What makes you happy?
Tuesday Teaser, hosted by The Purple Booker, asks that the reader choose a random few sentences in a current read to “tease” someone else into reading the book. My Tuesday Teaser for 12/29/2020 comes from Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project.
“One conclusion was blatantly clear from my happiness research: everyone from contemporary scientists to ancient philosophers agrees that having strong social bonds is probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness.”
This has been an interesting and enlightening read.
One aspect of most (perhaps all?) creatures, is that a common threat will tend to bring them together. We are no different in that we too have a tendency to unite against a common enemy however, despite the seriousness of COVID-19, there is still antagonism, discrimination and just plain aggression, both within and across numerous borders, towards people who are perceived as “different”. Politicians who sow the seeds of dissention with divisive politics, must take some of the responsibility but, ultimately, each of us is responsible for our own actions.
I am sure that we are all hoping for the control of COVID-19 and its variants during 2021. Most of us are probably hoping for the vaccine as early as possible. There seems little doubt that it will soon join the many other life threatening conditions that are now under control but then … we are left with the ever…
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These alarming facts were published by the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation recently.
Poverty is a root cause of low literacy. Illiteracy causes increased education costs, higher crime rates, poorer overall health, higher rates of drop outs from high school, and higher rates of dependence on publicly subsidized programs.
70% of inmates in American prisons can not read at a 4th grade level.
Children who do not read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade have only a 1 in 8 chance of catching up and are 4 times more likely to drop out of school.
Texas ranks 50th in states whose adult population has a high School diploma.
In the United States, Houston ranks 56 out of 75 cities with the lowest levels of literacy.
THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE!
Our education systems and literacy programs are fighting a loosing battle and are in chaos. How can we make…
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One thing we can all do during these peculiar times is to settle down with a book. It passes the time nicely, and can be educational and/or entertaining and/or just plain thought provoking. Best of all though, you don’t have to go outside to get a book. Just order from any number of on-line retailers! In our COVID-times … what could be better?
For dog lovers, and anybody who wants to learn a little more about dogs, plus anybody who loves a “rags to riches” kind of story … “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” is a book about the first 18 months of an abandoned and troubled German Shepherd/Rottweiler Cross who moved in with us. He was also my first dog!
For something just plain fun to read … “The Odessa Chronicles”! Imagine an owl (Odessa); a cat, and a jackalope coming together due to…
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Of course you shouldn’t harbour a grudge. That’s not treating it with anything like enough respect – a grudge should be nurtured, pampered and fostered… Until it turns into satisfying revenge!
Castellan the Black, mighty dragon warrior, features in my short story Picky Eaters, written to provide a humorous escape from all the stuff that isn’t happening on Wyvern Peak… All proceeds for the duration of its publishing life are donated to mental health charities.