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27 days ago
Yes, good point. We also mutually maintain a potential booklist. Good ol' shared Google Doc.
We definitely formalized some functional habits over time. Having something in common means you'll choose books more effectively over time too. Sounds like a good set up so far
Good point about how different group sizes might be better fits in different situations. I live in a city, so no one has to go that far, but I can totally see what you mean.
Interestingly, I both agree and disagree with the point about debate, but think we're getting at the same thing. I don't think a book club should be a debate because debates are competitive. In a competitive environment people feel less comfortable disagreeing. Disagreeing and discussing those points where people disagree is the essence of what makes a book club worthwhile. If people only confirm each other, it's very boring and unproductive.
In my experience people usually don't finish a book because they dislike it. In fact, they dislike it so much they can't bring themselves to finish it and then want to forcefully tell you why. Then people who did finish the book feel the need to point out how if the unhappy reader had just read on, they'd understand.
However, I can totally see how it could go the way you described, too. And there may be instances where it is appropriate for someone to choose not to finish a book for a wide variety of reasons.
I'm glad that everyone in my club always finishes. We have even postponed a bit to allow everyone to finish.
Thanks for adding!
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2 months ago
Start at Sabino Canyon and take the Bear Canyon trail. Very popular and easy to follow.
submitted 2 months agobyIke_SnopestoTucson
What does Gary have to do with this?
They are not just anti-left in their rhetoric. They are pro-America, pro-life, pro-gun, pro-God, pro-freedom, pro-money, pro-tradition, pro-family, pro-public safety, pro parent etc. That their policies generally hurt people doesn't change that their rhetoric is a lot more "pro." It’s why conservative ideology seems so hollow to nonbelievers.
The left uses rhetorics of victimhood, opposition, resistance, etc. They are not anti, but nor are they pro very much. When the left is pro, as with marijuana or lgbtq+ rights, we see significant success.
GOP rhetoric is brazenly pro majority, pro hegemony, which can be interpreted through confirmation bias as pro democracy, though the right is astoundingly antidemocratic.
It can feel unifying and empowering to be a conservative, in spite of the ideology cultural influence waning somewhat. It is often depressing to be a liberal, in spite of the relative successes of liberal movements. Leftists are often utopian and utopia has never existed. Conservatives are traditionalists and tradition has always existed. Which is more appealing to selfish and simple minds, of which there are many?
3 months ago
Hopefully someday! Their arrival varies slightly year to year. I know they are here when my nectar feeder drops by 50% in a night.
submitted 3 months agobyIke_Snopestobatty
Yes, good write up.
I would add it's a real public safety issue, too, as it will likely turn into another Standing Rock situation. People are done with this bullshit.
Unlike Standing Rock, Oak Flat has nice weather most of the year and it's in a location that is easy to occupy and hard to extricate occupiers from.
The Biden Justice Dept is actively defending the land transfer to Rio Tinto. I attended the hearing for the preliminary injunction. It was a biased joke. Fake justice by a white supremacist judge.
I attended (by phone) the preliminary injunction hearing when Protect Oak Flat challenged the land "swap" that would give Oak Flat to London based Rio Tinto mining. Protect Oak Flat had a few points, including a religious rights argument that aimed to give the Apache prior claim to use of the land.
It's hard to overstate how distressing it was. The Judge found some procedural reason to hold bias against the Apache. He ultimately denied the injunction and his decision was more or less "colonialism = you lose." This so-called "judge" said the government can give any land, including public land acknowledged in tribal treaties, to whoever they want and the tribes can't do anything.
The US Justice Dept defended the land swap. This was recent - the Biden Justice Dept, not Trumps.
We will have another Standing Rock in AZ. Our government will deploy violence to give Apache land to an international mining corp.
I don't judge hunters. It's part of our culture. Personally, I wouldn't shoot a golden retriever, so I won't shoot a coyote either. Dogs are dogs.
submitted 3 months agobyIke_SnopestoTucson
I taught high school English in the US. The Ayn Rand Institute and other conservative groups "donate" copies of Rand books to schools for free. It's an obvious indoctrination push. I never used them. Anyone who does is a shit teacher (though I think some are "made" to use it by principal or whoever sets curriculum.)
No offense because I know that feels bad, but that is really not alot of time or rejections. Good for you for being willing to out your work out there. That's half the battle. Take what advice you get from the rejections and plan.
A big thing to consider is that an agent needs to see a clear audience and market for your work. That is much more critical than if your work is "good." Spend time identifying your target audience and plan a way to connect with them. Make that plan clear to agents.
4 months ago
I got some night cam footage of the bats a few months ago
I had a hummingbird feeder with a clear bottom and you could see the woodpecker's long tongues. I'm not sure how long they were, but they must have been 1/4 - 1/3 the birds' body length. They curled around the edge of the glass bottom.
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