Valentine’s Sale – 40% off select CBD Products – this week only

I try never to mix these two worlds but there is a rare sale, 40% off select products happening this week. If you were every curious to try, this would be the week to do it.
You need to use this link and enter the code TEACHER40
I would recommend the 4000 MG full-spectrum CBD tincture (you can get the peppermint flavour). It’s 8x as strong as the 500mg bottle, and 4x as strong as the 1000mg stuff I use so using 1/4 dropper – this would last you 4 months.
Sleep gummies are also a great deal – and they are the stronger ones so again, you may only need half to start.
Pain creams and pain sticks for joint issues (although they also work with skin conditions – anti-inflammatory)
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Amanda Gorman: Inauguration poem & questions

Check out this link to Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem.

Here is a great interview with her. How do you think her upbringing influenced her poetry?

Check out this awesome image created by @Virtual Giff
  1. Who is the speaker in this poem? What kind of person is he or she? What does she represent?
  2. To whom is the speaker speaking, or in other words, who is the audience?
  3. What are the situation and setting in time (era) and place?
  4. What is the purpose of the poem?
  5. State the poem’s central idea or theme in a singular sentence.
  6. Describe the structure of the poem. How does this relate to content?
  7. What is the tone of the poem? How is it achieved?
  8. Notice the poem’s diction. Discuss any words which seem especially well-chosen.
  9. Are there predominant usages of figurative language? What is the effect?
    1. Metaphors
    2. Similes
    3. Imagery
    4. Allusions
    5. Personification
    6. Symbols
  10. Explain the use of any sound devices and whether or not they aid in conveying tone or theme.
  11. What light do you want to bring in the world with your gifts?

When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.

We’ve braved the belly of the beast.

We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,

and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.

And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it.

Somehow we do it.

Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken,

but simply unfinished.

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.

And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine,

but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.

We are striving to forge our union with purpose.

To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.

And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.

We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.

We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.

We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:

That even as we grieved, we grew.

That even as we hurt, we hoped.

That even as we tired, we tried.

That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.

Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.

If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.

It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.

It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.

We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it.

Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.

This effort very nearly succeeded.

But while democracy can be periodically delayed,

it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith, we trust,

for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.

This is the era of just redemption.

We feared it at its inception.

We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour,

but within it, we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.

So while once we asked, ‘How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?’ now we assert, ‘How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be:

A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.

We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation.

Our blunders become their burdens.

But one thing is certain:

If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change, our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.

With every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.

We will rise from the golden hills of the west.

We will rise from the wind-swept north-east where our forefathers first realized revolution.

We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states.

We will rise from the sun-baked south.

We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.

In every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country,

our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful.

When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.

The new dawn blooms as we free it.

For there is always light,

if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

The Zamani Project – 3D models and 360 tours of historical locations in Africa & Asia

The Zamani Project has been using cutting edge technology to create 3D models and 360 tours of various historical locations in Africa and Asia.


Heritage provides a window into the past that helps us understand our present and plan for our future. The study of diverse sites and structures gives insight into why societies have come to value the things they do. Awareness of heritage can help to develop one’s own cultural identity and to promote tolerance and acceptance of others.

However, heritage sites are often undocumented, or poorly documented, and many face threats of damage or destruction. These include sea-level rise, natural disasters, vandalism and wilful destruction, cultural terrorism, war, mining, construction, poorly-managed tourism, and the ravages of time. As such, digital collections of the tangible archaeological, cultural and anthropological information contained in these sites have become especially relevant.

Over the past 15 years, in collaboration with significant international heritage organisations such as UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund, we have documented more than 250 structures, rock art sites and statues at some 65 heritage sites in 18 countries across Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Operating as a research group within the University of Cape Town (UCT), we collect and analyse heritage data, communicate the importance of heritage, and enable experts and the public alike to access, learn from, conserve, and protect heritage.  HERITAGE SITES

Our World in Data – How would these graphs be affected by Covid19?

Our World in Data Grapher

Health is fundamental for a good quality of life. Being free from illness or injury directly affects our capacity to enjoy life. In this entry we provide an overview of the available empirical evidence on aggregate health outcomes, focusing on long-run cross-country data from mortality and morbidity tables; and then provide an analysis of available evidence on health determinants, focusing specifically on the returns to macro healthcare investments.

  • at concerns you? Encourages you?
  • Why is the data so different from country to country?
  • Here are a few graphs – it would be fun to ask the class how each graph might be affected by the Covid19 pandemic.

Geography – Birth Coordinates 

Use the month for latitude and day for longitude.

For example, if your birthday is November 26, your coordinates could be 11°N, 26°E.

Or, you can make four sets of coordinates for your birthday, depending on whether you use north or south latitude, or east or west longitude. 

Print a world map  or use Google Maps and plot your birthday coordinates.

What would it be like to have a party there?