OK guys, here’s all the things I did (and didn’t) say to this guy:
First, my guy, if you really don’t know a single person who watches PBS then you are obviously well off enough that you need to check your privilege.
You can believe that our government needs to make budget cuts. You can’t decide that this isn’t important just because it doesn’t apply to you.
PBS is the children’s programming for all the families who can’t afford cable. Which, in the small town where I grew up, was A LOT of kids. It is also the educational children’s programming for kids period. I grew up with cable but I also watched a lot of Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, Between the Lions, Zoom, Cyber Space, and Liberty’s Kids. Here’s Mr. Rogers talking about how important good children’s programming can be.
So many people in the university city that I live in depend on PBS and NPR for children’s programming and news that when the university was going to shut down the station (in a weird parody of the current situation), so many people turned up to protest that they didn’t all fit in the huge production building twice over. So the university kind of had to give in.
PBS is how I watched the presidential debates because
Comcast is shitty and likes to cut out on me when I live stream things for a while. Side rant about that.
Honestly, I don’t know a single person my Mom’s age who doesn’t listen to NPR.
So PBS and NPR are pretty important to a lot of people even if they’re not important to you.
Also, how can you be so heartless that you would cut Mr. Rogers???
This past weekend bicycles were ruling the road in Yellowstone National Park. Most park roads are closed until later this month, but every spring Yellowstone opens about 50 miles of its main thoroughfares to bikes only.
After riding about two miles into the park I pull over for a minute and leave my bike by the side of the road. Walking about 20 yards over to the edge of the river, I can see a herd of bison on the other side of the water. They’re in a brown meadow spiked with rocks and silver sagebrush. There’s some snow on the ground, a backdrop of evergreen trees, and a couple of really huge bull bison.
It’s so quiet, the only sound is the water in the river.
“We think of quietness as a resource here,” says Park Ranger Julie Hannaford. “Silence as a resource.”
At the age of 12, Howard Dully was subjected to the unnecessary procedure of a lobotomy, thanks in part to his stepmother, who couldn’t handle a normal pre-teen boy. Dr. Walter Freeman, the man behind the disturbing practice of lobotomies, claimed that Howard had childhood schizophrenia and claimed a lobotomy would cure him of such. However, when other doctors that have seen him never came to that diagnosis. It has taken Howard decades to recover from the surgery. He lived his life in institutions, he was incarcerated, homeless and became an alcoholic. He eventually sobered up and went on to get a college degree. He has since researched what happened to him and has even written his memoirs, with the help of Charles Flemming, and turned it into a book titled “My Lobotomy.” He is now a talk show host on National Public Radio, where he speaks to other lobotomy victims.
HUNK: Holidays (for 2017) are: Blame Someone Else Day, International Skeptics Day, Make Your Dreams Come True Day, National Sticker Day, Public Radio Broadcasting Day, National Peach Melba Day, and National Rubber Ducky Day.
SHIRO: Holidays (for 2016 cause this year didn’t have a leap year) are: The Leap Year, Bachelors Day, International Underlings Day, and National Surf And Turf Day.
PIDGE: Holidays (for 2017) are: American Circus Day, American Appreciation Day, Find A Rainbow Day, Fish Fingers and Custard Day, National Chocolate Mousse Day, National Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day, National Fun Day, Pony Express Day, Sweet Potato Day, Tweed Day, World Party Day, and Sow The Seeds Of Greatness Day.
LANCE:Holidays (for 2017) are: Buffalo Soldiers Day, National Hamburgers Day, National Milk Chocolate Day, System Admiration Appreciation Day, National Talk In A Elevator Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World Nature Conservation Day.
You’re welcome! (hopefully Keiths, Alluras, and Corans will come out soon)
NPR recently did a story on a Vipassana meditation program for inmates in Alabama once again pointing to the positive impact that quiet concentration and mindfulness can have in decreasing rage. Take a few mins to listen to this story.
Small excerpt below to wet your appetite…
To date, 430 inmates have gone through the Donaldson Vipassana meditation program, the only one of its kind in North America. There’s a waiting list for the quarterly sessions, and the state wants to expand the offering to its women’s prison.
Filmmaker Jenny Phillips made a documentary called The Dhamma Brothers about the Alabama program and its unlikely marriage of an ancient meditation practice and an end-of-the-line prison.
“They’re clashing cultures,” Phillips says. “Yet when you bring them together, they fit.”
Behind the secure prison walls, Grady Bankhead, 60, says he is walking evidence of that fit. A convicted murderer who came within hours of being executed before winning a new trial, he is now serving life without parole.
“Before I went to a Vipassana meditation, this isn’t what Grady Bankhead sounded like,” he says. “I was probably the angriest man in this prison.”
He says the meditation helped him deal with the root of that anger.
“When I was 3, my mother left my little brother and I out in [the] farmhouse, dressed us up like we were going to Sunday school or church, and said she’d be back in a little while,” Bankhead recalls.
He didn’t see her again until he was on death row. His brother had died.
“And I blamed me for not taking care of him,” Bankhead says.
Now, he’s recruiting other inmates to take the difficult course.
“We have to have some kind of balance back in our lives from the horrible things that we’ve done,” Bankhead says.