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1. सादर चरण स्पर्श

 

 

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सादर चरण स्पर्श

आज घर पर एक मित्र आए . उनके छोटे  से बच्चे ने बहुत शालीनता से झुक कर पैर छुए. सच जानिए बहुत अच्छा लगा. बच्चों में इस तरह के संस्कार जरुर देने चाहिए. पुराने ऐतिहासिक धारावाहिकों में भी अक्सर  ये देखने को मिल जाता है. कुछ लोग पाव छूने पर आशीर्वाद देते हैं और पीठ थपथपाते हैं तो कुछ रोक लेते हैं कि अरे नही नही … हम इतने बडे अभी नही हुए हैं.. वैसे मेरी एक जानकार थी वो पैर छूने पर बस मुहं से ही बोलती थी खुश रहो पर सिर पर हाथ नही रखती थी … बाद मे महसूस किया कि वो कभी भी किसी को सिर पर हाथ रख कर आशीर्वाद नही देती थी पर दूर से ही खुश रहो बोल देती थी. वैसे पहले समय की अगर बात करें तो कई लोग जब अपने से बडे को पत्र लिखते थे तो वो शुरुआत ही सादर चरण स्पर्श से करते थे.
हिंदू परंपराओं में से एक परंपरा है सभी उम्र में बड़े लोगों के पैर छुए जाते हैं। इसे बड़े लोगों का सम्मान करना समझा जाता है. उम्र में बड़े लोगों के पैर छूने की परंपरा काफी प्राचीन काल से ही चली आ रही है। इससे आदर-सम्मान और प्रेम के भाव उत्पन्न होते हैं। साथ ही रिश्तों में प्रेम और विश्वास भी बढ़ता है। पैर छूने के पीछे धार्मिक और वैज्ञानिक कारण दोनों ही मौजूद हैं।
जब भी कोई आपके पैर छुए तो सामान्यत: आशीर्वाद और शुभकामनाएं तो देना ही चाहिए, साथ भगवान का नाम भी लेना चाहिए। जब भी कोई आपके पैर छूता है तो इससे आपको दोष भी लगता है। इस दोष से मुक्ति के लिए भगवान
का नाम लेना चाहिए। भगवान का नाम लेने से पैर छूने वाले व्यक्ति को भी सकारात्मक परिणाम प्राप्त होते हैं और आपके पुण्यों में बढ़ोतरी होती है।
आशीर्वाद देने से पैर छूने वाले व्यक्ति की समस्याएं समाप्त होती है, उम्र भी बढ़ती है।
किसी बड़े के पैर क्यों छुना चाहिए:-
पैर छुना या प्रणाम करना, केवल एक परंपरा या बंधन नहीं है। यह एक विज्ञान है
जो हमारे शारीरिक, मानसिक और वैचारिक विकास से जुड़ा है। पैर छूने से केवल बड़ों का आशीर्वाद ही नहीं मिलता बल्कि अनजाने ही कई बातें हमार अंदर उतर जाती है।

पैर छूने का सबसे बड़ा फायदा शारीरिक कसरत होती है, तीन तरह
से पैर छुए जाते हैं। पहले झुककर पैर छूना, दूसरा घुटने के बल बैठकर तथा तीसरा साष्टांग प्रणाम। झुककर पैर छूने से
कमर और रीढ़ की हड्डी को आराम मिलता है। दूसरी विधि में हमारे सारे जोड़ों को मोड़ा जाता है, जिससे उनमें होने वाले
स्ट्रेस से राहत मिलती है, तीसरी विधि में सारे जोड़ थोड़ी देर के लिए तन जाते हैं, इससे भी स्ट्रेस दूर होता है। इसके
अलावा झुकने से सिर में रक्त प्रवाह बढ़ता है, जो स्वास्थ्य और आंखों के लिए लाभप्रद होता है। प्रणाम करने का तीसरा सबसे बड़ा फायदा यह है कि इससे हमारा अहंकार कम होता है। किसी के पैर छूना यानी उसके
प्रति समर्पण भाव जगाना, जब मन में समर्पण का भाव आता है तो अहंकार स्वत: ही खत्म
होता है।

 

 

Rajasthan Patrika:secret of feet touching sanskar

जयपुर चरण स्पर्श व चरण वंदना को भारतीय संस्कृति में सभ्यता और सदाचार का प्रतीक माना जाता है। आत्मसमर्पण का यह भाव व्यक्ति आस्था और श्रद्धा से प्रकट करता है। यदि वैज्ञानिक दृष्टिकोण से देखा जाए तो चरण स्पर्श की यह क्रिया व्यक्ति को शारीरिक और मानसिक रूप से पुष्ट करती है। यही कारण है कि गुरुओं, (अपने से वरिष्ठ) ब्राह्मणों और संत पुरुषों के अंगूठे की पूजन परिपाटी प्राचीनकाल से चली आ रही है। इसी परंपरा का अनुसरण करते हुए परवर्ती मंदिर मार्गी जैन धर्मावलंबियों में मूर्ति पूजा का यह विधान दक्षिण पैर के अंगूठे की पूजा से आरंभ करते हैं और वहां से चंदन लगाते हुए देव प्रतिमा के मस्तक तक पहुंचते हैं।पुराण और चरण वंदनापुराण कथाओं में गुरुजन और ब्राह्मणों की चरण रज की महिमा में कहा गया है -यत्फलं कपिलादाने, कीर्तिक्यां ज्येष्ठ पुष्करे।तत्फलं पाण्डवश्रेष्ठ विप्राणां (वराणां) पाद सेंचने।यानी जो फल कपिला नामक गाय के दान से प्राप्त होता है और जो कार्तिक व ज्येष्ठ मासों में पुष्कर स्नान, दान, पुण्य आदि से मिलता है वह पुण्य फल ब्राह्मण (वर) के पाद प्रक्षालन एवं चरण वंदन से प्राप्त होता है। हिंदू संस्कारों में विवाह के समय कन्या के माता-पिता द्वारा इसी भाव से वर का पाद प्रक्षालन किया जाता है। क्या कहता है विज्ञानकुछ विद्वानों की ऐसी मान्यता है कि शरीर में स्थित प्राण वायु के पांच स्थानों में से पैर का अंगूठा भी एक स्थान है। जैसे- तत्र प्राणो नासाग्रहन्नाभिपादांगुष्ठवृति 1- नासिका का अग्रभाग 2- हृदय प्रदेश 3- नाभि स्थान 4- पांव और 5- पांव के अंगूठे में प्राण वायु रहती है।चिकित्सा विज्ञान भी मानता है कि पांव के अंगूठे में कक ग्रंथि की जड़ें होती हैं, जिन पर दबाव या चोट से इंसान का जीवन खतरे में पड़ सकता है।मनुष्य के पांव के अंगूठे में विद्युत संप्रेक्षणीय शक्ति होती है। यही कारण है कि वृद्धजनों के चरण स्पर्श करने से जो आशीर्वाद मिलता है, उससे अविद्या रूपी अंधकार नष्ट होता है और व्यक्ति उन्नति करता है।पढ़ना न भूलेंः- धर्म, ज्योतिष और अध्यात्म की अनमोल बातें – यहां रखा है परशुराम का फरसा, लोहार ने काटा तो हो गई मौत!

यही कारण है कि गुरुओं, (अपने से वरिष्ठ) ब्राह्मणों और संत पुरुषों के अंगूठे की पूजन परिपाटी प्राचीनकाल से चली आ रही है।

इसी परंपरा का अनुसरण करते हुए परवर्ती मंदिर मार्गी जैन धर्मावलंबियों में मूर्ति पूजा का यह विधान दक्षिण पैर के अंगूठे की पूजा से आरंभ करते हैं और वहां से चंदन लगाते हुए देव प्रतिमा के मस्तक तक पहुंचते हैं। rajasthanpatrika.patrika.com

कुछ भी कहिए पर चापलूसी से दूर होकर चरण स्पर्श आदर के साथ किया जाए तो सुखकर होता है …

 

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2. Book-Inspired Ice Cream Flavors

Ice creamDid you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?? Sounds like it’s actually the BEST MONTH EVER! I know that I’m gonna spend this month shoveling as much ice cream in my face as possible. No flavor is safe! And my favorite thing to do while eating ice cream is, of course, reading a book! Wouldn’t it be cool if we could combine our favorite books with our favorite ice cream to create book-inspired ice cream flavors? Read on for a few ideas of what I mean. . . 

Churros of Olympus
Cinnamon-y sweet, this delicious flavor will take your taste buds on one smooth ride. If you’re battling mythical monsters, toss a tub their way–they’ll definitely be distracted long enough for you to make a speedy getaway!

Kingdom Keepers’ Kashew Kraziness
This ice cream is a real roller coaster adventure! Extra nutty–just like your favorite Overtakers–you’ll find every bite chock-full of almonds, peanuts, Macadamia nuts, walnuts, cashew nuts, and fudge chunks. Even Maleficent would approve (and we all know how difficult she is to please).

City of Ember Elderberry Extravaganza
So what if you might be plunged into darkness for the rest of eternity? That’s going to be the last thing on your mind once you have a scoop of this delicious elderberry-flavored ice cream, sprinkled throughout with ember-colored toffee bits that provide a delightful crunch.

Dork Diaries Doughnut Delight
Doughnut chunks, caramel, and chocolate peanut butter cups swirled into the creamiest of vanilla ice creams . . . there’s nothing dorky about this flavor. Move aside, MacKenzie Hollister – this is the new queen bee (of the frozen food section, anyway)!

Mr. Lemoncello’s Amazing Lemonade Gelato
Of course Mr. Lemoncello wouldn’t have his own ice cream flavor . . . he’s much more of a gelato man! Each spoonful usually has a sour surprise, but you might just get a bite of synsepalum dulcificum, a berry that actually changes your taste buds and makes sour things taste sweet!

Holes
This isn’t actually an ice cream flavor, unless you consider air to be a flavor. Holes ice cream comes in a container that is 5-feet tall and 5-feet wide . . . and full of nothing. Surprise! But hey: eating Holes ice cream definitely builds character (or so we’ve been told).

Which of these wacky (but — admit it! — kind of wonderful) flavors would YOU like to try? What book-inspired ice cream flavor would YOU invent? Share your ideas in the Comments below!

Happy snacking!

En-Szu

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3. Review Goodies From Bloomsbury And Allen And Unwin!



And here they are! I admit I've had the Angie Sage and Neil Gaiman books the longest, but be patient and you'll hear about them all. Most of them have come in the last few days. About a week ago, I heard from Geoffrey McSkimming, author of the Cairo Jim books and, most recently, the Phyllis Wong series, one of which I have read and enjoyed. He told me that the third book was out, in case I didn't know. I offered a review, of course, and did mention that he hadn't sent me the answers to the interview questions I had asked him a while back. Those were mostly about Cairo Jim, so it was a bit late now, but he promised that this time he would answer some questions about the current series, with a bit of Cairo Jim thrown in. I don't know if I have ever mentioned it here, but it was thanks to Geoffrey that I discovered the wonderful market of the NSW School Magazine, when he was speaking at a library conference I attended.

There are two humorous books from Bloomsbury which shouldn't take me too long to read, The Silly Book Of Weird And Wacky Words and Uncle Gobb And The Dread Shed. There's a brand new book by Louis Sachar, Fuzzy Mud. I've only read two others, Holes and one on the theme of bridge(and who would have thought that bridge would be as complex a game as chess?). Both are contemporary with a touch of fantasy, a style I like, so I'm looking forward to reading this one. 

When I emailed the lady doing publicity for Allen And Unwin to ask for the Phyllis Wong book, The Waking Of The Wizard, she told me that while she was about it, she would also send me The Skin Of A Monster, a debut novel by a Sydney writer, Kathryn Barker and, when available, the latest novels by Catherine Jinks and Garth Nix. I don't know the titles of those yet, but look forward to reading them. 

Finally, Rhiannon Hart, author of the Lharmell trilogy, sent me a copy of the final Lharmell novel, Blood Queen. It took a while getting here, but finally arrived today with the two from Allen And Unwin. I don't know if you've read the first two, but I thought them very good and have reviewed them on this site in case you want to take a look. Rhiannon has left Australia and is now living in London, which is a loss for Australian YA fiction, but hopefully there will be more for us to read in future. 

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4. Double Dipping – Picture book therapy

When medical conditions affect children or the people in their lives, one of the most daunting aspects of their situation is how to cope. The management of a disease or disability is one thing, the understanding why they have it and why others react the way they do is another. Picture books are marvellous non-invasive […]

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5. Artist of the Day: Lauren Humphrey

Discover the work of Lauren Humphrey, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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6. STATIONERY - mara-mi

We start the new week with some beautiful new patterns from Mara-Mi (The Minnesota based stationers named after their founders Marilyn & Mimi). Each year, Mara-Mi introduces a new limited edition collection of art and products and for Summer 2015 they have created a painterly collection of stripes, florals, and geometrics in a gorgeous palette where pastels mix with brighter tones. The range

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7. Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios Encourages Children To Create Original Ideas

Major network creators like Rebecca Sugar and Ben Bocquelet will participate and teach children how to create cartoons.

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8. Stats from the Slushpile: A Decade of Dreaming

Hello again, slush fans. As anyone who's seen my Museum of Me series will attest, I like to keep hold of stuff from my past and inflict it upon share it with my loyal readers. Now that I've been writing seriously for a decade (actually slightly more, but 10 & 3/4 years didn't sound as good) it felt like time to take stock of my journey so far. And what a journey it hasn't been. Well, not in

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9. RUG DESIGN - angela adams

 Downpour is a new rug from Angela Adams. The design caught my eye for it's simplicity as an abstract representation of rain and as a striking geometric. For this designs Angela was inspired by the glamour of 1940's Hollywood and she says "Downpour is a nod toward Joan Crawfords glamorous style and the modern elegance of the era -- with a blanket of misty rain enveloping a classic old movie

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10. “And Then She Ate the Wolf: Volume 1″

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A touch of whimsy, dash of dark, and ample sarcasm, this edgy new series is to be enjoyed by adults, or rather, those who refuse to grow up.

There is much more going on behind my eye-catching character artwork from Instagram than mere captions have cited. I am excited to share the tales and backstory to each, and truly bring to life the people behind those big eyes life!

This art and short fiction just can’t be fully enjoyed squinted and crammed down to a micro-scale IG frame…now you can stop squinting, OPEN YOUR EYES and BUY TODAY!!

It delights me so to hear what you think, so kind readers, send the good, the bad, the twisty or ugly my way by way of review…

For those who enjoy…beware and be pleased this is only the first volume…

GET ‘AND THEN SHE SWALLOWED THE WOLF: VOLUME 1″ ON AMAZON TODAY!

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11. Bachmannpreis

       The Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis -- where authors read their texts in front of an audience and are publicly judged by a jury -- concluded with Nora Gomringer taking the prize with her text Recherche (warning ! dreaded pdf format ! and: German !).

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12. Mystery Eggs

Why do long holiday weekends go by so fast? Probably because I try and cram so much into them. And did I ever cram this weekend.

The garden is doing great. I picked so many peas this week I couldn’t keep up and had to start freezing them. This makes me very happy because I love peas so much and now even after the peas are done producing I will have some for a little longer especially since I have only just begun picking them.

Black raspberries

Black raspberries

Last week I mentioned the black raspberries were turning red, well, once they go red, they don’t take but a couple days to turn black and ripe. So I have started picking. The netting has done well to keep critters away. I have never had black raspberries before and was expecting them to be a bit tart like the red ones but they are slightly sweet, rich and kind of earthy, if that makes sense. Very tasty. Since this is only their second year there aren’t a huge amount but there will be enough to make into something, so as they get ripe I have been picking and then freezing them. Once they are all ripe we’ll see how much there is and go from there. I like them very much and may just have to plant some more in the chicken garden.

Last week I said I wasn’t going to bother to pick the elderberries but I changed my mind. I picked about a dozen very ripe berries and then froze them. The gooseberries are starting to get ripe and I even have a few

Gooseberries

Gooseberries

red currents, so I am freezing all of those too. I figure between gooseberries, currents and elderberries I might be able to cook up a tasty bit of jam. Why is it that so many berry bushes have thorns? The black raspberries have tiny ones but they will still get you if you aren’t careful. The current has very tiny ones that are just big enough to get your attention. The gooseberries have big, dangerous thorns that hurt like heck. When I am picking them I sing a little song called “Ouch” over the shrub. It has not yet drawn blood but I suspect it is only a matter of time.

I picked a bunch of radishes this week too. I had some sliced up on my tempeh sandwich today along with broccoli sprouts and a little mustard. So tasty! When picking radishes I realized I have to get better at thinning. I had thinned them but not aggressively enough which means much smaller radishes in spots where they are crammed together. If I had thinned them better I would have fewer radishes but the ones I did have would be much, much larger. I had to thin the beets and I think I did a better job at it. We shall see.

Looks like snake eggs but is really a fungus, darn

Looks like snake eggs but is really a fungus, darn

Here is the garden mystery of the week. Bookman was weeding and found a nest of eggs. They were in an especially sandy part of the garden and all together in a clutch, each one about the size of a walnut. What could have laid them? I investigated. They are white, felt firm and smooth but a little leathery. They look very much like snake eggs. So I did some snake research. Minnesota has 17 different kinds of snakes and of those only nine lay eggs. Of those nine two are very rare. Of the remaining seven because of range and habitat I was able to narrow down the possibilities to two. I decided that it wasn’t a gopher snake because they like to eat rodents, frogs and small birds and our garden isn’t exactly a prime food source for those critters. Squirrels on the other hand… So I decided the eggs must belong to a smooth green snake that solely eats insects, especially crickets of which we have an abundance. I was so excited about the prospect of having snakes in the garden that I’d go out an check on the eggs every evening to see if they had hatched.

Today when I checked on them I discovered that they aren’t eggs at all! It turns out they are a species of fungus called mutinus elegans, also known as elegant stinkhorn, dog stinkhorn, headless stinkhorn and, my favorite, devil’s dipstick. We’ve had the single red fruiting stalks pop up around the garden last year but they are in abundance this year. Turns out the red stalk grows out of the white eggs. When I checked on the “snake eggs” today, there were a number of the red stalks growing out of them. Fungi are good and this one is a rather weird, if rude looking one (Bookman says they look like a dog’s penis, which is true and which also might clue you in on why one of their common names is “devil’s dipstick” wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Still, I can’t help but be disappointed that I won’t be mothering any baby green snakes.

We’ve had a setback with the chicken garden, the area formerly known as garage. Bookman and I went out with rakes to rake up the sand into a pile and get to work on breaking up the compacted soil beneath. It turns out the one place we had dug beneath the sand is just about the only place in the entire area that has actual dirt under it. The rest really is nothing but sand. Well and so, there is more work to do to than previously thought. How does one go about turning sand into soil? One must add lots and lots and lots of organic material. To begin, we set up the old round black plastic compost bin we took down from the main garden last year when we built a two room post and wire bin. Good thing we saved the old plastic bin! We put it in a spot close to where we think we might plant a cheery tree next year. Since our two room bins are full we have already begun adding to the plastic bin.

Before the garage came down I was assuming there would be dirt beneath it that would need help and bought several different annual cover crops. I don’t know if they will grow in sand. An experiment is in order. I marked off an area and seeded some buckwheat. If it sprouts in a week or so I’ll mark off a few other areas and sow more. If the buckwheat doesn’t sprout I have some hairy vetch and winter oats I can try. If those aren’t successful then an inquiry into having topsoil delivered is in order and/or raised bed gardening until the soil in the whole area is generally improved. No matter how you look at it, those chickens are going to have their work cut out for them. Actually, all they have to do is poop, all the work falls to me.

We have the fence installation arranged but the work is 6-8 weeks out on their schedule. In the meantime, we are in the process of ordering the shed kit and arranging its delivery. Then we get to build it. Once the shed is up we’ll start work on the chicken coop. Huzzah!

Biking
I can happily report that Astrid and I are crash free this week! My scrapes are healing and my bruises have reached that oh so very colorful stage. It was nice to not add any new ones. It also made for a better ride. I am really liking “my route.” This week I thought I would add a bit more distance but instead decided to keep the same distance but just do some sprint intervals in a great section of trail that is paved, flat, fairly straight, wide, crosses no vehicular intersections for a several miles and is not crowded with slow moving cyclists or people out walking their dogs. It worked out really well and I had fun and was pleasantly tired when I got home. I’m looking forward to doing it again next week.

In spite of the summer warmth, Bookman has been getting out on evening rides with me a couple times a week. As long as he keeps moving he doesn’t overheat and doesn’t feel the fatigue (both are MS symptoms). We have a 22 mile/35 km route we’ve done a couple times that seems to work well for him.

We had been planning on doing the half-century route In October at a ride in Mankato, Minnesota but it is close to an hour and half drive to get there so we decided to do the 60-mile route at Jesse James Days in Northfield which is less than an hour’s drive from us. Plus 60 miles is a metric century so that’s something! They have a 100 mile /161 km route that we will do next year. The Mankato ride offers pie at one of their rest stations which is a great temptation, but the Jesse James ride has free massages at the end. If only there were a ride with pie and a massage that would be be oh so heavenly.


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13. Take Care

Take Care

Pic by Monica Gupta

अभी कुछ देर पहले मणि मेरे घर खीर ले कर आई … अरे वाह खीर !!!! किस खुशी में … वो बोली कि जब पिछ्ले दिनों वो छुट्टियों में बाहर चले गए थे तो पौधे सूख गए थे. एक को तो बचा नही पाई थी पर एक पौधे को उसने बचा लिया. उसकी खूब देखभाल की सुबह दोपहर शाम पानी दिया और आज सुबह उसमे फूल खिला है. उसी खुशी में खीर … मैने उसकी आखों मे झिलमिलाती खुशी देखी.

सच, हम अक्सर पौधो के मामले मे सुस्त हो जाते हैं अगर उन्हे लगाया है तो पानी देना तपती गर्मी से बचाना भी हमारा ही फर्ज है. घर की सुंदरता बढाने के साथ साथ वो हमारे अच्छे दोस्त भी है. अगर आप भी बचा सकते हैं तो किसी को मुरझाने से बचा लिजिए… Take Care of plants …

पर्यावरण को सुरक्षित रखने के बहुत लोग अपने अपने तरीके से संदेश देते हैं … कोई टीवी पर, कोई नाटिका के माध्यम से तो कोई गीत गाकर तो कोई समाचार पत्र मे माध्यम से जनता को प्रेरित करते हैं …

दैनिक भास्कर ने भी एक अभियान छेडा

बरसात के इस मौसम में अपने नाम का पौधा लगाएं।

औषधीय पौधा लगाएंगे तो और भी उत्तम होगा।

एक पौधा हमारे लिए माध्यम बनेगा, अपने बचपन को फिर से जीने का।

मा नसून ने दस्तक दे दी है। फिलहाल इसने तेजी नहीं पकड़ी है। मगर पूरी उम्मीद है कि कुछ देर से ही सही, घटाएं जमकर बरसेंगी।

हर वर्ष की तरह, इस बार भी दैनिक भास्कर समूह अपने करोड़ों पाठक परिवारों के साथ मिलकर आज से पौधरोपण अभियान की शुरुआत कर रहा है। यही तो सही समय है, जब हमारे द्वारा लगाए गए पौधे धरती की गोद में आसानी से पल-बढ़ सकते हैं।

आइए, आज हम एक नई परंपरा की शुरुआत भी करते हैं। बरसात के इस मौसम में हम अपने नाम का एक पौधा लगाते हैं। और फिर उसकी देखभाल उतने ही प्यार से करें, जैसी हमारे बड़े हमारी करते थे। यकीन मानिए, जब हम रोज सुबह अपने नाम के इस पौधे को देखेंगे तो हमारे चेहरे पर कुछ वैसी ही मासूम मुस्कुराहट होगी, जैसी बचपन में हुआ करती थी। वह पौधा हमारे लिए माध्यम बनेगा, अपने बचपन को फिर से जीने का।

ऐसा हम अपने परिवार के सभी सदस्यों के लिए करें। परिवार का प्रत्येक सदस्य अपने नाम का एक पौधा लगाए। यदि भास्कर के करोड़ों पाठक अपने नाम का एक पौधा लगाएं और उसकी देखभाल करें, तो हम पर्यावरण को हराभरा करेंगे ही, आने वाली पीढ़ियों को अपने नाम की अनमोल विरासत भी देंगे।

 

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14. DESIGNER - lauren thomas

Lauren Thomas is a surface pattern designer based in Sussex, currently setting up her own design range. Lauren's designs are mostly inspired by florals and nature as she is a big fan of colour and all things beautiful! She is also a keen painter and has been known to make her mark hand painting feature walls to jazz up home interiors! Lauren also licenses work out for fashion, stationery and

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15. Refrain

Sittin' on the back porch;
Sun is sinkin' low.
Nowhere that I need to be
Or that I want to go.

Radio is playin' tunes
I'm happy to be hearin'.
No one's noises from next door
Are loud or interferin'.

Food leftover tasted good;
Beer was dark and heady.
There's a smile within my heart;
Whatever comes, I'm ready.

Weekend worked out wonderfully
Despite a day of rain.
Life should always feel like this - 
Repeat - that's the refrain.

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16. 'Warhol by the Book'

       I had a chance to see the extensive and surprising Warhol by the Book exhibition currently on at the Williams College Museum of Art over the weekend.
       I was surprised to see some familiar-to-me covers were by Warhol (The Red and the Black !); see also, for example, the New Directions Blog post on Andy Warhol: New Directions book designer -- and see some other examples at Rare Book Digest, where they report on The Andy Warhol Book Covers that the Art World Overlooked.

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17. ‘Amaro and Walden’s Joyride’ by Tim McCourt and Max Taylor

Meet Amaro and Walden, two rowdy boy racer-hipsters who don't give a bleep.

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18. The Answer is Yes -- reflections on the power of literature, of stories, of community

My friends, we live in a time when the world is being thrown about by so many forces. There are times when I feel swept under by the prejudice and hate that still engulfs our world. But then I look at the way we are able to create good in small measures--especially through sharing stories and songs and community--and I know that we can recreate our worlds step by step.

celebrating the Coretta Scott King Awards with Emerson students and staff

Christian Robinson
& Patricia Hruby Powell
I was thrilled and honored to share the Coretta Scott King Awards celebration with two students and two staff members from my school community. The awardees' speeches are still reverberating within me. Christian Robinson spoke about how Josephine Baker had always inspired him with her courage and determination, and then he and Patricia Hruby Powell danced with delight.

Kwame Alexander, accepting the CSK honor award for The Crossover, read a poem he had written just a few nights before, filled with hope, pain, and the determination to change the world for our children.

Christopher Myers, in his acceptance speech, talked about giving up on the world:
"I can barely hear, over the silence of all those children, those lives that we have cut out of our literature. I am frightened by the possibilities that all of their voices, so long censored, can only now be heard on news broadcasts in burning cities, on endless loops of helicopter film footage."
The pain he talked about reverberates through me--as an educator, I am so disheartened by the persistent racial achievement gap in my community. And yet, Chris also talked about the power of stories to change our world, to create new worlds for our children.
"I’d just about given up on the world.

Then I remembered that I am a storyteller, and in the hands of a storyteller, we can make new worlds. Our narratives can carry the full weight of the past and build infinite futures. With pens and word processors, with paint and ink and collage, we can, like Misty, like my father, create possibilities where there weren’t any before. Rewrite reality. And there will be days I want to give up on the world as it is, but I will never give up on the worlds that I have yet to make, the worlds that my friends are making, the worlds that all of us here share and do so much to bring into reality."
Jacqueline Woodson began her speech by talking about the power of community, the power of gathering together in a room to celebrate and to share. In this age of online communication, it is so important to carve out time to be together in person.

But then she went on to talk about the strength of our broader community, both in the ancestors that walk with us every day and the people who hold us up here and now.
"We are here because of our ancestors and elders and the people who hold us up every day — thanks for helping all of us never forget them or the way each of us finds a way to make a way out of no way — every single day. Thank you so much, all of you who believe in Diverse Books, who believe in keeping young brown children — and all children — dreaming."
This community of authors, illustrators, and librarians comes together to keep our children dreaming in the possible, in making new realities. It is hard work, advocating and supporting and promoting good literature that speaks to children. But together we can.

I love how good teaching passes from one person to another, creating a life of its own. Nikki Giovanni wrote in her profile of Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander,
"Kwame learned maybe only one thing…from me…The
Answer Is Yes…
Yes to small cities and Book Festivals around the country who needed
a writing friend…Yes to starting his own Book Festival…
His own publishing company…His own line of greeting
cards and posters…Yes to his own idea of empowering
young writers by helping them publish a Book-in-a-
Day…Yes to the excitement of life…to writing on the
road…to growing taller and stronger while trusting that
vision and strength…and every time he said Yes we all
said Yes to him…"
The Answer is Yes. That's it. I want to share that buoyancy, that power to keep afloat, with my students. And I am sure, as sure as I can be, that our stories help us not only see ourselves but also see what our world can be. The Answer is Yes.

Please take the time to read the Coretta Scott King Award acceptance speeches, published in The Horn Book and available online.

Thank you to Andrea Davis Pinkney who helped me bring my students to the CSK breakfast. Thank you to all the honored authors and artists for inspiring us to keep sharing stories with students and with each other. Thank you to my family for supporting me and helping me celebrate with the world beyond our immediate community.

©2015 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

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19. 48 days, day 21-22: what's asking for expression

{{ I am chronicling 48 days of writing before my July 31 travel. If you are chronicling your summer writing/days and would like to share, please link or comment so we can all cheer one another through. Strength to your sword arm! }}


Jim: "We are ready for an ice age."
Jim's brunch at Homegrown this morning with family.

out-of-focus bean blossoms. too excited to focus well. bean blossoms!
the cosmos! the cosmos! the cosmos! -- not carl sagan
jelly bean tomatoes growing in the front yard flower bed. WE ATE THEM. yes we did.
moving ferns to the rocks next to the new walkway. to the right is that ice-age of wood. it is stacked in such a way that I can take a shower outside and use the wood as one of my shower walls.
john mullin and jim discuss matters of great importance.
 Shhhh. Finally. Let me not torture myself with why it took me three weeks to settle into words, lots of words, on the page, lots of hours at the page.

Let me not ask why-oh-why I am not writing Book 3 or revising Rachel, but am instead writing an essay about growing up in Mobile, Alabama, where I was born and lived until I was five, and going, at night with all the lights shining in the inky dark, to a tiny dirt track in the middle of nowhere with my father, mother, and brother, to the stock car races.

Let me not question good writing energy. Oh, let me just gather it to me and go go go. GO GO GO. It feels so good to be creating something. Something that didn't exist before this moment. What power that is, what empowerment, to pull from thin air (moments, memory, meaning) something that makes me lose track of time.

I must remind myself that nothing is wasted, that it all connects, somewhere. You wouldn't know it to hear me tell it:

1. We got our last cord of wood from John Mullin and spent the drizzly morning stacking it and visiting with John. John -- who services our cars and grows the best tomatoes and sells firewood and god-knows-what-else -- was 21 and in the Navy in 1969, stationed at Floyd Bennett Field in NYC. He was on one of the many helicopters that landed near Yasgur's Farm and delivered food, water, and medical supplies to the revelers at Woodstock. Our conversation ranged from Woodstock to NASCAR to barbecue to water management to soil sweetness. By the time John left, the sky had cleared and we had beautiful weather for the Fourth -- and I didn't have to water.

2. I started reading about Woodstock and segued into Los Angeles in 1969 (since I will BE in Los Angeles at the end of this month), got off on a tangent about "courtyard housing" which is coming back in L.A., which led me to thinking about the courtyard housing I lived in when I was single and poor and raising my first two kids, and that led me to A PATTERN LANGUAGE by Christopher Alexander, one of my favorite books in the world, and the book I used extensively as I renovated this house (and yard).

3. I decided "Courtyard Housing" would make a great name for an essay. Or a book of essays. Hahahahahahaha.

4. I wandered back to NASCAR -- John will watch two races this weekend while he eats his bbq, sitting in his garage, watching his big-ol' television, bay doors open front and back, fans whirring, nobody's car to fix, Happy Fourth! I can hold my own, in the early talk of NASCAR. I spent two years in Charleston, South Carolina in high school, and all the boys talked about was the Yarborough family, especially Cale, and the Allison Brothers and Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

5. Didn't I go to the races as a little girl? I did. I remember it clearly. I might have pictures somewhere. The last race of the night was a demolition derby. They'd wet down the field for it. Where was that? Mobile? Outside of Mobile? ::check for dirt tracks around Mobile in the late fifties::

6. "Demolition Derby" would make a great title for an essay. From the beginnings of the family I grew up in, to its rather spectacular demise. I cut my writing teeth on essays and memoir -- it's all I wrote, when I started out, and I have a file cabinet full of clips from magazines and newspapers, a bookcase full of inspiration.. ::pull my favorites off the shelf::


E.B. White, Noel Perrin, Russell Baker, Sue Hubbell, John McPhee, John Burroughs, Donald McCaig, Pat Leimbach, Betty MacDonald, Barbara Holland, Anna Quindlan, Donald Hall, Andy Rooney, Erma Bombeck (Yes. She was good.). This is the kind of essay I wrote, full of love of the natural world, home, family, kinship, connection, and belonging. Sounds like my fiction....

7. So this is what I began to write in earnest on Saturday, with Rachel right beside me, staring at me.

Shhhh... I whispered to her. Let me not question this. Let me write what's asking for expression.

What's asking for expression right now?

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20. Gene Mapper review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Fujii Taiyo's Gene Mapper, just out in English from Haikasoru.

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21. The lineup for the inaugural Mississippi Book Festival…

Mississippi Book Festival logo

…is taking shape. And I’m pleased to say that I’m among the authors who will be participating in Jackson on August 22.

Where better for me to share The Amazing of Age of John Roy Lynch with the public than in the city where he began his political rise?

In 1868 the US government

“In 1868 the U.S. government appointed a young Yankee general as governor of Mississippi. The whites who had been in charge were swept out of office. By river and by railroad, John Roy traveled to Jackson to hand Governor Ames a list of names to fill those positions in Natchez. After John Roy spoke grandly of each man’s merits, the governor added another name to the list: John Roy Lynch, Justice of the Peace.”

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22. My Writing and Reading Life: Dan Scott

Dan Scott was born in Surrey, England. Growing up, he became interested in ancient Rome and his love of historical fiction provided plenty of inspiration for the adventure stories he began to write as a child. Eventually, his characters and stories developed into the action-packed Gladiator School series.

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23. #711 – What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig! by Emma J. Virján

coverWhat This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig

Written & Illustrated by Emma J. Virján
HarperCollins Children’s Books
05/12/2015
978-0-06-232724-6
32 pages      Age 1—3

“What this story needs is a pig in a wig on a boat with some friends having fun in the sun–So come on board! Join Pig on an exciting boat ride where she discovers that life is a lot more fun with more friends.”[back cover]

Review
NOTE: This review is a tad unusual. It mixes my traditional review format with interview questions asked of the pig in a wig.
What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig will instantly remind you of dear ole Dr. Seuss. The author employs fast-paced writing combined with simple, but effective, rhymes young children will love to hear and repeat. The narrator sends Pig, wearing a stunning pink wig—what is with that wig—sailing the moat in a boat. Why would a pig wear a wig? Well, I asked Pig and she said (rather emphatically),

“Wigs are fun and I’m a pig that loves to have fun!”

If you venture to Pig’s website—and I do suggest you do—you will find Pig is not simply a pink wig gal.

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Back to the story: One by one, the narrator adds a menagerie of interesting, kid-friendly animals to the boat in the moat. A frog, a dog, and a goat on a log join Pig in her wig. But there are more. A rat, wearing a cool hat, sits on a trunk—belonging to an elephant—with a skunk, who is with a mouse in a house. I was beginning to wonder what other animal could possibly be added to the small boat in the moat, when Pig yelled at the narrator. I asked Pig why she stopped all of the narrator’s fun. I thought it was very exciting having rhyming animals set sail. Pig had a different point of view:

“It was getting crowded, too crowded — a frog, a dog, a goat on a log,
a rat in a hat on a trunk, with a skunk, in a house, with a mouse AND
a panda in a blouse? It was more than my little, pink boat could handle.”

Pig is right, the small boat is crowded. So, beginning with the Panda—she performs a cannonball—the narrator reverses course, sending the animals out of the boat and into the moat. Once they leave, the narrator changes the story:

“What this story needs
is a pig in a wig,
on a boat,
in a moat,
having fun,
in the sun,
on her own . . .”

Now, all alone in her boat, Pig is sailing the moat. I think Pig is lonely and realizes she enjoyed her new animal friends. So the pig in a pink wig called for her new friends to return. Taking charge of the narration, Pig decides what the story needs . . .

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Pig in a Wig, is a fun story young children will love to hear. The rhyming is simple, yet smart and witty. Kids will be reciting Pig in a Wig and, hopefully, figuring out their own rhyming group of friends. The illustrations are clean and engaging. Many pages hold surprises, such as a pig snout rug, Frog doing a hand-stand, and Dog and Goat holding hands. Dr. Seuss would love Pig in a Wig, which happens to be the same size as an iconic Dr. Seuss book. The simple story will charm young children during story time at school or a library. What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig is so much fun to read I hope to see Pig in new stories.

I asked one last question, wondering, with all those charismatic animals on board, who is Pig’s favorite passenger. She said,

“Well . . . none were my favorite at the beginning, as they were all getting
in my way of having fun in the sun! At the end though, ALL of them were
my favorite, with Goat on his log being my extra, extra favorite.”

WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A PIG IN A WIG. Text and illustrations copyright (C) 2015 by . Reproduced by permission of the publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books, New York, NY.

Purchase What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig at AmazonBook DepositoryApple iBooksHarperCollins Children’s Books.

Learn more about What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig HERE.
There are Coloring Sheet HERE
An Activity Guide HERE
And a Teacher’s Guide HERE

Pig in a Wig’s website:  http://emmavirjan.com/pig-in-a-wig/
Meet the author/illustrator, Emma J. Virján, at her website: http://www.emmavirjan.com
Find more engaging picture books a the HarperCollins Children’s Books website:  http://www.harpercollins.com/

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24. The Education Fraud

Today I was really riled up by Global Citizen's post : 'If girls would complete their primary education, maternal deaths would decrease by 70%'.
Someone please explain this daft statement to me because I cannot see how having completed high school will help a woman who has no access to a clean, well-equipped medical facility!
I think that is the stupidest oversimplification of a very serious social problem. What expectant mothers need is proper nutrition and support. They need medical care during and after the pregnancy, and during the birthing process. 
And that brings me to what I call the 'Education Fraud.' There has been this concerted effort by everyone in the 'do-good' field to make us believe that setting up schools is the answer to everything. From Malala's claims of how important education is to her country (it is, but so much more needs to be addressed before setting up schools) to people signing off parts of their paychecks to help some child learn his abcd's in a remote corner of the world, we all have bought into the concept of investing in schooling. It is great, but it is pointless if it is not predicated on more pressing priorities. And especially when we are already rethinking our entire learning system!
I was always irritated with Greg Mortenson's idea. It bothered me that he thought kids who were covering their frost-bitten feet with straw should be thrilled with the pencils he provided. The deprivation those children were experiencing, they would be thrilled with anything. Electricity, plumbing, water, maybe even chocolates.....? I will not accept that that the joy of learning something new (for it is a joy) is more important that basic human needs. And incomprehensible soundbites like the one that leads this write-up do not convince me. My cook's son goes to a school where where most of the students come from well-to-do families. Along with the theorems and grammar, he learns how disadvantaged he is and how different from his friends. He is a very unhappy child.
I work for an organization that sets up schools in under-resourced communities in Punjab. It is a unique model. All the children come from one community. Besides the basic food and clothing, we ensure that the children learn to express their hopes and fears. There is no set curriculum; the aim is to provide a safe nurturing environment for them to develop their potential. It is not schooling as much as it is nurturing and support. the concentration remains on what they need, not what we would like them to have.
Poverty is a much more insidious evil than a simple lack of opportunity for the affected community. It affects the mindset of a people, it affects the spirit, it affects their thinking. Recent research proves it affects both mind and brain. More pertinently, it results in markedly uncomfortable living situations and limits people's access to facilities that everyone has a right to. Poverty is a disease, and it, like any other disease, has to be given the proper antidote. I can assure you that that antidote is not a pencil or a blackboard. 
About 805 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world are suffering from chronic undernourishment. This is a 2015 UN statistic. Each one of these individuals, children and the mothers-to-be included, are hungry and afraid. Their main worry is how to fend off hunger pangs, where to get clean water from, and what livelihood to find that will sustain them. It is our collective responsibility to make food and stability a priority, for all people everywhere in the world. Education is only the next step. We should move to that step only after we have lived up to our humanity; after every individual in our race is safe from hunger and strife. it is not education but the freedom from hunger and oppression is the most basic human right that we absolutely must address. 

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Lately, many of my pictures are kind of illustrated rants, which don’t feel appropriate for this blog full of children’s illustrations and stories. So…ahem…welcome to my other place, where I can rant freely, offensively and obnoxiously about some of the glaringly obvious ridiculousnesses (a new word) in this brave new world. To visit, just click on the pretty queen…

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