Monday, October 05, 2015

SDG Mondays: Exploring The Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development goals (or SDGs) in a summit meeting in September that will replace the previous eight Millennium Development  Goals that were the world's former road map for eliminating extreme poverty and which expire in 2015.  The new Sustainable Development Goals are goals to guide us, the people of Earth, in improving the lives of people all over our world.  They include 169 targets, most to be met by 2030 but some sooner, that provide concrete ways of achieving the seventeen goals.

Here is a brief list of the seventeen SDGs from the United Nations website:

"1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development."

For the next few weeks, when possible for me, Mondays will be SDG Mondays and will each feature an SDG and its targets.  Discussion in the comments thread in these features is welcome, always depending on the quality of the discussion.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

First Papaya

I have had my little papaya tree for a few years now, but it never fruited before.  For months now, it has had its first two tiny green fruits on it, but they stayed tiny and green. Today one of them was suddenly yellow!

I ate it.  It was tiny but still ripe and delicious.

I am saving the seeds for my dad in case he wants to plant them.

Another Mass Shooting

Thursday's tragedy should remind us not to vote for the people who pass laws that allow guns to be accessed so easily by so many.  The U.S. leads the world in mass shootings...this is not something in which we want to lead the world.

 I am praying and I am also voting.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Banned Books Week: What Are You Reading?

Did you know that September 27 - October 3 is Banned Books Week?

This year, the theme of Banned Books Week is Young Adult fiction. Here is a link to frequently challenged or banned Young Adult fiction in 2014-2015. 

Keep reading!  Knowledge is power!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: Hispanic Heritage

To honor Hispanic Heritage Month one more time this month, this edition of the Subversive Children's Book Club features books about people and events in Hispanic history and culture.  Enjoy!

  • Harvest of Hope:  The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
  • Dolores Huerta:  A Hero To Migrant Workers by Sarah Warren
  • Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez by Monica Brown
  • Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. by Diana Cohn 
  • Separate is Never Equal:  Sylvia Mendez and her family's fight for desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Tomas and The Library Lady by Pat Mora
  • Frida by Jonah Winter
  • Diego by Jonah Winter
  • Sonia Sotomayor:  A Judge Grows in The Bronx by Jonah Winter.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Go Pink or Go Home: We Support Planned Parenthood

The Lone Star Ma Blog is pink today to show our support of funding for Planned Parenthood.  Planned Parenthood provides vital health care and cancer screening for thousands of Americans, men and women, too.   You cannot pull out a major health care provider's funding because you disapprove of something else they do that the government does not fund at all without grievous consequences for the people who depend upon its health care funding.

Congress has threatened to shut down the government rather than pass a budget that includes funding that might go to Planned Parenthood.  None of this funding is used for abortions. Tell your Congressperson that you support Planned Parenthood, Mamas! Women need access to reproductive health care and screenings.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Boehner's Resignation

I find it very disturbing that Congress is chuck full of Republicans who thought this man was not conservative enough.

These are scary times, Mamas.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


It troubles me when people in states that do not border Mexico write about things like guacamole and burritos because what they say is usually such, such travesty.

Sorry, but it is.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

National Voter Registration Day!

Today is National Voter Registration Day, Mamas!  Get out the word to get out the vote!  We cannot enact policies that create a caring nation, state and community for our children if we do not vote!

If you are not registered to vote, go down to your county clerk's office and do so today!  

If you have moved and need to change your voter registration to another county, go down to the county clerk's office and do so today!  

Spread the word to other people to get registered to vote!

Everyone needs to be registered!!!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

International Day of Peace

Pray for peace.

Happy Autumn Equinox!

Now it is time for apples and pumpkins and other squash. Time for growing tomatoes and peppers. Maybe time for a sweater eventually, but let's not go too crazy.  Happy Autumn!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Bridging - A Junior Girl Scout No More

Today our Girl Scout Troop, after trying for some time to get everyone's schedules together, had our long-delayed Bridging Ceremony. The Lone Star Baby, with several other of our girls, bridged to Cadette Girl Scouts and received her silver key, which means she is - sniff! - an "older girl" now.

The girls are currently swimming in their new vests because these vests get worn throughout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors and a girl does a lot of growing in seven years.

She also received her Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn, and which I had been holding onto until the ceremony, for the project she and two other girls in the troop did last year.  They researched, developed and put on a Community Service Fair at the Library to teach kids lots of different ways they can volunteer to help their community in different ways.

I used to call this troop my "Little Girl Troop", when I still had the Lone Star Girl's "Big Girl Troop", but now these girls are growing up so fast!  I am so proud of them!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Flu Shot Mama

The Lone Star Family all have gotten their annual flu shot.  You go get yours, too. Quadrivalent, preferably, for also covering that sneaky late spring/early summer B strain.