpinteros, gorriones y otras aves, en medio de un ambiente de colores, formas y perfumes.

Un día, mientras caminaba reflexivo por el viejo jardín, atraído por el milagro de la vida, expresado en cada limón, tomé varios y los partí con una navaja con la intención de exprimirlos y beber su jugo. La apariencia de los frutos era cautivante y su fragancia deleitaba los sentidos. Pensé que si bella era la cáscara, el zumo resultaría exquisito…

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Carlos Drummond de Andrade comigo!

” A poesia é incomunicável.

Fique torto no seu canto.

Não ame.”

Carlos Drummond de Andrade. Literatura brasileira

Literatura brasileira em diálogo com outras literaturas e outras linguagens. William Roberto Cereja, Thereza Cochar Magalhães. 5 ed. reform. São Paulo. Atual, 2013

Marii Freire comigo!

Imagem: pinterest/ CulturArt

Santarém, Pá 21 de maio de 2023

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Street Art in Köln

Senioren um die Welt

“Street Art” der unterschiedlichsten Art kann man in Köln an vielen Orten sehen, an Häusern, an Laternenpfählen, an Mauern, auf Straßen, auf Garagentüren und vielem mehr. Bei einigen der Bilder handelt es sich um wirklich schöne und kreative Kunstwerke, es gibt aber auch andere, die wenig ansprechend sind. Eine sehr abwechslungsreich und bunt gestaltete Mauer sieht man in Köln an der Amsterdamer Straße, sie trennt eine ruhige Wohnsiedlung von der viel befahrenen Straße und bildet einen erfreulichen Anblick, wenn man die vielen Meter von der Straßenbahnhaltestelle zu der Wohnsiedlung entlanggeht. Einige der Bilder auf der Mauer sollen eine Botschaft vermitteln, die meisten sehen jedoch für den Betrachter einfach nur bunt und schön aus, denn sie bringen viel Farbe und Abwechslung in das sonst eher eintönige Straßenbild.

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Street art

De malinha pronta

You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.

Jack London

Photo: Filipa Moreira da Cruz

A work of art which isn’t based on feeling isn’t art at all.

Paul Cézanne

Photo: Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

Ray Bradbury

Photo: Filipa Moreira da Cruz

You can’t use up creativity. The more the you use, the more you have.

Maya Angelou

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Review of The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero, by Joel S. Baden

Context, Critical Thinking, Continuous Learning: Project Do Better

   Today has rolled back around to lesson plan set number 63 of 67, by the way.  Now, back to our book review:

     I found Baden’s work both impressive and disturbing. Although I’ve always known that King David had to have been a ruthless person to achieve what he achieved, the very human cost of that and even whether it was worth it is now front and center for me. The fact, if true, that the biblical editors in fact deliberately revised history to clear his name is reprehensible. While I can understand the perceived need to do so, it is still not justified. Yet the beauty and value of books like Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes (yes, the authorship is traditionally attributed to King Solomon, but…), The Book of Job, all remain. And even that text that we have to struggle with is valuable for the struggle, but…

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