"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday Salon...let's celebrate more good news and jokes

Weather today: Beautiful

Friday: Don and I used our adventure day to explore the Weyerhauser Bonsai and Rhododendron Gardens in Federal Way, Washington, not far from our house. Don had appointments book-ending his day of furlough so we had to explore closer to home. Surprisingly a few rhodys were still blooming though most of the hike was spent admiring the greenery and a few flowers blooming here and there. It was a lovely day. BTW---the pretty purple flower is a bonsai bougainvillea. Isn't it gorgeous?

Earlier in the week: I spent the early afternoon with my grandson, his mom, and a friend (socially distanced) at a lake not too far from their home. Moments spent with Ian are pure magic. Yes, that is Mt. Rainier peeking out of the trees overlooking the lake.

Hilarious haul: Apparently, the whole time we've been on lockdown due to the pandemic I've been blithely placing books on hold at the public library. This week the library started curbside pickup and contacted me to come and get the books I've placed on hold. When I arrived they placed twelve books and one DVD in my car trunk. I never thought that ALL the holds would arrive at one time. How on earth am I supposed to read all those books in three weeks? See photo above to appreciate my haul.

  • Completed:  
    • Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet;
    • Evidence: Poems by Mary Oliver. Both from the above above mentioned haul.
  • Currently reading:  
    • Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore (Audiobook; Book Club selection, 40% completed)
    • Close to Birds by Magnusson, et al (Print, from the haul; 10%) 
    • Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults edited by Lucy Mangan (E-book, title tells you the state of my life right now, 20%)
    • Be the Bridge by LaTasha Williams (E-book; Church small group class on anti-racism)
    • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad (E-book; for book club this coming week; 55% completed)
John Lewis: Civil Rights icon dies at age 80. Here is the statement that President Obama made about John Lewis at his passing. It is short. I recommend you read it. (Medium) I've spent quite a bit of time crying these past 24-hours.
Lewis's words: "Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."

Good News:
This week was filled with bad, very bad, and terribly sad news. But even amidst all that, there were tremendously encouraging pieces of good news, too.
  • Preliminary studies suggest that a tuberculosis vaccination seems to mitigate the severe, extreme reactions to COVID19. It doesn't keep people from getting the infection, but from getting severe cases. Maybe it could be used to help to keep healthcare workers safer. (Science Daily)

  • Privilege/Class/Social Inequalities explained in a $100 race. (YouTube)
  • Tenino, Washington is giving it's residents wooden money to spend on things they need during this economic crisis. You have got to read or watch this story! (YouTube) (AP)
  • City Council in Asheville, South Carolina  to vote to give reparations to blacks. If it passes they will create a commission to help the city, and potentially other local governments, assign money and resources toward "increasing minority home ownership and access to other affordable housing, increasing minority business ownership and career opportunities, strategies to grow equity and generational wealth, closing the gaps in health care, education, employment and pay, neighborhood safety and fairness within criminal justice." (Citizen Times)
  • I know there are still 3-1/2 months to go before the November election, but we must keep our enthusiasm up.
  • Double haters: In 2016, nearly one-fifth of the electorate didn't like either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and exit polls showed Trump won that group of voters by a 17-point margin that easily could have accounted for his narrow wins in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. But according to newly released Quinnipiac University polling, this bloc of double-hater voters now prefers Joe Biden by a 27-point margin—an ominous sign for Trump. (What seems like bad news may actually be good news.)
  • Joe Biden grabs and copies Jay Inslee's climate plan and Inslee is delighted. (Intelligencer)
  •  "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man." This advances the conversation on BLM. (YouTube) Go to Emmanuel Acho's YouTube page for more of these uncomfortable (but necessary) conversations.
  • A teenager creates an anti-racism activity calendar. Check it out here. Print if off. Try to do some of the suggested activities. (Google Drive)
  • There have been more than 3,300 racial justice protests nationwide since late May, including hundreds in sparsely populated communities. These Black Lives Matter protesters don’t always prioritize defunding police departments or tearing down Confederate statues. Their goals are simpler but perhaps just as revolutionary: to force white neighbors not used to encountering so many black and brown faces in their towns to acknowledge their experiences with racism. (WaPo)
  • Need some good news on the coronavirus situation? This article identifies six good pieces of news related to the fight against the virus right now. (WaPo)
On the lighter side

1. A little snark about people saying if we pull down confederate statues, their history
 will be forgotten.

2. A little more snark for your listening pleasure: "Thank you for calling the White House." (YouTube)

3. Will this mask stupidity never end? Oh wait...
4. I guess it's true...

5. If you need visual proof of the stupidity factor...

6."But freedom..."
7.Speaking of stupid. Opening schools in the Fall without a plan how to prevent the spread of COVID. Could be deadly for a lot of students and teachers. Makes one think of the Hunger Games.

8. You knew I had to work in something from Hamilton, right? Well, here are some words of wisdom from King George about opening schools. Sing along with me now...

9. Gerry Brooks finally got his call through to Secretary Betsy DeVos. (YouTube)

10. This week the 'mandatory cat photo' made it under the "lighter side" heading. Note there are two cats in the photo. Ignore Fred in the foreground. Look instead at George in the crate in the background. That is the way he was sleeping...on his back with his legs splayed apart. This makes me laugh every time I look at it.
Tootles. Gotta run.

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  1. I have read that DeVos didn't actually say that. I'll have to go and find that info. If we get some effective treatments, perhaps I won't worry as much about the virus. Right now I'm very concerned about how things are headed downhill in many states, including our own. :( It looks beautiful. I'm inside in the a/c with temps about 98 degrees and high humidity too. Ugh.

    1. Thanks for the help. I changed the joke to remove the pants-on-fire comment.

  2. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/devos-only-student-deaths/

  3. I love the person who said they didn't know what "cognitive ability" meant and proved the whole point of the meme!

  4. The gardens look beautiful, nice and colourful.

    That is a great haul of books, enjoy reading!

    1. In order to finish the haul I have to complete a book every day and half. I'm already behind.

  5. Betsy DeVos was appointed to weaken public education and strengthen private religious education. She’s doing what she was appointed to do. Opening schools in the current health crisis is not a fact-based decision, but she doesn’t care.

  6. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures of your visit to the gardens. That bonsai is amazing.

    And look at all those books. Funny!

    Your post this week and in weeks past helps me a lot. I am starved for humor amid all the bleak news, and I'm happy to see some of the good news from the world.

    Please keep sharing with us, Anne.

  7. I'm especially intrigued with the wooden money. Creative solution. I'd like to see more of these.

    1. I hunt for those good news stories but they don't always appear on my radar either. Yer, the wooden money story is very clever. In a longer piece about it, they talked about how this wooden money keeps the businesses going too. Very clever solution.

  8. I have a full size bougainvillea in my back yard, the flowers are pretty but make quite a mess!
    Good luck getting through that stack.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. I tried to grow a bougainvillea in a pot on my deck and it stopped blooming almost immediately and the plant didn't last much longer. I guess I don't have the right climate for it where I live or the knack at feeding it properly.

  9. That is quite the book haul! Happy reading. :D

  10. George has totally made my day. What makes it even more comical is his different color feet!

  11. Ah, what gorgeous photos, Anne! You live in such a beautiful area :) We really need to find some "free" time to do some fun stuff - life has been wall-to-wall stress & responsibilities lately. You're an inspiration!

    Love your stack of books - you can do it! ha ha

    Also love the "It's Ok to change your mind" video - gives me hope! Unfortunately, my mother recently said that history will show Trump was one of our best presidents ever ... sigh ...

    As always, thanks for the pick-me-up! I am very late with my visits this week, but I didn't want to miss your post -


    2020 Big Book Summer Challenge


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