Tuesday, November 22, 2016
As we enter a new chapter in the United States of America, post election 2016, with the winning of Donald Trump, a man that has publicly bullied, ridiculed, and made a point to state he would like to register Muslims and deport illegal immigrants who he blanketed as rapists, drug dealers, and killers, we have come to a point where we need to come to a reckoning of who we thought we were, who we professed to be, and who we may actually be and then decide who we want to be.
I think that a big part of this is building empathy for others. I either developed or was born with a highly attuned since of empathy. I tend to feel what others are feeling. Empathy is the ability to actually share in the feelings another has, to react the way they do, and to have a really deep emotional reaction to events that may not effect our own person, but do effect them. Without empathy it is a lot harder to step outside our own situation to understand someone else. This can make it more difficult to see their point of view.
One thing I think will help us in preventing some of the horrific things some of us have imagined happening (rise in hate crimes, rise in sexism, rise in sexual assault, mirroring of Nazi Germany or even closer to home Japanese Internment Camps or the Red Scare). You can feel free to disagree that these are things President-elect Trump wanted, but his rhetoric, Twitter feed, and reactions to reporters or at his rallies speak stronger to me than anything you can tell me.
One thing I think I can do is help build empathy and understanding in myself and my children. One area that had been shown to really help in empathy building is reading books that take us outside our own situation. Since books are something I love anyway I feel like trying to choose a book to read to myself and one to read to my children each month is a great way to help us engage in making a difference in the world. By putting these choices out there I am hoping to help spread the empathy buildling beyond our home. I would love to have people discuss the books as well. What did we learn? What were we surprised by? What challenges did the characters face?
I understand that this is not enough and it is not all I plan to do, but I think it is something all of us can do to create a country where we are more able to have dialogue that is productive and to be able to understand where others are coming from. I truly hope others will join us.
This month I want to read The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson. I heard a great segment on the show On Being with this author which is what inspired me to want to read the book. I suggest listening to the show as well. I suggest looking at a local library for the book or if you have a Kindle or want to purchase the book you can follow this link:
The children's book we are reading this month is The Giver by Lois Lowry.
This was one of my favorite books as a kid and looks at how sometimes government can have the right intentions, but another view may be needed.
I hope you will join us in reading these books and will ask others to as well.
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Next I had him write down some questions he wanted answered during his reading and when he found an answer he was to write it down under the question. Once all his questions were answered we started to write an outline going over the introduction, adaptions, etc.
Once he finished the outline we worked on a rough and then final draft of at report. He then chose to do a power-point presentation and record his voice over it as his presentation. Here is the result:
Monday, November 23, 2015
As I have written in previous posts I think games are a really great route to learning new information. We have recently decided to start homeschooling our son who is in third grade. In doing this I really want to make learning fun for both our sakes, but also because I think fun learning is absorbed better.
So my first step was a search on Pinter eat of course, but my next two steps were a trip to Powell's Book store, the Learning Palace, and the library to search for books to help with creating a curriculum. I am not going to get into the too much more right now, but I was really excited about one book I found at the library so I thought I would share that, because it is all about games to play to get your kids thinking and learning. I am excited to use this book and think it would be a great addition to any family library of games.
There are games for many levels, and subjects including reading, writing, math, memory games, and they how many of the games are great for developing other strategies for thinks like sequencing historical events.
I really like the descriptions of the skills developed and that they include a section they describe as including your older children, but looks more like helping your kids not be at eachothers throats the entire time to me, otherwise known as cooperation.
I am definitely adding this book to my Christmas list as I think it would make a great addition to our learning library.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
My passion for photography really centers around finding some peaceful time for myself to enjoy nature, so the photographs that I will be selling will be landscapes, macro-photographs, flowers, animals, and will be everything from more traditional looks at landscapes to abstract close up looks at flowers.
I am starting small with a collection of 5 photographs of a peacock that I just adore. The color in peacocks are some of my absolute favorite colors and I adore how this collection of photographs can work all together and all the way down to just one of them. For now I am going through Fine Art America to provide access to prints, framing, and even decorative pillows, iPhone cases, bags, and more.
The above photograph is just one of the photographs in this collection of 5 I have featured right now. These particular photographs I think would work really well with the current trends in home decor and would make a great gift for the holidays. I really hope that you will check them out and share it around to help support this adventure and let your friends know you have found something unique, from a small business, that they may love.
Look for more to come, I plan on making additions to the gallery, or possibly some changes by making this a collection of things that could expand to include notebooks, jewelry charms, and other such things. I would love to hear what you might be interested in.
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Friday, August 21, 2015
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1/4 c. Almond meal