I had a brilliant student many years ago. His teacher asked me to give him special attention as a kindergartner, which I was most happy to do. I knew he was reading already….but was not prepared to discover that he was reading at at least an upper high school level. School was socially difficult for him, so I gave him special attention. We were both blessed that I was able to be there for him for a long time, since our school was k-12 at the time. I was the only librarian, and it was a pleasure to watch him grow up. School librarians have a unique ability to see what students need outside of the classroom. We are student advocates. Anyway…awhile back I got a grateful letter from him. It is a treasured memory for me. Here is an excerpt from that letter:
And will these “closely held” organizations be completely transparent about all the implications of their particular religious beliefs? There is much to think about with regard to the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision.
Most of these ideas are easy to do. The saddest thing though is how expensive it is to eat organic. Why is it that we have to pay MORE for foods that do not have chemicals or antibiotics added to them? It is all about volume. If more of us bought organic, then organic would become cheaper.
One thing we all CAN do is to buy local fresh produce while it is available. The season is upon us here in the Northeast at last! Farm markets are increasing in number and size, and are fun to attend. Some of them even sell grass fed/free range meat and eggs. I buy my eggs from a farmer down the road from me. It is a pleasure to see the chickens outside doing what chickens are supposed to do. And it is a joy to see the pigs out in the pasture doing what pigs are supposed to do, rather than wallowing in a muddy, enclosed pen. Or worse yet…a CAFO for pigs.
My husband and I are on fixed incomes now, but we try to cut back on other expenses so we can buy GOOD food. You will be surprised how much better it tastes. Yes – there are studies that say there is no difference in the nutritional value of GMO veggies and organic. That skirts the issue of pesticides completely. The nutrition might be there – but do you really want to consume pesticides and antibiotics which are used – amazingly – in veggies, not just in meat.? We can all make a big difference in our environment and in our personal health!
Not enough time to eat non-processed food? I admit that we are eating better now that I am retired. But I have come across many great recipes on America’s Test Kitchen that can be whipped up in less than 15 minutes and, at the most, require a half hour in the oven. One tip? Roast your veggies. They taste AMAZING (especially when brushed with a little olive oil and seasoning) and they do not have to be “supervised” the way boiled veggies need to be. Also – when you are cutting onions, celery, carrots etc. – it does not take much more time to cut twice as many. That makes for an even easier meal a day or two later.
Mostly – let’s save the world a bite at a time!
Can we please hold off on our judgement? We do NOT know what happened here. We do NOT know what horrors this man has been subjected to for FIVE YEARS. Can we please be better than the Taliban? Can we please show kindness? Isn’t it better to show compassion first, and judgement (if necessary) later? What would Jesus do?
Only if librarians let it happen. But I am ever more encouraged that this won’t happen. As long as there are ever more teacher-librarians like Cathy Nelson we are safe. Fighting Ambiguity and Irrelevancy
Though..I do find myself frustrated by occasional articles in the popular press that have NO IDEA what actually goes on in a good, relevant library like Cathy’s. I wonder if there are still a significant number librarians out there still cling to the outdated concept of Library as Book Depository? Good public and school libraries have actually NEVER been that. It is the myth that is hard to kill. Years ago, one of my teachers made a very interesting observation that was very accurate and prescient.