Myron S. Kaufmann Quote

 

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“Watching something grow is good for morale, it helps us believe in life.” -Myron S.Kaufmann

 

Myron Kaufmann (August 27, 1921 – January 29, 2010) was an American Jewish novelist best remembered for his popular 1957 novel, Remember Me to God.

Kaufmann was raised in Belmont, Massachusetts. As a boy, he composed serial adventure stories to entertain his classmates. He was valedictorian of his Belmont High School graduating class. He attended Harvard University with a concentration in biochemistry. After graduating in 1943, he entered the U.S. Army where he was trained as a Japanese translator.

Remember Me to God is set at Harvard. It deals with identity, assimilation, and the struggle of the son of Jewish immigrants to enter American society. At the time of his 25th Harvard reunion, he wrote:

“The existence of a vigorous orthodox Jewish community on the Harvard campus was inconceivable in our time. About two years ago I walked in on a group of Harvard students on an ordinary sabbath eve. As soon as ten were present, a service began. There followed a kosher dinner until someone began the grace-after-meals. After that psalms were sung in the original tongue…. For the past few years Kosher TV dinners have been available in the House dining halls upon a surcharge of fifty cents … how impossible it was twenty-five years ago for all this to exist—how impossible it was to believe it ever could exist. We had not the skill, we had not the knowledge. We had not the will.”[4]

Critic Louis Harap considers Remember Me To God to be “a memorable treatment of the problem” of Jewish identity and assimilation in America.[5]

Today, the novel is perhaps as widely read by sociologists and historians of the American Jewish experience, as by literary critics.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myron_Kaufmann

 

5 Fascinating Facts About International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year.

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Afganistan, 2002 ceremony at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs

The focus of International Women’s Day ranges from a celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

#1. The International Woman’s Day theme for 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.

A UN Women’s celebratory event is being held in Beijing with musical performances, high-powered speakers and celebrities including President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette, Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio, global philanthropist Melinda Gates, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and actor-director from India Farhan Akhtar, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and luminaries from politics, the arts, activism and philanthropy.

#2. The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York; it was organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.

In the West, International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

#3. In Taiwan, International Women’s Day is marked by the annual release of a government survey on women’s waist sizes, accompanied by warnings that weight gain can pose a hazard to women’s health.

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#4. In countries like Portugal groups of women usually celebrate on the night of March 8 in “women-only” dinners and parties. 

In other countries, the custom of giving women flowers still prevails. The yellow mimosa is the symbol of International Women’s day in Italy and Russia. In France, it is violets or lily-of-the-valley.

#5. The United States has yet to officially recognize International Women’s Day as a national holiday.

In February, 1994, H.J. Res. 316 was introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters, along with 79 cosponsors, in an attempt to officially recognize March 8 of that year as International Women’s Day. The bill was subsequently referred to, and remained in, the House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service. No vote of either house of Congress was achieved on this piece of legislation.

Thank you for reading these fascinating facts about International Women’s Day!

Here are a few ways to get involved supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world:

  • Take part in one of UN Women’s campaigns or professional networks.
  • Raise awareness on social media.
  • Donate or volunteer your time to a cause that helps women in your local community.

Your voice matters. Your actions make it real.

For more information, visit
http://www.unwomen.org/en/get-involved 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Draw a Sea Turtle

Learn How to Draw a Sea Turtle in 5 Steps!

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Today I am going to show you how to draw a sea turtle.

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First, you will need some supplies: 

Supplies

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paper

Ready to draw? OK!

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Draw an oval on the paper. This will become the body of the turtle. The oval should have a round-ish top and a flat-ish bottom.

Next step!

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A sea turtle’s front legs are paddle-shaped. The back legs are smaller and fan-shaped.

Erase the parts of the shell that overlap with the legs.

Tip: When drawing an unfamiliar subject, use reference photos.

Use this photo as a reference for how your turtle’s legs should look.

Excellent work!

We are done with the hard part!

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Sea turtles have beak-like mouths for crushing and tearing thier food. You could say they are the “hawks of the sea”… but you probably shouldn’t.

Turtle Fact #1: Male and female turtles have different size tails. Female turtle tails do not extend beyond the hind flippers and male turtle tails extend well past the hind flippers. 

Hey, we’re almost done!

HOWTOTURTLE4Draw an eye on your turtle. Erase any parts of the oval that intersect with the turtle’s neck.

To create the shell, draw a long straight line above the flippers extending from the head to the tail.

Use angular, straight lines on top of the shell to indicate where the shell plates connect.

Turtle Fact #2: Turtle shells protect them from predators and provide support for thier internal organs. 

For more terrific turtle facts, visit TurtleTime.org  !

Last Step!

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Use angular lines to draw the turtle’s scutes.

Add two little round nostrils to the turtle’s head.

If you want, give your turtle a home by adding bubbles and seaweed!

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I hope this helped you learn how to draw a sea turtle!

What other types of things would you like to learn how to draw? Let me know in the comments!

For more HOW-TO DRAWs in the future, Follow me on PinterestInstagram or Twitter

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How To Draw A Cat

Learn How to Draw a Cat in Five Easy Steps!

hello Today I am going to show you how to draw a cat.

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First, you will need some supplies: 

Supplies

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paper

Ready to draw? OK!

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Draw an oval on the paper. This will become the body of the cat. The oval can be thin, fat, round or long, as long as it’s an oval!

Next step!

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Add a head with pointy ears near the top of the oval. Add two oval shaped paws near the bottom. Erase the parts of the circle that intersect the head and front paw. Great Job!

Next step!

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Draw the hind leg of your cat. Erase the part of the circle that intersects with the leg. For extra points, doodle a ball of yarn!

Almost Done!

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Draw a tail on your cat that is around the same thickness as it’s paws and about as long as it’s body.

I drew my cat’s tail in a slightly relaxed position, but you can draw yours tall and straight, off to the side, or however you wish. Keep in mind that the cat’s tail reflects what mood the cat is in.

Last Step!

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Ask yourself, How is this cat feeling today?

Draw the cat’s face and whiskers. Make sure to include an upside down triangle nose and two vertical pupils.

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I hope this helped you learn how to draw a cat!

What other types of things would you like to learn how to draw? Let me know in the comments!

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Throwback Thursday- Music Video Edition

 

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It’s been such a long time (years, in fact) since I worked on a video-related project, but it feels like just yesterday that I was experimenting with sound and video, and having lots of fun with it!

Where does time go??

I would like to share with you one of the first music videos that I helped create.

It’s Throwback Thursday!!

1 . Margo May “Time to Wait”

In 2013 I had the opportunity to work with singer/songwriter/all around cool person Margo May, mixing and producing a selection of her music on a collaborative album we called “1000000 Tiny Pieces“.

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This video totally personifies what Margo May and I were doing artistically at the time. 1000000 Tiny Pieces is a very dreamy pop album, so my goal when I edited this video was to elaborate on that theme.

Not too long after we released the album, the song “Time to Wait” was featured as background music in a Hair Braiding Tutorial for the clothing brand Free People.

This really happened!! Unbelievable! 

The free people video is beautiful and carries the “dreamy” theme into festival princess territory.

Throwback thursday has inspired me to rethink video as a platform for new work. I would love to make more videos in the future! Catch me on Vine!

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If you’d like to see more videos, please visit my Youtube channel where I post playlists of interesting things to look at as well as Video Art and Music Videos!

 

 

Cats Cleaning Themselves

Need I say more?