That’s a reasonable question. Actually, I’ll be using this space often–every day except Sunday–for two purposes:
1) I hope to provide thoughts, quotes, ideas, and observations about the world around us, calling attention to little and big injustices and what we can do about them or highlighting something I found inspirational, funny, or curious. Some of my posts will be very serious, some will be a sideways glance at something that grabbed my interest. Some will be on topics that you have suggested (keep those suggestions coming!). Maybe a random thought will glide through the space between my ears and I’ll pass that on here.
2) Occasionally I’ll tell you when and where I’ll be giving a talk or book-signing, or I’ll pass on comments people have made to me about their experiences with putting ideas from my books into practice.
Two features will be recurring every week. One is Thoughtful Thursday, when I’ll pass on a quote I found particularly thought-provoking. Sometimes I’ll add a very sort comment; other times I’ll let the quote speak for itself. It will often be accompanied by an illustrative picture or graphic. The other is a weekly (on Saturdays) Earth-Friendly Tip, presenting a simple yet effective step we can take to help protect the Earth and all life on it, including humans. Each suggestion will be a small action for an individual or family to take, and many will also save you money.
I hope to establish some dialog with you via my Blog. Maybe you disagree with one of my blog posts or with something you read on the “Critical Reviews” or “Readers’ Comments” page. Or your group tried my Study Guide for Small Things Count! and you want to tell me how it went. Let me know. Or tell me about something funny, disastrous, inspiring, or frustrating that happened when you tried one of my suggestions. Make a “small things” suggestion of your own. Or simply start a discussion on something you would like to talk about. Whatever the topic, let’s meet on the Blog page and talk.
If you don’t laugh, the jokester will shake his head at you and say, “Come on. It’s all in good fun.” Yet. the ethnic joke he’s told makes you cringe. That’s your conscience responding to an attack on the human family. At that moment, you are inwardly aware that someone’s dignity is being attacked. Deep inside we know that such put-downs only feed bad feelings or stereotypes, keeping them alive. They are hurtful rather than healing in our world.
A step toward protecting human dignity is to stop tolerating those insults. There are two rules in doing this: 1) use a response that is natural and comfortable for you, and 2) make your point but don’t humiliate the person you’re speaking to. For example, you might say, “That joke makes you sound prejudiced, and I know that can’t be true.” Or, “My brother-in-law is Irish and he’s not a drunk.” Sometimes people’s attention just needs to be drawn to what they are actually saying.
Okay…so that’s a bad pun. But I’m pleased with a new California law that says that pet stores can only sell rescued animals now. The idea is to cut down on kitten factories and puppy mills that cause animal overpopulation and in-breeding leading to unhealthy animals that call to us from pet store windows.
The law doesn’t affect private breeders, except that they won’t be able to sell animals to pet stores.
It won’t affect pet stores’ bottom lines, either, because shelters are overflowing with strays, and people can give an unwanted litter to the stores.
Reality check on electronic waste: Each year, we Americans throw away 30 million computers and 120 million cell phones. Consider keeping yours an extra six months, then recycle them.
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If you suffer from this, DO NOT GET OUT OF BED TODAY! Your fear of Friday 13th will ruin your day if you venture out of your safe bed.
Actually, your malady (which is also fear of the number 13) has some interesting, if frightening, history. Check out “13 Facts About Friday the 13th.” You’ll find you’re not alone–you have somewhere between 17 and 21 million fellow sufferers.
I needed a dose of good old fashioned positive HOPE. Too much tragedy, death and destruction from disasters, threat of war and fallout from nuclear-testing in my Pacific Ocean (I live in California), senseless shootings…. These are far from happy times.
But Ellen DeGeneres had a message of hope that’s uplifting without being maudlin. If you missed it, here it is: (Thank you, Ellen.)
They know not what they do. Today, in Las Vegas, people are celebrating the lives of the victims of the horrific shooting. They mean well, desperate to find a way to say “We care” and “We are deeply saddened.” Unfortunately, they’re misguided.
The dove is a symbol of peace. But consider these doves. There’s a prosperous industry that breeds and raises doves in captivity to be purchased and released at weddings, funerals, and memorials of tragic events. These birds have never been in the wild, never learned to protect themselves from predators or find food for themselves. The result is that birds of prey (falcons, hawks, etc.) make a quick meal of the helpless doves. The ones that escape their talons go hungry or starve to death. They don’t have a chance.
To me, that soils the symbolism.
Please consider this if you ever think of using doves as part of your celebration.
Three U.S.-based scientists won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for detecting faint ripples flying through the universe — the gravitational waves predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein that provide a new understanding of the universe.
Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology won the 2017 prize for a combination of highly advanced theory and ingenious equipment design, Sweden’s Royal Academy of Sciences announced.
The scientists were key to the first observation of gravitational waves in September 2015. When the discovery was announced several months later, it was a sensation not only among scientists but the general public.
“It’s a win for the human race as a whole. These gravitational waves will be powerful ways for the human race to explore the universe,” said Thorne, speaking by phone with The Associated Press from California.
The Guggenheim is a prestigious museum, run, I thought, by intelligent people. I’m thinking that may not really be true, now that I’ve heard about an exhibit from China they plan to have for three months starting Oct. 6. It’s clear, unabashed cruelty to animals. Dogs running toward each other on treadmills, salivating themselves into exhaustion. Pigs with meaningless Chinese characters on their bodies, mating. Various animals trapped in glass viewing-enclosures, left to eat each other or die of fatigue. And there are more.
If this seems cruel and beneath Guggenheim, read more about the situation and sign the petition asking them to pull the portions of animal cruelty from the exhibit.