Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Few Numbers

Rember this photo:
Three Year old stands on toilet practicing lockdown drill. A few Numbers
Stacey Feeley's 3-year-old practicing a lockdown drill and hiding from a potential attacker, June 2016  
"Politicians – take a look. This is your child, your children, your grandchildren, your great-grandchildren and future generations to come. They will live their lives and grow up in this world based on your decision." - Stacey Feeley

I think most people would agree that gun violence has not improved in two years, but how much worse has it become? 
Philip Mudd, former FBI agent and counter-terrorism analyst for CNN, speaking with Wolf Blitzer about the Parkland, Florida shooting.   
"A child of God is dead. Can not we acknowledge in this country that we cannot accept this. . . . I can't do it, Wolf."
A few numbers about the US and guns: 
God Bless America Handgun Control, Inc. Offset, circa 1997
God Bless America Handgun Control, Inc. 1997
There were more than 38,000 gun-related deaths in the US in 2016 . . .
 Chief petty officer (CPO) selectees watch a Revolutionary War-era rifle demonstration at the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston
Chief petty officers watch a Revolutionary War-era rifle demonstration at the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston
The US is 4% of the world’s population, owns 43% of the world’s guns and is responsible for 34% of civilian mass shootings.
Parody of Norma Rockwell's Teacher's Birthday. Guns in the classroom by TAP The Ale Party
Guns in the classroom by TAP The Ale Party
312 US school shootings since 2013 (an average of nearly one a week) . . . 
Aztec High School William Atchison timeline note via San Juan County Sheriffs Office
Note from Aztec High School shooting in Dec 2017. William Atchison shot two students before killing himself.
7 children and teens die in the US from gun violence (murder, suicide, accident) per day.
Virginia Tech massacre candlelight vigil Burruss
Candlelight vigil at Virginia Tech after the April 16, 2007 shooting left 32 dead 17 injured.
School shootings with the highest fatalities:
Sandy Hook Elementary School  
Dec 14, 2012  
Newtown, CT  
27 dead and 2 injured 
Moms demand action School safety ads. What is allowed and what is prohibited. Kinder Chocolate eggs are too dangerous
Moms Demand Action

Stoneman Douglas High School  
Feb 14, 2018  
Parkland, FL  
17 dead and 17 injured 


Moms demand action School safety ads. What is allowed and what is prohibited. Little Red Riding Hood has a bottle of  wine in her basket
Moms Demand Action


Columbine High School  
April 20, 1999  
Columbine, CO 
13 dead and 24 injured


Moms demand action School safety ads. What is allowed and what is prohibited. Dodgeball is too violent
Moms Demand Action

Santa Fe High School  
May 18, 2018  
Santa Fe, Texas  
10 dead and 13 injured
Guns and schools. Let's go to school
We desperately need a change in the numbers.
Since Columbine, 214,000 children at 216 schools have experienced gun violence in school. 
At least 141 children, educators, and others have been killed, and 284 have been injured during school shootings

#NRA #GunControl #Life #MarchForOurLives #NeverAgain 


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Klickitat Street

Ramona the Pest. Illustrations of Beverly Cleary’s books by Louis Darling
Illustrations of Beverly Cleary’s books by Louis Darling
Beverly Cleary turned 102 this April!  She is the author of 41 young adult books that have sold over 91 million copies. 
Beverly Cleary, young adult author, age 6
Beverly Cleary, age 6
"If we finished our work, the teacher would say, 'Now don't read ahead.' But sometimes I hid the book I was reading behind my geography book and did read ahead. You can hide a lot behind a geography book." - Beverly Cleary
  Beverly Cleary, young adult author in 1938. Klickitat Street. marchmatron.com
Beverly Cleary, in 1938
In 1939, Beverly Cleary was a children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, and then a librarian at the U.S. Army Hospital in Oakland, California. 
Frustrated by the lack of children's books with realistic characters and situations, she started writing while working in a bookstore. 
Henry Huggins by Beverly Clearly. Illustration by Louis Darling
"If you don't see the book you want on the shelves, write it." - Beverly Cleary

Henry Huggins, a book about a boy in Oregon, a stray dog, and a humorous look at the problem-solving skills of a suburban 8-year-old, was published in 1950. 
She followed with five more Henry books. 
Beverly Cleary's book Ramona the Pest. Henry Huggins the traffic guard and Ramona who lost her boots. Illustration by Louis Darling
Ramona receiving some unwelcome assistance from School Crossing Guard Henry Huggins. Illustration by Louis Darling
Cleary also wrote stories about the other kids in Henry's Klickitat Street neighborhood.  Ramona Geraldine Quimby, a younger, pesky sister, was never meant to be a main character . . . 
I am too a Merry Sunshine. Illustration of Ramona in  Beverly Cleary’s book featuring sisters Ramona and Beezus by Louis Darling
"As a child, I disliked books in which children learned to be 'better' children."- Beverly Cleary 

but Ramona became the best know of Cleary's fictional children.  
"Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood." - Beverly Cleary
She appeared in books spanning forty-four from 1955 in Beezus and Ramona to 1999 in Ramona’s World.
"Love isn’t like a cup of sugar that gets used up." - Ramona's Mother, Mrs. Quimby 

Bronze figures of Ramona, Henry, and Henry's dog Ribsy were dedicated on 1995 in Grant Park, Portland. Klickitat Street, where Henry and his friends live, is located a few blocks north of the park.
Beverly Cleary was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
"I didn't start out writing to give children hope, but I'm glad some of them found it." - Beverly Cleary

#Book #Read #Kids #Cleary

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Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things!

Original Dust Jacket for The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien created original artwork for the 1937 dust jacket of The Hobbit. The sun and Smaug were originally red, but the budget didn't allow for additional colors.  
My daughter bought me a Christmas gift. 
The Hill. Hobbiton across the Water illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien
An illustration of the quote: 
Adventures! Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Makes you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them. - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 
Smaug flies round the mountain. Illustration for the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations if you live near him. - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My daughter knows me, 
Rivendell. Illustration for The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
and she believes the Shire would have had an unfortunate fate if I had been the fourteenth. 
The Trolls. Illustration for The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are all over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go. - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Comes to the Huts of the Raft Elves. Illustration of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Gandalf thought of most things; and though he could not do everything, he could do a great deal for friends in a tight corner. - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Conversation with Smaug. Illustration forThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
No dragon can resist the fascination of riddling talk and of wasting time trying to understand it. - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Halls of Manwe. Illustration byJ.R.R. Tolkien
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
 
#LOTR #Hobbit #Tolkien #Read #Book
(Sierra)


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