Marina Refuge

Marina Refuge


for the 10th anniversary, here’s another Katrina story from the @GulfSails blogger ~ his posts, published in the collection, A Howling in the Wires, sparked my own interest in blogging.

Originally posted on Gulf Latitudes:

Riding out Hurricane Katrina in a New Orleans Marina

Published – Cruising Helmsman (Australia)
©2013 – Troy Gilbert

Ask anyone whether they think it would be a good idea to ride out Hurricane Katrina aboard a boat in a New Orleansmarina and it is almost guaranteed that they wouldn’t even think it was a real question.

But that was the hurricane plan for three New Orleans liveaboards who were only expecting one heck of a wicked night out on their boats. What they got instead were three weeks of hell, camaraderie and heroism.

In a city home to many people living eccentric lifestyles, it should come as no surprise that New Orleans has a very active liveaboard population, and one that has truly evolved into a neighborhood of long time friends living in an almost communal setting. This kinship served them well through the storm and then again as…

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Ten of the best… gardens in literature.

Ten of the best… gardens in literature.

Originally posted on Penguin Blog:

After a spot of August reading inspiration? Look no further as Senior Editor for Vintage Classics, Frances Macmillan has shared her top ten gardens in literature. 

Paradise LostThe Garden of Eden in Paradise Lost by John Milton.

The Big One. The Original and Best. The one with the Tree and the Snake. The place where it all went wrong for mankind.

The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden Vintage ClassicsMary Lennox is a spoilt, sallow child uprooted from an expat life in India to lonely Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire. Then one day she hears about a garden in the grounds of the Manor that has been kept locked and hidden for years. And when a friendly robin helps Mary find the key, she discovers the most magical place anyone could imagine…

“Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of…

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1984 Arrives Thirty Years Late: Say Goodby to Privacy Forever if This Bill Passes


Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Legislation called “The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act” has been introduced in both houses of Congress. Nice name, no? Don’t you think you should have “the right to know before you go” to a college or university?

What it really means is that the federal government will:

authorize the creation of a federal database of all college students, complete with their personally identifiable information, tracking them through college and into the workforce, including their earnings, Social Security numbers, and more. The ostensible purpose of the bill? To provide better consumer information to parents and students so they can make “smart higher education investments.”

Big Data, the answer to all problems. All you need do is surrender your privacy and become someone’s data point, perhaps the point of sales.

Barmak Nassirian, writing on the blog of Studentprivacymatters, warns about the dangers this legislation poses. He wrote originally…

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Saving Public Education and Democracy—teachers, parents and children, you are not alone


Originally posted on Crazy Normal - the Classroom Exposé:

Do not let Corporate Education Reformers like Michelle Rhee, David Coleman, Bill Gates, the Walton family and Arne Duncan eat our children for a profit. The resistance to save the transparent, nonprofit, democratic public schools in the United States survives, thrives and grows daily. And regardless of what you might hear in the media, the teachers’ unions did not start this movement or fund it.

1: The movement started in earnest with Diane Ravitch (find her blog here). She was appointed to public office by Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She served as Assistant Secretary of Education under Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander from 1991 to 1993 and his successor Richard Riley appointed her to serve as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which supervises the National Assessment of Educational Progress; she was a member of NAGB from 1997 to 2004. From 1995 to…

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Audrey Beardsley: The Silencing of the Educators, A Dangerous Trend



NM gag orders silencing educators. That means they can’t talk about for fear of state retaliation and losing their jobs. Being over-the-hill and out of the game has its benefits ~ and carries with it the obligation to speak up for and about the silenced

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Audrey Beardsley, a professor at Arizona State University, recently visited parents, educators, students, and state leaders in New Mexico. There she learned that the state had adopted gag orders for teachers, forbidding them from discussing or expressing an opinion about the state tests (PARCC).

She writes:

Under the “leadership” of Hanna Skandera — former Florida Deputy Commissioner of Education under former Governor Jeb Bush and head of the New Mexico Public Education Department — teachers throughout the state are being silenced.

New Mexico now requires teachers to sign a contractual document that they are not to “diminish the significance or importance of the tests” (see, for example, slide 7 here) or they could lose their jobs. Teachers are not to speak negatively about the tests or say anything negatively about these tests in their classrooms or in public; if they do they could be found in violation of their contracts…

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5 Million Public Domain Ebooks in HathiTrust: What Does This Mean?


Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:

Source: Source: http://www.actualitté.com

A week or so ago, a monumental thing happened: the number of public-domain books in the HathiTrust digital repository topped 5 million. And since no one (including HathiTrust, so far) seems to be making a very big deal about this, it seems like a good moment both to recap the achievements of HathiTrust and to consider a few of its implications for the future of reading and scholarship.

For those unfamiliar with the outlines of its history, HathiTrust emerged in the wake of the Google Books Library Project, a massive and still ongoing program of book digitization that Google undertook in 2004 in cooperation with some of the most comprehensive research libraries in North America and the UK. The basic outlines of the agreement between Google and each library were simple: in return for allowing Google’s employees to come in and (non-destructively) scan most or…

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The poverty of the institutional imagination: The case of Beijing’s moats and canals


Originally posted on Isham Cook:

Tucheng Channel (土城沟)

Beijing’s lost water transportation system

The major river in the Beijing area, the Yongding River (1 off map), was originally too fast and prone to flooding to afford urban habitation, so the city was built some ten kilometers northeast of the river when founded in the late Liao/Jin Dynasty (mid-12th c.), and thereafter shifted further northeast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The first moat formed a square around the city’s walls. Today, the northern section of the moat has been restored and beautified and renamed the Xiaoyue Moat (2). Its former name, Beitucheng (north wall), is now given to a stop on subway Line 10 running alongside the moat.

水系-01 (3) Beijing’s canal system within the 5th Ring Road (map by Isham Cook)

_____  existing canals and moats
………  former canals and moats
_ _ _ _  former Inner City and Imperial City walls

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Tomorrow the Grand Adventure Begins Anew



Welcome to National Poetry Month 2015

Originally posted on April Is National Poetry Month!:

Greetings, Poetry Lovers!

We stand upon the cusp of April once again, ready to dive head- or feet- or backside-first into the refreshing pool of National Poetry Month!

Yawp! Hike up your haiku and unpack your iambs, it will be a terrific ride the next 30 poetry-fueled days!

Be well, be happy, be poetic.

— Team April


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walking alone – solsc#24



I’ve been doing the Two Writing Teachers’ Slice of Life blog challenge. Reading and commenting on posts is as important as writing your own. But I hadn’t thought to share a post before this. I don’t walk out much but need to now that the weather is nicer and the air not too cold for breathing ease. When I do, it is alone. So is house time.

Originally posted on fireflytrails:

Today I was scheduled to walk with a friend. We had developed this Tuesday routine back in the fall when I was newly retired and she was between jobs. Since then, her new employment and the cold weather brought an interruption to our weekly visits, but we were both able to walk today.

When I stopped my car in the park, I found her text message saying she wouldn’t be able to make it after all. I started to go on home and “get some things done” and then I stopped…

There were several walkers already on the trail.

Each was walking alone.

I could walk by myself.

And so I did. As I started the trek I wished I had brought along my camera. There were so many things to see. And so much to think about along the way.

The bright sun low in the sky, shining like…

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