Advocating for Equal Rights

My mom was a bright high school student in the 1950s at Derby High School, she often found herself one of the few girls in upper-level science and math classes. Her family couldn’t afford to send her off to college but with a small family loan she was able to enroll and then eventually graduate from Wesley Nursing School in Wichita. In those days these two-year programs had students living on premise, taking classes, and effectively interning all at same time.

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She Never Met a Stranger

My mother Jessie died on January 3rd, thankfully in peace with my sister by her side. Lea and I had been with her most of the last few days, myself seeing her just a few hours before she left. Mom was admitted into the hospital on the 30th for breathing issues (non-Covid related) and never fully recovered. She was 80 years old.

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Jessie Ruddle McCamon (1940-2021)

Jessie Kemp Ruddle McCamon of Topeka, Kansas died peacefully on January 3 with her daughter by her side. Her two children Mike and Lea had been with her during the final days of her life after being admitted into the hospital on the 30th for health issues (non-Covid related). She was 80 years old.

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UV-C Lightbulb Setup

So Jody and I were going stir crazy and we needed to get away. One of our concerns during these times was to clean surfaces in hotel rooms during the coronavirus outbreak. Jody found a solution with UV-C lights. No warranties if it works (you can’t see if it works) but here is our setup.


The first item is the UV-C light with a remote control socket. The other product is a socket with a toggle switch that gets plugged into the wall. We tried a socket without a toggle switch, but I liked the peace of mind of an actual switch on the socket as well as the remote.

When we travel I also bring an old (regular) light bulb so I can get everything setup. You are not supposed to look at the light or let it touch your skin so you have to turn it on remotely.

  1. Plug in all the sockets with the REGULAR light bulb and make sure it’s all turned on (using the remote to confirm you can turn off and then on again.
  2. Turn off USING the remote. Confirm by turning ON and then back OFF with the remote.
  3. Replace the old light with the UV-C bulb.
  4. Leave the room (or be around the corner) and turn on the light with the remote and then click the 30min timer on the remote.
  5. Leave the room for 60min (30min for the light and then 30min cool off period).
  6. When you return the light should be off and you’re ready to unplug everything.
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The Rise of the Attentive Class

How did you find this article? When it comes to the latest news, where did you go to find it?

I’ve done a fair amount of research on the velocity of messages on social media. My goal was to efficiently leverage and in some cases, game sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to raise awareness for the international water crisis. Much of what I saw helps explain how machine-curated news and social media have changed what we know and when we know it but has also pushed us into our own black hole of agreeable viewpoints.

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