Room for hope

Here’s a story about a young girl living a hard life, who finds hope in books:

The best line:

“The more you know about something the less you will fear it.”

This isn’t a new story, but it’s a good one. Here’s more to read and listen to: “Once Forbidden, Books Become A Lifeline For A Young Migrant Worker” from NPR.

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Curious George

In Japan, he’s known as George the Monkey (おさるのジョージ). Easy to understand, but not as descriptive.

Did you know that he escaped the Nazis during WW2? Here’s the story:

I was looking around for something else related to Curious George and found a couple of easy-to-read articles:

“Curious George celebrates 76th birthday”

“85-year-old cycles from home to library every day”

The second one isn’t really about the character; it’s about this elderly man’s energy, inquisitiveness, and love of reading. Towards the end of the article, it says that people who know him were asked to liken him to a character in a book. One person said he was like Curious George.

That leads to a writing prompt for people who like to read fiction: Which character in fiction do you most resemble? How about a parent or grandparent or a teacher or coach? Or an eccentric neighbor?

Problem → Solution

Most of my students seem to have no trouble falling asleep — anywhere and anytime. But one poor soul came to class yesterday, late and exhausted, because there’s construction going on next to his house and he’s having trouble sleeping. I can relate, as there’s a condominimium going up next to my own.

Solution: earplugs and this breathing technique

Thoughts that occurred to me while watching this:

Certain world leaders should try this before making public statements.

He does look like Santa Claus, doesn’t he?

I want him to introduce his dog (at 0:56).

(via Open Culture, which has a couple of related links)