Super Humans

Interested in the different, unusual, and strange?  This book is for you.  Do you like hoaxes?  This book is for you.  Super Humans has stories for everyone and all of the strange.  This is a great book for ages 8 to adult and especially for the non-readers who like short and sweet.

There are a lot of shorts about mummies, bugs, germs, futuristic science, hoaxes, and lots of weird creatures.

The full title is Planet Earth News Presents Super Humans by Keltie Thomas and published by Maple Tree Press out of Canada.

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Review: The Warriors

This book received a 2007 Nutmeg Book Award and I found it in the discard pile at a local library.  If your child, or yourself, is a fan of lacrosse and of Native American studies, this is a great book to read.

Jake is a star lacrosse player for his Canadian Native American reservation.  (I hate this word by the way, I never understood why people continue to call reservations a reservation.). His mother comes and takes him with her to Maryland.  Jake ends up playing lacrosse for his new private/ boarding school.  In the end he shows an ultimate kindness to someone who mocks him for his background.

This book is great for ages 8 and up, especially sports fans.

Phillies Plant A Tree For Every Home Run Hit This Season — CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Even though the season is over, all of the Philadelphia Phillies home runs are still paying off. For the last seven seasons, all of the Phillies 880 home runs did more than just help them on the field. “For every home run a Phillies player hits throughout the season, whether home or away we plant…

via Phillies Plant A Tree For Every Home Run Hit This Season — CBS Philly

A Short Analysis of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Strange Meeting’ — Interesting Literature

A reading of a classic war poem ‘Strange Meeting’ is one of Wilfred Owen’s greatest poems. After ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ it is one of his most popular and widely studied and analysed. Siegfried Sassoon called ‘Strange Meeting’ Owen’s passport to immortality; it’s certainly true that it’s poems like this […]

via A Short Analysis of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Strange Meeting’ — Interesting Literature

Underappreciated Day

November 3 has been marked as “Housewife’s Day”.  It really should be called “Underappreciated Day” or something similar.

The site where I was reading about it, called “Days of the Year” (www.daysoftheyear.com) talks about how the origins are unknown.  What is this, a treat yourself day before the winter holidays break loose?

Again, again, and again there are statistics about the uncounted for hours and monetary value of house work.  Notice that the day is not “House Keeper’s Day”, that would mean something totally different.  Also, this excludes the men who stay home to care for their families as well as LGBT families.  Additionally, it leaves out the people who take care of ailing or sick family members.

House care and house work is a boring, tedious part of life.  Ask any child or adult who does chores.  Yes, some people thrive on chores and laundry yet most people cannot deal with the chaos that uncleaned houses brings.

As an EMT, walking in the front door of someone’s house immediately tells you what kind of person you are going to be dealing with.  I’ve seen plenty of houses where the person has given up and they don’t care.  There are also many, many people in less affluent areas where the houses are sparkling clean inside and you want to tip toe across their floors so as not to dirty them.

Also, my clients who are in transition come to me with the societal bias that their caregiving work means nothing towards their paid work and/ or professional skills, especially on a resume.  I spend a lot of time talking with them about what they have done and in most cases do.  People undervalue caregiving and daily maintenance work and what it takes to do this kind of work.  People are running households on budgets comparable with those of a small business.  People are leading civic groups and raising money for community projects that otherwise would not be funded.  People are running small little mom and pop enterprises.  All of this at the same time as being labeled a “housewife”.

So, the next time someone asks you “What do you do all day?” the answer should be “Let me show you my list”.