This week we hosted a webinar, “Learning and Teaching about Indigenous Cultures, Languages, and Territories,” with Christine McRae from Native Land Digital. We were excited to learn that close to 900 people registered!
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Keisha McIntosh Allen and Kindel Turner Nash research how kids learn to read and prepare future teachers at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. They are also raising children of their own. Here, they answer five questions many families and teachers may have about what they are seeing with virtual learning for early childhood education.
1. How do most kids learn to read?
Nash: Long before they enter kindergarten, most kids can “read” the words they encounter in their favorite books or around their home, on street signs and anywhere else they go.
Allen: Establishing routines that involve reading can help, such as reading them books – whether they are printed on paper or accessed through digital devices – and letting them watch others read. For example, my 1-year-old pretends that she can read because she often sees her 6-year-old brother reading. CLICK TO CONTINUE
(The topics in this blog are the kind of philosophical ideas the author will discuss in the online course Yoga to Live By, starting October 14 to November 11. For more information, click here)
In the West, yoga is often synonymous with posture practice, with various forms of Hatha Yoga. In its homeland India, a yogi can be anyone from a meditating swami to a ganja smoking sadhu, anyone from an ochre-clad Tantric to a Bhakti-singing ecstatic to someone practicing yoga in an upper-class studio in New Delhi.
In its essential purity, yoga is rooted in its body practices, in its transcendent mental outlook, and in its inclusive spirituality. Yoga is body-centered, mind-expanding, and spiritually uplifting. Yoga is not either/or—yoga is yes/and.
IN MEMORY of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice who first rose to national prominence as an ACLU lawyer fighting for equal rights for women, has died at 87 years old.
She began Harvard Law School as a young mother and one of only nine women in her class, and became the architect of a legal strategy to eradicate gender discrimination in the United States. She modeled her approach after that of Thurgood Marshall on race discrimination, planning for a series of cases at the Supreme Court, each precedent paving the way for the next that would further expand rights and protections. In 1993, she joined the court as an associate justice, and over the decades became a cultural icon beloved for her vision and passion in defending the rights of women.
On Tuesday, the National Hispanic Heritage Month began in the US. The annual event, which honours the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors hailed from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America, is marked every year from September 15 to October 15.
The sociologist Eric Klinenberg published a book in 2018 called “Palaces for the People,” about the importance of shared public spaces in American life. Libraries, child care centers, churches and parks had all been crucial to the country’s historical success, he wrote, and he argued that they remained crucial to helping the country function better and overcome its deep divisions today.
You might have read my love story about work last week and rolled your eyes. Work? Gross! Work sucks! I hate to work!
If that describes you, then today’s bit of sunshine is for you.
Unless you are a rich socialite like Paris Hilton, work is a necessity. Making a living so we can support ourselves and our families and have a little bit of leisure once in awhile is kind of how the world works.
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As fall begins to drift in, I’m called back to these lines in Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Summer Day”:
“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
On September 8th, the Asheville City Council will vote on approval of an amendment to a city ordinance called, “Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance.” Thanks in part to community support for the ordinance amendment in the shape of hundreds of emails and phone calls to City Council members, it looks like passage of the ordinance amendment is likely.
In every presidential election since 1980, voter turnout among women has surpassed that of men. This year, as we face so many challenges, the female vote will have the power to shape the future in historic ways. Join us for a virtual discussion on October 6th about why the fate of our nation depends on us, what RBG’s passing means for women, and what we can do to make sure that every vote is counted.
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In what the union hailed as a “landslide vote,” nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville voted this week to approve a union — the first in North Carolina to do so and the largest hospital union win in the South since 1975.
National Nurses United, the labor group that now represents about 1,800 nurses at two addresses in Asheville, said in a statement Thursday morning it believes this is “the largest union election win in the South in a dozen years” for a union of any type. CLICK TO CONTINUE
Is the unique Appalachian dialect the preserved language of Elizabethan England? Left over from Scots-Irish immigrants? Or something else altogether?
Have you registered for Pisgah Legal’s 10th Annual Justice Forum yet? It’s not too late! This year’s Forum features Clint Smith, Ph.D., a writer, teacher and advocate for racial justice. We are excited to bring Clint’s voice, knowledge and perspective to Asheville and Western North Carolina as we seek to better understand the historical, political and sociological factors that have brought us to this moment of change for our country and our mountain communities. Read more about the event in this Asheville Citizen-Times article.
Women Over Fifty Film Festival will show 58 short films over 5 days, all directed by, or about, women over 50 years old.
The UK’s only international film festival dedicated to celebrating women over 50 returns from 26-30 September 2020.
This week, the sky in the Bay Area near my home turned to shades of orange due to the wildfires impacting the state of California. At midday, I looked up to a heavy blanket of smoke and fog, a bewildering and unfamiliar darkness, a metaphor apt for this time.
Protecting half of the planet is the best way to fight climate change and biodiversity loss – we’ve mapped the key places to do it
We believe in a politics grounded in love, justice, and belonging. Our aim is to inspire the hearts and minds of everyday people, and turn non-voters into voters. We invite women of color to come together in person and online to tell our stories, host our people, and build community. Our network will continue to grow and live well beyond any one election and ensure that women of color will never be taken for granted again in elections.
AMICI MUSIC PRESENTS- Three different Jewish-inspired programs in September Mozart Zoom course in Sept.; Beethoven Zoom in October
Dear AmiciMusic friends,
Hope you can join us next week for a couple of different Jewish-themed concerts to celebrate the high holidays. The third Jewish program will be coming up on September 20 (not Sept. 19 as written in last e-blast) and I will send out a link to that one soon.
First up on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30pm is “JEWISH JOYS and SORROWS,” which is hosted by Baltimore’s Beth El Congregation as part of their First Wednesday series. Dr. Eyal Bor, clarinet, will join Emmanuel Borowsky, violin; Darragh Fitzgerald, violin; Radhames Santos, viola; Frances Borowsky, cello; and Daniel Weiser, piano on an exciting program featuring music by Bloch, Achron, Kogan, Krein, and Prokofiev. That program will go live on September 9 at 7:30 on the Beth El Facebook page at: facebook.com/bethelbalto
There’s no getting away from the fact that the environment is on everyone’s minds these days—we are all trying to do our bit to help save it. If you are someone who has a garden, you’re in a unique position to be able to do even more to help save the planet and do more for environmental eco-systems.
Of course, a lot of gardening enthusiasts aren’t too sure what eco-friendly garden activity actually looks like. If you’re someone who is passionate about doing their bit for the environment but isn’t sure what building a sustainable garden looks like, then you might be feeling a little confused and unsure regarding the steps that you need to take in order to create a sustainable habitat in your garden.
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