Granny in the Information Age

TRUE STORY

Yesterday while chatting with my six year old granddaughter, answering questions about the nearby West Mims fire and how the various animals would be cared for if and when an evacuation of our home was required. Then she asked when I, and the critters  and Grandpa, were going to live in her backyard in a camper.  I replied that depended on the the fire activity and vagaries of wind and weather.

So this precocious little girl asked me what the fire was doing right then, May ten.  Having spent the day away from the computer and away from home and away from the fire area I couldn’t tell her.

That is when my age showed.

My six year old Granddaughter looked at my phone, what I call a telephone, but is really a mini-commputer, and said “Don’t you have Google?”  I replied I sort of did,  but that a box kept appearing telling me I had to do some rigamarole and download applications and buy things and so I didn’t use it. 

As I was telling her this, she reached across, mashed some icons on the touchscreen, to fast for me to see while I was watching her lovely face, then looked at me and said “There you go.”

Ha!  I started to say, “See  what I mean … ”  BUT there was an available search page for Google.  I had been struggling with this for months.  In less than two seconds she solved that problem.

I did the search, and found the information available, at that time, about the fire.  I did know where to look, but not how to use my device. 

This same child figured out how to advance through the photo library in my first digital camera when she was three.  I had no idea how to do it.  I was afraid I would delete what was not saved elsewhere.  She had no such ego fears.

This is a different world from the one in which I grew up.

Agawela May 11, 2017
ⓒBearspawprint2017

Amen Hayr Sourp

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Lévon Minassian – Armand Amar – Amen Hayr Sourp – Ամեն Հայր Սուրբ – Songs From A World Apart – Photos by Steve McCurry

DAKOTA EXCESS PIPELINE

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Published on Oct 21, 2016

The US Government just released this advert about the Dakota Access Pipeline and it’s surprisingly honest and informative.

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2. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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* Written by Giordano – with ace input from Adso, Jake & Lucy
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* Presenter performed by Matylda
* Voice by Lucy
* Thanks to Lucy, Benna, Jillian, Franklin and Emily for valuable feedback
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☛ TRANSLATIONS:
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– Hebrew translation by Jonathan B
– French translation by Julie Chatagnon

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– Vox, “The fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline, explained” http://www.vox.com/2016/9/9/12862958/…
– Slate, “Standing Tall: The Sioux’s battle against a Dakota oil pipeline is a galvanizing social justice movement for Native Americans” http://www.slate.com/articles/news_an…
– Time, “Shailene Woodley: The Truth About My Arrest, http://time.com/4538557/shailene-wood…

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Mountain Exits

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Exits access
Plastic farms
Museums of death
Battlefield lunches
Bulldozed memory
Cut through
Grandmother’s
Childhood
Mortally wounded
Her heart
Is bandaged
With gray cement
Corridors of progress
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Bear … 04.16.2015
ⓒBearspawprint2015
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Difficult Dawn

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Just before
Dawning sun
Arrives
Exhaustion
Too weary
To rest
Too late
For sleep
Something
Akin to
Hunger calls
My skin
To carry
The weight
Of my flesh
Quivering
Into day
Reluctance
Makes more
Effort
Required
Trembling
I watch
Dripping trees
Gain color
While busy
Birds call
Greetings
Singing
With their
Tasks I am
Burdened
With fear
Least I
Falter
My body
Unreliable
Does shame
Or love
Compel
Strength
Does my own
Pain matter
When there
Is work
To be done
Every moment
I must
Evaluate
How to
Do what
Needs doing
Without
Endangering
Others
What can be
Omitted
Easier to
Be alone

Selfishly
I pray
For myself
Please help
Me be cheerful
Today belongs
To my small
Granddaughter

The trees
The birds
Voice an answer
I am grateful
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Bear … 04.14.2015
ⓒBearspawprint2015

Gift For The Grandchildren

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Straight edge
Coastal marshes
Steaming soup
Cooking garbage
Composted history
Gyres going nowhere
Dead currents stop
Lacking courage
Oceans becoming
Unchartable
Spinning magnets
Navigate
Heavy darkness
Water mountains
Wash over
Alkali flats
World pirouette
Wobbles turning
Around and back
Wishfully sleeping
Methane dreams
Before the sky
Collapsed
And the burning
Sun still rose
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Bear … 03.28.2015
ⓒBearspawprint2015
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