The Curious Autodidact

May 26, 2017

Film to Watch: Trapped

Filed under: helpful hints,media related,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 2:07 pm

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Sometimes Radio West with Doug Fabrizio surprises me with an unexpected topic on the NPR station, in Salt Lake City, KUER 90.1.

This program on the movie Trapped is eye-opening and compelled me to find and watch the film Trapped.  It premiered at Sundance and won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. The film tells the stories of courageous aging doctors,  clinic workers, and lawyers fighting the restrictions that are designed to regulate abortion out of existence.

On the Independent Lens website you can see trailers and read an interview with the director Dawn Porter. Hopefully you can find it streaming and available to view with family and friends.

May 19, 2017

Ben Franklin on Justice

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 2:59 pm

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)

May 11, 2017

Dangerous Citizen

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 2:51 pm

One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.

Charles A. Beard, historian (1874-1948)

May 5, 2017

Prison Visiting: Mother and Daughter

Filed under: prison reform,social justice — Honilima @ 11:40 pm

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If you have ever been to a prison waiting room you will relate to the woman in this video, preparing hours ahead for her visit to prison. This powerful short video shows this brave woman’s quest to  keep her daughter connected to her father and to sacrifice so much to allow them time together. Her little checklist; making sure there is no metal on her undergarments, putting her daughter’s needs in a see-through bag, it all rings true.

Children are expected to behave like adults in a prison waiting room not like children. Visitors are not supposed to interact with other visitors and even smiling a child, which comes naturally to most, is frowned upon. Most prisons have limited coloring books and toys for children, some are purchased by the guards because there is no budget.

What is wrong with our country that we will allow any connections between parents and children in the visiting rooms to be so strained and so damaging to children? We need prison reforms in so many areas this is just one. Many families cannot afford to make the trip to visit loved ones in prison they are so far away, and others are not granted permission to visit.

90% of people who are imprisoned in America will get out and become your neighbors. We need to be sure they are treated as though they are someone’s son or daughter, someone’s brother or sister, or someone’s dad or mom.

This is too important for the relationships of children who are damaged by parental absences.

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April 30, 2017

You Must Dream

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

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act,

but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”

Anatole France

April 24, 2017

Marketing in 2017

Filed under: book related,cool internet stuff,media related — Honilima @ 2:56 pm

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I heard this short piece on Fresh Air and it was at once spooky and fascinating. Terry Gross interviewed Joseph Turow the author of The Aisles Have Eyes.  Ever wonder when you download a free app where what information is collected and where it goes? Turow explains how the information is used and sold and what you agree to when you mindlessly click okay to the permissions. He also tells of some really clever ways that pricing can be changed, people are lured into buying things, and people outsmart the various companies formulas. It’s a fascinating listen and may make Terry Gross re-think her relationship with her frequent shopper’s card, at her favorite neighborhood drug store.

Seth Godin is also an interesting listen on Debbie Millman’s Design Matters, he is a wizard of marketing and a great story teller. He has many books and is featured in many internet videos for his expertise.

Both these are a look into a world many of us may not think about but these two men certainly are the wizards.

 

April 17, 2017

The Bicycle

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 10:56 pm

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The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.

-Iris Murdoch, writer (1919-1999)

April 10, 2017

Six Million Worms!

Filed under: environmental ideas,prison reform,Uncategorized — Honilima @ 8:58 pm

The dream of a sustainable prison? A sustainable farmer on the inside? Yes this is a TEDx Talk by Nick Hacherney took place at Washington’s Monroe Correctional Center about how sustainability can work behind bars and change lives. This sixteen minute talk about their worm program and how they spread the gospel of the worm to other facilities. 36 million tons of food waste is disposed of in our country and this inmate is making a huge difference. This talk is inspiring and shows that no matter where you are you can make the world a better place!

You can donate to the Sustainability in Prison Project (SPP)  here.

from their website:

“Although each endeavor and corrections institution is unique, our experiences point to five

Essential Components for every SPP program:

1. Partnerships and collaborations with multiple benefits

2. Bringing nature “inside”

3. Engagement and education

4. Safe and sustainable operations

5. Evaluation, dissemination, and tracking”

April 1, 2017

Hurston on the Difference a Year Can Make

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 9:50 pm

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There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist and writer (7 Jan 1891-1960)

March 25, 2017

Axe Files: Rising Star Kamala Harris

Filed under: book related,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 1:32 pm

If you want to hear some intelligent discussion tune into Kamala Harris talking with David Axelrod on the Axe Files.  She is highly driven and intelligent and will give you hope in troubling political times.

The Axe Files is a podcast out of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and has had some fabulous guests. If you enjoy the Harris episode take time to listen to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on episode #126.  Girl Power!

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