In the wake of thunder (by alexstoddard)

"Infants can detect sounds from a language not in their environment at six months of age. By 10 months of age they lose this ability. This suggests that the ability to detect speech sounds from around the globe is available to all infants but slowly fades away."

Arturo E. Hernandez author of The Bilingual Brain, explains what the bilingual brain can tell us about language learning and learning a second language.

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Al Green - Tired of Being Alone

from:Al Green Gets Next To You

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Coffee & Cake

"Start by looking for what is valid in every human being."
— Albert Camus, from Notebooks (1939)

Dear Darkness by Mira Nedyalkova

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"It was the last nostalgia: that he
Should understand."

Wallace Stevens, Esthetique du Mal

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Saul Leiter     Paris      1959 

"I admired Louis Faurer’s work very much. I thought he was unusual. There was a kind of poetry and quirkiness about his work that appealed to me. I admired Robert Frank’s work very much. I think he is a great photographer. What else can you say about him? His work is poetic and beautiful. Robert Frank asked me one day to help Louis Faurer on a fashion shoot. This must have been in the early 1950s. I went to his studio and it was complete madness, so I left. Louis was very angry with me for leaving and didn’t talk to me for years. I knew Diane Arbus. She lived across the street from me. I want to mention the fact that I learned from her biography that I helped her with her laundry one day. Did I really help her with laundry? I’m not so sure." Saul Leiter

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Billie Holiday - Just One More Chance

(by Minsun Kim)

"Practically speaking, a life that is vowed to simplicity, appropriate boldness, good humor, gratitude, unstinting work and play, and lots of walking brings us close to the actual existing world and its wholeness."
— Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild (via kvtes)

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Green Tea Latte

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Cup


1 1/2 tsp. green tea (matcha) powder

1 Tbsp. hot water (not boiling water)

1 cup milk (cows, almond, soy, etc)

1 tsp. sugar (optional)


1.  Sift green tea powder into the cup to get rid of the lumps in the powder.

2.  Add hot (not boiling) water and whisk vigorously until powder is all dissolved. This prevents the tea having lumps in it so do not skip. The green tea paste should be smooth and foamy. I use a frother but you can also use a small regular whisk.

3.  Add milk and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat the milk over medium heat until small bubbles start to appear around the edge of the saucepan. Do not bring the milk to full boil. Turn off the heat. (Or use cold milk for iced latte)

4.  Froth the milk until foamy, about 10 seconds with a frother. If you don’t have a frother, you can skip.

5.  Add the hot milk and foam in the cup and dust the green tea powder on the top. (Add ice for an extra cold iced latte).

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Ali Farka Toure - Jungou

from: The River 

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"When Cynthia Koenig, a young social entrepreneur from New York, learned that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people in poor communities transport water and it’s called the WaterWheel. Koenig’s WaterWheel allows people to roll water in a 50-liter container versus carrying it in 5 gallon (19 liter) jugs. Koenig estimates that the WaterWheel can save women 35 hours per week in water transport time, as well as prevent the physical strain that comes from balancing 40 pounds of water on top of their heads for hours each day. 

Every day around the world, over 200 million hours are spent each day fetching water, often from water sources miles from home, and this task usually falls to women and girls. By freeing up valuable time, the WaterWheel allows women to spend time on income-generating activities that can help pull her family out of poverty. The time savings also means that there is a greater likelihood that girls will be allowed to stay in school, further reducing the rate of intergenerational poverty. 

After receiving a $100,000 Grand Challenges Canada prize to develop the WaterWheel, Koenig founded a social enterprise company, Wello. The company is in an early stage of development and has been piloting the WaterWheel in rural communities in India. Koenig also plans on continuing to make the WaterWheel itself more useful by adding in filtration, drip irrigation kits, even a cell phone charger that uses the rotation of the wheel to charge the battery of the cell phone and give people more access to essentials like communication and education. 

To learn more about this invention and its potential to transform the lives of many girls and women around the world, check out Koenig’s TED talk and you can read a recent article in The Guardian about her venture. To learn more about how to support her work, visit Wello’s website.”

For a wonderful book about more female innovators and inventors throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women” for readers 8 to 13.

To help children and teens better understand the challenges many children around the world face in order to go to school, check out the blog post, “Honoring Malala: Mighty Girl Books on Children’s Fight for Education,” showcasing our top books for young readers on children’s educational access issues.

A Mighty Girl also has a section highlighting stories that feature poverty and hardship as a significant theme. Such stories provide opportunities for parents to discuss these topics with their children while also helping to foster children’s empathy for people living in difficult circumstances. Learn more here.”

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