A standard part of the safety talk in airplanes– make sure you put on your mask first!
Something to think about for a bit.
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 great authors and books I just have to keep reading!
Thanks Jane for sharing Debra’s post.
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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Hopefully this can be the minimal standard worldwide. Thanks for sharing Barry.
“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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You have so much to do. So much going on. There are only so many rolls of toilet paper left at the store. Only so many jobs available. Only so many kids who get accepted to the Ivy League, only so many spots on the bestseller list. So you fight. You claw. You might even [...]
Some great maps here.
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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Clipped from: https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/dear-prime-minister-time-for-you-to-go-back-to-the-office/?utm_source=nl&utm_medium=em&utm_campaign=mme_daily&sfi=b7034940d4ce87d519423dc2c676c8c7 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 [...]
Comparisons can indeed be odious especially if comparing ourselves to others!
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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Some level headed thoughts on our current situation, thanks Jane.
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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Maybe this year the Davos attendees may actually do something.
I recently came across this short unpublished article I wrote towards the end of 1996, reflecting on The Knutsford Lectures 1993-1996 on Visions of a New Renaissance, previously described in this post. It was an ambitious attempt to capture the spirit and outline of the needed New Renaissance, inspired by what the 19 individual speakers had said. The limitations of my perspective and the lack of suitable outlets meant the article was never published.
Discovering this piece led me to consider, what has changed in nearly 25 years. Was the outlined vision valid? Are we any nearer to it? Here’s my brief assessment, against the categories in the Emerging Vision section of the above paper i.e.:
- Sustainable ecology.
- Ethical behaviour and social responsibility
- Local economy and community
- Appropriate scale and human scale
- Open science
- Soul and spirit
- Love, compassion, nonviolence
- Holistic views
- Living philosophy
- Imagination, inspiration, arts
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