Article: Goodreads Bullies


The link below is to a good article on Goodreads and the bullies that operate there in the ‘book reviewing police department.’ This isn’t a ‘department’ endorsed by Goodreads, but simply a group of author vigilantes who seek to take their revenge on negative book reviewers.

For more visit:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ray-garton/stop-the-gr-bullies-_b_1696640.html

John Adams, by David McCullough


I have just finished watching the mini series ‘John Adams,’ starring Paul Giamatti as John Adams and Laura Linney as Abigail Adams. I found the mini series to be difficult to watch, as it was hardly brilliant drama despite the rhetoric on the DVD case. Not being American was perhaps a reason for my lack of enthusiasm for the mini series. I found it to be a disappointment as a viewing spectacle. But how true to the man and to history was the mini series? This is a question that now has my attention – for the portrayal of John Adams in the production was hardly that of a man to be admired.

Adams comes across as a self-centred, vain glorious man, with poor people skills and a terrible father and husband. He appears to seek his own advancement to the expense of those about him and also to be full of envy and petty jealousy. He also appears to be a somewhat poor diplomat and politician overall – even though he held the greatest office in the United States, as second president following that of George Washington.

So now I come to the book on which this mini series was based, ‘John Adams,’ by David McCullough. I am now going to read this book and see just how true to the book and actual events the mini series achieved. I find it difficult to believe that Adams could have been the way he was protrayed in the film – now I will seek out the truth for myself.

Changing the World: December 16 – Support the Clown Doctors


Today’s suggestion is about getting behind the ‘clown doctors.’ Who are these ‘doctors?’ These are the people who seek to bring humour to the depressing wards of hospitals, especially for children.

Clown Doctors – a good idea that helps kids in hospital.

For more information and how to help:

www.humourfoundation.com.au

 

A response to reading ‘365 Ways to Change the World,’ by Michael Norton

Changing the World: December 4 – Civil Rights Awareness and Action


The suggestion for today is about raising awareness of civil rights and actively seeking to do something about the rights of people that maybe being abused. Again, this is a very worthwhile cause and is something I would seek to do at every opportunity.

For more information visit:

www.thekingcenter.org

A response to reading ‘365 Ways to Change the World,’ by Michael Norton

Changing the World: November 20 – Child Rights


The suggestion for today is about protecting the rights of children. Here in Australia it is sometimes said that children have more rights than their parents and to some extent this does appear to be a sound argument. More needs to be done to ensure parental rights in the area of discipline (note I didn’t say child abuse), etc.

However, throughout the world children face regular exploitation and abuse. The more that can be done to prevent this sort of abuse the better.

For more information on the rights of children visit:

www.unicef.org/crc

I will always seek to protect the rights of children wherever I see them threatened. This is something that I believe begins right where you live.

A response to reading ‘365 Ways to Change the World,’ by Michael Norton

Changing the World: November 13 – Food not Bombs


Today’s suggestion for changing the world is to form a ‘Food not Bombs’ group. The theory behind such a group is to gather food from various sources (fresh vegetables running out of shelf life, etc) and to seek to feed the local hungry people – such as the homeless, poor, etc.

These groups also protest against war.

This suggestion is also not for me – but not because I don’t like the idea. It is a great idea and one others may like to pursue. Visit the web site below for more information:

www.foodnotbombs.net