seInstruckose, an individual language learning platform, recently closed its seed financing of $ 1 million. The tour was led by MVK Group, a venture capital firm based in London and manages some of the major business families in Dubai, Singapore, London and Switzerland that executed the investment.
This is a sequel to the December selection round.
The amount raised will be further used for business expansion in India and the Middle East, with a focus on providing children between the ages of three and 15 with access to premium content across the world.
Devvaki Aggarwal, Founder and CEO, instrucko noted,
âInstrucko takes pride in creating top quality content to enhance learning pedagogy. We’ve always focused on great content and great teaching, while technology has only been an aggregator. Our mission is to equip learners with the skills to succeed globally. This funding will help us grow, create more content, and focus on AI-powered technology and analytics. “
Devvaki Aggarwal, Founder and CEO, instrucko
Founded in july 2020, instrucko specializes in teaching English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, German, Hindi, public speaking and creative writing for children from 3 to 15 years old. Live instrucko lessons are taught by Indian teachers as well as native speakers.
Headquartered in the UK, with offices in London, Mumbai and Delhi, the startup’s business-to-business segment says it continues to see growing demand from schools in India and the Middle East. These schools use instrucko teacher training content and courses, and offer more certified and specialized courses such as EtonX. EtonX courses are designed to help teens get into the best universities.
Manish Karani, CEO of MVK Group VC, added,
âHaving invested and exited several mainstream brands over the past few years, we were delighted to have the opportunity to invest in instrucko, which we believe brings the highest quality of education to the Indian market. “
âThe edtech market has seen a lot of ‘noise’ since COVID-19, with many brands only launching services just to capitalize on the sudden shift to online education. Instrucko has been unique in this regard by itself. focusing on content input and delivery, which is more suited to the global market compared to the local market, and thus gives each of its clients an edge over their peers, âadded Manish.
TIL BALTIC the states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania once seemed to have disappeared as completely as Atlantis. The collapse of the Soviet Union put them back on the map. As Max Egremont writes in his elegiac account of the links between the past and the present, âthe 90s were finally an opportunity to discover a world that we thought was closed forever. History and memory took on a bright new dimension, as if a window had suddenly been wiped clean.
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In fact, locals remember the Soviet past all too clearly. But the author’s voyage of discovery in these supposedly unknown lands navigates such quibbles. The book is confidently written, with reporting interwoven with its own literary and genealogical ideas and those of other writers.
“Max Egremont” is a deceptively simple pseudonym. In his other life, the author is John Max Henry Scawen Wyndham, 7th Baron Leconfield and 2nd Baron Egremont; he lives in Petworth House, one of Britain’s most majestic houses. This may explain, but does not excuse, its excessive emphasis on the aristocracy of the long-gone region, the Baltic German barons who for two centuries ruled Estonia and Latvia as provinces of the Russian Empire. The names, dates and places can sometimes read like a kaleidoscopic version of the âGotha Almanac,â a handbook of European nobility. A more ruthless editor would have pruned this material back, allowing the central themes to emerge more clearly.
One of them is a paradox from the pre-1918 era, when German seigneurial families fostered the development of cultures they had previously oppressed. Another is the lasting scars of armed conflict. The upheavals of World War I were followed by polygonal fighting between parties comprising Red and White Russians, revengeful Germans, and independence-hungry locals (heavily aided by Britain). The author also sympathetically writes about the trauma of WWII, when the Baltic States were crushed between the Nazi hammer and the Soviet anvil, with dire consequences for everyone, but especially for the Jewish population.
In places it hits its stride. His description of the former Tsarist naval port of Liepaja is exemplary, bringing together a grand historical narrative, local details, tales of shaped and shattered lives, and architectural and literary ideas. But more often than not, the tone is rushed, sloppy and condescending. He visits an important Estonian war memorial but (wrongly) guesses the meaning of the inscription. Why not ask someone? He quotes, but misquotes, the opening line of âPan Tadeuszâ, the most famous Polish poem, which refers to Lithuania. Historical and geographical asides are strewn with errors.
This reflects the biggest flaw: a cheerful Orientalism. Hardly anyone these days would write about the former European colonies in Africa through the eyes of nostalgic Imperial administrators or their accomplices. Mr. Egremont quotes Elizabeth Rigby, an Englishwoman who in 1838 traveled to present-day Estonia to catch up with her German Baltic in-laws. His account of these dark lands comments on the Estonians’ “slavish obedience and cunning escape”; they were “as improvident as the Irishman, without his wit – and phlegmatic as the German, without his industry.”
These deplorable people were not illiterate and landless because of the weather. They had recently emerged from what is called slavery elsewhere in the world. The performers and beneficiaries of this system were these great families with their splendid mansions and cultivated tastes.
All of this could be more forgivable if the author paid more attention to the modern Baltic states. Atlantis has reappeared. How is? While pen portraits of individuals abound, the overall picture, buzzing with cultural and technological innovations, gets a few quick sentences at the end of the book, with a characteristic whimsical payoff on the mysteries of migrating storks.
These are real places. They deserve more than to be the backdrop for someone else’s story, however evocative it may be. â
This article appeared in the Books and Arts section of the print edition under the title “The Wrong Side of the Story”
The Blue Hills Genealogical Society, in collaboration with the Pioneer Village Museum, will sponsor a presentation by author Ron Arthur on the history of Stout Island on Red Cedar Lake, north of Rice Lake. The public is invited to this free program on Monday July 26, 2021 at 6.30 p.m. at the Pavilion-Museum of the Village des Pionniers.
Arthur’s book will be available for purchase during the presentation.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Journalism nearly five decades ago, Ron Arthur began his writing career as a journalist in Milwaukee. He later turned to real estate, but developed a side business as a ghostwriter. Now in semi-retirement, he has decided to focus his writing and art on tourist spots that promote their historical roots.
In 2018, he and his wife decided to stay at Stout’s Island Lodge as part of a fall-colored trip to northern Wisconsin and to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. They bumped into the resort owner / manager at the dock, waiting for the shuttle boat. This chance encounter sparked a conversation that led to an early version of his current book which was available for sale in a limited edition in 2019.
The current version, renamed “White Pine & Red Cedar”, was supposed to launch last summer, but has been put on hold like so many other things planned for 2020. This edition still works well as a guide to Stout’s Island, but is growing. the remarkable story of Knapp-Stout & Co., the 19th century lumber company led by company president Frank Stout. Guests of Stout Island have learned that the famous lodge was built by a ‘timber baron’. And now, this book establishes the important place he and his family business have in the history of Wisconsin and America.
The Blue Hills Genealogical Society meets again every month. Their August 9 meeting will be at 6:45 p.m. at the Barron Senior Center, 12 N. 3rd St., Barron. You will find more details on this subject and on upcoming programs in future issues of the journal.
To join the Blue Hills Genealogical Society, go to www.bhgsbc.org and click on the Join tab. The Society maintains a resource library at 410 E. LaSalle, Barron, which houses its collections of genealogical resources that are made available to the public free of charge for family history research. Appointments can be made to use the Resource Library by contacting Rosella Amundson at 715-527-5760 or [email protected]
We believe in the power of possibility, and this passion shines through in what we do every day at Splendido, a life planning community for those 55 and over in the Oro Valley. Our programs, services and experiences strive to foster optimism for the future and a learning environment that is uniquely Splendido. And we do this in two ways through our Season of Creativity and our Open Art Studio.
Research has shown that seniors who engage in the arts in a group setting, from dancing to a poetry group to singing in a choir, experience tangible benefits in multiple areas of health. . It has to do with feelings of mastery and social connection.
What makes the trip of a lifetime so rewarding is the excitement of new possibilities – lifelong opportunities to learn more, do more, see more, experience more and feel more connected. to the world around us.
With that in mind, the Creative Arts staff at Splendido, along with some of us at Mather, one of Splendido’s two parent organizations, are unveiling a Season of Creativity to provide even more ways for residents to master new forms of self-expression in a community setting. Many residents of Splendido are already advanced artists, and they teach and push each other in new ways. We simply provide additional opportunities to support each individual’s creative journey through innovative and in-depth programming that taps into their expertise and passions.
We offer ongoing hands-on workshops led by visiting local artists, which will bring unique ways of creating to all interested residents of Splendido. Each workshop is an opportunity to learn and speak with an experienced master of a craft, covering a variety of media from creative writing to bead making to photography.
Another signature offering is our Open Art Studio, where residents come together to create in an uplifting and encouraging setting. This inspiring community approach to artistic engagement invites long-standing and emerging artists to meet their peers and our staff artist in a welcoming and supportive setting. Maybe they’ll even incorporate what they’ve learned from the guest artists.
Open Art Studio is a creative space, a launching pad for new ideas, and a place to find personalized creative solutions for things that may temporarily get in the way (like Writer’s Block). The studio produces an impressive collection of works of art created by resident artists and offers numerous exhibition possibilities.
Creativity is all you feel. It’s about expressing your creative spirit, learning something new, and working on something as part of a group. To learn more about Splendido and our programs, visit splendideotucson.com.
Try this trivial Latter-day Saints question: Which apostle founded seminary and institute programs, served as mission president to a future church president, and helped start the use of media and technology to spread the gospel message?
The answer is Joseph F. Merrill, who served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1931 to 1952.
Casey Griffiths called Brother Merrill a âforgottenâ apostle.
âNot many people have ever heard of him,â said Griffiths, who had no idea of ââhimself until he was a BYU graduate student in 2007. âHe’s probably the Forgotten Apostle on most important that we have. “
Griffiths, a Brigham Young University professor in the Department of Church History and Doctrine, published the biography of a relatively unknown church leader titled “Seeker of Truth: The Life of Joseph F. Merrill, Scientist , educator and apostle â. The book’s release date is July 27.
Here are five interesting facts about Merrill’s life and why it matters today.
1. Merrill witnessed a “transition”
Joseph Merrill was born in Richmond, Utah on August 24, 1868.
His father was Marriner W. Merrill, a Cache Valley pioneer and the first president of the Logan Utah Temple. Marriner was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1889 to 1906.
Joseph’s mother was Maria L. Kingsbury, one of Marriner’s eight wives. In his personal writings, Joseph Merrill wrote that his father stayed with a different family every day of the week and had secret hiding places in their home so that his father could escape the US Marshals planning to arrest him for practicing plural marriage. .
“(Joseph Merrill) is an excellent illustration of the transition the church is going through from the 19th century to the 20th century, from being some sort of those savage polygamists in the West, separated from the world, to becoming respectable and honest members of society. , a light and an influence in the world. At the end of his life, he was a respected educator and scientist, “says Griffiths.
2. Reconciling religion in a secular world
Merrill would be the first Utahn born in the country to earn a doctorate.
He attended the University of Deseret (now the University of Utah), where he met his future wife, Annie Laura Hyde, the granddaughter of the Apostles John Taylor and Orson Hyde. The two corresponded as Merrill continued his education at the University of Michigan and then Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
During his graduate studies, Merrill became somewhat cynical in his attitude towards the faith because he did not have a local Latter-day Saint congregation to attend.
âIt’s kind of fun to see pious people; they seem to think religion is mainly about going to church, âMerrill wrote in a letter to Hyde. âBut I must admit that judging by this standard, I have lost almost all of my religion. I have only been to church once since May 30. What do you think I’ll become! Doesn’t the prospect scare you? “
Hyde encouraged Merrill to stay true to the gospel, Griffiths said.
“She writes to him and says, ‘You have to hang on and stay strong,'” said the biographer. “She sort of pulls him off the brink.”
3. The beginnings of religious education
Merrill married a young family in 1911 when inspiration for the church’s future seminary program came.
One night, Merrill observed his wife holding the children spellbound by stories from the scriptures. Later he asked her where she had learned to teach like that? She replied that she had learned from her professor at the Salt Lake Academy, another future apostle named James E. Talmage.
Remembering how he strayed from religion in college, Merrill formulated an idea to create a system where a person can attend a secular school while still having the opportunity to study the scriptures.
As a member of the church’s Granite Utah stake at the time, Merrill suggested building a seminary next to the high school, similar to something he had seen during his visit to the University of Chicago. The stake president authorized the use of $ 2,500 to construct the seminary’s first building, which was designed as a one-story house so it could be sold if things didn’t work out, Griffiths said.
Thomas Yates, an engineer at the Murray Power Plant, was recruited to be the first teacher of a one-class seminar in 1912 which included future BYU president Howard S. McDonald and Mildred Bennion Eyring, the mother of President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the current First Presidency of the church.
Less than a decade later, Merrill became the church’s first education commissioner and helped establish institutes of religion with the mission of helping students balance secular learning with spiritual learning.
âPersonally, I am convinced that religion is as reasonable as science; that religious truths and scientific truths are nowhere in conflict; that there is a great unifying purpose extending throughout all creation; that we live in a wonderful world, though currently deeply mysterious; and that there is an all-wise and almighty creator behind it all, âMerrill wrote. âCan this same faith grow in the minds of all college and university students? Our college institutes are established as a means to this end.
Merrill is also responsible for establishing the religion department at BYU, where young academics are encouraged to produce professional studies on the faith of Latter-day Saints.
4. President Hinckley’s Mission Chairman and Media Pioneer
The innovative Merrill was called to preside over the British mission in 1933, then one of the church’s largest areas of missionary work.
While missionaries still preached to crowds in Hyde Park, Merrill felt proselytizing methods were outdated. He selected a missionary named Gordon B. Hinckley and together they looked for ways to use the latest technology and materials to communicate more effectively and reach a wider audience.
This effort led to younger brother Hinckley working with the media in the church after his mission, and he eventually became president of the church.
âWhen President Merrill returns, they continue to work together to figure out how to use film, radio and new technology to spread the gospel message,â Griffiths said.
5. Treat the minister
In 1943, one of Merrill’s closest friends and fellow Apostle, Richard R. Lyman, was excommunicated from the church.
Merrill and Lyman were students together in Michigan, had offices adjacent to the University of Utah, and walked to school each day, not to mention service together in the church. Merrill had great respect for Lyman, Griffiths said.
Despite his devastation and grief, Merrill continued to be a staunch friend. His diaries contain many notes about spending time with Lyman. Their friendship continued until Merrill’s death.
The unconditional friendship of Merrill and others helped Lyman return to church before his death, Griffiths said.
âIt’s a really touching story,â he said. “Merrill doesn’t abandon her and helps her get back to church.”
“Elder Merrill was my mentor”
Griffiths had never heard of Merrill until about 15 years ago, when he was a graduate student at BYU. He was considering a thesis on a topic related to the Civil War when a conversation with BYU religion professor Scott Esplin turned him in a different direction.
Esplin informed Griffiths that Merrill’s family donated their papers to BYU after his death and that they were open to the public. No one had written about his life.
It is rare for the public to have access to an apostle’s papers as they are usually restricted by the church for an extended period after their death due to confidentiality and other safeguards, without prior authorization, Griffiths explained.
âIt had been there for about 100 years,â Griffiths said. “I took a picture of it.”
Merrill’s life experiences, especially his struggles with faith and education, served as inspiration for Griffiths.
âHigher education can be difficult for a person’s faith,â he said. âI felt like Brother Merrill was my mentor. When I read his writings and how he dealt with questions of skepticism and faith, I felt like he was looking over my shoulder all the time saying, “Hey, I did that. , and you can do that too. ” … Having the opportunity to read his newspapers and see his struggles has been super uplifting for me.
Griffiths continued, âOne of the reasons I wrote the book is that I think Elder Merrill was such a great example for bright young Latter-day Saints to say that you can be a smart person and also a good person. faithful person. There should be no conflict between the two.
Denny Dubs, a retired university professor who enjoys traveling with his wife and has a deep passion for Christianity, has completed his new book “Pieces of A Life: Reflections: Sacred and Secular”: a piece of reflection on the presence of the author’s life religion.
Posted by Page Publishing, Denny Dubs’ provocative account interweaves his personal experience with religion and the stories of those who have impacted his life.
In his new book, Denny deals with people, stories, anecdotes, events and thoughts that he has had over the years that have largely centered around his interest in religion. The book is about his life, but there is nothing chronological about it; it’s presented to you in pieces, a piece here and a piece there. Hope you find some interest in these vignettes – some entertaining, some educational – and I hope they enlighten you to think more about your soul, your salvation, and your Heavenly Father. If one story takes you there, maybe more will follow.
Readers who wish to discover this inspiring work can purchase “Pieces of A Life: Reflections: Sacred and Secular” in bookstores around the world, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.
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A group of local business owners and the town of Erie have reached an agreement in principle on a written contract regarding the project to bring in a synthetic ice rink, pickleball fields, musical swings, a new fountain with lighting and a other facilities at Griswold Park.
Erie City Council, at its regular Wednesday night meeting, will review the six-page improvement agreement for the park. City council must approve the deal before the project can proceed.
Invest in Erie: City officials like the ‘enthusiasm’ of the Griswold Park plan, but it is not a ‘done deal’
The document is a memorandum of understanding between Erie’s Station Square Ltd., a non-profit organization created by companies considering funding for the project, and the city. The document sets out the mutually accepted expectations of all parties involved.
The agreement stipulates, among other things, that Station Square Ltd. is solely responsible for the cost of improvements to the park; that the group must take out civil liability insurance for the region; and that the city remains the owner of the property.
Griswold Park, which is owned by the city, is in the 100 block of West 14th Street. The project was announced by local businessman Pete Zaphiris, owner of Great Lakes Insurance Services Group LLC, in early June.
A company located near the park, Logistics Plus, has pledged $ 100,000 to the project and is asking other community businesses to contribute as well.
Improvements to the park would also include a playground with LED lighting and a statue of the legendary magician Harry Kellar, who was born in Erie in 1849 and was a friend and mentor of Harry Houdini.
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The proposed agreement between the city and Station Square Ltd., if approved by city council, is retroactive to July 1 and runs until June 30, 2024.
After that date, the agreement would be automatically renewed for a period of one year, unless terminated by either party. The memorandum of understanding does not impose a specific timetable for the achievement of the project objectives.
Details of the proposed deal include:
The city retains ownership of Griswold Park and “all improvements will become the property of the city upon installation.”
Station Square Ltd. Must obtain and maintain fleet / improvement related liability and workers’ compensation insurance coverage, including general / excess liability insurance with a limit of at least $ 5 million. Station Square Ltd. must also provide the city with proof of adequate insurance coverage and notify city authorities within 30 days of any change / cancellation of coverage.
Station Square Ltd. cannot modify or improve the park without the prior written consent of the city.
The city retains control over the issuance of event permits at Griswold Park.
Improvements made to the park by Station Square Ltd. âWill be carried out at the sole expense and expenseâ of the non-profit organization.
Station Square Ltd. will follow “all tender procedures” required by the city for work in the park and be responsible for obtaining the necessary permits for this work.
Improvements to the park must comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
Renee Lamis, chief of staff to Mayor Joe Schember, said that while the Schember administration supports the continuation of the project by business owners, it is not a done deal and several aspects still need to be finalized before work can begin at the park.
Councilor David Brennan said he supported the new written agreement and the comprehensive park plan, calling the proposed improvements “good news for the neighborhood and town of Erie.”
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âI want to thank all of the businesses and individuals who plan to invest their funds and efforts in improving the park and the region,â said Brennan. âThe proposed improvements will further improve the region and stimulate future investment. I fully support this agreement.
Zaphiris said he plans to cover much of the construction costs of the project and that the group hopes to get started as soon as possible.
The estimated cost of the project was not available.
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Lamis said city officials began talking to business owners in April about possible improvements. Zaphiris also discussed the project with the city council.
The last major upgrade to Griswold Park came in 2009, when the administration of then-mayor Joe Sinnott completed a $ 700,000 expansion to the park’s west.
These improvements included a fountain; cutting down some trees and planting new ones; wider sidewalks; new lighting; and decorative pillars and iron balustrades.
City council meets Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Bagnoni Council Chamber at City Hall, 626 State St. The meeting can also be viewed on the city’s YouTube page.
Eight Ohio authors – or authors who write on Ohio topics – were honored by the 2021 Ohioana Book Awards.
The awards, first awarded in 1942, are among the oldest state literary prizes in the country.
The awards ceremony, tentatively scheduled to be an in-person event, is scheduled for Oct. 14 in the atrium of the Ohio Statehouse.
â¢ Fiction: Carter Sickels for “The Prettiest Star,” in which the main character returns to the small town of Ohio and the family that had rejected him.
â¢ non-fictional works: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments”, a collection of essays on the natural world.
â¢ About Ohio or an Ohio: Carole M. Genshaft, editor of Raggin ‘On: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson’s House and Journals, writes to accompany the large exhibition of Robinson’s works at the Columbus Museum of Art.
â¢ Poetry: Marianne Chan, “All Heathens”, poems that explore the Filipino heritage, folklore and the author’s sense of self.
â¢ Intermediate / Young Adult Literature: Jacqueline Woodson, âBefore the Ever Afterâ, a novel in verse that considers the cost of professional sport to an athlete and his family.
â¢ Youth literature: Thrity Umrigar, “Sugar in Milk”, a picture book on immigration, diversity and acceptance.
â¢ Choice of readers: Tiffany McDaniel, âBetty,â a coming-of-age novel set in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio.
â¢ Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant (named after the second Ohioana director and awarded to an Ohio writer aged 30 or under who has yet to publish a book): Hagan Faye Whiteleather, Northeast Writer, Editor and Professor from Ohio working on a brief.
Most of the winners were selected by judges from across the state. The Readers’ Choice award was determined by an online survey of over 3,000 people.
The awards are organized by the Ohioana Library Association, founded in 1929 to promote and preserve the works of Ohio authors, artists, and musicians.
Kenny Xu, author and president of advocacy group Color Us United, told Hill.TV that “Asian Americans have shown that critical race theory cannot be true.”
Discussing the differences between the educational achievement rates of Asian and Black Americans in the United States, Xu said the historical experiences and disadvantages in the two communities were “of similar magnitude.”
“We always try to come up with the worst victim story possible, and you just did it for black Americans, but I could do the same for Asian Americans,” said Xu, author of “An Inconvenient Minority.” : The Attack of Asian American Excellence and the Struggle for Meritocracy. “
He went on to say that racial discrimination in the United States is no longer a problem for Asian and Black Americans and that “we are not living in this story today”.
âAsian success has been preserved and has been discriminated against in this country, but we are living in a time when that is not really the case anymore,â said Xu. âAnd so you really have to focus on what cultural values ââare and how that shapes the discourse. And Asian Americans are proving that you can truly step forward and achieve the American dream.
Xu is the head of Color us united, a group founded in 2021 with the mission of âdefending a race-blind Americaâ. In blogs for the Color Us United website, Xu spoke out against respecting Juneteenth as a federal holiday and against ethnic studies programs in California.
Xu’s remarks to Hill.TV on Critical Race Theory comes as many GOP-led states have taken action against Critical Race Theory. At least 21 states this year have offers legislation banning critical race theory in public schools.
It was eleven years ago. By that I mean about a thousand, because at the time, of course I had no idea that we were in the days before. My pitiful 23rd birthday and the Technicolored year that followed – that colorful, richly lit period of Paula and Jason, my twin movie stars who were for a moment nothing less than my life – everything now appears to have occurred on a certain stock of discontinued films. This is how it happens, I guess, that people who were once more real to you than life itself end up feeling like stock photo models in a collection of well-framed photos printed on your once impressionable brain.
By November, however, I was new to town, with few friends, or at least no one I wanted to eat turkey or birthday cake with. After Dartmouth, the second least impressive of the Ivies, I had been anxious enough to delay adulthood to spend a final school year at Oxford, where my voice sagged with the round vowels of affluent English youth – the same youth who had ribbed me, cared for me, and even somehow fetishized me for being a goddamn Yank. During my first months in Manhattan, I was therefore often taken for an English expat. With strangers, I generally accepted this, whispering the “London” lie with a shy smile when a cashier or barista asked me where I was from. In truth, my hometown was Broomfield, Colorado, a new agglomeration of prefabricated housing estates squatted on level, treeless land in an area that was neither Denver nor Boulder and only stood out for its in-between. If I could offer you a vivid image of my teenage years, it would look like this: I’m lying on my bed with the flat screen screaming below and the little Morrissey who lives in my head sings plaintively: “And when you wanna live.” , how do you start?
When the Oxford boys in blazers found out I was from Colorado, some enthusiastically mentioned their trips to Aspen or Vail, or the less informed mentioned the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, and I was smiling vaguely and changing my mind. subject because I knew it would be embarrassing to them to learn that I was poor enough never to have my feet tied to my skis and that I hadn’t even managed a road trip to Arizona. I was an only child, a former fat kid, son of a dental nurse named Kimberly who ran a side business on Etsy and made personalized plasticine wedding cake decorations. So our window sills were populated with blissful little pairs of round figures with miniature button eyes, and our little house reeked of the fumes they emitted during cooking, which made me think – unmistakably, unacceptably – of the Holocaust.
[ Return to the review of “Virtue.” ]
My mother’s life had been a succession of disappointments, the main one being the departure of my father a few weeks after I conceived. That is, nineteen years before I too decided to leave her to Broomfield, abdicating all future responsibility for her sadness. She named me Luke. The day I arrived in Oxford, I became Luca.
Twenty-three is too young for almost anything. There was a boy in Oxford who maybe was a little in love with me, or a little in love with me. (He had once left a wad of printed poems under the door of my dormitory – Cavafy, O’Hara, Miguel Hernández.) His father was old buddies with a publisher in New York, and so, with shameful passivity, I let the poor kid edit my cover letter — and by Edit I mean rewrite – and before I knew it, I had gotten a nine month internship that I didn’t deserve much in a posh American literary magazine, an August quarterly from 1923 that published novels of famous writers, reviews of important books, and interviews with literary eminent people. His covers were remarkable enough to be available as framed prints. I had never read the thing. I was a fake, in other words, even though I turned out to have a lot of company.
(CNN) – It’s not for you to decide after all, New York. And Chicago – the wind has been removed from your deep flat sails.
The honor of the best pizza town in the United States does not belong to these traditional pizza flag bearers, but rather to this innovative newcomer to the west coast of Portland, Oregon.
In three volumes and nearly 1,700 pages, it includes the history of pizza, over 1,000 recipes, pizza-making techniques and tools, and tips on where to get the best pie – in. exquisite details and with stunning photos.
Myhrvold – who was CTO at Microsoft from 1996 to 2000 before leaving to pursue his other passions – told CNN Travel in a video interview that this labor of love took almost four years.
He said they managed to wrap up their pizza rounds, which included visiting 250 pizza restaurants, before the Covid-19 pandemic brought matters to a halt.
How did Portland get to the top?
Innovation is a key ingredient in the Portland pizza scene.
Myhrvold said he had no idea at the start of the pizza ‘n’ sampling that Portland would take the gold.
âWe knew Portland had experienced some sort of gastronomic renaissance over the past 20 years. But I didn’t particularly think the pizza there would be as good as many. [other] places.”
The Modernist team traveled to major cities and towns across the United States, some of them with long associations as primo pizza havens, to make comparisons. They were:
Chicago Detroit Los Angeles New York Tri-State, New Jersey and Connecticut Region Old Forge, Pennsylvania Philadelphia cream Phoenix Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois San Francisco Seattle Saint Louis
What made Portland the star? Myhrvold said innovation and passion are needed to deliver the best.
Myhrvold gives credit to two artisan places – Apizza Scholls and Ken’s Artisan Pizza – as the starting point of the quality pizza scene. “If you have a really good model, that helps, compared to other places where pizza is terrible. ”
He thought Scholls and Ken’s would be perfect for Portland, “but it wasn’t that at all. There’s just a huge, vibrant community of people who make great pizza.”
He said there isn’t a single style that defines Portland pizza except for the commonalities of creativity, the emphasis on quality ingredients and “people who want to make good. job”.
“Usually where you find good food, you find an obsessed person who does their best to prepare their food the best they can.”
Portland’s pizza scene is hot. See the list below for some of the top picks.
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These are some of the pizzerias that have received nods and special comments in âModernist Pizzaâ in case you want to try them out for yourself. In addition to checking out the menus, be sure to check the days and hours of operation and your dining, take-out and delivery options:
– Lovely’s Fifty Fifty: Myhrvold says this is arguably one of the top two pizza places in the country (the other being Razza in Jersey City, New Jersey). Another specialty of Lovely is ice cream. 4039 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97217.
Others who receive special praise, in alphabetical order:
– Nostrana: 1401 SE Morrison St. Ste. 101, Portland, OR 97214
– Sizzling tart: 926 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97205 and other locations.
Where did New York go?
The pizza scene in New York City leans too much on old reputations, Myhrvold said.
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This Portland proclamation is sure to stir up emotions and cries of outrage across America, especially in New York City.
Myhrvold has tough assessments of the current pizza scene as a whole, particularly in Manhattan. Dollar pizzas and inexpensive pizzerias dominate there, he said. It wasn’t a compliment.
In his opinion, New York City relies too much on tradition and lives off its reputation instead of trying to present the best pies possible today.
âMost old New York pizzerias aren’t that good, which is also part of our general conclusion around the world: Famous old pizzerias don’t live up to their reputation. So if you go somewhere in New York, and they say, “We’ve been doing this for 50 years” – UH-OH! “
If you want good pizza in New York City, Myhrvold said you have a better chance of finding a good restaurant in the boroughs or âburbsâ.
“I like the Razza better than the pizzerias in New York, certainly Manhattan. It’s a bit surprising for New Yorkers.”
Pizzas around the world
Nathan Myhrvold has traveled the world for the best pizza, including big cities in South America and small towns in Italy.
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Pizza is not just an Italian invention and an American obsession. People love it all over the world and add their own twists to it.
Not to say that there is no good pizza in the founding country.
“In Italy there are fantastic pizzas. I have had good pizza in Naples and in a small town outside of Naples called Caiazzo.”
Myhrvold said two cities that caught his pizza eye and taste buds are Sao Paulo, Brazil, and steak powerhouse Buenos Aires, Argentina. These two South American cities had a significant number of Italian immigrants in the 19th century, especially from Naples, he said.
Myhrvold doesn’t really like creativity on its own.
He and his team traveled to Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo. “And there are some really good pizzas out there. But there are also a lot of pizzas that have, to my taste, weird stuff on a pizza. The squid tentacles and the sweet potato cubes are just one. strange combination. “
Why three books on pizza in particular?
This is where the magic happens: the Modernist Cuisine test kitchen.
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âPizza is arguably the most important dish in the world,â Myhrvold said. “It is the most important imported cuisine.”
He was also drawn to the versatility of pizza and even the controversy.
There are âso many arguments about what makes a good pizza. … If you look at a steak, a steak is pretty much a steak in the world. … This is not true with pizza. The different forms of pizza are all over the world. map, literally. And that causes people to have violent disagreements and so on. “
How did the authors of “Modernist Pizza” find nearly 1700 pages on the subject? “We had to stop somewhere.”
He admitted that judging the size of his books is bad. “I still think it will be smaller than it actually is.”
“Modernist Pizza” is aimed at people “passionate about and curious about food”.
He said you don’t have to be an accomplished cook to pull something out of volumes. “In the meantime, if you cook a lot, but you’re not curious, and just want to follow a recipe, boom, boom, boom, well, there are a lot of little books you could buy.”
As for the modernist team’s next project, get ready for pastries and desserts.
The top image of an America Shaped Pizza is courtesy of The Cooking Lab LLC.
âThe crows are gone,â said Ishmael Reed, explaining the songbird chorus. It was a beautiful spring day in Oakland, Calif., And I had just sat down with Reed, his wife, Carla Blank, and their daughter Tennessee in the family garden. The eighty-three-year-old writer looked like “Uncle Ish,” as he calls him on AOL: sunglasses, New Balances, a Nike windbreaker, and an athletic cap covering his halo of white hair with black hair. dandelion seeds. He described his war on the neighborhood crows with mischievous satisfaction, as if it was one of his many skirmishes with the New York literary establishment.
âThey had a sentry on the telephone line,â he said, and hunted the other birds. But Reed learned to signal with a crow’s whistle – three croaks for a predator, four for a friend, he deduced – well enough to handle the murder. Soon after, he said, “they thought I was a crow.” Now the songbirds were back. The four of us stopped by to listen to their music, a free verse anthology of avian lyrics. When Blank mentioned that a hummingbird frequented the garden, I wondered aloud why the Aztecs had chosen the bird as the emblem of their god of war. Reed instantly responded, “They’re straight for the eyes.”
Ishmael Reed has foiled more than crows with his formidable powers of imitation. For half a century, he was the most fearless satirist in American literature, waging an eternal cultural war on the media spanning a dozen novels, nine plays and collections of essays, and hundreds of poems, including one written in anticipation of his thirty-fifth birthday, is a prayer to stay petty: â35? I wasn’t mean enough. . . Make me mean Tennessee. . . Miles Davis means. . . Pawnbroker means, âhe wrote. “Mean as the town sings Bessie / ‘Where all the birds sing bass.’ “
Her brilliantly idiosyncratic fiction has disguised everyone from Moses to Lin-Manuel Miranda, and laid the groundwork for the freewheeling genre experiences of writers such as Paul Beatty, Victor LaValle, and Colson Whitehead. Yet Reed has always been more than subversion and caricature. Laughter, in his books, unearths legacies suppressed by prejudice, elitism and mass media co-optation. The protagonist of his best-known novel, “Mumbo Jumbo”, is a metaphysical sleuth in search of a lost anthology of black literature whose discovery promises the collapse of the West amid “renewed enthusiasms for the Ikons. aesthetically victimized civilizations “.
It’s a future that Reed has worked tirelessly to achieve. The brainchild of a decades-long insurgency of magazines, anthologies, small publishing houses, and nonprofit foundations, he led the fight for truly “multicultural” American literature – a term he used very much. made to popularize, before he too is co-opted. . Through it all, Reed affirmed the vitality of America’s marginalized cultures, especially those of working class African Americans. “We have a heritage,” he once thundered. âYou might think it’s seedy and low and funky and homemade, but it’s there. I think it’s beautiful. I would invite him to dinner.
Many writers of Reed’s age and accomplishment are said to have settled into a leisurely dinner circuit in their honor by now. But he proudly bit the feeding hands. Several years ago, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a longtime promoter of Reed’s fiction, offered to write the introduction to a Library of America edition of his novels. Reed, who sees Gates as the unelected “king” of black arts and scholarship, scoffed at the offer by demanding a hundred thousand dollar fee for the privilege.
âThe fool can say things about the king that others can’t,â Reed told me. âThis is the role I inherited.
Many people learned of Ishmael Reed’s name two years ago, with the debut of his play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda”. Critics of “Hamilton” had previously addressed its Black-cast revamp of a fraudulent national mythology, but the news that someone hated the musical enough to put on a play about it caused a minor sensation. For those familiar with Reed’s work, the drama was even more compelling: A founding father of American multiculturalism was dealing bullshit about its apotheosis on Broadway and overseeing the production of Toni Morrison’s Tribeca apartment.
For Reed, âHamiltonâ represented the triumph of a multiculturalism far removed from the revolution his own work envisioned. If “Mumbo Jumbo” celebrated the icons of aesthetically victimized civilizations, “Hamilton” used the representation of American racial victims to aestheticize his icons. Reed’s opinion was bolstered last year when new research concluded that Hamilton had kept servants enslaved until his death; Emboldened, Reed broadens his critique. In September, he and Carla Blank will publish âBigotry on Broadwayâ, a critical anthology, and in December his play âThe Slave Who Loved Caviarâ, a story of vampirism in the art world inspired by Andy Warhol’s relationship. with Jean-Michel Basquiat, is scheduled for an Off Off Broadway debut.
âSomeone criticized me for being a one-man band,â Reed told me. “But what am I supposed to be, lazy?” Since “The Haunting” he has published a new collection of poetry, “Why the Black Hole Sings the Blues”; a novel, âLes Terribles Foursâ; short songs for Audible; and a constant stream of articles settling old scores and commemorating departed friends, like groundbreaking independent black filmmaker Bill Gunn. (Their 1980 collaboration, âPersonal Problems,â a âmeta-dramaâ about black working-class life, is featured in a Gunn retrospective now at the New York Artists’ Space.) Neither did it. no longer hesitated to make public appearances, to star in preliminary readings of his pieces to be played as a jazz pianist at an exhibition in London by British designer Grace Wales Bonner. The models paraded on the runway in tunics bearing “Ishmael Reed” and “Conjure”, the title of a first collection of poetry.
There is a measure of challenge to his productivity at the end of his career. Wary of being attached to his great ’70s novels, Reed is spoiling himself for a comeback, and a younger generation receptive to his guerrilla media criticism may be on hand. “I’m called cranky or dying anachronism, so I’m going back to my original literature,” Reed told me. âIn the projects, we had access to a library, and I would go and look for books from the Brothers Grimm. Now, he says, âI’m going back to my second childhood. I write fairy tales.
A California literary institution that grew up in Buffalo and made a name for himself in New York City, Ishmael Scott Reed was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His mother, Thelma, brought him into the world alone, in the midst of considerable hardship, in 1938. In her autobiography, which her press published in 2003, she describes young Reed as a curious old soul who urged his elders to start reading the newspaper and stop wearing expensive shoes. A superstitious friend noticed tiny holes in his ears and called him a genius.
Thelma moved the family to Buffalo and married Ishmael’s stepfather Bennie Reed, who worked on a Chevrolet assembly line. Until his teens, Reed was an only child in their upwardly mobile working class household, devouring medieval fantasies and radio soap operas like “Grand Central Station.” His reputation as a literary troublemaker started in school, with a satirical essay about a mad teacher who got him kicked out of English lessons. “They weren’t sure whether to give me an A or hire me,” he later wrote. âCritics always have this problem with my work.
When Reed was sixteen, the great black journalist AJ Smitherman, a refugee from the Tulsa massacre in 1921, recruited him for the Imperial star, a local weekly, first as a delivery boy and then as a jazz columnist. He spent three years studying at the State University of New York at Buffalo; There, an encounter with Yeats’ Neo-Celtic poetry sparked an equally neglected interest in black folklore, and a community drama workshop introduced him to Priscilla Thompson, whom he married in 1960. Their daughter , Timothy, was born the same year.
The young family moved into a social housing project and had a tough time supporting spam and powdered milk – often purchased with food stamps – while Reed worked as a nursing aide in a mental hospital . The marriage did not last. Even as his immediate horizons narrowed, Reed’s writing ambitions grew. After interviewing Malcolm X for a local radio station, he felt the call of New York. In 1962, he moved into an apartment on Spring Street, carrying everything he owned in a laundry bag.
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Outside of a few counties in rural Nevada, consensual sex acts in person for pay is illegal in the United States. But no federal law prohibits them. Under the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution, it is up to each state to regulate the sex trade as it sees fit.
Under Oregon law, it is a crime to buy or sell sex acts in person. Now a coalition of advocates led by sex workers is trying to change that.
It featured testimonies from a panel of a dozen experts, as well as testimonials from dozens of sex workers, lawyers and allies past and present. Many of them have chosen to keep their identities anonymous because, although they have chosen to do this work consensually, buying or selling sex is a Class A misdemeanor in Oregon, punishable by ” one year in prison and a fine of up to $ 6,250 (penalties are higher if a person compels or encourages sex work, or if the person is a minor).
Dr Angela Jones, associate professor of sociology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York, studies the sex trade with a focus on marginalized communities. Jones has written extensively on the subject.
âDecades of research unequivocally show that criminalization only makes sex workers less safe, contributing to violence, poor health outcomes, banking and real estate discrimination, stigma. And driving third-party exploiters underground just makes it harder and more expensive to catch them, âJones said at last week’s hearing.
Researchers, activists and civil rights groups have argued for years that decriminalizing in-person commercial sex acts would be a victory for the human rights of sex workers. Last year the The ACLU issued a brief by examining more than 70 empirical studies on the subject, concluding that “full decriminalization would lead to better conditions for those who engage in sex work, especially the most marginalized, and help reduce the crisis of police violence and violence. mass incarceration in the United States. “
The main focus of this week’s event in Oregon was to give people who voluntarily engage in paid sex the platform to speak with their own voices.
A woman who gave Brandi’s name explained that sex work as a single mother was a conscious choice to protect her family.
âConsensual sex work has been a game changer and the only opportunity to put me in a position to pay my rent,â she said. âMy professional life does not overlap with my family life. I can buy food, school supplies for my children, buy them gifts on Christmas morning.
Many experts on the panel argued that the push for decriminalization rests on a distinction between consensual sex work and sex trafficking. Elle Stanger, a certified sex educator and sex worker from Oregon, highlighted the distinction.
âA sex worker is someone who engages in sexually relevant work,â Stanger said, âusually in exchange for money. A victim or survivor of sex trafficking is someone who is coerced by another person. or entity to perform sexually relevant work.
The police do not make this distinction. Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said she posed the question to Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell but received no answers.
âI said, ‘Can you really explain to me what adult behavior is and what is it that people are made to prostitute against their will? “Can you break this down for me?” Said Hardesty. âBecause I can’t find it on my own and I’m smart enough: I’m really good at finding data and decompressing data, and I can’t find it. “
Organizers said the push for decriminalization is not meant to lessen the horrors of sex trafficking.
“I pretty much felt like I couldn’t go home, I had no other choice,” said Kara Alexander, who was forced into prostitution and trafficked as a teenager. . âI have been raped several times, I have been assaulted. The police didn’t do anything, because I was a prostitute.
Alexander eventually escaped when she was 21, but her criminal record followed her as she tried to get her life back on track.
âI couldn’t find a job anywhere. I am a certified sex trafficking victim in New York State and would bring my papers to Wawa [a convenience store chain], at Family Dollar, and they still didn’t want to hire me, âshe said. âI am not a criminal. I only have misdemeanor charges of being trafficked. But yet, no one would hear it.
Samantha Evans is also a survivor of sex trafficking. Years later, after a marriage that ended in domestic violence, she began to prostitute herself on her own terms.
She said the difference is life changing.
âI got my confidence, my identity and my life back, through sex work,â Evans said. âGoing from being a target and trafficked at the age of 14 to being now raised and valued by the people I work with and my clients has been uplifting and made my life worth living. “
Advocates said this was the crux of the matter: survivors of sex trafficking and consensual sex workers are penalized by a legal framework that does not give them the autonomy they need to make their decisions.
During the hearing, several people quoted the words of lawyer Priscilla Alexander: âThe right to prostitute is as important as the right not to be.
Vanessa Warri, community researcher and spokesperson for black transgender people, said decriminalization would give sex workers from all walks of life the ability to safely report their experiences to police when needed.
âThis means that the most marginalized members of our society, who are criminalized simply for their existence, are not discriminated against just for trying to survive,â Warri said.
The meeting of the Oregon Sex Worker Human Rights Commission was a first step in many ways. Oregon Democratic State Representative Rob Nosse introduced a bill to decriminalize in-person commercial sex acts in the state legislature this year, but he failed to find broad support. Members of the commission said they were focusing on educating the public to help future efforts. Ultimately, they hope to either support a bill that would decriminalize commercial sex offenses or a voting measure through which voters in Oregon could pass the law.
In the meantime, the group is focused on reducing the stigma that continues to follow anyone who engages in sex work, or has done so in the past, people like Nicole Gililland.
But Gililland still wants people to understand that sex work can create a vital human connection for those who need it.
âYou don’t know how many people just need to be touched, need to be connected with another person,â said Gililland, âIn the same way that therapists help people, sex workers help them. They keep a lot of people from breaking, they really are.
Chip Walker has spent a lot of time bringing the concept of goal to life for corporate clients from his role as chief strategy officer for marketing and design agency StrawberryFrog, Chip Walker with Scott Goodson, the agency’s CEO. and its co-author. on “Activate the brand objective”.
I recently zoomed in with Chip to learn more about the central ideas behind the book and key lessons from the Purpose Power Index 2021, a fascinating study they collaborated on.
Q: What do you mean by objective? I have found the term to be so overused in business circles that it hardly makes sense. I admire the way you have broken it down into components.
A: For me, the simplest way to think of a higher goal is that is why a business or organization exists beyond money. If you want to get more specific, we’ve actually done a lot of quantitative analysis with a research company called RepTrak looking at the data on how the public perceives companies they see as having a higher focus. And there were four characteristics that stood out. First, it is a business driven by more than profit, second that it improves people’s lives, that it does things that benefit society, not just shareholders, and finally that it is committed to change the world for the better.
Q: In the book, you say that most companies are lousy at activating their goal initiatives beyond a tagline and some one-off activities like pledge and donation announcements. What are the necessary steps to avoid this trap?
A: Clarity of purpose is the foundation. As a leader, you and your people need to be clear about the higher purpose of your business. Which sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many companies have statements of intent that none of their employees can duplicate, let alone any of their customers. If people have no idea what your higher goal is, it’s over.
Another important factor is the willingness to be bold. Even if employees and customers know what the primary purpose of your business is, but don’t see you doing anything other than business for a living, they probably won’t give you much credit.
The other big deal is story – specifically telling a complete “goal story”. For employees and customers alike, the goal is not just a âwhyâ statement about your business. It’s a story in their minds about your whole business and how it operates and lives in the world. Your business might be doing a ton of things to make the world a better place, but if it hasn’t paid income taxes in a decade, it’s a big wake-up call to people, a ‘hole’ in your story. They want to see you living out your purpose in the fullest way possible – through the products and solutions you create, in the way you treat the planet, the way you treat communities, etc. programs or initiatives.
Q: To successfully embody the brand’s purpose, you advocate the importance of movement thinking rather than relying solely on top-down mandates. What do you mean?
A: It’s the difference between leaders who tell employees “do this because I say it” and make them do something because they really want to. Movement Thinking uses the principles behind successful societal movements like #MeToo or #BLM to galvanize people. The thought of movement indeed reframes the purpose of your business or brand in a way that people can easily understand and want to participate in. It helps achieve a desired change by rallying people around a common enemy and a cause that moves them emotionally and leads them to action. This is because people can’t really join a goal, but they can join a movement inspired by a goal.
Like traditional brand positioning, Movement Thinking is a framing tool, a way of contextualizing a brand’s place in the world, and therefore its identity. It is a way of bringing about a particular change that we would like to see in the world in a grievance that needs to be dealt with, a wrong that needs to be righted, and a position that we are motivated to take in order to get it right. .
Q: Can you cite any examples of companies that have successfully activated the brand goal? What are some of the actions they’ve taken that tell you they’ve gone beyond the âwindow dressingâ approach?
A: A good example is one of our clients, SunTrust Bank, which recently merged with BB&T to become Truist. SunTrust came to us several years ago with a higher goal that they had articulated as âto light the way to financial well-beingâ. We used this as a starting point to create the “onUp” movement, which was a stand against the financial anxiety felt by so many Americans every day, and a stand to help make more Americans financially confident.
SunTrust first started onUp internally with a program to make its employees more financially confident themselves, and it was so successful that it quickly became part of the corporate culture. The Bank then rolled out a program called âMomentum onUpâ which provided financial education to employees of some of its large customers like UPS and Delta Airlines. onUp has even invaded the company’s external marketing with communications campaigns such as âTrust starts hereâ. More than 6 million people have joined the onUp movement since its inception, and the number of employee hires and retention has risen sharply, even as the bank’s financial situation has improved.
Q: You recently published the Purpose Power Index 2021, an interesting study of which companies the public sees as goal-driven. What do you think are the most important conclusions of this study?
A: We’ve seen so many surprising things, but here are four big ones.
1. It is really difficult to be seen by the public as being motivated by a goal. Of the more than 200 companies we surveyed, the vast majority are NOT considered to be motivated by a higher goal, and in reality only a few were considered âstarsâ.
2. That said, a higher goal seems to be open to ANYONE who makes a serious effort. When we did this study in 2019, before the pandemic, key goal leaders tended to be smaller companies born out of goals like 7e Generation, Method and TOMS shoes. In 2021, everything exploded and we saw companies from all walks of life getting credit for higher goals, many of which are quite large. These included big tech innovators like Tesla and SpaceX, corporate giants like UPS, Clorox and Kimberly Clark, and former big pharmaceutical brands like GSK and Pfizer.
3. Social activism is probably the last place a business should start on its journey towards a goal. While the social crusade from brands like Nike and Patagonia receives a lot of attention due to the controversy it sparks, it’s not the most important thing for consumers. More than social activism, they value – in that order – making products that improve the world, innovative solutions that advance humanity, help care for the planet, and support employees and communities.
Eva Lanska, of Russian origin, wore many artistic hats in her journey to become an award-winning director. The multi-hyphen has a journalism background, wrote five novels and even had a brief singing career and released her own album. But now she’s finally doing what she loves most and has received achievement awards at film festivals around the world. The Harvard Crimson met with Lanska at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival to discuss her journey to directing, advice for young filmmakers, and what it takes to be successful as a woman in a notoriously tough industry.
The Harvard Crimson: You have a diverse artistic background in writing, music, and film. What made you land on the film?
Eva Lanska: I have always wanted to be a filmmaker. It’s my personality, my second skin. I can’t even imagine life without it. When I was five, my mother vividly remembers that I was directing plays with dolls and animals. I had already started to imagine my scenario.
THC: Do you think your writing experience makes you a better director?
EL: The writing is what really made me, what defined my style. This context is extremely useful.
THC: Did you have any industry mentors when you moved into directing?
EL: Not really. I am not copying anyone. It’s hard to find yourself and be yourself, but that’s what being an artist means to me. I try to separate my thinking, my ideas, from everything else. I think it’s important for artists to have this filter.
Of course, I have directors that I like. I like Italian films; Michelangelo Antonioni is one of my favorite directors. Sometimes, before shooting, I’ll go see a few scenes from one of his films that I know by heart.
THC: When you were a kid, did you think you could become a filmmaker? Or did it seem too difficult or too far away?
EL: Honestly, nothing is too difficult. I was always one hundred percent sure of everything I did. When you have a dream, you have to treat it like a one-way ticket – don’t buy a ticket to go back.
THC: Do you have any advice for young filmmakers?
EL: A lot of people, when they start, they say – I’m not good enough, they make mistakes. It is a job without concrete and solid guarantees. But you still have to follow your instincts.
You also have to work really hard. When I was little I would work out – even if I wanted to go out or hang out with my friends, I would choose to work instead. Sometimes you have to choose between fun and your career. The film industry is not easy. Everyone knows each other, and to be accepted into this circle, you have to work really hard.
The biggest advice I have is, if possible, not to accept a closed door. If the door isn’t open, you knock over and over again until you can sit down with that person and get an interview or have a conversation.
Another thing that is very important to me is to allow the public to form their own opinion. I give the information, show the possibilities and give the audience a chance to sit down. But I don’t give people concrete final decisions. Our job is to help people form their own opinions, to make them think.
THC: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve encountered as a director?
EL: You know the low proportion of women making films. It is a very serious problem. If I ask you how many women directors you know in Russia, you will give me a name or two. And the number of directors who receive big budgets is close to zero.
As women, we need to harness our power. We cannot continue to compete with each other; that won’t help. And we are also going to need external support, perhaps even from the government, to support women’s projects. We already trust men; we have to give women the same confidence.
THC: What do you think it takes to be successful in this industry as a woman?
EL: First of all, discipline. Second, be flexible. And honestly, to be professional. Keep your emotions to yourself. Above all, never sacrifice your soul or your body.
A gripping story of love and mystery set in the world of the London edition of WWII, When we will see each other again tells the story of a mother in search of her stolen child and illustrates the indestructible bonds between families, lovers and readers in the shadow of war.
We chat with author Caroline Beecham about When we will see each other again, plus writing, book recommendations, and more!
Hi, Caroline! Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?
I was born in England and have lived in Sydney for the past twenty years, although I consider both places to be my home. I have two teenage sons and we live in a large suburb called Balmain, where we love to go out on the harbor and enjoy the great beaches and restaurants. I worked as a TV writer / producer and then found a new way of telling stories through fiction, which I now do full time. I wrote four novels set in the 1940s, so I think maybe I accidentally became a history buff!
How did the first half of 2021 go for you?
To be honest, it’s been a bit of a roller coaster; incredibly exciting with my debut in the US and working on a new novel, but also difficult to find the emotional energy after last year. We all had to get used to the ‘new normal’, and there were issues with the child’s schooling and it was hard not to see our family in the UK, although we really have good luck. luck compared to so many countries so now i consider all i have learned about resilience and protecting the wellbeing of others.
Quick flash tour! Tell us about the first book you remember reading, the one that made you want to be an author and that you can’t stop thinking about!
I remember reading The little Princess and how it made me feel deeply sad and then happy. I was probably seven or eight years old, and while this wouldn’t have been the first book I read, I was surprised that a book could affect me so much. The book that made me want to be an author is Perfume by Patrick Suskind; I was fascinated by how the senses could come to life on the page and how it could invoke such varied emotions. It seemed impossible to imagine how to do it, so I guess I challenged myself! It’s also a book that I keep thinking about for this reason …
When was the first time you discovered your love of writing?
Working in film and television involved a lot of writing; treatments, proposals and a little scriptwriting, even though I have never had formal training; my first cycle was in economics and social policy. I realized that I loved writing when I was offered the opportunity to write the novelization of a film I was working on; I wrote a sample chapter for the publishing house and got the job! I started writing again when I had children and found that fiction offered so many more storytelling opportunities, especially when it came to untold stories of pioneer women.
Your new novel, When we will see each other again, released on July 20e 2021! If you could only describe it in five words, what would they be?
When we will see each other again is a mystery about a woman’s search for her stolen child. It is inspired by real events and takes place in the publishing world of London and New York during WWII. It’s the story of a young woman, Alice Cotton, who demonstrates extraordinary resilience as she manages to cleverly combine her search for her missing child with the challenge of creating wartime indispensable books. Readers will be taken on a journey of interesting and despicable villains, as well as great animal stories, and they will also discover how important wartime books were to the public as well as to the military.
What was the inspiration behind When we will see each other again?
When I found out that a 1940s parent had a baby that had been sold to a childless couple in a nearby town, it sparked my interest in these illegal options and raising babies. It seemed so cruel, but when I looked into the matter and found out how common illegal adoptions were and how difficult it was for women with so few options, it convinced me that there are had a story to follow. I had also read about the importance of books in wartime, and how difficult they were to create, so I thought this would make an interesting and dramatic setting for the novel.
Can you tell us about the challenges you encountered while writing and how you were able to overcome them?
It was difficult not to be able to travel to some of the places in the book; I did a lot of research in 2018/2019 but never made it to Book Row, or places in New York. Visiting real places is a great inspiration on how to convey the sense of place through the five senses, even though I have been fortunate enough to have traveled a lot in the past so I try to tap into Memory. I can’t wait to return to the United States and visit Book Row, as well as shopping and visiting museums and restaurants!
Are there any favorite moments or characters that you really enjoyed writing about or exploring?
I knew little about the choices available to women who got pregnant out of wedlock in the 1940s, and many did because of the war. It was fascinating to learn about the social rights defenders who worked on their behalf and that is why many of the characters in the book are based on real people. And of course, the stories about the wartime London Zoo and the animals are true and fun to research and write, and provide a bit of light to balance some of the darkness of the story.
What’s the best and worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice is to read a lot and widely and the worst is anything that is too prescriptive. There is no right way to write and you have to do what works for you, from finding what inspires you to finding the writing process and routine that matches your family, your style. of life and your creative energy.
What’s the next step for you?
I’m working on a novel based on the untold true story of a woman who helped rescue thousands of refugees from mainland Europe before and during WWII. I don’t want to say too much, except that it is a dramatic and heart-wrenching story and there is a remarkable legacy of the Diaspora that she helped save.
Finally, do you have any book recommendations for our readers?
I’m a little late for the party but I really enjoyed reading Paula McLain’s novels, The Parisian woman, VSIhang the sun, as well as Meg Clayton White’s The last train to London and Beautiful exiles, and of course her Australian colleague, Natasha Lester’s The Parisian secret. All of these books entertain, inform and transport the reader with great characters and gripping storytelling and are truly inspiring for a writer!
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On Tuesday, July 20, Ridgefield Poet Laureate Barb Jennes welcomes poets Aaron Caycedo-Kimura and Karen Silk for a reading in the walled garden of the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, located at 152 Main Street in Ridgefield. Playback will start at 7:00 p.m.
Poet Laureate from Washington, CT, Karen Silk has been a psychotherapist, teacher, and businesswoman. She is currently a broker at Sotheby’s International Realty and is Director of the Washington Environmental Council. Karen studied with Vijay Seshadri, Kevin Pilkington and the late Agha Shahid Ali, among others. His first collection, Somewhere a bird, was published in 2012.
The event is the first in a series of readings titled “A Garden of Verse,” a project by Ridgefield poet laureate Barb Jennes, whose mission is to encourage Ridgefield residents to read, write, listen and appreciate more poetry. Jennes, a widely published and award-winning poet, is a retired Ridgefield Public School educator.
The grounds will open at 6.30 p.m. for the event. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket and are welcome to bring refreshments, but should be aware that no toilet facilities are available during the event. Parking is available on site and across the main street at Jesse Lee Church.
The rain location for the event is the Ridgefield Guild of Artists at 34 Halpin Lane.
The two books of the poets will be available for sale.
What famous horticulturist Luther Burbank is in Santa Rosa, California, Hulda Klager is in Woodland. Burbank was his inspiration. To learn botany, she studied her writings, her seed catalogs and her gardening books. The two even matched. Both had the rare talent of choosing the right plants to cross.
After Hulda’s birth in Germany in 1864, the Thiel family immigrated to the United States with 2-year-old Hulda just after the Civil War. Progressing west, farming first in Wisconsin and then in Minnesota, the Thiel eventually found themselves in the vicinity of Woodland in 1877, when Hulda was 13 years old. Their wagon got stuck in the bottom of the Lewis River. Seeing a cabin nearby, the family moved in for the night. The next day, stunned by the roses near the cabin door, they decide to stay and build a house.
World famous for its lilacs, Hulda started plant propagation in 1905 because floury apples didn’t peel easily or make tasty pies for her husband, Frank Klager, whom she married when she was 15. After solving her apple pie problem, she tried her hand at dahlias before turning to lilacs which made her internationally famous. In 1926, an article in The Oregonian said its 5 acres were “credited as the best collection in the United States” and credited Klager with 60 varieties.
“I can tell as soon as a seedling blooms,” she told The Oregonian in 1935, “what it’s going to represent.” She explained that all breeders look for lilacs that have curved, double florets and have two shades of color. She loved when these hybrids reached what she called “the end of the road,” meaning they couldn’t be improved any more because they were lacking in pollen and seeds. She named some of her lilacs for Washington cities, such as Kalama and the Kelso red wine.
His life along the Lewis River floodplain in Woodland was difficult. She had to build the 7 foot lot around the house she and Frank built. The floods of 1928 and 1933 almost washed away his garden. Eventually, a 1948 flood did, forcing the 77-year-old horticulturalist to start from scratch. Not wanting her visitors to see anything other than the best, she closed her garden to rebuild it. In 1954, she reopened it on the occasion of her 83rd birthday. On that day, visitors were able to observe and smell 260 varieties of lilac.
Homebuyers who have been waiting for years to build their dream home have to put their projects on hold even longer, not because of financing or other mortgage difficulties, but because of the costs of lumber and materials.
Jenny Rutherford, a local real estate agent, said she is already working with clients, browsing the real estate markets record low inventory for existing homes, but those who choose to build from scratch don’t find much relief either. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
Over the past year, the price of residential building materials, especially lumber, has hit record highs, disrupting construction and delaying buyers or fixing the price entirely to them. A combination of staff shortages at sawmills and continued demand is the culprit, according to area builders.
âDespite favorable interest rates, there are certainly a lot of people waiting on the sidelines,â said Matthew Johns, a local builder.
Usually, he said, three-quarters of his clients actively turn to construction after buying a property, but now “those numbers are probably reversed.”
âNew construction is always a premium, but it’s reached a point beyond what most people can justify at this point,â Johns said.
Material cost exceeds buyers
Another crucial material adding to the already rising costs is oriented strand board (OSB) – compressed wood chip boards used for cladding walls, floors and roofs – which has been priced up by a factor of three. seven in the past year and keep climbing even when the wood falls, according to Bloomberg.
The copper wire also went through the roof, said Jerry Konter, vice president of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which also oversees builders in Savannah.
But while other inputs may have increased by around 10% to 15%, lumber and OSB remain the outliers, Konter said.
âWhen lumber peaked nationally, on the median home size of $ 300,000, it added up to $ 36,000 to the cost of the home,â Konter said, âand that’s solely based on lumber. “
According to a NAHB Study 2021, every $ 1,000 increases prices on 191 households in the Savannah area. The income needed to qualify for the median home price of $ 309,020 is $ 70,810.
âYou set the price on a certain economic group,â said Matthew Byrd, president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah, âthey are first-time homebuyers, people who have been renting for a long time and were working on their credit and the workforce. “
âWhen you add, you know, $ 25,000 or $ 35,000 on a house, it’s going to cost a lot of people who are going to fill those positions and jobs,â Byrd said.
Tension on the residential construction industry
Ultimately, the costs are all passed on to the consumer, Konter said, but right now builders are also suffering because some haven’t raised prices as quickly as input costs have gone up.
âIf you had written a contract and three months later you frame the house, you incur an additional $ 15,000 to $ 30,000 in costs over what you contracted for,â Konter explained.
If you add $ 36,000 to a $ 300,000 house, that’s more than 10%. According to Konter, most builders are working on a gross profit margin of around 15%. He says his margins have been slashed from 5% to 6%, forcing him to temporarily stop selling.
âWe have a limited supply of lots and the only thing you have to guarantee success is your lot inventory,â Konter said.
In some cases, builders have had to suspend construction in the middle of construction, either due to abandoned contracts or delivery delays, leaving frame houses in place for an uncertain period.
The wild unpredictability has prompted more home builders than ever to add a pricing clause or escalation clause to their contracts, said Meagan Mowry of Integrity Real Estate.
The terms of the clause are negotiated between builders and buyers, offering both parties protection against costs incurred and options to terminate the contract.
âThis is the first time in my career that all of these builders have to use a tariff clause, because for a while there the costs were a runaway freight train,â said Mowry, who works in the real estate for 17 years.
A wider look
But contrary to all the evidence, construction overall hasn’t slowed down as much as you might think, local realtors and builders said. This is because demand, for the most part, exceeds supply.
“People in large metropolitan areas like New York, New Jersey and California … have chosen, now that their jobs have moved away, to settle in the area,” Mowry said.
Those who can afford it will buy. She says builders, for the most part, have been able to recoup lost profit margins through higher prices, higher volume, or both.
âBut the person who couldn’t recover and who may be suffering the most is this first time buyer from the Savannah area,â she said.
The runoff effect is also severe.
âWhat happens when you can’t afford to buy a house? You rent, “said Konter,” the increase in the multi-family market ultimately translates into rental rates and that puts a lot of pressure on affordable housing. Whether it’s renting or selling, we have an affordability crisis right now. “
Nancy Guan is the general-duty reporter covering Chatham County municipalities. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @nancyguann.
Students have a variety of options for their IT-related career at FTCC, from programs that teach them how to create mobile applications to creating digital art.
Advertising & graphic design. The FTCC Advertising and Graphic Design Associate Program provides students with the skills to illustrate and design logos, advertisements, and other print and digital visual communications series to express ideas through typography, images, colors and layouts. Provide. Students are provided with standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Webflow, and Figma. Students also have the option of obtaining certification for Adobe applications.
Digital media technology and user interface / user experience (UI / UX). This digital media program prepares students for professional opportunities, including digital design and multimedia. Classes include 2D and 3D animation, interactive technology, web design, programming, and audio / video editing. Graduates of this program must qualify for employment as animators, UI / UX developers, multimedia specialists and many other new professional opportunities in this growing field. The UI / UX degree was recently added in Fall 2021 and includes selected coding and design courses to enhance the user experience of websites and mobile apps.
Simulation and game development. Students interested in the FTCC’s Game Development Associates program will learn the skills needed to develop video games such as 3D modeling, animation, creative writing, and game programming. Graduates of this program are also eligible to work for health and government agencies.
Computer programming and development and mobile application development. To be an effective and successful programmer, you need to be able to logically and creatively solve business-related problems for your prospects and employers using the right software and programming languages. Programming languages ââtaught to students include Java, C #, C ++, and Python. The Associate Degree in Mobile Application Development program is for anyone interested in becoming a mobile application developer. Classes include instruction in Android and iOS programming languages, including Swift.
Network management and management and cloud management.. Network management and network management programs prepare students to install and support networks and develop strong analytical skills and in-depth knowledge of networks. Course work involves hands-on experience with Cisco, Windows, and Linux operating systems. The FTCC is part of the Cisco Networking Academy program and offers courses to prepare students for the Cisco CCNA exam. The Cloud Management program was recently added in fall 2021 and includes courses on AWS, Google, and Microsoft Azure.
System security and analysis. The FTCC Cyber ââEducation Center has been designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as the National Center for Academic Excellence in CyberDefense. This program equips students with the skills they need to assess and implement effective and comprehensive information security management. Security analysts monitor, prevent and stop attacks on your personal data.
The FTCC also offers Intelligence research A program designed with an emphasis on geospatial intelligence to provide students with the skills they need to work in the intelligence profession. The program focuses on cyber defense with industrial partners such as Cisco, RedHat, Palo Alto and EC-Council. The program prepares students for many industry certifications, including CompTIA Security +, several EC-Council (CE | H and CND) certifications, and Palo Alto Certified Network Defender.
IT support and services. IT / PC Support & Services is a program for those interested in the work of traditional computer engineers, such as PC maintenance and repair. The program prepares you to install, operate, and manage a variety of operating systems, from industry standards like Windows to more specialized operating systems like Linux. Course work includes hands-on experience in troubleshooting PC hardware / software, mobile devices, and various peripherals. Students learn skills in customer service, problem solving, communication, and writing. Certifications to bolster an associate’s degree include CompTIA A + and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). Graduates are eligible for entry-level positions in technical support services.
Please join us in the fall semester. Classes start August 16. Let the FTCC help you find your progress.
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KISUMU, Kenya – While completing his Masters in Creative Writing in England two years ago, Troy Onyango remembers with his friends lamenting the lack of literary publications devoted to black writers, poets and photographers like them.
For Onyango, he said, it was âHow do we find a space where we can all come together? “
This question led to Lolwe, an online literary magazine he launched in 2020 with the goal of publishing black people in Africa and around the world. Lolwe – which takes its name from the Luo name of Lake Victoria, whose waters embrace this town in western Kenya, and means “endless lake or body of water” – has published dozens of works of fiction, from non-fiction, poetry and photography from over 20 countries. .
In June, as the magazine prepared to release its third issue, it also won coveted recognition: âThe Nickname Giver,âA story about the students of an elite Namibian private school, was selected for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing, awarded annually to the best short fiction film by an African writer in English.
âWhen I heard the news, I felt like it was a joke,â Onyango said of the cross-nominations. When Ngamije learned that the two articles and the two magazines had received nominations, “it reassured me, because it let me know that we were doing something right,” he said in an interview. telephone interview from Windhoek.
Considering the novelty of the two publications, the selections were a “victory because it shows that African literary publications are doing the job,” Onyango said, adding: “With the right support, more of this collaboration can help. to develop our literature. “
Across Africa, literary journals run by young writers and artists are springing up with the goal of publishing new and established voices, collaborating across geographies, and using the internet and social media to reach their audiences. They build on predecessors such as Transition, who shaped post-independence Africa, as well as Chimurenga, Kwani, Jalada, Brittle paper and the Johannesburg Book Review, who has introduced powerful African storytellers to the world stage for the past two decades.
Bottom of the river path, for example, is a Kenyan newspaper that started last year and is named after Meja Mwangi’s 1976 novel “Going Down River Road”. Doek means fabric or scarf in Afrikaans, but it’s also a play on the name of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. By tying the name of the newspaper to something familiar, Ngamije said, he and his co-founder Mutaleni Nadimi wanted to present literature as a âvisible and accessible thingâ while also arousing the curiosity of readers beyond Namibia and from southern Africa.
âAll you’ve heard of Namibia are our sand dunes, our lions and our black rhinos,â Ngamije said. But with Doek’s emphasis on the publication of works by Namibians, he added, he hoped “to not only bring Namibian writing to Africa and to the world, but also to bring us a bit of Africa â.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes, a Ghanaian writer and administrator of the Caine Prize, said editors and contributors to emerging newspapers are less constrained by donor demands or “by the burden – real or imagined – of having to shape a post-independence identity for Africa which was formulated with respectability.
For this reason, he said in an email, they are “capable of being more progressive, more radical, more expansive, more subversive”.
Kenyan writer Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, who won the 2003 Caine Prize for a story in the Kwani literary magazine, sees the publications attracting a new and young group of African writers, artists and readers. They “seem to excite a global generation that transcends typology, identifies with them, for whom themes, ideas, style and method replace traditional politics and imaginations,” she said.
But even as they strive to give voice to a new generation, the new journals face the same challenges as their predecessors. Among them, financial constraints are at the fore, many of them relying on individual donations or their own money to stay afloat.
To stay sustainable, outlets like Down River Road sell print copies of their publications in cities like Nairobi with exclusive material that is not online, said Frankline Sunday, one of the founders of Down River Road. . Lolwe chose to organize writing workshops with African writers, while Doek has in partnership with a local bank for support.
Another challenge facing new literary outlets is high staff turnover, with founders sometimes poached by more established outlets or attracted by better opportunities.
“They go to a publishing house, they go to a newspaper, they go to a communications department in an organization,” said James Murua, a journalist whose Blog extensively documents the African literary scene. “And that’s usually the end of the magazine.”
But whatever the challenges, Murua believes this new generation of literary journals will pave the way for more publications and encourage young Africans to write the next bestsellers.
“It’s only good for the future,” he said. “It’s a win-win.”
It is this long-term vision that holds founders like Ngamije together as he tries to put Namibia on the African and global cultural map.
âWe are taking small steps in this literary marathon,â he said, âand we always have to fight that feeling that we are late, that we are in last place. “
Literature for young adults is experiencing a renaissance. There are more intriguing voices and diversity in its pages than ever before. In a new series, USA TODAY features five of the best-selling YA authors who lead the charge in talking about the books, writers, and the moments that shaped them.
For author YA Jenny Han, 40, whom she read or wrote, books were a big part of her life. Most of Han’s extracurricular activities as a child were spent at his local library. The bus dropped her there every day after school and a few hours later her mother would pick her up. âI kind of read the whole YA section,â Han told USA TODAY. “I just swallowed stories.”
Han read anything and everything she could get her hands on. âI was reading in the tub, the dinner table, the car. Everything I had access to,â Han said. “I loved the ‘Baby-Sitters Club’ books [by Ann M. Martin.] I loved the ‘Anastasia Krupnik’ books, [by Lois Lowry]”as well as” all assorted revered children’s authors “.
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But the YA section of its youth was not as robust as the YA is today. The YA landscape would change dramatically in the late 90s and early 2000s when YA literature underwent a seismic change with hit shows like “Harry Potter”, “Twilight” and “Hunger Games”. And it has continued to grow in the breadth of genres and diversity.
But long before Harry picked up a wand, Edward ever laid eyes on Bella, or Katniss volunteered to replace her sister, Han was devouring books. âI think you kind of went from the ‘Baby-Sitters Club’ books to Stephen King. There weren’t that many in the middle,â Han reflected.
One of his favorites? âI think I was 10 years old and ‘The Prince of the Tides’ was my favorite book,â Han admitted. The extremely grown-up book, written by Pat Conroy, follows teacher and former football player Tom Wingo as he travels to New York City to help his sister recover from a suicide attempt. Not a book would expect to reach such a young person. “It’s a dark book you know … but the way he writes … there is a real lyrical quality in his writing”
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Han also liked books more suited to his age, like âJust as Long as We’re Togetherâ by Judy Blume. It was one of the few YA books Han read that contained a young female character of Asian-American descent. “I related to the things she was going through.”
When it came to the books Han was drawn to, adult or young, they all had one thing in common. âI was so specific about what I liked, which was first person,â Han says. The first-person narrative allowed Han to put himself directly in someone else’s shoes. And Han employs the first person in his own work, his hit USA TODAY series “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is told in first person, from the perspective of a young Asian American woman. .
But growing up in suburban Virginia, a career in writing never came to Han. “I never saw writers. I certainly hadn’t seen young Asian-American writers or female writers. So it never seemed like something within my reach.”
Everything changed when she took a writing workshop at the university. Han realized that writing was something she could do for a career. “I think that’s what inspired me to take the steps to become a writer.” She chose to write Children’s and YA because “at that point I was just coming out of my teenage years … So it really was the most natural thing to write because I was still basically a teenager.”
No longer a teenager, it is still in YA that Han finds his passion for storytelling. She wrote two YA series, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “The Summer I Turned Pretty”, two children’s books and co-wrote the YA trilogy “Burn for Burn” with Siobhan Vivian. Han received the Young Adult 2015-2016 Asian / Pacific American Award for Literature.
These days, Han is busy working on film adaptations of her novels. Most recently, his âTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Beforeâ trilogy premiered on Netflix, with the first film premiering in 2018. Han is currently adapting the âSummer I Got Prettyâ books for Amazon.
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Unfortunately for fans, there are no new books in Han’s immediate future. “I found less time for prose, which I definitely miss,” said the author. ” I worked on [films] for years. It’s just a matter of being able to take that kind of meditative time to work on a book, which is a very different mindset from television. “
But fans shouldn’t worry, Han is not done yet. âI think it will be interesting to go back to writing novels,â Han says. âSo we’ll just see what kind of habits I’ve picked up in TV writing and how it’s done with prose,â says Han. “I’ve been working on an adult novel on and off for a few years now – and on a teenage novel too. I just need a little uninterrupted time to be able to work on it.”
I am delighted to invite you to the next Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture, which will be presented by internationally renowned author and renowned feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
As the topic of his conference is being finalized and will be communicated in due course, I am sharing this news to make sure you are informed early enough before the conference.
We are delighted to have Adichie as the next speaker for the VC Open Conference, which will be our second this year.
In 2003, she released her first novel, Purple hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. His other award-winning books include Half of a yellow sun, which won the Orange Prize; and Americanah, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award 2013. His book, Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions, was published in March 2017, and his book Notes on bereavement was released earlier this year.
A compelling storyteller and influential cultural critic, Adichie has given two landmark TED talks, the first being “The Danger of One Story” in 2009. Her 2012 TEDxEuston talk, “We Should All Be Feminists,” sparked a global conversation about feminism. and was published in book form in 2014.
she graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Communication and Political Science. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in African History from Yale University. She received a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University between 2005 and 2006 and a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University between 2011 and 2012.
Adichie holds honorary doctorates from Eastern Connecticut State University, Johns Hopkins University, Haverford College, Williams College, University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Amherst College, Bowdoin College , SOAS University London, American University, Georgetown University, Yale University, Rhode Island. School of Design and Northwestern University.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Adichie is also the co-founder of Farafina Trust, a Nigerian non-profit organization that promotes reading, writing, social introspection and engagement with society through the literary arts.
Join us online for this exciting conference where Adichie’s eloquence and perspective as a writer and speaker will inspire us all to look beyond stereotypes and social norms to recognize our common humanity.
When: Wednesday July 28, 2021 Hour: 18:00 SAST Platform: Microsoft teams
Like all love, however, it is heavy. Once on a trip to the historic town of Hampi in southern India, I perched Nozy between temple carvings, took a photo, and walked away. A few hours later, on the way back to the car, we realized he was missing.
Bishan, aghast, yelled at me as if I had forgotten our toddler. We ran to the temple with him, grimly muttering that there was no way to find Nozy in such a large complex full of schoolchildren. We bought tickets again, rushed out breathless and there he was, trapped between two sandstone lions, patiently waiting to be rescued.
“How irresponsible can you be? My sister said later.
I lost my rights to wear plush this trip. But as I stood there with tears in my eyes, hugging a little stuffed monkey, my heart still pounding, I understood that love can grow in the most unlikely places, and that there is no love worthy of the name unless he feels vulnerable to loss.
In this time of Covid, fear of loss haunts us every day. The second wave in India hit us with bad news – friends and family falling ill, hospitals running out of oxygen, vaccine shortages. Every encounter with the outside world is like a game of Russian roulette. The plush world looked like innocent fun when we stumbled upon it with Chewie’s first post in 2016. Now it feels like a safe haven, a community that sustains itself even when things fall apart around it. we.
In a world where social media is often toxic competition, the plush world celebrates 100 followers with as much enthusiasm as 1,000. Humans take a backseat, rarely posing with their loads of plush, called “hoomans,” “Roommate”, “assistant” and sometimes “mom” or “dad”, but hardly ever by name.
There are masked skeptics, Black Lives Matter activists, anxious teens, and a grandmother of six, but ultimately it all revolves around Zuzu the meerkat and Azai the one-eyed dog. Biographical details, politics and the human’s skin color remain vague, as if too much information can shatter this shimmering world held together by a delicate suspension of disbelief – an iridescent soap bubble floating in an afternoon. golden.
Kitamura pays attention to the dark side of cityscapes, the things we’d rather not learn. âThere are prisons and much worse all around us,â she writes, âin New York there was a black site above a busy food court, the windows were darkening and the rooms were dark. soundproofed so that screams never reached those seated below. “
All novels are, in a sense, about language, but “Intimacy” emphasizes how meaning is created and how it is compromised. Kitamura takes note of what she calls the “great chasms under words”, chasms that “could open without warning.”
Competence and balance matter to an interpreter. If you seem pissed off, so will the person you’re playing for. One can easily, writes Kitamura, “threaten the whole personality of the witness.” The author talks about the endurance test of a long day of translation. You can get so lost in the work that you don’t fully realize what you are saying, the horrible crimes you could describe.
This novel is in a way “about” translation. (Nabokov said you wanted to learn a language just enough to âcatch the whisper in the back.â) But the real warmth here, as in Kitamura’s previous novel, âA Separationâ (2017), is in the interest. author’s constant for the intricacies of human power dynamics.
In his job, there is a winner and a loser in almost every social interaction. Its antennae are precisely tuned in to magnetism, verbal dexterity, physical beauty and, conversely, their lack.
Regarding the West African president on trial, for example, the narrator senses how the energy in the courtroom is sucked into “the black hole of his personality.” Few novelists write so astringently about how we misinterpret people and are forced to refresh, like a web browser, our assumptions about them.
Kitamura’s narrator is a bit of a figure. In love, it’s child’s play, to the point where she fears being “an accomplice in my own erasure”. It hovers a millimeter above life. She has a concierge level of disengagement.
Tasmanian author Amanda Lohrey won the Miles Franklin Literary Prize of $ 60,000 for her seventh novel, The Labyrinth – hailed by the judges as “a beautifully written reflection on the conflict between parents and children, men and women, and the value and the purpose of creative work “.
She is the second Tasmania to win the award in 64 years of history, after the late Christopher Koch (for The Doubleman, in 1985 and Highways to a War, in 1996).
In accepting the Palawa Country Prize on the northeast coast of Tasmania, where she lives, Lohrey thanked her 30-year-old agent, Lyn Tranter, her publisher, David Winter and Text Publishing, “[which] has always put literary values ââbefore commerce “.
She also thanked her family and friends “for putting up with a very vague and distracted writer.”
In The Labyrinth, hotel receptionist Erica Marsden leaves Sydney for a small town on the south coast of New South Wales to be closer to her son Daniel, a mentally ill artist whois serving a life sentence for murderous negligence.
As she searches for a suitable house to buy, she is guided by a mission sent to her in a dream: to build a labyrinth, defined in the book as “a single path that leads in a convoluted maze to its center, and sets out again. again”.
Why dream of a labyrinth? Erica used to play in a child, when she lived in an asylum where her father worked as a psychiatrist.
Dreams, psychiatry, mazes – yes, Jung is a clear influence in this book. One epigraph says, “The cure for many ailments, Jung noted, is to build something.”
To emphasize this point, Lohrey makes sure the reader knows up front that a maze is “unlike a maze, which is a puzzle made up mostly of dead ends designed for entrapment.”
Erica tells us:
“The labyrinth is a challenge for the brain (how intelligent you are), the labyrinth for the heart (you will go). In the labyrinth, you take up the challenge but in the labyrinth, you let go. Without effort you come back to where you began, somewhat changed by the act of surrender. “
Erica, as the narrator, takes the reader on a journey of her own – as well as a more outward journey, through which she mends her damaged relationship with her son and finds her place within her new small town community. .
Richard Neville, Mitchell librarian of the State Library of NSW and president of the jury, describes it as “an elegiac novel, drenched in sadness.”
But it’s fundamentally a novel about hope and resilience.
The idea of ââa labyrinth
Lohrey, like most writers – and certainly all great writers – is a keen observer.
She says The Labyrinth began with her observation that labyrinths were proliferating around the world. The same was true of related things like âwalking meditation,â where people walk these paths as a form of spiritual activity or mindfulness practice.
Which made her wonder: why?
“I’m really interested in the way people create special places [or] special spaces, âshe told ABC Arts.
Lohrey has a long-standing interest in spirituality, as evidenced by her novels A Short History of Richard Kline (2015) and The Philosopher’s Doll (2004), which she previously attributed to her Catholic upbringing.
She also started meditation as a young woman and became interested in how (and why) people revolve around this practice.
More recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, she observed the renovation boom and saw it as a symptom of a similar basic urge: “To create an ideal refuge.”
Jung might have agreed: “He was very, very good at crafting; he used his hands,” Lohrey says.
“And he himself, at home, had this kind of extraordinary semi-tower that he spent most of his life building and never finished. And that’s where he was going to think about it. and resolve the tensions. âYou know, he practiced this sermon.
âIt’s common psychology now that we can be obsessed and overthink a problem, but as soon as you start using your hands and building something, you become more grounded in space and time. forgetful – in a good way, âsays Lohrey.
âAnd the labyrinth replaces that. And I think that’s why so many of them are being built in the world now. Because people don’t have the consolations of religion to the same degree as before. And they watch. towards creating new forms of sacred space. “
I ask Lohrey what her own “coping” mechanisms are, and she says, “Oh, well, I’m hopelessly impractical – like, I couldn’t build anything. And I’m fascinated and amazed by the people who do it. can. “
She pauses. “I guess my creation is writing.”
Make the novel
As Kate Evans notes in her review of ABC RN’s The Bookshelf, The Maze is light on plot – and heavy on ideas.
It is also all about craftsmanship – as a subject, but also in its form.
âMy goal was to write a story that felt like a meditative walk in and out of a maze,â Lohrey told Claire Nichols on ABC RN’s The Book Show.
âAnd so – to be technical about it – it takes a lot of very careful control to do it.
âYou really can’t afford a loose word or a spare word: the prose has to be really tight and you have to kind of hit your target.
âYou know, the actors when they’re playing on camera have to hit their target every time: well, in that kind of story you have to hit the target every time or you break the spell.
“So, needless to say it took a lot of drafts.”
On a larger level, the novel takes the form of a “pastoral” English novel – but subverts it.
âThis is the classic story of the jaded and sophisticated city dweller who goes to the countryside to revitalize himself by coming into contact with virtuous shepherds – or rural virtue,â she says.
“Of course, we all know that small country towns are not full of rural virtue, they are as complex and difficult as cities.”
In The Labyrinth, Lohrey writes the coastal hamlet of Garra Nalla from some personal experience.
âI’ve lived in small coastal towns, and that’s pretty much how I found them,â she told The Book Show.
“Most small coastal towns have their share of eccentrics.”
She points out that neighbor Ray, in The Labyrinth, is meant as an alternate figure of a âshepherdâ – literally a licensed roustabout – who is actually quite obnoxious.
Perhaps interestingly – especially given the Labyrinth’s structural vanity – Lohrey says she’s not “a planner” when it comes to her writing.
“I do not plan anything, what generally happens is that an image, even a fragment of dialogue, takes hold of me and does not let go of me.
âAnd then I sit down to work with it, and then it evolves into something – or not: it might just fall apart and end up in the bottom drawer,â she told The Book Show.
âBut if it grows, it grows – and I don’t know where I’m going with it. Sometimes I think I do and then I’m wrong. And that’s half the fun, really: not knowing where you’re going.
“I mean, if you knew where you were going, when you started – or if I I knew where I was going when I started, I would even be too bored to start. “
This summer I will be camping in the Adirondacks around a lake. Because it’s an outdoor trip that also has an element of water, wearing a chic and comfy piece, quick-drying shorts, a weatherproof backpack, and a good athletic sandal is key. Oh, and also have a durable cooler that matches.
I look forward to traveling abroad again and hope to visit Berlin, Stockholm and France in the near future to meet up with friends and explore new cities. It has been difficult to attend great life events from afar so I am delighted to go to weddings, meet new babies and enjoy each other’s company again soon. One of my favorite places we went on a previous trip to France was Castle of Bagnols, which is really a treat. Each room is unique and the property was beautiful.
Batsheva Spring floral-embroidered silk-taffeta dress
In addition to all the hand sanitizers and face masks I bought during the lockdown, I also did a lot of accessory shopping, for when we could travel again. As soon as the travel ban was lifted, I booked a visit to the Calanques in Marseille. After a year of confinement, I am delighted to be able to travel and see friends that I haven’t seen for over a year.
My favorite summer activity is going to a place where I can completely immerse myself in nature. This year I look forward to a stay at this sweet cabin in Bozeman, MT, and spend the days hiking and exploring nearby national parks.
In August, I am delighted to attend the Parrish Art Museum Summer Party– my God, how I missed dancing! I’m thinking of something fun, flirty, and slightly ridiculous for the occasion – the Gaia cult makes anyone feather ?!
Last weekend I visited Philip Johnson’s The glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut. The house, painting and sculpture galleries have finally reopened inside after being closed during the pandemic. All of the interior spaces are exquisite, but the entire surrounding property is also worth wandering around. Remember you are in the woods deep in the suburbs (and on the grass) so I would definitely recommend long pants and a pair of closed shoes suitable for walking, especially after those summer storms!
Alex Mill Mill Shirt in Portuguese Poplin with Wide Stripes
Anchorage’s new chief librarian, appointed by newly elected mayor Dave Bronson, has two master’s degrees in counseling and educational leadership.
But Sami Graham has never worked as a librarian, prompting library advocates to pressure the Assembly against its confirmation, saying the best librarian in town needs specific experience. Graham’s $ 120,000-a-year predecessor, Mary Jo Torgeson, had a master’s degree in library science and public administration.
The installation of a library system leader who lacks library experience also puts funding for state grants at risk, Graham’s opponents say.
Graham, in an interview, said she had been a teacher, principal and counselor – and as someone born and raised in Anchorage, she added that she was familiar with the areas of the city. She said she brought education and leadership experience to her new job and had written and advocated for school library grant proposals.
âI am a lifelong learner, so I am more than willing to learn,â she said. “But there is nothing that I have seen that is insurmountable that we cannot work as a team.”
Graham, 62, has worked in both the public and private school system, most notably at Grace Christian School.
She narrowly lost a race for the Anchorage School Board earlier this year. After the election, Graham said she sent a letter of interest to Bronson’s transition team – not specific to the librarian position – and that the position was subsequently suggested to her.
Related: Politics take center stage as race for Anchorage school board kicks off
As Bronson campaigned on a platform to cut spending, Graham said she didn’t have specific ideas for slashing the library system’s $ 9 million budget, and that she was not planning nor other substantial changes to its operations. And although she’s a Republican who has garnered the support of several prominent Tories in her run for the school board, Graham said she doesn’t bring a political agenda to work.
âThere is a big vision defined for the library,â she said. “My goal is simply to continue this mission, to connect people to education, to information, to the community.”
First, however, it will need to be confirmed by the Anchorage Assembly, whose members have received a constant stream of correspondence about Graham’s appointment – including current and former library employees and others. residents who say she lacks the necessary experience.
John Weddleton, who represents South Anchorage, said he received more comments on Graham than any other municipal representative in his five years in the assembly.
âI’ll tell you that library fans are very passionate about the library,â Weddleton said.
Library Boosters have several concerns about Graham’s appointment.
One is its lack of specific library training and experience.
After Torgeson, the former chief librarian, retired, but before Bronson was elected, the city posted a job offer for the position. The minimum requirements for the position included a master’s degree in library science and seven years of professional library experience, including three as an administrator in a “medium to large library system”.
Among the nominees were acting head of the library, Jacob Cole, as well as others who qualified, said Kim Hays, who chairs the Anchorage Library Foundation, a nonprofit booster group. The foundation has not taken a formal position on Graham’s appointment, but did discuss “shared concerns,” Hays said in a telephone interview.
âI don’t think seven years of professional library experience is necessarily something you can get on the job,â Hays said. “Some of these things are very technical, and it’s not something you learn without having that training and education – or at least working in a library for years.”
the Alaska Library Association Also holding meetings this week to hear members’ concerns about Graham, said Jonas Lamb, chairman of the association’s board of directors.
A spokesperson for Bronson did not respond to a question about why Graham was appointed if she did not meet the posted qualifications.
Graham said she worked in school libraries and even put away books. She said she had also drafted a grant proposal to the state legislature to keep a school library open during the summer and would look to municipal library staff in areas where she is less experienced.
âEverything I don’t know, I know there is a great team here who will help me learn it,â she said.
Summerville author Don Best is hosting book signings this month to promote the first of two novels set in the Brazilian rainforest.
“The Gravedigger’s Dream” is inspired by the personal experience of the author living in the Amazon.
âThe Brazilian rainforest is an exquisite and very dangerous garden,â Best said in a press release. “I took this setting, which I know and love, and populated it with some of the craziest characters you’ll ever meet.”
Sally Tran is a writer and director from New Zealand to Vietnam, living in New York. Tran’s cinematic expertise is focused on creating unique stories through his multicultural experiences.
Her film career began in New Zealand, where she directed three shorts and one feature film before moving to New York City and creating commercials for brands like Dunkin ‘Donuts, U by Kotex and Schick. This summer, she joined Scholar’s list of directors.
Tran’s work shows his love for color, bold styles and creating distinctive images without resorting to digital effects. As a fashion designer turned director, her love for texture and detail is evident in her work, as well as in her sometimes unconventional processes, earning her recognition and residencies around the world.
We spent two minutes with Sally to learn more about her background, her creative inspirations and the recent work she admires.
Sally, tell us …
Where you grew up and where you live now.
I grew up in a very small town called Flaxmere in New Zealand. We lived next to a stream so my siblings and I would always go exploring. There was even a farm next to us. I currently live in New Yorkâ¦ opposites.
What you wanted to be growing up.
I wanted to be an art curator. I remember when I was 16 our art history teacher took us to the big cities of New Zealand and we visited a bunch of amazing galleries and watched foreign films. There were no art galleries in Flaxmere. I remember the curator of the City Gallery in Wellington being so cool that I wanted to walk around and talk to people about art. In my twenties, I got a job as an art performer at the Auckland City Gallery, where I took groups and talked about art. I realized after a lot of training that this was definitely not the job for me.
How you found out you were creative.
I think everyone is creative. There is a time when we decide to use our creativity, it can be just a hobby or professionally. If there was a moment in time, I didn’t necessarily think it was when I discovered that I was creative, but more that I was curious. My parents took my sister, brother and I to a toy store and let us choose whatever we wanted. It was our anniversary. We were all born in March. My brother got the biggest robot, my sister got a pair of awesome skates, and I wanted a pack of felts. The cheapest in the store. My parents suggested that I buy something else, something more valuable, but I kept saying I wanted the felt to draw.
Someone you idolize as you grow up creatively.
Willem de Kooning. He taught me not to hold back when I was a teenager.
A moment in high school or college that changed your life.
Go to Embassy cinema in Wellington and watch my first foreign film. It was Last Night directed by Don McKellar.
The first gig you saw, and your favorite band or musician today.
The first gig was a New Zealand band, nothing memorable, but it was a great night. I love Lizzo. She’s so cool and represents so many positive things that need to change in society.
Your favorite visual artist.
BjÃ¶rk, does she count? She is incredible.
Your favorite fictional character.
Trinity of The Matrix.
Neo: I just thought … you were a guy. Trinity: Most guys do.
The best book you’ve read lately.
Stories of the Sahara by Sanmao.
A movie, TV show, or podcast that inspired you.
There are simply too many. The Truman Show was one of the most inspiring movies I watched when I was younger.
Your favorite Instagram account.
@domsebastian. It’s a fashion brand with all the sensibilities that I wish I had, or part of me is trying to move towards. Fabrications, printing, patterns, abstract, obscure, just cool.
How Covid-19 has changed your life, personally or professionally.
I think most people have been forced to think and think about what’s important to them. I realized that it was okay not to work and that the money came to me when it was supposed to. I spent a lot of time writing movies and creating stories.
Your favorite creative project you’ve worked on before.
I guess my Timeslow feature film, which I directed and completed over a period of five years, was my favorite creative project. Not because I like it or because I think I did a good job – in fact, I feel like I didn’t do a good job on it. It was hard work, physically and emotionally draining. This is my favorite because I learned so much and started to understand what cinema and storytelling means to me.
Union City’s Quarry Lakes project is another case of so little (“Connection Road Project Receives State Boost,” page B1, July 6). The project is taking a beautiful open space, green and full of life, and paving it, for just $ 288 million. This provides a route that would eventually allow you to get stuck in traffic parallel to Decoto.
It is a brute force approach to providing transportation solutions, and not the only way, but probably the most expensive way, of figuring out how to get around.
For a small fraction of $ 288 million, more efficient shuttle services could be developed, free bicycles for public use could be provided, and new innovative transportation solutions could be funded. In addition, the city could simply save money for a relatively rainy day and help protect essential services from budget cuts in the future.
Hugues Rex Fremont
More than ready for state ban on fireworks
Thank you for your “Wake Up, Smell the Sulfur” editorial. It’s time to ban fireworks. (Page A6, July 7)
I live in downtown Antioch and what a war noise zone that turned out to be this year for July 4th. I am very disappointed with the Antioch Police Department, who stood up and watched the street bombs explode.
I fully support the fireworks ban. I’m not looking forward to Independence Day next year.
Pamela Dias Antioch
Call the killers exactly what are they
Men who commit mass killings should not be called shooters, as this term is often used to refer to hunters and legitimate gamblers at crappy casino tables. Instead, they should be portrayed as murderers, because that’s what they are.
Brigitte Fitzsimmons Berkeley
The tone of the title does not have match the content of the story
Several readers have written to complain about the erroneous opinions of two conservative writers who appear periodically in this journal. What they do not take into account is the daily barrage of opinions from progressives muddling the facts in favor of emotional pimping.
With the recent headline of “Police Handcuffed Me After License Plate Reader Error” (Page A6, June 23), the headline would lead you to believe that another violent and racist profiling event has taken place. produced in the hands of the police. While I’m sure the event was very frightening for the writer (as it would be for any law-abiding citizen), if you read deeper into the article, there is some truth to it. His car had a license plate associated with an armed robbery and that is why he was arrested. It was confirmed that the plaque had been stolen and the writer left without further incident.
Not quite the inflammatory story the title inferred.
Donna Whitmore Hayward
International expenses promotes security, stability
After reading “Haiti in upheaval: President Moïse assassinated at home” (Page A4, July 8) I felt the urge to share an alternative solution to help Haiti.
Haiti calls on the United States to help investigate the assassination. While it is important to find the criminals, there is clearly a bigger problem of instability in Haiti. Improving the conditions of the world’s poor directly improves national security. The increase in the number of US humanitarian missions decreases the influence of terrorist groups, allowing countries to be safer and less corrupt.
I urge Sens. Feinstein and Padilla to protect the international affairs budget, which supports critical development and diplomacy agendas around the world. Prioritizing international funding and providing assistance to the world’s most vulnerable is essential, which in turn protects the health and safety of all Americans.
Kaitlyn evans Danville
Vaccination conspiracy is difficult to penetrate
Last weekend I visited an anti-vaccine couple and learned why people refuse the vaccine, even though it causes travel problems. Basically, this is a three-pronged denial: conspiracy theories, confirmation bias, and data selection.
First of all, these people have been taken in by one of the theories that the vaccine is some sort of conspiracy, all about obscure people making a lot of money selling something that is bad for you. Then they go through the data, ignoring anything that goes against their position. And then they search for books and articles that they agree with, refusing to read or hear anything to the contrary.
There is no way to counter this. They’ve built a wall of distorted information around them, and any reasonable argument is taken as a sign that I’ve been duped by those responsible for the conspiracy.
Meade Fischer Soquel
Focus the excess on drought gun control relief
Re. “It’s time for the governor to spend the excess funds on gun control,” page A6, July 11:
I am 100% in favor of tighter gun control and security measures. I would like a bipartisan congressional committee to come up with the safest interpretation of the Second Amendment’s opening clause requiring a “well-ordered militia.”
However, in this year of extreme drought and with the scarcity of water, I believe that all or most of the money in the surplus budget must go to fire prevention.
The half-hour episodes (two will air each week) break down the story into individual pieces, starting with Weinstein’s accusers, including Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who wore a thread and recorded Weinstein in a second. meeting after allegedly groping her. A separate episode focuses on two former Weinstein assistants, their experiences and decisions to finally speak out.
In subsequent installments, Farrow speaks with other reporters who had heard and pursued rumors about Weinstein’s behavior, such as Ken Auletta, who helped guide Farrow to The New Yorker after NBC – where he was employed – refused to publish the story.
âWriting about Harvey was driving Harvey crazy,â remembers reporter Kim Masters in an interview with Farrow, citing her own attempts to report rumors that Weinstein assaulted women.
Despite the recording in the Gutierrez case, New York prosecutors refused to prosecute Weinstein in his case, citing a lack of evidence. But in the cases of two other accusers, Weinstein was convicted last year of a first degree indictable sex act and third degree rape in New York City. In June, a judge approved his extradition to Los Angeles to face additional charges.
Weinstein denies the allegations made against him in New York and Los Angeles. “Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that each of his physical encounters throughout his life has been consensual,” spokesman Judah Engelmayer told CNN last fall when new charges against him were filed in County of Los Angeles. He is appealing his convictions in New York, for which he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Two episodes focus specifically on the making of the journalistic sausage. In the first, Farrow raises questions about his interactions with NBC about his decision not to air the story, with the network disputing his version of events. A second highlights his work with the New Yorker’s fact-checkers, as well as the magazine’s editors and lawyer, and the nights spent agonizing over every detail and word choice regarding “rape” versus to “sexual assault”.
Last year, New York Times columnist Ben Smith wrote a detailed analysis of Farrow’s reports for the New Yorker and in his book, claiming that it “delivers compelling cinematic stories … and often omits the complicated facts and troublesome details that can make them less dramatic.”
Give birth defended his work, saying in a statement to the New York Times that he brings “caution, thoroughness and nuance” to his reporting. New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick told the newspaper that Farrow’s work was “scrupulous, tireless and, above all, fair.”
The style of “Catch and Kill” clearly capitalizes on how Farrow conjures up vivid scenes like something out of a movie. The show’s producer-directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato took on the challenge of essentially turning radio into television using little visual and aural cues, like the image of a drinking glass and odd music to complement. Farrow’s description of a clandestine meeting in a bar.
Beyond illustrating the painstaking work that went into getting people to cooperate, Farrow examines how Weinstein allegedly alternately used fear and money to silence accusers and overturn stories, while also seeking to charm those who could not be intimidated or paid.
“Catch and Kill” doesn’t really intend to move the story forward as much as repackaging part of the book (entirely titled “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and A Conspiracy to Protect Predators”) for television, and those who might not have read this, in a very effective way.
A scripted film about New York Times reporters whose work paralleled Farrow’s reporting is in the works by Brad Pitt’s production company, based on the book “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement”. Cinema and TV from the #MeToo era continue like this.
The question that has frequently arisen about Weinstein is how his alleged behavior could have persisted for so long. Perhaps most of all, this HBO series concisely illustrates the obstacles that had to be overcome to bring it to light.
âCatch and Kill: The Podcast Tapesâ premieres July 12 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO, which, like CNN, is a division of WarnerMedia.
But in the past, some barns were in fact specially constructed tax collection centers. And now the tithe barns are put in the spotlight by West Midlands author Joseph Rogers.
His new book highlights surviving examples of this part of British heritage and shows how they found new roles, including as wedding venues, restaurants and family homes.
Not that an old barn is, or was, a tithe barn.
âFor much of Britain’s past, the concept we know today as the tax came from the unifying authority of the Church,â Mr. Rogers said.
“With a large part of the British population working in agriculture, this was often what formed the basis of ‘tithe’ – a tax made up of one-tenth of a farmer’s output.”
The cloth was to be kept somewhere, and large hollow stone and wooden structures known as tithe barns were built.
In the 1830s, the system evolved into paying tithing in cash rather than goods, and he says it wasn’t until 1966 that the tithe system in England officially ended.
While Mr. Rogers says it’s reasonable to assume that most parishes would have needed a tithe barn, it appears larger towns and cities have completely destroyed all evidence of them.
So the hunt for real medieval tithe-specific barns is quite an undertaking, and in the industrialized Black Country, probably a bit abandoned.
âHere, tithes were phased out during the 18th century, as much of the land previously used for agriculture was dug up, made sterile and industrialized to make way for coal mines. Rogers.
“It’s no surprise that the remaining tithe barns in this part of the Midlands are hard to find. In fact, they are arguably non-existent.”
This is a better picture in Shropshire, where he chooses several examples, and says that perhaps the most important medieval barn in the county and, some would say, in the whole country, is the ruin on the site of the castle of Acton Burnell.
Only the gears are still standing. It is not, however, famous for being a tithe barn, but for having been the site of what would have been the first meeting of the Parliament in England, in 1283. He is surprised that it is not spoken about more.
“The references outside of Shropshire to the first convening of the English parliament are surprisingly modest,” he says.
An example of a tithe barn still in operation can be found at the Hundred House Hotel in Norton, on the A442 between Telford and Bridgnorth. Dating back to the 17th century, this is an award-winning wedding venue that uses the woods and original imprint of the barn.
It is believed, he says, that it was built to replace the nearby 15th-century courthouse barn – it’s the black-and-white thatched-roof barn that’s familiar to passing motorists as it is located on the road.
And Joseph says the hotel itself is a beautiful building.
âCollectively, the three buildings create a setting spanning up to 500 years of history, which is perhaps why the Tithing Barn was voted the best wedding venue in the West Midlands in 2018 and 2019.â
Mr. Rogers had a career in manufacturing, pharmacy and tourism before becoming a writer, focusing primarily on travel.
Tithe Barns is published by Amberley and is 96 pages long and costs Â£ 15.99.
TR Tells, author of Paragons of Justice series, shares his inspiration and the creative process behind his work.
In the summer of 2019, a strange bright light engulfed the city of Chicago. The phenomenon causes accidents and general power cuts. That same night, a cop arrests Hira and her boyfriend. Hira, left traumatized, acquired the ability to see shadows, manifestations of people’s negativity. Now she has the choice to fight for justice or let the destruction continue.
His dark sins, the first book of the Paragons of Justice series, reminds me of books like Legend by Tracy Deon and BlackVeinsby Ashia Monet. Stories with paranormal or fantasy elements but, unlike many mainstream and independent paranormal books, not without real issues and intersectionality. His dark sins unveils a captivating story without obscuring racial dynamics, privilege, police brutality and complicity.
TR Tells currently lives in upstate New York. She holds a BA in Fiction and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. In her spare time (when she’s not writing, of course), she browses Funimation, Netflix, and her other streaming subscriptions. I had the pleasure of reaching out and interviewing TR Tells. Here she talks about the themes of His dark sins, her favorite media and what she’s working on next.
The Geek: Thanks for taking the time to be here! His dark sins is a stimulating tale about justice and the struggle against the system. I was hooked throughout my first reading. It’s a story about fighting demons (literally and figuratively) for ourselves and for our communities and loved ones. I am curious how this book came to be. What is your creative process?
TR tells: Well, Brahidaliz, the world is my main inspiration and my own emotions on how society tends to treat people (be it race, sexuality, mentality or physical attributes). It makes me angry that people can be so filled with hate towards people who bleed like them. What could make a person treat people so badly? What if the reason for their lewd behavior was a demon sucking them and making them say these things? Feed on the negativity and trauma of humanity.
Now, what if these demons of hate manifested in reality – What would we do? This is what Hira sets out to do. His weapon, “a chain whip”, symbolizes the opposite of what we all think of whips: fear and order. Hira Night wants to do the opposite. She defends freedom and justice and uses them to destroy demons of negativity and trauma through her ability to create weapons based on her emotions, to fight against these evil demons.
TG: The concept of shades of shadow manifesting as negativity fascinates me. I admire the way you use it to explore mental health, trauma, and PTSD. Hira tries to balance this with her daily life. For me your Paragons of Justice series is among the few works (independent or traditionally published) that do this well. Was this idea always there for you in the beginning, or were there changes along the way (ie.
T: Thank you! I receive this part a lot and I am happy to have a little uniqueness in my works. Frankly, it has always been ME. I am very attached to the way people are treated. I am a proud LGBTQIA + person, being Demisexual and sympathetic myself. My stories always touch on “dark” and “realistic” themes that describe the world around us and maybe, just maybe, how we can change it, or at the very least, see that words hurt. Through many drafts, notebooks, scribbles here and there, I touched on topics before they became His dark sins. I took a few concepts and names from these drafts, but like John Legend says, it’s âAll of Meâ.
TG: What are your movies, TV shows, books, etc. favorite? Everything that inspired His dark sins?
T: I’m probably going to take this one too far (lol) but I have TONS of TV shows and books, cartoons, which are my favorites. Forgive me for the implosion of the favorites:
She-ra and the Princesses of Power, Kipo and the Age of Wonders, Shadow and Bone, The Witcher, Bridgerton, Project Power, Hunter X Hunter, Moxie, Hollywood, The Umbrella Academy, Deathnote, Outlander, Bleach, BoJack Horseman, Castlevania, Big Mouth, Avatar The Last Airbender, Sex Education, Attack On Titan, My Hero Academia, Lucifer, Fruit Basket, Cowboy Bebop, Your Name, Luca, Soul
I’m pretty sure I forgot something, but now let’s move on to the books, many of which are freelance authors!
Red by Sabrina Voerman, The Forest Witch by Britt Laux, Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley, Protecting Tova by Havana Wilder, Hunters For Hire by Jonathan Yanez, Clara and Claire by Lindsey Richardson, A Blade So Black by LL Mckinney, Augur of Shadows by Jacob Rundle, Korrigan by Rebecca Kenney, The Lightning Rod by CS Ratliff, Surge by Donna Elliott, Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston
And these are just the few that I can remember! There is so, so, so much more that I love to watch and sit down to watch. Of all these shows, the anime was my inspiration for His dark sins. Specifically, My hero university and the main character Izuku Midoriya (Deku). His battles against villains inspired pivotal moments and scenes that inspired His dark sins. There is a particular scene with Deku vs Overhaul that inspired the final fight with the antagonist.
TG: What advice would you give to writers (especially underrepresented and neglected authors), regardless of their publication path, who are working to get their stories out there?
T: Never give up and keep writing, even when it seems difficult. Even if you can’t write up to 25 words, by the end of the year you’ll have a book. Don’t listen to those naysayers who say ‘you’ll never be an author’, ‘fan fiction doesn’t count’ or ‘it’s not real work’. Let me tell you: you are a writer. And to those who get published and get these baddies ‘it’s a trash can’ comments and a star. I have something to tell you that marked me: These people are just not your target audience. Your readers are here and they are waiting for you to write THIS story. You never know what someone is going through because THIS story can save them from a dire situation when they are about to give up life or have had a hard day, or need someone who understands them. . Your words, your voice, have a meaning – never forget it.
TG: Other than Paragons of Justice and your other novels / series, are you working or planning something else?
T: I actually am! It’s an entirely different “audience” with similar messages and themes to what you see in my other series. A Queer Middle-Grade portal fantasy that’s loosely based on Dante’s Inferno (for kids). I can’t say too much just yet, but I hope you can see the work this year as BOOK ONE is already completed and is working on Book Two as we speak. So stay tuned, you can always find out more on my author site and on social media.
And thank you, Brahidaliz, for contacting me and inviting me here. It was a shock, and I’m really grateful that you read and interviewed so many independent creators, like me.
Everyone, continue to fight for justice. Freedom. And keep killing the demons of negativity – don’t let your voice be silent.
His dark sins is available for purchase on Amazon and Bookshop.
Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) graduated in 2019 from the Masters program in Creative Writing at American University. They are Submission Editors for Uncanny Magazine. Their diverse areas of interest include intersectionality in apocalyptic and disaster films, artificial intelligence, writing for animation, YA SFF, and LGBTQ + portrayal in children’s media.
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Kathyrn Garra was horrified to see dozens of angry parents show up at a school board meeting in Naples, Fla. Last month to try to stop the Collier County school board from approving new textbooks.
Parents argued the books should be ousted because publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt shared racial justice blog posts and expressed his commitment to Black Lives Matter on his website, actions they say , amounted to endorsing the teaching of critical race theory in schools. .
“Critical race theory isn’t taught in our schools, it just isn’t,” said Garra, 48, the mother of a new high school student. “But here you have people complaining about something they don’t know anything about and now going after the textbooks.”
Critical race theory, or the academic study of the impact of racism, has become a flashpoint in American schools and a point of attack for conservative activists. At least nine states have enacted bans on teaching subjects related to racial equity and systematic injustice through laws or other measures that prohibit critical race theory.
Even though textbook content is not explicitly mentioned in most state law, education experts say restrictions may extend to textbooks as book review boards dilute the content they interpret. as falling under prohibitions.
Textbook adoption committees, for example, can now avoid choosing anything that might go against what the state wants teachers to teach or that could expose the district to litigation, Julia said. Kaufman, senior policy researcher at the nonprofit Rand Corporation where she co-chairs panels of American educators.
With largely vague guidelines about what is prohibited, most are likely to err on the side of caution, she added. That means textbook commissions reviewing books could select those that don’t include lessons about racism and sexism in history and social studies curricula, she said.
“If I was in a state that had this legislation passed, I might not even read the legislation, but I could approach the topics that I think relate to this legislation with caution. I could be like, ‘I’d better not bring this up.’ “
This was Garra’s concern when parents and community members began complaining about textbooks in Collier County, claiming they violated the Florida Department of Education’s current ban on the theory. criticism of the breed.
“Textbooks are already leaving a lot out,” she said. I didn’t find out about Black Wall Street until I was 48 years old. So many people don’t know about the Trail of Tears, and this story offends people so much that they want to deprive their children of a valuable learning experience.
History textbooks, especially in more conservative-leaning states, have long been criticized for sanitizing and even omitting the full experiences of people of color.
In 2015, a Texas mother called the state school board and publisher McGraw Hill for a textbook describing African slaves taken to the United States as “immigrants” and “workers.”
Excerpts from a 2015 Louisiana public school textbook that described the Civil War through the struggles of a wealthy white woman who lived on a plantation with more than 150 slaves went viral on social networks, with hundreds of comments denouncing the whitewashing of history.
A 2020 New York Times The survey found that social studies textbooks with the same name had “hundreds of differences” depending on whether they were used in California or Texas.
The textbook selection process is conducted at the state or district level and typically follows a six to eight year adoption cycle. States with larger textbook markets such as Texas, Florida, and California tend to dictate what publishers publish and these versions are then made available to other states.
Review boards or committees, which are primarily politically appointed, are responsible for reviewing, editing, and selecting books submitted by various publishers to meet state standards set by lawmakers on subjects individual. The people who typically make up these panels are a mix of educators, administrators, and lay people, but the process is often partisan.
Morgan Polikoff, associate professor of education at the University of Southern California, said most children in conservative states are probably already learning a more sanitized history, but current measures restricting certain topics may stunt the growth of racial awareness and history that could have happened, especially at the local level.
Based on data from Share My Lesson, the free online lesson plan site for educators set up by the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second largest teachers’ union, Interest in Collections of resources that deal with race, racism and the teaching of American slavery has doubled since the murder. of George Floyd last year, the union said in a statement to NBC News.
“Where the bans are probably more likely to have potential implications, it would be at the local district level, as local districts are typically where most of the action regarding textbook adoption takes place,” Polikoff said. “So you might see parents getting more involved in the adoption process, or raising more questions about the material or editors that are assigned to their students. “
In Williamson County, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, parents and community members fiercely opposed several books used in a school’s English curriculum that they say fall under of the new state law banning critical race theory, according to Tennessee.
Among the books they want to ban is “Ruby Bridges Goes to School,” written by Bridges, one of the first black students to enter New Orleans’ all-white public school system. The book was honored, in part, because it did not offer “redemption” at its end, the newspaper reported.
While there are members of the textbook selection who may avoid topics like race because they fear breaking the law, there are also others who would have diluted the content anyway, but new laws now give them the cover to do so, Polikoff said.
Stefanie Wager, president of the National Council for Social Studies, said most teachers don’t just rely on textbooks for teaching and usually use extra material for teaching. But the bans could also lead to increased scrutiny of these exterior materials, she said.
“The field of social studies has really pushed a more inquiry-based approach over the past five to seven years. You will see teachers using many primary sources and introducing different perspectives. But I can see teachers moving away from this pedagogical approach or sticking to what the textbooks say, ”she said.
Wager added that she was also concerned that states would reassess their curriculum standards, which would have a direct impact on the textbook selection process, due to the bans.
“If the standards contain things that they don’t like, I can see states revising the standards to remove anything they deem to be critical race theory, even if it is a term. higher education, but the way it’s spoken is like that catch-all for anything to do with race or culture, ”she said.
“Things like civic action could be changed because some people may interpret it to teach children to walk on the streets like what we saw last summer. But that’s really not the intention of it, it just says that in a democracy it’s important to take action if you see a problem in your community, ”she said. “But I can see some states reacting to clean up the standards so that maybe they don’t include as much language around civic action.”
The Collier County School Board finally approved the textbooks that had sparked debate after the publisher, in response to the board, said the blog posts did not represent the entire company and that Black Lives Matter was not a political statement. The school board had also asked Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to remove his Black Lives Matter position, but the company did not comply.
Jim O’Neill, general manager of core solutions at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, said in a statement that the company “stands by its pro-black life statement” and is “committed to being anti-racist and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion – these are not political issues, but human rights issues that align with our core values. ”
The school board affirmed its position in a declaration saying that the school board and principal “do not support the teaching of Critical Race Theory (‘CRT”) in its classrooms, and that CRT is not and will not be part of the curriculum of studies and the teaching and learning environment of the district. “
In this file photo from Thursday, March 11, 2021, desks are set up in a classroom at an elementary school in Nesquehoning, Pa. In fall 2021, vaccinated teachers and students should no longer wear masks inside school buildings and no one needs to worry about that. outside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday, July 9, 2021, relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum, File)
Vaccinated teachers and students do not need to wear masks inside school buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines.
The changes come amid a nationwide vaccination campaign in which children as young as 12 are eligible to be vaccinated, as well as a general decline in hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.
“We are at a new stage in the pandemic which we are all passionate about,” he added. and so it’s time to update the guidelines, said Erin Sauber-Schatz, who heads the CDC task force that prepares recommendations designed to protect Americans from COVID-19.
The country’s main public health agency is not advising schools to require vaccines for teachers and children eligible for the vaccine. And it doesn’t offer advice on how teachers can find out which students are vaccinated or how parents will know which teachers are vaccinated.
This is likely to create tough school environments, said Elizabeth Stuart, a professor of public health at John Hopkins University who has children in elementary and middle schools.
âIt would be a very strange dynamic, socially, to have children wearing masks and others not. And follow that? Teachers shouldn’t need to know which children should wear masks â, she said.
Another potential headache: Schools should continue to space children – and their desks – 3 feet apart in classrooms, according to the CDC. But the agency stressed that the spacing should not be an obstacle to the return of children to school. And he said distancing is not required among fully vaccinated students or staff.
All of this can be difficult to implement, and that’s why the CDC advises schools to make the most sensible decisions, Sauber-Schatz said.
The biggest questions will arise in colleges where some students are eligible for injections and others are not. If sorting out vaccinated and unvaccinated students proves too tedious, administrators might choose to simply keep a masking policy in place for everyone.
“The guide is really written to allow flexibility at the local level”, Sauber-Schatz said.
State mandates further complicate the problem. Several states, including California and Virginia, have policies requiring all students to wear masks in school, regardless of vaccination. But governors and lawmakers in some other states, including Arizona, Iowa and Texas, have banned local school officials from requiring masks.
Widespread mask wear is expected to continue this fall in some of the country’s largest school districts, but not in others. In Detroit Public Schools, everyone will be required to wear a mask unless everyone in the class has been vaccinated. Philadelphia planned to require masks, but the school district was reviewing the policy based on the new CDC guidelines. Houston won’t need masks at all because of Texas law.
What about requiring COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of school attendance? This is done routinely across the country to prevent the spread of measles and other illnesses.
The CDC has praised the demands on several occasions, but the agency did not recommend the move on Friday because it is seen as a national and local policy decision, CDC officials said.
At the start of the pandemic, health officials feared schools could become cauldrons of coronaviruses that trigger community epidemics. But studies have shown that schools often see less transmission than the surrounding community when certain preventive measures are followed.
The new directive is the latest overhaul of advice the CDC started giving to schools last year. In March, the CDC stopped recommending that children and their desks be 6 feet apart, reducing the distance to 3 feet, and dropped its call for the use of plastic shields.
The new orientation of the schools says:
âNo one in schools needs to wear masks at recess or in most other outdoor situations. However, unvaccinated people are advised to wear masks if they are in a crowd for an extended period of time, such as in the stands of a football game.
– Ventilation and hand washing remain important. Students and staff should also stay home when sick.
– Testing remains an important way to prevent epidemics. But the CDC also says people who are fully vaccinated do not need to participate in such a screening.
– Separating students into smaller groups, or cohorts, continues to be a good way to help reduce the spread of the virus. But the CDC has advised against grouping vaccinated and unvaccinated children into separate groups, saying schools should not stigmatize any group or perpetuate academic, racial or other monitoring.
Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, called the CDC’s new direction âAn important roadmap to reducing the risk of COVID-19 in schools. “
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten hailed the directions as âBased on both science and common sense. “
“Our ultimate goal remains: to bring students, teachers and staff back to school buildings full time and make sure they are safe while doing so” she said in a statement, adding that dozens of union affiliates are organizing vaccination clinics.
US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has pledged to work with schools to help get children back into classrooms.
âWe know that face-to-face learning provides all students with vital opportunities to develop healthy and rewarding relationships with educators and peers, and that students receive essential support in school for their social well-being and emotional, mental health and academic success â he said in a statement.
MILWAUKEE – The world might know Giannis Antetokounmpo as an NBA MVP. But in 2013, he was an 18 year old kid living in Greece with big dreams.
âI want to be an NBA player,â then 18-year-old Giannis said in 2013 when asked what his career goal was.
Mirin Fader wrote the book âGiannis: The Improbably Rise of an NBA MVPâ. It focuses on Giannis’ early years.
Fader says Giannis grew up in one- and two-room apartments with his three brothers and his mother and father. The family was constantly moving because of the evictions. On top of that, his parents were undocumented immigrants. This made Giannis and his siblings fear that their parents could be arrested and deported by the government at any time.
âHer parents Charles and Veronica were working hard outside in these open air markets, with illegal permits trying to sell. And there were just days when they just didn’t bring home you. know, not much, and there were days her dad didn’t eat for two days, âFader said.
In order to play basketball, Fader says that Giannis and his brother Thanasis walked about five miles to the gym, sometimes sleeping there when they trained twice a day.
âYou know, it’s very, very difficult to play sports when you haven’t eaten anything. And to hear his teammates tell me that there have been training sessions where he passed out because he didn’t eat anything, âsaid Fader.
Even though Giannis was born in Greece, the Greek government would not give him a passport or claim him as a citizen until he was enlisted.
âHe was unlucky because he just didn’t have the papers. It made the climb very difficult, and that’s why he played in the lower level division because he didn’t. was not documented, âFader said.
Growing up, Giannis shared shoes with his brother Thanasis. It was something that followed him even after he arrived in Milwaukee.
âRookie year with Milwaukee, the team would only give him dozens and dozens of shoes and he just refused to wear them. He wanted to wear the same pair over and over again. As someone who had to share a shoe with his brother. , he couldn’t stand the thought of being so frivolous to have so many shoes, âFader said.
Now he is living his dream and playing for a championship. Almost ten years ago, Giannis told TMJ4’s Lance Allan that he wanted to make those he left behind in Greece proud.
âIt’s a unique, unique emotion, because you know that all the people in Greece in their homes are going to talk about it, me and my brother, you know,â Giannis said in 2013.
Fader’s book on Giannis will be released in August.
“Born With a Broken Heart” talks about heart defect and organ transplants
When Apple Valley’s Alec Lembecker decided to write his first book in early 2020, he said he didn’t have to worry about not knowing where to go with the storylines or having some other form. writer’s block.
This is because the content of his book would focus on his experiences as an organ transplant recipient and growing up with a congenital heart defect.
In mid-June, Lembecker, 29, released his autobiographical book “Born With a Broken Heart”. It is available on lulu.com, Amazon, and the Barnes & Noble website.
Lembecker said the book not only describes the events in her life, but also has a message for other congenital heart defect patients not to give up hope and not to give up.
Lembecker’s mother Debra has repeatedly heard from medical professionals that her son will not be coming home, he said. His childhood dream was to have an organ transplant because he believed that all his problems would be solved instantly and that he would be able to engage in activities like playing sports.
âIt wasn’t really like that. But when I was a kid, you couldn’t have convinced me otherwise, âhe said. “So giving up that dream, and then suddenly dropping it on my knees … 22 years after my third surgery … that’s kind of the message, just” Hey, don’t give up hope. Don’t give up, you know, always keep fighting. “
Lembecker, who graduated from Rosemount High School in 2010, was born in 1992 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The Mayo Clinic says this rare disease occurs when the left side of the heart is “critically underdeveloped.” The left side is unable to effectively pump blood to the body, which means the right side has to pump blood to the lungs and the rest of the body.
His mother learned of the illness after her son stopped breathing the day after he was born and was transferred to the children’s hospital.
Lembecker had three surgeries to resolve the problem at 1 week, 5 months and 5 years.
While he was relatively healthy and stable for about 15 years after his third surgery, his condition still had a big impact on his life, according to Lembecker.
Lembecker said he gets out of breath easily, has lower energy levels than other children, and has problems with blood circulation. He was unable to play sports or engage in many other types of physical activity. However, he always developed an interest in sports and one of his favorite activities was watching sporting events with his family. He enjoyed creative writing, often writing song lyrics. While in high school, he was the Equipment Director for Rosemount’s football, basketball and lacrosse teams.
In 2012, his medical team started noticing liver problems in addition to his heart. They monitored his condition regularly and referred him to the Mayo Clinic at the end of 2016. In the summer of 2017, the Mayo Clinic began working with him to see if he was eligible for a heart and liver transplant.
He underwent a heart and liver transplant in June 2019 with organs donated by 16-year-old Davis Minar. Lembecker has since met the boy’s parents, Steve and Kris Minar, and remains in regular contact with them.
âNo matter how many times I say thank you, or I’m sorry, it’sâ¦ never enough,â he said.
Lembecker’s challenges continued after his transplant surgery. In January 2020, he was diagnosed with post-transplant lymphoma after falling seriously ill during a family trip to Florida. They returned to Minnesota and went straight to the emergency room.
âIt took them two and a half weeks to figure out what was wrong with me,â he said.
He was treated for this with infusions of a drug that attacks only the affected cells. He has been in remission since June 2020.
âI haven’t had any, you know, hair loss, nothing like that. Even my immune system didn’t get worse than it was just because there was targeted treatment, âhe said.
Lembecker said his medical issues limited his ability to work and he had to drop out of college after attending for a year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he had to limit his activities outside his home and his interactions with other people because he is at high risk of taking immunosuppressive drugs that he must take as a recipient. organ donor.
Lembecker’s time isolating himself from others during the pandemic was when he was working on writing a book about his life experiences. He started working on his first draft in early 2020 and spent a year working on multiple revisions and getting feedback from beta readers. He decided to self-publish on lulu.com and posted it before the second anniversary of his transplant on June 14.
The book covers events and struggles in Lembecker’s life, but also explores how the heart defect affected him socially and psychologically and how it informed his beliefs.
âThe story is chronological, but I also stop from time to time to delve into things related to itâ¦ but not directly,â he said.
The book has 26 chapters, each chapter being titled after songs by Lembecker related to the content of the chapter. Most of the playlists chosen by Lembecker come from independent musicians such as Abstract, Elijah Kyle, Hendersin and Ryan Caraveo.
Lembecker said his health was currently “very good” and his heart function was “off the charts” during a recent two-year checkup. He has not experienced any rejection of his organs so far.
âThe only thing that has really had problems at this point is the high risk during the pandemic. It was difficult, âhe said.
For Susan Roberts, deputy director of the county library system, the donation of books was enough to pique her interest.
“We are always interested in expanding our collection and having a wide range of books available for everyone,” said Roberts.
Library books for all ages
The book reader started with a single connection.
Rachel Fichter is a member of the Racial Justice Coalition and was the project leader for this campaign. She also worked for the library system several years ago.
Fitcher suggested to Roberts the idea of donating various books and she provided a list of titles that might be suitable.
“We already had some of the titles she suggested in the collection,” said Roberts. “In fact, we had made videos on how to discuss race and racism with children and / or adults interested in the subject.”
But there was still a void to be filled, Roberts said.
Fitcher worked with a team of library acquisition editors to select books that the county either did not have on its shelves or had only a few copies. Two lists have been created, one for children and young adults sections and one for general library use.
As Fitcher and the library worked on a final list of books, Roberts said acquisition editors made the final selections.
The final list of books approved by the library goes online online in October 2020. Each book was donated by volunteer donors.
The full list includes novels, memoirs, and graphic novels for adults and children like “The New Jim Crow” by Michele Alexander, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds and “March ! ” by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
A total of 75 books were donated and the library purchased 25 more thanks to a grant provided by the Buckeye Book Fair, a Wooster-based nonprofit that promotes literacy projects and authors.
“The Buckeye Book Fair Literacy Bursary Program provided a $ 350 grant to the Wayne County Public Library System to purchase black-themed children’s books for the library’s seven branches,” said Julia Wiesenberg, member of the association’s board of directors. “We believe that reading can change lives and that it takes creative and collaborative projects like this to have an impact.”
Advocacy meets education
For Désirée Weber, member of the Racial Justice Coalition, this donation of books goes beyond the objective of her community outreach group. It’s about education.
“It was an idea to provide people with the resources to continue to educate themselves on issues related to race and inequality,” Weber said.
The idea was a by-product of the coalition daily protests following the death of George Floyd last May.
Members, including Weber and Fitcher, brainstormed ideas to continue their community outreach campaign and make these stories more accessible.
“We had gathered information with flyers and other ways to pursue educational resources,” Weber said.
One particular series that stood out for Weber was a graphic novel written and illustrated with John Lewis, a former member of the United States Congress and a veteran of the civil rights movement.
Entitled “Mars!” the novel follows Lewis’s civil rights career through the 1965 attack on protesters by Alabama state soldiers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.
The death of Jimmie Lee Jackson, 26, at the hands of state law enforcement, catalyzed the protest march weeks earlier.
For Weber, the Wayne County Public Library and the Buckeye Book Fair, donating books is just one way to make information more accessible to the general public.
“To continue to find ways to broaden your own understanding of US history and politics, including on issues of inequality and the effects of racism, I think that’s a good thing,” Weber said. “If people go to the library and can find these books and pick them up and want to know more, I think that’s a good thing too.”
SPRINGFIELD – City councilors who met with Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood on Thursday said they were delighted to hear progress on reform efforts following a highly critical report from the US Department of Justice and recommendations from the advice for change a year ago.
Additionally, Public Safety Committee Chairman Orlando Ramos and Clapprood have committed to communicating more and working in partnership to continue and expand policy and procedural improvements.
“Obviously we all want the same thing – the best police service we can have,” Ramos said at the end of the public safety committee meeting, which lasted over an hour. âWe are making a lot of progress. We will continue to make a lot of progress if we work together. “
Claapprood, in turn, said she appreciated the support from Ramos and the other advisers and would work with them.
âI need your help,â Clapprood said. âI can’t wait to talk to you. “
The meeting took place a year after the Justice Department released a report alleging that the Police Narcotics Unit “engages in a pattern or practice of excessive use of force”, violating human rights. constitutional rights of civilians, and that it lacks accountability.
A month before this report, city councilors led by Ramos stood on the steps of town hall to issue a list of four recommendations, including a ban on police strangling and a focus on “de-escalation.”
Ramos said he was concerned about the little communication coming to police department advisers since the report. He also criticized the ministry for issuing a press release Thursday morning on the policy reviews ahead of the committee meeting. Clapprood has apologized for the time of this posting.
Councilors lobbied to re-establish a civilian commission to oversee the police service instead of a single commissioner. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Clapprood have defended the current commissioner system, and Sarno is fighting a court ruling to reinstate the citizens’ commission.
City Councilor Justin Hurst, who has repeatedly called on Clapprood to resign or be removed from his post as commissioner, did not attend the meeting. He said he was on a family vacation in Maine and was back Thursday night.
Hurst said he supported what Ramos was advocating, saying: “I think we should look to work together on police department reform.”
Councilor Tracye Whitfield, who also said Clapprood should resign or be removed from office, attended the meeting and said the police reform should be passed by the police to improve the department and “because it will not go away “.
Municipal attorney Edward Pikula, attending the meeting, said a negotiated deal with the Justice Department is expected in September, limiting what he could say about meeting the recommendations in his report. He said he will provide information to the board in executive session.
Ramos said he was happy with the changes that have been made or are underway. This includes a written policy that prohibits strangling except in extreme situations where the officer’s life is in danger, and an effort to improve the ability of citizens to file complaints online and by phone, Clapprood said.
The other advisers present at the meeting were Jesse Lederman, Melvin Edwards and Timothy Allen. The advisers thanked Clapprood and Pikula for the updates.
With six published books to his credit and over a dozen of his works featured in short stories, âThe Thing in the Woodsâ or âLittle People Big Gunsâ by author and University alumnus Matthew W. Quinn Georgia, would not necessarily reflect a background in headline-based history and journalism.
Quinn told the Banner-Herald that the origins of his career as a horror, dark fantasy, and speculative fiction writer go back to his time as a student at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
âI knew the late Dr Barry Hollander, who had written short horror novels for magazines,â Quinn said. “He agreed to review my stories before I send them for publication.”
Quinn made improvements based on Hollander’s suggestions, and many stories were published, including âI am the Wendigo,â which was sold to the now defunct webzine Chimaera Serials when Quinn was still an undergraduate student. .
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While writing for the Red & Black, Quinn learned to streamline his content production and organizational skills that would later help him organize book signings and convention appearances. Quinn was also a reporter for the Griffin Daily News and editor of the Johns Creek Herald.
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When asked for advice for aspiring writers or those experiencing a creative block, Quinn recommended using online writing prompts to start, or rewriting someone else’s story. using your own words or from another character’s point of view.
To help speed things up when the going gets tough, Quinn offered a tip that allows the writer to skip the tough parts of a story and come back to them later.
âFor my sequel to ‘The Battle for the Wasteland’ ‘Serpent Sword’, I had earlier chapters with lots of blanks while I worked on content later in the book that I could finish faster.
Quinn will appear at Spidee’s Toys, Comics and Collectibles Fair in Braselton on Saturday. For detailed information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/517312435973072.
Passed away peacefully on June 28, 2021 in Eatonton, Georgia. Known to family and friends as Dorrie, she was born on October 30, 1929 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the third of four children to Robert and Mary Lawrence Paetzell.
Dorrie graduated from high school in Milford, New Jersey in 1947, and entered the University of Chattanooga, now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, this fall. She transferred to Duke University in her second year and obtained a double bachelor’s degree in English and Art History in 1951. Dorrie was involved in various campus organizations during her college days, including the Duke Choir and the sorority Pi Beta Phi. After graduation, Dorrie worked as an editor for a magazine based in Philadelphia, Pa., And then began her teaching career at the same school in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, where her mother had taught for several years.
During her freshman year of college, Dorrie met her beloved future husband, Patrick James Neligan. Dorrie and Pat married in 1954 and for 64 years shared a loving and dedicated partnership until Pat’s death in 2018. As newlyweds, Dorrie and Pat lived in Memphis, Tennessee, where Pat completed her last. year of dental school at the University of Tennessee, while Dorrie taught in the Memphis public school system.
In 1955, Dorrie and Pat moved to Milledgeville, Georgia where Pat practiced dentistry and Dorrie successfully continued her professional career while maintaining her dedication to family and community. The couple had six children over the next decade and were parishioners of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Throughout her life, Dorrie has been passionate about education and the fine arts. At Georgia College & State University, formerly known as Women’s College of Georgia, she obtained a Masters of Education in 1965, after which she taught English at Georgia Military College at the college and high school levels. She was affectionately called “Mom” by her younger students. She also graduated as an Education Specialist in Administration and Politics in 1988, while employed by the Georgia Regional Educational Services Agency, and spent the last years of her career providing advice on improving public schools to school administrators in central Georgia. She was also an avid reader and an accomplished painter and pianist.
In 1970, the president of Georgia College asked Dorrie to become the director of alumni affairs at the college, a position she held until 1985. Dorrie strengthened the alumni organization across the United States, in particular in the South East. Her previous experience as an editor was instrumental in producing a nationally recognized and acclaimed alumni magazine. During her tenure, Dorrie coordinated significant capital contributions and donations of scientific material to the college, including manuscripts, letters, books and personal items of Flannery O’Connor. Georgia College recognized Dorrie in 2014 as one of the most influential people in its history, and it awards an annual scholarship in her name for excellence in creative writing.
Over the years, Dorrie has been active in a wide variety of organizations, most notably as a board member of the Flannery O’Connor Andalusia Foundation as well as the Old School History Museum (Eatonton), a founding member of the GMC Performing Arts concert series. (formerly known as the Steinway Society), administrator and long-time member of the Milledgeville Old Capital Historical Society, and Girl Scout troop leader. She was also an active member of the American Association of University Women, the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood (PEO), and the Putnam General Hospital Auxiliary.
Dorrie was predeceased by her husband Pat, her parents, siblings and youngest son, John Derr Neligan. She is survived by five children: Patrick James Neligan, Jr. (Maura) of Dallas, Texas; Mary Lawrence Neligan Kennickell of Savannah; Kelly Neligan Felt (David) from Athens; Christopher Boone Neligan (Erica) of Dunwoody; and Robert Paetzell Neligan of Eatonton. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Katherine Kennickell Ray (Billy) of Savannah; Patrick J. Neligan, III (Monica) of Washington, DC; John David Felt, III of Atlanta; Megan Blythe Neligan from Los Angeles, California; Elizabeth Anderson Felt Day (Harris) from Jacksonville, Florida; and Anna Riccardi Neligan of Dunwoody; and a great-grandchild, Camila Elena Neligan of Washington, DC In addition, Dorrie is survived by a number of nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren.
The family is grateful for the care provided by Harmony Crossing Harbor in Eatonton over the last three years of Dorrie’s life.
In view of COVID, funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dorrie Neligan Creative Writing Fellowship, c / o GCSU Foundation, Inc., CBX 113, Milledgeville, GA 31061 Attn: Marcia Cainion, “In memory of Dorrie Neligan” (gcsu.edu ) or the Georgia Military College Performing Arts Concert Series, c / o GMC Foundation, 201 East Greene Street, Milledgeville, GA 31061 (give.gmc.edu).
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The penultimate episode of Loki takes its name, “Journey into Mystery”, from the comic book in which Marvel’s Mighty Thor first appeared in 1962, along with his brother, Loki. the God of wickedness (Tom Hiddleston) awakens in the Void, a dead world on the fringes of space-time, where the Cut Variants will die. So it’s also kind of a playground for the surviving Lokis of the multiverse, some of whom live together underground, hiding from the hungry Storm Monster looming in the sky above.
Sounds like a Neil Gaiman story unfolding Fallout 4‘s Nuka-World, and you won’t believe how well the creative team manages to fit into this episode. The stage is set for everything that comes next. Whoever created the Time Variance Authority waits in a picturesque villa at the end of time; Loki and Sylvie are about to visit them.
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After another brief confrontation between Sylvie and Judge Renslayer, the latter chooses to remain loyal to VAT. But first she said to Sylvie fair enough about the Void, a kind of fuzzy area purgatory known only to “the man behind the curtain” – to find Loki.
Meanwhile, in the ruins of history, our Loki meets more of his own genre: “Classic Loki” (Richard E. Grant in a delightful comic book outfit), Kid Loki (Jack Veal), Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei) and Alligator Loki. Their realm of broken and forgotten things is littered with curiosities and Easter eggs: a helicopter marked “Thanos”, a 1950s UFO, a demolished tower of Qeng Enterprises. Each of the variants of Loki in Exile has a different story to tell, from a different timeline: Kid Loki murdered his brother; Classic Loki survived Thanos’ invasion; The boastful Loki crushed the Avengers. The great beast in the clouds is called Alioth, and there are other Lokis among the rubble of the Void.
Soon after, as a legion of Loki variants scramble in Kid Loki’s lair, Hiddleston’s Loki, Kid Loki, and Classic Loki creep outside to formulate a plan. Around the same time, Sylvie enters the Void and is rescued by a pizza delivery car driven by Mobius, Everyone, who now wants to help her cut VAT. And she still intends to do so; she intends to use her powers to enchant Alioth and find out who her master is. This, she intuition, will lead her to the creator of TVA. Alioth is just a “watchdog,” Sylvie says, standing between them and their real enemy.
Judge Renslayer also wants to reach the manufacturer of TVA, but not to destroy it. She asks Miss Minutes to get everything they know about the TVA foundation – she wants to warn her elusive master. Renslayer is driven by loyalty, which is why she’s doomed to fail, Hunter B-15 tells her. Sylvie’s need to find and destroy the creator goes far beyond the simple interest of the judge.
After talking one-on-one and snuggling under a blanket, Loki and Sylvie bid farewell to Mobius and set out to conquer the creature in the sky. Loki wields a flaming dagger to create a distraction; the older Loki conjures great illusions, surrounding Alioth with his magic and finally sacrificing himself (shouting “Glorious Objective!”); and Sylvie gathers her power. Together, they enchant the monster, bathe it in Sylvie’s green light, and open a door into the realm just beyond its fiery mouth.
Under a rainbow sky and an otherworldly horizon is a mansion on a hill. Hand in hand, the two tricksters move towards her.
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Although handwriting is increasingly overshadowed by the ease of computers, a new study reveals that we shouldn’t be so quick to throw away pencils and paper: Handwriting helps people learn certain skills. surprisingly faster and much better skills than learning the same material by typing or watching videos.
âThe question for parents and educators is why our children should spend time writing by hand,â says lead author Brenda Rapp, professor of cognitive science at Johns Hopkins University. âObviously, you will become a better writer if you practice it. But since people write less by hand, then maybe we care? The real question is, are there other benefits of handwriting related to reading and comprehension? We find that there certainly are. “
Rapp and lead author Robert wiley, a former Johns Hopkins University doctoral student who is now a professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, conducted an experiment in which 42 people learned the Arabic alphabet, divided into three groups of learners: writers, typists and video watchers.
Everyone learned the letters one at a time by watching videos of their writing and hearing names and sounds. After being introduced to each letter, the three groups tried to learn what they had just seen and heard in different ways. The video group had a flash of a letter on the screen and had to say if it was the same letter they had just seen. Typists should find the letter on the keyboard. The writers had to copy the letter with pen and paper.
In the end, after no less than six sessions, everyone could recognize the letters and made few mistakes in the tests. But the writing group reached this skill level faster than the other groups, a few of them in just two sessions.
Next, the researchers wanted to determine to what extent, if at all, the groups could generalize this new knowledge. In other words, they could all recognize letters, but could someone really use them like a pro, writing with them, using them to spell new words, and using them to read unfamiliar words?
The writing group was better â decisively â at all of these things.
âThe main lesson was that while they were all good at recognizing letters, the writing training was the best at all other measures. And it took them less time to get there,â Wiley said.
The writing group ended up with more skills needed for expert adult level reading and spelling. Wiley and Rapp say it’s because handwriting reinforces visual and auditory lessons. The advantage has nothing to do with calligraphy – is that the simple act of writing by hand provides a perceptual-motor experience that unifies what is learned about letters (their shapes, sounds and patterns. engines), which in turn creates richer knowledge and more comprehensive and genuine learning, the team says.
âWith writing, you get a stronger representation in your mind that allows you to scaffold yourself towards those other types of tasks that don’t involve handwriting in any way,â Wiley said.
Although the study participants are adults, Wiley and Rapp expect to see the same results in children. The findings have implications for classrooms, where pencils and notebooks have been replaced in recent years by tablets and laptops, and the teaching of cursive writing is all but extinct.
The results also suggest that adults trying to learn a language with a different alphabet should supplement what they learn through apps or tapes with good old-fashioned paperwork.
Wiley, for her part, makes sure the kids in her life are supplied with writing supplies.
“I have three nieces and a nephew right now and my siblings are asking me if we should buy them pencils and pens? I say yes, just let them play with the letters and start writing and writing them. write all the time. I bought them all by finger. paint for Christmas and told them to make letters. “
The students at Lower Heath CE Primary School, near Prees, were delighted to welcome Teach Rex.
The company offers engaging workshops in schools with the aim of developing skills in creative writing, ICT, PSHE, drama and science.
The staff said it was an “incredible interdisciplinary experience” for all the children in the school and that it was “a lot of fun”.
The students were hooked on the event from the start of the week, when they discovered dinosaur eggs in each of the classrooms.
As the week went on, the eggs hatched and two huge dinosaurs came to spend the day with the students.
There were baby dinosaurs brought in for the younger kids to meet.
Charlotte Williams, deputy principal of Lower Heath CE Primary School, said it was a great opportunity for students to learn more about the history of dinosaurs.
She said the groups were inspired to complete “stunning” pieces of writing, supported by their dramatic work and vocabulary, as well as “stunning works of art.”
Miss Williams added: âIt was fantastic to see every class in the school being able to participate in the interactive learning experience and I think the staff were just as excited as the children about meeting the dinosaurs.
Teach Rex’s Joe and Sam brought Jam the T-Rex and a selection of baby dinosaurs for the immersive workshops.
“It was clear that the kids really enjoyed the day and it will definitely be a memory they will remember when they first experience it.”
Analuz German, a New York fashionista with a passion for creative writing, has completed her new book “Metal Powerhouse”: a gripping story of a brave girl who fights to keep her dreams hers.
Analuz writes, âRoxxi dreams of a mysterious and controllable marriage where she is about to marry her master. Marriage takes place in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world where robots and androids have replaced humans as a new race, and humans have now become programmable as mental slaves through mind control and human beings. brain trauma. In Roxxi’s dream, she is already a mind slave to his programming through her dreams and mind control; her Master is unknown because her face is hidden, yet she gives Roxxi a very scary look. The wedding is quite dreamlike since it is a dream that takes place in Roxxi’s mind. It suddenly ends when Roxxi is chained up and down and proclaims to her master, “I obey.”
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After defeating a strange creature in the shattered glass mirror of her dreams, Roxxi gains possession of a diamond weapon. Roxxi discovers, through a winding path of dreams and nightmares, that the weapon holds a secret, triggered by her innermost thoughts. The mysterious weapon could be her savior, but when she wakes up face to face with a particular being, her weapon is nowhere to be found.
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Sales fell $ 500 million. The workforce has been reduced by three quarters. Operations in 14 countries were discontinued. Many national and local lobbying campaigns have been stopped.
Juul Labs, the once high-flying e-cigarette company that has become a public health villain to many because of its role in the wave of teen vaping, has functioned as a shadow of itself. , passing the pandemic largely out of public view in what he calls “reset” mode. Now her very survival is on the line as she leads an all-out campaign to persuade the Food and Drug Administration to allow her to continue selling her products in the United States.
The agency is trying to meet the September 9 deadline to decide whether Juul’s nicotine devices and pods provide enough public health benefit as a safer alternative to keep smokers on the market, despite their popularity with young people who have never smoked but have become addicted to nicotine. after using Juul products.
Major healthcare organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network,asked the agency to reject Juul’s candidacy.
“The stakes are high,” said Eric Lindblom, senior researcher at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, and former FDA adviser on tobacco. “If the FDA fails on this one, they will face public health lawsuits. “
Juul spares no expense to push back.Last week, the company agreed to pay $ 40 million to settle a singlelawsuit (with North Carolina) over thousands of people filed against it, thus avoiding an impending jury trial. The company had urgently requested the deal to avoid testimony from parents and teens in court while the FDA re-examines its vaping products.
Juul has not made public its 125,000-page request to the agency. But he paid $ 51,000 to have the entire May / June issue of the American Journal of Health Behavior dedicated to publishing 11 company-funded studies that provide evidence that Juul products help smokers quit. To smoke. (A spokesperson for Juul said the editors rejected one of the company’s submissions.) The fee included an additional $ 6,500 to keep the newspaper by subscription open to everyone.
Three members of the journal’s editorial board resigned because of the arrangement.
And Juul’s federal lobbying has remained strong. He spent $ 3.9 million on federal lobbying in 2020, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending. Altria, the big tobacco company that owns part of Juul, spent nearly $ 11 million.
Juul’s share of the vaping market has declined dramatically, falling to 42% last year, analysts said, from a high of 75% in 2018. But some public health experts fear the FDA approval could lays the foundation for the company’s growth. and extend its reach again.
Juul has long denied knowingly selling its products to teenagers and has publicly committed in recent years to doing everything possible to keep them away from minors. In its settlement with North Carolina, the company did not admit to intentionally targeting young people.
In an interview, Joe Murillo, director of regulation at Juul, said: “We have a greater opportunity than ever to convert smokers, but we will have this opportunity if and only if we continue to fight against underage use. and continue to act as the most regulated company that we are.
The company is seeking approval for its iconic vaping device, once dubbed the iPhone of electronic cigarettes, with tobacco and menthol flavored pods in two nicotine strengths: 5%, which is equivalent to nicotine in one. average cigarette pack, and 3 percent.
The decision is one of many critical issues facing the FDA – including the agency’s recent approval of a controversial Alzheimer’s disease drug and decisions on thousands of vaping products made by consumers. companies other than Juul – without a permanent commissioner in place. President Biden has yet to announce a candidate.
Recently, a House panel questioned Acting Commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock about the agency’s plans for Juul. She said the agency would base its decision on solid science and that it could not prejudge the request, which is still under review.
The decision will be based largely on the answer to two questions: will more smokers use Juul products as an exit ramp for traditional cigarettes than non-smokers will use it as a nicotine ramp? And can Juul really keep products out of the reach of children?
Much of the research Juul published in the edition of the journal he purchased follows the 12-month experience of 55,000 adults who purchased a Juul starter kit. The researchers, who were all paid by Juul, concluded that 58 percent of the 17,000 smokers who remained in the study had quit by 12 months. Twenty-two percent remained two users of traditional and electronic cigarettes, but reduced their consumption by at least half.
Elbert D. Glover, who was editor and publisher of the journal but retired shortly after the issue appeared, said the journal followed its standard protocol for scientists who verify studies before publication.
The steady decline in the number of Americans who smoke is a public health achievement. The rate fell from 42% in 1965 to 14% in 2019. Yet smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death, with some 480,000 people dying each year from smoking-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .
Electronic cigarettes, which appeared in the early 2000s, were designed to give smokers the dose of nicotine they needed without the carcinogens from burning cigarettes. But until the launch of Juul in 2015, no e-cigarette had won over the public.
Juul’s sleek design and new use of nicotine salts in its pods created a nicotine-rich, low-irritant experience for mango, mint and other flavors, which quickly became a fad, especially among high school students. and college students. Public health officials feared that instead of helping adults quit smoking, Juul was hooking a new generation into nicotine, with potentially harmful effects on their developing brain health and posing other risks to their developing brain. health.
Juul’s rapid growth remained under the radar of the FDA until 2018, when the agency declared an epidemic of youth vaping.
“The FDA has left a wide open Wild West market around these vaping products and unfortunately Juul and others have taken the plunge and exploited it,” said Clifford E. Douglas, director of the University of Michigan. Tobacco Research Network. “What happened next spoiled a truly extraordinary public health opportunity for harm reduction. It is our obligation to return there to serve public health.
Mr Douglas believes that Juul is now marketing its vaping products more responsibly and that they could play a role in reducing harm for cigarette smokers.
Mr Lindblom, the FDA’s former tobacco adviser, has been very critical of Juul, but believes the FDA cannot take past bad behavior into account.
“The FDA needs to look at this prospectively and can’t really punish Juul, but it can certainly take into consideration Juul’s popularity among young people,” he said.
Many Juul critics don’t think the company deserves another chance. They are wary of the company ‘reset’, announced in September 2019 when KC Crosthwaite, a senior executive at Altria, maker of Marlboro cigarettes, became CEO of Juul.
Mr. Crothwaiteended some of Juul’s controversial lobbying campaigns in states and cities. It has closed shop in Juul’s foreign markets around the world, with the exception of Great Britain and Canada, although Juul is still sold through distributors in Ukraine, Russia, Italy and the United States. Philippines. Under public pressure, he withdrew the mint pods, which accounted for 70 percent of sales, from the market. And he suspended all American advertising.
“We need to put trust at the center of everything we do,” he wrote in an email to company staff last summer.
Critics argue that most of these changes were made at gunpoint – undertaken after the FDA threatened to shut down the company if teens continued to have access to Juul.
Of these public health advocates, Altria’s takeover of a $ 12.8 billion stake in Juul in December 2018 makes them even more suspicious.
“The Marlboro man came to Juul and now wants us to trust him,” said Matthew L. Myers, chair of the Tobacco Free Kids Campaign.
The Federal Trade Commission is now trying to unravel the Altria-Juul deal, alleging that the two companies entered into a series of deals that eliminated competition in violation of antitrust laws.
The commission argues that Altria and Juul started out as competitors in the e-cigarette markets, but as Juul became more popular, Altria faced its competitive threat by discontinuing its Mark Ten e-cigarette in exchange for a share of Juul’s profits. Both companies have denied the charges.
Even if the FDA approved Juul products, perhaps with restrictions, the company would face significant trade hurdles.
When Juul was forced to ditch its fruity flavor pods, new competitors, sometimes dubbed Juulalikes, flooded the void with cheap disposable e-cigarettes in flavors like Cherry Frost and Dinner Lady Lemon Tart.Altria now estimates Juul’s value at less than $ 5 billion, a fraction of its $ 38 billion valuation when Altria bought 35% of the company under the 2018 deal.
If Juul survives, the company will likely spend the next few years trying to settle thousands of lawsuits.
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia sued Juul, seeking money to pay for the fight against the youth vaping crisis.A criminal investigation of the company by the Justice Department is still ongoing.
There is also multidistrict litigation in a federal court in California, which has combined nearly 2,000 cases under the jurisdiction of a single judge, similar to the handling of opioid cases.
It is up to the FDA to determine if there would be a company left to collect if the plaintiffs prevail
What they couldn’t know was that Rowell wrote the story of Simon Snow when he was gravely ill. During a recent phone call with Vanity Fair, she revealed that she thought Carry on could be his last book. Never. The prolific Rowell took a long hiatus from writing and eventually learned that she had an undiagnosed thyroid disorder that drained her energy. As she recovered from the tumor removal, she started working on other projects, which meant there were four years left until Simon Snow’s second book, Capricious son, debuted in 2019. But by those intervening years, Simon, Baz and their classmates Penelope Bunce and Agatha Wellbelove had found their audience. Capricious son was a resounding success. Rowell quickly delivered on his promise that readers wouldn’t have to wait another four years and Simon Snow’s third and final (for now) book hits bookstores this Tuesday.
While the first book was an apparent Harry Potter riff, and the second book took Snow and his classmates from the Watford School of Magicks on a road trip adventure across America, Either way the wind is blowing is a much more personal and intimate story that finds the characters frequently encamped and locked in their homes battling with their personal demons. In other words, it’s a book Rowell clearly wrote during the pandemic. In addition to his health, Rowell has been through other personal storms, including a new controversy over his previous job and an unrelated Twitter hiatus in 2019. Partly struggling with his own commotion in the pages on Either way the wind is blowing, Rowell delivers his most deeply moving story to date. And that means something.
All of the same fun traps from Simon Snow’s first two books are also here, including the clever vanity that magic is found in repeating common phrases or words – hence the familiar sounding book titles. Simon, Baz and the others also face the rise of a charismatic new chosen one who rushes to fill the void left by snow without magic. Rowell spoke with Vanity Fair about writing her own anxieties through the lens of Simon and Baz and what exactly she thinks about happy endings. There are no significant spoilers here, but if you’d rather get into Either way the wind is blowing not knowing whatever about what’s to come, maybe it’s best to keep that until you’ve read the book.
Let’s start with your decision that this is the third and final book in the Simon Snow series. How final do you feel about it these days?
When i wrote Carry on, that was right before I was diagnosed for something that I have been sick with for a long time. i got to the end of Carry on really feel like this is it. Maybe it’s even my last book because I was really not well. Then I found out what was wrong with me and had a little more hope that I would feel better. People kept asking me on social media, are Simon and Baz happy? Well, no, how could you think they would be happy? They just went through this really tough thing. They killed the bad guy.
When you are out of danger, you can deal with your trauma. When I was in a place in my life where I had a little bit of distance, I was like, oh my God, I really need to help Simon get through this. Yes Carry on is it unboxing and dissecting the chosen one story, then there really should be unboxing and dissection of the happy ending. So I quickly traced the next two books in my head because I thought it would take at least two books to see Simon go through some sort of recovery after the happy ending.
Okay that’s why it’s three pounds, but what aboutonlythree books?
I really feel energized by everything I’ve written over the past two years. I feel like I have a lot of other things I could write about now. I’m really done with [Simon and Baz] at moment. I have written so many words and pages about them. But I would never say I will never write about them again. I think it’s likely that I will be able to see them again someday. But this story is over. If I had to come back to them, it won’t resume the next day.
I think Simon’s trauma and his attempt to deal with it is the most compelling aspect of the second and third books. You and i havespoken beforeabout your desire to subvert the Chosen One narrative, but has your attitude to these kinds of stories changed during the writing of this trilogy?
When I started to Carry on I was more cynical that the Chosen One stories were falsely inspiring. Now I’m in a place where I can feel inspired by a Chosen One story again. I don’t think they’re real, but I can see why we need them. It was partly during the pro-democracy protests in China that I listened to a This American life episode where some activists spoke of the importance to them of the Harry Potter stories. It reminded me why I love them too. Not specifically Harry Potter, but all of them. I think you pick your favorite stories, don’t you, but that doesn’t mean you stop loving them.
When news of the college admissions scandal first broke in March 2019, novelist Michelle Richmond had just completed a draft of her eighth novel, “The Wonder Test,” and had spent three years immersed in the subject of over- involvement and parental rights in Silicon Valley. .
Richmond, who grew up in Alabama, noticed when she moved to South Bay in 2009 with her husband and 5-year-old son a special fixation among parents and schools with test scores. He planted the seed of an idea for his entertaining new book that depicts status-seeking suburban parents willing to do just about anything – even commit heinous crimes – to ensure their children’s success and survival. their property value, linked to test scores from their public schools, remain stratospheric.
âThe cheating scandal horrified me, but it also confirmed some of the beliefs behind the premise of the book,â Richmond told The Chronicle.
“The Wonder Test,” released Tuesday, July 6, is a fast-paced thriller that deals with these topical issues, as well as a compassionate portrayal of an FBI profiler, Lina, whose spying sense is based on Richmond’s own husband, an intelligence officer.
The novel begins as Lina, mourning the death of her husband, and her precocious son, Rory, move to the fictional town of Greenfield, resembling Atherton, where children learn from specialists and motivational coaches to be “versions.” better, faster and smarter. of themselves, âwrites Richmond.
Instead of regular classes, Greenfield’s teens spend hours each day preparing for the Wonder Test, a supercharged standardized test with abstruse categories and intractable riddle-like questions.
When Lina discovers that three students from Greenfield at Rory’s new high school were kidnapped just before the exam, only to reappear a week later frail and traumatized, her years of counterintelligence come in handy in solving the mystery.
Richmond said she remembered the editors’ disbelief that her plot was too far-fetched when she submitted her “Wonder Test” manuscript. Yet months later, when wealthy parents – including more than a dozen in the Bay Area and celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, among others – were criminally charged with attempting to purchase their children in college, Richmond’s book seemed to speak directly to the moment.
âWhen fiction shows how weird things can get in real life, it helps us see that nothing is really impossible even though it hasn’t happened yet,â said Richmond.
Q: You told two separate stories in this novel: a review of competitive Silicon Valley parents and also a spy thriller. Which idea came first?
A: The initial impetus for the book was 12 years ago when we moved to Silicon Valley. I noticed very quickly that there was this competition that I was not used to, and often it was about the children rather than the parents. There was also a lot of testing in local public schools, and fundraising often referred to test results. I decided to take these ideas to the extreme.
I knew from the start that Lina’s character would be an FBI agent like my husband. I have lived the life of an FBI spouse my entire adult life, but I never wrote anything about it.
Q: Given the secrecy surrounding your husband’s work, were you able to glean enough details about the FBI’s work from him to make Lina credible, or did you do any outside research?
A: I haven’t done any research outside of my life. If you have a partner in any career, you absorb a lot in your life together. My husband is always my first reader, and if something is wrong or if there is any jargon that I am wrong, he will correct it.
Q: Lina and Rory are moving from New York to California, and their perspective as outsiders helps them see the nonsense and excesses of Silicon Valley. You grew up in the South and moved here as an adult. Did this perspective also help you see things clearly?
A: Absolutely. I grew up working class in Mobile, Alabama. I went to a huge public high school and very diverse, and the way I grew up, it just wasn’t competitive. I feel for the students now because there is pressure on the kids to be good at everything, so much is expected of them, and it’s crazy.
Q: Did you have fun writing the Wonder Test questions that begin each chapter?
A: Yes, it was pure pleasure writing test questions that were supposed to be impossible. When my son was still in elementary school, we laughed at the dinner table while doing his homework together. The family joke about his math has become: what is the girth of the brunette?
Something seemed so there, and it made you wonder, “What’s the value of trying to do these extremely complicated procedures?” It’s maddening for the parents, and it must be totally frustrating for the kids.
Q: Have you seen any positive changes among parents in the Bay Area since the admissions scandal?
A: I think the pandemic has really had an effect and there has been a reset for the families who have been fortunate enough to get out of it safely. I have the impression that the parents are relieved. They were sad to see their children isolated, but relieved from the intensity break.
Not all of the kids who were supposed to take their SAT or PSAT did, and no one seems to care too much. I might be overly optimistic, but I’m curious to see if there will be a long term effect if people reassess what’s really important.
“The test of wonders” By Michelle Richmond (Atlantic Monthly Press; 448 p .; $ 26)
Michelle Richmond in conversation with Katie Crouch: Virtual book launch. 6 p.m. Wednesday July 7. Free. Registration required to access the feed at www.booksmith.com.
The winners emerged in the Wema Bank Royal Kiddies Essay Contest, which was held to commemorate the celebration of International Children’s Day last month.
Wema Bank’s essay competition, titled âWrite & Win,â aimed to test the creative writing skills of young Nigerian schoolchildren between the ages of five and 12. It also aimed to develop children’s writing skills, promote their creativity, imaginative abilities, reward creativity and lead them towards excellence in their learning process.
Head of Retail Division Dotun Ifebogun said, âWe want to make sure that we support children and help them channel their thoughts into educational and stimulating activities.
According to him, Joanne Mosaku became the big winner, with a score of 78%. He was closely followed by Aiman ââElelu and Oshodi Inioluwa, both tied at 76%.
He explained that the bank has received more than 100 entries for the essay competition, which have been subjected to age qualification criteria checks, minimum deposit to account of 20,000 and meeting the deadline.
The essays were evaluated based on key parameters of content, organization, grammar, mechanics and style, the bank said.
A leading online education management company, Mind and Smith, was engaged to evaluate and score the essays.
Of the 10 winners, the top three essays will each receive Huawei tablets and Royal Kiddies branded t-shirts.
The other seven finalists will each receive N20,000 prepaid gift cards for school supplies in addition to a branded t-shirt.
In Cuba before the revolution, this form flourished thanks to the sponsorship of companies like Colgate-Palmolive, said June Carolyn Erlick, the editor of ReVista: The Harvard Review of Latin America, and the author of “Telenovelas in Pan-Latino Context” (2018). Writers like Ms. Fiallo have refined her central themes: “Love, sex, death, the usual”.
Ms Fiallo met her future husband, Bernardo Pascual, director of a radio station and TV actor, while they were both working in radio. They got married in 1952. (Their daughter Delia said it was love at first sight, as in one of her stories: “She thought, ‘This man is going to be mine, ese hombre is going to ser mío. ‘”)
After the couple moved to Miami in 1966, Mr. Pascual worked in construction and then started a business that built parking garages. “The family joke is that in exile Bernardo went from the arts to the concrete”, Ms. Fiallo told the Miami Herald in 1987.
Ms. Fiallo first tried selling her scripts in Puerto Rico, for $ 15 an episode, but Venezuelan broadcasters offered her four times as much; To prepare, she immersed herself in the culture of Venezuela, a country she barely knew, by reading novels and interviewing Venezuelan exchange students in Miami to learn local idioms.
She drew her themes from current events, but also from romance classics like “Wuthering Heights”. She often broached social issues – rape, divorce, drug addiction – which often meant running up against censorship. A late 1960s drama “Rosario,” a sympathetic exploration of the trauma of divorce, was suspended for a time by the Venezuelan government. In 1984, the government threatened to cancel “Leonela” if Ms. Fiallo did not kill one of its characters, a female drug addict.
“Some friends say I could have chosen a more literary genre,” Ms. Fiallo told the Miami Herald. “But that’s what I feel most comfortable with. You can reach more people this way than with any book. Novels are full of emotion, and emotions are the denominator. common to mankind.
Columbus, Ohio- For seniors in the Columbus area, the COVID-19 pandemic has been characterized by change, resilience, and adaptability.
As the number of face-to-face gatherings dwindled to zero, the elderly, like our others, began to lead almost virtual lives. But now that statewide health orders have been lifted and vaccination rates continue to slowly rise in Ohio, seniors are starting to return to their pre-COVID routines.
Annette Schorr said living on Zoom, a video conferencing platform that grew in popularity during the pandemic, brought a modest life. She was able to catch up with her loved one through regular zoom calls, but the lack of a direct connection was evident.
After more than a year of virtual dinners, cooking classes and even virtual scavenger hunts, the 79-year-old said she was finally released after meeting other people in person.
âIt was very positive to see people in their bodies and in their blood,â Schorr said.
Westerville residents added that meeting friends and family in person is much more personal and dynamic than previous Zoom meetings.
âGetting together in person has electricity and spontaneity,â Schorr said.
Schorr opened his arms and praised the direct connection, but experts say some are still reluctant to return to pre-COVID life.
Dr Marian Schuda, medical director of the OhioHealth John J. Gerlach Center for Senior Health, said some seniors may need to make small adjustments to get back to their pre-pandemic habits.
âDon’t be afraid to kindly invite your grandma out for brunch,â Schuda said. “If she goes, she’ll probably have a good time.” “
Before the pandemic, Shuda told his elders to have at least one thing to look forward to every day. Now that the world is reopening, she hasn’t changed her advice. So, she said, the days don’t mix.
Shuda encourages the elderly to take full advantage of the hot summer weather. Gathering outdoors at a safe distance is a great way for older people to adjust to post-pandemic activities, she said.
The programming at the senior center, which has been significantly depressed over the past year, was one of Schuda’s pre-COVID tips for seniors looking for continued engagement. Now, Mr. Shuda said the senior center is starting to reopen and offers activities for those who feel empty.
Schorr participates in a weekly focus group at the Westerville Senior Center. She said the group switched to a virtual session after the pandemic. The number of participants increased from around 20 to around 5.
One of the five is Ron Kenreich, 79, of Westerville.
Audiophile Kenreich missed both attending a live concert and singing because of COVID. Over the past year, Kenreich has visited his brother on a farm in Pickerington. However, in addition to visits from these brothers, he and his wife, Beth, also 79, have minimized face-to-face interactions.
âIt was different, but it wasn’t painfully different,â Kenreich said of his experience with the blockade.
The couple, married for 57 years, have spent time together, composing and hanging out.
Kenreich said the focus group has been a positive outing for him for the past 15 months.
âThey just encourage you to look at life differently,â he said on a covered talking point.
The focus group is chaired by Lisa Clark, Senior Support Program Coordinator for Concord Counseling Services. She said technology has proven to be a barrier for some in the group, but the elderly are a resilient group.
While many of the group are keen to return to face-to-face meetings, Clark stressed the importance of creating space for different levels of transition that people can go through comfortably.
âYou have to meet people where they are,â Clark said.
She stressed the need for compassion as society enters this next stage of the pandemic and expressed hope for what older people can do in the future.
âI still have a lot of life,â she said. “But this life was kept in a box.”
At the summer solstice, Rob and Beskenreich dined in a restaurant instead of a patio for the first time before the pandemic in order to think outside the box due to COVID.
âI’m happy that things are going in the right direction,â she said.
For Roy Nichols, going in the right direction means resuming his many recreational and volunteer activities that were suspended due to the pandemic.
Nichols in Westerville loves art. He can’t wait for the theater to return. He is also delighted to meet his creative writing classes and his history groups in person.
In early January, Nichols lost consciousness at home and was rushed to the emergency room. The 74-year-old has been diagnosed with acute respiratory failure, pneumonia and COVID-19.
He almost died.
âCOVID is something I don’t want for my worst enemy,â he said.
The retired lawyer and self-proclaimed storyteller has since recovered, but he still worries about the long-term effects of the virus.
âCOVID has skyrocketed my energy level,â Nichols said.
But his worries didn’t stop him from starting to fill his pocket diary with direct activity. And after being vaccinated, Nichols said much of the anxiety surrounding the virus had subsided.
Schorr reiterated Nichols’ feelings, saying she had been very lucky during the pandemic and was excited about what was to come.
âThere was a tough part in COVID,â Schorr said. âBut it also provided an arena. In a way, it made life a reality.
She said the pandemic, particularly in accepting her granddaughter for the first time in over a year, was a significant reminder that “don’t take this life for granted.”
Beth and Ron Kenreich of Westerville (both aged 79) will perform a piano duet. A couple who continued to work together, walk and play music, said the pandemic was not as bad as the others, but were able to leave home and return to concerts and restaurants. Thank you.
Vaccination, the reopening of the state gives hope to the elderly
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most terrifying diagnoses a person can receive. It also takes a heavy toll on the partners and children of those who suffer from the relentless march of this incurable disease. Gary Chapman and Dr Edward Shaw, co-authors of Keeping Love Alive As Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages ââand the Alzheimer’s Journey, discuss ways to cope.
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Everyone is part of a fandom. Whether it’s books, movies, TV shows or more, if you love something and share your enthusiasm for that particular thing with others, you are part of a fandom. And for many, being part of a fandom transcends simply liking or liking something. Fandom means community, family and place of belonging. It’s a home for those of us who’ve never had one, and it’s where many of us find who we are as people. That’s why responses to Gail Simone’s tweet asking for positive things fandom has done for you touched so many people.
Okay, for the question of the dayâ¦ can you name one positive thing, big or small, that your fandom has done for you, in your real life?
Games, enlightened genre, comics, movies, whatever. What benefit did you get from your hobby / passion?
Personally, the fandom saved my life. After an assault, my life changed. I couldn’t get out of bed, felt like I couldn’t breathe and spent so much time wondering if the pain I was feeling would stop if I just ended it. Honestly, I couldn’t find any hope even after therapy and even when I started taking medication to calm the fire in my mind. But do you know what saved me? Do you know who stepped in and gave me a family, a home and a purpose? Fandom did it. That’s why when I say the fandom saved me, I really mean it.
Much of my survival today is down to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general. I remember sitting in therapy, my therapist doing their best to give me some hope in my life. The goal was to find something, no matter how small, that I could hold onto to allow me to breathe and live a little longer. Jokingly I said, “I have to know what’s going on in the next Marvel movie. I can’t tell if I’m killing myself,” and it was stupid and silly at the time, but the way my therapist lit up as a Christmas tree showed me that I had touched the gold.
And it worked. Whenever I felt like my assault, my family, or the world was crushing me, I would remind myself, “You have to hold out a little longer because you have to know what’s going on in the MCU.” It worked for years. And it is through this fandom, this universe, that I have continued to push myself to improve myself and become a more active part of this fandom and others that I have fallen in love with and fallen in love with. Years later, and even though my relationship with the MCU has changed, I thank him for how much that anchored me.
I’m still fully grounded in the fandom, far beyond the MCU. And because of that, I have met friends who have become my family and who I visit every year, I have found my passion for writing, and I have a better understanding of my place in the world and of the mark I want to leave on it. I am still working to quell this fire in my mind through therapy and medication. These things are essential. But it just got so much easier to live with a fandom by my side, constantly holding my hand.
This power that the fandom has over the lives of those who join these communities is not limited to me or my experience either. Twitter was quick to answer Gail Simone’s question with her own answers about the benefits of having passion and being part of a fandom. Some found their careers, their partners, and explored the world because they embraced their passion and became members of something bigger than themselves.
I have a lot of answers on how #MyFandomHelpMe become the person I am today.
I was released by fanfic.
I learned to love myself through cosplay.
I started to create characters that reflected my experiences through magical girls.
Fandom has helped me shamelessly be me. https://t.co/OBISTaKI3m
I dress like my favorite game / comic book characters and people compliment me instead of judging me. I was able to come out of my shell more, make more friends and it really helped me through the doldrums of being diagnosed with my mental illness.#MyFandomHelpMe
#MyFandomHelpMe overcome many of my social anxieties. Even at the height of my anxiety, the one thing that has never left me at a loss for words is my favorite character (s). This middle ground introduced me to some of my favorite humans and gave me a confidence that I hadn’t experienced before. https://t.co/uewSLcSIWV
Earpers gave me strength, confidence, and support as I tried to leave an emotionally abusive marriage. They even helped me financially when I was in trouble. Not sure I could have done it without them.#MyFandomHelpMe
Dragon Age was my lifeline when I got cancer. I felt lonely, scared and isolated, and going on an adventure and saving the world with my strange gang of misfit friends made me feel less alone. #MyFandomHelpMe
When I was about 4 years old, I had to live in an oxygen tent in a hospital due to severe asthma. My mom would bring me Wonder Woman comics and a Slurpee from 7-11. I figured I’d get better and be WW someday. I still have these comics. #MyFandomHelpMe
Growing up in an abusive home, I didn’t know it at the time, but I learned about morality and empathy from the comics I read. These characters gave me the strength and hope for a better life one day and now I am giving these lessons to my own son. #MyFandomHelpMe
I met my wife by fandom I met some of my best friends thanks to fandom Fandom supported my creative writing The fandom people helped me get a job Fandom helped me through difficult times#MyFandomHelpMe https://t.co/FPkdH7z3sn
If the summer heat pushes you indoors, you might want to grab one of these July versions. This month’s most intriguing new books include a mystery, a young adult sci-fi tale set in Texas, and a few memoirs. The offers could not be more different, except for their readability.
The deadline for the Norfolk Day Drabble Writing Contest is fast approaching.
And with just a few days to participate, our judges shared their top tips as well as what they’re looking for in a winning play.
The free competition, in association with the National Center for Writing (NCW), is looking for the top 100 words written on the theme “A Norfolk Holiday”.
There are three categories to participate: young writers (5-10 years old), older writers (11-17 years old) and adult writers (18 years and over).
Alice Kent from NWC – Credit: SUPPLIED
Alice Kent, Director of Communications at NCW, will judge the Adult Writers category.
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Ms Kent has worked at Norwich University of the Arts and the Poetry Trust. She holds a Masters in European Journalism after studying in Denmark and the Netherlands. Her first short story, Len’s Whole Life, was published in the inaugural anthology Words and Women and she was already on the long list of the first chapter of the Grazia Baileys Women’s Fiction Prize.
She lives in Norwich with her partner, two young children and a beloved cat named Mishka.
She said: âI will be looking for texts that captivate the reader and stay in the mind long after reading the story. It can be done through a really insightful description, or maybe a little detail that shows real observation and care in writing the story. It should connect with the reader.
âI’ll also be interested in stories that convey something of Norfolk – it could be through the setting, the people, or the story – but something that could only be defined here in this county.
âI would say that initially, don’t worry about grammar or spelling. First of all, have fun with it and instinctively write down whatever comes to your mind. Refining can come later but in the beginning it is often useful not to worry about whether it is good or not. Just write down what you feel is most needed to put on paper, then maybe share it with someone else to get some feedback and see how it connects with a reader.
âThe only difference between a writer and a non-writer is that a writer writes – so write those words down and you become a writer. Enjoy it! ”
Author Melissa Brown – Credit: STUART HELLINGSWORTH
Author Melissa Brown will judge the older writers category.
A native of Michigan, Miss Brown made her home in Norwich twenty years ago. During this time, she made a huge contribution to education and the arts, working at the Millennium Library and teaching English and creative writing in the city.
She was a featured poet at the original Norwich: City of Stories event and was shortlisted for the IdeasTap Inspires program.
Her novel, Becoming Death, began as a project for National Novel Writing Month, known to those involved as nanowrimo, an annual international challenge that encourages participants to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. .
Miss Brown said she owed her success to her grandmother who encouraged her to write and her ten-year supportive partner, Kris.
Describing what she looks for in a winning entry, she said, âSuccessful entries will include realistic dialogue and characters. The more I can imagine the characters in front of me, the better.
âYoung people are the future of creativity and storytelling. Hope to see something unusual but well constructed on the page.
Author Hayley Scott – Credit: SUPPLIED
And finally, Hayley Webster, a 5th grade teacher at Fakenham Junior School and an author for children and adults, will judge the Young Writers category.
His Teacup House series with Usborne, written as Hayley Scott, is about a family of toy rabbits coming to life. It has been nominated for various awards and used by the NUT in its diversity in the children’s fiction program.
Her most recent book, Luna Rae is not alone, is aimed at ages 9 to 12 and is about a girl who wants to become a pastry detective while trying to uncover a family secret and keep her own secrets.
She said: âI’m looking for stories that no one else could have written. Writers with fresh voices who aren’t afraid to break the rules and have fun with the language.
Police writer Elizabeth Haynes. Photo: SUBMITTED – Credit: Archant
Donna-Louise Bishop – Credit: Donna-Louise Bishop
Author Elizabeth Haynes and EDP Community Life Correspondent Donna-Louise Bishop will help develop a shortlist for judges.
Winners will be announced on July 27 and winning entries will be published in the EDP.
Norfolk Day 2021 is sponsored by Richardson’s – Credit: ARCHANT
How to enter:
Use Google Docs to check the word count. Submissions must be exactly 100 words long. Titles will not be included in the final word count.
One entry per person, including collaborations.
Participants retain the rights to their submissions.
Entries must be fictitious and written in English.
Participation is open to anyone from anywhere.
The final deadline for entries is Wednesday July 7, 2021 at 23:59 GMT. Email submissions to [email protected] with the header âNorfolk Day Drabble Competitionâ. Include full name, age and address.
Three rooms. By Jo Hamya. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 208 pages; $ 25. Cap Jonathan; £ 12.99
VIRGINIA WOOL felt that a woman needed money and her own room to write fiction. The anonymous narrator of Jo Hamya’s first novel aspires to more living space, but for more prosaic reasons: “the end goal that I wanted, through all the necessary work, was to be able to afford myself an apartment, not just a room, then move in and invite friends over for dinner ”. During a year filled with precarious jobs, low wages and rented digs, she painfully realizes that her small dream might be unachievable.
The story begins in the fall of 2018, when the narrator arrives at Oxford to begin a nine-month contract as a post-doctoral research assistant. She moves into a “borrow room” in a house owned by a university and spends her days working and roaming the city. She knows she’s come a long way – “you’re a woman, you’re a brunette, you’ve made it here” – but despite her efforts to fit in, she feels like a stranger.
She doesn’t fare much better when she trades Oxford for London and academia for “real world work.” Once again, she doesn’t have a permanent job or a fixed address, just a stranger couch and a short-term job as an editor for a company magazine. She finds herself sidelined by her colleagues, despised by her roommate and increasingly worried about her dwindling resources and her dying prospects. When her contract is not renewed and she exceeds her welcome as a tenant, she moves into her third bedroom, with her parents outside the capital. Now she feels defeated, but lowering her expectations and reassessing her plans may be her only chance to move forward.
“Three Rooms” presents some of the typical early excesses. The narrator’s reflections can border on navel-gazing; her fascination with a glamorous Oxford student becomes boring. Nonetheless, the novel evolves into a clever and original examination of privilege and belonging in 21st century England. His account of thwarted progress proves to be gripping, enriched as it is by judicious observations and insightful meditations on the trials of modern life and the state of the nation.
And the narrator’s frankness is refreshing. Some acquaintances emphasize the ironies of ambitions like hers, as when her roommate asks her: went to work for a publication that exalts them? It is a nuanced portrait of a woman in search of stability and an adult identity in a world strewn with obstacles.
This article appeared in the Books and Arts section of the print edition under the title “Home sweet home”
A member of the Sappony tribe, Martin joins High Country News from The New Republic, where he previously covered Indian country.
Nick Martin joins High Country News lead our office of indigenous affairs, which was launched in 2017 to cover the Indian country and center indigenous voices for an indigenous audience. Since then, the office has published hundreds of articles by indigenous journalists, including Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), who helped establish the office. Ahtone co-wrote HCNThe Land-Grab Universities survey, which has won numerous accolades, including a George Polk Award, and sparked conversations and land-return initiatives on college campuses across the country.
Martin, a member of the Sappony tribe of North Carolina, comes to us from The New Republic, where he covered the Indian country. He also wrote for Deadspin, Splinter, The Washington Post and others. âWe were particularly impressed with Nick’s overall vision and his ideas on how to keep HCNS Indigenous affairs coverage is distinct and at the forefront of what other media do, âsaid Jennifer Sahn, editor-in-chief of HCN.
Martin will join HCN in August.
HCN: You’re from North Carolina, with deep family roots there, and much of your career has been on the East Coast and in national stores. What made you want to turn to a publication focused on the West? Nick Martin: As I progressed in my career and began to embark on political journalism, HCNThe native affairs office in has become a beacon for me and what native affairs journalism could be. It was not for an East Coaster to find a Western publication; he was a native journalist watching and seeing what was possible.
HCN: You have been covering Indigenous issues for The New Republic. How do you see your work evolving as you move HCN? NM: It depends on the post itself. I am moving from a role focused on writing to one where I will edit more. I will deal in large part with managerial and editorial strategy. I’m going to flex muscles that I haven’t been able to use as much before. I started in the local newspapers, working much closer to the field. For me, this is going to be a happy medium: not the pace of a daily newspaper, but not the removal of a national publication. The cover at HCN is extremely anchored in the place and the community. It is an exciting opportunity to step into this publishing and leadership role while staying true to what HCN it is about: covering the communities of the West.
HCN: The IA Desk has covered stories outside of what HCN generally defined as the West – Oklahoma, for example – because of their importance and how they can impact the region as a whole. What do you think the Indian country will look like as a coverage area for you and the office? NM: I think it will be an organic process. Graham (Lee Brewer, former editor and citizen of the Cherokee Nation) is originally from Oklahoma, and it makes sense to see his coverage of the nations in that region. I’ve found that you tend to produce some of your best work when you have a personal angle. For the people on the desk and the people we bring, Indian Country will be largely defined by their designs. We have the talent on the desk and the flexibility and ability to play with those limits, but stick with HCN.
HCN: You have written about the rural and agricultural environment of your family and of Sappony. How do you think this will influence your approach or coverage to HCN? NM: Our Aboriginal Affairs office will be defined by the people who sit on it, as will the definition of Indian country. When I first got into political journalism, I focused on communities like the one my family and I come from. The pieces that are most memorable to me relate to topics such as the rights of farm workers in North Carolina and the wage gap between rural and urban teachers during budget negotiations at the North Carolina General Assembly. These are things that I have taken in that have inspired me in one way or another. I’ve lived in New York for five years now – from one extreme to the other – but you are a lot where you grow up.
HCN: What aspirations do you have for the AI ââDesk and where do you see coverage going in the future? NM: I wanna stick with what made HCNThe Native Affairs Office has been doing very well so far. I’m going to do a lot of listening and soak up institutional knowledge. I’m really excited to see what we can do to build on what Tristan, Graham, Bryan (Pollard, IA Desk Assistant Editor and Citizen Cherokee Nation), Anna (Smith, IA Desk Assistant Editor) and others did. The beauty of Land-Grab Universities is that it lends itself to so many other stories, and we’ll be looking at this coverage. In addition to tackling the past, which we should be doing, we will also look forward to issues that will define the Indian country for the next 10-20 years, such as the recent history of lithium mining and the cost to them. indigenous religions. The federal government and tribal nations are turning away from fossil fuels and mining, but renewables also come at a cost. And that involves the larger subject of how the United States helps or resists the pursuit of tribal sovereignty. We need to stay ahead of the game and try not to get bogged down by constantly trying to swing towards the fences, while continuing to think big in terms of the next âLand-Grabâ.
HCN:We recently completed a reader survey, and much of the positive feedback we received was related to our coverage of Indigenous Affairs. In the short time since the office began, Aboriginal Affairs has grown into something our readers greatly appreciate and expect from us. How does it feel to take that back? NM: It’s a fascinating prospect. As a subscriber, I had access to the magazine’s archives, and have flipped through the past eight years or so. It’s a marked transition when the AI ââdesktop appears – all over the magazine. The coverage of Aboriginal Affairs flourished in a unique way for a magazine that is 50 years old. I think it was reinvigorated in a way that resonates with a larger audience. Before, HCNThe coverage of Indigenous Affairs was like most other publications, that is, it did not exist in a connected fashion. HCN brings a lot of people into their work with what the AI ââoffice does. Accomplishing something like âLand-Grab Universitiesâ sets the bar high – but also reflects how the rest of the industry hasn’t covered these issues well – and now we have promising readers and journalists looking to HCN for its coverage of Indigenous Affairs. But there isn’t an overwhelming sense of pressure. We just have to keep doing what we’re doing.
HCN: Since HCN started its office of native affairs, other publications followed suit or hired editors to cover the Indian country. So in relative terms the field is a bit more crowded now than it was in 2017. How do you see this trend and will it affect how you approach the role? NM: It is a product of HCNthe cover. This shows the difference it makes when a regional magazine like HCN with his profile and the quality of his journalism decides to create an office of Native Affairs. Other publications have been inspired to devote staff or office to Indigenous coverage. Since I joined The New Republic, they have seen the landscape and invested in covering indigenous issues, and part of that is shaped by HCN. This is a good thing. It is a good thing for the native journalists who do not have to sit in the spaces previously arranged for us. The land being more crowded pushes us to work harder. I want to partner with other AI offices, and I want to compete with them as well. I only see the positive.
HCN: Did you see how HCNHas the work of affected broader conversations around Indigenous Affairs coverage? And have you thought about it now that you’ll be leading the IA Desk? NM:As a subscriber and who has written about the Indian country in recent years in a national publication, I have read things in HCN that I would have liked to do or from angles that I had not thought of. And this happens in part through discussions with colleagues on HCNthe work of. Even going back to my time at Splinter, I traded HCN back and forth links with editors because the cover is so inspiring. One of the most attractive things HCN that’s how hard he works on partnering with other organizations. I want to tap into the connections we already have and create new ones. I want to work with smaller organizations to get their name out there, and work with bigger organizations to get our name out there.
HCN: One last question. You’re still in New York now, but planning to move west. Any idea where you’ll end up? NM: I am open to suggestions. The West is our oyster.
June Sarpong has partnered with HQ, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, to launch a new imprint to promote and celebrate the work of underrepresented authors without agents. The broadcaster and author wants to give a voice to people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and people from the working class.
Sarpong has published three books with HQ, including a new edition of his 2018 non-fiction work, The power of women, which was released earlier this month. It wants to provide a platform for authors who are often ignored, ignored or ignored. âOver the past five years, I have been fortunate enough to work with Lisa Milton and the HQ family on my own books,â she said. âTheir commitment to diversity and inclusion has been unwavering, so I can’t think of a better team to work with on my new editorial footprint.
“It is such an honor to be able to provide a platform for new voices from diverse backgrounds, there are so many stories to be told in worlds that have such rich content to offer to mainstream audiences,” she added. âI can’t wait to embark on this exciting journey to discover this untapped talent. “
HQ executive editor Lisa Milton said the imprint is addressed to “many who didn’t think the publication was open to them before.” Applicants do not need to know anything about publishing to work with HQ, but any submitted work cannot have been published in any format. HQ Creative Inclusion Lab is now open for submissions and editors can find details on how to submit at HQCIL.co.uk.
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You know we couldn’t end things without one last BFF group hug in the fashion closet. Photo: Jonathan Wenk / Freeform
Aww, our favorite magazine girls are screaming into the abyss one last time. That’s right, The daring guy kicked off the series finale with best friends Jane, Kat, and Sutton holding hands, standing on a Brooklyn sidewalk and letting it all hang out, a reminder of their New York subway screaming into the pilot. Of course, this time they were living their truths out in the open for all to see (and hear) because, you know, the growth. The former and future ladies of Scarlet the magazine has done a lot of this over the show’s five seasons in an always fun, multiple times relatable, and sometimes confusing (see: so much of what Jane does) way. Although at times it seemed like the rules of the magazine publishing industry as well as space and time as it pertained to New York City were totally ignored, the series offered a magnificent look at female friendship in their twenties thanks to the undeniable chemistry among its three tracks.
So after all this best friend shenanigans, how Jane, Kat, Sutton and their Scarlet do cohorts leave things? here’s how The daring guy said goodbye to its main characters before one last BFF group hug in the fashion closet (come on, you knew the show would end there!).
Well, my friends, Jane did. She finally did it! She learned to make pad thai. Oh, sorry, it’s just on her to-do list above “becoming an editor of Scarlet,“So I thought that was important. Oh, Jane, ridiculous to the end. She trained to be the acting editor when Jacqueline takes a really long, well-deserved vacation with her husband because, sure that sounds like a good idea. But then, after about a week of this training, Jacqueline sees how awesome Jane is (sorry EICs, your job is so easy I guess!). Jane is honored, sure, but after an altercation with Pinstripe (!!), she realizes that she is a writer, not a manager, damn it. She refuses the job and suggests that Jacqueline give it to Kat. So what is Jane going to do now that Thinking back on all the dreams of her life? Inspired by a photo of her late mother in Paris, Jane decides it’s time to leave her comfort zone in Scarlet and go see the world. Tiny Jane is ready for great adventures.
What a turn for Kat Edison! A few days ago, she was a barmaid at Belle; now she is editor-in-chief of Scarlet magazine. What a world! Turning to Jacqueline for advice, Kat brings her pitch to make her social movement hashtag #DontTurnAway a digital platform and magazine before presenting it to investors, but Jacqueline loves it so much that she makes Kat an offer to put it under the Scarlet umbrella. Kat will have full creative control and a huge budget. Sure, she would join the big, bad company she fought against for so long (which got her fired from the magazine originally), but she’ll be able to do some good that way. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But there is more ! After Jane turns down the IEC job, Jacqueline realizes Kat is an innovator and also loves spreadsheets so, so good, so hello, the job should have belonged to one time. Scarlet social media maven all along. Kat applies her new mantra “I’m not afraid anymore” to both her career (she takes the job) and her personal life (she goes to look for her daughter, Adena). A real happy ending here.
Sutton has been working on herself this season. She is in therapy for the first time, she has recognized an alcohol problem, she corrects her course. But then Richard “I have a divorce beard and learned that hot turtleneck men are a thing” Hunter shows up and the estranged husband and wife can’t stop having sex the one with the other. They live in a dream where the only rule is to ignore this little problem of Richard who wants children and not Sutton and both know it. Eventually, Sutton realizes that she has to let Richard go. I mean, the man is in contact with an adoption agency! She reads him a cute reference letter she wrote about how he’s supposed to be a father, and she signs the divorce papers. But wait! Richard says, “Yes, I’ve always wanted children, but the point is, I want you more.” He can’t imagine his life without her. It’s very elusive in theory but maybe a little more murky in practice. Either way, Sutton and Richard reunite. We wish them the best.
As a farewell gift, Scarlet‘s One True Queen gives us one last lesson in life: she is courageous and imagines a new chapter, a post-Scarlet life. Jacqueline has been trying to find that coveted work-life balance for some time now, and with her marriage finally back in a good place, she is retiring. She and Ian can work together, as they always wanted to. She also decides that a person can bequeath the editor-in-chief role to whomever they choose, which she essentially does with Kat, but we’re going with it. All Jacqueline gets in return for her years of service is a real half-ass slideshow on her finale. Scarlet gone, but she looks cool with it all so who are we to judge? Unfortunately, she does not resume her routine for “Push It”.
Yes The daring guy Hadn’t given this man-angel the happy ending he deserved, so many streaming devices would have been launched into the sea. Fortunately, for our hearts and oceans, that didn’t happen. After all these years, and after some major prompting from Sutton, Oliver finally admits he’s in love with Jasper, his fashion designer ex-boyfriend with whom he shares custody of Jasper’s daughter while Jasper worked on his sobriety. (he is doing very well) . And then he asks her for a date. They look happy and gorgeous as they walk the red carpet at the Scarlet party in some of Jasper’s best. All is well with the world.
Alex’s big departure came in the middle of season five, but in case you missed it, know that he put his writing and podcasting skills to good use. Fine stripe in the hope of being challenged and continuing to grow. And he’s still dating this rich and sexy doctor. Although his leaving party was really bad (a last minute office basketball game full of people who don’t understand basketball?), His life looks pretty good right now.
Jacqueline’s assistant and biggest fan had his big time earlier in season five when he had a heart-to-heart discussion with his boss about how woefully underpaid he was. He also ends his feud with Jane after Kat finally points out to him that his problem with her is simply that they’re the same person (try them obsessed with Jacqueline). We don’t know what he thinks about the alpha and omega retirement from his world, but if I had to guess it would be every feeling imaginable.
Our sex and relationship writer never really got her on this show, did she? Ultimately, Sage loses her working husband when Alex moves on to more difficult pastures, but she gets her own vertical. Does she look good?
Remember that a season of The daring guy when everyone kept talking about “dot-com” and developing “dot-com” and saying I DON’T WRITE FOR DOT-COM? Well, I’m happy to report that ultimately dot-com is booming. Everyone receives a vertical flush with the money from the investors. Everyone’s writing for dot-com now. Dot-com is living its best damn life.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s official butterfly, the Monarch, will soon be returning to Vermont, and with it a new children’s book from best-selling New York Times authors and Essex residents John and Jennifer Churchman. This will be Churchman’s seventh book since 2015, when they debuted with their first book Sweet Pea & Friends The SheepOver.
As children’s book authors of the Sweet Pea & Friends book series, they turned their attention to the woodland animals that adorn their farm in their new book The Happy Garden ~ Best Friends. The book opens with a tattered and tired monarch butterfly returning to Vermont after its long migratory flight. Upon meeting Oliver, a carefree frog living in the garden, she asks for his help in watching over her egg. The story unfolds with Flora’s transformation from egg to caterpillar to butterfly under the watchful eye of Oliver the Frog and friends of the backyard and the woods.
During the research phase of the Butterfly Effect Project, the Churchmans came across a little-known scientific fact about butterflies, including the monarch. Despite the transformation that occurs at the chrysalis stage which breaks down the entire caterpillar into a liquid, memories of the caterpillar are kept in the monarch butterfly when it transforms. It was a fundamental inspiration for the story. The caterpillar that Oliver Frog befriended so lovingly and watched over would be remembered after doing the caterpillar transformation to his new form, the butterfly. Learn more about the study
The butterfly effect project
At the end of 2017, we were saddened to see fewer and fewer monarch butterflies around our farm in Vermont and had read reports of the endangered species around the world. Vermont is one of the last breeding grounds before the long migration south to Mexico and is our state butterfly. We knew we had to do something. Having a strong following as children’s book authors, we started a collaborative project with our fans on Kickstarter called Butterfly Effect.
With the support of our friends and followers, we have created a monarch and pollinator sanctuary on our farm by converting and dedicating two acres into a certified monarch tracking station and certified habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. We have planted hundreds of milkweed plants around fields of pollinator-driven wildflowers. Beehives have been installed and footpaths for future educational activities. Working with Monarch Watch, we have lifted and posted hundreds of Monarch Butterflies while documenting the process on our social media platforms.
We are happy to now announce that in 2020 we see Monarchs returning and our fields are once again filled with frogs, monarchs and pollinators of all kinds.
We always knew this body of work would culminate in one of our future children’s books and we have photographed and observed the storylines over the past few seasons with that in mind. With this story, we want to give hope to our youngest readers and let them know the impact they can have, alone or with like-minded friends, to change the world for the better.
About the author and illustrator
John Churchman is an artist, photographer and farmer who brings stories to life with his enchanting photo illustrations.
Jennifer Churchman is a storyteller, writer and multimedia artist.
The couple combine their talents to give voice to the stories of all the animals around them and add fun to their lives. They made their home on a small farm in the beautiful countryside of Essex, Vermont, with their daughter Gabrielle. They are the creators of The SheepOver, a New York Times bestseller, Brave Little Finn, A Farm for Maisie, Alpaca Lunch, The Easter Surprise, The Christmas Barn, and now, The Happy Garden ~ Best Friends.
Moonrise Farm in Essex, Vermont
Moonrise Farm is a ‘storybook’ and fiber farm in Essex, Vermont, in addition to being the home and studio of the authors and illustrators of the Sweet Pea & Friends children’s book series. The books give voice to beloved farm animals and their lived stories for Church members. Fans young and old love that the characters in the book are real and can follow their day-to-day âBeyond the Bookâ lives on Churchman’s online social media and tour the farm.
MANISTIQUE – Mary Magdalen Nelli, 95, a longtime resident of Manistique, came into eternal life on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility where she has been residing for the past few months.
She was born on May 7, 1926 to Slovenian immigrant parents, Anna (Rozich) and Frank Z. Gorsche, in Manistique.
Mary attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and graduated from Grade 8 in 1940. She then graduated as a Major from Manistique High School with the Class of 1944.
After graduation and a brief summer job as an accountant / secretary in the offices of the Inland Lime and Stone Company, she enlisted in the government sponsored cadet nurse program. She chose the Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago and began the three-year program to earn her nursing degree.
After graduating on May 27, 1947, she spent 14 years on the staff of the Michael Reese Hospital. After being appointed head nurse of two medico-surgical units, she was appointed supervisor of a private nursing pavilion.
When Mary returned to Manistique in 1961, to care for her mother who had had a stroke, she asked Michael Reese for leave and ultimately resigned. After her mother’s recovery, she applied and was accepted for a job at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. She was on staff as an operating room supervisor until her retirement in 1986.
Mary married Peter Nelli of Hancock on June 12, 1965. During their pleasant 32-year life together, trips included trips to the Expo in British Columbia, moose hunts in Alberta, Canada and a Alaska cruise.
Mary was proud of Pete’s heritage as a skilled carpenter. He donated his time and material to design (with brass and marble components from the obsolete communion rail) the magnificent altar, the pulpit, various matching furniture for the Church of St. Francis de Sales and the baptismal font of the Divine Infant mission in Prague. He also designed Mary’s unique kitchen area, where she excelled in making traditional Croatian povatetzas for friends and family.
Mary had a great sense of humor, especially if the joke was on her! Her hobbies included piano, dancing (especially polka dots), crosswords, creative writing, knitting in intricate patterns of Christmas stockings and sweaters. Her love of animals was quite evident to her “family” of several cats (nine at a time!) and dogs. She was a dedicated lifelong parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, US VFW Ladies Auxiliary Life Member, Michael Reese Nurses Alumni Life Member, Association Member of the daughters of Italy and life member of the Association of Bishop Baraga.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Peter Nelli; brothers, Francis Joseph (Gloria), John Aloysius, Peter Paul, Gorsche; sisters, Ann Marie (Anton) Marusich, Kathryn Christine (Joseph) Pastore; sister-in-law, Georgia Lucchesi; nephews, John Pastore and Paul Marusich; and cousins, Jack (Virginia), Robert (Eunice), Peter (Janice) Rozich, Lois MacKinder, George (Sylvia), Peter (Helen), Stanley (Barbara) and Joseph, Tomac, Mary Stadnyk and Mirko (Slavice) Stegne.
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Sandra (Ron) Gildersleeve; sister-in-law, Arvella Gorsche; nieces and nephews, Angela (Joseph) Haughlie, Ann Marie (Joseph) Lett, Christine Rozich, Mary Jane (John) Nemetz, Paula (Bruce) Polso, Val Marie (Patrick) Rozich, Tony Gorsche, Francis Joseph Gorsche, Jr., Ann Louise (Jim) Megas, Michael (Carol) Anton Jr., Mary Beth and Stephan Marusich; .several great-nieces and nephews; cousin, Shirley Shaw; and a very precious friend, Cherie Michalik.
Mary M. Nelli’s visit will take place at St. Francis de Sales Church on Thursday, July 1, 2021, from 11 a.m. until the time of Christian funeral Mass at noon, with Reverend Father Glenn Theoret as officiant. Interment will follow Mass at Fairview Cemetery in Manistique. In lieu of flowers, commemorative contributions can be made to the parish of St. Francis de Sales de Manistique. Manistique’s Fausett Family Funeral Homes assists the family with the arrangements. Online condolences can be left on their website at Fausettfh.com.
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Mission Brewery is a craft beer pioneer serving the San Diego community since 1913. The post of Head of Marketing Services is based in San Diego and works across sales, innovation, finance and operations. The position is responsible for all aspects of marketing including the Mission Brewery branding, social media, digital asset management, reception hall operations, event management and community engagement.
Generate and manage all Mission Brewery marketing plans in collaboration with senior management.
Oversees the development of engaging content campaigns (social, public relations, business, etc.) to increase brand awareness and support.
Maintain all social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Untappd and others
Keep our media and internal digital assets up to date with graphics, sell sheets, product photos, and more.
Responsible for managing all aspects of our taproom operations including staffing, marketing, events, consumer engagement and revenue generation.
Responsible for generating creative ideas and planning events held in the tasting room that appropriately reflect the Mission Brewery brand and personality. Promote these events and engage our fans, community and potential customers.
Works with the sales leadership team to ensure effective sales tools are provided.
Work with wholesale distribution partners to provide sales / marketing assets.
Identify opportunities for brand and packaging change and improvement that match consumer and competitive trends
Manage a merchandise program that faithfully reflects Mission Brewery and meets the needs of our sales team and distribution partners. Work with our various merchandise suppliers to ensure timely orders, inventory and pricing.
Manage department budgets and provide monthly reconciliations and analyzes
Perform all other assigned tasks.
Skills / experience required
Bachelor’s degree in commerce, marketing, communications, advertising or related degree preferred.
At least 3-5 years of work experience in the beer industry or related industry
Strong work ethic and self-taught mentality
Excellent project management skills to include detailed, organized and professional guidance.
Genuine passion for craft beer and the craft beer community
Strong skills in personal management, time management and organization
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Proven ability to multitask and manage projects under tight deadlines.
Has a high degree of discretion and professionalism.
Excellent communication skills including the ability to work effectively cross-functionally.
Ability to maintain a flexible schedule and work on site, travel and work nights and weekends as needed for events.
As a condition of employment, the candidate (s) for employment must pass a post-offer and pre-employment background check.
Ability to move / lift heavy materials (up to 60 lbs)
Valid driver’s license
Must be 21 and over.
(The above is intended to describe the general content and requirements for performing this job. It should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts the management’s right to assign or reassign tasks and responsibilities for that job at any time.)
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Mission Brewery offers competitive compensation and benefits, a team-oriented work environment and growth for dedicated and engaged employees.
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Mission Brewery is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital / family status.
Prince Harry and Prince William cannot ‘do true honor in memory of their mother’ without reconciliation as statue of Princess Diana unveiled, historian Robert Lacey said News week.
The royal brothers’ relationship has been shattered by allegations of intimidation and allegations of insensitivity to Meghan Markle, the first colored royal to the British monarchy in living memory.
However, on Thursday they will together unveil a statue in memory of their mother at the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, a place where Princess Diana has gone for moments of quiet contemplation.
Historian Robert Lacey recounts royal rift in his bestselling biography Battle of the Brothers and says this week must be a turning point for the siblings if Diana’s commemoration is to be meaningful.
He said News week: “Maybe there will be some finger snaps and wand movements on Thursday.
“I do not see how they can give true honor to the memory of their mother without, not a total reconciliation, but a significant gesture of homage to her and to the other.
“Otherwise, what is the world going to say?” If they go out and make two wooden speeches, then go their separate ways, what meaning will this ceremony have and what conclusion will the world draw?
Harry and William will meet at the same location where four years ago the Sunken Garden was redesigned as a white garden to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.
Then the bullying allegations, the royal outing, the Oprah Winfrey interview and much of their rivalry had yet to happen.
This time their wounds have been laid bare in Lacey’s book, among other things, but they will be surrounded by the people who have helped provide emotional support to their mother.
Among them is Charles Spencer, the princess’s brother who delivered a eulogy at her 1997 funeral, vowing that his “blood family” would rule Harry and William “so their souls were not simply immersed in duty. and tradition, but can sing openly as you have planned. “
Lacey described how Prince William asked Earl Spencer to speak to Harry at the start of his relationship with Meghan in the hope of settling the differences.
He said News week: “Charles Spencer was called out earlier, just at the start of the courtship display [between Harry and Meghan] and it didn’t work.
âHarry pushed him away. [statue unveiling] will be a mostly Spencer occasion with the addition of Julia Samuel who acted as Diana’s advisor and was recognized by Harry and Meghan in the Oprah interview as a source of solace to them.
“There is nothing more the palace or the other friends can do.”
Prince William, 15, and Prince Harry, 12, stand with Charles Spencer, brother of Princess Diana, during his funeral. Historian Robert Lacey has suggested Earl Spencer could be a peacemaker during the unveiling of a statue in honor of his sister.
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In a pre-recorded speech for the Diana Award charity, Prince Harry said yesterday: “Later this week my brother and I recognize what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, and she would be so proud of all of you for live an authentic life with purpose and with compassion for others.
âOur mother believed that young people have the power to change the world. She believed in your strength because she saw it day in and day out, and in the faces of young people just like you, she witnessed enthusiasm and enthusiasm. a passion without limits. “
He closed the speech by saying, “Stand up for what you believe in and trust that when you live in the truth and in the service of others, people will see it, just as they did with my mother.”
These closing remarks seem to echo a justification he offered for granting the revealing Oprah Winfrey interview on March 7.
He told his Apple TV docuseries The me you can’t see: âI like to think that we were able to speak the truth in the most compassionate way possible, thus leaving an opening for reconciliation and healing.
âThe interview was about being real, being authentic, and hopefully sharing an experience that we know is incredibly accessible to many people around the world despite our unique privileged position. “
The words of the Diana Awards speech could be interpreted as a renewal of this defense of her and Meghan’s decision to live by the truth in their explosive revelations about royal life.
However, there is one topic where Lacey says the brothers are united in wanting to preserve their mother’s memory.
He said Prince Charles lobbied behind the scenes to support the change in official royal policy so that when he becomes King his second wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will take the title of Queen, originally intended for Diana.
Camilla was not named Princess of Wales out of respect for William and Harry’s mother who held the title.
And the official position of the royal family is that they will be appointed princess consort rather than queen consort.
However, the Prince of Wales has other ideas and has encountered opposition from Harry and William to his campaign, according to Lacey.
He said News week: “If Uncle Charles Spencer can’t handle the reconciliation, who can? Father Charles clearly can’t. This has been evident publicly. In private, I found out that both brothers were absolutely ill until then. to the back teeth of Charles trying to negotiate full queen status for Camilla. “
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said last week: “Prince William and Prince Harry will attend a small event to mark the unveiling of a statue they have commissioned from their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on Thursday, July 1.
“In addition to the close family of Diana, Princess of Wales, members of the statue committee, sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and garden designer Pip Morrison will also be in attendance.”
It is not surprising that Hilary Fannin, the winner of the Institute of Irish Studies’ annual John McGahern Book Prize for his first Irish fiction work, is expected to ally so closely with Fighting Words, the organization led by Roddy Doyle that is committed to making creative writing accessible to all.
Fighting Words’ mission statement tells us that it is “to use the creative practice of writing and storytelling to empower our children and teens – from a wide range of backgrounds – so that they are ‘they are resilient, creative and shape their own lives’.
And Fannin knows all about that resilience, having left school at age 16, finding the Irish education system of the 1970s a cold home for those like her who wanted to explore their creativity or for whom rigid rules proved unbearable. She was raised in a loving but chaotic home, as she describes in her 2015 memoir Hopscotch, and with a sly understatement in our Bloomsday conversation she announces to me that she “wasn’t a particularly docile person.”
It will be more than four decades before Fannin returns to formal education, when she enrolls in the Masters program in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin under the warm mentorship of Deirdre Madden. The whole experience was, Fannin recalls, “mind-blowing”, and, having been removed from academia for 40 years, she struggled to accept that she “had a right to be there.” It’s all the more remarkable that at the age of 58, she published her award-winning debut novel, The Weight of Love, last year.
But Fannin – as the readers of this journal well know – is not a novice in the art of the writer, having provided a original Irish Times column for many years. The Chronicle is the result of Fannin’s work as a playwright, begun under the watchful eye of British playwright Bernard Kops via a City Lit course at a magical price in London in the early 1990s.
The London of this era is highlighted in The Weight of Love where the lives of two young Irish teachers, Ruth and Robin, intersect with that of the basement bohemian, Joseph. It’s a cityscape that will be familiar to many Irish people of a particular generation: rainy nights in Soho, love at first sight in Camden Town, the cold wind of Euston Road.
Fannin had his first play, Mackerel Sky, produced at the Bush Theater in London in 1997 before being critically acclaimed with Doldrum Bay in Dublin’s Peacock in 2003. Impressed with the play’s ability to capture the times Particularly from this time, The Irish Times came up with the job offer, first written on television and later extending into the current popular weekly column.
This talent for isolating the mood of the moment is echoed in the novel, which divides its time between London in 1995 and Dublin in 2018. One of the things The Weight of Love got me thinking about was the way that period under 25 actually represents something like a historical eon than a generation: the dividing line here is no longer the DA and BC of the birth of Christ but the years before and after the advent of the smartphone . As someone who came of age in the years leading up to the march of this ubiquitous device, the passages of London left me longing for an unguarded past, a world rich in possibilities of anonymity. .
The novel becomes, at its base, a reflection on the way in which we manage the intensity of youth and our memories of this time as we go through middle age and all its vicissitudes: “courteous and nervous” marriages, capricious children. , bourgeois barbecues.
Ruth, who has never sufficiently healed herself from the scars of an intense but brief love affair, cannot shake off the power of memory, having settled into a functional, albeit lukewarm, married life: “Monogamy , considered Ruth, is fatally flawedâ¦ You cannot forget the past. You cannot monogamize memory.
Ultimately, Ruth decides that life, like politics, is a game we can’t win: âWe all fail. At the end. I don’t think there is another option. But, despite this rather pessimistic assessment, it would be incorrect to classify this novel as a portrait of misery. It’s vivid, intensely observed, often funny, and makes you want to see how things turn out for those people at the crossroads that most of us will face in life.
The Dublin of 2018, which serves as the backdrop for the majority of the book, is a place still marked by economic collapse and yet again accelerating at an unbearable speed, leaving behind a whole new generation, embodied in a neighborhood pub. : âReborn now in the Republic of hip, it was a place that served craft beers to stylish young Dubliners who were paying cruel rents for living so close to the city. It’s an ominously familiar story. Dublin is now, Fannin fears, growing in size, devoid of cultural creativity, and Ireland, once again, is once again becoming Joyce’s old sow eating her young.
Fannin, born 1962, is a wonderful example for any aspiring writer keen to bring his fiction to light for the first time. His influences are Catholic, with Joni Mitchell and David Bowie as important for his artistic sensibility as Anne Enright or Anton Chekhov. And while this is her first novel, it sure won’t be her last. In addition to currently working on his fiction, Fannin is adapting Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun for the Rough Magic theater troupe and putting together a collection of essays based on his diary column.
All things considered, one could read this explosion of activity as a remarkable late bloomer and yet that doesn’t quite ring the bell. âNewâ writing does not necessarily mean âyoungâ writing and beginners can emerge anytime and anywhere. Far from being an end, The Weight of Love should be seen as a beginning, and we look forward to all that is to come.
Frank Shovlin is Professor of Irish Literature at the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool and editor of Faber & Faber’s Letters of John McGahern, to be published in September.
I wanted to say goodbye. If you woke up this morning and decided to scour this site for a Max Scherzer review, bloated contract review, or where the team is heading, then I’m sorry to disappoint you. After all, my main concern during all these months was to avoid disappointing our readers. But if you clicked on this article by accident or by chance, I hope you will continue to read a little further.
I’ve written for a few SB Nation sites, and had to do the âgoodbyeâ rounds over the past week. It was bittersweet to me. I know bigger things are on the horizon, but it’s hard to get away from the communities I’ve been a part of here. While I’m sure I’ll always be in hiding, checking the work of former colleagues to see what their thoughts are, it won’t be quite the same.
Our job here is to provide analysis and news, and I hope I’ve sated that cavernous appetite to some extent. The writers on these sites receive meager salaries for work that requires planning, research, and execution – in large part. We’ve put in a lot more effort than just putting a few words together on a page and then putting our name at the top of it.
I say this because, as life often does, I was pulled in a different direction. While the name at the top of the page may not matter to readers, which is perfectly fine, it does matter to writers, who have grown up with a community spending many hours creating pieces for the most. large number.
As Walt Whitman said in Song of myself, “I contain multitudes.” I too contain diversities and inclinations and the like. While this particular phrase has been consigned to the social media junkyard, resurrected daily for inspiration – or whatever, who can say? – for daily bloggers whose pages have garnered few views, who probably haven’t read Whitman themselves, this is still enough across a range of human experiences, including this one.
Having written intermittently for my own startup sites, as well as a list of others, since 2016, my time is coming to an end. Writing for these sites means a lot to writers, giving them the opportunity to share something close to their hearts in a community. I was no different.
Through ups and downs, praise and criticism, I hope I have given you all a product that at least arouses interest or curiosity. Although my work is sometimes unorthodox for this particular site, I hope it was not met only taunts and mockery, although I suspect my detractors are lurking around every turn.
Regardless of how I felt about my work, I enjoyed creating it; and I enjoyed giving it to you to mock, praise or just forget. The choice is always in the hands of the recipients and never of the giver. Once a coin goes live, its fate can never be predicted.
But it does make it all feel a bit grander than it is, don’t you think? Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch? After all, we only write about sports. We all know there are more pressing issues and concerns around the world, and probably even in our own hometown.
Still, he feels fit to make a show of it. This is sport, isn’t it? A giant show bringing together people from all walks of life sharing a common interest, a common bond. This is perhaps what I will miss most about contributing to SB Nation: While we may often disagree, our disagreements are based on the ideals of unity.
So, I hope our disagreements made sense. They have for me. Whether you hate my job, love it, or more likely don’t know who I am and need to verify the signature at the top of the page, I have greatly enjoyed my time here, and with all of you. . A final farewell: Goodbye, readers, and thank you.
And a final thank you to everyone who, not only at Federal Baseball, but also those who have helped and guided me every moment during the last 15 months of working under the aegis of SB Nation. It was a pleasure.
Inspiration came from the grief of her own son after losing his great-grandmother, Dorothy Jean Marlow, whom Adair helped as a granddaughter and caregiver in her home in Houston, Texas.
Dorothy Jean Marlow died on November 25, 2017. Jaspiere Smith Jr., then four, started showing signs of grief last year, said Adair, a 35-year-old Memphian native who works as a licensed therapist. and school counselor.
âI started noticing a lot of symptoms, a lot of signs of grief,â Adair said, adding that she was busy grieving and responding to everyone’s grief and didn’t realize her son was in. mourning.
Besides Jaspiere, now seven, others in Adair’s household were also in mourning in their own way. Her husband Jaspiere Smith Sr. played a supporting role; and there was no telling sign, according to Adair, that their five-year-old son Jayceon was overcome with grief then and now.
While the book is intended for young children and written in its simplest form, parents also have a role to play, Adair said.
âIt’s just a way to help kids understand what’s going on in their bodies, as well as help parents have the conversation,â she said. “Sometimes they don’t know how [to communicate with their grieving child]. “
According to the 1969 book “On Death and Dying”, the author, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, refers to the five stages of grief as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Adair adds the following blurb to promote his book: âAs parents, we cannot protect our children from life experiences like the death of a loved one. While it hurts us to see them hurt, our job is to help guide and validate their experiences through each stage of grieving.
Regarding death, Adair said, “We really focus on everything else.” She adds: âMourning is a community action. You are never alone. You don’t have to deal with this on your own.
“You Will Smile Again, I Promise” can be purchased through the author’s website at www.demarjeadair.com, online at Amazon and Apple Books, and at Walmart, Target, and Barnes and Noble.
Australian poet, writer and critic Sarah Holland-Batt received the University of Sydney’s Judy Harris Writer in Residence Fellowship of $ 100,000 at the Charles Perkins Center.
Holland-Batt, who is an associate professor of creative writing at the Queensland University of Technology, is the first poet to receive the one-year scholarship. She will use it to complete her fourth book of poetry and a book of personal essays, exploring topics such as in-depth brain treatment, the unknown side of Parkinson’s, aging and mortality.
âOne of the most exciting aspects of the Judy Harris residency is the prospect of pursuing a literary work while engaging in dialogue with leading researchers in health disciplines. I am delighted to see where these exchanges are leading my writing, âshe said.
Holland-Batt’s current work draws on his father’s experience with Parkinson’s disease and in the senior care system. His experiences in the system culminated when Holland-Batt testified on his behalf at the Royal Commission on the Quality and Safety of Elderly Care.
âPoetry can help foster empathy and understanding for older people,â she said of the relationship between her advocacy and her writing. “A poem can let a listener or reader get into a busy moment, they can feel like they are hearing someone’s intimate thoughts or experiences.”
âMost people are moved by stories like my father’s, but they still can’t imagine it happening to them,â she said. âA poemâ¦ can bring you closer to the lives of others, including those whose experiences may initially seem distant from yours. “
Holland-Batt will start the residency in the second half of 2021.
June Osborne (played by Elisabeth Moss) was a book editor, mother and husband. Everything changed when the United States became the Republic of Gilead and this character was forced to become a servant, giving birth to the next generation by force.
What did the name of June’s maid, “Offerd” mean? Here’s what we know about this character from Hulu’s original drama series, The Handmaid’s Tale.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ introduced viewers to characters like June Osborne
In this dystopian world, the birth rate across the world has dropped dramatically. Some have turned to religion for explanations and to Gilead’s “commanders” for solutions. Once the Republic of Gilead was formed, a new way of life was established.
Loosely based on stories from the Bible, some women have been selected to be the servants of high officials. This included the main character of this series, June Osborne, who took the job involuntarily.
In addition, this character unintentionally took on another name. It was Offred, which was used periodically throughout the original Hulu series and Margaret Atwood’s novel. The meaning behind this world, however, was created by the Republic of Gilead.
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June Osborne became “Offred” and later “Ofjoseph”
When she lived in the United States, her husband and friends called her June Osborne. In Gilead, however, this character became a maid with the name “Offred”. This name change further underscored that June Osborne was the procreative property of her commanding officer.
However, this name was subject to change, as maids sometimes changed positions. Sometimes the maids referred to each other by their real names, but opportunities for these women to speak were rare.
For several episodes, June was called by name the maid of Fred and Serena Joy Waterford – Offred. It literally meant “from Fred,” indicating that it was owned by Fred.
This character was then transferred to the home of Commander Joseph Lawrence, thus becoming “Ofjoseph”. Other maids were called “Ofglen” or “Ofwarren”. These name changes weren’t allowed, of course. Nor was it the job of the maids of the Republic of Gilead.
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Gilead has changed more than the maid’s names and outfits
There were other ways Gilead stripped the identities of his women. This was especially true for the maid, who faced many rules and restrictions. Most obvious were their outfits, which were specially designed to obstruct their vision.
To encourage conformism, some maids were physically mutilated. This includes Janine, who had one eye removed as a result of rebellious streak and using forbidden language. Emily, after it was revealed that she was a ‘gender traitor’ or part of the LGBTQ community, she was forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).
After a miraculous escape to Canada, June Osborne has started her life anew, this time using her real name. Episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are available to stream on Hulu.
âWhen you read these worlds in the books, it’s normally by a middle-class writer who creates a one-dimensional villain,â said Douglas Stuart, who won the Booker last year for âShuggie Bain,â his first novel about the life of the working class. in a phone interview, “but Gabriel created a world so rich in detail, motivation and consequence.”
Krauze insisted that the book is more than a sinister tale. “It’s a moral confrontation with the reader,” he said, saying it forces readers to realize that some people commit crimes because of their psychology, as well as poverty or lack of opportunity. .
The author’s note in some editions of the book is even clearer. âThis is the life I have chosen,â he writes. âMaybe I was looking for a sense of family and identity that I couldn’t find at home. Maybe this is how I found my people and they found me.
Krauze was born in north-west London to a cartoonist and painter who had both immigrated from Poland. He grew up on the corner of the South Kilburn Estate, in an apartment where his twin brother played the violin for hours a day. He became obsessed with books as a child, devouring everything from Tolkien to WWI non-fiction, and realized he wanted to be a writer at the age of 13.
That same year, he also threatened someone with a knife for the first time and saw his first stab. âI was in a youth club, and someone right next to me got stung, blood all over the floor, boom, boom, boom,â he said.
At 14, Krauze was arrested for the first time after being caught stealing videotapes. He began to spend more time on the South Kilburn Estate with his friends, in part to escape his mother’s gaze. At 17, he was embroiled in so many run-ins with violence and the law that he started writing it down – on scraps of paper, in cell phones – insisting he would someday make it. a book. At a hearing, he joked with his lawyer about the books he should read in prison.
Bend resident Joanna Malaczynski was introduced to toxic chemicals in consumer products during her career as a lawyer specializing in antitrust law and work involving toxins in products.
“I knew both how slow and demotivated the industries were (and) the seriousness of the problem,” she said. âBut a lot of things were still abstract. For example, I was familiar with terms like neurotoxin, which are chemicals toxic to the brain and the neurological system, but I wasn’t sure what that meant.
Then she got sick herself from chemical exposure.
Malaczynski has written a 180 page book on the subject titled “Silent Winter: Our Chemical World and Chronic Illness”. Published in March by Algora Publishing, “Silent Winter” explores the link between toxic chemicals in our environment and asthma, cancer, depression, chronic fatigue, dementia and other illnesses, many of which are often attributed to the way of life or to the genes of people.
According to a 2016 survey published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, more than 25% of people report chemical sensitivity and 12.8% of people are formally diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivities.
âThere are certainly a substantial number of sensitive people,â she said. âThis is a huge problem,â and one that is not getting a lot of attention around the world.
An avid swimmer, Malaczynski’s chemical sensitivity was triggered by swimming in urban bodies of water, including the Willamette and Columbia rivers when she lived in Portland before moving to Bend in 2017.
âI spent a lot of time swimming inâ¦ urban waters, although I knew they had problems. I really love the water and I kind of looked the other way and justified it like we all do, âshe said.
Oregon Superfund sites in the region include Portland Harbor, Scappose Bay, and Columbia Slough. The waters may have agricultural runoff, the toxic compound dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), a toxic man-made chemical banned in 1979.
These long-lived chemicals can survive in silt, which can be brewed by, for example, a swimmer entering the water, or boats, whose diesel fuels can also pollute the water.
Malaczynski developed headaches, exhaustion that made him sleep up to 16 hours a day, as well as flu symptoms.
She writes in âSilent Winterâ: âFlu-like symptoms resulting from exposure to chemicals are well known in the industry. For example, employees who worked with toxic PFAS chemicals at DuPont reported having âTeflon fluâ. Fatigue, joint / muscle pain, cough and fever are known to be caused by “metal fume fever” in industrial workers. Occupational exposure to formaldehyde is known to induce flu-like symptoms. An influenza-like epidemic was induced in workers exposed to vinyl-based plastic vapors. The list goes on. “
Doctors tested her for parasites, Lyme disease, and various infections. Malaczynski found little help from conventional medicine. âIt’s just not a problem that they understand,â she said, adding that she had found more effectiveness in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
âWe are all exposed all the time,â she said. âSometimes we feel sick and we don’t know why. â¦ We have so many exhibits that it’s hard to even tell what’s going on unless you’re some sort of sleuth and detective. Microplastics, yes, are a huge problem. Some studies show that we ingest, on average, the value of a credit card on a weekly basis.
But microplastics are just one example of toxins that persist in our environment, Malaczynski said. Long-lasting scents can cause congestion problems for our kidneys, liver and heart, she said.
âWe also take in very persistent chemicals, which means they are very difficult to break down,â she said. âThe content of perfume – this really strong scent that seems to last and last – it lasts because it’s made up of chemicals that are added to the scent. These chemicals enter our body and are also very difficult to eliminate. “
Malaczynski’s chemical sensitivity endures as her body is unable to process toxins at the speed of a healthy person, she said.
âThey affect me much faster and much more deeply,â she said. “I kind of have to live in a world of avoidance.”
John Sacret Young, a writer and producer who was behind the famous “China Beach” television series, set in a Vietnam War military hospital, and whose work often explored the psychological wounds of war, is died June 3 at his home in Brentwood, Calif. He was 75 years old.
The cause was brain cancer, said his wife, Claudia Sloan.
Mr. Young was the executive producer of “China Beach,” seen on ABC from 1988 to 1991, which recounted the experiences of several women in an evacuation hospital. He created the show with William Broyles Jr., a former Newsweek editor who had served in Vietnam and then wrote the screenplay for Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13” (1995).
Mr. Young was then screenwriter and producer of the Aaron Sorkin series “The West Wing” (1999-2006) and co-executive producer and screenwriter of the series “Firefly Lane”, which debuted on Netflix in February. .
“China Beach” has made comparisons with “M * A * S * H”, especially regarding their parameters: one in a military hospital in Korea, the other in Vietnam. But where “M * A * S * H” was part comedy, drama, and aired mostly in half-hour segments, “China Beach” took a totally dramatic approach in hour-long episodes. He drew praise for his well-drawn characters, especially Colleen McMurphy, an army nurse played by Dana Delany.
With a cast (many of which are heading for stardom) that also included Tom Sizemore, Kathy Bates, Helen Hunt, Don Cheadle and Marg Helgenberger, “China Beach” won the 1990 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama, beating contenders like ” LA Law “and” The Murder She Wrote. ” It also launched the careers of Ms Delany and Ms Helgenberger, who went on to play a leading role in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”.
Although “China Beach” was not a major audience success, it did earn praise for its writing and appropriate score at the time, including its theme song, Diana Ross’ 1967 hit and music. Supremes “Reflections”.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2013, on the show’s 25th anniversary, Mr Young called the vietnam war “the story of our generation” and said choosing to focus on women was “crucial, interesting and relevant “.
New York Times television critic John J. O’Connor wrote in 1991 that “the series has sensitively exploited national terrain that remains difficult.” The year before, he had praised the series for eschewing prime-time television clichés in favor of something “inventive, imaginative, adventurous.”
Much of Mr. Young’s work – in books, television, and movies – has explored the impact of war. In addition to “China Beach” he wrote the miniseries “A Rumor of War” (1980), which adapts Philip Caputo’s famous memoir on his time in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and the emotional devastation that followed. ; “Thanks of a Grateful Nation” (1998), a telefilm set in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War; and the theatrical release “Romero” (1989), with Raul Julia, which addressed the civil and religious upheavals that led to the assassination of Archbishop Óscar Romero in El Salvador.
Vietnam was also a dominant theme in Mr. Young’s memoir, “Remains: Non-Viewable” (2005), which focused on the death of his cousin Doug Young in combat in Vietnam and its emotional fallout.
The memoirs focused on a culture of New England Stoicism which, Mr Young wrote, kept his family from dealing with his loss.
“There was a shoe to drop,” he wrote, “the reality, the coming of the coffin, and it would happen soon enough; but in the meantime there was a free fall of silence, a strange decorum, and the postponement of a free fall of emotion that could not be measured.
Mr Young told NPR in 2005, although her family could see her cousin’s remains, the title of the book, read in another way, suggested how they had “viewed this war once it was over and said, ‘Stay no visible. “
John Sacret Young was born May 24, 1946 in Montclair, NJ, to Bill and Peggy (Klotz) Young. Her mother was a housewife and her father worked for the Public Service Electric and Gas Company in Newark. John was the youngest of four siblings.
He attended Montclair College High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Princeton, from which he graduated in 1969. Ms Sloan said he chose to study religion primarily because the program allowed him to ” write a novel as a main thesis.
He married Jeannette Penick in 1973. After their divorce, he married Ms. Sloan in 2010. With his wife, Mr. Young is survived by two sons, John and Riley; two daughters, Jeannette and Julia; a brother, Mason; and three grandchildren.
His first break came with “Police Story” (1973-77), a crime drama for which he started as a researcher and eventually wrote three episodes. To add verisimilitude to his scripts, Ms. Sloan said, Mr. Young has joined the Los Angeles Police Department.
Among his other credits was the film “Testament” (1983), starring Jane Alexander, about the struggles of a suburban family after a nuclear attack.
During his career, Mr. Young received seven Emmy Award nominations.
A great art collector, he also wrote “Pieces of Glass: An Artoire” (2016). This book works like a memoir, his life seen through the prism of art as it considers how artists, from Vermeer to Rothko, have affected him.
Mr. Young opened “Remains: Non-Viewable” with a reflection on storytelling, the art form that has defined much of his life and career.
“Call a story: a writer makes them up and puts them down,” he wrote, “but that’s what we all do to shape our days.”
A seven-member oversight committee will soon begin managing the day-to-day affairs of Jet Airways until the airline’s resolution process is completed, the airline said in a regulatory filing. The development follows bankruptcy court approval of the resolution offer jointly submitted by Murari Lal Jalan and Kalrock Capital for Jet Airways, the airline said on Saturday in a regulatory filing.
âThe resolution plan submitted by the consortium of Murari Lal Jalan and Florian Fritsch (resolution requester) in the CIRP of Jet Airways (India) Limited which was approved by the members of the Company’s Creditors Committee (CoC) during their 17th meeting, has now been approved / authorized by the National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai Bench (NCLT) on June 25, 2021, via an order dated June 22, 2021, subject to certain instructions which must be issued by an order separate, âthe file says. .
Following the approval of the NCLT, Jet’s Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) was terminated and Ashish Chhawchharia ceased to be the Corporate Resolution Professional, effective 25 June 2021. From now on, a monitoring group will oversee the airline.
This panel will include three representatives appointed by the Jalan-Kalrock consortium. Three of the remaining seats will be filled by members appointed by the financial creditors with the highest share in the CoC. An independent insolvency professional appointed by the financial creditors, preferably Chhawchharia, will also be part of the panel.
This committee will oversee the implementation of the resolution plan, further mentioned Jet Airways in its file. “… the terms of appointment and the attributions of the monitoring committee will be as defined in the resolution plan and the day-to-day operations and management of the company will be carried out by the monitoring committee until the closing date such as defined in the resolution plan. “
The appointment of the monitoring committee, the implementation of the resolution plan and the duties and functions of the panel will be in accordance with the terms of the resolution plan and will be subject to any instructions that may be issued by the NCLT in this regard.
On June 25, NCLT issued the written order approving the Jalan-Kalrock Consortium resolution plan and approval is subject to certain instructions. A separate order regarding directions would be issued later by the court.
While approving the resolution plan, the NCLT also made it clear that it would not give any guidance on the issue of airport slots for the airline, citing that the issue would be dealt with by the relevant government or competent authority.
On June 22, the Jalan-Kalrock consortium said it would decide on next steps after receiving the written order from NCLT and stressed that it would work with aviation authorities to see the airline regain its wings.
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Every time I finish something that I’ve been working on for a while, I have a jarring feeling that combines “I did it!” Euphoria with bewildering dismay.
The duration of this unsettling and unstable stretch depends on the size of the effort and the amount of energy I put into it. The joy of having a great accomplishment is fantastic and affirming, but with that accomplishment comes a feeling of emptiness – a big or small gap depending on the weight of the effort.
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Perhaps this disorienting reaction represents both the future and the past. Thinking about the future, there may be an underlying fear that I won’t have anything to do with it. I don’t think this is the biggest problem for me. Fortunately, I always seem to have something to look forward to – a new article, a new book, or a family event.
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A bigger and bigger problem has to do with the past. Once I have completed a project, there is a sense of loss because a compelling goal is no longer there to think, worry, and aim.
I have just published my fourth book, “Prohibition Wine: A True Story of One Woman’s Daring in Twentieth-Century America” ââon May 25, 2021. I am relieved and delighted that this book is launched, but I miss many aspects of the journey. . : the writing, the constantly emerging questions, the research, the focus and the âahaâ moments of sudden clarity.
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I was talking to my granddaughter, Hannah, about these conflicting feelings of happiness and discomfort. She said she felt the same!
For Hannah, it was around her very recent graduation from Newton North High School and the gradual end of her four-year deep involvement there. Naturally, she is very happy to have graduated and of course we – her family – are all extremely proud. She will be leaving for college in September. Even though she has an exciting stage ahead of her, she too has this contrasting feeling of euphoria and lack of purpose.
Here we are, two disparate generations, sharing similar responses to our unique transitions. She is heading for a long future that has already started with big decisions about leaving home, selection to college and initial thoughts on a possible major. In her process of advancement, she will maintain powerful friendships from her childhood years as she finds other friends in a different place and learns things that she may not know now. Her sense of bewilderment will fade as she establishes a next phase of life and achieves a new balance.
For me, I step into my future and think about my options. Unlike Hannah, I have no plans to move or go back to school – although I will always continue my studies and only have to choose what I want to discover. Much like Hannah, my longtime friends will stay with me as I find people I haven’t yet met. Hannah will have a lot of new projects and I have a long list of writing projects. We both have a lot to look forward to.
Certainly some very important family milestones are built into my plans: graduation from high school for my grandson Sam (in three years); Hannah’s university degree (in four years); and my 10-year-old granddaughter Lina’s college and high school diplomas (four and eight years old).
When Lina graduates from high school, I will be close to the age of 91. Until then, I hopefully expect to have more days to get things done while going through difficult transitions. But long personal experience tells me that action and creativity will eventually prevail. I have no doubts that this will be true for me and for Hannah.
Marian Leah Knapp has been a resident of Newton for 51 years.
WINCHESTER – Andrew Joseph White’s idea for a horror novel with a transgender protagonist came about just months after he came out as a transgender man several years ago.
âI was angry with the state of the world and the way I had been treated trying to figure everything out,â he said this week.
White, a 2016 Handley High School graduate, said he was upset by the number of anti-trans bills introduced in state legislatures. PBS recently reported that in June 2021, more than 100 bills were introduced this year to restrict the rights of transgender people in US state legislatures. This is a new record for legislation targeting the transgender community, LGBT advocacy groups report.
“It took me until 19 or 20 to figure out that I was trans, and I didn’t know what was wrong with me until then, so I always felt like a monster, âhe said.
His anger helped shape his book âHell Followed With Us,â which he says will be released in June 2022 by Peachtree Teen via Peachtree Publishing Company.
The book is a post-apocalyptic young adult horror novel that details the story of Benji, a transgender boy who teams up with an LGBTQ + youth center to take down a fundamentalist cult that turned him into a monster, according to the site. White’s Web.
âYou can see the people making these laws looking at transgender kids and seeing monsters and I don’t understand how they can do that,â White said. “Finally, when I started to write this book, I just broke down and said, ‘If they want to see us as monsters, okay, I’ll give you monsters.'”
White points out that he has no problem with religion or Christianity. But he said he was disputing “what people twisted [religion] for the purpose of injuring other people.
âLook, if you’re offended by that, you’ve got to take a hard look at yourself, because if you see yourself in there, that’s a problem,â White said. “I wrote it for angry kids who are trying to come to terms with themselves and have been called disgusting on the news by politicians who don’t know them.”
White, 22, is excited to publish his first book before earning a Masters in Creative Writing from George Mason University. He is in the third and final year of the program.
On July 1, White will be in Winchester as one of four guest writers for the week-long summer workshop for young writers organized by Project Write, a non-profit organization.
He used to attend the summer and weekend Project Write workshops when he was a student at Winchester public schools.
As a product of Project Write, White hopes to inspire other students who are aspiring writers.
âI am delighted to be back at Project Write,â he said. âI hope I can talk to at least one child who resonates with the subject of the book. From the way I see it, if I help a kid through the life of publishing this book, I’ve been successful.
Rhonda Lancaster, director of Project Write, recalls working with White as a writer for elementary and high schools.
âAndrew already had binders full of ideas and story plans for novels, but he needed feedback on his writing. He also gave tremendous feedback to his peers, âsaid Lancaster. âI’m not surprised Andrew pursued creative writing in college or started a career as an editor at such a young age. We are delighted that Andrew is sharing his publishing journey as a source of inspiration for our current young writers. “
The Project Write workshop takes place from June 28 to July 2. Registration is accepted until opening day via the projectwrite.org group website. The workshop is held at Shenandoah University with an online option. Day registration is available. Contact Lancaster at [email protected] for more information.
“No one ever said, ‘You are brought back from Mexico because you are gay,'” Mr. Meislin said in an interview with Edward Alwood for the book “Straight News: Gays, Lesbians and the News Media” (1996 ). “But there was certainly a widespread belief in the newsroom that it was a factor – and not a small one.”
For his part, Mr. Rosenthal denied any link. “I knew Richard was gay when I sent him over there,” he told Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post in 1992. “Do you think I sat down and told the editor? foreign chief: “I’m sick of him being homosexual”? “
Mr. Meislin seized the opportunity presented by a return to headquarters. After a brief stint as a reporter, he became a graphic writer and worked to increase the number and sophistication of tables, diagrams and other visual representations of information.
In that capacity, he sent a prescient five-page memo in December 1993 to editor, Max Frankel, and editor, Joseph Lelyveld, arguing that little thought – and less judgment on the news – had been spent to The Times’ first consumer electronics product, @times on America Online, which was soon to debut.
“The New York Times is poised to establish an online personality, both visual and verbal,” he wrote. “How we combine the different elements of the new medium, how we make information available to readers, how we interact with them personally – all of this will make huge differences in the way we are viewed online.”
Seven months later, Mr. Lelyveld appointed him senior editor for information and technology.
Mr. Meislin was appointed editor-in-chief of The New York Times Electronic Media Company, later called New York Times Digital, in 1998; the editor of information technology in 2001; the editor-in-chief of information surveys and electoral analysis in 2003; the deputy editor for Internet publishing in 2005; and Internet publication consultant in 2008.
For several of those years, he was a leading member of The Times Gay and Lesbian Caucus, which was formed in the 1990s to ensure that LGBTQ people and issues were covered in depth in The Times and that , as employees, they were treated fairly.
In recent years, he was responsible for the graphic design and marketing of Hudson Dermatology, Dr. Uyttendaele’s group practice in the Hudson River Valley. The couple married on October 2, 2011. It was the 20th anniversary of their first meeting.
In the 1940s, the H&H Variety Store was on the corner of Main Street, Nisswa, where Lundrigan’s is now located. The H&H stood for Howard and Helen Storm, the owners whose family lived at the back of the store. Jim Storm was their son, and he recounts his long and rich life in his memoir, “Boy from Nisswa”.
Storm will host a half-hour walking tour of historic Nisswa at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26. Those who wish to attend can meet him at Turtle Town Books and Gifts. There will be a dedication after the visit.
Storm writes, âWe lived in this comfortable space behind the variety store for six years. The slots at the front of the store (legal in Minnesota) interested me a lot less than the candy bins and … an endless variety of toys and games in the back.
He describes the joyful summers swimming and living on Round Lake; Sunday baseball games; and the creation of the liquor store out of a chicken coop, (occasionally) “The Pickle”.
As a teenager, Storm’s family moved to Mankato, where he enjoyed sports and attended Gopher football games. Eventually, he earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota and has married his wife for 46 years.
But as rich and wonderful as Storm’s life was, he also describes heartbreaks: debilitating panic attacks; the death of her first child; the death of his wife from cancer.
Whether readers are Nisswa natives or recent fans, âBoy from Nisswaâ is a nostalgic snapshot of a small resort town and a life that was far from small.