One of my heroes (and I have many) is Dr. Martin Luther King. In addition to his civil rights work, he was an amazing speaker, leaving behind many memorable quotes. One of the ones that resonates strongly with me is:
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
I love writing about history, and doing my best to make it come alive so that readers can “relive” certain events or see them through the eyes of others.
With that in mind, e-book seller Kobo has launched a “Brush Up on History” sale through November 14, 2016. In addition to my own Women Aviators book (Chicago Review Press), there are lots of other interesting books to choose from. Go to Kobo today to relive some history of your own.
Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive explores the careers of three women who work within the science of marine biology. Natalie Arnoldi is a marine biologist just starting out in her career. Ashanti Johnson is an oceanographer who studies radionuclides, or radioactive atoms, in aquatic environments. Lauren Mullineaux is a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Readers will also learn about the women who have served as trailblazers in the field of marine biology and ecology, such as Eugenie Clark and Rachel Carson. Nomad Press books in the Girls in Science series supply a bridge between girls’ interests and their potential futures by investigating science careers and introducing women who have succeeded in science. Compelling stories of real-life scientists provide readers with role models that they can look toward for examples of success.
Marine Biology uses engaging content, links to primary sources, and essential questions to whet kids’ appetites for further exploration and study. This book explores the history of marine biology, the women who made key discoveries, and the multitude of varied careers in this exciting and important field. Marine Biology encourages both boys and girls to envision what lies beneath the miles of water that make up our planet.
From Nomad Press, Books to Inspire Learning.
There are beach people and mountain people. You know, what’s your ideal location to get away from it all and recharge? While I’m not opposed to a little beach time, I’m most definitely a mountain person. I’m a frequent driver on the Kansas and eastern Colorado plains. As soon as I clear Limon, my senses are trained on the horizon for my first glimpse of the Rockies. When I get it, endorphins flood my body.
Interestingly, another favorite mountain range are the Wichita’s in Oklahoma. Located in southwestern Oklahoma, some would laugh at the description of mountains that are closer in size to hills. But this is because the Wichita’s are among the oldest mountain ranges on Earth and we all get a little smaller with age. 😉
Seriously though, this mountain range formed about 500 million years ago according to geologists. The Wichita Mountains have seen it all. Plains people who hunted and camped here. Spanish conquistadors looking for gold and outlaws hiding themselves and their gold. There was even a short-lived gold rush. The Wichita’s were the last home for warriors like Geronimo and Quanah Parker and briefly the home of buffalo soldiers.
Today, part of the Wichita’s are a wildlife refuge and home to bison, elk, longhorns, an active prairie dog community, and dozens of other mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Hundreds of bird and wildflower species also vacation here.
When you hike the Wichita’s, you can just feel the history of the place embrace you. I get the same feeling at Mesa Verde when I hike the ruins. A great feeling of rightness in the world comes when you realize that all life is connected.
The morning was young, and already I was frustrated and tense. I had been at the computer making some requested revisions to an assignment that was due. This led to my running late for an appointment. It didn’t help that everywhere I turned, road construction slowed me down.
Stress. You know the feeling. Shoulders tightening up, and a desire to yell or pull out your hair? Then, in my effort to find the right shortcut, I drove by a park and luckily let my gaze wander. On a park bench, with their backs to me, was a grandmother with her arm draped around her grandson. They were just taking time to enjoy the summer morning before things heated up. Although I don’t have grandchildren, the image took me back to when my boys were young and we sat on park benches.
The image served to cool me down as well. I’m often in such a hurry to make appointments or meet deadlines that I’m not taking time to smell the flowers or sit on a park bench. I’m not always successful at it, but my goal is to take time to enjoy life more often. Sometimes, when I’m able to catch myself, a little tune springs up in my head. Some of you may have heard it—
Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.
The official name of this Simon and Garfunkel classic is “The 59th Street Bridge Song,” but I call it the “Feelin’ Groovy” song. And yes, I know that using the word “groovy” is a little cheesy, but cheesy makes me smile. And we can all use a little more smiling.
Anyone who’s read my books from the Chicago Review Press Women in Action series knows I have a thing about women flying, whether it’s in airplanes or space ships. And space is awesome no matter who it is. One of the most unfortunate decisions NASA made was not following through with the Mercury 13 (see Women in Space if you’re not familiar with this story or search “Mercury 13”).
In fact, the only thing more exciting than space is diversity in space. Thankfully, NASA seems to be on the right track. The NASA Policy Statement on Diversity and Inclusion states “Diversity and Inclusion are integral to mission success at NASA.”
Here are a few recent events that support this statement.
- The most recent astronaut class chosen by NASA was evenly divided between women and men.
- On June 15 at NASA in Washington, D.C., NASA joined the White House at the United State of Women Summit to discuss pathways for women and girls into STEM programs and careers.
- When the 2016 ESSENCE Festival starts in New Orleans this week, NASA will kick it off with a wide range of activities, including talks about African American Pioneers in Space.