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The Daily StickMan Adventures - December 15, 2016 at 05:06PM
Title: The Day The World Almost Came to an EndAuthor: Pearl CraytonSummary The narrator explains that when she was twelve years old, she was committed to being a sinner. However, she lived with a family and community whose lives revolved around the Church. One day, her cousin Rena insists that the world is coming to an end because she heard her mom and another woman discussing it and that it would happen with the eclipse that's occurring in two days. Rena insists but the narrator finds fault with her claims. However, when a woman comes by affirms what Rena is saying, the narrator becomes lost in thinking about what that could mean for her. Later when her dad comes home, she asks him if the world is going to end and explains why she is concerned. He says that it's nothing to worry about and that the world is going to end when it's going to end. This only convinces the narrator that it will end sooner rather than later. Unable to be calmed, she stays up all night wor…
We all know that I’m an avid reader (and listener) of books. We also know there are like a bajillion books out there that I want to read. Seriously, my “To Read” pile grows constantly, no matter how much I read. A problem of such a burning curiosity is that I have to make decisions about what to read and when I look at the range of topics that my To-Read books covers, it’s a substantial range:
how technology is distracting us (The Distracted Mind by Adam Gazzaley)how Baby-boomers & Generation X have screwed us later generations over (A Generation of Sociopaths by Bruce Gibney)how the gig economy is ruining us (Shadow Work by Craig Lambert)how elite colleges are selling students BS (The Golden Passport by Duff McDonald)Misunderstanding the science of success (Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker)understanding how fear works (Scream by Margee Kerr)creativity in a digital age (The Maker Movement by Mark Hatch)neoliberal economics (Free to Choose by Milton Freedman)understanding …
February went by quick and alas I did not get to read any physical books (but am almost done with The Obelisk Gate by N. J. Jemisin). However, it is a month filled with fantastic reads and inspired a new series of blog posts (that would be the Books for White Folks series). In the meantime, here is a slice of the books that stood out and warrant your attention!
Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education by Noliwe Rooks This book, in many ways, does the critical work for K-12 education that Michelle Alexander does for the criminal justice system. Rooks traces the history of "school choice" to its origins in the rise of segregation and shows how the United States has a consistent history of taking public dollars away from educational spaces where marginalized folks could benefit to spend on public schools of white students or in the case of school-choice, into the pockets of private entities. Some of her best work is illustrating the depths t…