The Curious Autodidact

October 5, 2017

Life After Incarceration

Filed under: media related,prison reform,social justice — Honilima @ 3:19 pm

It is not often you will get a chance to hear the voices of those who have been incarcerated like those on Christopher Lydon’s Open Source program called Life After Incarceration.

Here you will hear Azan Reid, Unique Ismail, Douglas Benton, and Marselle Felton — in a church basement in Dorchester, MA. They are asked:  what did prison do, or undo, in you? What do you see now that you didn’t see then? And what don’t we know about you?

Mass incarceration is a bill we are all paying and there has to be reform, if we expect people living inside, without technology, to adapt to culture beyond the four walls of prison.

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October 1, 2017

General Shinseki on Change

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 2:49 pm

“If you don’t like change, you’ll going to like irrelevance even less.”

General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

September 20, 2017

Saving our Environment: One Step at a Time

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints,social justice,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:07 pm

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. –Ansel Adams, photographer (1902-1984)

September 6, 2017

Good Listen: Women After Prison

Filed under: media related,prison reform,social justice — Honilima @ 3:13 pm

The statistics about women and prison are staggering, more than a million women are in the system currently. The female prison population has risen precipitously in the last ten year due to the nature of the plea bargain and the number of mandatory drug sentences.

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Christopher Lydon, on his program Open Source takes a look at Women After Prison and reminds us all that these women are someone’s daughter, likely someone’s sister, and/or mother. 89% of whom will be released and be living in the wider community upon release.

August 27, 2017

A Good Listen: Our Changing Words

Filed under: cool internet stuff,media related,Word Related — Honilima @ 3:00 pm

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The topic of words and reading rarely bores me and this On Point Program about the changing nature of the English Language and usage is a terrific discussion of our dynamic usage.

If you are looking for a great podcast to tickle your word fancy please visit and support A Way with Words. They know their stuff but are never stuffy or uptight but rather always come across as curious and open to people’s ideas and interpretation of the English Language of today and yesterday.

August 20, 2017

Love in Action

Filed under: book related,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:05 pm

Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams. Love in dreams is greedy for immediate action, rapidly performed and in the sight of all. Men will give their lives if only the ordeal does not last long but is soon over, with all looking on and applauding as though on the stage. But active love is labor and fortitude, and for some people too, perhaps, a complete science.

Fyodor Dostoevsky , The Brothers Karamazov

August 10, 2017

Wisdom of the Ages: Susan B. Anthony

Filed under: social justice,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:10 am

 

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I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because

I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

Susan B Anthony, reformer and suffragist (1820-1906)

August 1, 2017

Modern Death: a Listen and a Read

Filed under: book related,end of life,Word Related — Honilima @ 2:47 pm

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Dr Haider Warraich is interviewed by Terry Gross about how ignorant we are about the modern ways of dying and the great toll this lack of experience costs our culture daily in so many ways.

How much is too much CPR?  What age is CPR not recommended because a patient will have no quality of life afterwards? How do doctor’s cope with the various wishes of patients in crisis situations? How can we as a culture be more aware of death as a fact of life and the great cost of hope that is not matched my realism?

This is a terrific interview and may take you to an independent bookstore to buy his book.

A great listen with family and friends to elicit a profound discussion about end of life care and your wishes for just the end you most hope to have.

 

July 25, 2017

Candle or Mirror?

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:02 pm

Edith Wharton's library at The Mount. Photo by John Bessler from Edith Wharton: A House Full of Rooms: Architecture, Interiors, Gardens by Theresa Craig.

Edith Wharton’s Library

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton

July 17, 2017

Words of Wisdom: Do Not Dispair

Filed under: environmental ideas,social justice,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 4:08 pm

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