From the Minnesota Department of
"Mar 14-16, 1870, blizzard struck northern Iowa and SW Minnesota
with up to 16 inches of snowfall. First use of the term "blizzard"
(from boxing, meaning volley of punches) by the Esterville, IA Vindacator
newspaper. The term blizzard was not used by the U.S. Signal Corps Weather
Service until 1876."
Amygdala’s reptilian sway and Let the rest of your
Mind save the day.
I wrote and posted a different acrostic
on the word ‘calm’ on March 25, 2016. In this time of upheaval, it’s
good to recognize what is at work in our brains as we react to the new
administration’s corrupt games.
A particular English pronoun promotes
inequality. Throughout history, the pronoun ‘he’ has been the go-to reference
following nouns such as leader, student, teacher, etc. Many writers and
speakers avoid the cumbersome ‘he or she’ (and yes, usually in that order) and
replace it with ‘they.’ Grammarians cringe at that switch to the plural. I
propose we add the pronoun ‘ge,’ thus offering gender neutrality in the English
language. To show even more fairness, when it’s the object of a verb, it is ‘gim’
(as jim) and its possessive form is ‘ger' (jer). Thank you for inspiring me to think more deeply about this, Rose A.
I just finished reading Jennifer L.
Holm’s excellent historical fiction Full
of Beans. Ten-year old Beans shares the effects on his life of the
Depression and the New Deal era restoration of Key West. These are desperate
times, especially in his town. It got me thinking about community spirit and
the elements that bring people together. Thank you, Beans, for your