Per Chuck Miller, my fellow Times Union blogger:
“The System”: In the main, the books on music, movies, television are on the shelf in front of me. Behind me: almanacs/trivia; church/faith/religion, including hymnals; the recently acquired unread; bio/autobio; classics (Shakespeare, Grimm, Twain); politics; Beatles. Off to the right, and also upstairs, comic book/comic strip stuff (Marvel Masterworks, Doonesbury collections, Elfquest collections, Life Is Hell). This is imperfect, and I’m much less fussy than I used to be.
Favorite female writer: Rachel Carson. She changed my life.
Favorite male writer: Nelson George.
Bought on location Read the rest of this entry »
Previously I mentioned Put a woman on the $20 bill when trying to winnow the list down from 15 choices. At the time, I voted for Margaret Sanger, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman. My bias was against voting for anyone born in the 20th century, although I gave consideration to Rachel Carson.
From the website: “Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks were named by as many as half of the voters in the Primary Round as one of their top three! Because of strong public sentiment that people should have the choice of a Native American to replace Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, was added to the final ballot.”
In the final round, I remain disinclined to vote for people who were alive in my lifetime. Read the rest of this entry »
Last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that it will require states seeking billions of dollars in U.S. preparedness funds to sign off on plans to mitigate effects of climate change.
“The policy doesn’t affect federal money for relief after a hurricane, flood or other disaster. Specifically, beginning in March 2016, states seeking preparedness money will have to assess how climate change threatens their communities. Governors will have to sign off on hazard mitigation plans.”
One of the governors who this will affect is Rick Scott of Florida, who not only denies there is man-made climate change Read the rest of this entry »
One of the perks of getting older is that some stuff gets cheaper. For the US, here’s a list of Senior Discounts for Restaurants. Last year’s Best List Of Senior Discounts For 2014, I assume, is still largely still valid.
Amy Biancolli was born in Queens, grew up in Connecticut and holds degrees from Hamilton College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.