READING! “My” for Tuesday and Pandemic Note and Photo O’ Day 165

1874 – Mob of 400 masked men on horseback armed with shotguns kidnaps 16 black men from jail in Gibson County, Tennessee, and lynches them.

August 26th



NOTE: Each day’s “My” is set to automatically update every day around 5pm EDT. Sometime soon after that time, I’ll “hand curate” it, aka take out irrelevant articles which the AI aggregator picks.

Just think of it as an old-school evening newspaper which used to show up on your doorstep when you got home from work. Yes, I’m dating myself by mentioning evening newspapers!

And here’s the link (which stays the same each day) to “My”

The Ed Tech Emergent Daily, Tuesday August 25th You can bookmark this link!


Here’s the top stories from this evening’s “My”:

10 quick and easy tools to boost your EdTech confidence

7 Podcasts to Lighten the Mood

The Intimacy of Radio Sketch Comedy Is Underappreciated

The Shooting of Jacob Blake Is a Wake-Up Call

31 Simple Tricks Experts Use To Stay Resilient, Hopeful, And *Happy* During The Toughest Times


There’s two Photos O’ Day – one is hopeful and consoling; the other is grim and disturbing.

First the hope, from the outside of the main entrance into the Catholic high school where I’m beginning the next part of my professional/vocational career.

And the grim and deeply disturbing:

Before I present the note/quote of the day which offers blunt commentary about what this poll result about “acceptability” of the current number of COVID deaths illuminates, here’s my two quick thoughts:

First, if you or I value the dignity of every human life from the womb to natural death (and I do deeply hold this value,) any single human death, if it could have been prevented, even by the most “heroic” means, is NEVER “acceptable”

Second, people who hold a different perspective on human life, especially the unborn, are more than willing to point out the gross inconsistency between calling one’s self, one’s church and/or one’s political party “Pro-Life” and believing that the current number of Americans dead from COVID is “acceptable.”

This second thought leads me to the note/quote of the day from the Progressive Secular Humanist blog hosted by

I share this quote b/c I believe that if one wants insight into how one’s self or one’s group is perceived, it is often helpful to listen to voices from a different perspective then one’s own.

In short, the Pro-Fetus, Forced-Birth party is not “pro-life,” despite the many claims made to the contrary…

The fact that a majority of Republicans are not troubled by the fact that over 170,000 Americans are dead because of the Trump administration’s gross incompetence speaks volumes about the state of the nation.

Bottom line: More than 176,000 people in the U.S. are dead from COVID-19, and 57% of Republicans polled say that number is “acceptable.”


And from the voice which we who follow Jesus the Christ must hold over and above any other voice:

[After washing the feet of his friends, Jesus said]:

“A new command I give you: Love one another.

As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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