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Dee had just opened her mouth to say something when the intercom in the hall sputtered: "Mary Louise, Mary Louise, please come to the office." I heard my name and roused myself to answer, but before I could speak, Dee shouted: "Mah butt aches."this book that I posted on Sunday. The setting is Booth Memorial Hospital, a Salvation Army home for women and girls who were unwed and pregnant. It's set in 1954. The main character was a 22-year-old graduate student, one pregnant girl was only 14 years old, and Dee? Well, she was a character in every sense of the word. Booth, by the way, was a real place. The photo above was taken when Booth Memorial's time capsule was opened in 2013. It says: "Erected to the glory of God and the blessing of humanity. AD 1921." I've already finished reading the book because, once I started, I couldn't stop. I flew through it and rated it a ten!
A cat discovers a new world. The cat loves its home, a house with places to climb, places to hide, windows to watch, and a mouse to chase. There’s a boy who fills his water dish and scratches him in just the right spots. Best of all, the windows have birds. One day the boy takes the cat to a strange, new home, high above the ground. The cat hides, and cries, hoping the boy will bring it back to the old house. In time, however, the cat discovers that this new world has wonders of its own.the author/illustrator's web site. The summary on the book's copyright page is more succinct: "A cat adjusts to its new home in an apartment, high above the ground, after living in a house." I walked into the library, turned left to pick up the book on hold for me, and brought to a stop by this book on display. First, the artwork, which I love. Second, the cat on the cover. My Kiki cat, who died in June 2012, loved to watch birds outside our windows, especially one baby bird on the windowsill. The intriguing "coincidence" is that I'm agonizing over wanting to adopt a 13-year-old cat named Sienna who paws at the glass wall for attention when anyone comes near. She misses her owner, who died, and obviously misses having a home and someone to love. I live in an apartment six floors up, just above the treetops. I would love her.
Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter ― from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas ― is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.Library Loot may no longer be a group thing, but I've decided to share what I found at the library occasionally anyway, even though I have nowhere to link up with other readers.
From the author's web site: A very pregnant Mary, a graduate student at the University of Iowa, refuses to marry her live-in lover Kenny, a physics whiz, because she has career plans of her own. Mary is a graduate student in Victorian literature and plans to build a career in that field, at a time when few women have successful careers and most women have difficulty being admitted to professional and most graduate schools.
Mary believes in herself, and is undaunted by her pregnancy, but she also loves Kenny, with whom she’s lived while she’s been in school for three years. Kenny tells her repeatedly that he wants to marry her, but Mary knows that he is not faithful to her, though he almost always comes home sometime before dawn. When Mary discovers that one of Kenny’s lovers is her best friend Callie, she decides to go to Booth Memorial Hospital, a home for unwed mothers, to have her baby there and give it up for adoption.
Kenny was reared by his mother to be a gentleman. But he is furious with Mary for wanting to give away their baby. He says she can give the child to him to rear, but Mary refuses. She knows that in 1954 there is no available test that will prove his paternity, that therefore he has no rights where this child is concerned, and so she can do as she thinks best. Kenny drives Mary to Booth in Des Moines, comes inside, but then takes off abruptly, leaving her behind, unable to contain his anger at what she is doing.
Mary settles in at Booth, meeting the Salvation Army officers who staff the home, and going to work for the hospital nurse who runs the hospital floor where the babies are delivered. Mary makes new friends at Booth, including Dee, a black girl from Des Moines who is bent upon marrying the father of her baby, and Ruby, who is married to a Des Moines mobster with ties into the Chicago mob. The action unfolds as each of the women works out her own destiny.
The Booth Memorial Homes existed in the United States and England, and possibly in other countries, until the mid-to-late 1970’s. By then sexual mores had changed sufficiently that most unmarried pregnant woman were no longer expelled from their families or held up as objects of scorn. But many of us born in the first half of the 20th Century remember vividly how things were back then. Some of us, including me, even experienced it. I leave it to the reader to decide which of the characters’ experiences most resemble mine.
Every now and then, a simple yet radical idea shakes the very foundations of knowledge. The startling discovery that the world was not flat challenged and ultimately changed the way people perceived themselves and their relationships with the world. “If the earth were really round,” it was argued, “Then the people at the bottom would fall off.” For most humans of the 15th century, the notion of Earth as ball of rock was nonsense. The whole of Western natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change again, forced upon us by the experimental findings of quantum theory. At the same time, these findings have increased our doubt and uncertainty about traditional physical explanations of the universe’s genesis and structure.VIDEOS
Biocentrism completes this shift in worldview, turning the planet upside down again with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe instead of the other way around. In this new paradigm, life is not just an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics.
Biocentrism takes the reader on a seemingly improbable but ultimately inescapable journey through a foreign universe — our own — from the viewpoints of an acclaimed biologist and a leading astronomer. Switching perspective from physics to biology unlocks the cages in which Western science has unwittingly managed to confine itself. Biocentrism shatters the reader’s ideas of life, time and space, and even death. At the same time, it releases us from the dull worldview that life is merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements; it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal.
The 21st century is predicted to be the century of biology, a shift from the previous century dominated by physics. It seems fitting, then, to turn the universe outside-in and unify the foundations of science with a simple idea discovered by one of the leading life-scientists of our age. Biocentrism awakens in readers a new sense of possibility and is full of so many shocking new perspectives that the reader will never see reality the same way again.
Scientists Claim that Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves to Another Universe at Death ~ January 2014Lanza named one of the top 50 "World Thinkers"
Dr. Lanza was selected as one of Prospect Magazine’s “World Thinkers 2015.” The thinkers were chosen for “engaging in original and profound ways with the central questions of the world today,” as well as for their continuing significance for “this year’s biggest questions” (in economics, science, philosophy, cultural and social criticism and in politics).— from Robert Lanza's web site