That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.~John Burroughs
This wry observation on the forthcoming Fourth of July inspires random thoughts and a dip into the scattered notes that don’t quite sum to a cogent theme or post. Thus, as we achieve mid-year 2017 it occurs to me that some may be of interest to readers. The long (for some) holiday weekend is a time to share those snippets in hopes they spark a flicker of interest or a brainstorm…
- Since you may be house-bound over the holiday, you might want to think about actually doing some research on the history of your home. Just last week Greta Kaul, writing in MinnPost offered some basic tips and starting points – find the article here: https://www.minnpost.com/data/2017/06/what-public-records-can-tell-you-about-history-your-house What the journalist failed to mention is that the staff of Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library has sponsored several excellent workshops on the topic in recent months. There’s one more Researching the History of Your Minneapolis Home session scheduled for Saturday, August 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Roosevelt Library.
- Thinking about starting or joining a book group? The South Dakota Humanities Commission has a new and very useful guide. http://sdhumanities.org/media/blog/how-do-you-start-a-book-club.
- Feel like learning a bit more about our neighbors to the West? Renowned North Dakota poet Tom McGrath sets the tone in this video produced some years ago by the Center for International Education (Mike Hazard) (http://www.thecie.org/mcgrath/). The Movie at the End of the World: Thomas McGrath is on YouTube Movie at the End, a lovely introduction – or reminder – of the poet and his North Dakota roots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABDUGe2kGNs
- As long as you’ve let your mind wander a bit, check out The Ephemera Society of America, Inc. (ephemerasociety.org) Located in Cazenovia, New York, the national organization pays attention to all of the little stuff the rest of us don’t even notice. Though the website is a bit quixotic, ephemera do not categorize easily – and that’s the fun of it! Relax and wander freely through the world of ephemera! The local authority on the Ephemera Society of America is author and intrepid researcher Molly (Moira) Harris
- For some time I’ve been following the work of Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (http://www.brycs.org) a project of the Migration and Refugee Services at the US Conference of Bishops. The BRYCS website and clearinghouse does a great job of sharing elusive information on practices, studies, events, interview with immigrant youth and more. Try dipping in to learn more about whatever it is you want to know more about.
- Earlier this week this timely piece popped up on the email. Its value lies in the fact that it suggests an inclusive definition of food chain workers while underscores the ways in which women forge essential links in the food chain. https://foodtank.com/news/2016/01/women-we-love-27-influential-women-in-food-and-agriculture/
In the spirit of the 4th, take time to check out this short read – a long overlooked bit of American history: https://www.reddit.com/r/shutupandwrite/comments/6k2fyn/article_patriot_hasnt_always_been_positive_words/
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit – Hubert H Humphrey