Ahhctober!

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Please enjoy this beautiful post on Autumn from Mitch Teemley!

Mitch Teemley

Autumn colors will peak this month in most of the Northern Hemisphere. How inspiring is it? If you google “landscape paintings,” over half the images you see will have been painted in October. Ditto photographs. And if you’re south of the equator, we’ll look for your pictures in March. Wherever you are, enjoy your first weekend of Ahhctober!

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Something Magical

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Here is a wonderful post from my wife Liz about our granddaughter and an excellent local business A Storybook Party.

Candid By Liz

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Ever since COVID 19 and being in quarantine, I have been looking for things to do with my granddaughter.  While scrolling through my timeline on Facebook I came across this wonderful business called A Storybook Party.  They bring characters alive and bring them to you personally (at a safe distance during quarantine), via zoom, phone calls, pen pals.  Looking through their shop I saw that they do these amazing bi-weekly craft kits.  I chose the ‘Create a Fairy Garden Kit’.  Maddison loves to garden with her Grandpa or her “honey” as she calls him, I thought she would love to have a fairy garden.  I ordered and was not disappointed.  Our first box arrived, delivered by the Fairy Queen herself, left on our porch.  Needless to say, Maddison was so excited.  She couldn’t wait to open the box.

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The box came with a personalized note for Maddison.

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And so…

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Words Worth Repeating

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Here is a wonderful and important post from Kim at By Hook Or By Book!

By Hook Or By Book

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Thank you to all the Helpers out there who are on the frontlines!

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Speaking of helping, one surefire way to alleviate stress and anxiety is to extend a helping hand to others. Whether it’s donating money or blood, or assisting elderly or other at risk neighbors, there’s a lot we can do to help people who are the most vulnerable. Michigan Health has a wonderful list that includes helpful suggestions and links to various places, as well as tips for self-care. The most important thing to remember is that while we may be forced into social distancing, we’re all in this together. 

https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/wellness-prevention/feeling-helpless-about-coronavirus-10-things-you-can-do

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The Benefits of Reading Books

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This is a wonderful blog on reading!

Escorting the Dead

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IT SEEMS AS if fewer people are actually taking the time to read books. In fact, reports have stated that if something takes longer than five minutes to skim through (not read, but skim), people become bored and move onto something else.

As great as technology is and as easy it has made so many tasks in our world, it has wired us to having immediacy issues. If we don’t get everything right now, and that includes the point of some article or book, we become bored or angry. Technology has made it so easy for us to get instant gratification, that we no longer have the patience for or the concept of waiting.

But life shouldn’t be expressed in five minute increments. We really need to start seeing the world without technology once in a while. We need to try to view the…

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The Next Standing Rock Is Everywhere | Another forgotten massacre | MMIWG | Repatriation from Finland | yəhaw̓ a decolonial exhibition

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This is an excellent post from https://laratracehentz.wordpress.com !

Lara Trace Hentz

The lack of tribal consultation and, subsequently, shoddy environmental justice studies, are due in large part to the fact that the consultations and environmental justice studies, unlike clean air or water, are not protected by federal law, but by executive action.  As the past three years have shown, such protections therefore depend on the individual presidential administration.

In one of the more brazen attempts to skip out on tribal consultation entirely, Atlantic Coast Pipeline backers initially pointed to an environmental impact statement completed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that claimed the proposed route did not disproportionately affect any marginalized communities. But in an article for Science last fall, N.C. State associate professor and Lumbee Tribe member Dr. Ryan Emanuel reached strikingly different conclusions. “The nearly 30,000 Native Americans who live within [one mile] of the proposed pipeline make up 13.2 percent of the impacted population in North Carolina, where…

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The Investigative Paranormal Society Cookbook by Charles French

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Thank you so much to Vanessa at https://foodinbooks.com for her review and blog on my book–The Investigative Paranormal Society Cookbook! I am honored!

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French has a wonderful blog – here’s the link – that I follow and enjoy so very much, in addition to his first book Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, which I blogged about last year. The book is the story of three older gentlemen who form a paranormal group and go ghost-hunting, only to find that there are spirits and specters more terrifying in life and death than they ever would have thought possible. They do battle with the titular character Maledicus, a wonderfully evil and thoroughly nasty and despicable spirit who was just as bad when he was alive, and it is overall a wonderful, fast-paced and adventuresome book.

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Being a book and food aficionado and having combined these two in my own blog, I was very pleased with the number of cooking and foodie references in Maledicus, and was happy to see that Charles French had…

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Astonishing Sculptures

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Here are some beautiful photographs of public art from Mitch Teemley!

Mitch Teemley

I love public art! Especially those pieces that catch us off-guard, delight us, or make us think. These public sculptures–in thoroughfares, in forests or along garden paths, some even carved right into the trees and rocks, employing living scenery–do just that!

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Word Defiant!

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This is a powerful post on books!

The World according to Dina

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Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma were pestering us for weeks. They wanted us to visit the exhibition “The Word Defiant!” at Blickling. NOW! We knew that our beloved Bookfayries would freeze sadly seeing the installation ‘burning of books, Mosul/Iraq’. Members of ISIS burnt the library of the university down in 2014 destroying thousands of books and manuscripts. Some of them dated back to Ottoman times. And so it was, sobbing, heads down. It didn’t help at all that we explained that burning books was invented by the church in the 4th c. and during the inquisition, the heretics were burned with their books and, of course, we know book burning as a fascist ritual.

Seit Wochen nervten Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma unausstehlich herum, dass wir die Austellung “The Word Defiant!” über trozige Bücher in Blickling besuchen. JETZT! Uns war klar, dass…

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