Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The late Eugene Walter is one of those souls I really wished I'd concocted an excuse to interview. This book might come in hand seeing it is the holiday season. It is a cookbook for cocktails.

A Serving of Gratitude Brings Healthy Dividends - NYTimes.com

A Serving of Gratitude Brings Healthy Dividends - NYTimes.com
According to research reported by John Tierney of the New York Times we have a lot of reasons to be thankful.

Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners. A new study shows that feeling grateful makes people less likely to turn aggressive when provoked, which helps explain why so many brothers-in-law survive Thanksgiving without serious injury.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A New Civil Rights Movement - Slide Show - NYTimes.com

A New Civil Rights Movement - Slide Show - NYTimes.com:

Alabama’s ruling class has dug in against the storm it caused with the nation’s most oppressive immigration law. It vows no surrender. Some of the law’s provisions have been blocked in federal court; others won’t take effect untill next year. But many Alabamans aren’t waiting for things to get worse or for the uncertain possibility of judicial relief or legislative retreat. They are moving now to protect themselves, forming alliances and learning their rights.

Alabama Immigration Law Targets Kids in Schools

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The Price of Intolerance

A growing number of Alabamians say the price will be too high, and there is compelling evidence that they are right. 

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Immigration law a new embarrassment for Alabama

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Former NYTIMES editor Howell Raines writing for CNN: Alabama governors have history of laws tackling nonexistent problems.

'Rocket City Rednecks' on Leno tonight

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Building an inexpensive shelter that would stand up to an EF5 tornado.

On the Rise in Alabama

But if there is any place where bigotry does not go unrecognized, it is Alabama.

“It is a fear of folks who are not like us,” said Judge U. W. Clemon, a former state senator and Alabama’s first black federal judge, now retired. “Although the Hispanic population of the state is less than 5 percent, the leaders of the state were hell-bent on removing as much of that 4 percent as possible. And I think they’ve been fairly successful in scaring them out of the state of Alabama.”

There are, of course, significant distinctions between the civil rights movement and the fight for immigrant rights. African-Americans have endured 400 years of oppression, and toppled laws created to deny their equality and to brutalize them. Unauthorized immigrants are a group who arrived by choice, mostly. They are living outside the law, and want in.

Feds ignore Gulf of Mexico oil spill in study of risks associated with oil exploration

The Life Reports II -by David Brook NYTimes.com

A few weeks ago, I asked people over 70 to send me “Life Reports” — essays about their own lives and what they’d done poorly and well. They make for fascinating and addictive reading, and I’ve tried to extract a few general life lessons:

Keep the Clean Water Act Strong - NYTimes.com

Keep the Clean Water Act Strong - NYTimes.com:

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

By WILLIAM K. REILLY
Published: November 28, 2011

Tighten Your Belt, Strengthen Your Mind - New York Times

 The brain has a limited capacity for self-regulation, so exerting willpower in one area often leads to backsliding in others. The good news, however, is that practice increases willpower capacity, so that in the long run, buying less now may improve our ability to achieve future goals 
Read it here via nytimes.com

Michael Klein


Monday, November 28, 2011

Planet Bama: Delay Kindergarten at Your Child’s Peril

Planet Bama: Delay Kindergarten at Your Child’s Peril: THIS fall, one in 11 kindergarten-age children in the United States will not be going to class. Parents of these children often delay sc...

University of Alabama student heading to international climate conference with a big task

University of Alabama student heading to international climate conference with a big task: (Screen capture image of UN climate conference website)University of Alabama sophomore John Canada heads next week for Durban, South Africa, where representatives of 190 nations are gathering for a United Nations conference on climate change. It was an honor to (...)

Practicing Medicine Can Be Grimm Work - NYTimes.com

Practicing Medicine Can Be Grimm Work - NYTimes.com: Armed with stethoscopes and scalpels, they’re preparing to lead the charge against disease in its ravaging, chimerical forms. They carry with them the classic tomes: Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and Gray’s Anatomy. But I have an unlikely addition for their mental rucksacks: “Grimm’s Fairy Tales.”

Too Much Praise Is No Good for Toddlers

Railroad Park in Birmingham gets national attention (with slideshow)

Railroad Park in Birmingham gets national attention (with slideshow): Travel writers society gives the Birmingham park an award.

Tuxedo Junctions and other famous places - al.com

Read this Wayne Flynt piece on the contributions of Alabamians to the jazz and the blues music Tuxedo Junctions and other famous places - ...