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Some realizations the "morning after" Thanksgiving

I need to reflect on the “morning after” Thanksgiving. Yesterday, was wild, jarring at times, and also amazingly loving, thanks to my husband’s family and my dearest friends.Here I was, sitting in Palm Springs at my nearly 90 year old mother-in-law’s home on Thanksgiving Day–yesterday. I was feeling a little sorry for myself: my kids... Read more »

Why black parents may no longer have to accompany their children on a jog; maybe there's hope for my pal Tameka, who like Mr. Arbery, was chased by angry white folk, a chilling experience!

My mind is sort of muddled. It’s nearly Thanksgiving, and I know I should be thankful for recent, racial reckonings, Ahmaud Arbery and Charlottesville, v. the insane Rittenhouse verdict. I keep wondering–are the bad guys losing? The score–at least for this week–suggests so. C’mon its two to one in favor of people who respect the... Read more »

Be worried, be very worried; I believe the Rittenhouse case was fixed; in my heart, I know folks can do better!

Maybe 30 minutes ago, I watched the reading of the jury verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. I have watched key verdicts come down before, the OJ case, a case against one of the Kennedy’s, and have read Joyce Carole Oates’ chilling fictional piece on Chappaquiddick, entitled Black Water. I have come to expect, as... Read more »
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Greta T, on the climate crisis, try to focus on the positives; in my experience, it's the best way to message others!

I educate youth on the climate crisis, and trust me, it is a serious crisis. Beyond serious. And I am very grateful to Greta Thunberg and other youth (Jamie Margolin is one of Greta’s pals and she generously collaborated with the Chicago Gifted Community Center’—and our institutional partner, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy’s–efforts to... Read more »

Some environmentally friendly, WV- youth (and others) are wondering if big oil is lining Joe Manchin's silky, slimy pockets? Read on (cuz Joe M ain't gonna get away with this) and sing along to the tune of the old Beverly Hillbillies TV show/theme!

Sing to the tune of the old Beverly Hillbillies (television) theme song! Come and listen to the story about a man named Joe,*A rich mountaineer, but he’s barely gotta soul,And then one day he was shootin off his mouth–Crude, rude– yep frackin, crackin, fossil fuels protracting… Simply smacking away at environmental action…See, folks’ survival don’t... Read more »

Polar-Rizing Joes Manchins, Bears a dying, stultifying

Polar-Rizing Joes Manchins, Bears a dying, stultifying
There stood a polar bearThinning, baldingWearily limping, yet…Clinging to an ice floeSurviving The annihilating Joes Manchin Occluding collaborationObstinance breeds greedAvaricious Joes Manchins promote profit as…Habitats diminishOceans warmFish lie motionless on the sandAnd poor polar bear sags and moansBarely risingWhile rich, ravenous, Dirty, paunchy politicians Say no to everything because They think they can stopScience?Leave us,... Read more »
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The Federal Government’s ICE trap: How a Serbian refugee/prisoner granted parole—but detained by ICE-- is facing a death sentence in Bosnia

The Federal Government’s ICE trap: How a Serbian refugee/prisoner granted parole—but detained by ICE-- is facing a death sentence in Bosnia
Those of you who know me are aware of two things:  my grandmother had a profound effect on my life because she always believed in me, and my parents forced me to go to law school, an experience that I mostly despised, with a silver lining; I met my husband and a few other great people... Read more »

A power shift--kids are questioning experts on climate change at KCS II (town hall format) on 4/13

Wondering whether COVID made a dent in global climate emissions? Concerned about rising sea levels impacting more than half our country?Worried that drought will lead to food insecurity? And, why should you buy that electric car (our government ought to go electric, when it comes to transportation, too)? Join six elementary and six middle school... Read more »

Truth without consequences: Why teachers ought to expose their ideas and thought processes, but never impose their thinking on students.

Truth without consequences:  Why teachers ought to expose their ideas and thought processes, but never impose their thinking on students.
Stern:  What’s up? Pal:  Adam Kipzinger’s taking the heat on his vote to impeach Trump, etc.  Read the letter above.  Poor guy; his family (at least some members are) is ganging up on him big time. Stern:  Well, we gotta be open, gonna post this letter and share it with my students. Pal:  Ok, but... Read more »
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Today's news: Toddler's learning contentment trumps the Trump trial and other planetary concerns

I woke up to the sounds of a baby in my house this morning; those delicious sounds of…uh, oh, oopsies, hi, ..wow, woow, wooow; the baby, our granddaughter, is 15 months old and a girl. Those in our family bubble surround her most of the day, awed by her every move, waiting for a smile,... Read more »