Speckled Grace

Bits of the well-traveled written world. The words above are not necessarily endorsed by me, but themes do appear.


    "1 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 0.424 6 2 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 0.419 7 3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 0.406 8 4 Columbus, OH 0.403 9"
    — 1 week ago
    "Father James Bacik was there — our city’s premier theologian and Catholic pastor. Baldemar Velasquez was there — the world’s leading spokesman for migrant workers."
    — 1 week ago
    "Columbus Zoo Director Emeritus Jack Hanna, the most recognizable advocate of Issue 6, does not live in Franklin County and would not be subjected to the tax hike he is promoting."
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    "CONS You have to go to a place Chance of developing autism 100 percent Puts the onus of character-building entirely on sports Without suffering through diphtheria, the flu, and measles, American children will become effete, pampered do-nothings Free lollipops promote unhealthy eating habits Child won’t get to be kindergarten’s Typhoid Mary Bullies parents into slavishly following actions recommended by decades of physicians’ peer-reviewed research that establishes an irrefutable scientific consensus"
    — 1 week ago


    All photos from the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photograph Collection, Temple University. http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15037coll3

    From top to bottom:

    P297160B—“Yudy Shemtov is surrounded by youngsters from a synagogue in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia as he place matzo in the oven at the Lubavitcher Center on Castor Avenue.” Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. April 3, 1979.

    P297145B—Shimon Golowinski (right) rolls a piece of dough across the table to Alex Carlebach as bakery opens at 4945 N. Broad Street in the Logan section of Philadelphia to make matzo for Passover. Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. March 10, 1975.

    P297144B—Marcy Garb placing hot potato kugel on a platter for the Garb family’s vegetarian Seder. Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. April 6, 1981.

    P297156B—“The foods on the Seder plate remind participants of Passover’s meaning. Here a carrot replaces the traditional lamb bone.” Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. April 6, 1981.

    P297140B—Passover is celebrated at the Jewish Home for the Aged, Old York Road and Sommerville Avenue. From left to right, are Mrs. Molly Sorens; Harry Moff, administrator of the home, reading from the Haggadah; Mrs. Reba C. Kline, honorary president of the home; Harry Robinson, president of the home; Nathan Silverstein, and Leibish Siegel. Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. April 9, 1952.

    — 1 week ago with 5 notes
    "GOP politicians can’t have it both ways anymore. An economic system that simply doles out favors to established stakeholders becomes less dynamic and makes job growth less likely. (Most jobs are created by new businesses.) Politically, the longer we’re in a “new normal” of lousy growth, the more the focus of politics turns to wealth redistribution. That’s bad for the country and just awful politics for Republicans. In that environment, being the party of less — less entitlement spending, less redistribution — is a losing proposition."
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    "With no actual historians on its staff and only scant communication with scholars, much of the museum’s public presence over the past few years—online, in print, and in the events it sponsors—had communicated what we considered to be an amateur, superficial, and inaccurate understanding of U.S. women’s history. Last summer, a group of the affiliated historians had written to Wages and the board of directors to outline our concerns and ask for greater engagement, with few results. This latest instance of the museum’s feckless disregard for scholarly review prompted a number of the affiliated historians to conclude that we could not, in good faith, remain on the SAC."
    — 2 weeks ago
    "America’s educational system was practically designed for the wanderers. Unlike Germany’s, it does not track kids into an apprenticeship when they’re still in high school; unlike more countries than I can name, the U.S. does not allocate college places and careers on the basis of a few high-stakes exams. The educational system and the corporate world, have long had lots of points of entry and re-entry. My sense from talking to managers, and educators, and from looking around my own profession, though, is that this has changed. More and more, everyone is trying to select for a long record of academic perfection, especially at the top."
    — 2 weeks ago