Llama vs alpaca.
On removing To Kill a Mockingbird from the curriculum.
Another view of minimalism. More here.
Imma watch Babylon Berlin.
A lovely song and video.
Now I know the difference. Alpacas are sweet!!! Kim in ORegon will attest to it
Wonderful links – yet again! Now I’m coveting Netflix because Babylion Berlin looks really really interesting!
I’m seeing the connection between my possessions and my past. I hold on to family “heirlooms” because my family is gone. My clothes are rags, because I like them and styles do not match my tastes – and quality clothes cost a comparative fortune, and spending like that is not a priority in my life. The most interesting thing to me is how many pencils I have squirreled away, and how significant that is to me today, the person who ran away to study art. Still buying pencils in bulk.
And yes, now I need a netflix account.
I was stunned at the removal of To Kill a Mockingbird. Sometimes, literature (okay, maybe more than sometimes) should make us uncomfortable. There is a reason it should, and we change our thinking and expand our perceptions in the process.
I have a friend whose family owns alpacas, and I got to visit once when they were shearing the herd. So cool! And the alpacas are so much cuter than llamas. However, llamas make great guard animals. 😉
Re To Kill a Mockingbird: as a 1/2 white 1/2 Chinese-descent person, reading TKAM (this month, so it’s all fresh in my mind) wasn’t shocking at all. I kept waiting for the shocking part. It never showed up. (Maybe that’s the shocking part? That racist language and actions passed as okay when used in a historical setting?) In any case, I see no reason why it needs to be included in school curriculum. I didn’t care for the book much, and actively dislike the whole image of the white savior that the book helps maintain. I’m all for replacing it with another book that can fill the same need. When I was in school, we didn’t study TKAM. My class studied Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings instead.
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When I was growing up Mom, her various husbands, and I moved around a lot – I can remember 11 places I lived before I was 19 and moved out on my own. Every move,Mom would toss some of my things,never consulting me, even if we were moving to a larger home. Even when we weren’t moving, Mom would sometimes just go through my room and throw out some of my things – I’d come home from school and they’d be gone. Toys, clothes, books, whatever. After I moved out I lived in one tiny place for a few months, then my current large apartment. Naturally, most of what I’d left at home for “safekeeping” had been tossed in that short period. Even then she’d visit and tell me what I ought to get rid of. It’s probably a miracle that I have any concept of personal property at all. Over the last 42+ years of living on my own, having total control of my possessions turned into my possessions having control of me. Just the thought of throwing some things away makes me feel insecure. I’m making slow moves to reduce the clutter.
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