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jeanne's first piece on Prop. 65 and toxicity in everyday products.

Thinking About Our Need to Be Aware:
Proposition 65 Warning

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Topic of the Week:Thinking About Our Need to Be Aware: Proposition 65 Warning

Flying Witch from,

Our adventure with Propositon 65, passed in 1967, has led to adventures like guelphs in Guelphland. We've discovered Proposition 65 warnings on chidren's toys, halloween favors, cups in our campus bookstore, plastic cups in Rite Aid, and, would you believe, a cup on the desk of an official in the Health Department. A friend had given it to him, and my call prompted him to lift it and look underneath. Just like the white rabbit in Guelphland, there was a Proposition 65 warning sticker!

I'll recount my adventure in detail shortly. But meanwhile, suffice it to say, Dear Habermas now has a program for developing community awareness of the dangers of toxic chemicals in many of the daily products we seek, especially at low prices. We'll all need to know what the law is and how it has been so sorely neglected. Citizens, take care of yourselves. Our government is preoccupied elsewhere.

More soon . . . jeanne

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and Careers

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  • Letters of Recommendation:

    • Letters of Recommendation: How to get me to respond to your request. Many of you need letters. If you will follow this format, I can do them quickly and make them good.
    • Dog Letters If you do not give me adequate information, but do manage to get my attention, you may end up with a dog letter. That is a letter that says that you work well with people, that you are enthusiastic, that you persist at getting things done, and that everyone likes you. Of course, my dog gets along well with people, brings his ball to them, is enthusiastic, and persists at getting them to take his ball. Everyone likes my dog. That's a dog letter. It's so general it could be about my dog. jeanne

  • Career Options You Might Not Have Considered

    • visual media and their interdependence with other means of knowing to understand that we are not totally rational creatures deciding things apart from our feelings and values. Wolfowitz (new President of the World Bank to aid developing countries AND principle advocate of the Iraq War) might feel very differently when he is exposed to visual and aural images of the poor developing countries that have not before been his primary concern. So we want to know how best to present those developing countries visually. And we might find that we can have a career doing that sort of thing, so it does reflect on us as individuals. Added April 2, 2005.

That Was Fun! Sneaky Strokes and Flying Good Dogs

Flying Dog is also a painting by Zhang Kai. Best I've ever come across to illustrate our site with magic numbers and unicorns and whipped cream cats and now, flying dogs:

  • Index of Nice Things We've Said to Each Other

  • Flying Good Dogs: Whenever something happens in class that works out well, that inspires you, that helps in studying, whatever, take a few minutes to send us an e-mail. We'll post it where all of us can learn from it, including other teachers.