Saturday, September 24, 2016

#tweetingdoesntfitmywordcount

I really haven't tweeted all that much, I only started doing it more of late because of @sk12 which is a website that caters to teachers and has a massive amount of wonderful online classes for the technically challenged.
If you know me, you will are probably wondering why I feel technically challenged. I don't really, but I do have very low self esteem in technology and a fairly steep learning curve with learning new things. So #technicallychallenged.
I am a lover of history podcasts and my favorite @missedinhistory recently promoted another podcast @politicallyreactive. I was uninterested until they mentioned one of the 'casters is @wkwamaubell who I discovered through his series @unitedshadesofamerica on CNN. I have always felt my white privilege to be more burden than privilege. I know that my whiteness, and I now have proof of it from ancestry.com, goes back centuries and #iamprettysureyouarentmorewhitethanme, is something I never considered as anything more than who I am. There was absolutely no way around it, I could dream that there was some multiracialness to me, now I know better. I have been able to trace my birthmother's line back to England. I have ancestors who fought in the American Revolution and the Civil War, unfortunately, in regards to the Civil War on the wrong side in my opinion. I have an ancestor who died from Chlorea in a Union prison camp.
The totally strange thing about my birth family is that it mirrors my adoptive mother's family. I am white and I was raised by white parents, one of whom was so racist that at one point I slapped her cheek because she called my Hawaiian boyfriend a nigger. I had always known she was intolerant, no hated other races. She was sickened that my cousin married a wonderful Mexican woman after his divorce. She nearly threw up when she found out I was pregnant by my Hawaiian boyfriend. I stupidily put that beautiful baby boy up for adoption because of her telling me she'd throw me out of the house if I kept the baby. It didn't occur to me to go to his family and ask for help. That's on me.
Now that I am totally #whitesagainsttrump, I wonder how she would vote. I know what I feel deep in my soul, but maybe she would have changed in her dotage.
I know have no one actually reading my blog, but I felt an explanation of why the wayward grammy is turning political is happening.
@wkwamaubell's podcast has fired me up and #tweetingdoesntfitmywordcount on the issues he and Hari are bringing up. I have been accused of lengthy emails by my principal and I am doing better on that this school year. But, fuck me silly, I just can't say in 145 characters, which includes spaces, which isn't fair, what I want to say. Argh... So here I am hoping to redefine myself here in my blog. I could always Facebook, but I am pretty I would get flamed by my friends who are Trump supporters. None of them seem to be able to not flame me or anyone else who says Trump is an idiot. I just ignore them or hide the posts they share from other idiots. Oh well. I am me and I don't apologize for my hatred of the racist Trump and those who agree with him. I truly fear for my country if Trump were to become President.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Adult coloring books

I have always enjoyed coloring and way back, way back I purchased a set of professional markers and colored and drew for a short time. I also purchase professional grade colored pencils and colored in coloring books.
In the winter and or spring, not sure which, I discovered a new wave of adult coloring and is my usual way, I became obsessed and purchased a few of the new adult coloring books and spent a tidy sum on colored pencils and markers, still purchasing all three.
The new wave of coloring books speak of reducing stress. And for me they do that as well as pushing me into a more focused realm. I have purchased far too many coloring books, but my current favorite was a gift from my co teacher's wife, Dr. Who, my oh my. I have four coloring books created by Johanna Brasford, wonderful drawings to color. I also two books by Daria Song which depict a little girl discovering the inner workings of a clock guarded by a fairy. Many have a seek and find piece to them, but that is secondary to the drawings. What I love about Dr. Who, besides it is Dr. Who, is that the images are each on separate page so that I can color using my pencils or markers. The others print on both sides of the page so that I have to first color with a pencil on the other side of the page that I want to use my markers. I like how the markers are more vibrant than pencils.
The coloring books help those of us who are not artists, or at least don't think we are, manifest into artists for a time. The act of creating and giving life to the black and white drawings is what refreshes my brain and body. The act of coloring pulls me in, much like books do, but in the case of coloring I am creating.
When I read I usually, if it is fiction, create the characters in my mind. I choose actors to give a face to the characters in the book, some books pop out as animation Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is one that came to fruition in animation, I'm not sure why. Now I am going to have to get back to the book, the characters are in my head now and pounding for me to get back to reading.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hermiston Community Livability Asset Committee

At least I think that is what the committee is called. I applied for membership in this committee and even got an interview. But alas, they did not want my opinion. It was a long shot and that I even got an interview sort of impressed me. I have always felt the Hermiston hierarchy was an enclosed system unwilling to listen to outside voices.
I cannot attend City Council meetings, during the school year, so what I know is from what I read in the paper. I think I will have to pledge to myself that I will do my best to attend City Council meetings on days when I don't have night school.
What I read in the paper tells me that on many occasions the Council listens to Community input and then does what they want to, seemingly ignoring Community members who have differing opinions. Don't get me wrong, I have found many of the people here to be very welcoming and friendly to this vagina carrying liberal feminist. That isn't to say that I don't cringe every time I see a Confederate Battle flag flying in front of a house or speeding down 395 accompanied by the Gadsden Flag in the bed of a noisy lifted diesel pickup.
The area is so beautiful and I have found a way to calm my nerves and Feng shua my brain. I have taken up photography, a former loved hobby. I go out on evenings and take sunset photographs, which is a bit challenging once school starts and the days get shorter. My weekends are free and sometimes I even wake up early enough to catch a sunset, which will change when we fall back in November.
I have to drive about five miles to get a sunrise photo like this, but its worth it don't you think? The beauty is why I wanted to be on the Committee, to try and drive Hermiston into becoming a destination rather than a drive through to Pendleton or TriCities. I hope the Committe can do some good things, but I fear the whole process will become unfocused and more about branding and signage than becoming a real destination.

Monday, October 5, 2015

School and Life

I have been neglectful, again, of this blog. My teaching duties and the associated work has kept me from updating about anything.

I had a very good conversation with a former student about gun control yesterday. While it initially started out on his part attempting an attack on what I had said. I think we had a very good back and forth about gun control, mental illness, and responsibilities.

The tragedy that hit a Community College to the west and south of where I am now, has fueled so much vitriol, shaming, and anger that that is all I am going to say about it right now. My heart goes out to Roseburg and Umpqua Community College.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dachau?? Hungary stopping the refugees.

Germany is now using Dachau to house refugees and Hungarian police are demanding "papers" from anyone who looks vaguely middle eastern. 1000 refugees an hour are crossing the Serbian Croatian border. There's rumors of dissolving Schengen. This is WW2

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/19/the-refugees-who-live-at-dachau 

 https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/09/new-satellite-images-show-hungarys-rush-to-keep-refugees-out-of-europe/

The story from Amnesty has a great image of before Hungary put up the fence and after.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

More on budding young engineer Ahmed

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/muslim-student-arrested-hoax-bomb-clock-150916062821415.html

A share from Ericka that is depressing

The link has a great article but they make you answer a a question before you can see it. If I can post here I will so you don't have to be bothered.
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/hungary-takes-refugee-children-away-from-parents-as-it-declares-state-of-emergency-31528860.html



 An Afghan refugee woman holding her daughter in a camp in southern Hungary
 Migrants stand in front of a barrier at the border with Hungary near the village of Horgos, Serbia Credit: Marko Djurica (REUTERS)
 
Hungary takes refugee children away from parents as it declares state of emergency
Plans to extend 175 km razor wire border fence with Serbia eastwards towards Romania
David Kearns
PUBLISHED15/09/2015 | 15:42
Hungary is to split up families found illegally crossing its borders following state of emergency declarations in two of its southern counties.
Any minor found without the correct documents will be taken from their parents and placed in "children's institutions".
Meanwhile the parents will be put in one of two holding areas called "transit zones" while they await trial for illegally crossing the border – a crime now punishable with a prison sentence.
The new law came into effect at midnight on Monday as authorities sealed a railway crossing point that had been used by tens of thousands of migrants.
Hundreds of migrants are thought to be stranded at the Serbia-Hungary border after the Hungarian government closed the frontier with a new razor-wire fence.
On Monday night, Hungarian military trucks cleared the makeshift refugee camp near the village of Roszke, as part of the government’s effort to tighten up border controls.
Figures showed that a record 7,437 people entered Hungary from Serbia on Monday.
Hungary's government has also started work on extending its 175 km border fence with Serbia eastwards towards Romania, in case migrants start taking other routes into its territory, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.
"We have made the decision to start preparatory works for the construction of a fence starting from the Hungarian-Serbian-Romanian border at a reasonable length should migration pressure shift in the direction of Romania," said Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.
The Government announced the plans as it said its two southern counties bordering Serbia were now officially in a state of emergency due to the sheer number of refugees entering the country.
The state of emergency gives police extra powers and would allow troop to be deployed if the country’s parliament approves.
The declarations give police the power to search homes without a warrant if they suspect migrants may be hiding there.
Also, courts will now be forced to prioritise cases involving people caught entering Hungary illegally as border crossing
Police said they had arrested 60 people accused of trying to breach a razor-wire fence on the border with Serbia
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said this morning his Government had been forced to officially declare a state of emergency in the face of his “nation being engulfed”.
A government spokesman said: "It's the fundamental interest of everyone to put an end to the illegal immigration process.
"It is possible migrants will accumulate on the Serbian side of the border.
"Every single country where the migrants are crossing should take its part in the joint European efforts, including Serbia."
Starting Tuesday, Hungary will start implementing tougher border measures that may see those who cross Hungary’s border illegally arrested.
On Monday night, Hungarian military trucks cleared the makeshift refugee camp near the village of Roszke, as part of the government’s effort to tighten up border controls.
Figures showed that a record 7,437 people entered Hungary from Serbia on Monday.
Many of the refugees, who have been fleeing war zones including Syria, have been heading west to Germany, which said it expected a million migrants to enter the country this year - 200,000 more than previous estimates.
Over the weekend, Germany tightened controls along its border with Austria creating traffic jams at major crossings.
The European Commission confirmed on Tuesday it had received a notification from Austrian authorities of their intention to temporarily reintroduce border controls with Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The commission said Austria’s move, like that of Germany, was in keeping with the provisions of the Schengen agreement.
"The temporary reintroduction of border controls between Member States is an exceptional possibility explicitly foreseen in and regulated by the Schengen Borders Code, in case of a crisis situation.
"The current situation in Austria, prima facie, appears to be a situation covered by the rules," the Commission said.
The White House said Tuesday evening that it is up to European nations to determine the best way to deal with the flood of refugees fleeing violence in Syria, and said the United States remains committed to taking more refugees to help.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not directly comment on whether the United States supports mandatory quotas for refugees in Europe, saying it was up to countries to work together to find solutions.
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