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10 things on my mind about covid-19

1. Wealthy urbanites are fleeing to their second homes -- buying out grocery stores, expecting personal shoppers and home delivery, swelling vacation towns' size to summer proportions. This is the epitome of the egocentric, classist arrogance that often pervades the United States.2. In India, a planned lockdown of more than a billion people is expected to leave millions dead of starvation. As people become desperate, there will inevitably be rioting, police shootings, and all forms of rampant vi...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, India, Canada, United States, Labour, Health Care, Loblaws, UFCW, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, We Like Lists, COVID-19, Brazil Pakistan Nigeria, Blogger Google


five rules of small-town life

There is not one traffic lightin any town north of Campbell River. 1. Don't be in a rush.Everything takes time. Everyone has time. You have time, too. You might have to wait while people finish chatting. No matter. You have time.2. Don't try to make plans.People stop by. They want you to stop by. Or you can wait for them to come 'round. They will.3. Don't be too picky.Everything you need is here. It might not be exactly what you had in mind, but does the difference really matter? If it do...
Tags: Travel, Don, Laura K, We Like Lists, Life In A Small Town, Campbell River 1 Don


what i liked, what i hated, and what i don't understand: a list about my election campaign

I agreed to stand for election because it was an opportunity -- an opportunity to bring a progressive perspective to a riding where those ideas are usually overlooked, and a personal opportunity to expand my own skills and experience. Overall, it was a positive experience -- because it was so short-term. If it had been gone on for six months or a year, I would have been miserable! Here's what I liked, what I hated, and what I just don't get.Positives1. I met a lot of people! Community activists,...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Meta, Party, Liberal, Allan, Ndp, Mississauga, Laura K, Canadian Politics, Toronto And Mississauga, CUPE, My Writing, We Like Lists, Facebook Being, Mississauga Centre


what i'm reading: what i haven't read and am not reading

Many of my co-workers keep colourful lists like this,or use Goodreads or Shelfari to track their reading.I prefer plain old text. Like most avid readers, my to-read list contains far more titles than I could ever read in a lifetime, even if I did nothing but read. Although I add books at a considerably faster rate than I tick them off, I do still keep The List, and I consult it when I'm looking for my next book. I do this with movies, too.I also read books not on my list, much more so now...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, New York City, America, City, Gotham, Labour, Shakespeare, Tony Judt, CRESSIDA, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Arnold Rampersad, We Like Lists, Laura Ingalls Wilder Caroline FraserHelen Keller


new year's un-resolutions

I don't do New Year's Resolutions, but I do enjoy using the revolution of our Earth around the Sun as an excuse to take stock in where I am and think about where I'm going.This is not a Big Promise To Do Something; it's not even goal-setting. In my ongoing work to free myself from a strong tendency towards All Or Nothing, to not paint myself into a corner, to not create Rules which I then use to limit my experiences, I don't even set concrete goals.My thinking takes the form of general precepts...
Tags: Travel, Earth, Personal, Laura K, We Like Lists


11.11: remembrance day readers' advisory

I've posted 11 anti-war songs, and I've done Labour Day readers' advisory, but I don't think I've ever done anti-war readers' advisory. Here are 11 great books with an anti-war themes.1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins2. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut3. War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges (nonfiction)4. Regeneration, Pat Barker5. Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo6. Hiroshima, John Hersey (nonfiction)7. Mother Courage and Her Children, Bertolt Brecht (drama)8. A Farewell to A...
Tags: Travel, War And Peace, Joseph, Chris Hedges, Bertolt Brecht, Laura K, 11.11, Joshua Key, Lawrence Hill, We Like Lists, Erich Maria RemarqueThere


in which i answer the burning question, what will laura binge-watch next?

In response to my help me find a new series to binge-watch post, I got tons of answers both here and on Facebook. I'm keeping the list for future reference. In the category of watching by myself during R&R downtime, I am starting with Hinterland, which has long been in my Netflix list. I've watched the first two episodes, and it's very much like Wallander, a good sign. After Hinterland, the to-try list: Peaky Blinders, Shetland, Fringe, Bloodline, Wentworth, River. Also will try The Defende...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Netflix, Allan, Jessica Jones, Wallander, LETTERKENNY, Laura K, What I'm Watching, We Like Lists, Peaky Blinders Shetland Fringe, Bloodline Wentworth River, Luke Cage Intelligence


in which i contemplate the personal pros and cons of social media

I've been taking a break from social media, and I am feeling the positive effects. But I do miss people. But I feel better...but I miss people...but I feel better. And so on.This is your brain on fibromyalgiaI struggle with low concentration and intermittent brain fog. I believe it's from fibromyalgia, but whatever the cause, it's a minor disability or a weakness for which I must compensate. I have devised various coping mechanisms, and for the most part, they are integrated into my life, as are...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Internet, US, Personal, Glenn Greenwald, Trump, Facebook Google, Dave Zirin, Laura K, We Like Lists


in which old photos make me think things

I've been scanning some old photos -- some of Allan and me through the years, others with my siblings at various ages -- and have been posting them on Facebook. This experience has led to two insights. The thoughts themselves aren't new, but this walk on memory lane has recalled and reinforced them.Insight number one: my self-image was extremely distorted throughout my life. I thought I was fat and ugly. Yet there is evidence that that was not the case. I am now overweight, but that's a differen...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, London, Wales, Personal, West, Ireland, Feminism, Paris, Travels, Allan, West Country, BRUSSELS LONDON, London Paris, Amsterdam Paris


authors i keep wanting to read but don't

My book list is extremely long, so long that I don't call it a reading list or a to-read list, because I will never read even half the books on the List. It's more like books I would read. A list to narrow down the universe of books to a smaller universe of books to choose from. Working in a library has increased this likelihood that I won't read even a majority of these books -- or decreased the percentage that I will read. Where I used to stick faithfully to my List, I now read lots of books n...
Tags: Travel, John McWhorter, What I'm Reading, Laura K, McWhorter, We Like Lists, Frans de WaalCarl SafinaAnn Douglas, Ann Douglas Ann Marie MacDonald, Canada Yxta Maya MurrayDavid


10 things you can do to fight trump-era nazism

Like all good people, I am horrified by recent developments in the US, and like everyone who has being attention, not surprised. I take hope from the immediate and powerful resistance that has been set in motion. But also at the resistance, I am angry, too. What took you so long? Let's hope it's not too late.Here are a few things you can do to fight back. 1. Donate to the American Civil Liberties Union. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been fighting for the civil rights of people marginal...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Human Rights, Activism, US, Toronto, Canada, United States, US politics, Aclu, Muslim, Trump, Trudeau, American Civil Liberties Union, University Avenue, Dave Zirin


we still like lists: recipe for effective activism

What it takes to be an effective activist:1. Hopefulness2. Persistence, perseverance3. Reliability4. Enjoyment of teamwork5. Willingness to take direction from others6. Willingness to make space and time in your life for your cause7. Good listening skills8. A long view9. Boundaries10. Passion for your cause [Author: laura k]
Tags: Travel, Activism, Laura K, We Like Lists


14 thoughts on watching how i met your mother (first time through so no spoilers please!)

I was watching MASH when Netflix pulled the plug on our VPN. I found a new VPN... but now MASH is gone. One day I hope to finish the end-to-end rewatch. But right then, my comedy-before-bed slot was left hanging. I tried "How I Met Your Mother," and I was very happily surprised.I have not watched or read ahead, so please do not even allude to the ending. I understand many fans hated it, ok? No need to fill me in.How I love "How I Met Your Mother".1. Smart, character-driven comedy. Not easy to fi...
Tags: Travel, US, Ted, Netflix, Canada, Neil Patrick Harris, Staten Island, Seinfeld, Buffy, Allan, Robin, Xena, Marshall, Barney, Veronica Mars, Yankee Stadium


10 ways you can increase member engagement in your union

#7: Hold a logo contest! Trying to increase member engagement in your union? Here are some ideas that work.1. Always make time for your members' concerns.This is number one through infinity. If you don't make time for your members’ concerns - if your members don't know that you're fighting for them - everything else you do is a waste of time.I made a pledge to myself and to our members: I will never say, "I don't have time for you," or "Your concern is not a priority for us." I often cann...
Tags: Travel, Activism, Labour, Laura K, CUPE, We Like Lists, Library Board