24-T by M e l o d y

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A creature I still don’t know how I feel about them … I do not like them in particular but I don’t dislike them either.
I would not keep tortoise as pets though.
I can not tell you mucha about them… I don’t know that much about them, there are lots of kinds and they have different sizes..

 

 

 

 

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24-S by R o g e r

 

1960s fashionSince I’m in my sixties, I thought I’d note the signifance of those numbers:

60 – a composite number, with divisors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30, and 60, making it a highly composite number. 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour. 60 Minutes is a very successful news program.

61– the number of home runs Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit in 1961 to break Babe Ruth’s record

62– in the US, you can collect Social Security at age 62. But, perhaps you shouldn’t

63 – the atomic number of the element europium

64– the square of 8, the cube of 4, and the sixth power of 2. WILL you still need me?

65– the smallest integer that can be expressed as a sum of two distinct positive squares in two ways, 65 = 8 squared + 1 squared = 7 squared + 4 squared.

66 – the total number of chapters in the Bible book of Isaiah. The total number of books in the Protestant edition of the Bible. My current age

67 – the sum of five consecutive primes (7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19)

68 – the largest known number to be the sum of two primes in exactly two different ways: 68 = 7 + 61 = 31 + 37

69 – a wager amount NOT allowed on the American quiz show JEOPARDY!

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24-R by B e v e r l y

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This week at ABC Wednesday R gets centre stage.

R is for READ and READING and being a READER

Reading has always been a part of my life. I cannot imagine a world without books and being able to read what or when I want.

As a child, I loved going to the library and working my way through the children’s books. My Dad was a big reader, my mother not as much. He encouraged me to read widely and often. In fact, when my mother tried to stop me from reading a rather risqué book when I was 12 or 13, my father said the only way I could discern a good book from a poor one was to read widely. I got to read it!

I especially loved as a parent the time I snuggled with my children and read them book after book. Favourites like, “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch were read over and over again.

As a teacher, I read several books every day – some as mentor texts to encourage writing, some just for the sheer joy of listening to a superb book. I can still remember reading “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo and nearing the end of the book, when one of my Gr. 3 students cried out “She can’t die!”. This was a girl who was developmentally challenged, did not have a good memory but she always could summarize where we were in each chapter book which we read at the end of the day.

Reading has so many benefits -especially for children. (Check here and here for a detailed look at the many benefits)

Studies have been done to show just how many words children learn when they are read to from an early age. Even just 20 minutes a day will have then learning almost two million words by 6th Grade.

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Now that I am retired I can indulge my love of reading. I read every day and for the past 3 years I have read over 400 books a year (this does include over a hundred children’s books I read as mentor books for my own writing). I take part in several challenges, including the Popsugar Challenge through Goodreads. I love the challenge of finding books to meet the criteria for each.

Here are a few quotes that attest to the importance of reading:

Some books leave us free and some books make us free. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. – Frederick Douglas

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.– George R.R. Martin

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss

24-Q by M e l o d y

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To me, by far the most challenging letter… specificly if one chooses to keep it to one theme throughout the whole round, like I do. Like I did for many rounds now including round 24. After this week we have 9 letters left before a new round starts… The 25th, how wonderful is that if one thinks of how far we have become and what we all already have shared with one and another? WOW!

Well for this round I show / introduce to you the Quokka. They are the smallest kinds of kangaroo on our planet and it is said that they are the happiest animals because they seem to love being photographes with people who make selfies with them. If that is true or not is for debat, I have nothing to proove it ofcourse. They are aprox. 40 cm in height and weigh around 1,5 kg. The tail is between 25 and 35 cms long.

 

Thank you for your entries so far… and I hope I may still be able to welcome you throughout this round and in the new one wich will start on july 9th! If you would like to become a teammember on ABC, please let me know! If you do have questions, remarks, ideas or anything else you want to tell us at ABC, please let us know too!

 

 

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24-P by R o g e r

ain't politics grandI was thinking about politics. Small-p politics.

The Wikipedia describes politics (from Ancient Greek: πολιτικά, translit. Politiká, meaning “affairs of the cities”) as “a set of activities associated with the governance of a country, or an area.

“It involves making decisions that apply to members of a group. It refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance—organized control over a human community, particularly a state.”

This is important stuff. I suppose it’s inevitable that human endeavors, especially those involving the exercise of power, have been defined in less than glowing terms. And this coming from an old political science major.

Still, I try to encourage every citizen who can to try to keep up with the political issues where you live. Contact your representatives. Express your opinion. Vote.

And some of those items also apply to ABC Wednesday. Contact your fellow contributors. Express your opinions about their posts. I hope they elect to do likewise.

 

24-O by B e v e r l y

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This week at ABC Wednesday, O gets centre stage.

 

O is for Organ Donation

Organ donation saves lives. Yet here are some sobering facts about organ donation in Canada (in 2016):

*over 4,500 people are on the waiting list to receive an organ

  • 260 people died while waiting for a transplant

Last week, in Canada, we had Green Shirt Day on April 7th, which will now be an annual event. It marked the one year anniversary of the devastating bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt hockey team, and injured 13 others. The tragedy had such an impact on our whole country.

One huge effect though, has been what is called The Logan Boulet Effect. Logan was 19 when he died in the bus crash, but he had already signed his card to ensure his organs would be donated. His parents followed through with Logan’s wishes and so 6 people’s lives were saved or improved because of his donated organs.

But Logan’s impact didn’t stop there. In just the two months after his death, over 100,000 people registered to be organ donors.

More and more people have done so as well since then, and Green Shirt Day will encourage people to be organ donors every year.

Some jurisdictions around the world already have an opt-out option – where people have to actually opt out of donating their organs. In countries that have this option, over 90% of people donate their organs. Where opt-in options exist, not nearly as many donate.

Organ donation though can happen from living donors – blood, liver, kidney, bone marrow.

In 2003, my husband needed a new kidney. He had been on dialysis for a year and a half and though it kept him alive, it was not a quality life. We had married in 2002 and I saw what he went through. I offered to donate a kidney and I proved to be a match.

Sixteen years later my husband’s kidney is still working well. He receives follow up and is watched carefully. He must take anti-rejection drugs for life but his quality of life is so much better.

 

Organ donation saves lives, improves lives.

Be sure your family knows you consent to be an organ donor. 

 

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24-N by R o g e r

Last Thursday, I wrote on Facebook: “You know when you feel so crummy that it takes you two hours to get enough energy to go to the drug store to get medicine so you can feel better? I do.”

It was NICE to stay in bed, all NESTLED in my covers. But I NEEDED something to make me feel NOT so bad. It is a NASTY ailment.

Then last Friday, my NICE wife took me to the urgent care place. And do you know what the diagnosis was? NOTHING!

OK, technically NOT true. I have “flu-like” symptoms. But NO flu, NO pneumonia. Well, NOT yet. A more specific appraisal may provide more NEWS.

I’m hoping y’all are feeling more NORMAL than I, well enough to go from NATION to NATION and visit your ABC Wednesday NEIGHBORS.

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24-M by R o g e r

Here’s a picture of a (fictional) MIGRANT from the planet Krypton to the planet Earth, specifically the United States of America. What’s the backstory?

“It was drawn by Superman comic book artist Wayne Boring around 1949, and it was stamped on a protective schoolbook cover (one of which recently sold at auction for $805) and a poster.

“But the comic is MORE than a quaint piece of Americana; it’s a relic from a largely forgotten nationwide tolerance MOVEMENT that swept the country for MORE than a decade. Powerful people in government also suspected Superman’s brand of patriotism was … anti-American propaganda…

“Educators deliberated how, and if, they should teach students to accept racial, cultural, and religious differences. After all, the ethnic MAKEUP of America was quickly changing. The first wave of the Great MIGRATION saw nearly 2 million African Americans move north and west to cities. While most classrooms remained segregated, even the whitest schools were increasingly mixed with the children of different immigrant groups.

“In 1938, the New York City Board of Education began requiring students to learn about how MULTIPLE groups contributed to American history. When World War II erupted one year later, the demand for tolerance education spiked. The New York Times reported in 1939 that ‘Instances were cited of teachers in New York City and elsewhere being ‘ridiculed, harassed and otherwise impeded’ by pupils under the influence of, and stimulated by, Nazi doctrine.’

“To nip foreign propaganda in the bud, schools across the country joined the tolerance MOVEMENT. MILITARY leaders encouraged it, too. They knew that American troops, many of them fresh out of school, would fight their best if they learned to set aside their differences.”

There’s MORE in this 2018 MENTAL Floss article. It’s interesting how this 70-year-old picture still MATTERS.

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24-L by B e v e r l y

This week at ABC Wednesday L gets centre stage.

L  is for Live, Love, Laugh

This is one of my favourite expressions – one that sums up what we need for a happy life.

We all need love and loving others as ourselves would certainly create a more caring, friendlier world. There is too much hate, racism in the world. Every religion has the golden rule of loving others. No one is better than anyone else. Race, colour, religion are just excuses to encourage hate.

We need to live each day as if it is our last. We need to grasp all that is good about our world and be the best that we can be

And laughter only makes everything better. Worry and stress erode our happiness. We need to laugh and laught often.

So, Live well

Laugh often

and

Love Much!

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24-K by M e l o d y

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In my hometown zoo we don’t have Kangaroo’s nor Koala’s, the animals I’ve shown in my entry at 23-K, the previous round but we have animals that most people call Kangaroo, whilst their real name is Walibi.. not that strange, because lots of people don’t know the difference between these two species, they look very similar, the most obvious difference is their size. Walibi’s are lots smaller. Since walibi’s look a lot like a kangaroo, and since we don’t have any other animals  in my zoo, and I don’t have photograps of them in other zoo’s, and I don’t want to ‘borrow’ photo’s that are not made by myself… wich name starts with a K … I show you the Walibi, a kind of kangaroo

 

 

 

 

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