Move along folks – fads come and they go

There’s a time and place for all things under heaven. But political activism – tantrum throwing by today’s interpretation – is not dinner theater, despite the excess drama.

Last summer’s foray into mealtime harassment has taught us a few things. And people are getting the message regardless of their political bent.

Check out the backlash this vocal individual receives when attempting to harangue Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and his wife who are attempting to have a meal at Havana Rumba in Louisville:

Time to grow up, people, and leave the temper tantrums to babies who don’t know any better. You should know better. And you do.

Those calling for idiot behavior on the left – shout-out to Maxine Waters – should be left alone to carry their own toxic water. A healthy step back may give you the perspective needed to see who you’re following, not to mention the cliff in the distance.

(That’s Chef Gordon Ramsey, adding a little spice to a job well done)

(That’s Chef Gordon Ramsey, adding a little spice to a job well done)

What you do matters – take the time

Did you ever get that green or gold star at the top of your homework as a kid? One? Two? A cluster? I did. How I loved collecting stickers. An excess indicated I was somehow special for doing my best. An absence frustrated me to no end. And kids are still the same.

Rewards work. But the plain gold star or good job doesn’t hold the same oomph it used to.

Times change, and the carrot of yesterday isn’t what works now. Memes are the model of conversation in this age of technology.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, you’re not alone. A Bing search reveals the following:

memes (plural noun)
1. an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
2. a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
1970s: from Greek mimēma ‘that which is imitated’, on the pattern of gene.

And one English teacher – known as on “ainee f.” on Twitter – is dedicated to connecting with her kids. She’s learned the lesson of paying attention and that’s paying off for her students. Crafting her own stickers and using them on student’s papers has resonated with students, parents and other teachers. Teaching, like parenting, is often a thankless task, so you may as well have some fun along the way.

Check out the motivational speech for teachers:

It’s a good talk and a reminder that teachers do matter. Those early lessons have long-term impact, so teachers and parents should pay attention.

Even without the Gordon Ramsey sticker.

Now that's a big Bible!

Now that’s a big Bible!

BIG Bible – Anglo Saxon contribution to world history

What is a big Bible anyway? Or a book for that matter? With books – that’s bound paper with written text and sometimes pictures on it used to convey information – fast becoming obsolete, the idea of the dusty tome is going the way of the eight-track tape. You’ll have to visit a museum to see one or a library.

And the British Library is putting on a show. The centerpiece of this Anglo-Saxon exhibit, open through Feb. 19, 2019, is the Codex Amiatinus. That’s the oldest example of the Bible written in Latin.

“In the early eighth century, three enormous Bibles were produced by monks at Wearmouth-Jarrow Abbey. Two were to remain in Northumbria,” the Guardian reports, “but in 716AD the other was sent, in the care of the then abbot, Ceolfrith, to Rome as a gift for Pope Gregory II.”

That copy has remained intact in Italy all these centuries. That copy is now coming home for a visit – an interlibrary loan? – to the delight of bibliophiles and history buffs who take the time to honor where we’ve come from; not only in the early days of media, but in the contributions of the Anglo-Saxon people to people in general.

Described as a “once-in-a-generation exhibit,” curators are delving into the art, literature, science and politics of the period.

Check out the video below to get a taste of what you’ll miss if you don’t see it. I won’t be able to attend, so you’re not alone. But I wish I had a private jet about now:

First-hand experiences are the best. One attendee named Breay had this to say:

I went to see it myself, and going to see it (the Codex Amiatinus) myself was an incredible experience. Obviously I had read about it, I had read the dimensions and I had seen a photograph of it. But until you actually see it yourself you can’t really take in the size of the book, the spine is a foot thick, because it contains the whole bible. There are over 1,000 leaves of parchment, so over 2,000 pages of text. Most biblical books that were circulating at that time were either gospel books or psalters, books of the psalms. It’s very unusual to have a whole bible. So the fact that it has survived intact is absolutely incredible.


St. Cuthbert's Gospel – the oldest example of an intact book

St. Cuthbert’s Gospel – the oldest example of an intact book

For those who can, this is a not-to-be-missed event. Hopefully, parents and teachers in London will make use of these archaic “memes” so the foundations of civilization won’t be forgotten.

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