I've been asking myself lately this question: Is food a basic human right? I don't have the answer at all, but it's lead me down some very interesting...moreI've been asking myself lately this question: Is food a basic human right? I don't have the answer at all, but it's lead me down some very interesting paths. Last year with my students we looked at water, where our community gets it, what happens to it, and compared that with bottled water. We even did a taste test to determine if some of the claims we encountered were true. This year I want to ask my students the question above and together explore possible topics that arise.
This book is a great overview of many controversial topics that surround food production. A wonderful jumping off point. (less)
I can think of several more tags for this book. Conduct-of-life, because friendships are a basic part of all our lives, awesome-powers, because of the...moreI can think of several more tags for this book. Conduct-of-life, because friendships are a basic part of all our lives, awesome-powers, because of the amazing things friends can consciously or subconsciously inspire us to do, bullying and horror, because of the awful and cruel things friends can also do, survival, because friends can help us get through the worst times in our lives, self-esteem, whether friends build it up or tear it down, and more, but some might be a stretch.
This book was a complete whim. I saw it on the new bookshelf at the library and I thought to myself, "This could be interesting".
More likely, our time with our pals is more enjoyable because of our expectations. When we're with friends, we bring sympathy and understanding and leave out some of the grievances we carry into interactions with family members. We tend to demand less from friends than we do from relatives or our romantic partners, and each friend provides us distinct benefits.
One friend-making fun fact recently floated up from the research files: You'll give off a better first impression (and thus possibly make friends more easily) if your name is easy to pronounce. It will be interesting to see if this finding holds up given the trend toward unique and multiethnic baby names.
Another intriguing new line of research is tracking whether groups of friends might even share genes...
"A good friendship in adolescence is golden. If you have one, you'll have the capacity to create other relationships in life, including romantic ones," says clinician Carl Pickhardt. "But we have a funny culture; we don't teach kids this stuff. We think they 'know' how to do friendship, but it's not always true." AGREED!
About Facebook: "Now we're just broadcasting our stream of consciousness...to all 500 of our friends at once, hoping that someone, anyone, will confirm our existence by answering back," Deresiewicz writes.
Some poems were wonderful and would make me laugh out loud or cause my eyes to water or make me appreciate, again, how much I love cultural diversity....moreSome poems were wonderful and would make me laugh out loud or cause my eyes to water or make me appreciate, again, how much I love cultural diversity. Some poems made me skip lines or quickly turn the page. But that seems to be the way with all poetry books.
My favorites: Photons, by Nicole Guenther Pupil, by Brianne Carpenter The Indexer in Love, by Gray Emerson Larry's Produce, by Michelle Brittan Run, by Henry Milss As far back as I can remember, by Jonah Ogles kitchen witness, by Emma Shaw Crane Living with a Bodhisattva Cat Is intimidating, by Margaret Bashaar ode to poetry, by Matthew Baker
Living with a Bodhisattva Cat is Intimidating
The Bodhisattva Cat is, of course, vegan: He will not eat the inexpensive dry food I fed my last cat, who was unenlightened.
He is morally opposed to hunting, compassionately watches moles skitter across the basement floor.
The Bodhisattava Cat meditates for up to eighteen hours a day, gives impromptu dharma talks to squirrels perched on the bird feeder outside my kitchen window.
The Bodhisattva Cat has boycotted the 2008 Olympics in Beijing: I read about the torch relay on Yahoo! News and he looked at his paws.
He destroys all my knitting to teach me about impermanence. - by, Margaret Bashaar(less)