Monday, October 31, 2011
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...our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development.
Photo by Maufdi.
Posted by Diane Mayr at 5:08 AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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And why do we go on caring, sometimes at great expense or with heartburn involved, for creatures who are sometimes superaffectionate, but at times seem only to want us for our ability to dispense treats, and who would rather claw us than purr while we hold them?
Photo by rwhgould.
Posted by Diane Mayr at 6:44 AM
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
If my lips teach the public that men are made mad by bad treatment, and if the police are taught that they may exasperate to madness men they persecute and ill treat, my life will not be entirely thrown away.
Image courtesy State Library of Victoria.
Posted by KURIOUS KITTY at 5:21 AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Saturday, October 15, 2011
It is not the job of the protesters to draft legislation. That’s the job of the nation’s leaders, and if they had been doing it all along there might not be a need for these marches and rallies. Because they have not, the public airing of grievances is a legitimate and important end in itself.
~ New York Times editorial ~
Friday, October 14, 2011
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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Monday, October 10, 2011
The Columbian Exchange has shaped everything about the modern world. It brought us the plants we tend in our gardens and the pests that eat them. And as it accelerates in the 21st century, it may take both away again.
Image courtesy Library of Congress.
Posted by KURIOUS KITTY at 6:34 AM
Sunday, October 9, 2011
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Friday, October 7, 2011
I think an aptitude for physics and astronomy is probably a plus for a poet. As is an aptitude for anything that involves the real, physical world--stars in the sky, insects on the ground, how bridges and buildings stay up. Without curiosity and passion about physical things, poetry is dead as a doornail.
~ Julie Larios ~
Thursday, October 6, 2011
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
~ Steve Jobs ~
Posted by Diane Mayr at 6:43 AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Causes of Civil War are also, that the Wealth of the Nation is in too few mens hands, and that no certain means are provided to keep all men from a necessity either to beg, or steal, or be Souldiers.
Photo by David Shankbone taken at Occupy Wall Street demonstration.
Posted by KURIOUS KITTY at 7:23 AM
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Image courtesy Library of Congress.