Map Monday: understanding history through animated maps

These are good and especially at this point in History which I think most of us forget that we are history. I especially like the Viking part as my Viking brother-in-law keeps reminding me of how great Norway was and still is small but mighty!

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More than once I’ve presented maps of empires throughout history as Map Monday offerings, in part to remind us all that things don’t stay the same. Empires (and nations) rise and empires (and nations) fall. It’s a reality that most of us don’t stop and consider often enough, because our worldview is constrained by our own experiences and our own timeframe. Our worldview is a snapshot in time. But history has many lessons to teach us, and one is that change is inevitable, especially if we do not pay attention to what’s changing around us.

The history of Europe is one case in point. Throughout the centuries – even millenia – centres of power and the well-being of citizens across that continent have waxed and waned. Wars have been fought over raw power, religion, culture, languages … you name it.  I think that’s why I personally consider the European Union…

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Thoughtful Thursday: to take care of others, first take care of yourself

A standard part of the safety talk in airplanes– make sure you put on your mask first!

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Important reminders for us all as we near the 1-year mark of pandemic living. And, remember, taking care of ourselves includes giving ourselves a pass on being all things to all people!

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Embracing those 20 bonus years? How about 50 bonus years?!

Something to think about for a bit.

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Pretty well exactly a year ago (seems like a lifetime ago), I wrote a blog post called “Embracing those twenty bonus years“.  I’ve borrowed the same cartoon for this post because its message seems to say it all; at some point our bodies age.  That’s just the way it is.  Unless. Unless the scientists – true believers – who have recently published books about their research on aging really are onto something. They are convinced that aging is really a disease that can be treated, in other words that aging is curable!  But, I have to ask myself, if a large proportion of the population is going to reach, say, 120 or how about 150, is this really what we want?

Welcome to the world of the biology of aging – biogerontology.  I encourage you to read about their work in these entertaining reviews of their books, Andrew…

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So many ways to spread the joy of reading

So many great authors and books I just have to keep reading!
Thanks Jane for sharing Debra’s post.

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Yesterday a fellow blogger introduced her readers to I Read Canadian Day.  Thanks, Debra.  I was a bit taken aback that I hadn’t heard of this special day before, but in looking it up I see that this is only the second year of its existence, so I forgive myself.  I had also recently discovered, thanks to a come-on for a library donation from my alma mater, that Valentine’s Day is also Library Lovers Day.  So many days, so many great ways to celebrate reading.  So, as my act of kindness to my readers – since yesterday was also Random Acts of Kindness Day (although every day is a good day for a random act of kindness) – I’m going to remind everyone of the immense joy to be had from reading.  And that you can read for free with your library card!

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Economics catching up?

Hopefully this can be the minimal standard worldwide. Thanks for sharing Barry.

I can't believe it!

“Nature is a “blind spot” in economics. We can no longer afford for it to be absent from accounting systems that dictate national finances, or ignored by economic decision makers.”

At last, economics appears to be catching up with the real world. The Dasgupta Review, commissioned by the UK Treasury, has stated what has for long been the bleeding obvious. Our economics is not serving us well by supporting destruction of our natural environment, our home.

“Truly sustainable economic growth and development means recognising that our long-term prosperity relies on rebalancing our demand of Nature’s goods and services with its capacity to supply them.”

I’ve lost count of the number of pressure groups that have made this point over the past decades, but here is hope that at least the UK government is starting to listen, and perhaps it may influence the forthcoming biodiversity summit.

Maybe the ice is…

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Map Monday: a little bit of this, a little bit of that

Some great maps here.

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Let’s start this week’s Map Monday with a map that those of us who have shared our lives with cats will relate to.

When I went looking for dog maps, just to be an equal opportunity pet reporter, I was surprised by the findings shown on this map below. Given that our entire town seems to be out walking at least one if not two dogs most of the time, I would not have guessed that cats outnumber dogs in Canada. But, of course, cats stay home and do their own thing, so we don’t see them as often!

Now for a few additional wide-ranging but no less significant maps. 😉

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Dear Prime Minister: Time for you to go back to the office –

Clipped from:  Scott Gilmore: You can't be an effective national leader during a time of crises working from home over Zoom. It's time to get organized, get down to work and get angry.  Trudeau appears at Question Period virtually during a sitting of the House of Commons on Feb. 3, 2021 (CP/Adrian Wyld)   I’m sending [...]

Self-kindness includes self-esteem

Comparisons can indeed be odious especially if comparing ourselves to others!

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Two weeks ago I posted about self-kindness and the related benefits of being lazy.  It’s hard not to be attracted by that advice!  In reading about what other advice is out there, one expert suggests that you should concentrate on self-compassion rather than self-esteem in being kind to yourself.  Hmm, maybe. But doesn’t that depend on the health of your self-esteem, and how specifically you define these terms?  Along with the extraordinary stresses most people are experiencing during this never-ending pandemic, many people of all ages add to their stress – and distress – every day by continuing to measure themselves against some arbitrary societal standard.  Surely, developing the self-confidence to be your own person and learning to like that person are important aspects of self-kindness. How can they not be?

Earlier this week, a fellow blogger wrote on this topic in a post called What Defines You? This…

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Required for a truly pandemic-free world – patience and cooperation

Some level headed thoughts on our current situation, thanks Jane.

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Two things we need lots of more to really wrestle the pandemic into submission – patience and cooperation. Two things we aren’t very good at – patience and cooperation!

After struggling without great success in most countries to try to contain this new, highly contagious virus about which the world’s medical experts knew nothing a year ago, vaccines are now available and everyone sees hope. Sorry, folks, but while having vaccines does offer a glimmer of hope on the horizon, it remains a distant horizon.

Because a significant minority of people (and some leaders) in most wealthy countries have ignored the requirements to stay home and stay safe/wear your mask/social distance, not only has the virus continued to spread, but we have provided the virus with the ideal environment in which to mutate. That’s its main purpose in life: to mutate so as to become more transmissible and more viral. And…

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