The Curious Autodidact

June 14, 2015

The Holstee Manifesto

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints,Word Related — Honilima @ 5:41 pm


June 13, 2015

The Food we Waste in America


What a heartache to consider the number of people go without adequate nutrition in our country and the amount of food that is pitched into the landfills and compost bins daily. It has been reported by the New York Times that 27% of the food in America is wasted. Europeans are much more careful about food because they shop daily and have limited space in which to store it in their smaller refrigerators, things tend not to be misplaced.

Two articles that are worth reading from the New York Times are Terra Parker-Pope’s article “From Farm to Fridge to Garbage Can” and Andrew Martin’s article ” One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal” written a few years past.

Just think of what we could do to stop hunger if we took even half of what we spent on wasted food and gave it instead to the local food pantry so all could eat?

June 12, 2015

Wisdom of the Ages: Sophocles

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 9:43 pm


The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.

Sophocles Greek tragic dramatist (496 BC – 406 BC)

June 8, 2015

The Next Great Adventure

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 12:58 am


Image result for google image grave stones

After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. ~J.K. Rowling

June 5, 2015

Make Your Plans Now to Celebrate “Loving Day”

Filed under: cool internet stuff,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 12:21 pm

Okay, now you’ve been given ample time to make plans to celebrate the legalization of interracial marriage on ┬áJune 12.

Plan a celebration in your neighborhood, of America’s diverse citizenry, and the U.S. Supreme Court case settled Jun 12, 1967 Loving vs.Virginia that struck down 16 state laws that disallowed “the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the equal protection clause…”

According to the site ” Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving grew up in Caroline County, Virginia. They fell in love and decided to get married. Unfortunately, getting married was not as simple in 1958 as it was today. Mildred was black and Richard was white. There were laws that forbade people of different races to marry each other. This was true in many states, including Mildred and Richard’s home state of Virginia. However, interracial marriage was legal in Washington, DC at that time. Therefore, they decided to drive to DC, get married, and return to Virginia to begin their life together. This proved to be a short term solution. The law in Virginia not only forbade interracial marriage ceremonies, but it also forbade interracial couples from getting married elsewhere and returning to Virginia. One night, while they were asleep, the newly-married Lovings were awakened by the police in their bedroom. The Lovings were taken to jail for the crime of being married.”

According to the Pew Research Center 8% of all existing marriages in the US are interracial. You have a week to plan your celebration and you will find plenty of ideas on the site

Here’s a posting“Mildred Had a Dream” that appeared on this website in 2008.

(this is a recycled posting, worth another look for those who may have missed it)


June 3, 2015

Recycled: If the World were a Village of 100

If the world were a village of 100 people... Infographic

June 1, 2015

Courage of Mothers: Coping with Children who are Different

Filed under: media related,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 12:44 pm


Have a rainy day movie marathon and watch back to back two documentaries about autism HBO’s “Temple Grandin” and from Iceland, “A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism.”

Temple Grandin is likely the nation’s most famous person to speak so openly about her Autism. She is a professor at University of Colorado, at Fort Collins, and her life has been well-captured in her book “Thinking in Pictures” and in by famous neurologist Oliver Sacks. She was named in Time Magazine’s 2010 Top 100 “Most Influential People in the World” and I applaud her willingness to be the unofficial spokesperson for Autism in America. Claire Danes, who plays Grandin in this HBO production, does an outstanding job of capturing her sense of struggle and of wonder. This production won seven Emmy Awards—indeed well-deserved accolades. In viewing this movie you gain a sense of determination her mother had and that this challenge is indeed not for the faint of heart.

The second film, from Iceland, “A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism,” is an amazing look at Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir struggle to come to terms with her son Keli’s hidden potential. (It feels in part as if it must have been partially by the Icelandic tourism board as the scenery of her homeland is incredible). Keli has been diagnosed with Autism and after hearing there is essentially not a whole lot to be done she begins her quest to seek answers about the origins of this ailment that seems today to plague so many children, and is four time more common in boys. Her hunt brings her to America and the UK, where she interviews various researchers and parents with multiple autistic children. She learns from her visit how they cope with the dynamic needs of their special needs offspring. She interviews many experts including Soma Mukhopadhyay, creator of the Rapid Prompting Method who works at HALO in Austin whose work with children will knock your socks off. This is a terrific look at Autism and the various permutations of it, and the ways various people have learned to cope with the challenges of the children, and their quest to unlock their children’s brilliance amid their differing abilities.

Deborah Tannen’s comments about Gradin’s book Thinking in Pictures:

“What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own, sheds light on the riddle of our common identity.”

-Deborah Tannen, author of “You Just Don’t Understand”

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