Going Virtual in a non-Virtual World

Yesterday, the school went to a soft closure involving half our students. Some of the kids were boarding the bus (to go home for 2 weeks of home learning) with the comment that they have no internet at home.

There are always ways around this if you have transportation to the public library and the public library remains open. This is still a challenge in our rural area since the library does not have regular hours.

In the short term, many of our students will once again bend over backwards to stay up to date on their assignments. Our teachers will be doing their very best to communicate through all these challenges.

In the long term, some of our families could benefit from grants like this:

https://www.strongfamilies.idaho.gov/

https://www.strongfamilies.idaho.gov/

Schools are doing their best to get the word out. Ironically, those without the internet don’t see the offer for internet help, therefore we’ve tried to send fliers to everyone.

Another issue is that many rural locations just do not have any access to the internet or their access is very limited. We are used to this, but when several kids in a family need internet access to get the most out of their classes, the technology hurdle becomes daunting.

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Big Ben

What an amazing video for anyone mechanical — or recent time travelers 😉

Just finished the book by Kerstin Gier, “Ruby Red”, a new book in our library.

There is quite a bit about time travel and it makes one think about the possibilities. Time travel governed by a secret society, — well yes. It would be nefarious in most respects and therefore have to remain secret.

Having just finished that, listening via narration by Marisa Calin, there is a sudden interest in all things English. Indulge me as we take a swift tour of Big Ben.

All Roads Lead to Rome

All Roads Lead to Rome” is a proverb of medieval origin that may refer to: A proverb in a number of languages referring to Roman roads, especially the Milliarium Aureum (per Wikipedia).

The Milliarium Aureum in itself is quite interesting, but today I’ve uncovered a current day project that is just as fascinating to those of us living post Roman Empire.

The Roman Roads Diagrams Project

https://sashamaps.net/docs/maps/roman-roads-index/

Sasha Trubetskoy of SashaMaps.net has been busy documenting a series of maps that appear as modern-day transit maps of the Roman roads.

“The Roman roads diagram project is a series of maps driven by an unconventional idea: what if we represented Ancient Rome’s famed road network in the style of a modern transit map?”

writes Sasha

https://sashamaps.net/docs/maps/roman-roads-index/

What a captivating project sure to tempt any budding cartologist.

I cannot include any of the maps in this post because of copyright protocols, but clicking on any of the pertinent links in this post will take you right to the maps.

Image by Valter Cirillo from Pixabay

Mild Hobby turned Wild

What started off as a mild hobby, continues to get more entertaining as the stay-at-home orders persist.

Apparently Heidi was in the habit of posting her creations and clients’ finished hair from her salon Instagram account. Once the salon was forced to close, she continued her stream with the only model she had.

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Predictably it gets pretty wild and lots of fun. Feel free to follow Heidi!

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Hair is fascinating — not a vital living organ, but something we take great pains to get just right.

It’s fun to see someone following that “wild” hair.