Tuesday, May 26, 2020

So Long As I Can Read

While the following photo and excerpt are miles and years away, in some respects little has changed...
'More than 80 percent of South Dakota’s population lived in rural areas in the 1930s. These households suffered immensely from drought, dust storms, grasshopper infestations, and falling crop prices. Most homes had no running water, electricity, central heating, or telephone service. Farm women spent an average of sixty-six hours a week working, according to a 1930 state survey. In addition to childcare and housework, they did outdoor work on their farms and sometimes worked for wages, too.

But to advocates for women’s welfare, it was crucial that farm women took time to read.

“Every women, no matter how hard she must work, must pause at times for recreation, even though it may be only an occasional evening or Sunday afternoon,” Dagney Hinderaker, a women’s club leader from Astoria, South Dakota, wrote. “They will be more refreshed and have more things to think about if they will sit down and read.” '


For the rest of librarian Lisa Lindell's article click here.

Johns Creek Books & Gifts

If you're looking for physical books while libraries are closed, our community partners at Johns Creek Books can help. The independent bookstore offers curbside pickup and is currently open for in-store shopping. Please visit their website for new hours and additional information.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Ramble On

Being outside is good for both our physical and mental health. With restrictions being lessened some and the unofficial start of summer, outdoor spaces filled to "BC" capacity this weekend. If this leaves you feeling uncomfortable, WildSam has curated a list of 50 books that will pull you into the landscapes of America - from the safety of a lawn chair on your deck or balcony.


by D.J. Waldie (1996)
“The critics of the suburbs say that you and I live narrow lives. I agree. My life is narrow. From one perspective or another, all our lives are narrow. Only when lives are placed side by side do they seem larger.”

Class of 2020

Closeup of the 2020 tassel on a black graduation cap
Graduates, we offer you consolation. This is not the final semester you deserved. We also send you congratulations for all you've achieved and wishes for every success in the future!

Open Letter to Duke Class of 2020
Not All Right and That's OK

What Day Is It!?

Todd Meany will tell you what day it is.
Was surprised to see I'd gone several weeks without posting! Seems it's normal to lose track of time these days. Here's a few articles about 'corona time': What Day...?No Hours or DaysLosing Track

Guns N' Roses New Kids Book

James Patterson is teaming up with Guns N' Roses for a children's picture book! The September release will “follow a child’s wondrous discovery that music is everywhere around us – from the gentle wind blowing through the bluest skies, to the fearful crash of the thunder and the rain”. Sweet Child O’Mine “celebrates love and music, and how they bring us together in the sweetest ways”.
Axl Rose and Slash of Guns n’ Roses.

Congratulations, Jericho

Jericho Brown, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in Creative Writing and director of the Creative Writing Program at Atlanta's Emory University, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry on May 4 for his most recent collection, “The Tradition.”

The Pulitzer Prize Board described Brown’s winning poems as “a collection of masterful lyrics that combine delicacy with historical urgency in their loving evocation of bodies vulnerable to hostility and violence.”

"Taps"

One of the sounds of  Memorial Day is the somber bugle tune "Taps" to honor the fallen of war.
Trim words to Taps
There are no official lyrics to the tune, but here are some popular ones:

Day is done, Gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hill,
From the sky.
All is well, Safely rest,
God is nigh.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, Peaceful sleep,
May the Soldier or Sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

National Nurses Week!

Nurses Week | University of Maryland School of Nursing

Show our nurses your appreciation by staying home as much as possible. If you must be out practice ''social distancing", wear a mask, and wash/sanitize your hands frequently.

National Nurses Week begins 6 May and ends 12 May which is Florence Nightingale's birthday. The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to commemorate the 200th birthday of Miss Nightingale.

The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives to achieve universal health coverage by 203o.

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation Day 5/5" | National Teacher Appreciation Week ...

Special thanks to Family and Consumer Science teachers!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Novel

adjective. of a new and unusual kind; different from anything seen or known before.
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As people begin to recover from the novel Coronavirus, we're learning the scope of this infection. Barry Mangione shares his experience on facebook .

"I want to hopefully shed some light amid the confusion. There is a continuum of COVID19 in between 'you die' and 'you get over it and return to normal.' Today is day 31 for me. I tested negative on day 27. Yesterday out of nowhere, I was hit with crippling fatigue and chills. My cough is almost gone, and I've been fever-free for two weeks, but when it comes to COVID19, testing negative doesn't mean it's over. For all who talk about wanting it to spread among the healthy to encourage 'herd immunity,' let me ask you: if you get sick with COVID19, how do you know how sick you'll get? I'm a healthy 50 year old with no underlying medical conditions...devoted to developing and maintaining mental, physical, and spiritual health.

I'm a pediatric physical therapist. I work in homecare with infants and toddlers. Prior to COVID19, I would travel to people's homes and work with up to ten children a day for 30 minutes each. Prior to COVID19, I struggled with insomnia, but I could still get up after a nearly sleepless night and rock my day job. Now, I can get a full night's sleep and be wiped out after doing a couple of telehealth sessions with kids via Zoom.

I talk to other COVID19 survivors who still experience symptoms after 30, even 40 days, symptoms like kidney pain, fevers, coughing, fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, circulation problems, loss of smell, loss of taste, body aches, rashes, back pain...

This is not an all-or-nothing virus. It's not 'you die' or 'you don't die.' When we see the numbers of people who've 'recovered from COVID19' posted to illustrate how it's not that bad, those numbers don't take the lingering health issues and symptoms into account.

Please think about this when you question social distancing. Please think about this when you question wearing a mask in public. Ask yourself, 'Can I be sick for over a month or more? Can I deal with the uncertainty of when or if this sickness will go away if I get it?'

I'm not looking for sympathy or trying to scare anyone, and I don't want to diminish the memories of those who've died or the pain felt by their loved ones. I grieve for them all. What I hope I'm doing is giving you another tool in addition to gloves, masks, and social distancing to keep yourselves, your loved ones, and all of us safe and healthy: knowledge that this is real, knowledge that we don't know enough about it yet, and that the continuum of COVID19 is more complicated than dead versus 'recovered.'

Please stay safe, my friends."

Visions of Alice

Lewis Carroll chose 4 May to release "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" as it was Alice Liddell's birthday. She turned 13 in 1865 - 155 years ago. 

Alice Liddell - 1858

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - 1864
  
Bessie Pease Gutmann -1907

For more visions of Alice and Wonderland visit here.