Today I am trying something a bit different, rather a compilation of interesting Op-eds that I come across with just a brief summation and a link to the article itself. Why? In part because I am a bit lazy … weekends I usually get out more, do things with the family, and that cuts into my writing time, so I usually do not post as much as I would like on Saturday/Sunday. Perhaps the more important reason, though, is that I frequently come across very important or at least interesting opinion pieces that I want to share here. Doing so is always a challenge because if I quote or copy more than a few words without citing properly, it is considered plagiarism. I cannot copy an entire article, and quite often it is something that is well worth reading. So, I am going to try this on for size, and I hope you will let me know in the comment section if you think it works or not.
OH NO … Say it ain’t so! Ever hear the expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Sesame Street has been around since November 1969. They have been right there at 123 Sesame Street on PBS, but last August a deal was negotiated moving the show to HBO. Changes, it seems, are in the wind. Here are two articles about what might become of our pals Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, my personal favourite Oscar the Grouch, and the rest of the gang. There Goes The Neighborhood! and Sesame Street Is Cutting Back On Parodies
One of my favourite Op-ed writers is Nicholas Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, who writes a twice-weekly column for the New York Times. He is a humanitarian and his columns typically address issues related to human rights abuses and social injustices. His column today is about the inhumane treatment of chickens by today’s poultry industry. It is stirring and sad, and I strongly advise you not to read it while you are munching a chicken sandwich, but that said, it is well worth the read.
I am a voracious reader, as you may have guessed. In addition to two floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in my bedroom, I have another small bookshelf, but I also have stacks of books in every corner, nook and cranny. I have a stack of 6 or 7 on my nightstand, and at least 5-6 reside on the bed at all times. I was this way by the time I was 6 or so, and nothing has changed. I never took a speed reading course, but once upon a time I did look into one, wondering how a person could learn to read much more quickly and thus be able to read perhaps 10-12 books within a week. When I realized the idea behind speed reading, I did not pursue it further, as it seemed to me that one would not get as much out of a book, neither knowledge nor enjoyment, so I would settle for reading the old fashioned way. Now there is evidence that I was right all along. Sorry, You Can’t Speed Read
We hear a lot about Donald Trump, his nude-model wife Melania, former wives Ivana and Marla, but little about his children, other than Ivanka who is somewhat active in his campaign and also made headlines for having a baby last month. So, here is an article answering everything you never wanted to know about his children. A Family of Trumpeters
This is not necessarily going to be a regular feature in my blog. I just wanted to try something a little different for a change of pace. I sometimes think a day off from heavier issues like social injustice, politics and the like helps me to regain my perspective. As always, thanks for reading, for following, and for your comments! Have a great Sunday!