AOC refuses to let a man get away with calling her an abusively sexist names

I don't agree with all of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's beliefs and goals, but I totally admire both her skill with words (when questioning or in speeches) and her refusal to let others get away with lazy labels and false apologies. Unfortunately, it still requires a high sense of personal responsibility to speak publicly against language … Continue reading AOC refuses to let a man get away with calling her an abusively sexist names

Even top authors can take years for their first success

Right now, many of my friends are fighting against the overwhelming feeling of futility -- that nothing is going to get better, that there is no hope. Maybe a little therapy is needed to cope with what is, after all, a pretty grim world right now. OTOH, maybe we all need to simply keep striving … Continue reading Even top authors can take years for their first success

Quarantine could be easier with a little company sharing my space

I've seen the odd articles about celebrities who are isolating themselves with not only their nuclear family, but also layers of family above, below, and sideways. They've seemed happy groups but that's what media does, right? As a single person in heavy quarantine, I've relied heavily on the company of my two cats, one of … Continue reading Quarantine could be easier with a little company sharing my space

Is the constancy of national borders trivial or a sign of modern power?

Axios produces articles that feed my desire for new perspectives -- like this. Turns out it's been decades since a major redrawing of the world's map. Part of this is a reflection of the increasing tendency of nations to protect their own societies rather than to expand, but couldn't it also be that modern warfare … Continue reading Is the constancy of national borders trivial or a sign of modern power?

Broad-based genetic study documents the violent history of slavery in the United States

Blacks and other people of color (BOPOC) protesting their treatment by police and other authority have to fight constantly to get recognition of the very real discrimination they undergo. This study documents that mistreatment in the Americas extends back hundreds of years. Yes, in certain areas, small slivers of the protests have been hijacked by … Continue reading Broad-based genetic study documents the violent history of slavery in the United States

Masks serve more purposes than we’ve realized

I've only recently been sprung from my apt to do a few small ventures outdoors so long as I'm masked at all times and maintain a social distance. I'll acknowledge wearing a mask is less comfortable than not wearing one, but it supports my health and that of the community. Turns out the Japanese habit … Continue reading Masks serve more purposes than we’ve realized

What does COVID-19 do to children and how contagious are they?

The CDC has put out guidance about re-opening schools but this article from the National Geographic addresses the real concerns of parents. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/07/coronavirus-infection-spread-in-children-cvd/? Here's what COVID-19 does to a child's body As schools prepare to reopen, experts weigh in on whether youth protects against the virus, and how readily kids can spread it to adults. … Continue reading What does COVID-19 do to children and how contagious are they?

Solutions have been found for plastic in the ocean but require quick action

Plastics in the ocean are an increasing problem that could kill our blue waters as a supply of food and as a huge absorber of carbon dioxide. I attended a webinar Friday morning with a presentation PEW Charitable Trust study with solutions, highlights and access to experts for questions. I posted the invitation a day … Continue reading Solutions have been found for plastic in the ocean but require quick action

Taylor Swift has remade herself again with a quietly dropped album

Taylor Swift is a skilled songwriter who's mastered self-promotion and has a huge audience that she's beginning to exploit for purposes other than sales. With her latest album, she simply dropped the album with no advance build-up. Whether or not you're among her fans, this music will be everywhere. Here is a sampling of the … Continue reading Taylor Swift has remade herself again with a quietly dropped album

If you’re near Lincoln Center in Manhattan

https://ilovetheupperwestside.com/sounds-of-lincoln-center-josie-robertson-plaza/ Mike Mishkin July 21, 2020 Arts & Entertainment Until August 1st, an eclectic mix of music will be playing from the speakers at Josie Robertson Plaza. The recently launched initiative is called Sounds of Lincoln Center. The music can be enjoyed from Tuesday through Saturday, between 12-4pm and 5-9pm. A representative from Lincoln Center … Continue reading If you’re near Lincoln Center in Manhattan

Men concerned about exclusion

Have been listening to a fantastic webinar from The Nature Conservancy featuring women who have been deeply involved in conservation as landowners and activists. One of the first questions that came in to the speakers: "If women become more active, will they be excluding men from their groups?" (Their wording was a bit more snarky.) … Continue reading Men concerned about exclusion

People call for the time even after smartphones

This still isn't bad entertainment for the young set since the numbers are still available even tho this is an old article. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/06/remember-when-you-could-call-the-time/488273/ Remember When You Could Call the Time? You still can, and thousands of people do it every day.Adrienne LaFrance June 22, 2016 Nate Steiner / Flickr The first two telephone numbers a … Continue reading People call for the time even after smartphones