RTL Today reported on the 8th edition of the Luxembourg Peace Prize in our RTL Reports video, published on Sunday. Our video report features an excerpt of Dame Jane Goodall’s video acceptance speech. The 85-year-old British primatologist and anthropologist was awarded the 2019 Prize for Outstanding Environmental Peace. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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Join us Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:30pm for a reading and book signing celebrating In The Way of All Flesh, the debut YA novel by Flatiron Writers Room alum Caitlin Donovan.
This event is free but your RSVP will help us plan. Books will be available for sale at the event. Light refreshments will be served.
In the Way of All Flesh tells the story of gloomy teenager Manee Srikwan, who wears long sleeves and keeps her hands to herself for a good reason–whenever she touches a person for the first time, she sees a vision of how they will die. Manee’s weird powers cause those around her nothing but misery and she’s long resigned herself to a life of loneliness. But her vivacious classmate, Stephanie Pierce, changes all that. She smashes through every wall Manee puts up and overturns every expectation. Much to Manee’s shock, Stephanie believes her about her powers. What’s more, she insists they can stop the deaths Manee sees from happening. When the two of them are together, it feels like they can do anything. As the girls grow closer, Manee’s feelings for Stephanie blossom into love. She yearns to be more intimate but is anxious about breaking her all-important “hands-off” rule. When she finally gives in to temptation, she sees a terrifying future where Stephanie is murdered—and Manee is her killer! Now Manee has a choice to make—will she fight this fate or let it rule her?
Caitlin Donovan is a writer, teacher, blogger, poet and, above all, a huge geek for fiction (especially fantasy). Her dream of being an author began in the third grade when she started scribbling down stories about twin detectives and murderous ghosts in stray notebooks. Her passion only grew with age. Now she has an MFA in writing from Queens University in Charlotte and she has been published in several literary journals, including The Great Smokies Review. She has written professionally about fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture for several online companies. When not creating novels, Caitlin works as an online ESL teacher and does freelance writing. She currently resides in Asheville with her trouble-making cat.
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By Gordon Hempton in On Being
A single thunderstorm upended Gordon Hempton’s life. While on a cross-country road trip in his mid-twenties, he decided to pull over in a field to get some rest. As the storm rolled in, he simply laid back, listened, and began to hear things he’d never noticed before: chirping crickets and the way the thunder echoed across the valley.
RTL Update 2019
The 2019 edition of the Luxembourg Peace Prize, as organised by the Schengen Peace Forum and the World Peace Forum, was held on 14 June 2019.
Since the early 80′s, I’ve been studying, observing, and experimenting in my own life, and talking to others about it.
What I found over the years is that yes, you can change even the most stuck or awful circumstances. Yes, you can rescue a relationship and it takes one person to do it — you.
Gentle yoga combined with guided relaxations and meditations. These short, portable audio sessions blend breath-centered movement, music, and mindfulness practices to help you sleep, center, ground, release stress, and generally soothe your system.
This is what we tell volunteers when they are working on the Blue Ridge Parkway:
Patriarchy is at its most potent when oppression doesn’t feel like oppression, or when it is packaged in terms of biology, religion or basic social needs like security, comfort, acceptance and success. Heterosexuality offers women all these things as selling points to their consensual subjection.
Thanks to the work of pioneering grassroots activists and the National Trust’s Rosenwald Schools Initiative, Rosenwald schools have begun to be identified, preserved and celebrated.
In January 2019, the Thomas Wolfe Cabin Master Plan was commissioned by the City of Asheville, in partnership with the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County.
The overall goal of the project is to create a long-term master plan to guide the restoration of the City-owned Thomas Wolfe Cabin, including its surrounding 44-acre site, which is part of Azalea Park. The Thomas Wolfe Cabin was designated a Local Historic Landmark in 1983.
The City and Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County desired
a master plan that:
- Preserves the cabin;
- Provides for public access and enjoyment of the site; and
- Incorporates appropriate uses that help to make it sustainable and more widely appreciated for its cultural significance. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO > THE CITY OF ASHVILLE OPENGOV
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The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund (AMKRF) has been supporting and promoting the social justice work of leading progressive organizations since the late 1980’s. AMKRF supports efforts that address systemic change with regards to policy, legal, and cultural reform.
In 2012, the AMKRF founded The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship. The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund is based in Asheville, North Carolina.
by Andrea S. Johnson in History News Network
This week Mattel proudly announced two new dolls in The Inspiring Women Series of Barbies. Civil rights activist Rosa Parks and astronaut Sally Ride join a line that has previously featured aviator Amelia Earhart, artist Frida Kahlo, and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. The description of Rosa Parks though is a bit lacking as it claims that she “led an ordinary life as a seamstress until an extraordinary moment on December 1, 1955.” She is described as having a “quiet strength” that “played a notable role in the civil rights movement…” Click here to continue
When I was in the fifth grade I made it to the finals in both a public speaking contest and spelling bee—both were in front of the entire school. My tiny body strutted to the podium. The ocean of bobbing, grinning parents and siblings didn’t scare me. No nerves entered my body, instead, self-reliance fired into the audience. I puffed my chest out. My voice didn’t rattle—it rang clear.
I didn’t win first place in either contest. But I remember the poise and self-assurance I felt in front of all those people. At age 11, my confidence climbed.
But it only soared a little longer.
Harlan Lebo is a cultural historian at the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He is the author of 100 Days: How Four Events in 1969 Shaped America. His previous books include Citizen Kane, Casablanca: Behind the Scenes, The Godfather Legacy, and Citizen Kane: A Filmmakers Journey. He resides in Los Angeles.
At the Fetzer Institute, we believe in the possibility of a loving world: a world where we understand we are all part of one human family and know our lives have purpose. In the world we seek, everyone is committed to courageous compassion and bold love—powerful forces for good in the face of fear, anger, division, and despair.
MEN AND BOYS TAKING A STAND FOR HEALTHY MASCULINITIES AND GENDER JUSTICE
The Men’s Story Project is a replicable storytelling and dialogue project that brings critical dialogue on social ideas about masculinity into public forums around the world – via men’s own voices and stories.
The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.
“What do women want?” is an age old question that continually changes and will continue to change as we find ourselves developing in a society that has held us back for so long. It has always been implied that women’s wants are illogical and completely unpredictable, and therefore, we can’t be trusted to know what’s best for us.
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