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Why can’t more countries do this?

Each year in the USA, millions of animals are hit cars. ‘In the US, an estimated 1.25 million insurance claims are filed annually due to collisions with deer, elk, or moose, amounting to 1 out of 169 collision damage claims” (Wikipedia). Obviously I would love to see the US move away from a car-centered society but I don’t think that will be happening any time soon. So, why not make moves to better protect both drivers and wildlife? Sweden is doing just that. Am I missing out on making a good insurance pun here?

Why in Sweden?

Climate change. Simply put, climate change…


A new solar powered filter helps make this possible

When I first saw this new filter I thought why not make them on a larger scale to clean up bodies of water? Just in my suburban area alone I can think of over one dozen places that could use this type of filter. And this is actually possible, according to its co-founder Rodney Priestley. “To me, the most exciting thing about this work is it can operate completely off-grid, at both large and small scales,” Priestley said. “It could also work in the developed world at sites where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.”(phys.org) …


As we wrap up Black History Month, some authors to consider

I first want to say that Black History is every day. It is not confined to one month. So, as we wrap up Black History Month I want to highlight some of the amazing authors I have encountered on Age of Awareness. As an author of Age of Awareness I get access to all of the works that are published in AoA. This has led me to come across these black authors whose work has stuck with me and really shaped my perspective(s).

I will try my best to highlight those that I have come across below. I also want…


Countries pushing unsafe policies for their teacher population

In many countries, we are seeing how not only the governments really view teachers but also the general population. While many still empathize with the teachers and their situation we have seen so many turn on teachers and force them back into unsafe teaching envrionments. For example, the recent CDC advice in the USA where they told teachers to open windows for ventalation.

Policies like this show that they are not listening to teachers and they are trying to make suggestions for teachers without ever being in a classroom or ever even asking teachers what will work. For those that…


I am surprised he waited 37 days to bomb Syria

Biden is now the 3rd consecutive president to bomb Syria. Of course liberals are already making excuses for this attack. I just want to be clear in this beginning of this short article, we are illegally occupying Syria and Iraq. We are stealing oil from Syria right now. There is no excuse for this attack.

We are seeing now that the Biden administration can get millions in weapons contracts for Raytheon and bombs to Syria faster than they can get stimulus checks out to those in need and healthcare. During a PANDEMIC. This is heartless. Absolutely heartless. …


We need to know what needs to be addressed and fixed — and this is just a starting point

Below is a list that I did not compile, Alt NPS actually compiled the list. But I think it is valuable to review what little progress was lost and just where we have to pick up from in order to move forward. I am not holding my breath for the Biden administration to be some environmental savior but I do think that they will make some progress in various aspects, however incremental it may be.

I know that many Biden voters wanted to “push him left” once in office and now that day is here. We have quite the list…


Based on topics and growth of publication

I used Top Publications list to sort through the fastest growing publication on Medium. I wanted to concentrate on those publications that are still experiencing growth (not entirely inactive).

Below are 3 publications that highlight different ways of learning and give a voice to educators, students, and really anyone wanting to share ideas/concepts. They also help show that learning is done in and out of the classroom.

Startup Grind

This is an absolutely massive publication with over 430,000 followers. It focuses on sharing ideas and processes that startup entrepreneurs follow. Definitely a valuable source of information for students both in and out…


I am sure more could be added to this list

The following four things are listed because I have personally seen the positive impacts they have had on people and I want to bring those positive impacts to those that are incarcerated.

Food Garden

As a proponent and activist for food security in the US for the past decade or so, I have always thought that every jail and prison should have a garden. This garden would be used for therapy and to grow food for both the prison and for local food shelters. I have seen firsthand the positive impacts urban farms (DC Urban Greens in SE Washington, DC) have had…


It will cost you extra time, effort, and resources

Get a voice enhancing machine of some sort

Get a microphone or some sort of voice amplifying machine.Your mask muffles your voice more than you think and students cannot see your mouth.

Sanitizer — Triple the amount you originally thought you needed

Students are children. Sanitizer will be used generously.

Wear scrubs if you can

And bring a change of clothes to work. This will help you have a change of clothes before you enter your house. Do not wear your classroom clothes back into your house. Throw those scrubs and masks in the wash as soon as you get home.

Bring multiple masks

We are all used to wearing a mask to the grocery store for 30 minutes. 8 hours is a different story. Be…


Simple changes can go a long way.

Take a peek on Google Maps at your local golf course. They have quite the footprint. Easy to find, in fact. So large, so lush, and so green. But not very diverse. Biodiversity can be increased with a few small changes though. Many courses already do a great job in many of these aspects but small changes to those efforts can go a long way.

Pollinator Gardens

Unfortunately, it may just be another place to lose your ball that you just sliced. These gardens can be set up in a variety of ways. They will help support the local pollinators. …

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