Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Endowment for the Arts

Idea of the day: The National Endowment for the Arts needs a real endowment.
If 10,000,000 people each gave $100, the NEA would have a real endowment of $1 billion.
This seems do-able. PBS gets donations of this size on average. They have about 1 million donors, just for TV.
NEA supports art, literature and music. 
 This request would be under the duress of Trump not wanting to fund the arts. I think everyone who has anything to do with the arts, either as a book reader, theater goer, concert goer, teacher, or student would donate. Students would probably donate more on the order of $10. 
 Pitched well, I think the companies that donate to PBS would also donate to creating a self-sustaining endowment.

Indian Boyhood Multicultural Book

Indian Boyhood, the True Story of a Sioux Upbringing by Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) Adapted by Michael Oren Fitzgerald, illustrated by Heidi M. Rasch

I'm happy to recommend a book I received as part of the Multicultural Book Reviews program. Indian Boyhood is a modernized and illustrated (based on footnoted historical art) version of Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman)'s autobiography. Ohiyesa lived as a Sioux for his first 15 years, and moved to Canada after his father received a pardon from Lincoln for his part in the Sioux Rebellion. He had a pet grizzly bear, an uncle who woke him at all hours to learn defense, and a family that made him recite folktales.  Eastman was originally named Pitiful Last because his mother died shortly after his birth.  After he won sporting event, he gained the new name Ohiyesa (Victor). This book gives insights into both the life of a Sioux and the insights of a man who was transplanted into white culture as a teenager. A Delightful book.

You can find more books by Ohiyesa / Charles Eastman at Gutenberg Press.

This book is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Indian-Boyhood-Story-Sioux-Upbringing-ebook/dp/B01N8OQZ6C

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

American Cancer Society supports FIT

If you had a choice of between a test that is life-threatening, time-consuming and requires horrible preparation, or a briefly gross encounter with scooping poop from your toilet, and you were assured by the American Chemical Society that both tests were equally valid, which would you choose? (If the poop test is positive, you can always get the colonoscopy later.)

This letter from the American Cancer Society is worth posting:
"Let me assure you, no organization is promoting stool testing for colon cancer more than ACS and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. You may be aware that the fecal immunochemical tests, (FIT), are largely supplanting guaiac based FOBT - but the idea is of course, largely the same.
One of the centerpieces of our 80 by 18 campaign to achieve 80% colon cancer screening rates by the end of 2018 is to encourage use of FIT or other high sensitivity stool testing. We are clear in our messaging that colonoscopy is not the gold standard and that the best test is the one that gets done.
May I suggest that you visit our website at www.nccrt.org to get the latest messages and tools. I am also finding a time to come to Jeff to meet with leaders there. One of the topics will be how Jefferson can help achieve the 80% goal. Perhaps we can talk when I’m there. Thanks for reaching out.
Richard Wender | Chief Cancer Control Officer
American Cancer Society, Inc.
250 Williams St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 1.404.329.4313
cancer.org | 1.800.227.2345"